An Abo­rig­i­nal Arts Fes­ti­val in Ge­orgeville

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Ge­orgeville

taken in our eight-year his­tory," Louise Ab­bott, the pres­i­dent of Studio Ge­orgeville, points out. "We've put in months of plan­ning, but we've been en­cour­aged by all the in­di­vid­u­als and or­ga­ni­za­tions that have stepped for­ward to lend us a hand."

The abo­rig­i­nal arts fes­ti­val will fea­ture an ex­hi­bi­tion of in­dige­nous women's art at Studio Ge­orgeville; a two-day fes­ti­val of award­win­ning films by or about in­dige­nous peo­ples at Mur­ray Me­mo­rial Hall in Ge­orgeville; and crafts demon­stra­tions by three Cree ar­ti­sans in Copp's Square in Ge­orgeville. Two tipis and a wig­wam will be erected for the Canada Day week­end, when the crafts demon­stra­tions will take place.

The first event, Abo­rig­i­nal Women's Art: A Cel­e­bra­tion, will be­gin on Satur­day, June 18, at Studio Ge­orgeville, 20 carré Copp, in Ge­orgeville. The vernissage will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Cree el­der and ac­tivist Dianne Ot­tereyes Reid will of­fi­cially open the ex­hi­bi­tion with a tra­di­tional cer­e­mony. Ev­ery­one is wel­come to at­tend the vernissage and meet the artists in at­ten­dance, in­clud­ing Nata­sia Mukash and Saige Mukash of Whap­ma­goos­tui (Great Whale River), Vir­ginia Pésémapéo Borde­leau of Rouyn-No­randa, and Jocelyn Heav­en­fire of Mon­treal.

"We're re­ally look­ing for­ward to giv­ing peo­ple here in the Town­ships the chance to be­come more fa­mil­iar with the work of in­dige­nous artists," Louise Ab­bott says. "At the same

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