Indigenous Artisan Marketplace

Shop and Explore Our Indigenous Artisan Marketplace

Make sure to check out the Indigenous Artisan Marketplace in Exhibitor Gallery B during the Symposium.

Indigenous art comes out of living cultures, enabling our artists to use traditional values, storytelling, nature, and events to create their traditional and contemporary art. Their art is in many different forms including paintings, drawings, jewellery, handbags, clothing, baskets, and so much more available for purchase.

Our featured artists have been influenced by different places, cultures, and backgrounds. Understanding the cultural context their art was produced within will provide you with a deeper insight and appreciation of the artists and their work. Not only is the marketplace a great place to find Indigenous items, but it’s also a great way to meet some very interesting people.

Meet our Featured Artists

Diane Montreuil

Diane was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec. She studied Interior Design at Old Montreal College where some of her projects were published in numerous design magazines such as “Les Idees de ma Maison”, “Decormag” & “Chez Soi”. Diane now lives in the Greater Toronto area.

Diane grew up in a creative and entrepreneurial family. At a young age her parents enrolled her to “Les Beaux Arts” for young kids. Enmeshed in her world of creation she became a self-taught artist over the years.

Captivated by the Arts in all its shapes and forms & her love for Landscapes, where scenes seemed to magically come together, in later time Diane discovered and understood why her life came together after discovering that she was a Metis on both sides of her family.

In 2017, Diane was invited to be part of the French Indigenous docents at the ROM for the exhibition called Anishinaabe: Art & Power. Unfolding over the many months after that, she had exhibited her work in Ontario Galleries.

Her works were further exhibited 2017-2018, in the Gallery of the Artist’s Network in collaboration with AGO & ROM.

Involved with women entrepreneurs at OASIS, Diane was nominated in 2018 – Indigenous Woman of March. She displayed her paintings, celebrated on International women’s day.

Continuing in 2018 at the French Alliance of Toronto in the Pierre-Leon Gallery her exhibition called “Celebration of the Call of the Elders to Inner Peace” was well received.

Diane was a Indigenous guest artist at the 2018 Latornell Conservation Symposium.

Her unfolding works with Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) teachers and their students brought her to be nominated among other “Woman of Influence”. In 2019 Diane was invited by TCDSB to create a fabric mural called “Reconcili-Action” with special need department students which included 15 schools.

Diane has been a very active woman doing different Art classes at TCDSB since 2019 (where she has worked with over 25 schools). She is among the invited judges in October 2019 to be part of a Juried Student Art selection at TCDSB.

In 2019 Diane received a Grant from Ontario Art Council in collaboration with the Woodland Cultural Centre.

Many interviews were done by journalists in Ontario in regard of her exhibitions.

Recently Diane was invited by TCDSB to get on the Board as their Knowledge Keeper in Residence.

Artist statement: My artistic style over the years is more to create a wholeness & be dedicated to the teachings of our Ancestors, Grandmothers & Elders and to remind us who we are, finding a blend of tradition, land & colors as shown in my paintings.

My subject matter varies greatly by the beauty of our Landscape and the teachings.

“My artwork is an expression of Gratefulness for the Gift of Life, the learning and growth”.

Art Medium: Acrylic on canvas pursuing color relationships with Life. Contemporary style, influenced by the Woodland School of Arts

Website: https://dianeart13.wordpress.com

Pol Carlos and Aimee Rochard

Pol Carlos, lead designer and artisan at SunHeart Rises Designs, is an Indigenous artist living in downtown Toronto. Although he was born and raised in Montreal, he has always had a strong spiritual connection to his Mohawk roots.

Pol’s love of visual arts, theatre, and music was nourished at an early age by his grandmother, and he would later become a professional musician in New York City recording and touring with rock bands. While in New York, he also spent time organizing benefit concerts for a number of non-profit organizations involved with Native American causes, and even signing a record deal with a major American label.

Relocating to Toronto in 2002, Pol began working as an actor and a performer in film and television, and more recently reacquainted himself with his love of making traditional and contemporary Native American jewelry. This past year he launched his own company “SunHeart Rises Designs”, selling at Indigenous events, conferences and Pow Wows around the GTA. With many years of experience as a visual artist, Pol has a unique sense of colour and form allowing him to create distinct and modern pieces. He has gained some notoriety as a craftsman by using traditional materials in new ways (leather, bone, horn, glass, semi-precious stones and metals, shell and more).

Aside from being a rising artist, Pol also volunteers with the Native community in Toronto, and is a member of many prominent artist organizations. With utmost passion, he looks forward to pursuing a creative and fulfilling life.

Website: www.sunheartrises.ca

Barbara Nahwegahbow

Barb is Ojibway, born and raised in a family of 11 children on the Whitefish River First Nation near Manitoulin Island in northern Ontario. Her father supported the family by trapping, working as a fishing guide and doing pretty well any other kind of work that was available.

Barb began designing jewellery several years ago and is largely self-taught. Having lived and worked in Toronto for many years, her designs are influenced by the urban environment and the more natural environment in which she grew up. Barb loves to both design and wear bold and unique pieces that combine unexpected components. Barb uses quality, distinctive and often fun materials in her designs. “My favourite stone when I started designing was turquoise,” she says. “Turquoise is a stone that’s been highly prized by Native people because it represents strength and power and symbolizes the blue of the sky. Since I’ve been designing, I have grown to love all gemstones – aquamarine, tourmaline, garnet in all its wonderful shades, sapphire, moonstone, lapis and the list goes on.” Barb often combines these stones with hand-made porcelain pieces, hand-felted beads, or sterling silver beads and chain. She will also use semi-precious and precious gemstones and combines them with wood, nuts, seeds and seeds, or porcelain, resin, hand-felted or metal accent pieces. Vintage finds from antique markets also make their way into her designs. You can see some of Barb’s designs on Instagram (@bluedawnjewellery) and on her website www.bluedawnjewellery.com.

Barb is also a photographer specializing in photographing nature in the city where she creates beautiful photo art cards. Check out Barb’s Instagram (@barbnahwegahbow).