The Arts in the
Arctic are precious and garner respect worldwide, they must not be ignored, not
by the Government or by our own people. Since we cannot go back to the land like
our sisters and brothers before us we must keep our culture alive through our
art. The printmakers of Pangnirtung are doing exactly this. Since settling into
their roles in the new Print Shop the printmakers are now turning back to the
community to teach their craft to the younger generation
– our future. We must
maintain an active Print Shop for these future generations of artists emerging
from the community and looking to us for direction and inspiration. The arts are
our strongest link to our cultural past.
Our hearts go out to all who have played a part, and are still active in the
building of this vital link to our cultural roots and who have helped to bring
the Pangnirtung Community Print Collection to world attention in recent years.
Mostly we want to thank Ed McKenna, our General Manager for the past 8 years.
Ed's untiring pursuit of excellence has brought us this far and helped to set
the stage for a shining future. We welcome Geoff Ryan as our new General Manager
and look forward to his fresh vision. The arts advisors of the past few years,
including John Houston, Stephen Osler, Don
Holman, Paul Machnik, Dan O'Brien and Bruce
Okamoto, have been invaluable in bringing new inspiration and technical
excellence to the printmakers who now pass this knowledge on to a new generation
The printmakers and artists of Pang are home. This, the first full year in our
new Print Shop has been inspirational. We have now editioned two collections
from this magnificent building, and we are looking forward to many more.
We hope you enjoy the 1997 collection. The images, as usual, speak with their
Rose Okpik, Chairperson
Uqqurmiut Inuit Artists
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