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From The Spirit

From the Spirit - Season I presents an incredible diverse group of Aboriginal artists from Alberta, British Columbia and Northwest Territories. Artists, by definition are people who live "on the edge" and Native artists have had a tougher journey than most. These stories are inspirational; they are all stories of people who would not quit even, sometimes, in the face of terrific adversity. These are people who have made a difference, in their own lives, to the lives of others and to the Art World.

  • Andy Everson
    Monday, July 23
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    Andy is from Comox, British Columbia and is of mixed K'omoks and Kwakwaka'waka heritage. Andy is a natural born innovator. His brightly coloured prints, although drawn from his Native heritage, are produced entirely on a computer.
  • Lee Claremont
    Tuesday, July 24
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    Lee is of Mohawk/Irish ancestry and she is a respected instructor at the En'owkin Centre, an Aboriginal Education College in the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia. Her abstract paintings are a reflection of her Peoples traditional view of the world.
  • James Wedzin
    Wednesday, July 25
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    James is a Tlicho artist from Behchoko (Fort Rae), Northwest Territories, who praises his grandmother for inspiring and encouraging his early interest in traditional art. He watched her create intricate beadwork endlessly and developed his own sense of art style. James is known for his northern landscapes, animal imagery and northern lights.
  • Roy Henry Vickers
    Thursday, July 26
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    As one of Canada's premier artists from British Columbia, Roy has established a loyal audience for his prints, paintings, carvings and designs. Roy's distinctive art style has combined the traditional and contemporary, old and new, personal and universal themes. Roy owns two art galleries in B.C., one in Sidney and in Tofino.
  • George Littlechild
    Friday, July 27
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    This internationally known Alberta painter was raised in foster homes separated from his Cree community. George's mixed-media paintings record his personal and family history as well as his reclamation and re-connection with his ancestral culture. George believes colours possess spiritual cleansing and purifying powers.
  • Archie Beaulieu
    Monday, July 30
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    Archie, a TLICHO Dene from Behchoko, NWT, is known for his bold and unique style of painting. He comes from a traditional background of hunting, fishing and trapping and this is reflected in his art work - his closeness to the land and its spirits.
  • Joane Cardinal - Schubert
    Tuesday, July 31
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    Joane, a multi-media artist from Southern Alberta, is of Blackfoot heritage and her paintings reflect her strong spirituality and the influence of the traditional petroglyphs which dot Blackfoot country. Her art work has been shown nationally and is included in many global art collections. She passed on in 2009.
  • Jim Hart
    Wednesday, August 1
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    A prominent Haida artist, from Massett, Queen Charlotte Islands in B. C, carved several totem poles for private commissions and has been involved in many major projects. Some of his totem poles can be found at the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia.
  • Eli Nasogaluak
    Thursday, August 2
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    Eli is an Inuvialuit from Tuktoyaktuk, NWT. He now lives in British Columbia. Eli does beautiful sculptures depicting a variety of traditional and contemporary images. His work reflects the animal and spirits of the north and their relationship to him.
  • Jane Ash Poitras
    Friday, August 3
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    This brilliant internationally known artist, from Fort Chipewyan, Alberta, takes us on a breathtaking high speed tour of the world as she sees it. Her works have been exhibited in numerous sole and group exhibitions in galleries and museums in the Canada, United States and around the world.
  • John Farcy
    Monday, August 6
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    John is a Dene artist who lives in Fort Providence on the MacKenzie River, Northwest Territories. Although he studied art for two years in Victoria, he's primarily a self-taught artist. John works in ink in a style known as "pointillism." He frequently draws on his experiences in hunting, fishing and trapping as a basis for his art.
  • Rocky Barstad
    Tuesday, August 7
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    Rocky Barstad: is from T'suu T'ina heritage near Calgary, Alberta, Rocky's paintings and bronze statues have made him one of the most successful native artists in Alberta. He has studied and traveled throughout Arizona. While Rocky traveled in Europe he promoted Aboriginal Art and the importance of keeping it authentic. Rocky owns the Two Feathers Gallery High River, Alberta.
  • Daniel Crane
    Wednesday, August 8
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    From the T'suu T'ina Nation near Calgary, Alberta, Daniel is an entertainer, artist and musician. He has struggled with substance abuse but through the flute has found his spiritual voice.
  • Fred McCdonald
    Thursday, August 9
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    A Woodland Cree from Fort McKay, Alberta, Fred recently received his Master's Degree in Fine Arts from the University of Calgary. His work is a mixture of styles and expressions and he uses colours and symbols to capture the experiences, the characteristics and the spirituality of his people.
  • Terry McCue
    Friday, August 10
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    Terry is a self-taught Ojibwa painter from Ontario now living in Alberta, and as a youth he watched and learnt from his cousin Arthur Schilling. Terry talks about his struggle with alcohol, his lack of formal training and his success as a painter producing unique, beautiful and bold works. Terry?s work can be found in private and corporate collections in Canada and the United States.
  • Dale Auger
    Monday, August 13
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    Dale, a Woodland Cree from Northern Alberta sees his role as that of a modern-day 'Medicine Man'. A successful painter and humorist, Dale makes no secret of the animal spirits which guide his work and his life. His artwork is bigger than life and creates a commanding presence. However, it's also deceptively simply, and therein lays the core of the artist. He passed away on September 23, 2008.
  • Tim Paul
    Tuesday, August 14
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    Tim was born in Esperanze Inlet, north of Tofino, British Columbia, and began carving in 1975 at the Arts of the Raven Gallery in Victoria, under the direction of Ben Andrews and later with John Livingston. He assisted Richard Hunt in the carving program that the Royal BC Museum held at Thunderbird Park in Victoria in 1977. From 1984 to 1992, Tim was Senior Carver at the Royal BC Museum and left that position to oversee a native education program for Vancouver Island. As well as carving, Tim has released numerous limited edition silkscreen prints which portray various legends of the Nuu Chah Nulth culture.
  • Sean Couchie
    Wednesday, August 15
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    Born in 1970 in New Liskeard, Ontario, Sean makes his home in London, Ontario and is a member of the Nipsissing Band of Ojibways. Developing his gifts over the years, Sean earned his degree in Advertising Art from Fanshawe College in London in 1991. Sean considers winning the Peace Hills Trust Native Art Contest in 1992, 1996 and again in 2005 as one of the major contributors to his success in his career as an artist. Sean is a freelance artist and illustrator who likes the diversity of different media and uses oils, acrylics, pen and ink, scratchboard and woodburning for his work.
  • April Mercredi
    Thursday, August 16
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    Born to a Chinese father and a Cree-French mother in Calgary, Alberta, April didn't start to paint until she was in her sixties and had retired. Along with vivid colours and expressions from the past, April uses natural elements like feathers, rocks and sticks in her artwork. She continues to draw primarily from Aboriginal imagery and continues to explore new elements to incorporate in her mixed media work. She lives in Wetaskiwin, Alberta.
  • John Rombough
    Friday, August 17
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    John was born in Sioux Lookout, Ontario, and was raised by adoptive parents in Prince Edward Island. As a young adult, John began to search for his birth parents. He discovered that his father, Alfred Catholique was living in Lutsel'ke (formerly Snowdrift) in the Northwest Territories. John moved to Lutsel'ke to rediscover his family and his cultural identity. "My painting style changed to reflect the harmony of the Dene People and the natural work and my own strong connection with nature".
  • Aaron Paquette
    Monday, August 20
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    A young artist with immense talent from Edmonton, Alberta, Aaron is a descendant of the Cree and Cherokee people. "When I began to work seriously as a painter, I wanted to do something that would help reinforce the positive aspects of Native Spirituality, and to reflect back to First Nations people everywhere the feeling of strength, unity and pride in our shared heritage. I hope that my works can act as part of a catalyst for greater understanding...My work almost always features an aspect of nature and our relationship with the earth".
  • Abraham Anghik Ruben
    Tuesday, August 21
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    Abraham is an Inuvialuk from Paulatuk in the Western Arctic and has studied at the Native Arts Centre of the University of Alaska. He is recognized as one of the artists who has taken the art of carving to a whole new level of high art and his carvings are in major collections all over the world. Some of Abraham's commissioned works were done for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police 125 Anniversary, Northern Messenger Sculpture done for the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria, BC, a Holocaust Memorial was presented to the National Holocaust Centre in Jerusalem. With this extensive background training in design and sculpture, Abraham has engaged himself in a vast variety of mediums and techniques in interpreting a unique artistic style.
  • Kevin Red Star
    Wednesday, August 22
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    Kevin was born and raised on the Crow Reservation in Montana, USA. As a teenager he attended the, then brand new, Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is now widely regarded as one of the foremost artists of the Northern Plains
  • Preston Singletary
    Thursday, August 23
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    Preston attended the Pilchuk Glass School near Seattle, Washington, USA where glass artists from all over the world come to study. His stunning sculptures provide a unique vision of his deeply rooted Tlingit culture
  • Michael Massie
    Friday, August 24
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    Michael is originally from Happy Valley/Goose Bay, Labrador and now lives in Kippens, Newfoundland. While his stone sculptures display his Inuit roots Michael is also an accomplished silversmith who is famous for his abstract teapots. Michael unabashedly challenges the concepts of "Traditional Inuit Art".
  • Laura Lee K. Harris
    Monday, August 27
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    Laura Lee seeks her inspiration by studying the pictures she sees within the grain of sheets of plywood. Over the years she has perfected to difficult technique of painting onto unfinished wood and she brings out the images which have been hidden within the trees for many years. She is of Mohawk heritage and lives in Ontario.
  • Andy Everson
    Tuesday, August 28
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    Andy is from Comox, British Columbia and is of mixed K'omoks and Kwakwaka'waka heritage. Andy is a natural born innovator. His brightly coloured prints, although drawn from his Native heritage, are produced entirely on a computer.
  • Lee Claremont
    Wednesday, August 29
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    Lee is of Mohawk/Irish ancestry and she is a respected instructor at the En'owkin Centre, an Aboriginal Education College in the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia. Her abstract paintings are a reflection of her Peoples traditional view of the world.
  • James Wedzin
    Thursday, August 30
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    James is a Tlicho artist from Behchoko (Fort Rae), Northwest Territories, who praises his grandmother for inspiring and encouraging his early interest in traditional art. He watched her create intricate beadwork endlessly and developed his own sense of art style. James is known for his northern landscapes, animal imagery and northern lights.
  • Roy Henry Vickers
    Friday, August 31
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    As one of Canada's premier artists from British Columbia, Roy has established a loyal audience for his prints, paintings, carvings and designs. Roy's distinctive art style has combined the traditional and contemporary, old and new, personal and universal themes. Roy owns two art galleries in B.C., one in Sidney and in Tofino.
  • George Littlechild
    Monday, September 3
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    This internationally known Alberta painter was raised in foster homes separated from his Cree community. George's mixed-media paintings record his personal and family history as well as his reclamation and re-connection with his ancestral culture. George believes colours possess spiritual cleansing and purifying powers.
  • Archie Beaulieu
    Tuesday, September 4
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    Archie, a TLICHO Dene from Behchoko, NWT, is known for his bold and unique style of painting. He comes from a traditional background of hunting, fishing and trapping and this is reflected in his art work - his closeness to the land and its spirits.
  • Joane Cardinal - Schubert
    Wednesday, September 5
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    Joane, a multi-media artist from Southern Alberta, is of Blackfoot heritage and her paintings reflect her strong spirituality and the influence of the traditional petroglyphs which dot Blackfoot country. Her art work has been shown nationally and is included in many global art collections. She passed on in 2009.
  • Jim Hart
    Thursday, September 6
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    A prominent Haida artist, from Massett, Queen Charlotte Islands in B. C, carved several totem poles for private commissions and has been involved in many major projects. Some of his totem poles can be found at the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia.
  • Eli Nasogaluak
    Friday, September 7
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    Eli is an Inuvialuit from Tuktoyaktuk, NWT. He now lives in British Columbia. Eli does beautiful sculptures depicting a variety of traditional and contemporary images. His work reflects the animal and spirits of the north and their relationship to him.
  • Jane Ash Poitras
    Monday, September 10
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    This brilliant internationally known artist, from Fort Chipewyan, Alberta, takes us on a breathtaking high speed tour of the world as she sees it. Her works have been exhibited in numerous sole and group exhibitions in galleries and museums in the Canada, United States and around the world.
  • John Farcy
    Tuesday, September 11
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    John is a Dene artist who lives in Fort Providence on the MacKenzie River, Northwest Territories. Although he studied art for two years in Victoria, he's primarily a self-taught artist. John works in ink in a style known as "pointillism." He frequently draws on his experiences in hunting, fishing and trapping as a basis for his art.
  • Rocky Barstad
    Wednesday, September 12
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    Rocky Barstad: is from T'suu T'ina heritage near Calgary, Alberta, Rocky's paintings and bronze statues have made him one of the most successful native artists in Alberta. He has studied and traveled throughout Arizona. While Rocky traveled in Europe he promoted Aboriginal Art and the importance of keeping it authentic. Rocky owns the Two Feathers Gallery High River, Alberta.
  • Daniel Crane
    Thursday, September 13
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    From the T'suu T'ina Nation near Calgary, Alberta, Daniel is an entertainer, artist and musician. He has struggled with substance abuse but through the flute has found his spiritual voice.
  • Fred McCdonald
    Friday, September 14
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    A Woodland Cree from Fort McKay, Alberta, Fred recently received his Master's Degree in Fine Arts from the University of Calgary. His work is a mixture of styles and expressions and he uses colours and symbols to capture the experiences, the characteristics and the spirituality of his people.
  • Terry McCue
    Monday, September 17
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    Terry is a self-taught Ojibwa painter from Ontario now living in Alberta, and as a youth he watched and learnt from his cousin Arthur Schilling. Terry talks about his struggle with alcohol, his lack of formal training and his success as a painter producing unique, beautiful and bold works. Terry?s work can be found in private and corporate collections in Canada and the United States.
  • Dale Auger
    Tuesday, September 18
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    Dale, a Woodland Cree from Northern Alberta sees his role as that of a modern-day 'Medicine Man'. A successful painter and humorist, Dale makes no secret of the animal spirits which guide his work and his life. His artwork is bigger than life and creates a commanding presence. However, it's also deceptively simply, and therein lays the core of the artist. He passed away on September 23, 2008.
  • Tim Paul
    Wednesday, September 19
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    Tim was born in Esperanze Inlet, north of Tofino, British Columbia, and began carving in 1975 at the Arts of the Raven Gallery in Victoria, under the direction of Ben Andrews and later with John Livingston. He assisted Richard Hunt in the carving program that the Royal BC Museum held at Thunderbird Park in Victoria in 1977. From 1984 to 1992, Tim was Senior Carver at the Royal BC Museum and left that position to oversee a native education program for Vancouver Island. As well as carving, Tim has released numerous limited edition silkscreen prints which portray various legends of the Nuu Chah Nulth culture.
  • Sean Couchie
    Thursday, September 20
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    Born in 1970 in New Liskeard, Ontario, Sean makes his home in London, Ontario and is a member of the Nipsissing Band of Ojibways. Developing his gifts over the years, Sean earned his degree in Advertising Art from Fanshawe College in London in 1991. Sean considers winning the Peace Hills Trust Native Art Contest in 1992, 1996 and again in 2005 as one of the major contributors to his success in his career as an artist. Sean is a freelance artist and illustrator who likes the diversity of different media and uses oils, acrylics, pen and ink, scratchboard and woodburning for his work.
  • April Mercredi
    Friday, September 21
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    Born to a Chinese father and a Cree-French mother in Calgary, Alberta, April didn't start to paint until she was in her sixties and had retired. Along with vivid colours and expressions from the past, April uses natural elements like feathers, rocks and sticks in her artwork. She continues to draw primarily from Aboriginal imagery and continues to explore new elements to incorporate in her mixed media work. She lives in Wetaskiwin, Alberta.
  • John Rombough
    Monday, September 24
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    John was born in Sioux Lookout, Ontario, and was raised by adoptive parents in Prince Edward Island. As a young adult, John began to search for his birth parents. He discovered that his father, Alfred Catholique was living in Lutsel'ke (formerly Snowdrift) in the Northwest Territories. John moved to Lutsel'ke to rediscover his family and his cultural identity. "My painting style changed to reflect the harmony of the Dene People and the natural work and my own strong connection with nature".
  • Aaron Paquette
    Tuesday, September 25
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    A young artist with immense talent from Edmonton, Alberta, Aaron is a descendant of the Cree and Cherokee people. "When I began to work seriously as a painter, I wanted to do something that would help reinforce the positive aspects of Native Spirituality, and to reflect back to First Nations people everywhere the feeling of strength, unity and pride in our shared heritage. I hope that my works can act as part of a catalyst for greater understanding...My work almost always features an aspect of nature and our relationship with the earth".
  • Abraham Anghik Ruben
    Wednesday, September 26
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    Abraham is an Inuvialuk from Paulatuk in the Western Arctic and has studied at the Native Arts Centre of the University of Alaska. He is recognized as one of the artists who has taken the art of carving to a whole new level of high art and his carvings are in major collections all over the world. Some of Abraham's commissioned works were done for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police 125 Anniversary, Northern Messenger Sculpture done for the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria, BC, a Holocaust Memorial was presented to the National Holocaust Centre in Jerusalem. With this extensive background training in design and sculpture, Abraham has engaged himself in a vast variety of mediums and techniques in interpreting a unique artistic style.
  • Kevin Red Star
    Thursday, September 27
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    Kevin was born and raised on the Crow Reservation in Montana, USA. As a teenager he attended the, then brand new, Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is now widely regarded as one of the foremost artists of the Northern Plains
  • Preston Singletary
    Friday, September 28
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    Preston attended the Pilchuk Glass School near Seattle, Washington, USA where glass artists from all over the world come to study. His stunning sculptures provide a unique vision of his deeply rooted Tlingit culture
  • Michael Massie
    Monday, October 1
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    Michael is originally from Happy Valley/Goose Bay, Labrador and now lives in Kippens, Newfoundland. While his stone sculptures display his Inuit roots Michael is also an accomplished silversmith who is famous for his abstract teapots. Michael unabashedly challenges the concepts of "Traditional Inuit Art".
  • Laura Lee K. Harris
    Tuesday, October 2
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    Laura Lee seeks her inspiration by studying the pictures she sees within the grain of sheets of plywood. Over the years she has perfected to difficult technique of painting onto unfinished wood and she brings out the images which have been hidden within the trees for many years. She is of Mohawk heritage and lives in Ontario.
  • Andy Everson
    Wednesday, October 3
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    Andy is from Comox, British Columbia and is of mixed K'omoks and Kwakwaka'waka heritage. Andy is a natural born innovator. His brightly coloured prints, although drawn from his Native heritage, are produced entirely on a computer.
  • Lee Claremont
    Thursday, October 4
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    Lee is of Mohawk/Irish ancestry and she is a respected instructor at the En'owkin Centre, an Aboriginal Education College in the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia. Her abstract paintings are a reflection of her Peoples traditional view of the world.
  • James Wedzin
    Friday, October 5
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    James is a Tlicho artist from Behchoko (Fort Rae), Northwest Territories, who praises his grandmother for inspiring and encouraging his early interest in traditional art. He watched her create intricate beadwork endlessly and developed his own sense of art style. James is known for his northern landscapes, animal imagery and northern lights.

 

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  • Laura Lee K. Harris
    Friday, July 20
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    Laura Lee seeks her inspiration by studying the pictures she sees within the grain of sheets of plywood. Over the years she has perfected to difficult technique of painting onto unfinished wood and she brings out the images which have been hidden within the trees for many years. She is of Mohawk heritage and lives in Ontario.
  • Michael Massie
    Thursday, July 19
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    Michael is originally from Happy Valley/Goose Bay, Labrador and now lives in Kippens, Newfoundland. While his stone sculptures display his Inuit roots Michael is also an accomplished silversmith who is famous for his abstract teapots. Michael unabashedly challenges the concepts of "Traditional Inuit Art".
  • Preston Singletary
    Wednesday, July 18
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    Preston attended the Pilchuk Glass School near Seattle, Washington, USA where glass artists from all over the world come to study. His stunning sculptures provide a unique vision of his deeply rooted Tlingit culture
  • Kevin Red Star
    Tuesday, July 17
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    Kevin was born and raised on the Crow Reservation in Montana, USA. As a teenager he attended the, then brand new, Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is now widely regarded as one of the foremost artists of the Northern Plains
  • Abraham Anghik Ruben
    Monday, July 16
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    Abraham is an Inuvialuk from Paulatuk in the Western Arctic and has studied at the Native Arts Centre of the University of Alaska. He is recognized as one of the artists who has taken the art of carving to a whole new level of high art and his carvings are in major collections all over the world. Some of Abraham's commissioned works were done for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police 125 Anniversary, Northern Messenger Sculpture done for the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria, BC, a Holocaust Memorial was presented to the National Holocaust Centre in Jerusalem. With this extensive background training in design and sculpture, Abraham has engaged himself in a vast variety of mediums and techniques in interpreting a unique artistic style.
  • Aaron Paquette
    Friday, July 13
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    A young artist with immense talent from Edmonton, Alberta, Aaron is a descendant of the Cree and Cherokee people. "When I began to work seriously as a painter, I wanted to do something that would help reinforce the positive aspects of Native Spirituality, and to reflect back to First Nations people everywhere the feeling of strength, unity and pride in our shared heritage. I hope that my works can act as part of a catalyst for greater understanding...My work almost always features an aspect of nature and our relationship with the earth".
  • John Rombough
    Thursday, July 12
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    John was born in Sioux Lookout, Ontario, and was raised by adoptive parents in Prince Edward Island. As a young adult, John began to search for his birth parents. He discovered that his father, Alfred Catholique was living in Lutsel'ke (formerly Snowdrift) in the Northwest Territories. John moved to Lutsel'ke to rediscover his family and his cultural identity. "My painting style changed to reflect the harmony of the Dene People and the natural work and my own strong connection with nature".
  • April Mercredi
    Wednesday, July 11
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    Born to a Chinese father and a Cree-French mother in Calgary, Alberta, April didn't start to paint until she was in her sixties and had retired. Along with vivid colours and expressions from the past, April uses natural elements like feathers, rocks and sticks in her artwork. She continues to draw primarily from Aboriginal imagery and continues to explore new elements to incorporate in her mixed media work. She lives in Wetaskiwin, Alberta.
  • Sean Couchie
    Tuesday, July 10
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    Born in 1970 in New Liskeard, Ontario, Sean makes his home in London, Ontario and is a member of the Nipsissing Band of Ojibways. Developing his gifts over the years, Sean earned his degree in Advertising Art from Fanshawe College in London in 1991. Sean considers winning the Peace Hills Trust Native Art Contest in 1992, 1996 and again in 2005 as one of the major contributors to his success in his career as an artist. Sean is a freelance artist and illustrator who likes the diversity of different media and uses oils, acrylics, pen and ink, scratchboard and woodburning for his work.
  • Tim Paul
    Monday, July 9
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    Tim was born in Esperanze Inlet, north of Tofino, British Columbia, and began carving in 1975 at the Arts of the Raven Gallery in Victoria, under the direction of Ben Andrews and later with John Livingston. He assisted Richard Hunt in the carving program that the Royal BC Museum held at Thunderbird Park in Victoria in 1977. From 1984 to 1992, Tim was Senior Carver at the Royal BC Museum and left that position to oversee a native education program for Vancouver Island. As well as carving, Tim has released numerous limited edition silkscreen prints which portray various legends of the Nuu Chah Nulth culture.
  • Dale Auger
    Friday, July 6
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    Dale, a Woodland Cree from Northern Alberta sees his role as that of a modern-day 'Medicine Man'. A successful painter and humorist, Dale makes no secret of the animal spirits which guide his work and his life. His artwork is bigger than life and creates a commanding presence. However, it's also deceptively simply, and therein lays the core of the artist. He passed away on September 23, 2008.
  • Terry McCue
    Thursday, July 5
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    Terry is a self-taught Ojibwa painter from Ontario now living in Alberta, and as a youth he watched and learnt from his cousin Arthur Schilling. Terry talks about his struggle with alcohol, his lack of formal training and his success as a painter producing unique, beautiful and bold works. Terry?s work can be found in private and corporate collections in Canada and the United States.
  • Fred McCdonald
    Wednesday, July 4
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    A Woodland Cree from Fort McKay, Alberta, Fred recently received his Master's Degree in Fine Arts from the University of Calgary. His work is a mixture of styles and expressions and he uses colours and symbols to capture the experiences, the characteristics and the spirituality of his people.
  • Daniel Crane
    Tuesday, July 3
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    From the T'suu T'ina Nation near Calgary, Alberta, Daniel is an entertainer, artist and musician. He has struggled with substance abuse but through the flute has found his spiritual voice.
  • Rocky Barstad
    Monday, July 2
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    Rocky Barstad: is from T'suu T'ina heritage near Calgary, Alberta, Rocky's paintings and bronze statues have made him one of the most successful native artists in Alberta. He has studied and traveled throughout Arizona. While Rocky traveled in Europe he promoted Aboriginal Art and the importance of keeping it authentic. Rocky owns the Two Feathers Gallery High River, Alberta.
  • John Farcy
    Friday, June 29
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    John is a Dene artist who lives in Fort Providence on the MacKenzie River, Northwest Territories. Although he studied art for two years in Victoria, he's primarily a self-taught artist. John works in ink in a style known as "pointillism." He frequently draws on his experiences in hunting, fishing and trapping as a basis for his art.
  • Jane Ash Poitras
    Thursday, June 28
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    This brilliant internationally known artist, from Fort Chipewyan, Alberta, takes us on a breathtaking high speed tour of the world as she sees it. Her works have been exhibited in numerous sole and group exhibitions in galleries and museums in the Canada, United States and around the world.
  • Eli Nasogaluak
    Wednesday, June 27
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    Eli is an Inuvialuit from Tuktoyaktuk, NWT. He now lives in British Columbia. Eli does beautiful sculptures depicting a variety of traditional and contemporary images. His work reflects the animal and spirits of the north and their relationship to him.
  • Jim Hart
    Tuesday, June 26
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    A prominent Haida artist, from Massett, Queen Charlotte Islands in B. C, carved several totem poles for private commissions and has been involved in many major projects. Some of his totem poles can be found at the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia.
  • Joane Cardinal - Schubert
    Monday, June 25
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    Joane, a multi-media artist from Southern Alberta, is of Blackfoot heritage and her paintings reflect her strong spirituality and the influence of the traditional petroglyphs which dot Blackfoot country. Her art work has been shown nationally and is included in many global art collections. She passed on in 2009.
  • Archie Beaulieu
    Friday, June 22
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    Archie, a TLICHO Dene from Behchoko, NWT, is known for his bold and unique style of painting. He comes from a traditional background of hunting, fishing and trapping and this is reflected in his art work - his closeness to the land and its spirits.
  • George Littlechild
    Thursday, June 21
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    This internationally known Alberta painter was raised in foster homes separated from his Cree community. George's mixed-media paintings record his personal and family history as well as his reclamation and re-connection with his ancestral culture. George believes colours possess spiritual cleansing and purifying powers.
  • Roy Henry Vickers
    Wednesday, June 20
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    As one of Canada's premier artists from British Columbia, Roy has established a loyal audience for his prints, paintings, carvings and designs. Roy's distinctive art style has combined the traditional and contemporary, old and new, personal and universal themes. Roy owns two art galleries in B.C., one in Sidney and in Tofino.
  • James Wedzin
    Tuesday, June 19
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    James is a Tlicho artist from Behchoko (Fort Rae), Northwest Territories, who praises his grandmother for inspiring and encouraging his early interest in traditional art. He watched her create intricate beadwork endlessly and developed his own sense of art style. James is known for his northern landscapes, animal imagery and northern lights.
  • Lee Claremont
    Monday, June 18
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    Lee is of Mohawk/Irish ancestry and she is a respected instructor at the En'owkin Centre, an Aboriginal Education College in the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia. Her abstract paintings are a reflection of her Peoples traditional view of the world.
  • Andy Everson
    Friday, June 15
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    Andy is from Comox, British Columbia and is of mixed K'omoks and Kwakwaka'waka heritage. Andy is a natural born innovator. His brightly coloured prints, although drawn from his Native heritage, are produced entirely on a computer.
  • Laura Lee K. Harris
    Thursday, June 14
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    Laura Lee seeks her inspiration by studying the pictures she sees within the grain of sheets of plywood. Over the years she has perfected to difficult technique of painting onto unfinished wood and she brings out the images which have been hidden within the trees for many years. She is of Mohawk heritage and lives in Ontario.
  • Michael Massie
    Wednesday, June 13
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    Michael is originally from Happy Valley/Goose Bay, Labrador and now lives in Kippens, Newfoundland. While his stone sculptures display his Inuit roots Michael is also an accomplished silversmith who is famous for his abstract teapots. Michael unabashedly challenges the concepts of "Traditional Inuit Art".
  • Preston Singletary
    Tuesday, June 12
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    Preston attended the Pilchuk Glass School near Seattle, Washington, USA where glass artists from all over the world come to study. His stunning sculptures provide a unique vision of his deeply rooted Tlingit culture
  • Kevin Red Star
    Monday, June 11
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    Kevin was born and raised on the Crow Reservation in Montana, USA. As a teenager he attended the, then brand new, Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is now widely regarded as one of the foremost artists of the Northern Plains
  • Abraham Anghik Ruben
    Friday, June 8
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    Abraham is an Inuvialuk from Paulatuk in the Western Arctic and has studied at the Native Arts Centre of the University of Alaska. He is recognized as one of the artists who has taken the art of carving to a whole new level of high art and his carvings are in major collections all over the world. Some of Abraham's commissioned works were done for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police 125 Anniversary, Northern Messenger Sculpture done for the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria, BC, a Holocaust Memorial was presented to the National Holocaust Centre in Jerusalem. With this extensive background training in design and sculpture, Abraham has engaged himself in a vast variety of mediums and techniques in interpreting a unique artistic style.
  • Aaron Paquette
    Thursday, June 7
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    A young artist with immense talent from Edmonton, Alberta, Aaron is a descendant of the Cree and Cherokee people. "When I began to work seriously as a painter, I wanted to do something that would help reinforce the positive aspects of Native Spirituality, and to reflect back to First Nations people everywhere the feeling of strength, unity and pride in our shared heritage. I hope that my works can act as part of a catalyst for greater understanding...My work almost always features an aspect of nature and our relationship with the earth".
  • John Rombough
    Wednesday, June 6
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    John was born in Sioux Lookout, Ontario, and was raised by adoptive parents in Prince Edward Island. As a young adult, John began to search for his birth parents. He discovered that his father, Alfred Catholique was living in Lutsel'ke (formerly Snowdrift) in the Northwest Territories. John moved to Lutsel'ke to rediscover his family and his cultural identity. "My painting style changed to reflect the harmony of the Dene People and the natural work and my own strong connection with nature".
  • April Mercredi
    Tuesday, June 5
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    Born to a Chinese father and a Cree-French mother in Calgary, Alberta, April didn't start to paint until she was in her sixties and had retired. Along with vivid colours and expressions from the past, April uses natural elements like feathers, rocks and sticks in her artwork. She continues to draw primarily from Aboriginal imagery and continues to explore new elements to incorporate in her mixed media work. She lives in Wetaskiwin, Alberta.
  • Sean Couchie
    Monday, June 4
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    Born in 1970 in New Liskeard, Ontario, Sean makes his home in London, Ontario and is a member of the Nipsissing Band of Ojibways. Developing his gifts over the years, Sean earned his degree in Advertising Art from Fanshawe College in London in 1991. Sean considers winning the Peace Hills Trust Native Art Contest in 1992, 1996 and again in 2005 as one of the major contributors to his success in his career as an artist. Sean is a freelance artist and illustrator who likes the diversity of different media and uses oils, acrylics, pen and ink, scratchboard and woodburning for his work.
  • Tim Paul
    Friday, June 1
    3:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    Tim was born in Esperanze Inlet, north of Tofino, British Columbia, and began carving in 1975 at the Arts of the Raven Gallery in Victoria, under the direction of Ben Andrews and later with John Livingston. He assisted Richard Hunt in the carving program that the Royal BC Museum held at Thunderbird Park in Victoria in 1977. From 1984 to 1992, Tim was Senior Carver at the Royal BC Museum and left that position to oversee a native education program for Vancouver Island. As well as carving, Tim has released numerous limited edition silkscreen prints which portray various legends of the Nuu Chah Nulth culture.