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Gchi-Nbi - an exhibition of visual art celebrating water

Gchi-Nbi an exhibition of visual art celebrating water is part of the 2014 Sacred Water Circle Gathering at Trent University.

The artwork of more than 20 respected artists (painters, photographers, mixed media and textile artists) will be exhibited May 2 from 7-9 p.m.

The exhibit and reception will take place in the Florence Benedict Gathering Space at Peter Gzowski College. Artists are donating a portion of sales to support the 5th Annual Water Awareness Walk in the Kawarthas.

Artists exhibiting include: Anne Cavanagh, David Foyn, Mike Ormsby, Marg Drury, Anna Kutishcheva, Brealie Noble, Nancy Johnston, Pat Reynolds, Judy MacIntosh, Jan Anderson, Dijon Curley, Michel St-Jean, Rita S. Bonneville, Nan Sidler, Pegi Eyers, Vicky McKay, Victoria Wallace, A.J. Vandrie, Corin Ford Forrester, Brianna Gosselin, John Kowarski, Lucia McHardy and George Campana.

Suzanne Smoke, Aboriginal Cultural Coordinator of Biindigen Gallery at the Georgina Arts Centre and Gallery in Sutton, has been very involved in jurying and organizing the exhibition.

Christensen Fine Art on George Street is supporting the exhibition by serving as an art drop off location for artists.

To view some of the artwork included in the exhibition visit Sacred Water Circle on Facebook or go to for more information.

Exhibition co-ordinator Corin Ford Forrester can also be contacted at 705-454-0914 or

The Sacred Water Circle is a collective of multi-faith/spiritual individuals who are working in response to a call out by global Indigenous Spiritual leaders to restore balance to our environment:

Inspired by traditional Indigenous teachings and leading with hope and spiritual courage, the Sacred Water Circle sees a restored relationship between human communities and water.

2014 Sacred Water Circle Gathering is being held in Peterborough from May 2 to 4. Those interested in attending the three-day event are asked to register by visiting

2014 marks the third year of the Gathering, which honours the sacredness of water by bringing sacred teachings to those who work with the water in science and policy.

Within the three day conference there will be vendors, art exhibits, film screenings and performance art entertainment. The event is centered in Peterborough with activities taking place at Trent University and Petrogylphs Provincial Park.

The 2014 Gathering will bring together First Nations Elders, Community Leaders and Spiritual Leaders from around the world with other teachers, including local elders such as Elder Shirley Williams, member of the Bird Clan of the Ojibway and Odawa First Nations and Dan Longboat, Mohawk from the Six Nations of the Grand River, to pass on teachings of their ancestors to one another and to all those who work for the water.

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