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 Born and raised in British Columbia,Shane Tweten currently resides on Bowen Island with his wife Julia and their twin daughters Piper and Paige. Working as an arborist has lead him to a passion for woodcarving.

Influenced by the Northwest Coast style, he has learned mask carving and toolmanship in the Nisga'a, Tlingit and Tsimshian methods from local artist Robert Barratt who apprenticed under world famous carvers Norman Tait and Lucinda Turner.

Traditions, history, and style of the Kwakawaka'wakw nation were learnt from Simon Dick James, a Kwakawaka'wakw dancer, carver, and teacher. Working so close to Simon gave Shane the oppourtunity to learn techniques, stories and culture first hand.

Shane has an interest in learning about many cultures through storytelling and ancient artworks, especially the relationship between man, animal and nature. He applies his knowledge to his style and has most recently introduced elements of his own Irish, Scottish, and Norwegian heritage.

Shane has found that the myths and legends from both the First Nations and Norwegian myth, documented by the thirteenth century Icelander Snorri Sturluson, are similar including tales of shape change, the raven, the eagle and even the great flood. As well, he feels the Celtic mythology and legends hold such vast, almost unexplored possibilties when applied to wood carving.

Shane believes there are no boundaries in woodcarving art; that the forms and faces are already present in the wood, just waiting to be found.

 "The Gallery", in Artisan Square, on Bowen Island will be hosting an exihibition of Shane's work in conjunction with the Harmony Arts Festival. From June 20, 2008 until July 13, 2008, you can view works from Fri-Sun 12-4pm and after July 1st the hours change to Wed-Sun 12-5. There will be an opening reception which you're all invited to, where you will have a chance to meet and talk with the artist, view art pieces and enjoy food and drink. If you are in the Calgary, Alberta area stop in at "The Croft" gallery, 2105, 4th St SW, Calgary AB, and ask for Eric. Shane's works can be seen there and will be updated frequently.
 Shane's works can be seen at: Quintana Galleries- Portland, Oregon, USA. The Croft- Calgary, Alberta The Gallary- Artisan Square, Bowen Island, BC, June 20,2008 - July 13,2008
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