National Day for Truth & Reconciliation also known as Orange Shirt Day
Saturday September 30, 2023. 11:00am – 4:00pm.
Join us inside Two Rivers Gallery for an afternoon of art activities for all-ages: Q-tip Dot Painted Canvas Handprints, Painted Orange Rocks, Pom Pom Pins & more.
Q-tip dot Painted Canvas Handprints (Community Collaboration)
Fill a 6’ x 6’ piece of canvas with paint to then be made into one large orange shirt.
Inspired by Metis visual artist and author Christi Belcourt.
She is best known for her acrylic paintings which depict floral patterns inspired by Métis and First Nations historical beadwork art. Belcourt has created large, mural-sized acrylic paintings that resemble the beadwork of her ancestors and community, by using her brush to make tiny dots that resemble beadwork. Her paintings are filled with floral designs that include insects, birds and other animals, spread out across the canvas.
Painted Orange Rocks
Two Rivers Gallery invites you to get out into nature and hunt for the perfect rock to paint orange and decorate and add to an outdoor collaboration. Let’s show some community love and draw awareness and support for residential school survivors and remember all those that never made it home to their families. Rocks should be of good size (3-6 inches) painted orange and decorated. They can be placed outside the main entrance to the gallery at any time. New rocks will be treated with a clear coat for protection once added. Rocks will be available at the gallery also.
The rocks will then be taken to Cottonwood Island park and added to a community art installation in October. As Sharon Yon, the originator of Roxy the Snake describes “Jeremy and I started Roxy the snake Community Art Installation at Cottonwood Island park on June 15 to give back to the community that has given our family so much support on Jeremy’s Journey. Thank you everyone for adding a little piece of yourself to her! Gratitude all around!”
Pom Pom Pins
Children – Similar to the look of caribou hair tufting, participants will glue mimi pom poms onto orange felt cut outs. Orange shirts will have safety pins added so they can be worn as a pin.
Adults – Take your pin a step further and add a beaded edge around your pin.
An assortment of colouring pages will be available to pass time while participants finish painting rocks or beaded pins.