After a grand opening celebration Oct. 12, the Exhibition of Indigenous Art hangs at the McNeil Gallery, in the Schwartz School of Business (second floor) on the campus of St. F.X., ready to be enjoyed by all.
The works, by artists Loretta Gould, Amanda and Darren Julian, Chelsea Brooks, David Brooks, Jay Bell Bird and Lorne Julien, come from the private collection of Rolf Bouman.
The exhibition is the brainchild of the St.F.X. German Society and German co-ordinator at St. F.X., Marlis Lade, talked about it coming together.
“After we heard we’ll have the Mi’kmaq flag permanently raised on campus, the German Society came up with the idea of having an exhibition of Indigenous art,” she said, adding that, during this past summer, she, the president of the society Liam Elbourne and director of the St. F.X. art gallery Bruce Campbell visited Friends United – a centre for Indigenous art, founded by Bouman.
“He [Bouman] has a large private collection of Indigenous art – more than 2,000 pieces and we received permission to bring some of the original paintings here,” Lade said.
Noting the opening also comes in the midst of Mi’kmaq History Month, Lade described the timing of the opening as “ideal.’
“We start tomorrow and it will be there, for sure, until Christmas, but we hope it will be there the whole academic year, until April,” she said.
“The German Society is very excited about this event; we worked very hard this last week with Bruce Campbell to hang the art.”