North West College is proud to offer adult-centered programming in over 20 rural sites each year. One such program this year (2018-19) was the Adult 10 and Adult 12 program in Debden which had a talented group of students enrolled in several courses, including Visual Arts 30.
Six North West College students held an art exhibit on May 14th, at the Debden Centennial Hall, where they displayed the culmination of all their Visual Arts 30, coursework. The pieces ranged from acrylic paint pours on canvas, to resin embedded trays, to vision boards, to glass etchings, and hand-crafted lamps. The most heart-felt exhibit was the tribute to the murdered and missing which was created on canvas and reverse canvas and was composed of a series of individual pieces which were then joined together to become one piece of art.
It was an invitation only event that included students and staff from the Debden Public school and some of the family members of each art student. The visual presentation was accompanied by local drummer and singer Lionel Joseph, from Big River First Nation, who opened the ceremony with a prayer and a celebration song.
“We are very proud of our students and the tremendous pieces they’re put together. This region has a rich history of fine arts and these students are evidence of this continuing tradition,” stated NWC instructor Tom Claxton, “It has been a pleasure to learn with them, and to work in the welcoming community of Debden this past year.”
While the show was not open to the public, a tribute to Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls will be donated to the Cree Nations Treatment Haven at Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation so others can reflect on this piece for years to come.
North West College serves over 2600, students each year in northwestern Saskatchewan with campuses in Meadow Lake and the Battlefords. Committed to rural and Indigenous education, North West offers programs at over 20, rural sites each year including several in First Nation communities. North West acts as a brokering agent for Saskatchewan Polytechnic (formerly SIAST), the University of Regina, and the University of Saskatchewan. The College also offers a variety of hands-on learning opportunities in programs including trades, community services, health and business as well as a variety of learning opportunities that prepare students for any career path.
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Kendra Rowswell, Marketing and Communications Coordinator
North West College