Fall 2017 newsletter

In Memoriam

Terry Ryan
1933 – 2017

Along with so many, we mourn the death of Terry Ryan – artist, visionary, unceasing advocate for Inuit Art and a gentleman of impeccable taste. His unique leadership and insight guided generations of artists and residents in Cape Dorset. He enriched the lives of so many, particularly those of us who knew him well.

Photo by: John Reeves

Upcoming Exhibitions

Gathering of Spirits
Sculpture by Abraham Anghik Ruben

September 15 – October 14
Meet the Artist & Reception: September 14, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

A major exhibition of sculpture by this renowned Inuit artist. Memories of family and traditional life are interwoven with myths and legends in these intricate and truly contemporary masterful compositions in Brazilian soapstone, whalebone, and bronze.

Image: TAKING FLIGHT, 2014, stone, 30.25 x 22.5 x 20.5 in.

Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection
Preview: October 10 – October 20
Release: October 21

The annual release of the 2017 Cape Dorset Print Collection includes works by Tim Pitsiulak, Ningiukulu Teevee, Saimaiyu Akesuk, Nuna Parr among others.

Image: Simeonie Teevee, SAPUTIIT(HANDMADE FISH WEIR), Stonecut & Stencil, 18.5 x 26.25 in.

North and South
New Drawings by Padloo Samayualie

October 21 – November 11

This is the first solo exhibition for this emerging artist from Cape Dorset. Fine drawings of her home are combined with renderings that stem from a recent residency in New York at the Brooklyn Museum. In this show, Samayualie’s work captures moments of everyday life with attention to architecture, to create a dialogue about life in the North and South.

Image: COMPOSITION (SHIPPING CONTAINER), 2016, coloured pencil & ink, 23 x 30 in.

Art Toronto
Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Booth C-13
October 27 – 30

Once again, as we have since its inception in 2000, Feheley Fine Arts will be exhibiting at Art Toronto. Works by Ningiukulu Teevee, Tim Pitsiulak, Shuvinai Ashoona, Padloo Samayualie, Ooloosie Saila, and Annie Pootoogook will be on display.

Image: Art Toronto booth, 2016

Antler, Bone and Stone
Recent Sculpture from Igloolik

November 11 – December 31

A selection of imaginative sculptures by artists from Igloolik, ranging from works by emerging artists to master sculptor, Bart Hanna.

Image: Lukie Airut, BEAR DRUMMER, ivory.

John Hartman – Kinngait Memories
Preview: November 16
November 18 – December 17

In 1989, John Hartman lead workshops in Cape Dorset’s Kinngait Studio. He worked alongside artists Kenojuak Ashevak, Pudlo Pudlat and Napachie Ashoona, and printers such as Qavavau Mannumi and Pitseolak Niviaqsi. The exhibition features Hartman’s drawings of the settlement and the studios as well as drawings by the artists that he worked with at the time.

Image: CAPE DORSET, 1992, watercolour, 22.5 x 30.75 in.

Small Sculptures by Great Artists
Annual Exhibition
December 2 – January 27, 2018

The tradition continues at Feheley Fine Arts. For over twenty years, the gallery has showcased an annual exhibition of small-scale works from across the Canadian Arctic.

Image: Yaha Anghayuinak, MOTHER & CHILD, stone, 6 x 3 x 4 in.

Public Exhibitions

Annie Pootoogook: Cutting Ice
The McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, ON
Curated by Dr. Nancy Campbell
September 2, 2017 – February 11, 2018

Cutting Ice celebrates how the strength and contemporaneity of Pootoogook’s work established the artist as an important creative catalyst, influencing a new generation of Inuit artists. Including artworks by Shuvinai Ashoona, Itee Pootoogook, Jutai Toonoo, Ohotaq Mikkigak and Siassie Kenneally, this exhibition aims to show the particular ways in which Annie Pootoogook made it possible to begin a dynamic conversation about Inuit art in Canada and aboard.

Akunnittinni: A Kinngait Family Portrait
National Museum of the American Indian, New York, NY
Curated by Andrea R. Hanley, Navajo
June 10, 2017 – January 8, 2018

The Inuktitut word akunnittinni can be loosely translated to mean “between us.” This exhibition of prints and drawings by Pitseolak Ashoona, Napachie Pootoogook, and Annie Pootoogook explores the personal and cultural history of three generations of Inuit women whose art practices included intimate autobiographical narratives about life in the Kinngait Arctic community of Dorset Island, Nunavut, Canada. The artworks come from a collection of Edward J. Guarino.

Every. Now. Then: Reframing Nationhood
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON
Curated by Andrew Hunter
June 29 – December 10, 2017

As the 150th anniversary of Canada is a moment to rewrite and reclaim the official narrative of Canadian history, this exhibition explores three urgent questions about nationhood: where has Canada come from, what it is now, and where is it going? To address these questions, this exhibition takes a multi-vocal approach to understanding Canada as a dynamic work in progress, comprised of a complexity of cultures and identities; the artworks, which include works by Saimaiyu Akesuk, Shuvinai Ashoona, and Tim Pitsiulak engage with a broad range of cultural, traditional, spiritual and land-based stories.

Canadian Indigenous Art: From Time Immemorial to 1967
National Gallery of Canada, Canadian and Indigenous Galleries, Ottawa, ON
June 15, 2017 – December 31, 2017

Beginning with art from 5,000 years ago and ending with abstract painting in 1960s Canada, this exhibition explores how remarkable stories have shaped our land through art, featuring masterpieces of Canadian and Indigenous art. On view are thematic displays that explore the magnetic north, inhabited landscapes, Canadians abroad, and the emergence of Inuit art – a testament to the rich and multifaceted Canadian experience.

Canadian Indigenous Art: 1968 – Present
National Gallery of Canada, Contemporary Galleries, Ottawa, ON
May 3, 2017 – April 30, 2018

Building on the storylines from the new Canadian and Indigenous Galleries, this exhibition includes more than 150 works of sculpture, painting, video art, installation, drawing, and photography. Here the national Canadian and Indigenous contemporary art collection is on full display, and includes present-day Inuit art.

Recent Publications

Dorset Seen
Catalogue of an exhibition held at Carlton University Art Gallery, Ottawa, ON, 2013
By Leslie Boyd and Sandra Dyck

This is the catalogue of an exhibition curated by Leslie Boyd and Sandra Dyck and presented at Carleton University Art Gallery in Ottawa from 2 April – 2 June 2013. It features 48 drawings and 22 sculptures by 20 artists whose works tackle various subjects including Christianity and colonialism, the HBC and the RCMP, family and sport, architecture and community development, technology and transport, alcoholism and suicide.

This exhibition features works by the following artists: Kiugak Ashoona, Shuvinai Ashoona, Etidlooie Etidlooie, Isaci Etidloi, Qavavau Manumie, Ohotaq Mikkigak, Jamasie Pitseolak, Mark Pitseolak, Tim Pitsiulak, Annie Pootoogook, Itee Pootoogook, Kananginak Pootoogook, Napachie Pootoogook, Paulassie Pootoogook, Pudlo Pudlat, Kellypalik Qimirpik, Ningiokuluk Teevee, Jutai Toonoo, Samonie Toonoo, Ovilu Tunnillie.

Ningiukulu Teevee: Kinngait Stories
Catalogue of an exhibition held at the Embassy of Canada Art Gallery in Washington, DC, 2017
By Darlene Coward Wight

This is the catalogue of the first solo exhibition of renowned Cape Dorset artist Ningiukulu Teevee, held at the Embassy of Canada Art Gallery in Washington, DC in collaboration with Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG). The collection includes works from the Government of Nunavut, Dorset Fine Arts, and the WAG Collection. The exhibition, Kinngait Stories,features 29 drawings and prints created since 2005, and a new video produced for the exhibition. With these works Teevee explores the relationship between abstraction and representation, particularly the interplay of patterns found in nature. Teevee takes inspiration from traditional stories, as well as contemporary life in Cape Dorset. The exhibition was curated by Dr. Darlene Coward Wight.


On August 26, the gallery celebrated BradFest – a farewell to Brad van der Zanden from the Feheley gang, our friends, clients, and Brad’s family. After 11 and a half years at the gallery, Brad has decided to move on to other adventures. We wish him well and look forward to our continued friendship.

Alexandria Holm has joined our team and we look forward to working with her in the future.