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May – June 2022
Launch: Saturday, May 28th at 1:00 pm

Featuring artists: Frances Cooper, Annie Courchene, Tess Ray Houston, and Kristy Janvier, and artist mentor Lita Fontaine.

From Within is a virtual art exhibit that will provide audiences with Indigenous personal art study from four artists, are Frances Cooper (metis), Annie Courchene (Anishinaabe), Tess Ray Houston (Cree), and Kristy Janvier (Dene), all Manitobans, whose artwork reflects each personal artistic self-expression that using Land as the foundational base within their own creative processes.

Each art piece will deliver Indigenous perspectives through dance, beadwork, photography, and environmental assemblages that reflect their connection with Land and “From Within”.

Join us on Saturday, May 28th at 1:00 pm  for the launch of the exhibition.

Facilitated by Yvette Cenerini née Lagimodière) is a franco-Métis visual artist from Manitoba who lives and works in Winnipeg. Having obtained both a BEd (2001) and a BFA (2010), knowledge-sharing in the forms of teaching, mentoring, cultural mediation and community engagement is important in her practice.

Yvette Cenerini

Artists in the exhibit:

Annie Courchene

Annie Courchene is an Anishinaabe visual artist from Sagkeeng First Nation, Manitoba, where she currently resides. In her work, she uses several mediums which include acrylic and aerosol painting, ink, graphite drawing, beadwork, and sewing. She is inspired by the Anishinaabe painters, crafters, and artists that have come before her, and the traditional Anishinaabe woodland and floral styles. 

Annie would like to thank MAWA for the opportunity to contribute her artistic self-expression within the RAMP program.

Grey Buffalo
Grey Buffalo, Collage / Mixed media, 8×9 inches 2019
Frances Cooper

Frances Cooper

Frances Cooper is an interdisciplinary artist who has been connecting, creating and contributing to Earth for decades. She is a mother/sister/auntie/wife of mixed descent and culture who is determined to remain intact and true to herself in our current world. She shares life values and learning while exploring this world and crafting her art. Creativity has been applied to all facets of life in her journey from growing up in the Parkland area of Manitoba to her current residence in The Pas.

She relies on nature as a wellspring for inspiration for her art and as a guide for sustainable art practices. Staying open and reciprocal with Mother Earth, and all of the factors that affect her; can be seen expressed throughout Frances’ work.

Frances has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Manitoba and western Canada. Her work can be found in public and personal art collections.

Frances’ art practice is primarily studio-based. She strives to let every emotion and experience that is represented be authentically what it is within the timeframe, context, and state of being; while being true to the nature of the medium at hand. Her goal is to connect with her audience, to create pieces that are enjoyable and thought-provoking. Frances has many roles and jobs within this life but creativity is her calling within this life; and she believes it can enrich our beings, on every platform, by actively engaging in that creativity.

Upon Waking
Upon Waking, 2022, chalk pastel on toned paper, 16″x12″
Kristy Janvier

Kristy Janvier is born and raised in Flin Flon and is of Dene (English River First Nation) and of mixed European descent. At the age of 18, she began working overseas as a professional actress/dancer. After 15 years of working in the entertainment industry with Disney, Kristy returned to Canada relying on her presence/meditation practice to guide her work. Performances are influenced by improvisation yet structured from personal stories incorporating images, installation, sound recording, and/or video.

In addition to her performance work, Kristy has been sewing beadwork since 2018. Sales from her beadwork, Secret_Life_of_Beads, go towards funding her family’s bush cabin started in 1934 for future generations.

Past Highlights:
She had an opportunity to explore her research on water, the rivers, bloodlines, and healing with the support of the Young Lungs Dance Exchange in Winnipeg (winter 2016-17). Her first solo work “Forest Floor” showed at Free Flow/Saskatoon (Sept ’17), Weesageechak Begins to Dance/Toronto (Nov ’17), Nocturne/Halifax (Oct ’18), and Nextfest/Edmonton (June ’19). The video work from the E|MERGE artist residency at Earthdance, Massachusetts (Feb ’18) has screened at 5 film festivals in Canada. Her current solo work, Hide, has been supported by the Made in BC Re-Centering/Margins Creative Residency (2019) and shared in Edmonton (Feb’20) at the Expanse Festival.

She has toured as an invited guest with Dancers of Damelahamid with Flicker (Oct-Nov’17) and the national and international premiere of Mînowin (Sept-Nov ’19). She has also worked with Raven Spirit Dance in The Gift (2019), presented solo work at IndigDIV (2019) and Confluence (2020).

Janvier, Kristy-1 Turtle
Turtle, beadwork, 2″x2″, 2020
Tess Ray Houston

Tess Ray Houston is a multimedia Manitoba-based Artist and Creative Freelancer who uses their special interest and past experience in photography and makeup design to capture and illustrate moments that characterize the daily motion of their life. Tess oftentimes applies mixed mediums throughout their body of work, as it reflects the very nature of their mixed blood heritage. Mixed experiences are oftentimes contradicting, yet the fine line that lies in between this shared narrative that carries honourable and painful truths for many. Today, Tess resides in the heart of their homeland, looking to partner with fellow creatives in exploring life’s odysseys.

wit, Photography, 5×7 inches, 2022
Lita Fontaine

Lita Fontaine
Artist / Art Educator

Lita Fontaine is of Dakota, Anishinaabe, and Metis ancestry. Her mother Rose Anne Fontaine’s band affiliation is Long Plain, her father’s, Sagkeeng First Nation. Fontaine was born in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, and grew up in Winnipeg’s North End. Ever since childhood, Fontaine always enjoyed the act of creation like drawing, building, sewing, and collecting recyclables.

During Fontaine’s late twenties, the creative urge to become an artist became quite strong. Being a single mother at the time she decided to return to school and enrolled in the University of Manitoba’s School of Art in the Diploma program where she developed and hone her skills and abilities in drawing and black and white photography. She later pursued higher education at the University of Regina, Visual Arts Faculty where she attained a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) specializing in Inter-media and, as some may know as Mixed–media.

Fontaine’s practice is predominately studio based and her methodology in the area of arts education is hands-on, where creative processes play an integral role in learning. Fontaine believes the visual arts acts as a catharsis that nourishes emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual growth while making art.

4 Med Wheels
Medicine Wheels, Mandalas, Sacred Hoops, mixed media 10″ diameter, 2022

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