Every year my mom, Carmela Ciccarelli, and a handful of dedicated volunteers, organize the La Cloche Art Show in Whitefish Falls, Ontario. They are, I'm sure, feeling a great loss with the passing away of Daphne Odjig, the show's first invited distinguished artist in 1998. At the same time, they must feel so proud for the work they've done giving representation to and highlighting artists from the Algoma-Manitoulin region such as Odjig, who grew up in Wikwemikong on the Manitoulin Island Unceded Reserve. I cannot commend enough the show's work in fostering the arts and artists of northern Ontario. And, while Odjig's passing comes with great sadness, I'm certain that the legacy of her career and work will continue to act as an inspiration for artists and initiatives such as the La Cloche Art Show both in the Manitoulin region and across the country.
More on Daphne Odjig, http://www.cbc.ca/news/entertainment/daphne-odjig-dead-1.3788123
More on the La Cloche Art Show, http://www.willisville.ca/La%20Cloche%20Art%20Show.htm