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Culture Days will return September 20 – October 13, 2024.

Natural Inks from Bush and Garden with Betty Carpick


History & heritage Indigenous Interdisciplinary Visual arts
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Thunder Bay Art Gallery

1080 Keewatin Street, P7B 6T7

Thunder Bay, ON


Free, and accepts optional pay-what-you-may donations for admission.

Offered in English.

Wheelchair accessible.


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This workshop is suitable for ages 14 and up. Share place, creativity, scientific and traditional knowledge, stewardship, skill development, camaraderie, and storytelling with a focus on plants in northwestern Ontario. Using handmade artisanal inks with Tansy, Wild Grape, Marigold, and Beetroot, we'll explore how, regardless of where you live, the entire wild and cultivated plant trajectory - from identification, understanding, gathering, and using - invites deep listening and grace.

Through additives and different marking implements, we’ll discover how the natural inks - when used abstractly - offer another language for interaction and telling stories. Test strips will be used to explore the inks prior to creating a final artwork of approximately 11” x 17” on Fabriano paper.

Betty Carpick is an interdisciplinary artist and educator. Her work looks at social, cultural, and environmental issues in both serious and playful ways by creating art that exists in the space between process and performance as well as the missing portions between the real and the imagined. She also engages in creativity with community of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds as a metaphor to speak to the fragility, strengths, and transitory state of our lives and surroundings. Betty’s practice includes ink making, textile arts, writing, drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, film, performance, and installation. Many times, there’s not a distinct line between disciplines. Betty is Cree and European from Northern Manitoba. Recent work to strengthen reciprocal relationships with water and to influence how the value of water is appreciated include projects with the Ocean Bridge – 2019 and 2020 cohorts; Wa Ni Ska Nan: An Alliance of Hydro-Impacted Communities; Great Art for Great Lakes; Great Lakes Commons; Definitely Superior Artist-Run Centre; Science North – Thunder Bay; and the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.


Thunder Bay Art Gallery

As a non-profit, public art gallery, the Thunder Bay Art Gallery exhibits, collects, and interprets art with a particular focus on the contemporary artwork of Indigenous and Northwestern Ontario artists. The Gallery advances the relationship between artists, their art, and the public, nurturing a life-long appreciation of contemporary visual arts among visitors to Thunder Bay and community members of all ages.


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