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“Oki Niksokowa” Janice Tanton at Canada House Gallery, Banff – Sept 26, 2015

Artist Statement for Oki Niksokowa – Janice Tanton

"Oki Niksokowa" ©2015 Janice Tanton. Oil on linen 48x96

“Oki Niksokowa” ©2015 Janice Tanton. Oil on linen 48×96

I am an artist working in paint, sculpture, installation and film. My work examines relationships through a spiritual, cross-cultural and intergenerational framework. My research interests lie in examining how practice and process in the arts can influence our core humanity so we can co-exist in more sustainable ways. The ugly narrative of racism is looming larger in the Canadian lexicon. I hold that it is still Britishly difficult for us to talk openly about such things. Art is one way to have that conversation. Deep relational development and committed understanding are what I consider the key to this research. I am keenly interested in exploring my own life experiences and connectivity to indigenous traditional knowledge, language, spiritual practice and ways of knowing. I seek ways of reconciliation in the spaces in between my art practice, the teachings of Elders, ceremony and comparative analysis with my Euro-centric, colonistic roots. – Janice Tanton

My work is underpinned with a contemplative connection to the land, the Creator, and all other beings I encounter, for I have a deep relational connection to all of these elemental mysteries. Crossing a wide spectrum of styles; from structured, detailed and traditional to conceptual, spiritual and contemporary, visibly juxtaposing key elements from each cultural tradition to which I belong, I create works which have resonance to our shared core humanity.

Oki Niksokowa means, “Hello, All My Relations” in Blackfoot. It is a concept that encompasses all beings in the category “relations” and simultaneously recognizes a familial relationship of the highest order to all that exists. It opens the door by it’s simple ‘Hello! to humans, animals, birds, water creatures, spirit beings, land beings, unknown beings – the full gamut that we may imagine and know. Close your eyes for one moment and imagine the deepest relationship of love that you have with someone – perhaps a family member, spouse or lover. As a Mother, one of the deepest bonds of love I have is with my children. I ask you for a moment, to take that fierce love and imagine a river…a bison…a wolf….a rock…a falling star… a blade of grass…being your child, your loved one – our relation. Think of how that may change about how you consider that animal, place or cosmos. That is how I consider ‘All Your Relations’ and grow my love and respect for all that is around me.

"Beyond A Shadow of a Doubt" ©2015 Janice Tanton. Oil on linen. 12x12

“Beyond A Shadow of a Doubt” ©2015 Janice Tanton. Oil on linen. 12×12

In Oki Niksokowa – All My Relations, I have worked for over a year, preparing paintings for Canada House Gallery that are very, very personal to me. They may also represent some pretty common themes for Canadians. The works represent relationships that I have with just some of the beings, things and places that have touched my life. In some cases, the objects remind me of a significant place on this land that is related to me, that I have come to love unconditionally and wholly. In some cases, the animals represent the spirit of a loved one as well as the ‘relation’ that they are… in and of themselves. Place and home has deep meaning for me and this is reflected in the iconic image of the lodge. As a tipi bundle owner, I understand the meanings, the stories and importance of the lodge, the symbols of the land, the animals and the cosmos that are embedded with song and story – not to be separated, but as one bundle of sacred place and protection. Having a ‘home’ is an important relational element and the lodge bundle is symbolic of that as a base from which to grow.

In 2012, I was privileged to be one of three Artists in Residence in Gwaii Haanas National Park and was welcomed by Parks Canada, The Haida Nation and the people of Haida Gwaii to their rich, sacred land and waters. It changed my life with its vast, abundant and ecologically rich treasures and gave me hope to see a government agency and an indigenous culture co-managing one of the most life-giving places on this planet. I learned much from our Haida guides and hosts, and this had a great spiritual effect on me. I began to understand the Super Natural beings – those that occupy the space in between the tangible world and the world of the spirit beings. I could see them clearly on the island as the trees and growth in the forests moved and accelerated around me – everything was crawling with life of some kind. I understand what it means to occupy space between cultures, and it is difficult. Much of that goes unseen, somewhat like the Super Natural beings. The pieces that I paint of the carved poles of Haida Gwaii with the moving, changing anthropomorphic rainforests around them are my attempt to capture that spiritual piece of movement – that space in between worlds where even more of our relations inhabit and where they make themselves known. It is a given for any who will deeply listen to the land. ‘Tanuu Rising’ specifically uses Bill Reid’s pole carved as the first new pole in Skidegate. I married the painting together by using a place I visited on Tanuu near Mr. Reid’s resting place. The work Mr. Reid and those that followed created a catalyst for the rise in Haida cultural practice after a period of decimation due to colonialist assimilation policies, sickness and industrial commodification of the land.

 

"The Prayer" ©2015 Janice Tanton. Oil on linen. 40x72

“The Prayer” ©2015 Janice Tanton. Oil on linen. 40×72

Canoes have always been deeply imbedded in my life. Metaphorically, I’d say I was conceived in a canoe in the east, born in a barn, raised on the back of a horse and thrown to the wolves in the West. All of these are sacred space to me. It wasn’t until later in life that I realized that there was a much deeper history to the canoe than sentimental warm summers spent paddling on the lakes and rivers in Ontario. What strikes me most about the red canoe now is it’s formidable duality. It’s an awful, bloodthirsty, iconic symbol of colonialism (as is the Hudson Bay Blanket) that none of us wish to discuss in proper societal conversation or governmental nation-to- nation negotiations.

Indigenous by design, the canoe has never been improved upon except perhaps for constructive materials after thousands of years. Form and function are perfectly in sync. It harbours many nostalgic memories for the modern-day white folk such as myself who remember idyllic paddling on the shores of Lake Kashagawigamog, Algonquin and Killarney Parks. However, at its origin, it was a tool of transportation and survival for indigenous cultures, shared (usually) graciously with early traders to ensure their survival in this punishing county’s formative years. As a matter of honour, we need to recognize this “Canoe Treaty” and work hand in hand with the indigenous peoples of this land, honour those treaties and go beyond, as human beings – beyond racism, beyond litigation and beyond fear, to become ourselves again – human beings. That is what a red canoe is to me. It is a treaty – to be honoured. My relationship to the canoe is reverent and thankful…hopeful and peaceful as I look on my two families and as we look toward reconciliation as a nation. And yes…our family care for a white canoe and a red canoe…on purpose.

"Iinii Naapii" ©Janice Tanton. Oil and 22k gold on linen. 48x72

“Iinii Naapii” ©Janice Tanton. Oil and 22k gold on linen. 48×72

Oki Niksokowa – All My Relations also debuts a new body of work featuring a marriage of animal beings and Blackfoot tipi symbols in a healing way. Using a more representative style of painting for the animals – moose, buffalo, bear, wolf and coupling them with the more graphically designed glyphs of the Blackfoot, I’ve sought out a way to meld my traditional Eurocentric painting roots and upbringing with the more abstract use of graphic indigenous symbols. A ceremony of mark-making was used to denote my relationship with both the animal and the symbology and is marked by my own handprint in each of these paintings. It forever links us together and recognize those relationships, thanking them for their healing. Anthropomorphic relationships also exist in these paintings to some extent. “Makoyii Itsikin” is Tom’s Blackfoot name, and so this painting represents Tom as I see him, as a whole with the colours and places that I associate him with. All of the animals are healers and people for me, and represent some relationship with me through my life, helping me through illness and difficult times.

"Kyayo Sikimiwa" ©Janice Tanton. Oil and 22k gold on linen. 48x72

“Kyayo Sikimiwa” ©Janice Tanton. Oil and 22k gold on linen.

Gilda Radner said, “Cancer is probably the most unfunniest thing in the world, but I’m a comedian, and even cancer couldn’t stop me from seeing the humour in what I went through.” I agree with you, Gilda. The importance of humour became more real to me when I was sick, and it made me learn to look at the lighter side of a dark situation. No other place than with my indigenous family, have I ever found more belly laughing. When faced with difficult social issues, suicide, missing and murdered women and girls, racism…there is somehow always this respectful, leavening humour that balances the family and community. I admire this greatly, and thought – how do I honour this humour and humility in paint? How do I find more joy in my work? Hence – “Don’t Forget the Eggs”, “Zippity Doo Dah” and other such pieces in the “Ever Real” series.

"Don't Forget The Eggs" Oil and 22k gold on linen. ©2015 Janice Tanton. 9"x12"

“Don’t Forget The Eggs” Oil and 22k gold on linen. ©2015 Janice Tanton. 9″x12″

The most important and most personal piece in this show “The Promise:: Sacred Bundle – Stonechild” remains unfinished as I write this and may not appear at the show opening at all. It was the piece that was started first, and it will be the painting that is completed last, if ever. A 60×60 oil on linen with my daughter Grace as the model, wrapped in a Hudson Bay blanket in the Banff woods, on the side of Buffalo Mountain in Banff, it was conceived last October during my residency at The Banff Centre where I created “Undercurrents” (exhibited at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies to October 18, 2015). Stonechild has presided over the studio for a year while these other pieces were imagined and created. She remains the symbol of promise for me – the promise that we can follow the Seven Grandfather Teachings – wisdom, love, respect, bravery, honesty, humility and truth; the promise that we can come together; the promise that we can laugh at our troubles while finding new ways to live together; the promise that we can honour the spiritual and the scientific and the space between; the promise that we can honour the canoe and all that it means to us as Canadians; the promise that we can find healing, together…in many forms.

Janice Tanton Canadian Artist - "Sikstssoo" ©Janice Tanton. Oil and 22k gold on linen. 48x72

“Sikstssoo” ©Janice Tanton. Oil and 22k gold on linen. 48×72

 

 

"Makoyii Itsikin" ©2015 Janice Tanton. Oil and 22k gold on linen. 48x72

“Makoyii Itsikin” ©2015 Janice Tanton. Oil and 22k gold on linen. 48×42

"Iinii Skiim" ©Janice Tanton. Oil and 22k gold on linen. 48x42

“Iinii Skiim” ©Janice Tanton. Oil and 22k gold on linen. 48×42

"The Lookout" ©2015 Janice Tanton. Oil on linen. 12x12

“The Lookout” ©2015 Janice Tanton. Oil on linen. 12×12

"My Brothers Lodges" ©2015 Janice Tanton Oil on linen. 24 x 48

“My Brothers Lodges” ©2015 Janice Tanton Oil on linen. 24 x 48

Oki Niksokowa – Hello, All My Relations.

 

To View more of the upcoming show, please visit:

Canada House Gallery
Banff, AB
Artist in attendance September 25, 1-3 pm

Brand New Series of Works At Canada House Gallery & Gibson Fine Art

I’m very pleased to introduce a new series of work, arriving today (July 31, 2014) at Canada House Gallery, Banff AB and Gibson Fine Art in Calgary, AB.

"Not Every Thing Is Black & White" ©2014 Janice Tanton. Oil on Linen, Framed. ($1025). 11"x14" Available at Canada House Gallery, Banff AB.

“Not Every Thing Is Black & White” ©2014 Janice Tanton. Oil on Linen, Framed. ($1025). 11″x14″ Available at Canada House Gallery, Banff AB.

"Once In A Blue Moon" ©2014 Janice Tanton. Oil on Linen, Framed. ($1025). 11"x14" Available at Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB.

“Once In A Blue Moon” ©2014 Janice Tanton. Oil on Linen, Framed. ($1025). 11″x14″ Available at Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB.

"The Middle Way" ©2014 Janice Tanton. Oil on linen. Framed. Available at Gibson Fine Art.

“The Middle Way” ©2014 Janice Tanton. Oil on linen. Framed. ($575) Available at Gibson Fine Art.

"One Life To Live" ©2014 Janice Tanton. Oil on Linen, Framed. ($1025). 11"x14"

“One Life To Live” ©2014 Janice Tanton. Oil on Linen, Framed. ($1025). 11″x14″ Available at Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB.

"Stepping Out" ©2014 Janice Tanton. Oil on Linen, Framed. ($1025). 11"x14"

“Stepping Out” ©2014 Janice Tanton. Oil on Linen, Framed. ($1025). 11″x14″ Available at Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB.

"Family Portrait" ©2014 Janice Tanton. Oil on Linen, Framed. ($575). 6"x8" Available at Gibson Fine Art, Calgary, AB.

“Family Portrait” ©2014 Janice Tanton. Oil on Linen, Framed. ($575). 6″x8″ Available at Gibson Fine Art, Calgary, AB.

"Companions" ©2014 Janice Tanton. Oil and 22k Gold on Linen, Framed. ($625). 6"x8" Available at Gibson Fine Art, Calgary, AB.

“Companions” ©2014 Janice Tanton. Oil and 22k Gold on Linen, Framed. ($625). 6″x8″ Available at Gibson Fine Art, Calgary, AB.

Solo Show “Ponokamitaa – The Spirit of the Horse” – Gibson Fine Art, Calgary

“Ponokamitaa – The Spirit of The Horse” celebrates the relationship between man, horse, spirit and the land in keeping with the artist’s cross-cultural experience with her adopted Blackfoot family.

Ponokamitaa means “Elk-dog” in Blackfoot. The horse was as big and as strong and graceful like an elk (Ponoka), but with the social relationship of a dog (Mitaa), and more than able to do the work of a dog around the camps. It is said that the spirit of horses are healing and sacred.

Come and learn more in an opening celebration and Artist’s Talk on Saturday July 12th

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“Ponokamitaa – The Spirit of the Horse” will open on July 3rd at Gibson Fine Art in Calgary, Alberta and run through the Calgary Stampede to July 19th. Pre-sales currently taking place.

Location :: Gibson Fine Art, 628 11th Ave, SW, Calgary AB (403) 244-2000

Date: July 3rd – July 19th

Artist Talk/Meet & Greet: July 12th, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

"Ponokamitaa - Heals The Soul" ©2014 Janice Tanton. Oil on linen panel. 12"x12" plus frame.

“Ponokamitaa – Heals The Soul” ©2014 Janice Tanton. Oil on linen panel. 12″x12″ plus frame.

"Siksika Ponokamitaa" ©2014 Janice Tanton. Oil on linen panel. (Framed) 12"x12"

“Siksika Ponokamitaa” ©2014 Janice Tanton. Oil on linen panel. (Framed) 12″x12″

"Nitawahsin" ©2014 Janice Tanton. Oil on linen panel. (Framed) 8"x10"

“Nitawahsin” ©2014 Janice Tanton. Oil on linen panel. (Framed) 8″x10″

"Starlight Journey" ©2014 Janice Tanton. Oil on linen panel. (Framed) 8"x10"

“Starlight Journey” ©2014 Janice Tanton. Oil on linen panel. (Framed) 8″x10″

"Naatoyiitapiiksi_Ponokamitaa" (Powerful Spirit Beings Horse) ©2014 Janice Tanton.  Oil on canvas. 40"x60"

“Naatoyiitapiiksi_Ponokamitaa” (Powerful Spirit Beings Horse) ©2014 Janice Tanton. Oil on canvas. 40″x60″

"Little Medicine Horse" ©2014 Janice Tanton. Oil on linen. 30"x30"

“Little Medicine Horse” ©2014 Janice Tanton. Oil on linen. 30″x30″

"Naamoi'staan Ponokamitaa" ©2014 Janice Tanton. Oil on linen. 30"x30"

“Naamoi’staan Ponokamitaa” ©2014 Janice Tanton. Oil on linen. 30″x30″

"Aitapissko Ponokamitaa"  (Sacred Place with Living Presence Horse) ©2014 Janice Tanton. Oil on linen. 24"x48"

“Aitapissko Ponokamitaa” (Sacred Place with Living Presence Horse) ©2014 Janice Tanton. Oil on linen. 24″x48″

"Naatowa'pakaa Ponokamitaa" (Spiritual Comrade) ©2014 Janice Tanton. Oil on linen. 30"x30"

“Naatowa’pakaa Ponokamitaa” (Spiritual Comrade) ©2014 Janice Tanton. Oil on linen. 30″x30″

"Iiyikssopaapii Ponokamitaa" (Hard Wind Old Man - a wind spirit who can be called upon for assistance.) ©2014 Janice Tanton. Oil on linen. 48"x63"

“Iiyikssopaapii Ponokamitaa” (Hard Wind Old Man – a wind spirit who can be called upon for assistance.) ©2014 Janice Tanton. Oil on linen. 48″x63″

"Ponokamitaa - The Spirit of The Horse" ©2014 Janice Tanton. Oil on linen. 48"x72"

“Ponokamitaa – The Spirit of The Horse” ©2014 Janice Tanton. Oil on linen. 48″x72″

PRESS RELEASE :: Janice Tanton Represented by Canada House Gallery, Banff, Alberta

Canada House LogoAlmost a year after discovering I have breast cancer, I am so very pleased to announce I was welcomed with open arms by what I consider to be the most dynamic gallery representing Canadian artists anywhere in the nation.

A year ago, I was wondering if I would live to see the next Christmas with my gorgeous family, never mind creating new work. This year will mark their 40th Anniversary – a stunning achievement in the promotion and exhibition of such noted artists (and my heros/heroines) as Alex Janvier, Kenojuak, Bill Reid, Jane Ash Poitras and so many others.

"Xuuajii,St'aw & The Forest" - ©2013 Janice Tanton. Oil on canvas. 60"x76"

“Xuuajii,St’aw & The Forest” – ©2013 Janice Tanton. Oil on canvas. 60″x76″

For the past few months, I’ve been working slowly but surely through some very intense pain to create 7 new works specifically for Canada House Gallery in Banff – right here in our own backyard. What a beautiful fit.

I am honoured and inspired by the professionalism and encouragement of the staff, and the first three completed major pieces from my Haida Gwaii collection have been placed in their very capable hands.

My family and I would also like to thank Elizabeth Williams (RMT), Nathalie Trottier (Physio and Osteopath) and Sue at Rocky Mountain Rehab for the hours and hours of work and faith it’s taken to get me in shape enough literally, to lift a paintbrush. Special thanks also to my friends Jennifer Bain-Houck and Cori Brewster, who encouraged me never to let go.

Tomorrow morning, I head into surgery once again for a full second radical mastectomy. A step backwards for a step forwards.  I know it will be another tough road, but for today, we celebrate!!!!!

Won’t you please join me and raise a virtual glass to life, Canada House Gallery and to celebrate some new beginnings with our family.

"Old Masset Breathing" ©2013 Janice Tanton. Oil on linen. 24"x48

“Old Masset Breathing” ©2013 Janice Tanton. Oil on linen. 24″x48″

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To see more new images, please visit the website:

Canada House Gallery
201 Bear Street
Banff, AB
T1L 1B5

1-800-419-1298
403-762-3757
info@canadahouse.com

Ruby Slippers, Chemotherapy, Magic Wands, Make-believe, Hemingway & Haida Gwaii

 

Ruby Slippers

My one way ticket back to Kansas

When the reality of life is too much, as human beings we have our imagination, our made-up, make-believe worlds to help us navigate the unimaginable. For artists and creatives, I can only think that we are somehow super-charged with imaginations – for the best, and for the worst. This week, I found out I’m facing 18 weeks of chemotherapy. That’s scarier than any Stephen King novel yet. What frightens me most is not the random invading cancer cells that MIGHT be in my body, but the side effects of the poison that the wicked witch is about to unleash. I will not recount the details so that you, dear reader, might be spared the nightmares that have plagued us all week. Far worse than the flying monkeys of Baum’s imagination, things like neuropathy are unimaginable for me. How can I think of the possible nerve damage to extremities – hands, feet, well-trained artist’s fingers and hands. @#$%

I’ve been searching for one good reason – just one good thing about chemotherapy to get me through this, and it was through an idea that Grace The Good Witch had this week, and a fancy red pair of running shoes I spotted yesterday.

Grace said to me, “Mommy, I know what we can do – let’s just pretend that you have a fever for a long time.”

Brilliant. I can go with that. “It’s just a fever.”….but the “let’s just pretend” is even better. Why didn’t I think of that? Let’s just pretend…and this nightmare too shall pass.

Only the fear or more horrible side effects can get me into the dentist’s chair, and there I was yesterday. Tense….I imagined being on North Beach in Haida Gwaii while the scraping and scratching went on. After awhile, it turned into the sounds of crashing waves, seabirds and the wind whispering in the seagrass behind me. Ta da….done.

Feeling like maybe this whole, “Calgon, Take Me Away” approach might be actually working, I stopped in at my friend’s shoe store. A pair of red leather running shoes just jumped off the shelf, onto my feet and remained there. Oh dear….I really am leaving Kansas on a cyclone.

My Magic Wand

My Magic Wand

Yesterday was sad for me. I had an exhibition of some paintings opening at the Kaay Centre, Haida Museum in Haida Gwaii and I so wanted to be there with my friends and fellow artists. Wicked Witch Tests kept me from them. However, once the ruby slippers were on my feet, it seemed that suddenly I was with everyone if I just clicked my heels together. Following the yellowbrick road, I went into the Kitchen Store….and there on the shelf, a red wand in the form of a compact kitchen latte frother jumped RIGHT into my hand. AHA!….this shall be useful to create those magic concoctions to keep me healthy and protect me as I venture into the Witches’ Castle! My friend Birgit, the Good Witch of Kitchen Store also found a special concoctor guaranteed to make me smile as I brew the herbs and tinctures to battle the evil chemo sickies. (stay with me…..)

Papa's Reads - Ernest Hemingway

Reading Papa

A little further along the yellow brick road, I happened upon Josey, The Benevolent Witch of Bookery and there I found what I was looking for – food for the mind, the Great Oz Ernest Hemingway bookery themselves to carry spells of imagination of the great seas and wars.

That night, as my good friends gathered in Haida Gwaii to launch the show from our Gwaii Haanas trip, I felt the love across the sea, the mountains and the rivers. Tucked into my bed, ruby slippers by my side, my Cowardly Lion lovingly read “The Old Man And The Sea”. I clicked my heels, drifted off after Chapter One and found myself in Haida Gwaii.

Today, I face the nuclear MUGA. No worries. Got my wand, my rubies and Ernest.

 

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The Kendrick Ladies with their beautiful smiles, in front of some of the works in Haida Gwaii

The Kendrick Ladies with their beautiful smiles, in front of some of the works in Haida Gwaii

And here is my dear artist friend, Darrell Oike reading from the message and poem  I sent on the wind…

Darrell Oike reads

Artist Darrell Oike reads my message and poem to accompany the opening of the Haida Museum exhibit. Photo Credits: Clint Kendrick

“Cancer has a way of turning your life upside down, although those of you that know me well, know that it’s picked the wrong person to haggle with. Death…or the threat of it, is all that is keeping me from you today.  I did a bit of retail therapy after an appointment and picked up some “ruby shoes” this morning. I’m wearing them now. I wish, like Dorothy, that they’d transport me out of Kansas and into this room, this Oz…this…….. Haida Gwaii.

My time in Haida Gwaii and Gwaii Haanas National Park was sacred and special. From the time I arrived there, I knew that I needed to bring my family to see this incredible place and know it’s people, it’s flow and it’s lifestyle. That will happen soon.

While the land, the sea, the flora and the fauna all play largely in the mind when one encounters such abundance and diversity, I’ve come to ponder our place, our integration and our responsibility as human beings to change how we are – to rebalance –  in order to maintain the synergy with all that is around us. The ancestors and those that came before us knew this. We have just to deeply listen to ourselves, the land and the sea to find the good way again. This is the way of the artist.

No artist worth their salt can engage in deep research and subject matter from a distance. They must be immersed, involved and see themselves as part of the work, the place and the spirit. Anything less is just clinical observation – which as science, has it’s place, but in art….requires the immersion of the soul, the heart and the emotion.

With an eye to the objective – the representational, but with a paintbrush filled with movement, spiritual guidance and immersion, I seek to create new works that describe three aspects of Gwaii Haanas – the real, (the touchable), the spiritual and most importantly the supernatural – the space in between where I most often find myself. I seek to integrate myself and my family members in those works in order to explore responsibility and identity within the context of those three worlds that I feel and see in Gwaii Haanas and all of Haida Gwaii. At home in my studio there now sit no less than ten monumental works in progress integrating the figure, the landscape and the sea of Gwaii Haanas and Haida Gwaii.

It is with love that my family and I wish to thank those that guided me safely through this wondrous place. A huge thank you to Parks Canada, Christine and Terry for championing such an important program, Heather for taking it outwards to the public beyond and to the Haida Museum Board Members, Nathalie, Jenn and Jennifer who so skillfully engaged us as a family. This partnership is important. It needs to continue to welcome those of us who come from afar in a touchable, tangible experience.

I want to thank Tana Hooper and Clint Kendrick and their families for welcoming us with arms open, keeping us safe, fishing me out from the Pacific Ocean and teaching us so very much in such a short period of time.  Both of these dedicated Parks Canada employees should be commended for their passion, their professionalism, guidance and passion around this program. They have both continued to be sources of information and research as I begin a larger body of work.

A special thank you to Benita Saunders for her incredible hospitality while I was here. It is an honour to have stayed with you and I am forever grateful. I felt welcomed and loved and well cared for by this entire island community before I even stepped foot off the fairy. Haa’wa.

To Fanny and to you Darrell, as you now read these words, I am proud to call you brother and sister. I am in awe of your insight as artists and human beings and I am forever in your debt for your teachings. I know we will work together again soon…..(I’m writing the grant….ha ha!)”

In closing, I’ll leave you with a poem in the languages I know…

Oki Niksokowa. Is dee daniko, Iniskimaki, itan  Makoyitsikin ikimopii Siksika

All My Relations – I am Iniskimaki, Sacred Buffalo Stone Woman, adopted daughter of Elder Tom Crane Bear, Wolfshoe of the Siksika Nation.

 

Greens and yellows as I have never seen

Roll, envelope and hold me

Life….and death….so close together

Waters, clear and dancing

Dangerous, abundant, changelings

Roll, envelope and hold me

Death….and life….so close together

Trees, Twisting, Spiritful and Overpowering

Wide, Wet, tall, growing on each other as if starving…or making love

Roll, envelope and hold me

Death…and life…so close together

Life…death….the space between.

Roll, envelope and hold me

This is my Gwaii Haanas.

Haa’wa Iksookapi Thank you

Catching My Breath and Celebrating! The Final Piece of the Puzzle in an Artist’s Exhibition.

 

Grace poses under “The Artist’s Daughter”, a portrait of herself.

 

 

After a couple of intense months creating and working on new pieces, “Ordinary Alchemy” opened at Bluerock Gallery in Black Diamond, AB yesterday and will run until August 27th.

Kevin, my model (and husband) strikes a pose.

This is my first solo show in twelve years, and quite different from the focussed large projects that I’ve undertaken since 2008 with Community Fusion and CAMP (which…by the way, will open in my first solo public exhibition EVER in January 2013, at the Okotoks Art Gallery, Okotoks, AB)

There were many long nights and a lot of take-out involved. A huge thank you to my husband Kevin and the kids for helping out around the house, staying out of the way and dropping in at the right time when I was locked away in the studio. Also a big thanks to my Mom and Dad in Ontario for setting me on an even keel when I felt the ship was about to sink!

Even more, I want to celebrate you! All the comments, support, questions and “likes” from our social media outlets on Facebook and Twitter have been encouraging to me while I worked long hours alone. I always joke about the fact that the only real people I see are the UPS delivery guy and my family, but it’s true! For the past six weeks, I’ve hardly even made it to the grocery store for milk or coffee….okay, maybe coffee! In a six week period, I finished off no less than twenty new pieces – some of them VERY large, major works. This represents a time investment in painting anywhere from 8 – 15 hours a day. That’s a lot of solvent, and admittedly, there were times when I didn’t think I could go on.

Working with excellent gallery owners and supporters is a gift and I’m very thankful and blessed by Karen Gimbel’s vision, support and assuredness in launching “Ordinary Alchemy”. She worked very hard, and even had the time to commission some very talented local young professionals to work on this video artist’s statement:

 

Now, it’s time to take some time and celebrate the success of this wonderful show. I’m usually not one to pause long enough to catch my breath….but catching my breath was exactly what I did yesterday when I saw the works all hung together. As artists, we need to take a moment and celebrate the accomplishments along the way. It is no mean feat, taking hours of manpower, years of training, eons of practice and a little magic!

Please enjoy some of the photos from the gallery yesterday, and thank you all for being such a large part of this achievement.

Ordinary Alchemy – Solo Exhibition of works by Janice Tanton at Bluerock Gallery, Black Diamond, AB

 

Ordinary Alchemy – Solo Exhibition of works by Janice Tanton at Bluerock Gallery, Black Diamond, AB

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Ordinary Alchemy - Janice Tanton

Your VIP invite! Please join us in celebrating this body of work.

It feels like Christmas! This is my first solo show in twelve years!!!…And the ONLY solo show of my work for 2012…AND…introduces some fabulous new figurative work that incorporates 22k gold and silver. Can you see me grinning from where you are? I’m very excited. There are secret pieces in this show from my own private collection and brand new works which I have to say are the best work that I have ever completed….and YOU ARE INVITED!!!

"Many Shot - Blackfoot" ©2012 Janice Tanton. Oil & 22k gold on linen. 16"x20"

“Many Shot – Blackfoot” ©2012 Janice Tanton. Oil & 22k gold on linen. 16″x20″

Creating work for a solo show is a lot of work, and it takes a lot of folks a lot of time and effort to see it to fruition. I have to first thank my family (Kevin, Jacob, Benjamin and Grace) who have suffered through the long days and the cranky times when paintings wouldn’t dry or behave as I wish they would. Thanks always to my mom and dad who are great anchors for me when all that self-doubt creeps in. Thanks to my close friends who know the fine balance of staying away and checking in on me these past six weeks to ensure I wasn’t pulling a Vincent and cutting off an ear… or something more important.

A big thanks to Karen and the staff at Bluerock for having the faith and vision to allow me the freedom to plan and create. Thanks also to all the fine folks at Gibson Fine Art and Effusion Art Gallery who have also supported this show and been very patient with me as I concentrated my efforts and launched a new body of work. I am ever grateful for your professionalism and support. Thank you, Patti, Heather and Daryl. I am so pleased to work with you all.

At the end of the day, and at the risk of repeating myself over and over…..it’s about the process – the journey.

I’d love it if you’d join me at the artist’s reception on Saturday, August 4th and help our extended family to celebrate the work that has been done. We will be in the company of the wonderful Karen Gimbel and Chris Weingarth at Bluerock Gallery in Black Diamond, Alberta. from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m, Saturday, August 4th.

This is a very personal show…please come help us celebrate the achievement!

 

Alberta Light, A Retrospective :: Neel deWit-Wibaut at Bluerock Gallery

This article, courtesy of BlueRock Gallery::

ARTIST’S RECEPTION—EVERYONE WELCOME
2-5pm, Saturday, May 5, 2012
Artist in attendance.
Neel de Wit-Wibaut pictured here with one of the winter scenes she is so fond of painting. Neel maintains a simple lifestyle in the country to support her connection to nature.

Neel de Wit-Wibaut pictured here with one of the winter scenes she is so fond of painting. Neel maintains a simple lifestyle in the country to support her connection to nature.

IN THE NEWS:  Global TV in Calgary did a story about Neel which aired 4/30/12.


Neel de Wit-Wibaut is a painter who splits her time between Calgary and a remote location in the Alberta foothills. Devoted to her work, she has been painting faithfully for decades. Her paintings express her deep appreciation of nature and invite the viewer to join her in a reflection on light. Working primarily in oils on wood, her subjects are inspired moments of illumination—sunlight, moonlight and the colors in shadows. This retrospective is a tribute to Neel’s remarkable career and an homage to the Alberta foothills where she has lived for more than half her life.

Still painting at the age of 97, she is deeply inspiring. Here is a short video introduction to Neel and her work in her own words.

Hope to see you at the opening!

Video created by Shelley Whitehead for Bluerock Gallery. Special thanks to Mady Thiel-Kopstein, Marika d’Ailly, Sandra Wiebe, and Anna Carnell. The still photos of Neel’s paintings are courtesy of Edith Vanderkloot.

Want to know more about Neel? We invite you to read Hope in the Color of Orange: Dutch Civilian Memories of War and Liberation. In the chapter titled “Sonja Mathilde,” Neel tells her story about being a wife and mother during WWII in Holland. This locally produced, independently published book (published by MMWG) is available for purchase in the Bluerock Gallery online store by clicking the link above.

Gibson Fine Art Represents Artist Janice Tanton

 

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We are very excited to announce that Gibson Fine Art  has signed Janice Tanton.

Gibson Fine Art, Calgary Alberta

Gibson Fine Art, Calgary, AB

 

GFA represents 35+ exciting mid-career and experienced contemporary Canadian artists in an intimate and refined cosmopolitan gallery space.

Located at in the heart of the design & gallery district in bustling downtown Calgary, the Cultural Capital of Canada for 2012, Gibson Fine Art specializes in placement within residential and corporate art collections.

“Gibson Fine Art maintains a commitment to supporting the local artistic community; we also keep a keen eye on distinctive, emerging Canadian talent. We strive to ensure the long term development of our artists’ careers by offering an innovative program of individual and group exhibitions both in the gallery and off-site.”

Contact Gallery Director & Principal:
Patti Dibski

Gibson Fine Art is located at:
628 11th Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta T2R 0E2

Gallery Hours
Tues to Sat: 10am to 5pm

The following paintings by Janice Tanton are available at Gibson Fine Art, including select premier images from the CAMP series.

CAMP :: "On The Bow" ©2012 Janice Tanton. Oil on linen. 40"x72"

CAMP :: "On The Bow" ©2012 Janice Tanton. Oil on linen. 40"x72"

CAMP :: The Lodge Series-"The Brother's Lodges" ©2012 Janice Tanton. Oil on linen. 24"x48"

CAMP :: The Lodge Series-"The Brother's Lodges" ©2012 Janice Tanton. Oil on linen. 24"x48"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Sioux. Me." ©2010 Janice Tanton. Oil on canvas. 48"x60"

"Sioux. Me." ©2010 Janice Tanton. Oil on canvas. 48"x60"

CAMP :: The Lodge Series - "Squash Sisters Lodge" ©2012 Janice Tanton. Oil on linen. 30"x30"

CAMP :: The Lodge Series - "Squash Sisters Lodge" ©2012 Janice Tanton. Oil on linen. 30"x30"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAMP :: Lodge Series "Running Horses Lodge" ©2012 Janice Tanton. Oil on linen. 30"x30".

Lodge Series "Running Horses Lodge" ©2012 Janice Tanton. Oil on linen. 30"x30".

"On The Prairie" ©2012 Janice Tanton. Oil on linen. 30"x30".

"On The Prairie" ©2012 Janice Tanton. Oil on linen. 30"x30".

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gallery Representation for Janice Tanton:

Gibson Fine Art – Calgary, AB
Bluerock Art Gallery – Black Diamond, AB
Effusion Gallery – Invermere, BC
Janice Tanton Studio – Banff & Canmore, AB 

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