1080 Keewatin St,
Thunder Bay, ON, P7B 6T7

This weekend it’s all about Beading at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery

October 2, 2019

Beginning with the Opening Reception for two exhibitions featuring beadwork, and followed by two great beading events as part of our Culture Days programming.

Opening Reception – September 27 at 7:30 pm

Beads, they’re sewn so tight – Sep 27 to Nov 10

Featuring the work of four contemporary artists who innovate in the field of beading and quillwork. Over 40 beaded works by Bev Koski, Katie Longboat, Jean Marshall, and Olivia Whetung are included in the this exhibition guest curated by Lisa Myers and organized by the Textile Museum of Canada in Toronto.


Their Breath in Beads – Sep 27 to Nov 10

“After years of quietly holding our breath, Indigenous people have exhaled an expansive creative force which has raged, whistled, and glided into the bodies of 10 regional artists. Their work represents a microcosm of the diversity of what is happening in the contemporary beading scene in this region,” says Jean Marshall the exhibition’s guest curator. Featuring 10 Regional Artists: Caitlyn Bird, Dawn Driver, Doug Turner, Helen Pelletier, Cher Chapman, Reena Larabee, Mary Magiskan, Sheila Demerah, Melissa Twance, Justine Gustafson.


Culture Days Programming

Beads & Bannock – Show & Share – Sep 28 from 10 am to 1 pm

Bring a beaded item – something you’ve made or something you treasure – to share. You’ll be surrounded by amazing beadwork in the Gallery’s current exhibitions and will have the chance to meet and hear from many of the exhibiting artists.


Beads & Bannock – Beading Circle – Sep 29 from 1 to 4 pm

Anyone with an interest in beading is invited to join a community beading circle to connect by watching, asking, and doing. Bring a beading project and sit together to learn and have conversations. For all ages and abilities.


Bannock and tea will be served as refreshment at both events. Everyone Welcome.