By Mike Balsom
Tom Chapman was busy Monday at the Six Nations Reserve near Brantford, visiting artists in their studios, gathering and sharing information.
It’s Chapman’s mission behind his new Queen Street gallery, Upper Canada Native Art, to bridge the gap between artists and collectors through his stunning new space.
Stepping inside the gallery at the corner of Victoria Street is like encountering a feast for the senses. The gentle scent of incense fills the air, while calming Indigenous music greets the visitor. Eyes are drawn toward expert sculptures displayed on pedestals and behind softly-lit glass cases. Indigenous prints and originals decorate the walls above intricate metal works and hand-made dream catchers from Southern Ontario’s Haudenosaunee artists and craftspeople.