Indigenous & Ingenious Show & Sale
November 21 & 22, 2015 at 765 Queen Street East, Toronto
Distinctly, uniquely Aboriginal works by fifteen artists, artisans and designers will be showcased and available for sale in Toronto at Indigenous & Ingenious on November 21 & 22, 2015. The show will be open at 765 Queen Street East, just east of Broadview at the Ralph Thornton Centre, from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. both days. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.
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.
Several of the artists are renowned internationally. Many have exhibited their work in solo and group shows, or fashion shows, or had work commissioned by collectors and corporations.
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, beads and moose hair embroidery; 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 and Ingenious is a celebration of who we are as Indigenous people. To put us in a 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.
“We are thrilled to present the very best of who we are as First Nations people, as Indigenous artists to the Toronto community,” said Barb Nahwegahbow.
J’net AyAy Qwa Yak Sheelth, textile artist and weaver, www.wildwear.blogspot.com
Theresa Burning, beadwork and leatherwork artist
Chef Charles Catchpole, CharGer Foods, www.facebook.com/chargerfoods
Ryan Hill, Soapstone Carver, https://www.facebook.com/rockstudio1
Clayton King, White Bear Art, www.whitebearart.com
Barb Nahwegahbow, Blue Dawn Jewellery, www.bluedawnjewellery.com
Corey Nielsen, stained glass, recycled woolens and beadwork artist
Jay Bell Redbird, visual artist, www.jaybellredbird.com
Joseph Sagaj, visual artist
Naomi Smith, Black Tulip Designs, www.facebook.com/Black-Tulip-Designs-
Louise Solomon, Hand of Solomon, www.handofsolomon.ca
Jay Soule, Chippewar, www.chippewar.com
Frank Wassegijig, leatherwork and beadwork artist
Mother-daughter duo Kim Wheatley & Alexandria Bipatnath-Wheatley are Anishinawbe Traditional Dancers from Shawanaga First Nation. Kim is a long time handdrummer/singer who has supported her daughter Alexandria as a Fancy Shawl dancer since she started walking. They are committed to honouring and sharing the Anishinawbe Traditional gifts of song and dance.
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