NWT Arts Teams-up with Desnedé Farmers’ Market to Showcase Fort Smith Artists

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September 8, 2020

Fort Smith artists registered with NWT Arts are getting the opportunity to showcase and promote their artwork locally - at the Fort Smith’s Desnedé Farmers’ Market.  

ITI’s South Slave regional office has teamed up with NWT Arts and the Market’s organizers to sponsor up to four tables for artists at the weekly market.  Five artists have already signed up for this week’s market (September 12, 2020).

They include:

  • Jessica Hval, a contemporary artist who has participated in previous markets and is known for her art in an array of mediums from beadwork to contemporary painting.
  • Levi MacDonald, a fine arts carver specializing in northern animals on materials such as moose antler, muskox, buffalo hooves, as well as walrus and mammoth tusk ivory.   
  • Chris DeWolf a contemporary artist that expresses her artistry through paint and silver jewelry making.  
  • Linda Martin a textile artist who makes luxury hand-painted yarn using premium materials such as alpaca, super-fine marino silks, yak and cashmere; and 
  • Michel Labine, a well-known stained-glass artist that reflects unique northern art in his creations.

For Melissa Johns, ITI’s Business Programs Officer for the South Slave Region, the supporting initiative comes with a reminder.  “Fall is upon us. It’s time to start thinking about Christmas shopping. This is a great way to shop local, meet the artist personally - and purchase local handmade gifts with a story,” she notes.

ITI’s South Slave Regional Office  is proud to support artists in the Fort Smith region by providing this opportunity for them to sell their artwork direct to customers. If you are a registered artist with NWT Arts and would like to promote your art at an upcoming Desnedé Farmer’s Market, please email Melissa_Johns@gov.nt.ca.