Thursday, January 8, 2015


Family Ties

Cree artist Whitehead Inspirations show Jan 15 - Feb 24

Released by Melissa Warren, CCAC


he Chilliwack Community Arts Council in collaboration with School District 33 Aboriginal Education Department are proud to present the vibrant and passionate art show: Inspirations by Cree Artist Jerry Whitehead.


Whitehead, a Saskatchewan born artist, creates colourful and lively art with an emphasis on powwows and powwow dancers. 


"Powwow dancers have been an ongoing theme in my work since I began painting. Seeing the dancers as a child had a lasting impression. The subject matter has been ideal for expressing a part of my culture as well as accommodating changes in my work," says Whitehead.

His interest in art stems from his family: his grandmother worked with hides and his mother with beadwork and braided rugs. He credits his family’s encouragement in helping him to develop his art. As family man himself now, he more frequently incorporates family themes into his work.

Along with his natural talent, Whitehead has obtained technical training and has a Bachelor of Arts in Indian Art from the Saskatchewan Indian Federated College and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax.

Whitehead currently resides in Vancouver, BC, but his work can be seen throughout western Canada. For more information on Jerry Whitehead visit

Opening reception: Friday, January 23  5 - 7 p.m.

Where: The Art Room: #20 – 5725 Vedder Road


RSVP required, as space is limited. Meet the artist, enjoy light refreshments, live music, and a no-host bar. Artwork will be available for purchase.


The show runs January 15 – February 24.

Gallery Hours: Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm / Saturdays 10am - 4pm.


For more information or to RSVP call 604 769 2787.


Visit Chilliwack Community Arts Council online.


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