The Main Gallery ~ January 20th - March 12th, 2017
RE:Claiming the Taken
Featuring National Aboriginal Program Student Exhibition & En’Owkin Centre Faculty and Alumni
Exhibition Opening Friday January 20th 7:00- 9:00 p.m. Cultural Program starts at 7:45 p.m.
Artist Talk Saturday January 21st ~ 2:00p.m.
The Penticton Art Gallery is honoured to once again partner with the En’owkin Centre to present this annual series of exhibitions, designed to explore the rich artistic legacy created by the distinguished staff and alumni who have passed through this unique cultural facility. The En’owkin believes that the embodiment of a successful teacher and mentor is to lead by example and with dignity to help carry on the wishes, hopes, and dreams of the ancestors.
Envisioning Healing, Reconnection, Revitalization in Culture, Language, and Traditional Arts this exhibition is one event inspired to RE:Claim space for contemporary Indigenous voices actively working to heal and make aware aspects of reconciliation. Our participating artists illustrate their individual connections to traditional aspects of culture, while reaffirming their voices in the continued efforts of creative cross-cultural communication. Dr. Michelle Jack states, “Without connection we know less about our shared humanity.” Dr. Gregory Younging states, “We are pleased to be presenting this exhibit to celebrate the history of artistic excellence from En’owkin Centre and to honour 2017 as a year of reconciliation as part of Canada 150.”
RE:Claiming the Taken is co-curated by Paul Crawford, Phyllis Isaac, Dr. Michelle Jack, and Dr. Gregory Younging. The exhibit features artwork by National Aboriginal Professional Artist Training (NAPAT) Program second year students (funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage), En’owkin Centre alumni, former faculty, and mentors. The exhibit features, painting, sculpture, installation and multi-media work. Particpating artists this year include: Alumni: Dr. Joane Cardinal Shubert, Bracken Hanuse Corlett & Amanda Strong, Sheldon Louis, Chris Paul, Jennifer Petahtegoose, Cathi Wherry Staff/Sylix Artists: Lauren Terbasket, Phyllis Issac, Dr. Michelle Jack, Dr. Greg Younging - Mariel Belanger, Tracey Kim Bonneau, Devon Armstrong, Reynold Gabriel, Winona Paul 2nd Year NAPAT Arts Students: Marianne Charles, Andre Sutherland Begin, Shayna Desjarlais, Wynnter Raphael, Tyrone Whitehawk, Maryssa Bonneau-Jack, Tiinesha Begaye
The En’owkin Center is an Indigenous post-secondary arts and cultural center located on the Penticton Indian Reserve. The National Aboriginal Professional Artist Training (NAPAT) Program is one of many innovative programs housed at En’owkin. This two-year certificate program includes storytelling, performance arts, media arts, painting, sculpture, installation art and marketing. The focus of the National Aboriginal Professional Artist Training Program (NAPAT) is to protect and preserve Indigenous world-view and arts expressions in traditional heritage, utilizing interdisciplinary works with contemporary practice. The NAPAT program was developed to support the learning of how to “revitalize” traditional art forms into contemporary practice. It is a professional training opportunity that assists the artist to interpret traditional forms of art in today’s context. This program as well as the Foundations in Indigenous Fine Arts program, which students can also focus on creative writing as well as the other arts, creates many opportunities for the artists to collaborate and integrate many different mediums in their studies.
There are many programs like NAPAT at the En’owkin Centre that continue to foster our partnerships with the University of Victoria, Nicola Valley Institute of Technology, and the University of British Columbia. Without the foundational n’sylixcen – Okanagan Language programs and Indigenous Studies courses that foster these partnerships as well the NAPAT program would not have nearly the resources to draw from for inspiration and incentive while “revitalizing” connections to many Indigenous communities, languages, and traditions throughout North America and the world.
This exhibition is part of an ongoing series of annual exhibitions, which will explore the incredible culture and diversity embodied by the En’Owkin and its inspired faculty. A special debt of thanks is due to all the participating artists without their trust, belief and support and to Phyllis Isaac, Dr. Michelle Jack, Dr. Gregory Younging, Lauren Terbasket, Tracey Kim Bonneau, Richard Armstrong and Dr. Jeannette Armstrong for their continued and ongoing support to help us build this important cultural bridge between our two communities.