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October 27 - October 28
2018 Sivertson Gallery Inuit Premiere
Sivertson Gallery of Grand Marais presents their annual Inuit Premiere,with new prints, sculptures and carvings from Canadian native artists. The Premiere also features a demonstration of Nunavik-style throat singing, and guest sculptor Bill Nasogaluak.
Dorset Fine Arts was established in Toronto in 1978 as the wholesale marketing division of the West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative. The Co-operative is in Cape Dorset, Nunavut and is unique among the Arctic Co-operatives for its focus on the arts and artists of the community. The Annual Graphics Collection from Cape Dorset has been released since 1959 and the Co-operative also represents many acclaimed sculptors and drawing artists. Dorset Fine Arts was established to develop and serve the market for Inuit fine art produced by the artist members of the Co-operative. Sales and exhibitions of prints, drawings and sculptures are made through the Dorset Fine Arts showroom in Toronto to galleries around the world. Sivertson Gallery is one of less than 50 other galleries that are selected annually to showcase and sell the print collection.
Friday October 26th
2 – 4 pm | Guest Sculptor Bill Nasagaluak (from Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories, Canada) Demonstration at North House Folk School
6 – 8 pm | Patron’s Reception with Guest Introduction and a Short Throat Singing Demonstration. A night for the first reveal of the 2018 Cape Dorset Print Collection!
Saturday, October 27
1 pm & 3 pm | Throat Singing Performances
6 pm | Guest Panel and Fireside Chat About Living and Creating in the North
Throat singing is a traditional activity of the people of Nunavik. Often two women perform together and combine rhythmic tones from both inhaling and exhaling. Taqralik Partridge is an Inuit poet and spoken word artist from Kuujuak, a town in Nunavik, in the northern part of Quebec, and now from northern Norway. Nina Segalowitz was born in Fort Smith, Northwest Territories, and grew up in Montreal. Segalowitz says, “Throat singing is for me a way to bridge two worlds.” She has performed as a throat singer for over 20 years. Partridge describes throat singing as a game: “You have two people who play with each other and echo each other and the object of the game is to make the other person stop either by exhaustion, laughing or losing the rhythm.”
All events are free, open to the public, and held at Sivertson Gallery, which is located at 14 W. Wisconsin St. in Grand Marais. Their phone number is (218) 387-2491.
Sivertson Gallery features “art of the north” and is a destination for art on Lake Superior’s North Shore. They exhibit the work of over 60 regional artists in addition to Canadian Inuit and Alaskan native art. The upcoming Inuit Premiere is presented in partnership with the Consulate General of Canada in Minneapolis.