James Fine Art Collection - Artist - Sherry Crawford
Who is White Bear Standing?

Sherry Crawford is an emerging artist who is still discovering her Art Style, and the Art world.  She has Algonquin roots, and has been 'picking up the pieces' of her Anishnaabe Culture for the past 20 years or so.  She embraces the Spiritual / Traditional teachings and has been honoured and humbled to experience several Sacred Ceremonies. Many years ago, Sherry was given her "indian name", shared with the Elders during a Shaking Tent Ceremony. She  is proud to connect to this special ceremonial name, White Bear Standing.  She brings the bear into many of her pieces.  

She believes it is important to follow the 7 grandfather teachings and 'walk her talk'...she believes the 'rest' will fall into place as it is supposed to. 

Sherry returned to school in 2005/6 and received a degree in Social Service work through St. Lawrence College and First Nations Technical Institute, Tyendenaga Mohawk Territory.  Since that time, she has evolved in many ways, and now claims her title as Artist and Helper!  She has come a long way and now incorporates ART & Healing.  She feels it is important to share these important teachings in her Art. 

Sherry is relatively new to the ART scene, and is working towards sharing her ART with 
everyone!

She has been enjoying trying many mediums and subjects since that time, including pencil,Oil & Acrylic portraits, pastel drawings, porcupine quillwork, pottery, sculpting and also enjoys painting with a digital paintbrush.  She calls these creations 'Mouseworks' ..because of course, she is using her mouse.   Sherry is left handed,however, all images created with the mouse are 'right handed'.   

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Sherry started drawing with Ink on paper in 2008/9 after a shopping trip to Costco.  She walked by a display, and decided to  pick up a pack of fine tip Sharpies.  She got home and started drawing images.  She was surprised to find that she never knew what was coming next!



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In 2010, she met and befriended an amazing  Native Art Museum Curator,who encouraged her to paint 'Portraits with Oil on Canvas'.  This seemed totally out of her realm, but she decided to give it a try.  She decided to paint 'Elder Tom Crane Bear'of the Siksika Nation, Alberta who was featured on the Cover of their magazine she received in the mail that same day. She had participated in an Indigenous Leadership Development course at the Banff Centre in Dec.2009,where this Elder had retired that August.  

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In 2013 she was asked to teach an 8 week Art Class in Durham, for youth in the legal system and at risk.  She enjoyed sharing space and energy with these 'full grown' souls in teenage bodies.
She was happy to volunteer her time and introduced them to the art of Norval Morriseau. 



The course ended with an ART auction with proceeds going back to the ‘New Student Artists’ and some donated back to the program

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Peterborough in Portraits    
 In 2013, Sherry was pleased to be a part of this important exhibit. She displayed an Oil on Canvas Portrait of her father, a pencil portrait of her son holding baby raccoons and a self portrait.(see pencil portraits)
The exhibition is open from 10 am to 5 pm until this coming Sunday (June 23). There isn’t much time, so make sure you check it out soon. The cost is “pay what you can”.  Editor’s note: Due to the overwhelming positive reception, the Canadian Canoe Museum has extended the exhibition to Wednesday, June 26.
 

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In March,  2014,  Sherry opened Crawford Fine ART downtown Millbrook, Ontario  
It was a success but due to family medical issues,  she  closed only a year later. Sherry gained valuable experience, met many Artists, Art Enthusiasts and enjoyed being a part of the Small Town Business Community after living in this area for over 20 years. 
 












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Sherry was humbled and pleased to be invited to be a part of a very important Exhibit in Bancroft,Ontario with l4 other Algonquin Artists.
 
If art reflects the heart and soul of a culture, what does it mean for Algonquins in Ontario to lack a basic foundation of images, of artifacts, of… history? It’s a virtual void. It’s like we don’t even exist. Except for the odd stone axe or arrowhead, very few Algonquin artifacts remain.
 
Finding Critical Mass  was a huge success!  The Art Gallery of Bancroft hosted a First Ever event which attracted visitors from all over.  Algonquin Artists came together to share their Art & Culture!
This event ran from August 3, until September 3, 2016 and included l5 Algonquin Artists.
The Art Gallery of Bancroft (AGB) announced Finding Critical Mass was its most visited gallery month in history.

The busy summer months were capped off and highlighted by the Algonquin First Nations exhibition in August curated by Robin Tinney. Robin spent many months bringing together Algonquin artists from all over Ontario to create a powerful and beautiful show,” said AGB president Barbara Allport. “The show had more visitors in this month than any other month in its history.”
The show received donations from around the province for the show, as well as a $3,000 grant from the Town of Bancroft.
“I have been president of two other non-profits, this is the only one where people are really, really dedicated and really invest themselves and their energy in the end product of their work,” said Allport. “I really appreciate that as president of the board that people have this sense of purpose and dedication to this place, this space, [and] this mandate. It’s not perfect but it’s working and I hope it continues to work well for us.”

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In April, 2017, Sherry was pleased to Exhibit with the Georgina ARTS Centre in Sutton, Ontario. 


Sherry has created over 800 digital images
 It was decided to Exhibit these pieces as a 'slideshow' which worked out beautifully!  She also shared  her Acrylics and Ink drawings.

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She recently exhibited at the Ross  Memorial Hospital, Lindsay ,ON as part of a Mental Health Association  " Reflections of my mind ", Show and Sale earlier this month. (Oct./17)











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The end of the month brings an important Exhibit that she will be honoured to be a part of.  Water is Life, with Christie Belcourt and Isaac Murdoch leading the way.
Although not in person, her ART and 'Digital Images' will be used in a 'Slideshow' Exhibit.










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Sherry was very pleased to be recently invited to be a part of the Kawartha ARTS Festival next year and will be working hard to create new and exciting pieces for this amazing Exhibit!  

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