First Nations art on display during Aboriginal History Month

First Nations art will be featured throughout National Aboriginal History Month at the gallery

Cree-Metis artist Leon Duane Goulet prepares his art for display at the Rock Family Art Gallery.

Cree-Metis artist Leon Duane Goulet prepares his art for display at the Rock Family Art Gallery.

Among the many pieces of art featured during National Aboriginal History Month at the Rock Family Gallery is the work of Cree-Metis artist Leon Duane Goulet.

Originally from Quesnel, 52-year-old Goulet learned how to carve when he moved to the Lower Mainland at the age of 18.

Working with recycled materials, Goulet carves from found driftwood and old bones to make people, staffs or walking sticks. He also cuts leather from old jackets to decorate his creations.

Although he is inspired by aboriginal art and culture, Goulet doesn’t feel bound by any particular rules.

“I want it to be my own work by being true to myself,” he said, adding he doesn’t feel restricted to the First Nations genre and will borrow inspiration from other cultures.

Goulet also helped the Mission Arts Council decorate the outside of the gallery for their 40th anniversary, creating glass designs in the flagstones ranging from salmon and bear prints to the fabled Sasquatch.

Come visit the Rock Family Gallery (33529 First Ave.) during National Aboriginal History Month and see all the creations in person. The gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday from 1-4 p.m.

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