Art opening, welcoming + artist talk with France Trépanier

Join us Friday for a special evening to celebrate the opening of Offerings / Offrandes, a collaborative multi-media installation by France Trépanier and local artist collaborators Matt Everson, Kumugwe Cultural Society, Anita Lawrence, Medwyn McConachy and Monica KcKean.

The evening will also honour the artists and contributors who produced the artwork installed at the new North Island Hospital in Comox Valley.

France Trépanier is an artist, researcher, curator and Indigenous arts educator. She worked with local artist collaborators to install Offerings / Offrandes, which will open at the Comox Valley Art Gallery Oct. 13 and run until Nov. 18.

Artist collaborators: Matt Everson, K’umugwe Cultural Society, Anita Lawrence, Monica McKean, Medwyn McConachy
Cultural Knowledge Contributors and Facilitator: Elder Mary Everson with Andy Everson, Lee Everson
Installation collaborator: Guylaine Langlois (Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec)
Videographer/Photographer/Editor: Kirk Schwartz

OFFERINGS / OFFRANDES is a multi-media installation developed by France Trépanier during a residency at the artist-run centre Vaste et Vague in Gespe'gewa'gi (Gaspé Peninsula, Quebec). This touring work integrates traditional and contemporary elements to present an interpretation of the practice of offering practices rooted in different cultures. Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists in the community have been invited to engage in this collaborative artwork.

Prior to the opening, France is undertaking a creative residency at CVAG, during which the offerings of regional Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists are being integrated into the installation.