An Aboriginal Arts Festival in 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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