Thursday, 15 November 2012 05:33

A Journey of Discovery

The Journey of Discovery is an opportunity for Aboriginal and non Aboriginal students to come together in an exciting, creative environment that encourages risk taking and mutual respect. The facilitators enjoy working with community services to tailor the material to target key issues and existing programs.

A Journey of Discovery
is presented by a collective of indigenous artists from across Canada who lead students through a series of creative and cultural workshops. Combining traditional songs, stories, dance and regalia with modern forms of artistic expression students explore our shared past and the common ground we can build on as we face the future together.

Students can experience,

  • singing around a pow wow drum
  • beading and regalia making
  • learning traditional dances
  • discovering the meaning behind the traditions, stories and songs the excitement of taking creative risks
  • exploring forms of artistic expression and cultural heritage (slam poetry and song writing)
  • working collectively to produce a short film

The Journey of Discovery explores self-confidence, courage, healthy choices, creativity, community and risk taking and can be presented as a one day cultural performance workshop series, ideally suited as a multi cultural component for conferences, seminars and assemblies. We also offer the series of workshops and presentations over several days leading up to a mini pow wow, where the visual art created decorates the space, dancers wear the regalia they made as they perform with drummers and singers. This can be an incredible investment into the creativity of a community.

About the Facilitators:

Rob Spade is an Anishinabe artist-educator from Fort Hope First Nation. Rob brings years of experience delivering cultural education, counseling and support, cultural sensitivity training, cultural-arts-based therapy and guidance to Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children, youth, and adults. He is a gifted and accomplished storyteller, dancer, drummer, singer, and visual artist influenced by the Ojibwe Woodlands Style.

Celeste Pedri is a proud Anishinabe-qwe from Lac Des Mille Lacs First Nation. Celeste is currently an active member of the indigenous academic community as she is completing her PhD of Philosophy (Anthropology) at the University of Victoria. She is an accomplished Ojibwe artist (beadwork, regalia, drummer) and is currently the artist-in-residence at the University of Victoria’s Centre for Religion and Spirituality in Society.

Rik Leaf is from the Red River Valley region of southern Manitoba. He is a professional recording artist, TV producer, author and the founder of the Canadian performance collective, Tribe of One, featuring French, English, First Nations and Métis musicians, dancers, painters and poets. Rik has drafted pilot projects for the Foreign Affairs Department, traveled to war-torn countries with the United Nations and provided cultural educational programming to over 20 First Nations communities from coast to coast across Canada.

Published in Tour Stories
Saturday, 09 October 2010 15:46

Discover Tina Newlove

Tina Newlove graduated from McMaster University in the Honours Fine Arts program in 1996. As a professional artist, Tina has been recognized as an artist with vision and an exceptional talent. Her creativity and techniques have brought accolades from curators and jurors who have recognized her potential to make a significant contribution to the cultural life of Canada. Since 1993, Tina’s paintings have been accepted into over eighty-five juried exhibitions both nationally and internationally where they have received many awards. In 1998 Tina was commissioned by the Arts & Letters Club of Toronto to create the 1998/99 Executive List.  Her painting “Organizing my Mind” is in the City of Toronto’s permanent collection. Most recently Newlove received  an Award of Merit from the Society of Canadian Artists for her painting “Step Lightly” at the Art Gallery of Hamilton. 

As a a founding member of Tribe of One, Tina creates stunning visual images on stage throughout each concert performance. She has participated in numerous benefit concerts including Toronto’s International Concert for Peace and The Return, a United Nations benefit tour to Kosovo with the Department of Foreign Affairs and War Child Canada.

When Tina is not in her garden drinking tea, fuming over politics and dancing, she can be found in her Guelph, ON studio painting, drinking tea, signing petitions and dancing.

 

Artist Statement

Much of my work is circular. I see the patterns of people, cities and natural elements overlapping in concentric circles. I am interested in spaces between, depth and transparency.  My work investigates the dynamics of relationships, the vulnerability of individuals in both city and home-life situations and the contradictions of modern life. Images of claustrophobic city settings and cutout solitary figures are caught in isolated landscapes, moments of contemplation, anxiety or in mid-conversation with unseen counterparts.

Inspired by the sounds and colours around me,  themes take second place to the surface of the canvas, which arrests my focus in a play of pattern, texture and colour.  My paintings unfold in lines and shapes and areas of light and dark as forms emerge and withdraw into the shallow background.

I notice the patterns around me shaping my world and making everything concrete. The weave in the fan, the stitching on the organ, the bowl of apples, the steady chug of the dishwasher and the music thumping away in the background all contribute to my art-making practice.

Bamboo sticks and good luck signs,

the sun and the moon every day,

the books on the shelves,

flowers from the market on Saturday,

city grids and stop lights,

past-present-future, past-present-future,

A-L, M-Z,

Revolution/Revelation,

life cycles, death cycles, wash cycles…

these are the patterns I muse over and record.

I paint mainly in oils on wood, canvas and paper. I assemble pieces with stitching (which piercingly binds my meandering thoughts together), silver leaf (because it tarnishes), gold leaf (because it doesn’t), dictionaries, bronze and fabric. I cherish the beautiful, the delicate, the detailed, the organic and the non-violent but I often paint my experience with violence, despair, the poor and the war-torn.

Metaphysics Play a Trick on Me

my feet firmly touch the ground

with each step

my senses sharpen to the sidewalk space

as a part of me

reaches past and through me

until I’m floating just above myself

my edges are blurry

I come in and out of focus

as I concentrate

on moving through space

with nowhere to land

Published in Discover Tribe of One

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