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Urban Art Biz 8 – Buffy Sainte-Marie

Presented in partnership with Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art Gallery, Creative Manitoba, aceartinc., Paquin Entertainment Group, and Buffy Sainte-Marie Digital Fine Art

Join us in conversation with legendary trailblazer Buffy Sainte-Marie
Wednesday, March 16, 2022, from 2pm – 3pm CST.
Register Here https://bit.ly/3BcR4i0
The workshop is offered Free. Please register online by 10:30 am March 16, 2022, the morning of the event, and a zoom link will be sent to your email address by noon!

We are honoured to host Buffy Sainte-Marie in conversation about her most recent show, BUFFY SAINTE-MARIE: PATHFINDER a retrospective by an innovator of digital art, curated by Natasha Desrochers Lowenthal, of Paquin Entertainment, and currently running at Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Gallery in partnership with aceartinc.

Pathfinder features Sainte-Marie’s full collection of large-scale digital paintings as well as never-before-seen personal sketches, artifacts and behind-the-scenes photos that speak directly to this respected icon’s unique perspective of her own multi-disciplinary life and culture and the experiences that inspired her to create these pieces.

Sainte-Marie approached the digital medium as she has with every facet of her diverse career — with trailblazing ingenuity. Reflect back to 1984 — a time when the internet was almost unheard of and home computers were in their infancy — Sainte-Marie was there, building pieces of this collection within the confines of the very first versions of MacPaint on the earliest Macintosh models. The technology was nothing like the digital production resources we have today, and was used primarily as tools for marketing and graphic design rather than for creating fine art with emotional impact. Being void of prefabricated filters or options for multiple layers, the process of creating artful images required dexterity and patience. Rising above the limitations of the software, she injected as much depth of tradition and attention to detail with pixels as one would with intricate beadwork or classic oils. Meticulously blending scanned images of her wet studio paintings and in-progress drawings and sketches with those of real fibers, feathers and beads, Sainte-Marie crafted these digital tapestries with the precision and care of a natural-born storyteller. The visual and intellectual brilliance of this collection is undeniably ahead of its time.

About Buffy Sainte-Marie
Since her ground-breaking debut, 1964’s It’s My Way!, the Cree singer-songwriter has been a trailblazer and a tireless advocate, an innovative artist, and a disruptor of the status quo. Sainte-Marie is touring constantly, and coming off her critically acclaimed, award-winning 2015 album Power in the Blood, nobody could ever accuse the Academy Award-winning songwriter of taking it easy.

Sainte-Marie has spent her whole life creating, and her artistry, humanitarian efforts, and Indigenous leadership have made her a unique force in the music industry. In 1969, she made one of the world’s first electronic vocal albums; in 1982 she became the only Indigenous person to win an Oscar; she spent five years on Sesame Street where she became the first woman to breastfeed on national television. She’s been blacklisted and silenced. She’s written pop standards sung and recorded by the likes of Janis Joplin, Elvis Presley, Donovan, Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes. She penned “Universal Soldier,” the definitive anti-war anthem of the 20th century. She is an icon who keeps one foot firmly planted on either side of the North American border, in the unsurrendered territories that comprise Canada and the USA.

Urban Art Biz is a series of online workshops focusing on the business side of art from an Indigenous perspective. Our goal is to provide insight into the professional world and work of Indigenous artists and Indigenous galleries.

We are very grateful to our co-presenters for contributing to this very special edition of Urban Art Biz:
Creative Manitoba, University of Manitoba’s: School of Art, and Desautels Faculty of Music, aceartinc., Paquin Entertainment Group, and Buffy Sainte-Marie Digital Fine Art.

Urban Shaman: Contemporary Aboriginal Art Gallery acknowledges the support throughout the year, of our friends, volunteers, community and all our relations, NCI FM, Wawanesa Insurance, the Winnipeg Foundation, Canadian Heritage, the Winnipeg Arts Council, the Manitoba Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts. ~ Miigwetch/ Hai Hai / Ekosi / Marsii / Merci / Thank you.


March 16
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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