First Nations Art 2017 (May 27 – July 28, 2017)
Established in 1975, First Nations Art (FNA) is one of the longest running annual exhibits that provides a space for established and emerging Indigenous artists to exhibit and sell their work in a gallery setting. On until July 28, this exhibition brings together artists from across Turtle Island. Over 120 works were submitted to this year’s exhibit, making the jury process one of the largest yet. The Woodland Cultural Centre would like to thank all the artists who submitted their works to FNA 2017. Without the support of local artists and communities, we could not continue the tradition of First Nations Art at the Woodland Cultural Centre.
Artists featured in First Nations Art 2017 include: Montana Adams, Thomas H. Anderson, Jocelyn Antone, Aura (Monique Bedard), Michael Barber, Alex Jacobs-Blum, Dakota Brant, Janice Brant, Jennifer E. Brant, Catherine Dallaire, Tim Doctor, John Dodsworth, Deron Ahsén:nase Douglas, Elizabeth Doxtater, Amanda Marie Flynn, Lorrie Gallant, Yvonne Garbutt, Shel General, Kelly Green, Jay Havens, Char Hemlock, Doug Henhawk, Anthony (TJ) Henhawk, Barbara-Helen Hill, Ronnie Hill, Summer Hill, Ted Hoffie, Mary Jacobs, Samantha Jacobs, Clayton King, Chief Lady Bird (Nancy King), Paul Kohoko, Lindsay Lickers, Martin A. Loft, Patrick Martin, Mark Neal, Holly Pichette, Karalyn Reuben, Judi Henhawk Sault, Semiah Smith, Keitha Keeshig-Tobias, Nelson White, Clayton Windatt and Elliott Doxtater-Wynn.
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Rivers Of Thought by Quinn Smallboy (May 27 – July 28, 2017)
Woodland Cultural Centre is excited to announce Quinn Smallboy as the featured artist of First Nations Art 2017. Smallboy’s current practice investigates Indigenous art and its relation within Western ideologies, specifically, where does it fit within the contemporary field of art? Rivers Of Thought explores common symbols of Indigenous cultures and traditions from the traditional hand drum of the powwow, to intricate string work. Rivers Of Thought includes large scale webbings of string, to small hand drum size. On an abstract level, the exhibit explores a balance between lines and space. In shaping a space, Smallboy employs the use of the line, represented by rope and string. The characteristics in which Smallboy uses the material, help him build a base or platform, which he then assembles in multiple lines of conversion to animate a void.
Onkwehon:we Matters (August 18 – December 24, 2017)
Opening Reception – August 19 at 3PM
More details coming soon!