On Wednesday, October 14, 2020 Algoma Art Society members met in Gallery I of the Art Gallery of Algoma between 3:00 and 5:00 p.m.
The meeting opened with 15 minutes of figure sketching led by Kathy Godfrey as several members posed.
Cherie Ahvenniemi chaired the meeting and then shared several of her paintings that she was currently working on, welcoming feedback.
Throughout the meeting members wore masks and self distanced.
Algoma Art Society members appreciate the Art Gallery of Algoma providing us this with this artistically inspiring space to meet.
Gallery I featured a display entitled "Wrapped in Culture", a travelling exhibition from the Ottawa Art Gallery. This was a collaborative project that brought together ten Indigenous artists from Australia and Canada. Working over the course of three weeks in November 2017, the artists created contemporary versions of an Australian Aboriginal possum skin cloak and a Blackfoot buffalo robe: two culturally distinct, yet similar, artistic traditions that historically held both sacred and practical purposes. The goal of this project was to encourage an inter-cultural sharing of material history to produce a work reflective of Indigenous traditions, cultures, and communities both past and present.
This project was made possible through the Canada Council for the Arts New Chapter and partnerships with the City of Ottawa and Carleton University Art Gallery.