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Art opening: Noella Moore

MacNaught History Centre and Archives


Noella's first painting—Chinese tree

Tuesday, February 05, 2019, 06:30pm - 08:00pm

A Glimpse of Noella, multi-media art by Noella Moore, is on display at MacNaught History Centre and Archives in Summerside through March.

Noella Moore is a multi-media artist who began drawing as a small child. By the age of sixteen she had created her first oil painting, which through adult eyes she still describes as “gorgeous.” 

The Mi’kmaq artist has also recovered a part of her lost heritage through the arts. In 2003 she was invited to a basket weaving workshop offered by Mi’kmaq Elders. She says that when her hands made contact with the wood and she began to bend and weave in the creative process of basket weaving it felt entirely natural and healing. Moore now teaches basket weaving. “It feels so good to see people creating because of the skills I have taught them,” she says. “I want to keep the knowledge going.”

In 2016, Moore had the opportunity to learn Quill Art, a heritage Mi’kmaq art form that uses the quills of the porcupine, along with birch bark and sweet grass, to create unique complex works of art. Quill Art was not known on Prince Edward Island as the porcupine is not native to the province. However, in 2016, Cheryl Simon, a Nova Scotia artist, taught a course on Lennox Island, and once again Moore found herself a natural in the art.

Moore says, “My art is who and what I am. I want it to tell the story of what I enjoy creating and giving life to. It has both healed me and enabled me to break the cycle of trauma created in my family by the legacy of residential schools.”

Though she has participated in a number of group exhibits, A Glimpse of Noella at MacNaught History Centre and Archives is Moore’s first solo exhibit. It will feature her painting, basket and quill art, as well as jewellery. The exhibit will open February 4 and run until the end of March. It can be viewed Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm. Moore extends an invitation to all to join her for the official opening of the exhibit on February 5 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. MacNaught is located at 75 Spring Street, Summerside.

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MacNaught History Centre and Archives
74 Spring Street

(902) 432-1332

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