To those knowledgeable about Inuit art, many of the names will be familiar, but ultimately, as with any exhibition, it’s all about the art. And the art is original as it is diverse. From classical sculpture, to stylized prints, all the pieces on display carry a narrative, at times linked to Inuit lore, at other to the artist’s personal vision or interpretation.

There are childlike pencil drawings and highly accomplished etchings, colourful lithographs and stone sculptures. Some of the objects are unbearably tactile – no touching the display! – while others delight the eye with unique shapes. The aim of the exhibition is grand: to record the individual and collective practices of Inuit women artists over the last century. The Guild hopes to "redefine" our perception of Inuit art and to discover the inevitable changes to the traditional art espoused by the younger generation.

As part of this exhibition, the Guild will present a lecture by Paul Machnik, a master printmaker, and Bess Muhlstock, who partake in the promotion of Amerindian art through their work. Following the lecture, three films about printmaking in Cape Dorset will be screened.

Now that’s an art package.

Inuit Women Artists
Works from the permanent collection of the Canadian Guild of Crafts
and Cape Dorset, Nunavut
Prints, drawings and sculpture
February 26th to March 28th 2015

Lecture and film screenings : Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 3 P.M.

Canadian Guild of Crafts
1460-B, Sherbrooke St. West
Montreal, Quebec H3G 1K4
514.849.6091 externe)

Kenojuak Ashevak
Mother, 1961
61,5 x 92 cm
©Dorset Fine Arts

Ningeokuluk Teevee
Angijuqtaq (Dress), 2006
Etching and aquatint on paper
96 x 76,5 cm
©Dorset Fine Arts.

Shuvinai Ashoona
Camp Site, 2008
Etching and aquatint on paper
33,6 x 32,5 cm
©Dorset Fine Arts.

Papaira Tukiki
Birds on A Wire, 2004
Etching and aquatint on paper
52 x 79,6 cm
©Dorset Fine Arts

Oviloo Tunnillie
Starting the Race, 2012
Stone sculpture
23 x 23 x 7 cm
©Dorset Fine Arts.