Aboriginal artists visiting libraries

Darlene Allison and Jay Havens here next month

Two aboriginal artists in residence, Darlene Allison and Jay Havens, will visit various Fraser Valley Regional Library locations, including ones in Abbotsford and Mission, to showcase their craft, chat with the public and present programs to registered groups.

A member of the Sandy Bay Ojibway First Nation, Allison is a self-taught artist who has been creating art for more than 35 years. She is a skilled artist, painter, and sculptor, however, she has focused much of her passion the past 14 years on carving. Using alabasters and soap stones, some of which she gathered herself from B.C. mountains, Allison will demonstrate carving.

She will be at Abbotsford Community Library on June 20 and Mission Library on June 24.

A descendant of the Haudenosaunee Mohawk Nation, Jay Havens is an interdisciplinary artist working in the fields of visual arts, mural making and scenography. Much of his work examines stories and the ways in which they can be told visually to act as communicators between cultures. Using local materials, culture, narrative, and Bunraku – traditional Japanese style puppets – as inspiration, Havens will share the art of visual storytelling as he crafts a five-foot puppet that will take two people to articulate.

Havens will be at Mission Library on June 6.

All appearances are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, visit www.fvrl.ca/aboriginalartist.php.

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