Inuit Art Showcased at Sivertson Gallery Premier Event March 20-21
Featuring Guest Speaker from Dorset Fine Arts & Canadian Throat-Singer
COOK COUNTY, Minn. (Feb. 24, 2015) – Sivertson Gallery will kick off a monumental year with their 15th annual Inuit Premiere with events on Friday, March 20 and Saturday, March 21. This will be Sivertson’s 35th year celebrating “Art of the North” in Grand Marais, and their 20th year in Duluth (Siiviis). Sivertson’s is featuring a presentation by Kate Vasyliw of Dorset Fine Arts and live Canadian Throat-Singer performances can enjoyed while at the art premiere. The weekend events at Sivertson Gallery are free and open to the public.
Sivertson’s annual Inuit Premiere is the only one of its kind in the lower 48 United States featuring original Canadian Inuit prints, soapstone carvings and Native Alaskan sculptures formed from walrus tusk, whale bone, whale baleen and soapstone. The gallery also offers a wide variety of unique fossilized woolly mammoth molar and tusk jewelry. The woolly mammoth has been extinct for more than 4,000 years.
Each year, members of Sivertson Gallery travel north to Alaska to pick out fine carvings and other Native Alaskan-made goods. “The creative impulse of the indigenous people of the Arctic is as strong as is their ingenuity for survival in one of the world’s harshest climates. To be able to see their artwork up close & to hear their stories first hand is fascinating. I feel like I’ve been able to get to know the culture on a very personal level; not only throat singing performances and guest lectures, but also through the conversations that happen throughout the weekend”, says Kari Vick of Sivertson Gallery.
“This year, we were fortunate to bring back over 15 carvings from legendary carver Ron Apangalook, Qaygeggutkaq (Qay), of Gamble on St. Lawrence Island,” says Abby Tofte of Sivertson Gallery. “Over 30 additional prints were also brought back to the gallery with guidance from Kate Vasyliw of Dorset Fine Arts.”
Inuit art is displayed in the Dorset Fine Arts show room in Toronto, Canada. The exquisite art is created by the Arctic people living in the West Baffin Eskimo Co-op in Cape Dorset, the Inuit art capital of the world. Vasyliw will give a presentation on the rich history of Cape Dorset, its people, its artistic culture and the legendary print shop. Light refreshments and bubbly will be served to guests while being entertained with Native Canadian Throat Singing performances by Nina Segalowitz. Throat singing is a form of singing in which a single voice produces more than one tone at the same time, usually as harmonics of a main tone or drone, traditionally practiced by peoples in central Asia, the Inuit, and Tibetan Buddhist monks.
Click the link for the weekend itinerary: https://www.sivertson.com/events.php
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