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Mike Cywink: New Beginnings


This painting looks at different aspects of Anishnaabe way of life and use that for direction. The artist thinks of love and its importance in being happy.

Deer is the symbol of love, grace and beauty. It reminds us that we should sometimes take a step back from our busy lives and actually enjoy life.

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Acrylic on canvas

Mike is a Obijway artist from Whitefish River First Nation near Manitoulin Island. He is a full time employee at Centre for School Mental health at University of Western Ontario. He paints to teach and he paints to inspire. He says art has helped him in making better decisions and helped grow as Anishnaabe.

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