Sivertson Gallery is kicking off its 14th annual Inuit Premiere with events on March 14-15.
This year’s premiere will feature Inuit stone carver Looty Pijamini of Grise Fiord, Nunavut; Tom Chapman, president of Upper Canadian Native Art; and throat-singers Nina Segalowitz and Lydia Etok from the North West Territories and Nunavik.
Sivertson Gallery, 14 W. Wisconsin St. in Grand Marais, is hosting the annual Inuit Premiere, the only one of its kind in the lower 48 United States to feature original Canadian Inuit prints, soapstone carvings and Native Alaskan sculptures formed from walrus tusk, whale bone, baleen and soapstone.
The opening weekend events at Sivertson Gallery are free and open to the public.
Pijamini is an Inuit artist who lives and works in Grise Fiord, Nunavut. He was born in Clyde River on Baffin Island, and he began carving at 12 years old. At 15, Pijamini was carving full time. From that point on, Pijamini took first place in competitions. Gaining inspiration for his work primarily from the stone, Pijamini said he claims the stone suggests a subject or idea to him. Pijamini has created many exquisite commissioned sculptures for private collectors and the Canadian government.