Thursday, November 28, 2013

The best review anyone could ever get

There's something special about getting a review from a child or young adult. You know it's genuine because kids don't mince their words. I had to get a screen capture of this one from the Royal Canadian Mint's web site for the "Northern Lights: The Great Hare" coin I designed. Reading it will always brighten my day. If the young person who wrote this ever reads my post, I hope Westin from Addison, Illinois will contact me so I can arrange to sign the coin's certificate for him.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Fine Silver Hologram Coin - A Story of the Northern Lights: The Great Hare - Mintage: 8,500 (2013)

"I am thrilled beyond words and proud to have had the opportunity to work on the "A Story of the Northern Lights: The Great Hare" collector coin with the Royal Canadian Mint. There is a tremendous amount of art and culture that remains largely unknown to most Canadians. Putting this story on a coin allows us to educate in an innovative way and to reach people who may not otherwise learn of the richness of Indigenous culture in Canada." - Nathalie Bertin

Combines Odawa legend with hologram technology!

The many bands that comprise the Algonquin people share a number of stories about the awe-inspiring northern lights—including a cultural hero known as Nanahboozho, who would often shape-shift into the Great Hare. One such Odawa legend says that after creating Turtle Island, Nanahboozho travelled north and built great bonfires as a way to remind his people that he was thinking of them.

Designed by Canadian artist Nathalie Bertin, who is M├ętis, your stunningly beautiful coin displays the Odawa legend of Nanahboozho sitting by his fire that creates the northern lights. The colourful lights are highlighted with a uniquely shaped hologram that mimics their movement in the night sky. The reverse is also engraved with the word "CANADA," the date "2013" and the face value of "20 DOLLARS."

The Royal Canadian Mint to order yours today!

Friday, May 3, 2013

2014 Exhibition Schedule

April 26 - July 31, 2013

Hidden Valley Resort
1755 Valley Road, Huntsville, ON P1H 1Z8

June 1 - July 31, 2013
Opening reception and open house: June 7, 2-4PM

Huntsville Library,
7 Minerva St. E, Huntsville, ON P1H 1W4
(705) 789-5232

ARTWORK SHOWCASEAugust 1 - November 1, 2013
Pheasant Run GC
18033 Warden Ave., Sharon, ON L0G 1V0
(905) 898-3917

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Mahtigwess Tricks Wildcat

"Mahtigwess Tricks Wildcat"

This is a scene from a Mi'kmaq tale about how the Great Rabbit uses his magic to trick the Wildcat who wants to eat him.

Just like so many Metis tales (especially from the east), White man's religion seems to pop up as a great power. It always makes me wonder how the story evolved and who told it this way the first time. Either way, it goes to show how much impact the Jesuits have had.