Wood Buffalo Artist in Residency 2013
Sonia Burke Smith is a self-taught Artist whose dream is to place art and culture as one of the three foundations (culture, science, spirit) for social and economic progress in the region. Originally from Montreal, Que., Sonia spent most of her life travelling and living in northern Canada. She now resides in Fort McMurray, AB with her family.
Since embracing her inner artist, Sonia’s practice rapidly developed. She became an Art Educator through the Royal Conservatory of Music, participated in several group shows, and continues to offer art workshops and afterschool programming. She encourages artist development through the creation of the Boreal Artist Institute, a local non-profit organization. Recently, she tackled the performing arts by acting, writing and directing a one-act play with special need actors.
Sonia's visual art chronicles her journey through Aboriginal-influenced styles and imagery. “I have been blessed with support and teachings from our Aboriginal people. That support came from a local family when I was young and has stayed with me my whole life. I have a great respect for what I was gifted and share that any chance I have.”
Studio Location: Keyano Theatre and Arts Centre, Room AC132
Sonia will be giving an Artist Talk on Wednesday August 7th, 2013 at 6:30pm in the Athabasca Room outside of the MacDonald Island Community Art Gallery (second floor), within the the Suncor Leisure Centre on MacDonald Island Park.