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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT OF THE MONTH

Kayla Bridget Williams

KayIa identifies as Inuk and Scottish from Goose Bay, Labrador. She is a proud mother with strong family ties in both Nunatsiavut and Nunatukavut from the coast of Labrador.

 

Kayla comes from generations of residential school survivors, and her family has worked hard to live through the harsh conditions of rural Labrador. She is very proud of her ancestors and family, having learned much of her crafting skills from her Grandmother, with whom she spends a lot of time.

 

Kayla is a multi-media artist who creates artwork including paintings on canvas, digital artwork, as well as crafting mukluks and beadwork. One of her inspirations is her cousin, Delilah Saunders, whom she hopes to honor in her work and life. She is also inspired by her late great grandma Bridget, who was a strong Inuk woman that she looks to for strength and resilience.

 

Supporting Indigenous women and reflecting them in her artwork is a big part of Kayla's life. You can reach Kayla at @sandwichbaystudio or on her website at http://Sandwichbaystudio.com/

ARTIST COLLABORATIONS

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JERRY EVANS

Jerry Evans is Mi’kmaq born in central Newfoundland. In 1986 he graduated from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design with a Bachelor of Fine Art. He completed an Education Degree at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador and has been a practicing Visual Artist for over thirty years. Primarily a painter and printmaker, Jerry is also is a multi-media artist who has worked in film, has qualified and reclaimed traditional single poke tattoo as a means of expression and gift exchange, and has created regalia for his own pow wow dancing for more than a decade.