Don Yeomans supports the 2022 RainForest Trail Run with his art on Saturday, September 24th at Central Park
Don Yeomans has given permission to the Achilles International Track and Field Society (AITFS) to use his original art image produced in 1979, which depicts a runner for use in the Rain Forest Trail Run set for Central Park on September 24, 2022.
AITFS founded the Vancouver Sun Run in 1985 and currently produces The Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome Track Classic at Swangard Stadium and the Harry Jerome Indoor Games at the Richmond Olympic Oval.
AITFS will produce the unique 5km Rain Forest Trail Run to celebrate the indigenous cultures of British Columbia. Participants are encouraged to walk or run in this unique spiritual Urban Rain Forest in Central Park, Burnaby, BC.
Yeoman’s art features a runner with an eagle like image and was created for use by the UBC Division of Sports Medicine and the Allan McGavin Sports Medicine Clinic facilitated by Dr. Pat McConkey with the artist. Dr. Don McKenzie, past Director is pleased with the use of this image by AITFS.
Don Yeomans is one of the most highly respected artists on the Northwest Coast of British Columbia. He was born 1958 in Prince Rupert, B.C. of a Masset Haida father and a Metis mother from Slave Lake, Alberta.
In 1970-71 Yeomans apprenticed under the expert guidance of his aunt, Haida carver Freda Diesing. He continued to work on his own until 1976 when he enrolled in the Fine Arts Program at Vancouver Community College.
He also studied Fine Arts at Langara College, where he met Bud Mintz, who was to become an important friend and mentor.
In 1978, Yeomans assisted Robert Davidson in the building and carving of four Haida houseposts of the Charles Edenshaw Memorial Longhouse in Masset.
During a two-year period he studied jewelry making under Phil Janze. He has also been influenced by Gerry Marks, Beau Dick and Norman Tait.Yeomans’ many apprenticeships have resulted in an artist/craftsman who produces exquisite artworks in any medium.
His carving skills, whether on wood or metal, are exceptional and are enhanced by his consummate understanding of the Haida form.
His flat designs have been reproduced in the form of prints, murals, elegant silk neckties and button blankets (sewn by his wife Trace). Yeomans’ work can be found in the University of British Columbia Museum of Anthropology, the Royal British Columbia Museum and many other famous public institutions.
His work is also to be found in many important private collections on a worldwide basis.
His creation is found on the medal which each participant in the 2022 Rainforest Trail Run on September 24th at Central Park.