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JULY 3 - 31, 2021
Women in the Landscape
Nathalie Bertin, Joanne Lomas, Christina Luck, Claudia Mandler McKnight
Be Contemporary gallery, Innisfil, ON


MAY 20 – OCTOBER 3, 2021
Breathe. : 2nd Wave

July 8, 2021: Host Dr. Shauna McCabe hosts Sewing Resilience: A conversation on Breathe.
Art Gallery of Guelph, Guelph, ON

“Why am I not seeing beaded masks anywhere?” It was a question that Métis artists Nathalie Bertin and Lisa Shepherd both pondered in April 2020. The coronavirus pandemic was affecting people around the world, and they wanted to explore how traditionally crafted masks were being used as a way of expressing this time. Inviting artists to design beaded masks emerging from their experiences as they navigated changing COVID-19 conditions, they launched a Facebook group simply called “Breathe.” to facilitate image sharing. Within two weeks membership had grown to over 1500.

The second touring exhibition emerging from the Breathe. project, this iteration includes 44 masks that speak to both cultural resilience and strength of community in the face of a pandemic. Acknowledging the global impact of the virus, the initiative has encompassed the mask designs of any artist working with traditional beadwork techniques as well as an array of other materials and methods, creating space for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists. - Art Gallery of Guelph.

New & Upcoming Exhibitions


JULY 14 to OCTOBER 11, 2021
Breathe. Creating resilience through traditional art
Royal Alberta Museum, Edmonton, AB

Through hardship, we turn to art; through challenge, we turn to tradition. Discover resilience and humanity amid a 21st-century pandemic in this exhibition of hand-crafted masks by artists from around the world.

The masks of Breathe share their makers’ unique stories of fear, courage, sadness, hope, love, and healing that unite us all. Each mask was crafted through diverse mediums including beadwork, embroidery, birch bark etching, quill work, quilting, rug hooking, metalwork, and glass fusion. 

Kitchen Table Talks: Resilience, Art, and Healing with the Breathe Project

Click to watch the webinar recording on YouTube

Join us as we celebrate the opening of Breathe: Creating Resilience through Traditional Art. Pull up a chair around our virtual kitchen table and listen in as Elaine Alexie, Curator of Indigenous Studies, talks with Breathe co-creators Lisa Shepherd and Nathalie Bertin.

past, present…..Pause - Five Artists Explore Ideas of Difference
Nathalie Bertin, Sean George, Dawn Karin, Tim Laurin, Ryan Osman
Be Contemporary gallery, Innisfil, ON

JANUARY 29 – APRIL 29, 2022
Breathe: 2nd Wave

Galt Museum, Lethbridge, AB

JUNE 2022 (Dates TBC)
Star Bear Walking (Solo exhibition)
Station Gallery, Whitby, ON

Studio Contact info

Visits to the studio are not possible at this time but may be accommodated under specific circumstance and strictly by appointment only. Please call.

416 315 6882

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Representative Partners for original Artwork and bead work

Be Contemporary Gallery
, Innifil, ON

Bearclaw Gallery, Edmonton, AB


A variety of wearable art items including scarves and face masks can also be found at > LeGaleriste (Montreal, QC).


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