Rupert artist-in-residence in Sante Fe

For one month, a Prince Rupert First Nations artist is being featured as an artist-in-residence in Sante Fe, New Mexico.

Prince Rupert resident and Nisga’a artist

For one month, a Prince Rupert First Nations artist is being featured as an artist-in-residence in Sante Fe, New Mexico.

Nakkita Trimble said she has a habit of applying for as many different grants she can as an artist.

She was selected by a jury to be a part of the residency program at the Institute of American Indian Arts from Oct. 4 until Nov. 4.

As a resident, Trimble receives a $3,000 stipend, housing, a meal plan, a car rental if needed, studio space, a material budget for $500 and airfare. Throughout the year, the institute brings in different artists to showcase, and Trimble is sharing this month’s residency program with an artist from Alaska.

“Today we have an open studio,” Trimble said over the phone on Oct. 18. “Anyone is welcome to come in and watch us work. It’s lots of exposure. We get to meet other artists and we’re able to access the facilities down here.”

The facilities include a silk screening studio, a print-making studio, a lab where artists can create anything out of wood using a laser burner, and much more.

“I asked to do silkscreening. I have designs I’m working on down here. I have a student helping me in her senior year who is going to be teaching once she graduates. She’s helping me with my images with silkscreening,” Trimble said.

The Nisga’a artist added that she hasn’t done a lot of silkscreening before other than a few T-shirts. On paper, silkscreening is much more absorbent.

Her hope, once she returns to the North Coast, is to create a studio in the city to produce print in large quantities for the feast hall.

“I’m hoping this is a way for me to support the feast hall, support my chief, and my house through creating art this way,” said the young Nisga’a woman whose name means “speaking through art.”

A few shops in the Sante Fe area have told her they would like to buy some of her designs to put on shirts for their shop. Trimble is going to try to spread her art through as many different avenues as she can while she’s there.

Recently, another First Nations artist from Prince Rupert was in Santa Fe for the Indian Market where more than 1,100 artists from the U.S. and Canada sell and showcase their work. Dale Campbell won two first-place ribbons and a second-place ribbon for her wood carvings.

“Santa Fe has the biggest art scene I’ve ever seen, and it’s in every building I go to. Art is flourishing down here. I’m so happy to be a part of it,” Trimble said.

Just Posted

In Our Opinion: Go get ‘em Nathan

They need to change the name of the capital of Canada. Anyone… Continue reading

Prince Rupert students learn to chase away anxiety

Author Amanda Stern presented at Prince Rupert Middle School on Feb. 22

Northern residents rejoice at increased BC Ferries sailings

B.C. government announced that service will be restored to 2014 levels

Rio Tinto donates $50K for Shames Mountain chairlift upgrades

The money was used to purchase the chairlift’s bull wheel replacement last summer

More sailings coming to 10 BC Ferries’ routes

Transportation Minister Claire Trevena said the sailings were originally cut in 2014

Ice skating on the North Coast, a rare treat

Seawolves hockey players bring their gear to Oliver Lake this week to play on the outdoor rink

Pink Shirt Day a reminder to ‘T.H.I.N.K.’ before posting on social media

‘Be Kind’ message on shirts sold for anti-bullying activities of Wednesday, Feb. 27

A ‘warm embrace’ for grieving parents at funeral of seven young fire victims

Mourners offered love and support to Kawthar Barho, mother of seven children

Indigenous leaders, politicians say Trans Mountain report flawed

The National Energy Board has endorsed an expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline a second time

UPDATE: Reports of rashes prompt closure of all Harrison Hot Springs pools

Public pool available after Fraser Health shut down all five mineral pools until further notice

Legislation to protect B.C. farmland comes into effect

Regulations enhance food security, encourage long-term farming

Have you heard the legend of Shuswaggi, the Shuswap Lake monster?

Witness accounts as old as 1904, and as recent as 2018, place a creature in the lake’s depths

UPDATE: B.C. ticket holder winner of $25.9-million Lotto Max jackpot

Next draw set for Mar. 1 with an estimated jackpot of $10 million

B.C.-based ‘Team Tardi’ brings home gold in junior curling worlds

In a 9-4 victory over Switzerland, a Langley-based curling team earned its 2nd straight world title

Most Read