Thursday July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
6 to 9 p.m.
An art festival running weekly from now till the end of July will feature workshops and performances by prominent Aboriginal authors, musicians and mixed media artists.
The Arbor Aboriginal Artists Collective supports the creation and dissemination of work from Aboriginal, Inuit and Métis artists from all Indigenous Nations living in the Kamloops area and working in all artistic disciplines.
“It involves participants in creating artwork that confronts and challenges stereotypes, hidden histories and stolen voices and works to inspire and empower individuals through creativity,” said Kamloops Art Gallery’s education and public programs coordinator Emily Hope in a media release today.
“Throughout July, join the Collective in the Tricia Sellmer and Ken Lepin studios for free all-ages performances and workshops with prominent Aboriginal authors, musicians and mixed media artists.”
Secwepemc poet Garry Gottfriedson kicked off the festival (July 3) with a poetry reading and question and answer session.
On July 10, Metis performer and poet Joanne Arnott will read her work and conduct a question and answer session.
Niska Napoleon, a Cree singer-songwriter, brings her debut album tour to the gallery on July 17 for an acoustic performance.
Artists Bracken Hanuse Corlett and Dean Hunt join forces on July 24 for a mixed media and music workshop.
Rounding out the month is Victoria’s poet laureate and host of CBC’s Tribal Clefs, Janet Rogers. She’ll read from her poetry and conduct a workshop on July 31.
Starting at 6:00 pm the Arbor Aboriginal Artists Collective present a Poetry Reading and Workshop with Métis writer Joanne Arnott in our studios.
At 7:00 pm local artist Tricia Sellmer will be leading a Community Perspectives Tour in our summer exhibitions, Ted Smith: A Retrospective and Jack Shadbolt: Seven Decades of Works on Paper.
Both events are free AND admission to the Gallery will be free all day, sponsored by BCLC.
Clear your Thursday evening schedule, Kamloops!
No registration is required.