Marie Bouchard talks about The Bouchard Collection

In 1986, Marie Bouchard and her husband, Jim McLeod, moved to Baker Lake from Winnipeg. By the late 1980s, the first generation textile artists – including Marion Tuu’luq, Ruth Qaulluaryuk, Elizabeth Angrnaqquaq and Mary Kuutsiq – lacked the necessary supplies and support to create work. Over the next decade, Bouchard provided encouragement, supplies, financial support and marketing assistance, resulting in a spectacular renaissance of this exquisite form of artistic expression. At the same time Marie and Jim assembled a celebrated private collection of works by all of the artists which has toured in exhibitions both nationally and internationally.