John Chief Calf – Past, Present, and Friendship

John Chief Calf – Past, Present, and Friendship

Exhibition Opening January 28, 7pm – 9pm  

John Chief Calf – Past, Present, and Friendship

Aapoyaawa, Fair Brown Chief Calf, was my adopted Grandfather.  He had a profound influence on me as a child. I remember he would take for walks and I would help him pick his herbal medicine. I understood as a child that the land, nature was the primary teacher of the Blackfoot way of life. He was incredibly humble I would recall events where he would heal the community and I would sometimes sit beside him and help him. To me he was the example of pursuing a balanced life and nature as your guide.

My culture and experience in two worlds have been my creative foundation in expressing my art. My art is expressed in abstract symbolism, realism, and sculpture. The source is nature, my dreams, and my meditations which includes the ceremonial aspect of the Blackfoot Culture.

I was born and raised on the Blood Reserve. I attended my education in Lethbridge from grades 1-12.  I was a Child and Youth Care worker from 1985-1997. I enrolled in the University of Lethbridge and graduated in 2005 with a BA/B/ed.  I have taught for the Calgary Board of Education, Siksika Board of Education, RedCrow Community College. I have also taught for the Lethbridge Catholic Division, and I am currently with the Lethbridge School Division as a humanities teacher.  I am a self-taught artist and have sold my art locally, corporately, and internationally.

Date:January 28th, 2023  -  March 25th, 2023

Location:Casa - Concourse Gallery

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