James Fine Art Collection - Artist - Sherry Crawford
James Fine Art Collection is a name Sherry uses to describe this huge amount of Art she has created that will some day belong to her son James. 
 
Sherry Crawford is an member of the Kijicho-Manitou Madaouskarini Algonquin Nation, Bancroft, Ontario.  She grew up on the shore of Anderson Lake, and Paudash Lake. She has been 'picking up the pieces' of her Anishnaabe Culture for many years and embraces the Spiritual & Traditional teachings . Sherry was given her Sacred name Waabshkizi Mukwa-Gaabaw  (White Bear Standing), from Elders during a Shaking Tent Ceremony. She  is proud to connect to this important ceremonial name, 
The White Bear  appears in many of her pieces.  

She believes it is important to follow the 7 Grandfather teachings..Love, Respect, Wisdom, Truth, Honesty, Bravery & Humility!

Sherry returned to school in 2005/6 and received a degree in Social Service work through St. Lawrence College and First Nations Technical Institute, Tyendenaga Mohawk Territory.  In 2009 she participated in a week long "Indigenous Women & Leadership Development Course at the Banff Centre, Banff, Alberta.  There were 35 amazing Indigenous women from all over Canada!
Since that time, she has evolved in many ways, and now claims her title as Artist and Helper!    She feels it is important to share these important teachings in her Art.  


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In 2013  Sherry was asked to teach an 8 week Art Class in Durham, for youth in the legal system and at risk.  She enjoyed sharing space and energy with these 'full grown' souls in teenage bodies.
She was happy to volunteer her time and introduced them to the art of Indigenous Artist
Norval Morrisseau.
The course ended with an ART auction!


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Peterborough in Portraits    
 In 2013, Sherry was pleased to be a part of this important exhibit. She displayed an Oil on Canvas Portrait of her father, a pencil portrait of her son holding baby raccoons and a self portrait.(see pencil portraits)
The exhibition is open from 10 am to 5 pm until this coming Sunday (June 23). There isn’t much time, so make sure you check it out soon. The cost is “pay what you can”.  Editor’s note: Due to the overwhelming positive reception, the Canadian Canoe Museum has extended the exhibition to Wednesday, June 26.
 

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March,  2014,  Sherry opened Crawford Fine ART, downtown Millbrook, Ontario  
 She  closed only a year later but gained valuable experience, met many Artists, Art Enthusiasts and enjoyed being a part of the Business Community                        after living in this area for over 20 years. 
 


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In 2016, Sherry was humbled and pleased to be invited to be a part of a very important Exhibit in Bancroft,Ontario with  l4 other Algonquin Artists.
 
If art reflects the heart and soul of a culture, what does it mean for Algonquins in Ontario to lack a basic foundation of images, of artifacts, of… history? It’s a virtual void. It’s like we don’t even exist. Except for the odd stone axe or arrowhead, very few Algonquin artifacts remain.
 

Finding Critical Mass  was a huge success!  The Art Gallery of Bancroft hosted a First Ever event which attracted visitors from all over. 
Algonquin Artists came together to share their Art & Culture!
This event ran from August 3, until September 3, 2016 and included l5 Algonquin Artists.
The Art Gallery of Bancroft (AGB) announced Finding Critical Mass was its most visited gallery month in history.

The busy summer months were capped off and highlighted by the Algonquin First Nations exhibition in August curated by Robin Tinney. Robin spent many months bringing together Algonquin artists from all over Ontario to create a powerful and beautiful show,” said AGB president Barbara Allport. “The show had more visitors in this month than any other month in its history.”
The show received donations from around the province for the show, as well as a $3,000 grant from the Town of Bancroft.
“I have been president of two other non-profits, this is the only one where people are really, really dedicated and really invest themselves and their energy in the end product of their work,” said Allport. “I really appreciate that as president of the board that people have this sense of purpose and dedication to this place, this space, [and] this mandate. It’s not perfect but it’s working and I hope it continues to work well for us.”

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April, 2017, Sherry was pleased to Exhibit with the Georgina ARTS Centre in Sutton, Ontario. 


Sherry has created over 1000 digital images
 It was decided to Exhibit these pieces as a 'slideshow' which worked out beautifully!  She also shared  her Acrylics and Ink drawings.











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Ross  Memorial Hospital, Lindsay ,ON , Mental Health Association  " Reflections of my mind ", Show and Sale  (Oct./17)

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October, 2017 was an important Exhibit that she was honoured to be a part of.  Water is Life, with Christie Belcourt and Isaac Murdoch leading the way.
Although not in person, her ART and 'Digital Images' were used in a 'Slideshow' Exhibit.







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Indigenous Artist 2018 Exhibit at the Woodland Cultural Centre in Brantford, Ontario. http://woodlandculturalcentre.ca/indigenous-art-opens-may-26-2018/


















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The York River Public School students and teachers enjoyed hearing a little about the Ojiibwe culture, and were interested in hearing about what happened and how Residential Schools impacted our communities.  Education and empathy is the key!!  







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Earth Run & Indigenous Arts Celebration

Earth Run in the Rouge
In Collaboration with Parks Canada and the Rouge National Urban Park First Nations Advisory Circle, join us September 29, 2018 for the inaugural Earth Run in the Rouge.
A rich assembly of natural, cultural and agricultural landscapes, Rouge National Urban Park is home to amazing biodiversity, human history dating back over 10,000 years, including some of Canada's oldest known Indigenous sites, some of the last remaining working farms in the Greater Toronto Area, Carolinian ecosystems, Toronto’s only campground, one of the region’s largest marshes, a beach at Lake Ontario and amazing hiking opportunities.
Once land assembly is complete, Rouge National Urban Park will be one of the largest and best protected urban parks of its kind in the world, spanning 79.1 square kilometres in the heart of Canada's largest and most diverse metropolitan area, overlapping the cities of Toronto, Markham and Pickering and the Township of Uxbridge. Indeed, Rouge National Urban Park will be 23 times larger than Central Park in New York.
The Earth Run in the Rouge is an event collaboration between the Rouge National Urban Park First Nations Advisory Circle, Parks Canada and 5 Peaks. This special initiative will also feature a celebration of Indigenous art and culture, and create opportunities to highlight Indigenous traditional knowledge and history throughout the Rouge and beyond.
Join us for the Inaugural event. Only 200 entries available! 4k, 8k, 3k kids and free 1k kids races available!
Indigenous Arts Celebration
Date: Saturday September 29, 2018
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 
Venue: Zoo Road Welcome Area

I was pleased to be asked to be a part of this very important celebration of the Arts, Culture, Knowledge and Histories of the Original people who share a historical connection to the Rouge. 


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Friday, November 30, 2018  "Talking Stick" sharing experience.
York River Public School



September, 2019 was an amazing opportunity to share Art & Stories!




I look forward to more opportunities to share my Art & this important knowledge with all people!    
Miigwetch,, WBS



Upcoming event!

Sherry will be exhibiting in April 2020 Georgina Arts Centre, Sutton, ON




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