Atheana Picha, the artist, says, “frogs represent springtime and new beginnings."
Artist: Atheana Picha
Category: Temporary public art: street banners
Year Installed: 2022
Atheana Picha’s design was selected in consultation with Elders from the Semiahmoo, Kwantlen, and Katzie First Nations. The artist says that “frogs represent springtime and new beginnings. My teachings are that when the frogs begin singing, it is the new year and the beginning of spring.” For Picha, frogs also symbolize growth and evolution through life’s different stages and the wisdom gathered as we move through that journey.
About the artist
Atheana Picha is an interdisciplinary Coast Salish artist from the Kwantlen First Nation. Picha studied Fine Arts at Langara College with a high interest in ceramics, intaglio printmaking, and wood carving. She is currently engaged in two mentorships: learning Salish wool weaving from Musqueam weaver Debra Sparrow and silver engraving with Squamish artist Aaron Nelon-Moody. Picha is the two-time recipient of the YVR Art Foundation Emerging Artist Scholarship (2017 and 2019) and has works in the collections of the Museum of Vancouver, Burnaby Art Gallery, and Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art.