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Postcard from Notre Dame de Lourdes

Postcard from Notre Dame de Lourdes

Postcard from Notre Dame de Lourdes

August 25, 2017

C’est si Bon!

It was so lovely to be in a rural French community, of almost 700 inhabitants in southern Manitoba. I was situated in the centre of town in a park/campground, under a canopy of large old oak trees. It was a hot week, but the evenings were some of the prettiest I have seen, with the open field sunsets and the breeze to cool off the heat of the day.

Notre Dame de Lourdes is situated in the RM of Lorne, rolling hills of the Pembina Valley and windmills landmark the region. I met with several groups; Seniors, Aspin Winds, a day program for adults with special needs, the daycare in town, and children and adults signed up though the Lorne Recreation District. We also had many drop-ins over the weekend.

I had a great time using my French and creating with this community. Come to Nuit Blanche on September 30 to see what we did!

    

Postcard from Saskatoon

Postcard from Saskatoon

Postcard from Saskatoon

August 25, 2017

Saskatoon was a special place for me to visit, it holds much family history and pieces of me. Art Express’d was set up at the Saskatoon Forestry Farm, a large park on the east side of town, a favourite place of my grandmother’s long before I came around. The park was a lovely place to be with picnicking families and children all around. Many newcomers filled the park with celebration and I imagined my grandmother and her family celebrating; as they were also newcomers at that time.

I love to see families engaging in the art making process; parents allowing their children to explore and experiment without too much guidance, and then the moments of release when the parent delves into their own piece, remembering what it was like to create. I’m always encouraging experimentation, mistake making and learning from the process.

   

Postcard from Baker Lake

Postcard from Baker Lake

Postcard from Baker Lake

August 25, 2017

Purchased an original Becky Okatsiak while stopping over in Rankin Inlet. Beautiful contemporary Inuit artwork! So happy I can bring this gorgeous piece home! So happy to have met her and her artist father, Noah Tiktak. Thanks for sharing your beautiful knowledge with me and taking me out on the quad!

I am so excited to be in Baker Lake and hanging out with the folks at the Jessie Oonark Arts and Crafts Centre. Jessie Oonark was a beautifully talented Inuit printmaker and it is such a privilege to be running the Art Express’d workshops out of this space dedicated to her.

We had some great workshops in Baker Lake, Nunavut. These girls were a blast! The Jessie Oonark Arts and Crafts Centre is a place full of working studios that use printmaking, silk screening, carving, embroidery, jewelry-making and so much more! So lucky to be able to run workshops here!

I have learned so much on Art Express’d I don’t know where to begin! I am still learning much wisdom here in Baker Lake, Nunavut. I feel so lucky to be here and I spent some time with local artist and Inuit Elder, Jessie Kenalogak, during my workshop at the Jessie Oonark Arts and Crafts Centre. She remembers growing up in an igloo and travelling by dog sled as a child. Her piece, “Walking for Survival” is a reflection on the difficulties of living a nomadic lifestyle. Quanani.

Some beautiful paintings from the Art Express’d studio have been created in Baker Lake, Nunavut! (From top left to right) Ruth Burrill, Angela Cook, Ruth Burrill & Jessie Kenalogak.

Quanini (Inuktitut)
Miigwetch (Ojibway)
Thanks,

Jessie

   

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