Elder Portraits to grace Art Wall

A new Art Wall is going up in downtown Duncan on Monday, June 1. The wall is titled Elder Portraits, Cultural Diversity and Community, and features the work of students from Queen Margaret’s School and Khowhemun Elementary. The project was initiated by Angela Andersen the head of the fine arts department at Queen Margaret’s last fall, and students have now completed 50

panels, which will be installed on the two north side walls of The Station.

Andersen and George Littlechild, an award winning Plains Cree artist, taught the students the process to investigate their heritage and the stories of their elders, then depict them visually.

"We had a wonderful workshop experience with George Littlechild," said Andersen. "He shared his stories, his art and his technical expertise with us. It was lovely to see the younger children from Khowhemun working alongside the older students from QMS. It is a joy to hear the stories the students gathered from their research and interviews.

"As a result of this project, I know the students have a better understanding and appreciation of art, their family stories and our two schools," Andersen said.

Everyone is invited to the unveiling of the finished project at The Station, 360 Duncan St., at 2:15 p.m.