Michelle, Daphne + the last picture show.

WHO: Michelle LaVallee, MacKenzie Art Gallery Assistant Curator. WHERE: With Daphne Odjig at the opening of The Drawings and Paintings of Daphne Odjig: A Retrospective Exhibition. CLOTHES: Dress, $50, vintage store in Kensington Market (Toronto); limited edition short textile jacket, Odjig Arts. ACCESSORIES: Hillberg & Berk silver hoop earrings, $65, MacKenzie Art Gallery Shop; deer hide and traditional bead work bag, gift. SHOES: Feet First, $90, Cornwall Centre. HAIR: Katie at Afterglow (2124B Robinson St ). MAKE-UP: Krista at Blush Beauty Bar (2230 14th Ave)


Posing during the opening of the exhibition, Michelle had one of her dreams come true during the process of bringing this exhibition to Regina from the National Gallery. “She is a really generous and giving person. It was wonderful to have that opportunity” she recalls of working with renowned artist. Michelle, who is of Ojibway ancestry and a member of Ontario's Chippewas of Nawash Band, is also currently pursuing a MA in Interdisciplinary Studies at the UofR in Art History and Curatorial Studies. A busy, but happy, woman.


Do you do a lot of vintage shopping?  I tend to save my shopping for when I am travelling or visiting back home (Toronto). I like to buy things that you can't really find anywhere else.


You have such long hair and you always wear it down.  I don't like to wear my hair back because I was always really insecure about how it looked up. I am not sure where that came from. Some jerk probably teased me once when I was a young impressionable developing woman and it scarred me for life! Ha!


Daphne Odjig is a pretty stylish 91 yr old woman. Did you pick up any tips from her?  She is pretty funky lady. I think she just wears what is comfortable and what she finds stylish. She obviously has a good sense of colour, as you can tell from her artwork, and I think that plays out with what she wears.


Do you think artists are more inclined to have their own particular style because of their work?  I think an artistic sensibility does make for creative choices when it comes to apparel.


What would be your dream exhibition to curate?  Well, there are two. I am working on a historical project right now, looking at the Professional Native Indian Artists Inc., which came better known as the Indian Group of Seven. I am looking forward to that. I am also interested in a larger contemporary show. But that is all I can say!


What is your everyday outfit?  These days, full body long johns.


And this photographer is signing off  (as the City Life photographer). It was never about the fashion or the cool factor, because like Coco Chanel said “Fashion fades, only style remains the same.” So, to everyone who took time out of their day to let me stick my camera in your faces - my camera and I thank you. Thank you for all the coffee and cookies. You all rock.


Cheers, Carey Shaw.



Daphne Odjig
Spiritual Renewal, 1984

acrylic on canvas