Métis artist and educator, Diane Montreuil, with the support of the Artists’ Network’s Leslie Grove Gallery, is hosting  Wisdom of Kinship – Indigenous Art Exhibition.  Diane is inviting all Indigenous artists, self-identifying as First Nations, Inuit, or Métis, whose work explores kinship and community within their culture, to submit to this Exhibition. This juried show will run from August 4th through to August 22nd and feature original 2D or 3D works of any medium, including painting, mixed media, printmaking, photography, drawing, sculpture, as well as beadwork, basketry and textiles. Diane has invited Nathalie Bertin, a Métis multidisciplinary artist, to join her in jurying this show.


Depending on the COVID-19 restrictions, Wisdom of Kinship, will, hopefully, be hung in the Leslie Grove Gallery; otherwise, it will be an exclusively virtual show  at  lesliegrovegallerystore.ca

Diane and Nathalie will jury all the submissions choosing approximately  20-30 pieces to be hung in the gallery and featured in the Leslie Grove Gallery store and potentially select as many as 10 to 15 more works from the remaining submissions to be included in the online store.

Introducing the Jurors    Diane Montreuil and Nathalie Bertin

Important Dates

Submission Deadline: Sunday, July 18, 2021 — 11:59 pm

Accepted artists will be notified on or before: July 23, 2021

Wisdom of Kinship Exhibition: August 4-22, 2021

Virtual Opening: Thursday, August 5, 2021 — 7 pm

Drop off artwork at Leslie Grove Gallery: Sunday, August 1, 2021 — 5 – 7 pm* 

Pick up artwork at Leslie Grove Gallery: Sunday, August 22,  2021  — 5 – 7 pm*

*Please, contact galley to arrange alternative dates and times

Virtual Opening

Thursday August 5, 2021 — 7 pm

A special evening will open with the sharing of storytelling, song and drumming with Grandmother Kim, Anishinaabe (Ojibway/Pottawatomi) band member of Shawanaga First Nation. Selected artists of the Exhibition will chat with our hosts,  Diane Montreuil and Nathalie Bertin, about their work as it reflects the wisdom of kinship in their family and community. Guests will be free to ask questions of our hosts or artists, or comment on the evening.

Guidelines for a Successful Submission

  • Make sure to follow ALL submission guidelines. Quality images are extremely important, especially as we move into online spaces. Always put your best foot forward.
  • Submissions should be cohesive in medium, style, and subject. Avoid artworks that are too similar unless they are considered one piece, such as a diptych.
  • Consider varying the size of the artworks offered. Perhaps a larger piece doesn’t fit within the exhibition, while a smaller piece does, or vice versa.
  • Most importantly, try to approach the call from a unique point of view. Originality, technical use of materials and interpretation of theme are heavily weighted.
  • Please note that the jurying process considers the overall exhibition, with the intention of offering a variety of styles, materials, and approaches. With this in mind,  jurors are assessing each artwork submitted not only on its own merits, but also on how it  complements the  exhibition. Generally, jurors only select one work from any accepted artist.