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Ron Cormier  "Walks in Forest"

KLU’SKAP fine art gallery invites you to experience primitive art. The opening vernissage of “Dream Catchers & the Warrior Collection” was Thursday June 2 2011.  Inspired by First Nations and Métis culture, this artist produces many pieces that are rarely seen in today’s modern world; his artwork brings us back in history to our roots. The opening ceremony presented a Métis cultural celebration.

Walks in Forest is a private man who lives in harmony with nature. He played a huge part in Moncton’s Martial Arts community many years ago and has won awards for his craftsmanship of unique hand-made stone knives. His primitive art is entwined with nature, textures and intricate details. He uses all natural materials; trading and trapping most of his furs and hides, he rarely wastes anything.  “It is a beautiful discovery of ingenuity and imagination each time Ron brings artwork to the gallery. His rattles, jewelry, spears, traditional tools, and dream catchers always amaze me”, says owner Pascal A. Pelletier. “His talent for flint napping (making arrow heads and blades) is unmatched in the Maritimes. Ron made one of the world’s smallest arrow heads measuring only 6mm. This may not seem small to some, but compare it to the size and strength of his hands, I cannot believe it”.

During his travels, Walks in Forest has traded for some unique collector pieces. Some are so rare they will not be for available for sale. 

KLU’SKAP fine art gallery is honored to share with you artwork that encompasses the spirit of nature. At 65 years old, Walks in Forest is pleased to have his first gallery exhibition and to be recognized for his artistic talents. This exhibition will be run from June 2nd until July 7th and KLU’SKAP will continue to represent him afterwards.

 Woliwon       Oelalin       Welalin       Thank You       Merci

Arlene "Dozay" Christmas

 “Dozay’s Diversity”    

KLU’SKAP native art gallery celebrated the opening of the exhibition of Arlene “Dozay” Christmas on Thursday Feb 17 2011.  This exhibition ran from February 11 to March 31 and included many new paintings including the travelling exhibition "Glooscap in Unamaki”, that illustrates the landmark legends of Glooscap and Cape Breton Island.

The opening ceremony presented a Maliseet cultural celebration. The evening’s special guests included The Honorable Sandra Lovelace Nicholas, C.M. (appointed in 2005 to the Senate of Canada, where she sits on the Aboriginal People’s Committee and the Human Rights Committee), Drummer Rodney Bear, members of the Seven Directions Women Hand Drum Group, Aboriginal Elders, and a reading by Michael James Isaac author of “How the cougar came to be called the ghost cat” which was illustrated by Dozay.

Arlene Christmas “Dozay” was born and raised in Negootgook / Tobique First Nation on the banks of the Saint John and Tobique Rivers in western New Brunswick.  Local natives call the Saint John River “Wolastoq” which means beautiful river. Dozay’s artwork is mainly inspired from her Wolastoqewiyik, (Maliseet) people’s tradition of family togetherness.  

After attending the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, Dozay went on to start her career as a professional artist.  Her works have achieved an international following and have been on display and exhibition throughout the Maritimes, Ontario and the United States.  Her talent also extends to graphic arts, which has led to freelance work for various aboriginal organizations, schools and government agencies. Dozay’s career encompasses lectures and teaching, commissioned outdoor and indoor wall murals, book illustrations, and aboriginal legend paintings. She is also an active member in her community by sitting on various Committees and Boards.

KLU’SKAP native art gallery was honored to feature Dozay’s first major exhibition in her Wolastoq territory. Her paintings can be seen in her studio gallery in Membertoo, NS.

 Woliwon       Oelalin       Welalin       Thank You       Merci

Roger J. Simon

Roger J. Simon 1954-2000        “Legacy of a Mi’kmaq Artist”    

KLU’SKAP native art gallery celebrated the opening of the memorial exhibition of Roger J. Simon on Thursday Jan 6 2011.  The exhibition ran from Jan 6 to Feb 10 entitled “Legacy of a Mi’kmaq Artist” featured many works of Simon. Some paintings came from several Elsipogtog Departments; Health & Wellness, Mental Health, Elsipogtog Education, Child & Family services, Finance and Council Chambers. Several of the works are from private collections and there has never been this many of Simon’s creations displayed together at the same time before.

The opening ceremony presented a Mi'kmaq blessing, singers and dancers in traditional regalia. The evening’s special guests include Savannah Simon traditional dancer, local First Nation’s chiefs, city officials, NB political party representatives plus many family members and friends of Roger Simon including special guest Chief Jesse Simon of Elsipogtog First Nation.

Roger J. Simon was a Mi'kmaq artist from Elsipogtog First Nation, New Brunswick. He was one of seventeen children who were professionals in the areas of education, writing, social work and art. He studied at the George Brown College in Toronto and continued at the NB College of Craft and Design in Fredericton. His art was displayed in many group and solo exhibitions in prestigious galleries and is in the permanent collections of various public and important corporate collections, while his murals are on public display at many Native organizations and the Miramichi Hospital in Miramichi, NB.

Roger's art combined traditional and contemporary ideas. He was inspired by his people’s faces, culture, stories and legends. His painting style was considered unique amongst Canadian and international artists, especially with his depiction of women’s strong personalities and beauty. Art critics compared his painting style to that of the French painter Gauguin in his earlier work.

His works have been requested for reproduction in many publications, art calendars, post cards, and as a background in a Walt Disney film. In 1995, one of Roger's paintings "The First Car on the Rez" (oil on paper, 1993) was selected by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade's Fine Art program for a permanent exhibition of First Nations' art for the Canadian Embassy in Moscow, Russia.

Roger J. Simon's art has and will continue to provide inspiration to others for many generations.  

Although very few of Roger J. Simon's paintings on the market, Klu'Skap has been fortunate enough to make available several pieces from private collection to be sold on consignment. Please contact the gallery for more information and images of the paintings available.

 Woliwon       Oelalin       Welalin       Thank You       Merci

Alan Syliboy


Syliboy, the grandson of Chief Rachel Marshall. Mi’kmaq artist based in Milbrook First Nation near Truro, Nova Scotia.

His pieces are bold and colorful. He uses Mi’kmaq petroglyphs & symbols and stays primitive in his designs. His artworks reflect his unique style and language.

A graduate of NSCAD, he is known and respected across Canada as one of the most influential contemporary aboriginal artists of today! He has already established his mark at the international level, exhibiting in Canada, Paris, Vienne, Francfort, New York, Santa Fe, Seatle etc...  His reputation has reached it’s place among the famous artists and his work is often compared to Miro.

He created a short animation with NFB.  “The Legend of Little Thunder”

He designed a coin for the Canadian Mint.  “The Butterfly”

Recently, he painted a 96 foot mural for the Olympics in Vancouver and has been nominated for the masterworks award of Canada.

He just finished a 16 foot mural for the Millbrook Cultural Centre in NS called “the dream canoe”

Another mural is on permanent exhibition at the Halifax airport.

You can find Alan in many documentaries and last month on the Candy Palmater show in Halifax.

Musician, author/composer, founder of the band “Lonecloud” – Alan’s other passion is music which has led him to win twice the East Coast Music Award”

Alan is currently working on a number of other projects. Syliboy is currently represented by Klu’Skap gallery.


Alan Syliboy Biographie - français

Syliboy, le petit-fils de la chef Rachel Marshall. Artist Mik'maq de la réserve de Milbrook, en Nouvelle-Écosse près de Truro.

Ses tableaux ce démarque par leurs couleurs puissantes et unique, par ses utilisation des symboles et des pretroglyphes Mi'kmaq, Alan Syliboy un style et un language qui lui est propre.

Diplômé de NSCAD, il est reconnu et respecté a travers le Canada comme l'un des artists autochtone comptemporain d'influence ! Il a déja établie sa marque au niveau international, parfois comparé a Miro, Alan Syliboy a déja sa place parmis les grand peintre ! Ses oeuvres sont exposé dans tout le Canada, Paris, Vienne, Francfort, New York, Santa Fe, Seatle etc...

Il a crée une courte animation avec l' ONF. 'la légende du petit tonerre"

Dessinée une piece de monaie en or pour la monaie royal canadienne. "le papillion"

Il a peint une murale de 96 pied lors des jeux Olympique de Vancouver, pour laquelle il fut en nomination pour le prix masterwork award du Canada.

Il vient de completer une murale de 16 pieds au nouveau centre culturel de Millbrook N.E  "the dream canoe"

Il vient aussi de completer une autre murale en exposition permanente a l'aéroport d'Halifax

Fut présenté dans plusieurs documentaires et autres show dont le mois dernier au Candy Palmater show a Halifax.

Musicien, auteur/compositeuret, fondateur du groupe " Lonecloud " - cette autre passion d'Alan pour la musique fut aussi reconnu a mainte reprise, dont  deux "east coast music award".

Alan travail présentement sur de nombreux projects. Syliboy est réprésenté par la galerie d'art autochtone Klu’Skap.


"Masks and other new works"    August 19 to September 30 2011

Syliboy has been a supporter of the vision of the gallery since the start. His retrospective exhibition last November at Klu’Skap was the largest collection ever exhibited at one time. “It was amazing to see all those pieces together, but now we can’t wait to see these latest works!” says Pascal A. Pelletier, owner of Klu’Skap.

Woliwon       Oelalin       Welalin       Thank You       Merci

"Retrospective art exhibit 1973 to today" Nov 4 to Dec 15 2010

The son of Chief Rachel Marshall, Alan Syliboy is a well-known Mi’kmaq artist based in Milbrook First Nation near Truro, NS. He studied privately with Maliseet artist Shirley Bear and then attended the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. His work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions at home and abroad, has had a number of commissions for art installations, designed a coin for the Canadian Mint, illustrated books, sat on art juries and taught a number of workshops and courses. His work is represented in private, corporate and public art collections.

 Woliwon       Oelalin       Welalin       Thank You       Merci

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