The unveiling of the Spiritual Journey of the Shaman painting

May 11, 2018 | News

(L to R) Jason Adair, Elder Roberta Price and Larry Garfinkel at the Sacred Space.(L to R) Jason Adair, Elder Roberta Price and Larry Garfinkel at the Sacred Space.

Painting for Jason Adair has always been a way to express his personal journey and to create a community for the Indigenous people. Earlier this week in the All Nations Sacred Space at St. Paul’s Hospital, vibrant shades of sky blue, canary yellow and fiery red filled the room with warmth as patients, staff, Elders, and a women’s hand drum group – Red Women Rising – as well as other supporters gathered around in a circle to celebrate the unveiling of the Ojibway style artist’s piece: Spiritual Journey of the Shaman.

Jason Adair's painting - Spiritual Journey of the Shaman - gifted by Larry Garfinkel.

The evening ceremony began with an acknowledgement of being on the unceded Coast Salish territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh nations, followed by a circle of introductions of the guests and attendees, which included Elder Roberta Price, the evening ceremony facilitator, and Larry Garfinkel, owner of Native Northwest and benefactor of local Indigenous artwork within the Vancouver community.

Larry has been a long-time supporter of First Nation’s art and health care. This is his 47th donation of Indigenous art to BC hospitals within the Lower Mainland. Larry’s gift of Jason’s painting to St. Paul’s Hospital is reflective of the commitment that Providence has taken to create a safe and welcoming space for our First Nations patients in support of reconciliation.

Both Larry and Jason ended the evening ceremony by reflecting on the importance of bringing creativity to a place of healing and creating a space that is identifiable for many First Nations people during their personal healing journey. 

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