Thursday February 15th

Opulence: We Bead Everything Too Artist Talk 5:30 -7:00pm (FREE)

acâhkos child calf-dubois, Shana Pasapa, Lucille Fisher, Brenna Pacholko, Dani LaValley, Connie Mussell & Sadi-Rose Vaxvick

Location: Neutral Ground 1835 Scarth Street

Our festival kicks off with an Artist Talk for “Opulence: We Bead Everything Too”, featuring the participants from Sâkêwêwak’s annual intermediate beading program. Over five months, these dedicated artists gathered weekly to bead and receive mentorship from fellow accomplished beadwork artist’s. The culmination of their efforts is an extraordinary exhibition!

“Opulence: We Bead Everything Too!” unfolded over four months, featuring seven local beadwork artists in a series of weekly sessions enriched by guest artists Dorothy Joyea, Tammy Ratt, and Joseph Sayer. Facilitated by Program Coordinator Brianna LaPlante, Sâkêwêwak’s beadwork program provide a nurturing space for Indigenous artists to create. The Opulence group explored hide, tufting, and fur techniques, incorporated into new Individual projects. The weekly gatherings mirrored the cultural ideology of the kitchen table, serving as a backdrop for skill development through intention setting, workshops, collaborative group sharing, and peer-driven skill exchange.

This dynamic environment fostered a vibrant and supportive artistic community. Exploring the rich Indigenous Collections housed at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum, participants found inspiration in historic and traditional art, including tangible artifacts and photographs – this critical viewing offered profound insights into shared patterns and motifs. These visual archives showcased the opulent craftsmanship of past Indigenous artists, highlighting beadwork, quillwork, stitching, and sewing across a spectrum of items, from personal adornments to essential household artifacts. The visual narrative woven by these photographs underscored the centrality of community in Indigenous artwork.

Join us for a unique opportunity to listen to the artists as they share insights into their work and recount their experiences of beading together. The atmosphere is sure to be filled with laughter, beading tips, tricks, and a celebration of the incredible artworks on display. Don’t miss this chance to be inspired by the evolution of beadwork and the rich stories behind each creation!