Sunrise Ceremony at Toronto City Hall

National Aboriginal Day I Toronto City Hall

Celebrating Aboriginal Day 2017

In Canada, the month of June is National Aboriginal History Month. June 21, the first day of summer, is recognized as National Aboriginal Day, a special time to honour and celebrate our aboriginal peoples: First Nations, Inuit and Metis.

As I think of this years aboriginal day, the total acceptance, warmth and hospitality my wife and I enjoyed during our time in the Inuit territories of Nunavik and Nunavut and the Cree village of Whapmagoostui between 2007 and 2014, remains fresh in my mind. 

In Quaqtaq, we were eagerly invited to share in the community freezer as soon as we arrived. The community freezer was supplied with hunted food supplies paid for by the Municipal office. Supplies at the freezer varied with ample supplies of arctic char, lake trout, caribou sometimes and sometimes nothing at all. Nevertheless, this situation was no deterrent to our open invitation to partake. It was an honour system and in spite of recurrent scarcity, no one took more than was required.

While Whapmagoostui had no community freezer, the sense of hospitality was generally the same. During the goose hunting season, we received fresh and roasted goose from our Cree friends. Among the Cree, laughter was in no short supply and it was in their arena that I learned to skate without ever paying a dime.

As I often share with our customers at Northern Expressions, in showcasing aboriginal art, we strive to maintain an environment and tradition of warmth and friendliness in serving our customers. For us, the art we showcase projects the creativity, resourcefulness and resilience of our First Peoples. 

Happy National Aboriginal Day 2017!

National Aboriginal Day 2017 I Northern Expressions

 

 

Tags: Store News

Northern Expressions now open at Jordan Village, Niagara

Northern Expressions is now open to the public at quaint Jordan Village, at the heart of  wine country, Niagara. 

Home to the renowned Cave Spring Cellars and Inn On The Twenty, the new 1500 square foot space is carefully designed to provide a welcoming and enjoyable atmosphere among the best collection of Inuit art. 

The gallery is open 7 days a week from 10:00am till 6:00pm.

We look forward to seeing you!

 

 

 

 

 

Canada's Central Bank Unveils Commemorative $10 Note Featuring Kenojuak Ashevak Print

Commemorative Kenojuak Ashevak $10 Note I Northern Expressions
Northern Expressions joins in celebrating the unveiling of a commemorative Bank of Canada $10 note featuring Kenojuak Ashevak's stone cut print "Owl's Bouquet" from the 2007 Cape Dorset Print Collection. The unveiling took place at the head office of the Bank of Canada on April 7, 2017 with members of Kenojuak's family in attendance.Owl's Bouquet I Kenojuak Ashevak I Northern ExpressionsAccording to Dorset Fine Arts, "This is the first time that work by an Inuit artist has appeared on a bank note and only the second time that original visual art has been included in a composition."  This is a great endorsement of aboriginal art by Canada's central bank and demonstrates the place of aboriginal creativity in Canada's history.





 

 

Northern Expressions Opening Soon in Ottawa!

I am very pleased to announce that a new Northern Expressions Inuit Art Gallery is scheduled to open soon in downtown Ottawa, Canada's capital city.

Northern Expressions I Ottawa Location


The new gallery will be located inside the completely renovated ground floor retail component of the A-Class office structure, at 160 Elgin Street. With a renovation budget of $37M, the new promises to be a destination location for the best retail experience in Ottawa.

Stay tuned for more updates!

Thanks You.

 

 

2016 Spring Release - Pudlo Pudlat

To commemorate the centenary of Pudlo Pudlat's birth, two never before seen limited edition lithographs, "Formidable Muskox" and "Caribou in Northern Lights," have been released. Printed at the Cape Dorset studios in 1985 and 1987 respectively, these two dynamic prints are superb examples of Pudlo's work created during the apogee of his career.

 

Title: Caribou In Northern Lights
Lithograph on Somerset White, 1987
Height 50.3 x Width 65.5 cm

Title: Formidable MuskOx
Lithograph on Arches Cream , 1985
Height 56.8 x Width 73.8 cm

 

 

Northern Expressions Art Gallery is ONE

It has been quite an incredible experience since DAY 1- door opening at Northern Expressions.

....Not to bore you, but here are a few little details about our journey so far:

3 sleepless nights before opening
More sleepless nights after opening
4 great core team members
100's of man hours
100's tiny little details to work on
1 first customer
More sleepless nights
Wonderful customers

Read entire article.

Tags: Store News

RIP "TIM PITSIULAK"

It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Tim Pitsiulak. He was a deeply committed and talented artist who will be deeply missed.

Tim with our Carolee Custus

Tags: Cape Dorset

Heritage Minutes Pays Tribute In New Film To Kenojuak Ashevak

 

Here's inviting you to view the first ever Heritage Minute featuring Kenojuak Ashevak, released on October, 20. Canada's "Heritage Minutes" is a collection of more than 80 dramatized vignettes that recreate events of great importance, accomplishment and bravery in Canada's history.

"A founding member of Cape Dorset’s famed printmaking co-op, Kenojuak Ashevak [is recognized as introducing] Inuit art to the world." Kenojuak's opening line perfectly summarizes the video “... We say [art] is to transfer something from the real to the unreal.” 

This Heritage Minute is the first to be released in Inuktitut in addition to the regular format of English and French. Filmed on location at Cape Dorset, the film provides artistic imagery to some of Kenojuak's finest works.

Enjoy.

Excerpts from: Historica Canada Website


 

 

 


2016 Annual Print Collection

Northern Expressions is proud to announce the arrival of the 57th Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection.

The Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection is a celebration of Inuit print artists. Since 1959, Kinngait Studios has gained world renown in the production of high quality Inuit prints that has become a hallmark of Canadian aboriginal enterprise.

According to  William Huffman of Dorset Fine Arts "Each collection tells us a new story, and this year’s latest chapter is an homage to Inuit art history and cultural heritage." 

The 2016 print collection showcases the works of Ningiukulu Nungusuituk, Pitseolak Niviaqsi, Tim Pitsiulak, Malaija Pootoogook, Pauojoungie Saggiak, Kakulu Saggiaktok and Ningeokuluk Teevee.