SAGA Public Art Gallery presents “Faces in Stone,” a sculptural exhibition by First Nations artist Audrey Nanimahoo.
Nanimahoo was born into the Cree Nation in Dawson Creek. Even as a child she had a passion to sketch, and as an adult began painting folk art designs on stone and wood with acrylic paints. This eventually led to carving the wood, which then opened the door to stone.
“In 2002 we came across a deposit of unusual green soapstone. We tried to sell the stone through our landscaping company, but had no luck,” Nanimahoo says. “Something within the stone called to me to carve the stone. The stone responded by giving up the secrets locked within. I believe that certain things are meant to be, I was guided to find this talent within myself and release it.”
Audrey’s studio is located near Malakwa, and she currently exhibits her work nationwide.
“Faces in Stone” opens with a reception at 7 p.m. Friday, March 1 with live music and refreshments.
The exhibition runs to March 30. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Coffee Break and Artist Talk take place Thursday, March 21 from 2 to 4 p.m. An Artist Trading Card session runs Tuesday, March 14 from 3 to 4 p.m. Family Saturdays run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. every week.