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Mohawk youth art comes to BluSeed from Canada

December 6, 2012
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

SARANAC LAKE - Two celebrations will occur at BluSeed Studios on Friday Dec. 14. The first is an opening for a new international print exhibit titled "Tsi Non:we Tewen:teron," or "Where Our Home Is." Having toured throughout eastern Canada, this exhibition comes to Saranac Lake through the Centre de l'Image et de l'Estampe de Mirabel, and artist and CIEM mentor Martin Loft.

The second reason for celebration is to introduce BluSeed Studios' new office manager and coordinator, Michelle Hannon.

"Where Our Home Is" presents a wide range of works on paper created by young Kanehsatake (Mohawk) printmakers who participated in a mentoring program offered at CIEM. The prints are chosen from the production of 15 participants who frequented CIEM from 2007 to 2010. The artists here are Roger Nelson, Jasmin Gunn, Daakota Bonspille, Jason Montour, Kyle Bonspille, Felix Drolet, Craig Nicholas, Melissa Cree, Sherry Benedict, Melinda Nelson, Alannah Gabriel, Alannah Gabriel, Audrey Avery and Martin Loft.

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(Photo — Paul-Emile Rioux)

"The art of printmaking necessitates truth," the "Tsi Non:we Tewen:teron" catalog states. "From apprenticeship to mastery, the printmaker cannot lie. The works assembled here enchant us through their sincerity and the freshness, spontaneity and astonishment of discovery they emanate."

Each annual internship involved an open theme - identity, territory and mythology - which served as a connecting thread as the interns learned the techniques of printmaking, traditional and digital. Each participant was free to follow the suggested theme, to widen its scope or to move away from it.

Hannon joined BluSeed on Nov. 20. She moved to Saranac Lake from Detroit with her husband Dan in 2002 after technical sales careers in the automotive industry. Since moving here, she has been involved with Literacy Volunteers, Community Theater Players and Girl Scouts. She has had a variety of jobs including customer service manager for the Adirondack Explorer magazine, program director at the Lake Clear Girl Scout camp and concierge at the Whiteface Lodge.

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The exhibit will be on display until Jan. 27, when there will be a closing reception with the Kanehsatake (Mohawk) printmakers from 4 to 6 p.m.

BluSeed Studios winter gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday or by appointment.



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