Monday, June 20, 2011

"Thought-provoking"

Comments from the guest book for "On Being Métis" at The Art Space, Huntsville, ON, June 3-July 3, 2011

People from all over signed the guest book including Ottawa, Toronto, New York, Georgia, Scotland and South Africa. Here are just some of the comments received...

"Truly inspiring work! Powerful images, and great use of colour." - L. Walton, Port Carling, ON

"I stop[ed] by the gallery on Thursday to see your work. I hadn't seen it before and was so happy that I had the chance to. I was really very moved by it. I loved the subject matter and the bold colours were breathtaking. I have a similar heritage discovery and your story really spoke to me. Thank you for sharing, I will be poring over your website!" - L. Lutrell, Huntsville, ON

"Beautiful, unique and informative." - B. Wainmann-Goulet, Huntsville, ON

"Remarkable colours and heart in the art. My Hudson descendents would be proud." - C. A., East Avery, NY

"Breautiful and striking." - R. Miller

"Powerful messages." - A. Schumacher, Dorset, ON

"Great history" - G. Grimer, Ottawa, ON

"Vibrant!" - S. Houle

"Very Canadian." - R. L.

"Strong and passionate work - I very much liked it." - J. Shillolo

"Excellent presentation and work." - G. Cenetti

"Vivid, textile-like, provocative." - N. Mitchell

"Great stuff... almost 3 dimentional... awesome! Fantastic showing, thank you!" - Sarah Soberg

"Lovely colours!" - A. Yusuf, Burlington, ON

"Awesome." - N. Mohamed, Hamilton, ON

Visit http://www.nathaliebertin.com/ to see photos and a price list of available art work too!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Press and Promo

From Cottage Country Now and The Huntsville Forester:
http://www.cottagecountrynow.ca/community/northmuskoka/article/1018106

The Metis Voyageur, see page 14:
http://www.metisnation.org/media/131127/mv_11apr_low-res.pdf

"Powerful... Passionate... Excellent!" -- Some of the guest comments on opening night

"On Béing Metis" Art Exhibition at The Art Space

 
View of a portion of the exhibition inside The Art Space.

"On Being Métis" opened at The Art Space on June 3, 2011 to a small but engaged crowd. I am thrilled to show these works in my first official gallery show in Huntsville. Although I'm virtually unknown here, Muskoka has provided me with so much opportunity and inspiration in the last couple of years that it feels like the best place to share my soul with those who come to see the exhibition.

About the exhibition: I was in my twenties before it was confirmed that my family had First Nations ancestry. This started a long search for information about our heritage that led me to seek more indepth knowledge into the social history of Canada. The works exhibited were inspired by the stories, both anecdotal and historical, and the art -- specifically the art of the Métis -- that I learned of in recent years. My goal with the exhibition is to share something of what I've learned about Canadian culture, including my personal, in-depth feelings about my own place within my Canadian heritage and my belief that art is the key to really understanding any society.

Join me at The Art Space on June 18, 2011 from 2-3PM for my Artist Talk. The exhibition runs to July 3, 2011. Gallery hours are Thursday to Sunday, from 11AM to 4PM.

For more information, visit my web site at http://www.nathaliebertin.com/ or The Art Space.