I am proud to be a part of this event starting today!
Dates: September 28 to October 21, 2012.
Open Tuesday to Sunday, 10 am to 4 pm .
Location : Community Arts Centre, Tulista Park at 5th and Weiler in Sidney.
This is a unique art show in Canada, because it represents all the
First Peoples designated by the Government of Canada. While there have
been one time art exhibitions, this is the first continuous art show that
has represented First Nations artists from across Canada. Alongside
the local Coast Salish territories artists, there are also artisans from
the Métis, Mohawk, Blackfoot, Cree, Ojibway, Navajo, Inuit, and
To quote Mayor Larry Cross of Sidney: “The show has grown
exponentially over the past 3 years and is important to the Town of
Sidney in building community relations and understanding the spirit of
the First Nations cultures.”
of the Arts Council’s stated purposes are to nurture an appreciation of
visual and performing arts within the community, and to provide artists
with exposure to local audiences by providing opportunities for artists
to perform or exhibit their work locally. This function touches the
very roots of the objectives of the Arts Council and reaches out to
bridge gaps and promote understanding within the region.
Both traditional and emerging lower island artists with First Nations
and Métis heritage including a wide variety of backgrounds and
experience will be featured.
Two returning artists Virgil Sampson and Tobias Tomlinson are working
together with the Arts Council to produce a quality art show which
promises to include an outstanding collection of work. They have
contacted over fourty new and returning artists who are expected to show
their art, interact with the public and demonstrate their work. A few
of the artists anticipated to take part include Charles Elliott, Chris
Paul, Doug Lafortune, Frank Lewis. Charlene George, Debbie Hunt, Mark
Henry, Lindsay Delorande, Stephanie Papik and Kevin Brophy.
The whole gallery will be displayed to reflect the intent and spirit
of the event. Stories and music will add to the ambiance of the ever
changing show. The diversity of art expressions will include: carving,
weaving, prints, fabric art, drums, rattles, pottery, beading, leather
work, painting, jewelry and some that might surprise you! Don’t miss
your opportunity to win one of the fabulous prizes donated by Tobias
Tomlinson, Dylan Thomas and Frank Lewis. Come often to meet many of the
artists, see changing displays.