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2017-07-09 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Join us Sunday July 9th to welcome the new art on our walls!
Music will be provided by Awar Obob.
Come groove, peruse, and consume with us!
River Doucette, born outside Vankleek Hill, Ontario, is a visual artist and body painter. Since moving to Ottawa 5 years ago she has been painting in a variety of media.
Recently she has been experimenting with a method she identifies as soul painting. Many of the pieces you see have been done via listening to music and letting the rhythms and melodies guide her finger painting. When she sees an image that speaks to her, she embellishes on the manifestation, and magic happens.
Many of River’s works are shaped by her experience as an Indigenous artist. Being Mi’kmaq-Acadian on her mother’s side and Mohawk-Guyanese on the other, there is a rich history of Indigenous peoples and the progression to reconciliation, which River attempts to express and confront in certain pieces such as Tribute to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.
She aspires to bring forth a constructive dialogue, and perhaps uncomfortable conversations about issues that generally ARE uncomfortable but absolutely necessary.
River’s goal is to be a full-time artist and work with Cirque du Soleil as a body painter one day.
“My people will sleep for one hundred years, but when they awake, it will be the artists who give them their spirit back.”
– Louis Riel
Gabriela Warrior Renaud:
Gabriela Warrior Renaud is an award-winning independent filmmaker based in Ottawa, Canada. Her work uses the intimacy of storytelling to dig deeper in issues of race and culture. She wants to push the boundaries of our collective comfort-zone to allow room for more inclusive conversations and equal representation. By sharing intersectional stories, Gabriela wants to humanize difficult subjects and shed a light on issues that have been left unexplored. She is currently working on “Hyphen”: a documentary which explores cultural identity by sharing stories and experiences of mixed-race Canadians.
Gabriela is showing “Hyphen Excerpts”: 5 excerpts of 5 different interviews done as part of Hyphen, ready on a discman for you to listen to at your leisure!