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Cedar Sage & Sweetgrass exhibit highlights Indigenous artists

You can catch Through Our Eyes at the Anvil Centre Community Art Gallery starting May 29.
Susan L. Greig (seen here in a file photo) is the featured artist at Through Our Eyes, presented by the Indigenous artist collective Cedar Sage & Sweetgrass at the Anvil Centre Community Art Gallery. The show starts May 29.

Indigenous artists are in the spotlight at a new exhibition at the Anvil Centre Community Art Gallery.

The new exhibition, Through Our Eyes, runs Monday, May 29 to Wednesday, July 26.  It’s presented by the Indigenous artist collective Cedar Sage & Sweetgrass.

“As an Indigenous artist, we found that our art was not accepted to be part of shows in some of our communities’ art galleries,” the group said in an artist statement. “In speaking with other Indigenous artists, we found that they experienced the same situation. We created Cedar Sage & Sweetgrass with the goal of giving Indigenous artists a forum where they could show their best art, connect and encourage one another.”

The group also seeks to encourage and promote young Indigenous artists.

Cedar Sage & Sweetgrass has had all three Indigenous Peoples recognized in Canada — First Nation, Métis and Inuit — represented at most of its shows.

Through Our Eyes features artists James Groening, Uumati, Sheila Lowe, Kalum Teke Dan, Tara-Lynn Kozma-Perrin, Jerry Whitehead, Maryanne Landrie and featured artist Susan L. Greig.

Through Our Eyes: Opening reception, artist talk set

  • Opening: An opening reception is set for June 14 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. It will include guest speakers and live music by the drumming group Indigenous Women Rise. It’s open to the public, and all are welcome.
  • Artist talk: There will also be an artist talk on Sunday, June 11 from 1 to 3 p.m.
  • Location: The Anvil Centre Community Art Gallery is at 777 Columbia St.

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