Ask the Mountains
Jenni Schine & Sylvie Ringer with Giorgio Magnanensi
Curated by: Jenelle M. Pasiechnik
March 19 to May 21, 2022
Ask The Mountains is a multi-sensory, immersive installation featuring drawings, paintings, and soundscape compositions referencing the atmosphere and landscape of North Vancouver Island and Malcolm Island; places dear to the artists and many who call the Island their home. During Ask the Mountains, the artists return to Malcolm Island psychologically and emotionally, but not necessarily physically due to the way the pandemic has changed travel. And yet, the artists continue to carry the gifts of Malcolm Island within their separate lives as a way to help move through and seek shelter during difficult times.
Through being present and remembering, asking the mountains, and exploring what it is to be a mountain, the artists begin a conversation with the natural world and bring it into the gallery to share with visitors. How do the layers of information that are stored in rocks, sediments, and earth find their way into artists’ work, and our lives?
How does connection with the natural world help us listen to our environments, to each other, and within ourselves? What does this sound like? What does it look like? Feel like in our bodies?
The exhibition allows viewers to experience the voice of Malcolm Island. Pure sounds gathered into an abstract composition by Jenni, elegantly strung together to recreate a sense of the place. The sounds will resonate through Giorgio Magnanensi’s West Coast Radians – wooden speakers made of cedar and maple.
“The installation acts as a character, itself and so do the wooden-speakers,” Jenni says. “The sonic work is not a composition in the way of a classical composition, rather it works with sound materials and their specific sonic qualities.”
THE GIFT OF THE HEALING DANCE
When we dance, we dance for the people
February 18 to March 26, 2022
The CRAG Team is thrilled to welcome JoAnn Restoule and the Women’s Circle Dancers’ presentation of their healing project Noojim Owin into the Satellite Gallery. The project has come to the gallery as a welcome surprise and opportunity to support Restoule and the other dancers in sharing their message of hope and healing.
“The vision of the Healing dance was gifted to the Anishnabe at a time in our history when a great sickness came upon the people of Turtle Island. As we had been instructed in our origin stories, our people called upon the strength of the gift of dreaming or visioning. It is said that at this time a great gift was brought to the people in the form of a vision. In the vision 4 women wore dresses in the colours of red, yellow, blue, and green. These dresses were covered in shiny metal cones, and we were instructed to bring this vision and dance to the people…to bring healing energy. Our people followed these instructions and with the support of the Ancestors…there was a great healing that came to the nation.”
“We are now witnessing a time in our history as a people where there is great need for the healing energy of the ceremonies and rituals of all nations. For the Anishnabe, we have been given instructions to bring the teachings to the people, to walk the good life teachings on the good Path…Mino Biimadiziwin…when we dance we are told that we are “Dancing for the People”
“The Gift of the Healing Dance Project began in 2019, when a group of committed relatives took on the responsibility of deepening their awareness and understanding of the teachings of the Healing Dance and the gift of the healing energy that has come through from the ancestors.”
“Through the good work of these relatives, we can bring the teachings into our community to share the energy of traditional indigenous knowledge, ceremony, and practice. We have been told by our Ancestors that we are to awaken, stand up and be counted, for we are being recognized in the Spirit World. For this, we are eternally grateful.”
-JoAnn Restoule, Cultural Presenter
The Jingle Dance Healing Dance is a Community Cultural Revitalization Project. When we dance, we dance for the people who have come before us, the people yet to come and for the people who need healing.
Shiibaashka ‘Igan: The Jingle Dress is a gift and a sacred responsibility. When we wear the dress and dance, we are reminded to open our hearts and our minds to all of creation.
IKWE NOOJIM OWIN NIIMI IDIWIN – Women’s Circle Dancers
Kim McWilliam: Yellow Dress Ukranian, Scottish English, grew up in the traditional territories of the Katzie and Kwantlen – Surrey
JoAnn Restoule: Burgundy Red Dress Father’s side Anishnabe Dokis Bay Ontario Mothers side Anishnabe, French (grandfather 5th great) – Dokis Bay Ontario
Jaqueline Morgan: Blue Dress, Father’s side Black Irish, Mother’s side, Cree/Anishnabe – Cote Kamsack Saskatchewan and Tootinaowaziibeeng in Manitoba
Gwen Monnet: Burgundy Red Dress, Father’s side Metis-Chipewyan Scottish, Mother’s side Welsh
Holly Douglas: Green Dress, Father’s side Coast Salish-Xwchiyo:m and Pil’alt on her Mother’s side Scottish
Maybel McDonald: Purple Dress, Mother’s side Cree, Metis and French Irish on Father’s side from Edith and Walter Currie from Fredericton, New Brunswick
Brooke -Lin Jestico: Red Dress, Father’s side Kwakwaka’wakw, Nuuchanulth, North Vancouver Island Salish, Mother’s side English and Portuguese
Danielle Chartand: Blue Dress Father’s side English and Irish, Mother’s side Metis and Anishnabe – Skownan, Manitoba
Serena Rotter: Yellow Dress Father’s side German Mothers side French Canadian and English
Jeannie McDonald: Green Dress, Mother’s side Cree, Metis and French Damase and Lorraine LaCerte of Willow Bunch Saskatchewan, Father’s side Norwegian and Dutch from Clarence and Emily Ness of Lake Alma, Sakatchewan
Jeannine Walker: Blue Dress Scottish and Mi’kmaq heritage on Father’s side. Mother’s side Cree from the Cote First Nation in Kamsak, SK. Anishinaabe from the Tootinaowaziibeeng First Nation in Manitoba and Black Irish
Thanks to the Comox Valley Art Gallery for hosting the original exhibition.
40th Annual Members’ Show
January 13th – February 26th, 2022
This year brings the 40th Annual Members’ Show!
The Members’ Show is a joint partnership between the CRAG and the Campbell River Arts Council and is a celebration of the many artists that are a part of the Campbell River and area community. An incredible collection of Artists, from professionals to newcomers, participate in this annual event.
Walk With Me
November 27, 2021-February 19, 2022
Walk With Me is a community action and research project designed to make change in relation to the toxic drug poisoning crisis. This exhibition draws attention to the people who have shared their voices, images and a glimpse of their everyday lives in Campbell River during the Fall of 2021.
“We want to be seen,
we want to be heard,
we are human.”
We are honoured to have walked together.
Walk With Me has been developed in response to a crisis that has blindsided municipal governments and communities, large and small, across the country. The crisis has had a heavy impact in BC. Since it was labeled a provincial emergency in 2016, illicit drug toxicity deaths have totalled over 7,500. For governments, communities, front-line workers, families and people with lived and living experience, the crisis can feel insurmountable. This project, developed by research and community teams in Kamloops and the Comox Valley, and invited into Campbell River by AVI Health and Community Services and the Community Action Team, brings together diverse stakeholders to re-frame the crisis, and imagine new ways forward.
Artist facilitator: Spencer Sheehan Kalina
Photography: Gordon Ross
Curatorial work and design: Nadine Bariteau
Walk With Me would like to pay gratitude to their funders: