Emerging Indigenous Artists at the Nina Haggerty Centre (Web Exclusive)

  • Poster for “A Long Walk,” featuring the work of Krista Hamilton, Tess Stieben, and Crystal Dillon. The show was part of the RBC Emerging Artists Project Supplied

This was the second reception I’ve attended at the Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts, the RBC Emerging Artists Project.

The first time I was invited by a former student. She had done visual art for one of my assignments and it was awesome. I had encouraged her to formalize it by writing a commentary for each piece. She did after the course was over, in a blog which I’ve shared many times on Facebook. I recall there was a young Indigenous man who was one of the three at that time. So I’m now wondering if RBC deliberately includes an Indigenous person in the line-up.

I met Crystal Dillon at the Red Road Healing Society family longhouse night with her children. She was enthusiastic about the exhibition and invited everyone to attend. The reception was very classy with an instrumentalist playing for the enjoyment of those viewing the art with a fine choice of refreshments available.

While there, she shared some of her story with me. A young First Nations woman who recently graduated from an arts program, she is adjusting to the transition of becoming a professional. Knowing how to price her work is a challenge she told me. Crystal draws, paints, and sculpts. She had already sold one of her works. I hope she does well in the future! In the meantime, I plan to attend more receptions at “The Nina” and hope to see more emerging Indigenous artists there.

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  • Making Art, Making Smiles – Ann-Marie Johnson on her final day of watercolour art classes (April 3), offered by instructor Bruce in conjunction with Inner City Pastoral Ministries (ICPM) at Bissell Centre. Yovella M.

  • Treasures of Ukrainian Wood Carvings – This exhibit was featured at the Ukrainian National Federation Hall (106 Avenue and 98 Street) on April 1-2, 2017. It also included a fine art show and sale, as well as performances. Paula E. Kirman

  • Treasures of Ukrainian Wood Carvings – This exhibit was featured at the Ukrainian National Federation Hall (106 Avenue and 98 Street) on April 1-2, 2017. It also included a fine art show and sale, as well as performances. Paula E. Kirman

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