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 91 Main St, Kagawong, ON P0P 1J0

 705-282-0444

 4elementslivingarts.org

 /4eelementalfestival


4elements Living Arts is a small but mighty non-profit organization. Founded in 2002, the organization has a mandate to engage and inspire creative exploration of land and our ­relationships to it. To find out more about us, to become a sponsor of a program, project or installation work, visit the Studio anytime during the weekend, call or visit us online.


 91 Main St, Kagawong, ON P0P 1J0  /4elementslivingarts  4elementslivingarts.org  705-282-0444


CURATORIAL STATEMENT

Over the last many months, 4e and their community partners have been working to develop and install 32 historical interpretive plaques and 7 new permanent public sculptures around The Township of Billings to create the new Billings Connections Trail: Nature. Art. Heritage. The trail attempts to integrate the local heritage and history of Anishinaabeg and non-Indigenous residents and represents the Township’s response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commision (2015) ‘Calls to Action’ for public education that integrates indigenous history into municipal programs. The sculptures, selected by a community jury, respond to remarks Justice Sinclair has made that artists have a role to play in helping communities to imagine different kinds of relationships and communities. It is a small, first step, within the broader context of conversations and change that need to occur.

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ELEMENTAL FESTIVAL AND THE BILLINGS CONNECTION TRAIL: NATURE. ART. HERITAGE.


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Over the last year while artists were busy designing and fabricating their sculptures, 4elements facilitated several months of community engagement to build understanding about the history of colonization through a film series focused on Indigenous issues, including a film screening and talk by Shirley Cheechoo, guest talks by elders and historians like Alan Corbiere, and a community process to create one of the public sculptures with local students and community members. We welcome you to Elemental Festival, which this year marks 4e’s 15th anniversary, as well as the culmination of a massive community effort to build the trail. Festival engagements will encourage participants to consider the relationships between land, environment, environmental change and Truth & Reconciliation.


FESTIVAL SCHEDULE MOE CLARK Experimental Music Workshop

PARK CENTRE 11AM—3PM Free

SHARON HUNTER Experimental Landscape Painting Workshop * Pre-registration required

LOCATION TBD 9:30AM—4PM $80*

4E SUNSET Dinner Cruise with North Channel Cruise Line * Price includes dinner; cash bar also available

KAGAWONG MARINA 4PM $75*

MOE CLARK Musical Performance + Festival Kick-off

PARK CENTRE 8PM By donation

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 COMMUNITY ART WORKSHOP

PARK CENTRE 9AM—NOON Free

BILLINGS CONNECTIONS TRAIL OFFICIAL UNVEILING AND SCULPTURE ARTIST WALK N TALK

PARK CENTRE 1PM—3PM Free

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29

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KAGAWONG FIBRE ARTS GROUP Artist Talk and Demo

PARK CENTRE 3:30PM—5PM By donation

COMMUNITY-DESIGNED SCULPTURE TALK WITH JAKE CHAKASIM

BILLINGS PUBLIC LIBRARY 3:30PM—5PM Free

MELODY MCKIVER Musical Performance

LOCATION TBD 5:30PM By donation

NICK SHERMAN Musical Performance

PARK CENTRE 8PM By donation

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1 WRITING WORKSHOP WITH KATE THOMPSON

PARK CENTRE 9:30AM—NOON $5

BILLINGS CONNECTIONS TRAIL SCULPTURES: ARTIST WALK N TALK

OUTDOORS* 1PM—3PM Free

* Meet at Park Centre FILM SCREENING AND ARTIST TALK WITH PAUL CHAPUT

PARK CENTRE 4PM Free


WORKSHOPS & EVENTS

FRI, SEP 29 9:30AM—4:00PM

LOCATION TBD $80 (Pre-registration required)

The Sublime was an important and influential style in landscape painting. In this workshop, participants will learn about the Sublime and its role in a particular way of seeing, and will be guided through a plein-air and studio process during which each person will create a series of sketches and a small painting that engages with and responds to the Sublime.

COMMUNITY ART WORKSHOP SAT, SEP 30 9:00AM—NOON

PARK CENTRE FREE

A community engaged art workshop that will encourage participants to question our relationship to land and each other, and to consider how art can play a role in social change.

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EXPERIMENTAL LANDSCAPE PAINTING WITH SHARON HUNTER

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KAGAWONG FIBRE ARTS GROUP SAT, SEP 30 3:30PM—5PM

PARK CENTRE BY DONATION

A landscape quilt lets you see what you thought and felt when you looked at that landscape. Through the clever use of colour and texture, one is able to create the impression of an emotional response to a beautiful scene. Our talk will include how to transform your inspiration from nature into a fabric art quilt by incorporating different design elements, the use of fabric, threads, colour and various techniques of sewing.

WRITING WORKSHOP WITH KATE THOMPSON SUN, OCT 1 9:30AM—NOON

PARK CENTRE $5

Participants will consider relationships between the land, environment and settlement within the context of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s work and recommendations. Participants will write in guided exercises and then finish with a (voluntary) group piece which pulls together each person’s words and ideas.


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Josh Eshkawkogan is an Ojibwe elder from Wikwemikong First Nation. He works as the elder-in-residence at Kenjgewin Teg Educational Institute in M’Chigeeng First Nation. Josh has been involved in this Canada/Ontario 150 project with 4elements Living Arts since its early inception, acting as an advisor, mentor, champion and giver-of-great-hugs. Josh spoke to the commissioned artists about their work and their roles; conducted a pipe ceremony with Billings’ community members to build awareness of traditional Ojibwe practices and to talk about the (emotional) process of truth in steps toward reconciliation; and worked closely with us to develop a process for the community sculpture design. Josh will be present throughout the Festival to join community members and visitors in learning, sharing and celebrating our first small steps toward Truth and Reconciliation.

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JOSH ESHKAWKOGAN


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MOE CLARK Multidisciplinary Métis artist Moe Clark is a nomadic songbird with wings woven from circle singing and spoken word. Mistress of the looping pedal, she creates sonic landscapes of layered voice that invite audiences into a trance-like space. Her poetic songs soar through these landscapes, with tonal and lyrical resonance. As community arts educator Moe facilitates writing, spoken word performance and looping pedal workshops in high schools, communities and with Aboriginal youth. Her approach to group facilitation aims to build bridges through empathetic listening and sharing. JOIN MOE’ S EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC WORKSHOP FRI, SEP 29 / 11AM–3PM / PARK CENTRE, LOWER / FREE JOIN US FOR MOE’ S PERFORMANCE FRI, SEP 29 / 8PM / PARK CENTRE, KAGAWONG / BY DONATION


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MELODY MCKIVER Melody McKiver is an emerging Anishinaabe musician, media artist, traditional powwow dancer and artist, and arts educator of mixed ancestry. Her musical practice spans across viola/violin, drums and percussion, and draws upon a broad set of influences that include hip-hop, electronic, contemporary, classical, jazz and blues. As a solo performer, Melody explores the range of the viola’s possibilities, spanning from minimalist to danceable, often incorporating laptop processing and looping. Melody is affiliated with Tribal Spirit Music, plays drums with Toronto’s Indigenous hip-hop fusion band Red Slam Collective, frequently collaborates with Colombian-born and Toronto-based musical provocateur Lido Pimienta. JOIN US FOR MELODY’ S PERFORMANCE SAT, SEP 30 / 5:30PM / LOCATION TBD / BY DONATION


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NICK SHERMAN Singer-songwriter Nick Sherman gives new meaning to “the voice in the wilderness,” or rather, the voice from the wilderness. While he still calls his rural birthplace of Sioux Lookout home, Sherman spent much of his youth out on the land, moving between his hometown, the small First Nation community of Weagamow Lake, and his family’s trapline on North Caribou Lake. Nick is not only inspired by his memories of those early trapline sounds—the timeless hymns of celebration and lamentation on his reserve—but by great songwriters including William Elliott Whitmore, Ray LaMontagne, Sam Cooke, and Elvis Costello. JOIN US FOR NICK’ S PERFORMANCE SAT, SEP 30 / 8PM / PARK CENTRE / BY DONATION


FEATURED EVENT

Join us for a Friday night dinner cruise with 4elements and North Channel Cruise Line, featuring a dinner specially crafted by NCCL’s on-board chef. Dinner is a buffet with a choice between two main dishes, plus sides and dessert. Cash bar available throughout the evening. This cruise is the perfect way to celebrate the end of the work week, the beginning of the weekend, or simply to enjoy another beautiful evening on the water.

COST PER PERSON IS $75. LIMITED NUMBER OF TICKETS AVAILABLE, SO ACT FAST! Tickets can be booked on NCCL’s website at: northchanneltours.com, or by calling 1-800-268-8222.

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FESTIVAL DINNER CRUISE


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SHARON HUNTER Sharon Hunter is an artist residing in Rydal Bank, a small settler’s community. Originally from Toronto, her relationship to ‘Land’ and how it informs her work is influenced from living in rural and urban environments. Her current project ‘Land; Relations’ explores and researches colonial landscape paintings and the layered meanings of iconic northern Canadian landscapes within the concepts of ‘Wilderness.’ Sharon will facilitate a full-day painting workshop + artist talk this year exploring question around the Sublime in Landscape Painting. JOIN SHARON’ S LANDSCAPE PAINTING WORKSHOP FRI, SEP 29 / 9:30AM—4PM / $80* / LOCATION TBD * PRE-REGISTER BY SEP 4


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THE KAGAWONG FIBRE ARTS GROUP PRESENTS —KAGAWONG THROUGH THE SEASONS

Five local creative artists (Barb Bright, Jan Bainbridge, Charlene Chambers, Nancy Lyne, Lynda Noe) with a variety of experiences in painting, embroidery, quilting and fibre arts have collaborated to produce, in fabric, a visual narrative of culture, nature and history of our village. Five panels depict the change of seasons in beautiful Kagawong. Each panel created with fabric, paint and thread draws a unique perspective of our nature trails, our historical buildings and the vibrant recreational waterfront. The panels will be on view at Park Centre during Elemental Festival, Sept 28—Oct 1st.

JOIN THE GORE BAY HAPPY QUILTERS FOR A WORKSHOP AND ARTIST TALK / SAT, SEP 30 / 3:30PM / PARK CENTRE / BY DONATION

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KATE THOMPSON

Kate J Thompson is a published author who has offered numerous creative, practical and reflective writing workshops to people of all ages. A long-time resident of Manitoulin Island, Kate loves to create an atmosphere of exploration—both inner and outer—giving readers and workshop participants opportunities for growth, learning and fun. Kate’s Workshop: Together we will consider relationships between the land, environment and settlement within the context of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s work and recommendations. Participants will write in guided exercises and then finish with a (voluntary) group piece which pulls together each person’s words and ideas. JOIN KATE’ S WRITING WORKSHOP SUN, OCT 1 / 9:30AM—NOON / PARK CENTRE / $5


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PAUL CHAPUT Paul is a Métis academic, actor, singer, composer, filmmaker, and poet. He completed his PhD at Queen’s University (2015) where his dissertation used film (Planting Stories, Feeding Communities: Knowledge, Indigenous Peoples, and Film) as a research methodology to bring findings back to Indigenous communities and to engage the public on the subject of Native Studies. Paul has co-produced, hosted, and narrated 26 episodes of Finding Our Talk: A Journey Through Aboriginal Languages that aired on Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN), and has created two docudramas on Restorative Justice for Nishnawbe Aski Legal Services. JOIN US FOR PAUL’ S FILM SCREENING AND TALK SUN, OCT 1 / 4PM / PARK CENTRE / FREE

FILM SCREENING

FILM SCREENING


LCBO, CONVENIENCE STORE, GIFTWARE & SOUVENIRS, PLUS MUCH MORE..


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JAKE CHAKASIM K. Jake Chakasim (Cree) is a lecturer at the Sudbury School of Architecture. His interdisciplinary approach to architecture addresses the need to re-contextualize Aboriginal traditions through refined typologies. Jake was awarded an Architectural Research Center Consortium Jonathan King Medal, an award that acknowledges innovation, integrity and scholarship in architectural and/or environmental design research. Jake is pursuing a PhD a the School of Community and Regional Planning at UBC. Through a two-week residency with 4e, Jake worked with local high school students and community members to collaboratively design and build a sculpture that joins the commissioned works in the Connections Trail.


COMMUNITY DESIGNED SCULPTURE ARCHITECT Jake Chakasim STONE WORK Steven Fox-Radulovich DESIGN/BUILD Students and community members, COMMUNITY FACILITATION sophie anne edwards and Sarah King-Gold ADVISORY TEAM Josh Eshkawkogan, Sunny Osawabine, Mira Jones, Anong Beam, Jamie Mohamed JOIN JAKE FOR AN ARTIST TALK SAT, SEP 30 / 3:30PM / BILLINGS PUBLIC LIBRARY, 18 UPPER ST. / FREE


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TED FULLERTON Ted Fullerton is a Canadian artist who works in painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture and has achieved awards in all four media. As a figurative artist his work is symbolic in nature. The conceptual foundation and ideology within his artistic practise is humanist in nature emphasising the notion of belief, purpose and relationships: being and becoming. His work is exhibited nationally and internationally and is represented in numerous private and public collections. His sculpture Ascend/Transcend consist of three cold cast figures stepping up into “imagined space” surmounted on three vertical galvanized black steel poles. JOIN TED FOR ONE OF OUR SCULPTURE WALK N TALKS SAT, SEP 30 & SUN, OCT 1 / 1PM—3PM / FREE / MEET AT THE PARK CENTRE / DRESS FOR THE WEATHER


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ROBERT CRAM Robert Cram is a Toronto-based sculptor and landscape architect. He explores form at the intersection of the economic and ecologic. The sculpture rejects the separation between cultural and natural. It rejects the division between an optimistic future and a tragic past. Instead it revels in the intersection between these forces. It is a zero-sum game between a doe, a buck, a fawn, a Ford F-150 bumper, the emerald ash borer and a propane tank. The work is whitetail deer in headlights.

JOIN ROBERT FOR ONE OF OUR SCULPTURE WALK N TALKS SAT, SEP 30 & SUN, OCT 1 / 1PM—3PM / FREE / MEET AT THE PARK CENTRE / DRESS FOR THE WEATHER

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MATT MCNAUGHT AKA KWEST

Matt McNaught aka Kwest is a Toronto based artist who is a pioneer in the fusion of graffiti and sculpture. He is a self-taught carpenter, designer and builder and has completed public art projects for Humber College (Toronto), the Container Yard (Los Angeles), Osheaga Music + Arts Festival (Montreal), the Roskilde Music Festival (Denmark), and Queen’s University. His work employs graffiti and street art approaches to sculptural aesthetics and form. Check out his newly installed permanent work along the Kagawong River.


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KATHRYN CORBIERE Kathryn Corbiere is an Ojibwe artist and welder from M’chigeeng First Nation on Manitoulin Island. Kathryn, well-known as One Kwe, has been making her mark in metal, art, furniture, and fabrication on Manitoulin and the North Shore since 2014. The concept of this sculpture is to connect the earth to the water in a grouping of three graphic, modern Jackpine trees. Each tree is slightly different in style and metal finish, together creating a multi-dimensional piece that can be appreciated from every view point. JOIN KATHRYN FOR ONE OF OUR SCULPTURE WALK N TALKS SAT, SEP 30 & SUN, OCT 1 / 1PM—3PM / FREE / MEET AT THE PARK CENTRE / DRESS FOR THE WEATHER

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QUINN SMALLBOY Quinn Smallboy, originally from Moose Factory ON is currently attending the University of Western Ontario completing a Masters of Fine Art. His current practice investigates the relation between Indigenous art and that of western ideologies. How and where does Indigenous art fit into the contemporary field of art? My latest work explores common symbols of Indigenous cultures and traditions from the traditional hand drum of the powwow to intricate string work. Quinn’s Drum Circle is permanently installed as part of the Billings Connections Trail. JOIN QUINN FOR ONE OF OUR SCULPTURE WALK N TALKS SAT, SEP 30 & SUN, OCT 1 / 1PM—3PM / FREE / MEET AT THE PARK CENTRE / DRESS FOR THE WEATHER


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HOOMAN MEHDIZADEHJAFARI Hooman is an Iranian artist based in Vancouver, Canada. Hooman is mostly known for his large-scale public sculptures and installations. Inspiration from nature has always encouraged humanity to great heights, and because of this, Hooman’s designs use bio-mimicry, which is an approach to innovation that seeks sustainable solutions to human challenges by simulating nature’s time-tested form and strategies. In his sculpture, hundreds of iconic and familiar shapes found in Manitoulin’s local ecosystems are gathered together and cut into metal. The Globe is an interpretation of our planet, our one and only home. JOIN HOOMAN FOR ONE OF OUR SCULPTURE WALK N TALKS SAT, SEP 30 & SUN, OCT 1 / 1PM—3PM / FREE / MEET AT THE PARK CENTRE / DRESS FOR THE WEATHER

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FESTIVAL CAFÉ Hungry? No problem! Our café features a variety of food & drink options including pizza from Manitoulin Pizza Company (an offshoot of the ever-popular Buoy’s Eatery in Gore Bay). Find it in the Park Centre all weekend.

FESTIVAL SHUTTLE Need a lift? Our shuttle will be available to take you to/from the Kagawong Park Centre at various points throughout the weekend. To receive a copy of the schedule, please see one of our Festival volunteers.


2017 MARKS 4ELEMENTS LIVING ARTS 15TH ANNIVERSARY! 4elements is a nonprofit community arts organization that engages connections between land, art and community. We build awareness of environmental and land issues through creative interventions, experiences and art-making.

We have reached over 1,500 students through our in-school environmental art engagements in the Rainbow District School Board.

art-making on our trails.

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We recognize that community engagement and the preservation of Manitoulin’s natural beauty and Founded in 2002, we have sensitive ecosystems are experienced a massive important priorities for our growth spurt over the past community. If you would like five years. More than 4,000 to sponsor 4elements, or people have visited our would like more information outdoor art installations, about our programming, 220+ children participated please contact our office. in outdoor land/art activities and inquiry-based learning,  /4elementslivingarts and over 400 seniors ex /4eLivingArts perienced cultural teach 4elements.livingarts ings, natural science, and

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4ELEMENTS’ 15TH ANNIVERSARY


4E THANKS It’s not so elemental without a huge amount of background help. The year of Canada 150 projects has been challenging and we had a lot of support to get it all done. Thanks to all of those who attended countless meetings, hosted, baked, shepherded, trouble-shot, lent equipment, time, support and inspiration. VOLUNTEERS + HOSTS + SUPPORTERS Gary Furhman, Lise Baronet, Jessica Stere, Barb Erskine, Jenna Carter, Anong Beam, Sandi Hurcomb, Mary Buie, Linda and Chuc Wilson, Meg Middleton and Matt Marranger CANADA 150 COMMITTEE Barb Erskine, Kathy McDonald, Todd Gordon, Sharon Alkenbrack, Sabine Huege, Dianne Fraser, Charlene Chambers, Vanessa Glasby, Patricia Mader, sophie anne edwards. COMMUNITY SCULPTURE COMMISSION JURY Sandi Hurcomb, Louis Couillard, Susan Snelling, Barb Erskine, Kathy McDonald, Charlene Chambers, Anong Beam,

Patricia Mader, sophie anne edwards. COMMUNITYDESIGNED SCULPTURE ADVISORY TEAM Josh Eshkawkogan, Sunny Osawabine, Mira Jones, Anong Beam. COMMUNITY FACILITATORS sophie anne edwards and Sarah KingGold. OUR 4E BOARD Susan Snelling, Jessica Stere, Mike Sanders, Richard Lathwell, Rebecca Danard. THE BACKBONE sophie anne edwards, 4e Executive Director; Patricia Mader, Project Manager; Vanesa Glasby, Arts Administrator; Mira Jones, Programs Facilitator. Lupe Pérez, Graphic Designer


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Elemental Festival 2017  

We welcome you to Elemental Festival, which this year marks 4e’s 15th anniversary, as well as the culmination of a massive community effort...