Tuesday, April 3, 2018

An Unusual Location For An Art Gallery

A collection of art is found beneath the bridge I showed you in yesterday's post. As these were set in an exterior location, these are reproductions of the original works. Collectively called from here to there (then and now), these artworks are by First Nations artists from across the country, each done within the last few years, done with different methods but each influenced by the cultures and backgrounds of the artists. It's an interesting use of the space, which would be more known to pedestrians and cyclists as opposed to the drivers who pass overhead each day on their day to and from work. They might not even know there's an underpass here.

This is tamiow tie'owin, a combination of photographs on aluminum and printed canvas, by the Ktaqmkuk artist Jordan Bennett.

A video still is this one. How To Steal A Canoe was a video done with textile and puppetry by the Coast Salish artist Amanda Strong.

Deluxe Sled is a digital print by an Inuk artist, Geronimo Inutiq.

Horse Dance is a print by Meryl McMaster, of the Siksika First Nation, capturing a moment of performance.

The Village Dream is an oil painting by Travis Shilling, of the Chippewas of Rama First Nation.

Sacred Colours is an acrylic by Katheryn Wabegijig, of the Garden River First Nation.

Nigit'stil Norbert is the Yellowknife artist behind this medium format capture, Papa- Underground Resistance.

Christian Chapman of the Fort William First Nation did this screen print, run to the hills.

Nico Williams of the Aamjlwnaang First Nation used beads and porcupine quills to create this, titled Medicine Woman Picking Sweetgrass.

Adorned First Kill is a painting that combines acrylic and beadwork. The artist, Hilary Brighthill, is of the Penetanguishene First Nation.

Here we have an exterior view from the south end of the passageway.


  1. These are one and all wonderful. I really liked the one about how to steal a canoe! It's just too bad that the underpass isn't known to more people or more accessible to people.

  2. A very interesting assortment of art. Always fabulous to see how people express themselves.


  3. You share the most unique and interesting posts. I especially love the bead and quill art.

  4. ...art should be where people can enjoy it.

  5. Incredible! Love every one of them! And in such an unusual place.

  6. @Lowell: I suspect it's quite well used in warmer weather. Though there were a couple of people who stepped inside while I was there, so once you know it's there, it might be part of your routine to walk there.

    @Janis: it certainly is.

    @Francisco: thank you!

    @Mildred: the artists each have style.

    @Tom: true, and this make for a good location.

    @Marie: I think it's a great use of the space.

  7. Creative art gallery! Thank you for the photos

  8. I find aboriginal art fascinating. I had the awesome job of buying soapstone carvings for two years.

  9. What a surprise to find this exposition there.
    A lot of great work, but I find the first one 'tamiow tie'owin' the most interesting.

  10. I like aboriginal art. There is so much to it.

  11. @Maywyn: you're welcome.

    @Red: it's visually stunning in terms of styles.

    @Jan: each of them have their appeals to me.

    @Catarina: there's a strong sense of spirituality in these works.

    @Lady Fi: definitely.

  12. Beautiful Art. and I know more people will use this walk in the warmer weather.
    I find your city, country take on The First Nations People so much more enlightened than here in America.
    You have the best posts. So happy I found you blogs !

    cheers, parsnip

  13. Very unique and creative art work in your neat photos!

    Happy Days,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  14. That is wonderful, William. So when you say reproduction do you mean they are pics of the pieces? For example I assume there are not real beads hanging from the goose in the last piece.

  15. What a great idea to use an underpass so creatively like that. They're usually very drab.

  16. What a terrific collection. I love seeing art and art repro outdoors to inspire people to take the next step and come inside and see even more.

  17. Very nice, I like this kind of art a lot.

  18. @Parsnip: oh, there are problems. When you see social media (ie Facebook) items about First Nations peoples here, it brings out the ugly in some of us. I'm disgusted by some people who have the gall to call themselves Canadian when they say such things.

    @Carol: their styles are quite different from the European schools of art.

    @RedPat: yes, pics of the original works. I did have to look twice at those bead ones, for instance, as from even a few feet away they have quite a three dimensional look.

    @Jenny: I knew the underpass was there, but until some weeks ago when I descended down to photograph the nearby old mill, I didn't know there was art in there. But I've seen a similar set up elsewhere in town, and that one also involved First Nations artists.

    @Jeanie: that's true. I've seen it done with special exhibits.

    @Marleen: so do I.

  19. That really is unusual. Beautiful work!

  20. You're right. A strange place for such a fabulous collection. How to steal a canoe looked really interesting.

  21. What a fantastic and different collection this is.
    Thanks so much for sharing your photographs.

    Happy April Wishes.

    All the best Jan

  22. What a great "gallery" in an unexpected location.

  23. Beautiful Native art, well done.
    Thanks for sharing these stunning works, William.

  24. i enjoy the fish in the middle art ... very creative!! love the colors. ( :

  25. I like the work of Travis Shilling very much, also I have seen an exhibition of wonderful paintings by his late father Arthur Shilling. Travis Shilling's brother Bewabon Shilling is also a prolific artist.

  26. My fave is How to Steal a Canoe.

  27. It is an unusual place but nice to make a boring underpass more interesting. I wonder how many people stop and look?

  28. These are amazing. I keep thinking I've just visited you, and then I realized my brain has some issues! What memory??!!

  29. @Lois: it is!

    @Mari: I find them all fascinating works.

    @Jan: you're welcome.

    @Kay: it's a good spot.

    @Bill: it's a pleasure to do so.

    @Beth: thank you!

    @Shammickite: I've seen Meryl McMaster's name in the news in recent days for another art locale.

    @Linda: it's a good one.

    @Jenn: I expect it's a good deal busier as warm temperatures come, particularly with cyclists.

    @Jennifer: thanks!

    @Klara: it is indeed.