The Dawson Creek artist shares her roots in the Prince George exhibit

PRINCE GEORGE, BC – Dawson Creek-based artist Haley Bassett showcased her Metis and Eastern European roots in her exhibition titled Maternal, can be viewed at the Two Rivers Gallery in Prince George.

Bassett, an interdisciplinary artist and a pillar of the Peace Region arts scene, is executive director of the Peace Liard Regional Arts Council and program coordinator of Dawson Creek Art Gallery.

That’s what the gallery says matrilineal features a wide variety of art forms that illustrate Bassett’s wide range of skills, which she honed while studying at Emily Carr University and the Florence Academy of Art.

“Sculptural explosions of matryoshka dolls (aka Russian nesting
dolls) and textiles lovingly embroidered with beads tell a story of connectedness, community and permanence,” according to the gallery.

“By using feminized motifs such as roses, pearls and dolls, Bassett artfully shows the power and strength of traditions passed down through generations of women in her family. From this she draws the strength to find new ways to heal gender-based violence.”

matrilineal can be viewed in the gallery at the Rustaf Galleria until August 7th.

“We are so grateful to have the opportunity to support regional emerging artists at Rustad Galleria. We are thrilled to share this space with Haley Bassett and give the Prince George community the opportunity to learn more about her and her stunning work,” said Kait Herlehy, Associate Curator, Two Rivers Gallery.

Bassett, through her work at Dawson Creek Art Gallery, has also worked to develop programs to limit the barriers to artists and their professional development in peacetime.

In September 2021 she took over the leadership of the Peace Liard Regional Arts Council.

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