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Exhibition: Welcome to My Renaissance

A beaded blue and pink butterfly in front of a yellow to red gradient sky. White text on a teal background reads: The Gallery at Queen's Park presents: Welcome to my Renaissance. The Arts New West logo is featured.

The Gallery at Queen’s Park presents:
The Second Annual – “Welcome to My Renaissance”
Exhibition Dates: June 26 – July 28, 2024
Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 10:00am – 2:00pm

Exhibit Statement

Blue Sky, James Groening, is a Cree artist living and working on the ancestral lands of the Halq’eméylem and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh speaking peoples. Inspired by a Haida image of a hummingbird, James began to rediscover his Indigenous roots through the art and artists of Woodland Painting.  

Currently, James is actively creating and learning on Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, Qayqayt, Tsleil-Waututh, Stó:lō, and šxʷməθkʷəy̓əmaɁɬ təməxʷ (Musqueam) territories. He’s received various grants, completed Artist Residencies, and has exhibited at the Arts Council of New Westminster, Skwachàys Lodge Aboriginal Hotel + Gallery, and the Massey Arts Society. In addition, he has led various Turtle Legend Workshops with the City of New Westminster and United Way BC.

James is also the founder of The Native Art Renaissance Foundation, a nonprofit with the goal of promoting cultural awareness and conveying cultural knowledge down to the youth from some of the more renowned native artists on turtle island.

After the success of James’ first “Welcome to My Renaissance” exhibition in 2023, he’s returning with a second exhibition!

For the Second Annual “Welcome to My Renaissance” James brings to us, a celebration of young Indigenous voices and artistry. This compelling showcase honors the rich cultural heritage and creative expressions of our local Indigenous youth. Through an array of diverse artistic styles and mediums, this exhibition offers a glimpse into the dynamic narratives, traditions, and perspectives that shape Indigenous identity and resilience.

Their works serve as bridges connecting past, present, and future, forging connections across cultures and generations.

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