Michelle LavalleeI posted in late July about a show that’s being held at the Art Gallery of Regina in October/November that will reintroduce Reginans to an artist named Andrew Salgado who was born and raised here and who has been receiving a lot of critical and commercial attention in recent years for his expressionistic portraits.

Another exhibition of note that’s happening in Regina this fall is 7: Professional Native Indian Artists Inc. Curated by the MacKenzie Gallery’s Michelle Lavallee (pictured), it’s running at the gallery from Sept. 21-Jan. 12.

It showcases work by seven Aboriginal artists who rose to prominence in the early 1970s, and through their association with each other became known as the Indian equivalent of the famed Group of Seven who first put Canada on the map in a visual art sense through their exploration of the Canadian wilderness landscape.

The artists in the exhibition include Jackson Beardy (1944-1984), Eddy Cobiness (1933-1996), Alex Janvier (b. 1935), Norval Morrisseau (1932-2007), Daphne Odjig (b. 1919), Carl Ray (1942-1978) and Joseph Sanchez (b. 1948). Odjig was in Regina in 2010 for a major retrospective on her art. I had the pleasure of meeting her then. She won’t be here this time, but Janvier and Sanchez will be in Regina for the opening on Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m., and will also participate in a conversation with LaVallee on Sept. 21 at 2 p.m.