Young First Nations artists display creative work

Samson Nation cafe providing new forum for displaying local creations besides food

Brittany Ermineskin’s bead work adds lots of colour and style to women’s everyday accessories.

Having found a new platform to exhibit their work as well as the hope to be able to market them, more and more First Nations artists are coming out to the periodical art shows staged at the Nipsis Cafe at the Samson Nation building in Maskwacis.

A recent art exhibit featured two young artists with one of them displaying rarely seen works of bead placed on women’s accessories from sunglasses to earrings.

Brittany Ermineskin, the creator of the artwork involving colourful beads, says she has only started to produce the kind of design that can be attached to accessories with a view to marketing it although she has been beading since she was only two years old.

She says beading continues to be a favourite hobby but having people develop an interest in her art and making a bit of additional income is also a good reason to develop her art.the latest

The other young artist who made her debut in displaying her paintings at the same show Jewel Baptiste, still only a Grade 12 student, who has been making sketches for about four years but took up painting seriously as a form of artistic expression only recently. Baptiste says her work, mainly based on acryllic, continues to be more of a hobby than a professional pursuit, but she does want to build a following for her expressionist paintings.


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