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The Art Gallery of Sudbury’s new exhibition features 60 prints by 27 Inuit artists titled First Sign of Spring: Inuit Prints from the Collections 1959 – 1970.

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First Sign of Spring includes works by Kenojuak Ashevak, Pitseolak Ashoona, Lucy Qinnuayuak, Kananginak Pootoogook and Helen Kalvak.

The show lasts until April 30.

“Scenes of everyday life on Kinngait (Cape Dorset) and Ulukhaqtuuq (Holman Island), as well as representations of spirits, dreams and images of transformation are depicted,” said the Art Gallery of Sudbury in a statement.

“After recognizing the talent of Inuit artisans, James Houston introduced printmaking techniques from Japan to Kinngait in the late 1950s, which led to the formation of the West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative in 1959.”

Inspired by the works produced in Kinngait, Father Henri Tardy helped found the Holman Island Cooperative in 1961. For more than 60 years, Inuit artists from the communities of Kinngait and Ulukhaqtuuq have designed, printed and sold works of art. original art.

The exhibit was produced by the Art Gallery of Sudbury with funding from the Government of Canada.

How to visit: Pre-book your visit online at or call 705-675-4871 to make your reservation. The Art Gallery of Sudbury is adhering to all Public Health Sudbury & District recommendations regarding public visitation, including masks, provided as needed, social distancing and hand sanitizer stations. Gallery touchpoints are sanitized between visits.

The Art Gallery of Sudbury is located at 251 John Street. The gallery is open for pre-booked tours Tuesday through Sunday. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information or to book your visit, visit online at, or call 705-675-4871.

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