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Cultural Crossroads: Indigenous Art Pop-Up in Downtown Sudbury

Full Circle Art is the most recent addition of artistry to the Downtown Sudbury community. Owned and operated by Bruno, a lifetime art collector and connoisseur - Bruno has curated a fine collection of world class Indigenous art. Located inside the Elm Place Mall, the Full Circle Art exhibition is open to anyone and everyone who loves and appreciates art, or would like to learn more about Indigenous artistry and traditions.

Image: Full Circle Art front window located inside Elm Place Mall. Credit: Full Circle Art

Featuring the art of world renowned artists Mishibinijima, Leland Bell, and Joshim Kakegamic among many others, Full Circle Art gives a voice to the stories and traditions of indigenous artists across Canada. The generational emotion that you can feel in each piece brings the stories alive and leaves a lasting impact when viewing.

Mishibinijima is one of Canada's foremost indigenous artists with a unique style and unprecedented list of achievements. Born close to home in Wikwemikong, Manitoulin Island, James has spent decades creating art that encapsulates his heritage using different artistic styles to eventually create his own. His art now hangs in Vatican City, Italy - a portrait painted of Pope John Paul II.

Image: Pope John Paull II Portrait by Mishibinijima

Downtown Sudbury and art go hand in hand, visible in our many beautiful murals around the core as well as festivals like Up Here, The Art Gallery of Sudbury, and The Monique Legault Studio. Art adds dimension to our lives and enriches us in various ways:

  • Emotional Expression: Art provides a platform for individuals to express emotions, thoughts, and experiences that may be difficult to articulate verbally. It allows people to explore and communicate complex feelings, fostering emotional intelligence and resilience.

  • Cultural Understanding: Art reflects the cultural heritage and diversity of communities around the world. By engaging with different artistic traditions, people can gain insights into other cultures, fostering empathy, tolerance, and appreciation for diversity.

  • Personal Growth: Engaging with art can be a deeply personal and introspective experience, leading to self-discovery and personal growth. It encourages individuals to reflect on their values, beliefs, and identity, promoting self-awareness and self-expression.

  • Connection and Communication: Art serves as a universal language that transcends barriers of language, nationality, and background. It can facilitate connections between people, fostering dialogue, understanding, and shared experiences.

  • Community Engagement: Art has the power to bring people together and build stronger communities. Whether through collaborative projects, public installations, or cultural events, art fosters social connections and a sense of belonging.

  • Beauty and Aesthetics: Art enhances the aesthetic quality of people's surroundings, bringing beauty and inspiration into their lives. Whether in public spaces or private homes, art contributes to a sense of beauty and harmony, enriching the human experience.

Image: Wall of paintings inside Full Circle Art

Overall, art plays a multifaceted role in our lives, enriching them intellectually, emotionally, culturally, and spiritually. It has the power to inspire, connect, and transform our downtown community, contributing to a more vibrant and meaningful existence. Downtown Sudbury welcomes any and all art to our neighbourhood.

The Full Circle Art exhibition is hosting a Pop-Up event this Thursday, April 11th from 10am-8pm and continues through the weekend to give you the most opportunity to view and marvel the beauty of every piece of art in the collection.

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