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DarinJames Darin Corbiere “Waabi Makoohns” Little White Bear

Darin is Anishinaabe, Odawa, Bear Clan from Manitoulin Island in the Great Lakes Region of Ontario Canada.  Born and raised in Wikwemikong, Darin hadn’t begun his artistic endeavours until he turned 50. 

Darin is a teacher of Anishinaabemowin, an Indigenous language, and is writing and illustrating the first book in his graphic novel (comic) series titled Gii wed anong and continues with his artwork.  Darin is also the creator/developer of an educational board game called “the Truth in Truth and Reconciliation”.  He resides with his wife in British Columbia. 

Darin’s artwork is unique in the medium used – markers, high lighters and inks on White Ash. 

You can see more of his artwork, graphic novels and his game on Facebook at Corby’sArtworks, DED-C Comics and The Truth Game. 

LynetteLynette La Fontaine, otipemisiwak artist, creates traditional and contemporary Métis artwork in the form of beading and painting. Her work is inspired by connection to land, heart, spirit, ancestors and teachings from elders and knowledge holders. Her beadwork is custom designed using traditional Métis practices and materials. No two pieces are alike. The Métis are known historically as “The Flower Beadwork People” as a result of the elaborately beaded, floral designs on garments and personal items. Lynette’s work honours this identifiable way of beading in all her unique designs.

Lynette was raised in Fraser Lake. Her Métis roots are in Northern Saskatchewan and the Red River Valley. She has been creating art all her life. Lynette is a self-taught, traditional and contemporary artist. She taught herself to bead while attending university and working with the Elders, in 2007. Since this time, she has been gathering teachings and knowledge from various community members and Elders. In 2016, Lynette received funding from the First Peoples’ Cultural Council as an emerging artist. Her mentor is Lisa Shepherd, well known Métis Artisan. Lynette’s work has increased to a more professional level in order to do commission work, start a business, and ability to share her skills and knowledge to teach others.

While the traditional and contemporary beadwork is focused, time intensive and detailed, her paintings are colourful, large scale, and abstract. She preferences acrylic paints and inks on large canvases. The paintings incorporate movement, intuition, ceremony and play. Painting allows her to create with different colour combinations, art theory, and multimedia techniques. The final products are complex due to the many layers of storytelling and mark making in her process.

Carla Joseph

LenLen Paquette

Lenard is a Cree / Metis artist, master carver, elder and storyteller with over 40 years of carving experience and has worked on commissions around the world. He also has work in many private collections in Canada. For the past two years he has been the Maker in Residence at Two Rivers Gallery in Prince George. Lenard also spent many years in Duncan BC where he was a carver at the Cowichan Cultural Centre and was most noted for his repainting and restoring of the city’s totem poles. Lenard’s carving education was with Frances Horme, Coast Salish Master Artist and Gene Brabant, Cree Carver of the Raven Gallery in Victoria.

JenJennifer Annaïs Pighin
Art from the Heart!
Jennifer is a visual artist and art teacher in Prince George, BC. She is a proud member of the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation with Witsuwit’un, French Canadian, and Italian ancestry. Jennifer holds a BA in Visual Arts from Emily Carr, a Bachelor of Education - Specialization in Art from the University of British Columbia and a Masters in First Nations Studies from the University of Northern British Columbia. Jennifer is currently a board member of the Omineca Arts Centre, one of the founding members of the Northern Indigenous Artists’ Collective Steering Committee and a columnist for Thimbleberry Magazine.
Jennifer is a leader within her community and within the Khast’an Drummers with a passion for language, culture and community connectivity. Rooted within the community her artwork is often collaborative in nature using a wide range of media including painting, drawing, digital design, mosaic, traditional arts, public installations, logo and tattoo design and much more. Her work was showcased in the Canada Pavilion at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and within many aspects of the 2015 Canada Winter Games.
View her work and learn more at http://jenniferannaispighin.com