The SAMC Gallery is honoured to present A Time to Heal, a survey of paintings, prints and mixed media works by Bonnie Graham.

Coast Salish Indigenous artist explores the intergenerational impacts of residential schools and the path towards healing

The SAMC Gallery is honoured to present A Time to Heal, a survey of paintings, prints and mixed media works by Bonnie Graham.

A Time to Heal is exhibiting at the SAMC Gallery inside TWU's Norma Marion Alloway Library, Sept. 8—Oct. 6, 2022.

Reception + Artist Talk on Sept. 22, 6:15pm–7:30pm

About the exhibition

The works East and North, which form the focal point of the exhibition, are part of a series of four paintings, which each reference one of the four directions and are painted in colours that correspond to the medicine wheel. The paintings also reference the intergenerational impacts of residential schools and the healing work undertaken by the individuals and communities impacted.

Bon's experience as a designer comes through in many of her paintings in her keen eye for composition and her use of text. The Halq’eméylem text featured in her exhibition is written in a font designed by Bonnie and inspired by Coast Salish culture and language.

About the Artist

The artist, Bon Graham [b.wyse] of Stó:lō (Chilliwack) and Snunéymuxw (Nanaimo) ancestry, is from Hope B.C. Her art can be seen at UFV, School Districts throughout the territory, Stó:lō Resource Centre, BC Parks, Chilliwack Primary Care, ER room, and Vedder Roundabout public art piece. She produces Halq’eméylem educational products, logos, social awareness images including Anti-bullying and Every Child Matters designs. She has also created a Coast Salish inspired font and has devoted her art and designs to preserve language, culture and traditions of the Indigenous peoples, working closely with respected elders for guidance and inspiration. Creating with an appreciation of the languages historical, spiritual and cultural significance. She is an award-winning graphic artist and designer and continues to develop and share her art and designs through gift products, prints, original paintings and educational programs and products. Learn more at Bon Graham's website

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