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Evening Star/Moon Rising 

Although the evening star (Venus) is the first to appear and the brightest of all the stars that shine from the heavens each night, once every month it is joined by the nsing full moon. If one is blessed with a clear night in the wilds of the forest lands, perhaps by a lake (like the one in the picture), then on this special evening one can watch as the evening star summons her sister, the moon, to join her in the skies above The moon will seem to climb from up behind the trees through dusk's reddish hues to take its place in the starry canopy In the drawing, one can see long intersecting lines through the moons as well as from the star down to Mother Earth This reminds us of our connection not only to everything upon the earth, but to everything above and beyond it as well - and that we are truly bom of stardust.

Mark Nadjiwan ~ the Artist and the Art

The subject matter and style of artist Mark Nad)iwan are predominantly inspired by his First Nation heritage. He is a self-taught artist who works primarily in pen and ink. His unique style is a fusion of the Woodland and Northwest Coast Native art traditions. In his work, one can often see the Woodland's characteristic x-ray and wavy line motifs interwoven with the clean formlines and geometry that often typify Northwest Coast art Mark's First Nation roots are grounded in the Lake Supenor and Georgian Bay regions. He continues to live in the traditional territories of the Amshmabek Nation with his artist wife, Patricia Gray. Mark's w'ork can be found in galleries and venues across Canada as well as private collections in both Canada and the United States.

Artist's Statement

"Although I have a deep and abiding affinity for w hat my Anishinabek ancestors called 'keewaydinung' - land of the northwest wind - my experiences of our vast and wild regions are. ultimately, trans-cultural in nature. Whenever 1 travel into those ancient and sacred spaces, path underfoot or paddle in hand, it is my 'internal' experiences of being there that I later try to 'externalize' in my drawings. I choose to do this in a style that is largely derived from the artistic traditions of Aboriginal people as they are the ones whose lives have been most intertwined with the natural world and whose images and stories most resonate with me But the messages that 1 try to incorporate and communicate in much of my work such as connection, interdependence and unity, are universal."

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Evening Star/Moon Rising by Mark Nadjiwan

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