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Buffy Sainte-Marie | Pathfinder a retrospective exhibition by an innovator of digital art

March 1, 2022 - March 19, 2022

Buffy Sainte-Marie approached the digital medium as she has with every facet of her diverse career — with trailblazing ingenuity. Reflect back to 1984 — a time when the internet was almost unheard of and home computers were in their infancy — Buffy was there, building pieces of this collection within the confines of the very first versions of MacPaint on the earliest Macintosh models. The technology was nothing like the digital production resources we have today, and was used primarily as tools for marketing and graphic design rather than for creating fine art with emotional impact. Being void of prefabricated filters or options for multiple layers, the process of creating artful images required dexterity and patience. Rising above the limitations of the software, she injected as much depth of tradition and attention to detail with pixels as one would with intricate beadwork or classic oils. Meticulously blending scanned images of her wet studio paintings and in-progress drawings and sketches with those of real fibers, feathers and beads, Buffy crafted these digital tapestries with the precision and care of a natural-born storyteller. The visual and intellectual brilliance of this collection is undeniably ahead of its time.

**Please note due to high COVID cases in Winnipeg, Urban’s Gallery will be temporarily closed till further notice.**


By appointment only. Contact or call 204-942-2674 to set up a time to visit the gallery!



March 1, 2022
March 19, 2022
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Urban Shaman
203-290 McDermot Avenue
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