The Metis are known as the "flower beadwork people" for their elaborately decorated clothing and possessions.
Brian has become an internationally recognized visual artist from the Metis Community. His style of art is called Dot Art (Bead Art Painting), which is a modern version of traditional beadwork created by Metis people. Each "bead" is applied as a single dot of paint to create the images in his art. He uses the quill end of a feather with which to apply each "bead" to his canvases. The resulting bead patterns are modern versions of those traditionally used by the Métis on their clothing and other personal possessions.
Many of the designs in Brian's paintings can be traced to beadwork found on historic clothing and possessions of Metis people.
Brian has studied Canada's historic artifacts and his Indigenous heritage, and has used both as the inspiration to tell the story of the country's Indigenous peoples through his art.
Brian's work and contributions to the community are extensive. Please go to his website (link below) to read more about his many and varied accomplishments.
In addition to painting, Brian enjoys photography and sketching. He also makes traditional Metis clothing using materials and techniques once used by Metis fur traders in the 1700 and 1800's. Samples of his works can be seen when Brian attends both traditional and non-traditional indigenous ceremonies.
Brian will share his stories and special painting technique with us in his presentation.
DOORS OPEN: 6:30 pm
MEETING: 7:00 pm
PRESENTATION: 7:15 pm
MONTHLY ART CHALLENGE:
Bring in your paintings for this month's ART CHALLENGE:
After the clamour and glee of a long, hot summer, cooler temperatures and changing colours of fall time reminds us to slow down and reflect on what was special. The treasures in our lives.
Bring in your art creations of something you have owned, inherited, found, or shared that is a "treasure."
MONTHLY MEMBERS MEETINGS:
Take place on the fourth Tuesday of every month, 6:30 to 9:30 pm from September through June (except December and January) at:
The First Grantham United Church, 415 Linwell Rd., St. Catharines.
Enjoy meeting with fellow members over coffee, tea, and sweet treats.