with Sky Story Studio, Val Marie School, Ponteix School, École Boréale, Maverick High School, Shaunavon High School and Grand Coteau Heritage & Culture Centre
Jumblies Artists: Ruth Howard, Adrienne Marcus Raja
South West Saskatchewan Artists & Contributors: Diana Chabros, Joseph Naytowhow, Madonna Hamel, Cecile Blanke, Michael Lyngstad, Trea Jensen, Maria Cappelle/Wilde, Janine Perreault and others
Photo documentation by Adrienne Marcus Raja, Trea Jensen and Maria Cappelle/Wilde
Saturday November 18th, 1.30-4.30 pm
Installation, performance, & celebration
Grand Coteau Heritage & Culture Centre, Shaunavon
Across the Turtle’s Back: The Kampelmacher Memorial Collection of Indigenous Art A MacKenzie Art Gallery Touring Exhibition
Ruth Howard is the founding Artistic Director of Jumblies Theatre. She and Jumblies have created multi-year residencies resulting in large scale performances, in a series of Toronto neighbourhoods, resulting in large-scale productions and lasting Offshoot organizations. She has worked across Canada and in England as a theatre designer, has taught at many universities, colleges and schools, amentored many emerging artists and organizations, and won many awards for her work. In 2015 Ruth and Jumblies produced the west-to-east-coast Train of Thought tour with partners across the country. Her most recent projects with Jumblies include the May/June 2017 Touching Ground Festival of new works in Toronto and the ongoing Four Lands tour, visiting Saskatchewan in November 2017.
Adrienne Marcus Raja
Adrienne explores a range of practices which blends in painting, puppetry, audio, installation, moving images, and photography. As a Malaysian multi-disciplinary artist currently living in Toronto, her works has been presented nationally and internationally. She is an MFA graduate of Ryerson University with a focus in Documentary Media. She also holds a BA degree in Mass Communication and Television Production from Curtin University. She is also the first recipient of Jumblies’ Al Levitt Memorial Award. She enjoys travelling as well as learning alongside people from different backgrounds and communities. She is currently the Tour Coordinator for Jumblies’ most recent collaborative touring project, The Four Lands. She is also Jumblies’ Arts Management Intern (thanks to an Ontario Arts Council Compass grant).
Joseph Naytowhow is an award winning Plains/Woodland Nehiyaw (Cree) interdisciplinary artist from the Sturgeon Lake First Nation in Saskatchewan. His generosity and compassion for sharing cultural knowledge makes him a much sought after keynote speaker, performer, facilitator, and outdoor educator for adults and children alike. In addition to his busy schedule of local and international performances, speaking engagements, class visits, workshops, and residencies, he regularly serves as a cultural leader with various communities and post secondary institutions. Joseph holds a Bachelor of Education degree from the Indigenous Teacher Education Program (ITEP).
A visual artist with an interest in land, animals and their symbiotic energies, Diana currently focuses her attention on Southwest Saskatchewan, where she resides. Of particular interest is the trajectory of land which extends from Alberta to South Dakota. The evolution of her work from figural images to landscape based subject matter now allows her to witness and capture energy in its industrial, physical, and psychic forms, subtly referencing their impact on the land and its resident beings. Having worked in both the private and public sectors from real estate to public libraries to the province’s main funding body for the arts, her career background includes cultural event planning, project management, and corporate outreach for the province’s art collection. In addition to her painting practice, managing her partner’s busy interdisciplinary art bookings/contracts, teaching traditional forms of Yoga, and running a cat sanctuary, Diana owns and operates a bed and breakfast at the cusp of Grasslands National Park.
There are many familiar themes that run through Trea’s work; nature, iconic female deities, fairytales, ancient text, and hidden symbols. Folklore and symbolism of many cultures, all brought together in her paintings to tell a story. She is a painter, using mediums of acrylic and watercolour, as well as using other mediums and sculpture in the telling of story. Trea is a musician, Reiki Master, african drum/circle facilitator, and facilitates art classes to all ages! Born in Calgary AB, I have lived in many parts of Western Canada, and since 2007 I have made my home in Eastend, SK.