Carving a balanced life

George Hemeon’s first solo art show is on display at the Mission Arts Centre gallery until July 2.

The works of local carver George Hemeon will be on display at the Mission Arts Centre until July 2.

The works of local carver George Hemeon will be on display at the Mission Arts Centre until July 2.

George Hemeon’s first solo art show is on display at the Mission Arts Centre gallery until July 2.

The show called Creating Balance, is a collection of Hemeon’s carvings, including masks, paddles, drums, and pendants. There are also images of Hemeon’s recent works.

The theme, he says, is a personal reflection of balancing family, work and art.

“It is also an expression of how Aboriginal people can reconcile western institutions with traditional values and teachings,” Hemeon added.

Hemeon is a self-taught carver and relatively new to the scene, but he has already completed some large projects he was commissioned to produce.

In 2009, he carved a 20-foot house post for Mission’s sister city, Oyama, Japan. He also carved two 18-foot welcome figures for BC Hydro in the same year. Both projects accelerated his leaning and he continues to improve his skills.

Hemeon discovered he enjoyed carving when he began mentoring Aboriginal students in 2005, but he didn’t pick up the craft again until three years later, when he moved back to Mission with his wife Teresa and sons Harrison and Garrett and received some small commissions.

Hemeon says carving brings balance to his life.

“I grew up disconnected from my Salish culture and carving has allowed my family and me to connect with the community,” he explained.

Hemeon mostly works with yellow and red cedar, but you can also find alder and yew among his treasures. He likes the density of the yellow cedar and yew and the grain of the red cedar and alder. All of them have been used by the Salish people for hundreds of years.

When he’s not carving, Hemeon works as a senior procurement advisor for BC Hydro.

Currently the local carver is working on four 10-foot directional houseposts for Douglas College in New Westminster.

Hemeon will be carving at the art centre this Saturday, and invites guests to stop by. The Mission Arts Centre is located at 33529 First Ave. Gallery hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday. For more information call 604-826-0029.

For more information about Hemeon, visit

Just Posted

City begins community engagement for Mission Waterfront Revitalization Master Plan

Wants the community’s input to bring to life the vision outlined in the Official Community Plan

The Abbotsford International Airshow is back for 2021 with the ‘SkyDrive’ concept.
Abbotsford International Airshow returns for 2021 with ‘SkyDrive’

New format features a drive-in movie type experience, show set for Aug. 6 to 8

A young couple walks through the Othello Tunnels just outside of Hope. (Jessica Peters/Black Press)
Hope’s Othello Tunnels fully open to the public

Geological testing proved the area safe enough to open for the first time in more than a year

Migrating sockeye in the Fraser River August 7, 2007. (Fisheries and Oceans Canada)
First Nations, commercial, and recreational harvesters join forces to save Fraser River fish

‘We have to work together to rebuild these stocks while there is still time,’ says delegate

Father’s Day Parade planned for Mission

Classic vehicles from the 1920s to the 1970s will drive through Mission, Hatzic on June 20

Maxwell Johnson is seen in Bella Bella, B.C., in an undated photo. The Indigenous man from British Columbia has filed complaints with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal and the Canadian Human Rights Commission after he and his granddaughter were handcuffed when they tried to open a bank account. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Heiltsuk Nation, Damien Gillis, *MANDATORY CREDIT*
VIDEO: Chiefs join human rights case of Indigenous man handcuffed by police in B.C. bank

Maxwell Johnson said he wants change, not just words, from Vancouver police

Tk’emlups te Secwepemc Chief Rosanne Casimir stands outside the former Kamloops Indian Residential School after speaking to reporters, in Kamloops, B.C., on Friday, June 4, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Kamloops chief says more unmarked graves will be found across Canada

Chief Rosanne Casimir told a virtual news conference the nation expects to release a report at the end of June

A woman wears a vaccinated sticker after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
B.C. ranks among highest in world in COVID-19 first-dose shots: health officials

More than 76% of eligible people have received their 1st shot

A screenshot of the First Peoples Cultural Councils First Peoples’ Map. (First Peoples Cultural Council)
Online resource blends B.C.-Alberta’s Indigenous languages, art and culture

Advisor says initiative supports the urgent need to preserve Indigenous languages

An artists conception of the new terminal building at the Pitt Meadows Regional Airport.
Air travel taking off in B.C., but lack of traffic controllers a sky-high concern

There will be demand for more air traffic controllers: Miller

Canadian Armed Forces experts are on their way to North Vancouver after a local homeowner expressed worry about a military artifact he recently purchased. (Twitter DNV Fire and Rescue)
Military called in to deal with antique ‘shell’ at North Vancouver home

‘The person somehow purchased a bombshell innocently believing it was an out-of-commission military artifact’

Amy Kobelt and Tony Cruz have set their wedding date for February, hoping that more COVID-19 restrictions will have lifted. (The Macleans)
B.C. couples ‘gambling’ on whether COVID rules will let them dance at their wedding

Amy Kobelt and Tony Cruz pushed back their wedding in hopes of being able to celebrate it without the constraints of COVID-19

A plane is silhouetted as it takes off from Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, B.C., May 13, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Report calls for airlines to refund passengers for flights halted due to COVID-19

Conclusion: federal help should be on the condition airlines immediately refund Canadian travellers

Most Read