National Aboriginal Day: “Summer Solstice Aboriginal Arts Festival”
So a quick announcement – this weekend, June 20-21, I will be an artist in a show taking place at Victoria Island, between Ottawa and Gatineau on the river. I’m so honored to be part of a show with these wonderful artists. Anyone who is interested please come out – it a free event and should be really fun!
Here are the details:
June 20– 21, 2009: Saturday, June 20th, 12-8pm; and Sunday, June 21st, 12-6pm.
Meet Métis, First Nations and Inuit artists and learn how their culture influences their art. Exhibition includes art by Kristi Belcourt, Simon Brascoupé, Heather Campbell, Jaime Koebel, Henry Kudluk, Karen Hodge Russell and Emily Brascoupé.
Get involved in Aboriginal Art; noon to 6pm each day! You can participate in art demonstrations with Inuit, Métis and First Nations artists.
- Watch Inuit artists Henry Kudluk carve soapstone.
- Paint a mural with Métis artists Kristi Belcourt.
- Watch Mi’kmaq/Acadian artist Karen Hodge Russell make a Mi’kmaq dolls and make your own cut-out dolls.
- Make prints with Anishinabeg artist Simon Brascoupé.
“Last year over 2,000 visitors attended this very successful Art exhibit and workshops. The exhibit curator is local artist Simon Brascoupé and showcases emerging to established Métis, First Nations and Inuit artists. Its purpose is to inform and educate the public that Aboriginal communities are not just historic or stereotypes, but living cultures informed by past experience, values and culture.
Contemporary artists produce art from a perspective of their lived experience and culture. First Nations, Métis and Inuit First artists’ work reveal and question commonly held assumptions about stereotypes, identity and culture. Their art explores what it means to be an artist and an Aboriginal person in the contemporary world. The exhibit clearly demonstrates the connection between the artists’ contemporary art and the traditional teachings that inform their artistic process and production.”
Quote from the Press Release Aboriginal Art June 20 to 21 2009
Please check out the map for the location of Victoria Island and for more information please visit : http://www.nadottawa.ca/