Art Windsor-Essex respectfully acknowledges that we are located on Anishinaabe Territory – the traditional territory of the Three Fires Confederacy of First Nations, comprised of the Ojibway, the Odawa, and the Potawatomi. Today the Anishinaabe of the Three Fires Confederacy are represented by Bkejwanong. We want to state our respect for the ancestral and ongoing authority of Walpole Island First Nation over its Territory.
Saturdays in the Studio! Sculptural Plants with Ostoro Petahtegoose
DATE: Saturdays in March 2023
TIME: 1pm- 4pm
LOCATION: 2nd floor, Education Studio
This March, we’ll work collaboratively to create a collaborative, community sculpture! Come and learn about both Native and Invasive species inhabiting the Ontario Great Lakes and Rivers systems and the dangers threatening our aquatic ecosystems. Come see how these sculptures grow and take shape over a four week period!
- Drop-in between 1-4pm on Saturdays.
- This program is free with admission to AWE and open to all.
This program is generously sponsored by Anne Safranyos and family.
What’s in a Plant? A Sculptural Plant Workshop
This workshop is designed to familiarize people with some of the aquatic plants that exist in Ontario’s Great Lakes and Rivers ecosystems. Participants are encouraged to think outside the box and think of how to recreate plants from the templates using any of the materials provided in the workshop: Can it be made using Yarn or string? Paper, pipe cleaners, air dry clay or something else? Join me as I sit with you and talk about the different processes we can use to recreate these plants!
Meet the Artist: Ostoro Petahtegoose
Ostoro Petahtegoose is a biracial Nishinaabe of Atikameksheng Anishnawbek with European descent, born and raised in the traditional territories of the Three Fires Confederacy of First Nations, comprised of the Anishinaabe, the Odawa, and the Potawatomie, also known as one of it’s many place names in one language, Waawiiye’adinong (the place where the river bends – Windsor, Ontario.)
Ostoro is a queer, transgender, nonbinary writer, Goldsmith and multi-media artist who goes by “they/them” pronouns. Ostoro completed their English and Creative Writing and Visual Arts BA in 2022 and was the Project Coordinator of the New Voices Artist Residency at the Arts Council Windsor & Region. They were the BIPOC Artist in Residence at Artcite in August of 2020 and in June 2021 Ostoro was awarded a grant through the Arts Culture and Heritage Fund to work on a research project on the Indigenous history of Windsor/Essex county to use in a book of short ghost stories. In Ostoro’s personal and professional life they continue to reach for meaningful ways to connect back to their Indigenous community through the work of building relations while learning their cultural language Nishnaabemwin, all while being obsessed with themes of hauntings, ghosts and land.
Photo credit: Shayenna Nolan