Art centres bridge two cultures through shared exhibit in Penticton

PENTICTON – A new exhibit at the Shatford Centre celebrating indigenous culture opens next week as the Penticton art centre works alongside the Penticton Indian Band’s Enow’kin Centre to heal historical divisions between the two cultures through art.

The Creative Reconciliations exhibit’s opening coincides with Aboriginal Day on Tuesday, June 21. The opening begins at 4 p.m. in the front yard of the Shatford Centre with performances and speeches prior to viewing the exhibit inside the building.

The exhibit is the first of what is hoped to be many ventures of collaboration between the Shatford Centre and the Enow’kin Centre where the two art schools hope to provide a bridge between the two cultures, according to a media release.

“The symbol of two hands joining on the poster is the spirit of endeavour to connect both sides of the community by building personal bridges across the channel,”  Shatford Centre Executive Director Jane Shaak says in the release.

The exhibit features the work of seven indigenous artists who have used art to explore the relationships involved in reconciliation.

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