Article and photos by John Copley and Alberta Native News
(From the Alberta Native News collection) – At 48 years of age Linus Woods is a name already synonymous with success. He won the first place award at the Peace Hills Trust 18th Annual First Nations Art Contest in 2000. In 2003 he was one of seven artists chosen for the Image Makers First Nation Art Exhibit in Los Angeles. In 2010, his work was included in Close Encounters: The Next 500 Years exhibition of contemporary Indigenous art organized by the Winnipeg Art Gallery, an important event that featured premier Indigenous artists from Canada, the USA and several other countries across the globe. His Rabbits on the Rez paintings were featured in 2002 at the Inuit and Indian Art Gallery in Hull, Quebec. His first solo exhibit was showcased at the well known Winnipeg-based Wah-sa Gallery in February of 2005. He was recently showcased at Bearclaw Gallery in Edmonton, Alberta, where he participated in the gallery’s 40th Anniversary Exhibition.