Varley
Art Gallery
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Fox & Mouse

Loretta Gould

Mi'kmaq, Waycobah First Nation

The fox and mice are part of the food chain. 

4 represents the 4 directions. Can you spot them all? The 4 holes under the snow, 4 trees, 4 fish, 4 circles in the lungs. 

The lines inside the lungs mean Life with our people. The fisherman represents my father – He’s hardworking and this is where he has a little time to himself. Ice fishing is one of his favourite things to do. And when he gets smelts, he gives them out to our community. 

The moon is another story. The grandmother, on her journey, spoke to the Creator about a place she wanted to stay and watch over her children. So she stayed as a moon.

This painting is a representation of night and day. Inside the fox is Day, and the moon is in the Night. 

Loretta Gould’s art is Spiritual. It’s a dream to see bright, beautiful colours. Her first paintings sold in Finland and Germany. She has spent her whole life creating with fabric, photos, and acrylics. She is self-taught and has been creating and exhibiting her work ever since. Loretta’s dream is to share her art around the world. It is a way to get her spiritual feelings on canvas.

She was born in Cape Breton, raised on a reservation by her parents. The Waycobah First Nation is located in Nova Scotia. She currently resides in Cape Breton with her husband Elliot Gould and all their children: Dakota Jay, Shianne Snow, Savannah Sipu, Phoenix Lee, Ivy Blue, and Montanna Sky.

She is currently working on a book for all the stories that go with each painting, and two children’s books to teach their native tongue. Loretta recently opened an online clothing store for her fabric arts. 

LunarFest GTA is grateful to be held on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of many nations, including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples, that is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. We acknowledge our privilege to be gathered on this land, and commit to work with and be respectful to the Indigenous peoples whose arts and stories inspire us to bring communities together.

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LunarFest GTA is grateful to be held on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of many nations, including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples, that is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. We acknowledge our privilege to be gathered on this land, and commit to work with and be respectful to the Indigenous peoples whose arts and stories inspire us to bring communities together.

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