Home | Local artist Alanah Jewell connects to her Indigenous roots through art

Originally Posted on KitchenerToday.com 

March 3, 2021 – Alanah Jewell didn’t plan to become an artist, it just sort of happened that way.

At the conclusion of her second year of sociology at Laurier, she took a fateful trip to Scotland. With a seven-hour overseas flight, Jewell brought an iPad to keep herself occupied. Those seven fateful hours laid the foundation for her love for art.

As she sketched some Indigenous digital art on her tablet, it was like her entire world opened up. From there, she started painting and took over the “I AM Kitchener” Indigenous Art Market program, hosting bi-annual events.


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Jewell also contributed two painted picnic tables for Waterloo Region’s Art Fresco Public Art project. Her designs “Florals” and “Strawberries” were featured this past summer.

Jewell cites Indigenous artist Norval Morrisseau as one of her inspirations and someone who paved the way for Indigenous artists to pick up a paintbrush and express themselves on canvas.

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