About The Shop

The Shop at CityScape Community Art Space is dedicated to the promotion and sale of small works by local markers.

Adele Maskwa-iskwew Arseneau


Website: aarseneau.com

“My work is all about stories. We are our stories we hear and tell each other, this is our world. My culture puts emphasis on stories, now I’m trying to tell them to you in a bright, colourful and contemporary way. This is my language, and these are my stories.”

A disabled Nehiyaw/Métis visual artist, Adele creates work around storytelling and engages the audience to consider cultural appropriation, along with social and environmental issues. Her intent is to educate from an Indigenous perspective and counteract current stereotypes.

Born in BC, far from her family’s tradition territory of Northern Saskatchewan, the significance of the place and culture in which she was raised is now an integral part of her story. Adopted Luk sil loo Clan, Dakelh; she also incorporates the traditional art practices of her adopted family into the flowing lines of her Nehiyaw/Métis style to create her digital designs. Previously a painter, Adele now uses the mediums of beadwork, woodcarving and digital art to reclaim her displaced heritage and language. She has completed a hide tanning residency with Crowsnest Wildcraft, the Reconciliation Carving program at Langara, and holds diplomas in Fine Art and Graphic Design. She is currently working on a residency with the Vancouver Roundhouse Community Centre where she will be mentoring people via video in the art of beadwork and helping them connect with their own traditions.

Currently, she is a member of North Van Arts, Seymour Art Gallery, and CARFAC. Since 2015, her work has shown in galleries from North Vancouver to White Rock, including public art with the City of Vancouver. Dedicated to reconnecting with her culture, she looks forward to where her artistic journey is going to take her.

Find Adele’s work in The Shop at CityScape at 335 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver.