We are pleased to introduce a new artist to the gallery, Inuvialuit artist, Caroline Blechert. Caroline creates exquisite beaded jewelry using a combination of contemporary and traditional materials. Her pieces are precise, delicate and a joy to wear.

"My art explores and blends my own culture with my current diverse urban surroundings. Respecting tradition and keeping it alive through art drives my creative process. I am also intrigued and inspired by the evolution within the art of aboriginal communities when exposed to new materials and techniques. For example, the northern Athabaskan exposure to European beads which resulted in a whole new form of art – beadwork. In a similar way I also aim to combine my tradition – my roots, with my personal ways of expression – my wings. My roots are my access to the part or my identity that is strongly connected to my family history. With my wings I depart with my tradition and soar into uncharted territory truly my own."    - Caroline Blechert