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September 27, 2023
A nationally recognized Indigenous artist is eyeing a mural in Melfort as one of his next big projects.
Jerry Whitehead, originally from James Smith Cree Nation, currently has his work on display at Melfort’s Sherven-Smith Art Gallery in the Kerry Vickar Centre.
Many of his paintings depict colourful pow wow scenes, something he was exposed to growing up watching his family members dance in cultural celebrations.
“A lot of it relates to family, it also relates to nature and stuff, my influences growing up as a child,” said Whitehead.
“My mom, she used to do a lot of crafts, like colourful braided rugs that really influenced me a lot, too.”