MNBC and Sherry Leigh Williams unite for virtual paint night

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The Metis Nation of British Columbia (MNBC) has partnered with Sherry Leigh Williams for a virtual paint night geared towards Metis women and youth. The two-day event will be held on Thursday, Nov. 18, with a follow up session one week later on Thursday, Nov. 25.

Williams will be hosting the event, taking participants on an easy to follow, step by step process, creating a beautiful painting representing traditional Metis culture. There will be multiple templates for attendees to choose from in order to cater to each person’s individuality and creativity.

A Metis artist, writer, and vocalist based in Salt Spring Island, B.C., Williams says she is passionate about "unleashing the creative potential that's locked within everyone." Although she is a self-taught artist, she has won multiple awards, leading to her completion of a three-year diploma program at Victoria College of Art. After which, she completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Victoria.

Williams calls her unique artistic style, “the Metis floral tradition: a contemporary approach to historical flower beadwork.” She loves painting on healing drums and fiddles, using acrylic paint and a fine brush and pointillism technique to achieve the precise circular paint drops mimicking that of a flower’s petals. The Metis people's, traditionally known as the "flower people," rich cultural history is what inspired the contemporary artist to paint on these surfaces.

The event sold out in just over 24 hours after registration was opened. Williams will be providing the stand, canvas, and acrylic paint supplies. The only thing participants need is an internet connection, as both sessions will be held via Zoom.

The first session will be two hours long to allow for enough time for instruction. The second session occurs a week later, where artists can reconvene and chat about their unique creations. “That way, no one feels too rushed and can take their time finishing the painting and also get a chance to connect with fellow participants,” says Williams.

Haley Grinder, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Columbia Valley Pioneer

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