eaFeature by Christine Roy
Nestled among small businesses on Wellington Street rests the Cube Gallery, a small building that currently hosts a treasure displayed on its walls. Now in its tenth year in business, the Cube Gallery’s current exhibit presents the works of
a woman embraced as the “grandmother of aboriginal art” in Canada, according to Don Monet. Monet, curator of the Cube Gallery, was very excited to have Odjig’s work on display. “This is an international-quality show right here in the West End of Ottawa,” he said.
Odjig, 95, is the only First Nations woman to have had her work displayed at the National Gallery of Canada in a solo show. She is also a recipient of the Order of Canada and winner of the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts.Her interest in art began on Manitoulin Island as a small child.
Odjig’s grandfather, a stone carver, encouraged her to develop her artistic skills while telling her stories of their culture.
Several of Odjig’s pieces feature Nanabush, a prominent character in Ojibwa legends. The exhibit displays some of Odjig’s older paintings as well as some of her more recent drawings.
Running from Feb. 3 until March 29, viewings are free to the public. The vernissage for Odjig’s work takes place on Sunday, Feb. 8 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. While Odjig will not be in attendance, Maureen Korp –a scholar, writer and art historian—will be speaking at the show.
The prestige of an Odjig exhibit is one Monet wants to offer to all art enthusiasts. A 360 degree virtual view of the show is available on the Cube’s website. The site also provides a list of artists whose works are also on display, giving viewers a small glimpse into what other treasures the gallery holds.
The Cube Gallery is located at 1285 Wellington St. and is open Tuesday to Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and only by appointment on Mondays.
Christine Roy considers herself to be a professional tourist, a journalist and creative writer. Originally from northern Ontario, she enjoys reading, orange pekoe tea, fishing with her dad and spending time with her identical twin sister. She is the human of a cat named Tybalt.