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5th Annual First Nations, Inuit and Métis Art Show and Sale by Gillian Crowley

Colourful banners depicting First Nations' motifs flutter outside Sidney's Mary Winspear Centre – teasers of the artwork to be discovered inside. The longest running show of its kind in Canada, the 5th Annual First Nations, Inuit and Métis Art Show and Sale will present arts and crafts from First Peoples throughout Canada alongside local Coast Salish Territory artists. The show runs from September 24th through October 12th. "This art show will give everyone a better understanding of our people and the spirituality that underlies all our art, especially our connection with land, sea and air," says Virgil Sampson, a Coast Salish artist on the art show's organizing committee. During this unique event visitors will have a chance to meet and talk with different artists each day while viewing their work and listening to traditional music. More than 40 new and returning artists are expected to take part. An incredibly diverse array of artistic expression from artists with First Nations, Inuit and Métis heritage will be on display, including carving, weaving, paintings, prints, fabric art, drums, rattles, pottery, beading, leather work and jewelry. Changing displays will draw visitors back time and again. Tobias Tomlinson, another organizing committee member, sees this art show as a way to encourage emerging artists and give all the artists a way to build community in a supportive environment. "I like the fact that First Peoples have control over the show and can share their protocols and traditions with each other," says Tomlinson, a ChicksawCherokee artist. The committee's Inuit representative, Stephanie Papik, says even with only about 100 Inuit living in B.C., it's important their

art be included to help raise awareness of Columbia funding, the artists pay no fees and their culture. Her involvement with the entry is free for the public. Aboriginal Youth Internship Program will "It's a natural fit to have the show here," also help bring says Brad Edgett, some younger executive director of "It's a natural fit to artists into the Mary Winspear have the show here. the show. Centre. "We're on The Mary Coast Salish land, the We're on Coast Salish Winspear Centre entrance is framed land … the entrance is hosting this by beautiful totems is framed by expanded art show and we have been beautiful totems." for the first time very involved with in partnership their community with the Community Arts Council of the since the days of the Sanscha community Saanich Peninsula, supported by the Saanich hall." Visitors to the show can expect to see Peninsula Foundation Society. Thanks to everything from crafts to "high end" art, these partnerships and Province of British he adds.

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