'Dear Daphne' Adaptation – McMichael Gallery, Kleinberg, ON
October 20, 2008
The McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinberg, ON had on exhibit “Witness - the Daphne Odjig Retrospective” in October of 2008. As part of the Family Day activities, the gallery invited Debajehmujig to present an adaptation of ‘Dear Daphne’ and to animate the gallery space for families and children.
The performance saw pieces of Daphne’s art come to life on stage, and told the story of Daphne as a child being inspired by her grandfather to draw and paint. Eventually, Daphne would be come known as one of the Grandmothers of the Woodland Style.
In addition to the performance, the troupe spent time animating the gallery space as families visited the exhibition. The Animators were well qualified to reflect on the impact of Daphne, as all three grew up as artists on the same reserve.
The Arts Animators engaged in this project include Josh Peltier, Ashley Manitowabi, Bill Shawanda, Jessica Wilde, and Tabitha Peltier
The accompanying photo is of Daphne Odjig’s family homestead in Wikwemikong, and is represented in the production.