Indiginesse, a new gallery exhibition at the Aurora Cultural Centre, is a creative forum for native women to share their spirit with new communities through storytelling, music, workshops and fine art. This landmark art exhibition was conceived and developed by Newmarket-based Metis artist, Nathalie Bertin. Together with Aurora Cultural Centre gallery staff Clare Bolton and Stephanie Nicolo, the curation team has created a show for the community of Aurora and York Region that is filled with National award-winning artists and performers.
The gallery exhibition runs May 7-June 28, and presents a vibrant and luminous collection of paintings, fashion, photographs and mixes media pieces, along with artisan workshops, an artist talk and a special concert performance. Their work is breathtaking in scope and messaging. The 14 artists representing First Nations and metis cultures from across North America explore traditional imagery in contemporary ways. Artists included are: Kayeri Akweks, Christi Belcourt, Lee Claremont, Raven Davis, Lee Deranger, Lita Fontaine, LauraLee K. Harris, Maria Hupfield, Nadya Kwandibens, Tanya Lukin-Linklater, Shelley Niro, Janice Toulouse. Of particular note is Christi Belcourt’s 8-foot work “The Painting Is A Mirror”, on loan from Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada. In addition, compelling “Missing” posters have been placed throughout the Cultural Centre; the call-to-action is a powerful reminder of the pressing and dire circumstances faced by aboriginal women.
With a uniquely First Nation and Metis women’s perspective, the exhibition invites meaningful discussion on the true lives of native women. This project is a catalyst for conversation between aboriginal and non-aboriginal communities and is the story of the female native spirit that survived historical struggles and continues to thrive through modern challenges.
Bertin has included a number of enhancements to the gallery experience – read below for details!
EXHIBITION DETAILS AND EVENTS
May 15: 7-9PM Opening Reception
All welcome, light complimentary refreshments provided.
Opening prayer by Metis Nation of Ontario Senator Dr. Alis Kennedy
Welcoming Remarks from Mayor Geoffrey Dawe, Town of Aurora
Traditional music performance by Suzanne Smoke & Cedar Smoke
Poetry by Raven Davis
May 28: 10AM-2:30PM Traditional Metis Beading Registered Workshop with Nathalie Bertin
Limited space – pre-registration is required. No prior experience necessary. Course fee $50 plus HST, plus materials fee of $15
June 4: 2-3PM “Concrete Indian” | An Art Talk with Anishinaabe artist Nadya Kwandibens
Free admission, all welcome
June 20: 8PM “Memere le Colibri: A Fiddle Performance”
8pm, Featuring Alyssa Delbaere-Sawchuk, Metis violinist
Tickets $10 plus HST; Family of 4 (2 adults and 2 children) $35 plus HST
Appropriate for ages 10 and up
Exhibition dates: May 7 to June 28, 2014
Gallery hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm, and during special events
For further information, or to registers for workshops and purchase tickets, please drop by the Centre or call the office at 905-713-1818.