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)