Marie Alfreda Johnson

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Marie Alfreda Johnson was born in Prince Rupert, British Columbia back in 1925. She was a Haida woman of the Sadsugohilanes Clan (yes, it is spelled right). Anyway, let’s move on. She studied at the Vancouver School of Art and was one of the first students at Giltanmaax School of Northwest Coast Indian Art.

To say she was a late bloomer is true, as she didn’t start working in her profession until she was 42. She held a major part in the revival in Northwest Coast art in the 1960’s. Now, you may be wondering what she is noted for and I’m the one to tell you, so let’s get to it.

Somewhere along the line she changed her name to Freda Diesling. She was one of a very few female carvers in the Northwest Coast. She carved totem poles, portrait masks and bowls. I tried to find some of her works and the price if you can find one, but I could not. I bet you’ll have to dig deep if you want one.

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Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

I will have to search to see some of her works. I bet they are pricy.

Sep 25, 2019 04:24 AM #1
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

I have a college friend who has a major collection of this kind of art from the northwest and pacific. I'll have to ask him if he has any of Marie's pieces.

Sep 25, 2019 04:27 AM #2
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray I'll have to google her name and see a sample of her work....

Sep 25, 2019 04:30 AM #3
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - there are countless artisans who work throughout the world creating everyday masterpieces.  Some are fortunate to be discovered while others are simply enjoyed for the beauty and functionality of their talent.  

Sep 25, 2019 04:37 AM #4
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

James there are so many people who start late in life and bloom at something new for them. By the way you do get up very early, or you go to bed very late.

Sep 25, 2019 04:58 AM #5
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Marie was one interesting lady for sure. Enjoy your day!

Sep 25, 2019 07:17 AM #6
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray

I couldn't find any totem poles for sale but her screenprints go for $100 or more. 

Here is a link to one that is already sold. 

Sep 25, 2019 07:24 AM #7
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James Dray - I am sure that if you found her work it would be expensive.

Sep 25, 2019 08:33 AM #8
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello James Dray,  I may have seen some of her works in the past.  Thanks for letting us her name.


Sep 25, 2019 08:46 AM #9
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. She sounds like a fascinating woman. very neat story and read.

Sep 25, 2019 09:04 AM #10
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- very interesting. I Googled and saw some of her works. Thank you Sheri Sperry - MCNE® for sharing the link. 

Sep 25, 2019 12:20 PM #11
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I have always enjoyed Northwest American Indian Art.  I love their style.  Nice story.  A

Sep 25, 2019 01:11 PM #12
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

As I have traveled north,  I have seen much of this art on display but you are right my pocketbook is way too small James Dray 

Sep 25, 2019 03:16 PM #13
Krystin Mitchell, CPA CFE
KLSM CPA Firm, PLLC - Houston, TX
Strategic Accounting & Tax Solutions

Thanks for sharing a great story, really enjoyed searching her work.

Sep 25, 2019 06:36 PM #14
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

It is amazing and some so beautiful - the carved totem poles and painted masks.  Freda Diesling had to be a very special artist.  Interesting story.

Sep 26, 2019 08:28 PM #15
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