Shifting Patterns Starts Thursday 6pm!

A tiny window into Profiles Gallery on Tuesday as we set up the show…

Shifting Patterns

June 3 – July 3

Profiles Gallery

19 Perron Street

St. Albert, AB

T: 780.460.4310

No Cover, No Charge, all are welcome. Tea and bannock will be served (and why wouldn’t it?)

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Shifting Patterns in St.Albert and a New Podcast

I’ve been working with the really amazing women at St. Albert’s Profiles Gallery to curate a new show. Here’s the info:

From artifact to craft to contemporary artwork, Canada’s First Nations have been breaking the molds history has placed on them and are claiming their right to their past and their future. World-renowned artist Alex Janvier set the stage for generations of new artists, pioneering a stunning new direction in Canadian painting. George Littlechild’s poignant explorations of family and identity take us forward into this new world. His paintings give voice and pride to a more open view of Euro-Indigenous relations. Bert Crowfoot – publisher, writer and photographer – captures the world through his lens in his stunning photographic work. Dianne Meili engages in an exploration of clay work and sculpture, putting a modern twist on an ancient artform. Paul Smith, painter and curator, challenges our notions of communication and personal meanings. Finally, Heather Shillinglaw takes us back to her roots with mixed media paintings that bring to mind the patterns on a kokum’s dress, the medicines from the land, and the flowering of a new era.

From past to present and looking to our shared future, these artists are part of a growing voice that embraces our history and reclaims our purpose, strength and unity. Shifting attitudes, shifting perceptions and shifting thoughts. They reflect the changing pattern of our society and light the way as we go forward together. ~Aaron Paquette, Guest Curator

Please join us for the Opening Reception and Art Exhibition on Thursday, June 3rd from 6 to 9pm. Musical entertainment provided by Visionary Entertainment Inc. Opening Reception takes place with the 8th Annual St.Albert Artwalk.


If you’re feeling too lazy too read all that, or you just want to hear the soothing sound of my voice, hit up the podcast:

Coffee time: relaxing a bit with Aaron Paquette

or just subscribe: iTunes

Halfbreed Mythology – An Art Gallery of Alberta Travelling Exhibit


Down and Out – City Living
9″ x 12″
Acrylic on Paper

From the “Halfbreed Mythology” show guide:

As stated by Paul Smith, Aaron Paquette’s paintings “illustrate moments of connection and conflict, both individual and communal”. Such moments are perfectly expressed in the painting, ‘Down and Out – City Living’. In this work Paquette connects with both his cultural heritage and the places, both emotional and physical, he finds himself in.

Paquette’s heritage is expressed through the elements of the raven, the Norse snake, and the First Nation’s decorative pattern in the foreground of the work.

The ‘places’ the artist finds himself in are also expressed in this painting. Aaron Paquette is an urban-dweller, and in this work the city is symbolised by the light standard and the graffiti wall. How the artist might feel about this place, and the situation faced by many First Nations/Metis peoples in the city, is movingly portrayed by the raven. Slumped in the foreground of the work, the raven is physically distanced from the symbols representing the city. The use of the complementary colours of orange and blue to separate these elements reinforces this physical distance and may reflect emotional dislocation as well. At present there are approximately 3000 homeless people in Edmonton alone, many of whom are of First Nations heritage. The figure of the raven, normally a powerful First Nations symbol, here sitting bedraggled and smoking a cigarette, functions as an evocative statement on this disturbing situation.

-thanks to Shane Golby