Bellevue House Kingston New Exhibition

It’s surreal to even be writing this. It’s been about 1.5 years in the making. My artwork Dancing Through The Night has been selected to be a part of the permanent exhibition at the Bellevue House National Historic Site. It is part of the Stripped of Our Celebrations panel that is featured in the dining room at the Bellevue House in Kingston.

Reopening Of Bellevue House Kingston

The Bellevue National Historic Site has been closed since 2018 for structural restoration and the renewal of new exhibits and programming. There is a complex history of Canada’s first prime minister Sir John A. Macdonald. The stories that are part of the exhibit tell the story not only of our first prime minister but Canada’s legacy as well. With inclusion of Canada’s Indigenous Peoples.

The Original Oil Painting

Native artwork

This work was created in response to the unearthing remains of children from the residential schools. The dancer is the only light in the whole piece. She waves her arms and shawl, moving her feet to her own rhythm despite being surrounded by darkness. She keeps dancing still, and is her own source of light despite the darkness.

It was created in one sitting alla prima style in an evening. A need to express my feelings about the tragic unearthing of remains at residential schools here in Canada. Both of my grandparents on my fathers side were in the same residential school. The Mohawk Institute Residential School which was nicknamed The Mush Hole because of the poor quality of food.

This painting was also featured in the Kingston School of Art’s Juried Exhibition and received honorable mention.

Bellevue House Kingston Reopening

I am thrilled to share that I will be live painting at The Kingston Bellevue House on May 18th from 10am – Early Afternoon. I will be bringing my easel, paints and a piece that I am currently working on. There will be other artists present as well to celebrate the exhibition opening to the public.

  • May 18th, 2024
  • Special Programming on the grounds from 10am – 4pm
  • Reopening Ceremony begins at 10:30am
  • Sasha Hill will be live painting on site

About Local Kingston Artist

If you’re reading this, you’ve made it to my blog. A bit about me:
Sasha Hill is an artist based in Ka’tarohkwi/Kingston, a mixed race First Nations woman from the Onondaga Nation. Her dad’s side of the family belongs to the eel clan with her mom’s side of the family coming from a small village across the world from Siberia. Her artistic practice is rooted within blending new narratives on canvas. Her paintings explore overlapping themes of narratives, abstraction, memory, and emotion. Since 2017, Sasha has cultivated her artistic journey through personal exploration in painting. Driven by a lifelong passion for the arts, she is constantly pushing the boundaries of her artistic practice.