December 9, 2019 — January 16, 2020 | Opening Reception: Mon. Dec. 9 at 5:30 pm
Program Fee: FREE!
This upcoming RISE Emerging Artist Exhibition celebrates two Indigenous artists, Delreè Dumont and Jesse Gouchey. These two artists have very distinct and different visual styles but they share a common vision - that their art-making serves to bring people together to connect with themselves and with nature.
Meet them at the opening reception on Monday, Dec. 9 at 5:30 pm.
"My creations are guided by spirits and dreams, to me nature is everything"
Gouchey is a self-taught, emerging visual artist and award-winning animator/filmmaker from Central Alberta. His wide range of skills includes illustration, paintings, graphic design, photography and animation. His main focus is on large-scale spray-painted murals, he also teaches mural and painting workshops with all age groups across Western Canada. Combining mural skills and animation to make a unique style of stop motion, he created a piece entitled, "Spirit of the Bluebird". This short documentary featured the story of an Aboriginal woman that faced injustice and was murdered in 1999. “Spirit of the Bluebird” has been screened at over 100 film festivals around the world and has won several awards. Most recently Gouchey has created a clothing line featured in Otahpiiaki Fashion Week through Mount Royal University. Gouchey painted a mural for the Central Library in Calgary, as part of the Indigenous Place Making Project. This mural has features of augmented reality animations that he designed. He is currently working on his 7th short film project, future clothing designs and painting canvases.
“I am a descendant of the Papachase First Nation. This community was based originally on the south side of the river valley near Edmonton. But after colonialization, this community was dispersed and near-destroyed. It’s been a journey to recover and recuperate my family story.”
“This is about me and my journey through life, my love of life, and animals, and dancing and nature. I want to share that to the universe.”
Dumont was born in Chilliwack, British Columbia and is a member of Onion Lake Cree Nation located north of Lloydminster, SK. Prior to working as a full-time artist in 2014, Dumont was employed in Alberta's oil and gas industry for 32 years. During that time, she promoted the beauty of her culture and traditions for the corporate environment. In 2014 she began her artistic journey by opening her own store and art gallery, called "Delreè's Native Art Gallery", in Didsbury, Alberta, Canada. She closed the store in June 2018 due to her husband’s passing in May 2018. Dumont's early work was in the realist style. She changed her style in 2014 and her more recent work is primarily in the style of pointillism. Her primary medium is acrylic, but some of her earlier works also include oil and watercolour work. Much of her artistic work draws on her experience as an Indigenous person. She also dabbles in beadwork, leatherwork and creating smudge fans. In 2018 Dumont was invited to be part of Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada event to be held at the Canadian embassy in Germany. As part of this invitation Dumont painted live in front of an audience at the embassy. Also, in 2018, she painted live at the GoMedia 2018 conference in Calgary and other functions. Dumont completed painting a mural at the Burman University in Lacombe in 2019. Dumont also offers Pointillism Paint Nights or Days teaching her style of pointillism. She is a Woman’s Traditional pow wow dancer and also performs at local events. She is currently working on opening a private art studio in her home.
RISE Emerging Artist Program
RISE is an annual exhibition and mentorship program developed by artsPlace to offer Alberta artists the opportunity to educate, exhibit, sell, and promote their artistic practice within the Bow Valley. The goal of RISE is to cultivate Alberta’s emerging artists by pairing an exhibition opportunity with mentorship by an art professional. Participating artists build experience in exhibition design, installation and professional practice. RISE fosters a strong community awareness of contemporary arts practices and prepares new-generation artists for a professional career in the arts. RISE exhibitions are held at the artsPlace Hub Gallery, and are free and open to the public.