THIS MONTHS FEATURE...
A space to highlight the artistic work that is coming out of diverse communities on the Prairies. Art is a wonderful educator and we want to share this art with you.
Ruth Cuthand Exhibit
– July 31, 2020
THE GALLERY/art placement inc. has put together a fantastic exhibit of Ruth Cuthand’s beaded work. Cuthand is an acclaimed Treaty 6 artist that has been hard at work since the pandemic began. Her intricately textured images of COVID-19 are so attractive in their unusual subject matter that they demand a second, more thoughtful look. Cuthand’s art conjures up thoughts around the complex, historical trading relationship between Indigenous communities and settlers. While the art of beading is rooted in tradition, Cuthand uses this medium/trade good as a way to invite viewers to think about the impact european settlements, trade relationships and viruses have had on First Nations communities in the past and present, with the Coronavirus.
Reserve 107 Film
– July 20, 2020
In March 2020 when COVID forced us to close our doors, I spent some time watching films that I have been meaning to check out but never seemed to have the time. Prairie Rivers Reconciliation Committee (PRRC) and the Office of the Treaty Commissioner (OTC) sent out an email that had a ton of excellent reconciliation resources on it and the Reserve 107 Film was one of them. Initially, the Station Arts Centre was planning to have a screening of this film in our theatre, followed by a panel discussion. Artist Ray Keighley was to be a part of this discussion while also creating a mural based on this story. The screening and the mural project have been put on hold however, we welcome your thoughts on this film through the contact form below. These comments would indirectly shape the mural project if we are able to go ahead with it in the future.
This is a great example of a reconciliation journey right here in our own backyard. Enjoy!
-Nicole Thiessen, Director of Programming
Hello! From the Community Connector
Hi! My name is Kate Boyer and excited to introduce myself as the Station Arts Centre’s Community Connector. I’m a first year Arts and Science student at the U of S and loving every minute of it (ok, except for finals). I grew up on a traditional Métis Riverlot on the banks of the south Saskatchewan River near Batoche and spent my childhood being schooled by my parents, running though grassy fields and climbing trees. I was raised in a world of curiosity and wonder and have learned that by being myself and spreading love I would find success and fulfillment. I am a proud Métis woman who loves to laugh and make art. I enjoy reading, have a passion for cooking, and enjoy finding new ways to live a sustainable lifestyle. My age, background, personality and the fact that I currently bridge urban and rural living – gives me a unique perspective that I am excited to share with you!
THIS WEEK’S UPCOMING EVENTS + HIGHLIGHTS
July 21 – 31, 2020
Back to Batoche with a New Twist!
Every year Metis Nation Saskatchewan along with other partners put on a Festival called Back to Batoche Days that celebrates Métis culture and way of life. This year, COVID had the potential to put a damper on the usual celebrations. Luckily, we Métis are good at finding new ways to deal with adversity. This year the festivities will go-ahead but in a virtual setting. On July 23rd at 10 AM you can join in the fun at https://backtobatochedays.ca/.
If you are looking for a fun family event from July 23rd to July 26th Back to Batoche Days is a perfect choice. You can watch square dancing, jigging and fiddle competitions all from the comfort of your couch, as well as enjoy a host of other entertainment and Métis cultural events. If you look closely you might even spot me in a competition or two. Have fun enjoying a good old Métis house party!
SHE NATIVE; Indigenous Women Helping Indigenous Women
Devon Fiddler is the Chief Changemaker and Founder of the fashion brand SHE NATIVE, based in Saskatoon. Fiddler’s company is run by Indigenous women with a goal of providing support and mentorship to other Indigenous women. Fiddler’s designs are hip and fashionable while also using elements of Indigenous culture to tell a powerful story. SHE NATIVE is also committed to giving a percentage of their proceeds to causes that help support Indigenous women.
You can learn more about the brand and buy your very own SHE NATIVE designs at https://www.shenative.com/.
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