The Pop Up Art Gallery will be at various Calgary Public Library branches, showcasing featured works from local Indigenous artists, curated by Four Winds Indigenous Showcase & Market.
The galleries are free to visit and runs for the duration of Chinook Blast.
Artist featured at Saddletowne: Stephanie Onespot
Stephanie One Spot is an artist from the Sarcee (TsuuTina) First Nation, North Dene. She is a fourth-Year student at Alberta University of the Arts and an emerging Artist in the TsuuTina and Calgary area. She grew up all her life on the TsuuTina reserve by the Buffalo Paddocks, where she would venture out and enjoy the land. She is inspired every day from her natural surroundings, gardening with her mother and the traditional stories told to her by her Father. The land to her is an important part of her identity. An entrepreneur at heart, she is always creating new projects and finding strength through traditional knowledge. She is a mother of 2 young boys. She believes that through Art, illustrating stories and taking photographs are an important way to teach and preserve her culture for the next generation. She takes pride in knowing that her sons are not only a part of her Artwork but love to help out with projects and take photographs with her. Being a part of passed exhibitions such as TsuuTina Nations Nihisgaka Ogha – For Our Children Dinner Series, 2018, Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society here in Calgary – Mohkinstsis (2018-2020) and working with kindergarten classes from Calgary and a Tsuut’ina Immersion Kindergarten class in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action helps her gain experience into helping merge a more fluid relationship with Calgary and the TsuuTina Nation.