Snaps from Notre Dame de Lourdes!
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
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.
Postcard from Ottawa
Artist Evin Collis’ last stop for ART EXPRESS’D / ART EXPRIMÉ was in Ottawa and it was a great experience!
Nestled deep in Inspiration Village in Ottawa’s Byward market we were quite busy with crowds of people passing through. The weather was superb and we created a giant anthropomorphic cat person out of papier mâché and created dozens and dozens of animations during the workshops. The city was abuzz with the presence of La Machine, a robotic puppet street theatre group from France who were animating a massive spider and dragon throughout the streets of Ottawa over the weekend. There was a great sense of excitement and enthusiasm as participants poured in and out all day adding their flare and hand in the creation of the animations and sculptures.
It was fitting to complete our art making voyage in the nation’s capital in a container village, known as Inspiration Village. We benefited from a consistent great turnout since every day was full of eclectic action as we collaborated with countless locals and tourists who were enjoying the summer in Ottawa.
Thank you to Ottawa 2017 and the great city of Ottawa for hosting us.