Ron Aleck was born on Chemainus reserve, near Duncan, in 1960. Aleck’s family crest is Eagle, which represents peace, power and friendship.
In 1977, under the guidance of his uncle William Good, Aleck began carving yellow cedar plaques, which would become a life-long love and profession.
Unlike some artists who produce plaques in bulk numbers, Aleck creates unique pieces that are carefully designed, shaped, and finished with meticulous care. He has a following of collectors who appreciate the intricate details in his work, such as individually carved fish scales and bird feathers. His designs are often whimsical and always full of personality. Some of his more popular designs include Great Blue Heron, School of Salmon, and Pod of Killer Whales.
Ron Aleck has completed countless custom orders for Copper Moon Gallery over the years, creating pieces for offices, yachts, private collectors, and gifts for guest speakers. He also was commissioned to create several canoe paddles through Art of Siem Gallery, for the Van-Isle Races. Aleck has participated in several “Spirit Pumpkin” fundraisers at Copper Moon Gallery, which involved carving pumpkins with native designs, which were then sold by donation, with all proceeds going to Loaves and Fishes in Nanaimo.
Please contact Jennifer if you would like to learn more about custom ordering pieces through this artist.
2003: Van-Isle Race Awards - 360 Cadillac Races Commissioned through Art of the Siem, Nanaimo
2015: Arctic Raven Gallery, Friday Harbour Washington. Collaborative Show
2007: Native Spirit Pumpkins for Loaves & Fishes;
Copper Moon Gallery, Nanaimo BC
Great Blue Heron by Ron Aleck
GREAT BLUE HERON
The Great Blue Heron lives on the Northwest Coast year round. A solitary bird, Herons have an interesting approach to breeding. During this season, large numberse of Herons group together in treetops and build multiple nests side by side to assist one another in guarding their young from predators. Anyone who has ever heard a Heron cry out, knows the prehistoric sound they make. For this reason, they earned respect for their warning call. Once the breeding season has finished, these fascinating birds return to their territory alone.
Herons were once a food source on the coast, mostly consumed during the winter. They are most commonly seen atop Kwakwaka'wakw masks, colored in various shades of blue and grey.
Our most popular depictions of the Great Blue Heron have been made by Penelakut artist Ron Aleck. If you are interested in one of his pieces, please contact us for information on custom orders.