I grew up on a small Saskatchewan farm overlooking Last Mountain Lake. There I discovered my love of art. Our small house was busy with my five siblings and often a few cousins that my caring parents took under their wings. My peaceful creating space was upstairs by a window that was often covered in an inch of frost during the winter months. Frosty winter months meant less work with only the cows to feed and milk. This gave me plenty of extra time to pencil sketch for hours and hours.
Being a self taught artist in the digital era is beneficial and numerous online tutorials provided me with a wealth of knowledge. I have made it a point to self teach myself in several different mediums. Presently my focus is mixed media collage, acrylic paintings and woodblock carvings for relief prints. I have designed several Metis beadwork graphics with photoshop to incorporate into my artwork. My beadwork canvas cutouts give my art a unique floral textured finish. In addition to painting I enjoy photography which is mainly focused on the beauty of Mother Earth.
My Kokum's creativity and determination inspired my art. She lived in a two room house on Jackrabbit Street on the road allowance in Lebret, Saskatchewan. There she brought up 11 children with her husband Gregoire Poitras. During the winter months she lived with us, as her home lacked amenities. Lovingly we would string beads for her gorgeous necklaces. For our efforts a nickel per string, which would go full circle in an evening game of rummy. The sales of necklaces provided her with extra income for living expenses. The elders in my youth were positive role models and always encouraged my creative nature.
I have always celebrated life through art and in the past years created several backdrops for school musicals and community events. I was proud to donate art for silent auctions, one recently for the Early Learning Centre of a turtle. During my career I helped organize and co-presented several workshops to integrate children's Indigenous stories with art. I was fortunate and thankful to have the Saskatchewan Arts Board award me with the Indigenous art grant to create a 108”x48” triptych with mixed media techniques and my floral artwork. Currently I have designed art of Turtle Island for the Regina Downtown Business District traffic boxes and door art. For Sask. Cultural Days 2019 and Articulate Ink I carved a 2’x4’ buffalo running through the valley for their steamroller printing event. As well, Sakewewak First Nations Artists' Collective Inc. accepted 4 of my paintings for the Art Now September 2019 call for artist submissions.I have endless ideas and plans to continue my growth and drive to create art throughout my life.
After being one of the first few individuals to graduate from an Indigenous teaching college, S.U.N.T.E.P., with a major in cross-cultural studies I had a rewarding career as a teacher for 28 years in Regina. I am fortunate that I can now focus my time creating art and enjoying more moments with my family. I sign my art P. Poitras-Jarrett honouring both my Metis mother and my Scottish-English father. I will always promote pride and positivity through art in the community and in Indigenous people.
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CV Jarrett-Poitras - Indigenous Contemporary Artist
My contemporary art is influenced by my rich Metis culture of both present and past. Metis people are known as the “Flower Beadwork People” and I depict our traditional floral designs, culture, stories and dance within my art. I consider myself an experienced aritst, yet continuing to emerge and learn.
Projects/Grant Awards - Sept. 2019 - Sâkêwêwak Artists’ Collective Gallery -Chose four of my 30”x 48” mixed paintings to display at the 2019 Art Now Saskatchewan Fine Art Fair.
August 2019 - Sask. Cultural Days Event/Art Submission/Articulate Ink
The art that was chosen by Articulate Ink for a Sask. Culture Event depicts a buffalo running across Saskatchewan plains near the Qu'appelle Valley. Metis floral beadwork is sprouting up from the ground. I carved the art onto a 2’x4’ woodblock. I will help ink the woodblock and it will be rolled over with a steamroller on Scarth St. in Regina during Cultural Days to create a paper print. The steamroller printing event was organized by Articulate Ink.
Dec. 2018 - Sask. Arts Board Grant 2018 to create a 108”x 48” mixed media collage Painting (Triptych) Titled “Valley Tranquility”A representation of Qu'appelle Valley And it’s three lakes with vertical lines representing the sky, water, sun and earth. As well Metis flower beadwork canvas cutouts across the scene.
City of Regina Downtown - March 2019 - Traffic Box Art 2018 I created beadwork graphics and a Turtle to adorn this box located in front of Regina Central Library and Dunlop Art Gallery. Titled “ Turtle Islands Water”, to bring awareness to clean water across Turtle Island (North America) and to promote positive cultural and community relations and prevent graffiti in Regina, Sk. downtown area. Alley Door Art 2018 - A second location for “The Circle of Rejuvenation” installed for the Alley Art project to promote positive cultural relations. May 2016 Traffic Box Art installation, The title is “The Circle of Rejuvenation” It’s located in front of the Saskatchewan Mental Health building and bring joy and peace to the space. It’s adorned with bright yellow floral beadwork and buffaloes with the sun shining down. To promote positive cultural and community relations and prevent graffiti in Regina, Sk. downtown area.
1990-2018 Regina Public School Board, Regina, Sk.28 YEARS — Elementary Teacher Retired - Throughout my career I had opportunities to coordinate Indigenous focused events and positive cultural awareness such as inviting Indigenous expert presenters and inviting Elder’s visits for the children. (Bannock, Storytellers, a Tipis raising and crafts) Integrating art within the children’s learning was of great importance to develop creative young adults throughout my career. My creative gifts gave me many opportunities to help prepare backdrops and art for special events throughout the year. Ensuring that the children always took part.
Committees/Workshops - RPSTA 2000 Conference Sask. Teacher’s Yearly Convention to help organize the Indigenous component - communications committee, Integrating Indigenous Literature and Art Workshops 1997-1999 for AWASIS, RPSB Convention and Sask. Reading Council with my co-presenter Christina Johns Other Experience - Feliss Art is my personal artist website influenced by my rich Metis culture to display and sell my art, decor and fashion designs. The art and graphics on my website are designed by me. Most importantly in addition to being an ecommerce/artist website I created it to promote positive relations between our communities and promote our rich culture.
Skills - Several years of self taught (Online) Art, photoshop, photography tutorials. As well as studying informational books on techniques and style, Photography knowledge & use of a full frame Sony A7III, Web Designer and Manager of a home-based business, Knowledge and confident use of Photoshop 2019 and Lightroom 2019, Designing graphics using an Intuos Graphic tablet and photoshop, Creating small video presentations
Website Designing & Social Media - sole designer of Metis Spirit Art & Design shopify, Metis Spirit Art & Design Facebook,Metis Spirit Art & Design Instagram with a Social Media Course by (Blue Moose Media)
EDUCATION - University of Regina, S.U.N.T.EP, Regina, Sk.- Bachelors Of Education
Graduated 1990. SUNTEP is a fully accredited Bachelor of Education Program with a cross-cultural focus in Metis History and Culture. I majored in cross-cultural studies. I was a teacher for 28 years and enjoyed teaching students about the Metis culture and history.
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