I’ve had the pleasure to paint Al West’s portrait years before. He isn’t getting any younger, now 83 years old. Al can’t hear well but he still tells a mean story and is a Namgis treasure. I met him years ago through friend Terry Shepherd who’s sister in law is Al’s niece, Lauroli Walters. She mentioned Alert Bay in glowing terms once too often and so I finally made the trip. When I’m in the north island I always try to visit. This time my son Kyle and I were on our way to Cape Scott. Alert Bay is the home of the great late Kwakwaka’wakw artist, Beau Dick. It is one of the most impressive village; I highly recommend a visit!
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