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Friday, 10 April 2015

Bobcaygeon Ontario Church Hosts First Nations Quilter As Speaker!

Alice Willliams -Artist : Trinity -Providence Guest Speaker Sunday April 19th! 

Sunday April 19th, Alice Williams will be the guest speaker at Trinity-Providence United Church, Bobcaygeon Kawartha Lakes Ontario. Alice Williams, Minnachimo - Kwe, a First Nations woman from north of Kenora, was invited to lead a prayer vigil for the earth in Washington DC in 1998. Alice will be speaking about First Nations' teaching and the medicine wheel. She will be sharing her stories through her quilts. Are you familiar with Alice Williams work?
Here is some more information from Trinity -Providence United Church.

Alice Williams Seeks to Bring Healing to Women Through Quilting

Alice Olsen Williams was born in Trout Lake, on her Anishinaabe grandparents’ winter grounds, 150 miles north of Kenora, the Homeland of her mother's people from time before memory. She received her teaching certificate from Lakehead Teacher’s College, which is now the Faculty of Education at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, ON. Having taught in Thunder Bay and at Pic Mobert First Nation, Alice and her husband, Doug, moved to Curve Lake First Nation, where he was born and raised. While looking after their four children and their home, Alice completed her B.A. from Trent University as well as developing her skills in beadwork and sewing. In 1980 she discovered quilting, mastering the techniques which allow her to create the meticulous hand-quilting in her bed coverings and wall hangings. Gradually Alice formed the concepts which would be the basis for her distinctive style and work. She is also Chair of the Kawartha Truth and Reconciliation Group that meets in Peterborough.
image Alice Williams Awarded World's Greatest Quilter
Alice Williams Awarded World's Greatest Quilter
Alice is known for her unbelievably beautiful quilt-work. She blends expressions of Anishinaabe beliefs, traditions and ideology, while combining reflections on social issues such as racism and violence against women. Her quilts and wall-hangings have been exhibited at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian, Michigan State University Museum, Wanuskewin Heritage Park, the Thunder Bay Art Gallery and many other museums and art galleries. One of Alice’s goals is to show how quilting can bring healing, companionship and comfort to women, by sharing experiences and expressing their feelings through the arts. She is also well-versed in Aboriginal literature and shares her knowledge with others through workshops and presentations. Through her understanding of the teachings of the Elders, Alice has created her own Life symbol. She continues to grow as an artist, searching for new ways to express the Spirit of Creation in the images of her designs.

Find out more about Trinity - Providence United Church on their website, and Trinity Providence Facebook page

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