June 19, 2018 — July 6, 2018 | Opening Reception: Thurs. June 21 at 4pm
Program Fee: FREE!
National Indigenous Peoples Day
Art Exhibition by Stoney Nakoda artists: June 19 - July 6
Gallery Opening reception: Thurs. June 21 at 4pm
In partnership with our Indigenous programming committee, artsPlace is celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day by featuring an art exhibition by a diverse group of Treaty 7 Indigenous artists. Please join us at the opening reception on June 21 to meet the artists.
Roland Rollinmud is a talented, committed artist with a trained eye and hand. Sensitized by his Stoney Nakoda First Nation heritage in the Alberta foothills, he is widely recognized for his interpretations of Nature and First Nations traditional themes. He has a gift of seeing the freedom in his subject matter, whether a pair of eagles soaring overhead, a gander preparing its goslings for first flight, his grandfather providing food for the long winter, or a young fancy dancer moving to heartbeat drums. He shares with the observer his insights into his history, his community and culture through breathtaking glimpses of nature and portraits of chiefs, elders and those who have lived well. Roland weaves the beauty of the Stony People, their language, culture and history into tangible works of art. Roland has pursued formal studies in art at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, the University of Calgary, and the Banff School of Fine Arts. By his own admission, however, his greatest learning has come through personal observation and respectful listening, and Nature and his Elders themselves teach Roland how they want to be depicted. Roland has distinguished himself as a mentor to emerging artists, inspiring many to see life more fully and with a profound sense of gratitude. In March of 2010, Roland was honoured by being commissioned by Parks Canada to paint a large mural to be placed in the renovated Cave and Basin Historical Site in Banff.
Gordon Wesley is passionate about bringing the life of the wild into a still picture, using his memories from his wildlife experiences. He is a proud Stoney Nakoda from the Big Horn Reserve, where he was inspired to create life on canvas. Living in a quiet reserve in the mountains, Gordon can easily maintain the focus and concentrate his paintings on the essence of the wildlife living in the Rockies. As a child Gordon loved to be outdoors monitoring the animals that inhabit his local geography and he became curious about them and enjoyed their natural beauty. His passion of nature derives from the desire to capture the spirit of the wild in art.
Holly Kaquitts (Indian Given Name: Thunder Bear) is a Stoney Nakoda / Cree artist. She has lived most of her life on the Morley Reserve, located near the Rocky Mountains. She is the granddaughter of the Stoney Nakoda/Cree artist and actor Frank M. Kaquitts from whom she got her inspiration as a child. Thunder Bear is self taught. She started out with drawing and sketching which led to portraits, still life, fantasy and dark art. Later on she explored pastels, acrylic and oil paints. She used these materials to produce landscape, history and genre paintings. Thunder Bear has done murals within her community and also took part in the making of the Town of Cochrane community mural, a mosaic work that is called “Trust”. She painted #192, #26, and #19. She is best known for the logo she created for the Stoney Nakoda Resort and Casino. Presently she is working on creative designs that are based on her culture and tradition. Holly’s goal in her art is to reach out to people and bring realization to humanity, to have hope and to love nature and life once again. Thunder Bear acknowledges her loving family's support in her artistic endeavours.
SUPERNORMALARTISTS is the FIRST art group based in Morley, Alberta and composed of one Korean boy and very talented Stoney Nakoda First Nations friends. The group was formed in Spring 2018. They are very new but have very clear goals and ambitions for themselves and that is to do a few simple things: have fun with art; learn about each others' culture and art; and share their art with others. The pieces in this exhibition are the group's very first attempt at making art - made with their instincts and given talents.