Wonderful news

Despite the fact I'm on my last litre of President's Choice Watermelon Sparkling Water, it's been a busy wonderful week. 

My online class "PoetryPainting2022" is awesome! All six students showed up last Wednesday and we did some fantastic writing poems and painting on Labor Day/Labour Day/Suliak/work. I posted on our Instagram page, @paintingpoetry2022, two digital images the day before class. On our Facebook page, PaintingPoetry2022, there is the class photo. I'll post more as we go about. 

Big thank you to the Community Foundation of Western Mass. for the opportunity. The feedback from my students is touching and full of gratitude.  

We had the closing of the Art of the Contemporary Indigenous Experience at the Plymouth Center for the Arts last Sunday, a somber day. I didn't sell any but the four images were seen and appreciated by the viewers. People thanked me for joining the show. I will have another opportunity to show in a different gallery later this year. 

Here's the group photo of artists from 09/11/2022: 

(L to R) Robert Peters, Mashpee Wampanoag; Hartman Deetz, Mashpee Wampanoag; Hailey-Jade Araujo,  Sault Ste Marie Chippewa; uvak/me, Labrador Inuk; Justin Beatty, Ojibwe, Saponi, African-American; Casey Figueroa, Indigenous curator; Deborah Spears Moorehead, Seaconke Pokanoket Wampanoag; Danielle Greendeer, Mashpee Wampanoag, owner of the Wampanoag Trading Post in Mashpee. A visitor stood in the background admiring work and others took photos too. 

This photo is when Casey called us all up to be recognized. A flattering moment to hear the applause. 



I went to my Inuit Tea group via Zoom today. Good to visit with other Inuit across the globe. 

As I'm writing this, I'm preparing to go to the opening of the Zowie Banteah Cultural Center at Mount Holyoke College of S. Hadley. I'll post photos on my Instagram @ella_alk. A momentous occasion that one of the Five Colleges has an updated beautiful centre for Indigenous students, community members, and alumni. Being a UMass Amherst alumna, 2012, I take the Native American community seriously and want others to know we're here, we're scholars, we're fabulous! 

I'm taking a CELC 2.0 online class and will jump into the lessons later tonight. Class makes me a better human, a better teacher. Definitely worth it. 

My artwork in the Toronto store is starting to sell. How exciting! Go see their FB and Instagram pages. 

I'll be vending at NAICOB's first annual Veterans Powwow in Canton, MA this weekend. I have digital prints for sale. Being a Marine wife/daughter of a Navy man/niece to an active duty Army captain, it's an honour and a privilege to be at this two-day event.  

It's a full life, full of laughter, love, lessons and hard work. I wouldn't trade anything for this wonderful news. Feel free to comment what you're doing and feel free to find me on social media. 

I take commissions and am happy to chat with you. 

Best, be well, drink more water. 



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