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'Made with our hands': Ottawa gallery exhibits students' jewellery and metalwork

Seven students and recent grads of NAC’s Jewellery and Metalwork program in Iqaluit were invited to exhibit their work at L.A. Pai Gallery in downtown Ottawa.

The exhibition, ‘Aggakta sanajangit’ which means ‘Made with our hands’, celebrates the work of eight artists: Meekai Duval, Greg Morgan, Jonas Audlakiak, Gary Kalluk, Simon Kadlutsiak, Peter Nowkyook, Anne Qammaniq-Hellwig and Leevity Paneak.

The signature pieces combine a mastery knowledge of jewellery-making and metalwork, with exquisite designs that reflect the artists’ Inuit culture and heritage.

With the support of Nunavut Department of Culture and Heritage, Canada Council of the Arts and NAC, a group of students and two NAC instructors (Gail Hodder and Ellen Fraser) travelled to Ottawa for the exhibition opening.

While in Ottawa, the group was offered a private tour at the National Gallery where the curator offered a rare glimpse of a Jessie Oonark print. There was also a ‘full circle’ moment when they were shown a very famous Inuit carving, created by Greg Morgan’s father!

The exhibition runs at the L.A. Pai Gallery all summer at 13 Murray Street in the Byward Market, Ottawa. Details at www.lapaigallery.com

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