Brief: Celebrating cultural resilience at Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre

Titled "Cultural Resilience: A Journey Through Art," this exhibit brings together four talented artists whose works offer powerful insights into their unique perspectives and experiences.

A piece by self-taught birch bark biting artist Halfmoon Woman (Pat Bruderer) whose work will be on display at the Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre starting June 8. Photo: Pat Bruderer/RVAC

This article first appeared in print in the June 2023 issue of Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine. 

This month, the Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre presents an extraordinary exhibition that delves into the heart of Indigenous art forms and cultural resilience. Titled “Cultural Resilience: A Journey Through Art,” this event brings together four talented artists whose works offer powerful insights into their unique perspectives and experiences.

Pat Bruderer, also known as Halfmoon Woman, from Nakusp, B.C., is one of the featured artists. Bruderer’s art is truly exceptional as she creates intricate designs using her teeth on various mediums. Known as birch bark bitings, these imprints reflect the artist’s life and heritage, paying homage to her roots in Churchill, Manitoba, and her maternal connections to Southend Reindeer Lake and Pukatawagan. Bruderer aims to raise awareness of the historical and ongoing issues faced by Indigenous communities through her art.

Joining the exhibition is Shirley Liu, hailing from Golden, B.C.

Willow Hopkins, all the way from Montreal, Quebec, brings a diverse range of artistic expressions to the gallery. 

Hanna Dotzenroth, an artist from Beaumont, Alberta, presents visually stunning pieces that inspire wonder and introspection. 

The exhibition opens its doors on June 8, starting with a soft opening from 2 pm to 5 pm. During this time, visitors can explore the gallery while sipping tea, immersing themselves in the beauty of the artwork. Following the soft opening, a social event will take place from 5 pm to 8 pm, providing an opportunity for art enthusiasts to engage with the artists and celebrate the cultural resilience depicted in the exhibition.

In solidarity with the main gallery artist, the event organizers have decided not to serve alcoholic beverages during the opening. This decision acknowledges the harm caused by alcohol to Indigenous communities and reflects the gallery’s commitment to creating a respectful and inclusive environment that honors and celebrates cultural resilience.

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