Wednesday, October 8, 2014

7: Professional Native Indian Artists Inc.@ Kelowna Art Gallery STARTS THIS WEEKEND!

Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna, BC
/OCTOBER 11TH, 2014 - JANUARY 4TH 2015/

Thunderbird of Courage, 1977, acrylic on canvas,
61 x 50.8 cm. © Daphne Odjig /Private Collection/
Photo credit: Don Hall
© Kelowna Art Gallery

“We wanted to change the world, the art world for Natives of Canada.” - Alex Janvier

In the early 1970s seven professional First Nations artists decided to join together and create a new Group of Seven for Canada – sometimes called the “Indian Group of Seven”.

They wanted to win an audience for their work and challenge stereotypes about First Nations people working as contemporary artists. This exhibition contains about sixty works of art in total and is organized and circulated by the MacKenzie Art Gallery in Regina, Saskatchewan.

The seven artists are:

Jackson Beardy (1944-1984),
Eddy Cobiness (1933-1996),
Alex Janvier (b. 1935),
Norval Morrisseau (1932-2007),
Daphne Odjig (b. 1919),
Carl Ray (1942-1978) and
Joseph Sanchez (b. 1948)

The artist among the seven most familiar to Okanagan audiences will be the award-winning Daphne Odjig, who has lived and worked in Penticton for a number of years and has achieved a national reputation for her paintings.

Opening reception
Friday, October 17, 2014, 7 to 9 pm.
Opening remarks at 7 pm
This is a free event, open to members and guests by invitation.


                   7: Professional Native Indian Artists Inc.
                     /OCTOBER 11TH, 2014 - JANUARY 5TH 2015/

All tour dates for this exhibition:
Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, MB - May 10 to August 31, 2014
Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna, BC - October 11, 2014 to January 4, 2015
McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, ON - October 24, 2015 to January 17, 2016

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