Category Archives: Corinna Ray

Redkettle Gallery’s Current Works: First Nations Canadian Artists

Today, Redkettle Gallery’s blog is featuring the current inventory of works by artists who are members of Canada’s First Nations. Above is a powerful work by Floyd Joseph, a numbered serigraph “Wolf Dancing with the Moon” – more details and a close up can be viewed at:


At the moment, Redkettle Gallery is fortunate to have two lovely Haida masks by James Leslie, whose Haida Raven Clacker mask  was sold about a month ago.

These are the intriguing Salish Deer mask seen above and in detail at:

And this Kwakiutl Raven Clacker mask seen in more detail at:


Above, an original – a very large acrylic painting by Isaac Bignell – check out the details at:


Although the paintings below by Corinna Ray of the Sandy Lake community are not shown on the website at the moment, Redkettle Gallery has a handful of these lovely original acrylic on canvas paintings being offered at a low price that reflects the fact that this is an emerging artist.



You can support Ms Ray while she works to achieve her potential as the daughter of Carl Ray – an artist from the same community whose record stands for itself.

Contact Redkettle Gallery: to obtain further details, discuss shipping etc.


Some Pre-Christmas Pricing for First Nations Art

with thanks to Country Living magazine

Corinna Ray - Young Moose

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, even here on the West Coast of Canada – cold and frosty most mornings, and the countdown is underway! On the east coast aside from a foot of the white stuff last month we’re good to go.
Today RedKettle is offering some special Christmas pricing on 4 lovely pieces of First Nations Art.
Mich has three strong pieces by Corrina Ray of the Sandy Lake Reserve – way north of Sioux Lookout;  and beause Corinna is an emerging artist, her original acrylic on canvas  paintings are priced low.  You will be acquiring great art at very low cost.

Corinna Ray - Moose with Owl

All three pieces are unframed and will ship rolled in a mailing tube at a far more reasonable rate than framed canvases and can be expected to arrive with no damage to be hassling about.

Corinna Ray - Owl

As you can see by the large moose painting which was photographed in a home setting and in a temporary frame, these original works of art will fit nicely into any home and make a statement about the things that you care about!
These three paintings are specially priced as individual purchases and if you buy  all three,  Mich will make you an extremely good price. 
Contact to discuss purchase and shipping details
TIP:An inexpensive and great looking alternative to conventional frames is to get your framer to use stretchers – the lovely colours and movement in these paintings will shine in such a simple setting.

Isaac Bignell - Towards a New Tomorrow

This isRedKettle’s huge  five feet square painting in acrylic on canvas by Isaac Bignell – this painting is being priced way below market value as Mich is downsizing and he really needs the space. The price is now $1750 plus what will be quite reasonable shipping as the canvas is unframed. This huge painting will make a statement no mstter whether you display it at home; or in your professional office, lobby or boardroom.

It is not too late to get delivery in time for Christmas for any of these lovely original paintings if you act now – contact to arrange.

Unril next week when we will start showing some great new acquisitions, so long from Janet in the mysterious east, and Mich on the Left Coast!


Affordable Art and how to find it

Part of any art dealers mission is to introduce collectors early on in their collecting career to good quality art at reasonable prices, and I will be talking on Mich’s behalf today on this aspect of assisting collectors to develop an eye for art.

I mentioned in last week’s post the amazing number of places in Canada where one can see art displayed or visit artists’ studios. I would urge any aspiring collector to visit as many possible sites as possible, both in the real world and in cyberspace. Everything you see will serve to hone your eye for art and your knowledge of what is happening in the world of Canadian art today.

If you are uncertain about actually purchasing art for your own home to start or add to an existing collection, there are many art loan societies who will rent art to you for a small monthly or annual fee. A word of caution – if you fall in love with a piece when you get it home and live with it for a while you may not be able to purchase that piece – many art loan societies are strictly into loan or rental and do not sell their pieces – be sure of the plan before you indulge yourself! I know if I were to rent I would want the option to purchase to be part of the plan, but in noodling around the internet I only found one lease-to-own gallery in the business – they appear to be more of a facilitator between galleries and the purchaser – they purchase a piece of art outright from a dealer and then do a lease/purchase with the prospective buyer and spread the payments over a set period of time.

Take a look though today at the wide variety of reasonably priced art that Mich is offering today – you don’t really need to go elsewhere.

Mich and I both seem to hold to the feeling that if we like and can happily live with a piece, we will acquire it. Since we both operate businesses out of our homes, then this is a good idea as we both live with our inventory until it sells.



Today I will be showing Mich’s current inventory: Below are a lovely grouping of end of the 19th and early 20th century pieces by Austrian artists.



Above is a lovely small watercolour of a rabbit, painted by Ella Blaschek

Above is a series of sketches of a kitten by Robert Fuchs and the first picture, above the rabbit, is an  appealing watercolour of a cat with mischief on its mind by Carl Froschl – any or all of these three small treasures would make an affordable and worthwhile acquisition that would look great together or singly anywhere in your home.

Each one is nicely framed and priced very affordably at $275 PLUS SHIPPING. And for a limited time, Mich is prepared to accept two equal monthly payments with the painting to ship when the second payment clears.



A major sale this week for Mich was his lovely oil  “Fishing Fleet” – this is going to make a bit of a gap on his living room wall!

But he still has a lovely small pen and ink on paper study by Sid Barron called Ships, Victoria BC Harbour shown above. Unframed, shipping will be very inexpensive on this small gem. Mich is asking $295 PLUS SHIPPING for this painting and his offer of two equal monthly payments is available on this lovely piece by a well-known artist.


Mich has several interesting painting by Corinna Ray of Sandy Lake First Nations in Northern Ontario. Lately Corinna has done several very impressive acrylic on canvas paintings and they are shown here:corinna ray - young moose

The acrylic on canvas called Young Moose shown above is 25x42inches – a major size depicting with power and skill an animal Corinna has painted in the native style and clearly with respect and love – this work chronicles her maturation as a skilled and capable artist and is available unframed and rolled for shipping in an exonomical tube. PRICE: $550 plus shipping. Two equal monthly payments are acceptable, with shipping after final payment clears

Another lovely large acrylic on canvas “Moose and Owl” using Corinna’s signature colours of blues, violet and yellow/orange and a large format – 25x40inches. See how well it fits into a home’s decor. Mich is again asking $550 plus shipping unframed and rolled in a tube – two equal payments and shipment when final payment clears.

This last acryloc on canvas painting is smaller and is a lovely study of an owl – at $200 plus shipping, it would make a unique gift for a special person on your list, and is also available for two equal monthly payments.


And finally – the print that started it all for RedKettle. Twenty years ago this was the first piece of art by a Canadian Native Artist that Mich bought. This Floyd Joseph print sold quickly and Mich  thought he would never find another, but here twenty years along and it turned up again. Of course, he had to buy it! This is Wolf Dancing with the Moon 12/180 sized at 25.75x 28inches and with beautiful colours that subtly bring to mind Christmas: green. red, white, black and grey – this print will make a major statement anywhere you choose to hang it.

It is nicely framed with non-reflective glass and an understated black wood frame. Check it out below – wouldn’t you love to own this!

PRICE $1750 PLUS SHIPPING – two equal installments with shipment after final payment clears.

Thanks for dropping by today.

Janet and Mich

An Update on RedKettle’s Current Art Inventory

"Fishing Fleet" by Sid Barron

I realized today while thinking about a topic for this week’s post, that I haven’t done an update on Mich’s RedKettle inventory for some time.

I started listing artists and current work that Mich has, and was really surprised at the breadth and depth of his current art inventory.

Of course, he has a good supply of First Nations art, as this is his special area of interest – painters such as Isaac Bignell and Corinna Ray, and makers of Haida ceremonial items, such as James Leslie’s Bella Coola Raven clacker mask – choose a stunning piece to display in your home!


In addition, he has a fair number of ‘retro’ and vintage pieces by the likes of George Rae-Menendez with Pond Skaters, and an interesting grouping of European late Victorian and Edwardian period painters.

Mich’s inventory also features a good selection of works by regional West Coast Canadian painters, such as Sid Barron, James Izzard and Toni Onley.

Please note that the Toni Onley watercolour will be offered for sale through Levis Fine Art Auctions in Calgary on Nov 6 as lot #140 and can be bid for online – contact Levis for a paddle number and meanwhile, take a closer look at this and other Levis listings at   




First Nations Art: Isolation or Inspiration?

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about isolation and what inspires creative ideas in artists. It started as contemplation of my own creative processes and what I need to get the juices flowing. (I am a longtime quilt artist working in a geographically isolated and financially disadvantaged region, but thriving creatively and able to access a broader range of ideas and markets through the internet. About 25 years ago I made the choice to return to my roots, leaving urban southwestern Ontario and financial security for a rural Nova Scotian home and underemployment with the financial stress that brings.)

Corinna Ray: Flying Owl with Moose Below - acrylic on canvas

As I worked and thought, I could not help but begin to think of how much more it takes  to be an artist in a “Fly-In” Northern Ontario First Nations community – what are the sacrifices made, what are the trade-offs, what are the victories in this way of life?

 I thought about how well I might understand the issues (and decided that although I might have an inkling – maybe a bit more understanding than an urban professional might have, I couldn’t come close to understanding), and also thought about the huge disruption that has taken place in the community of Sandy Lake over the last month as the entire population (except for 20 whose jobs were essential to protect the community) of around 2500 people were flown out to other settlements as far south as Arthur in agricultural mid central Ontario. The chaos and disruption must have been totally unimaginable, and the community is still returning to face the ongoing threat of more fires.

Corinna Ray: Owl acrylic on canvas

I know that despite my chosen isolation, I can choose any time I want to go to a large urban centre in my late model car and stay in a good hotel and shop ’til I drop, dine out, go to galleries and shows and visit friends. I do not have to book an expensive flight out to Winnipeg or Thunder Bay simply to visit family or shop for something other than basic food and clothing – which can only be flown in and is hence wildly expensive. I have the good fortune to have been an early adopter of IT and have the capability to list on on my own website items I have for sale;  have basic skills in search engine optimization and online marketing and an online presence that has existed for 10 years.  So indeed, my isolation is one of choice only and can be ended at any time with little cost, and can just as easily be resumed. What a luxury this is!

Corinna Ray: Moose acrylic on canvas

I want to remind all friends of RedKettle that the above three beautiful original paintings by Corinna Ray are offered on Mich’s site, along with this wonderful piece by Corinna’s father, Carl Ray. Corinna Ray is a lifetime resident of the community of Sandy Lake.

Carl Ray: Medecine Fox

Take a look at for additional details on the above paintings, and contact to make an offer to purchase.

And I’d like to remind you too that two of Corinna’s original acrylics on canvas: Bear Cub and Caribou are available for a limited time at very special prices here on RedKettle’s blog – you can contact me – or to make your offer.

Until next week then, enjoy what’s left of the summer and celebrate your way of life, whether rural or urban, isolated or in the thick of things! 

Janet and Mich




Before talking about beginning to collect Canadian art, I’d like to remind folks that RedKettle currently has a special promotion involving  a selection of 5 very desirable pieces.

George Ray Menendez - watrercolour: Pond Skaters

Above is a lovely watercolour from the late 50’s by George Rae-Menendez, which is affordably priced at $275 and can be purchased by making two equal instalments a month apart. Price is plus shipping and the painting ships unframed on the final payment clearing the bank.

A New Tomorrow - Isaac Bignell acrylic on canvas approx 5 feet square

This painting could also make a very strong statement in your professional office, reception area or board/meeting room. On a practical note, it could offer you a very nice tax break if donated to your favourite ‘not-for-profit’ – check it out with Mich. Asking price is $4995 but he is open to reasonable offers and again, instalments can be negotiated.


Below I’m showing two companion pieces by Corinna Ray of the isolated Northwestern Ontario Anishnawbe reserve of Sandy Lake. Sandy Lake has been in the news lately as the entire population of the settlement has been evacuated by air due to the extreme smoke conditions – the fire has not reached the settlement and it is hoped it will not, but the health risks from the smoke have been extreme. We wish good fortune to Corinna – may she be back home soon!

Caribou: Corinna Ray, Acrylic on canvas

The above acrylic on rolled canvas is entitled Caribou and is priced at $250 plus shipping by Canada Post in a mailing tube,As is the painting below.

If you opt to buy both of Corinna’s pieces, you can have them for $475 both rolled in the one tube, which would be a good saving on shipping.
These paintings are eligible for payment by two equal installments and will ship as soon as the second payment clears.
Check Mich’s main website: as he has several other significant pieces by Corinna that you may be interested in.

Bella Coola Raven Mask - James Leslie

I saved my favourite for last today! This remarkable ceremonial mask is a mixed media treasure in painted cedar, braided bark and bone beads. It has a clacker hidden inside to add a further dimension of sound to the striking visual display. It is painted in traditional Haida colours and is in immacualate condition. A joy to own and display and Mich is open to your reasonable  offer and can arrange instalments  – he is asking $2495 for this scarce and unusual mask.

Do you feel that you are ready to start collecting some Canadian art?
Wondering where to get started?
Remember, nothing is permanent when you are a developing collector and most collectors purchase what appeals to them and continue to hone their instincts about art over many years, weeding out what no longer interests them, or finding better examples.
I’ve been collecting now for over 50 years and have few of the items I started out with – some I miss and wish I’d never parted with – some I can’t even remember. But, what is on my walls and shelves right now reflects the same basic interest in a wide variety of Canadian art that I’ve always had – folk art, views of built heritage and ships, and coastal areas.

Seagull on a buoy 1997 Roseville Tanner

You can’t go wrong with buying what currently appeals to you and there is nothing wrong with passing stuff on at a yard sale or consignment shop  – which is also a sometime source of new treasures.

wilfred cyr - two saltbankers 16x20 oil on board

Another way to feel the pulse of your local art scene is to visit galleries, museums and auction houses, as well as keeping an eye on trends in art by following blogs such as this one.
If you are collecting art as inexpensively as possible, you are unlikely to find a lost Group of Seven painting in the back room of a thrift shop,. but you will find lots of things by less well known artists that still have integrity and value and will thrill your eye.
Whatt you need to develop is the courage of your convictions as to what is right for you, and the confidence to know what is available and to sift out what strikes your eye and you feel you can live with over time.
What’s on your walls?
Hope the weather where you are is acceptable or failing that you have an air conditioned home workplace.
Remember, if you see something you like and want to know more about, contact
Until next time: all the best from Janet (East) and Mich (West) and enjoy the summer!

SPECIAL PROMOTION: Timeless Canadian Art

Pond Skaters George Rae Menendez w/c 14x20

It’s time to remind you again of the special promotion Redkettle is running on five selected pieces of timeless Canadian art. The above lovely watercolour by George Ray Menendez is a case in point.

We want to present a range of starting points, a selection including both First Nations and other Canadian artists, in a scale from entry level for beginning collectors up to and including discerning and experienced collectors who have been on the scene for a number of years.

This Menendez was probably painted in the late 1950’s and I can see it equally at home in a mid-century modern home or in a lakeside cabin and everywhere in between. It would be happy in my eclectic early 1800’s home too – so you can put this one anywhere, and it will shine! It epitomises the Canadian outdoor experience. Yours shipped rolled unframed in a tube for $275 plus shipping. Get in touch – make an offer – you will not regret purchasing this one! ( for further info)


Caribou - acrylic on canvas - Corinna Ray - 21x24

 Above  and below are two lovely companion pieces painted recently by Corinna Ray of the Sandy Lake First Nations community  in Northwestern Ontario – because there is no framing facility in the community, and because of the need for everything to fly in and out, these canvases came to me in rolled, unframed condition and I am leaving it up to you to frame them according to your preference.

Bear Cub - acrylic onh canvas - 21x24 - Corrina Ray

I can see them lo0king great in a wrapped canvas around stretchers treatment. They will speak for themselves in their simplicity, they really don’t need a formal frame. You can purchase one painting for $250 plus shipping or go for both at the price of $475 for the two plus shipping. Again, you can’t go wrong with these paintings!

Bella Coola Raven ceremonial clacker mask - James Leslie

One of my more outstanding pieces is this strong Haida ceremonial mask – created by James Leslie, it is a mixed media piece, very large and imposing, using the traditional blue, black, red and ochre colours with wooden beads holding together fringes made of cedar bark. This piece will look striking in any collection and will help to round out any grouping of First Nations Canadian art. This striking piece is priced at $2495 plus shipping and reasonable offers will be considered – contact for details and to discuss purchase.

A New Tomorrow - Isaac Bignell - 54x60 - acrylic on canvas

Above is a thrilling and inspiring large piece by Isaac Bignell. This piece will be the focal point of any collection and will make a strong statement in any home, office or institutional setting. It is offered either framed or unframed to save shipping, but taking it out of it’s frame is not a move I would suggest.

It is priced at $4995 plus shipping either framed or unframed – buyer should ask me for details of courier packing and shipping  to ensure it arrives safely and undamaged. ( )
Contact me with your offers.
MORE ABOUT THIS SPECIAL PROMOTION: my primary goal in offering these works of art under special terms is to make it easier for the newer collector with perhaps limited means to  acquire classic Canadian art for their homes and offices. We encourage entry at both the very modest level and at the more advanced. Remember, payments can be spread over several months and we are open to reasonable offers. Contact for more details or to make an offer to purchase.
UNTIL NEXT TIME! Mich and Janet – west and east!