Making Waves

News & Events

Highlights of far!

  • January - My work was featured on the cover of the BC Studies Journal, published by UBC, and other supporting institutions working on social sciences reports and studies

  • February - Donated a piece to support my niece Anna during her stay in Vancouver while her son Andre received cancer treatment. Update: Andre is cancer-free!

  • March - Covid-19 affects my travel. All orders may be placed online.

  • March - Beginning project of bentwood box camera for future documentary.

Highlights of 2019

  • June to August - Returned to Yuquot to carve for tourists

  • August 10 - Completed a totem pole for the Canadian Coast Guard's new site in Tahsis, BC. Estimate for reveal is in 2020. 

  • Signed on to carve for a documentary on Yuquot, produced by the Pacific Rim Arts Society. More details in 2020/2021

  • September - Featured on the cover, and inside the German-language tour guide book of Canada titled "Kanada Zu Lieben" by Annegret Heinhold.

  • October 31 - donated a carving to support the Hope Community Services Meals on Wheels program.

Highlights of 2018

  • April 12 Quest Out West "Island Relatives" on APTN televised - featuring my carvings and my story

  • July/August Returned to Yuquot to carve for the tourists

  • July 11 Participated in Camosun's Adventure Education History Tour at Yuquot - demonstrating the history of westcoast traditional carving

  • July 21  Interviewed by journalist Paul Burnside for upcoming documentary (details not yet released)

  • August 30 Featured Artist in Compass Magazine, Aug/Sep Issue 17

  • September 5 Donated "Spirit of the Beaver' carving to Hope Outdoors, in support of their post-fire reconstruction

  • September 9 Image of "Transformation of the Chief" featured on Global Weekend News' Our Community for Tofino

  • September 26 Donated bentwood box "Optimism" to Lattimer Gallery's 2018 Charity Box Event


Highlights of 2017


Highlights of 2016

Highlights of 2015

  • Donated my vintage goalie mask to the Canucks for Kids Fund "Dice & Ice" Auction 2015

  • Donated the New Beginnings Mask to Raven's Feast at Bill Reid Gallery for the Raven's Feast Auction.

  • Got married ♥ to the love of my life, Marlana in Haida Gwaii.

Highlights of 2014

  • Selected to participate in RezErect art show at the Bill Reid Gallery

  • Donated a piece to the Bill Reid Gallery's Raven's Feast 

  • New website launches

Highlights of 2013

  • Message in a Bottle Carving Coupon was found near Brooks Peninsula, Vancouver Island by Howard Barlow.

  • "Healing Mask" gifted to Howard Barlow presented at Punch Invitational Nov 7-16, 2013 at Punch Gallery in Ellensburg WA, near Seattle. 

Highlights of 2012

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Highlights of 2011

  • Strathcona Park Lodge in Strathcona Park (near Campbell River, BC) purchases and displays my "Transformation" Mural in their lobby

Highlights of 2010

  • Moutcha Bay Resort near Tahsis, BC purchases and displays my Eagle Doors, to display at their grand entrance of the resort.

Highlights of 2008 - 2009

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Highlights of 2007 

  • 24-foot totem pole created and raised at private home in Chesterman Beach. Story in Ha-Shiltha, August 2, 2007

Highlights of 1998 - 2006

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Highlights of 1997

  • September - Carving Instructor at Gitanmaax School of Northwest Coast Indian Art

  • November - Selected to represent Canada at Taiwan's Sanyi International Wood Carving Festival.

Highlights of 1994 - 1996

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Highlights between 1990 - 1993

Highlights of 1989 - 1989

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Highlights between 1986 - 1988

  • Enrolled, trained and graduated from Gitanmaax School of Northwest Coast Indian Art at ‘Ksan in Old Hazelton, BC.

  • Created amateur pieces, many of which were purchased by The Gold River Municipal Office. (Items are still displayed inside the office and boardroom.)

Highlights of 1986 - 1987

  • Raised money from my artwork to attend GSNCI in Old Hazelton. An older woman from Courtenay BC sends me an anonymous donation of $10,000 to fund my expenses. (Money was sent to the Yuquot Band office, then transferred to me.)

Highlights of 1985

  • Graduated Highschool, Diploma received from Mount Douglas Secondary in Victoria BC.

Highlights of 1981 - 1984

  • Carving and painting amateur pieces, selling at Yuquot BC.

  • 1981 learned to carve from my relative, the late Chief Dominic Andrew who was our houseguest at Yuquot. In the years prior to this, I was learning to draw our traditional styles.

©2020 Sanford Williams

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