The Indigenous and Ingenious Art Show and Sale is happening this weekend, November 21 and 22, at the Ralph Thornton Centre.
Featured artists, diverse in their artistic expressions, both traditional and contemporary, all have a commitment to excellence, pride in their Aboriginal heritage, and enthusiasm about sharing their culture through their art.
Among the many artistic offerings at Indigenous & Ingenious are: skillfully worked soapstone carvings by Mohawk artist Ryan Hill; watercolour landscapes evoking the silence and solitude of northern forests by Joseph Sagaj, Anishnawbe visual artist; wearable art by beadwork artist Naomi Smith combining porcupine quills and beads; paintings by Jay Bell Redbird depicting the timeless legends of the Anishnawbe peoples; acrylic paintings by Jay Soule that speak to the political struggles and the resilience of First Nations people; exquisite handcrafted baby moccasins by Frank Wassegijig.
Indigenous & Ingenious will also feature Anishnawbe chef Charles Catchpole who will tantalize the tastebuds with his Aboriginal fusion menu. Chef Catchpole’s fresh culinary creations will be sold during the two days along with his hot sauces.
Indigenous & Ingenious is a celebration of Indigenous people. To add to this celebratory mood, special guests Kim Wheatley and her daughter Alexandria Bipatnath-Wheatley, Anishinawbe nation, will share their gifts of traditional song and dance throughout the day.
The show is organized by the founders of Indigenous & Ingenious, beadwork artist Naomi Smith, and jewellery artist and photographer Barb Nahwegahbow. Both are from the Anishnawbe nation.
The show will be open from 10am to 7pm both days. Admission is free and everyone is welcome. For more details on the show, click here.