First Nations art event returns to Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre

8th Annual Invitational First Nations, Inuit & Metis Art Show.

A Thunderbird drum by Sean Whonnock Kwakwaka’Wakw.

This year marks the eighth annual Invitational First Nations, Inuit & Metis Art Show, displaying the works of around 50 artists from all over.

The opening ceremonies will begin on Aug. 8 at 12 p.m. with special singer/songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie as this year’s special guest.

Put on by the First Nations, Inuit and Metis Artist Collective and the Mary Winspear Centre, the show and sale will see artist demonstrations and a variety of works for view and purchase.

The purpose is to provide artists with opportunities to show audiences an exhibition of their work while nurturing an appreciation of the wide spectrum of visual and performing art crafted by Aboriginal artists.

The work ranges from carving to painting to weaving, to pottery and so much more.

Some of the artists participating are Tobias Tomlinson, Virgil Sampson, Barb Hulme, Sherry Williams and more.

The show and sale runs from Aug. 8 to 31 in the Mary Winspear Centre’s Room 2, and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the exception of Aug 8, which is open from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.