Cathi Charles Wherry

Cathi Charles Wherry

Biography: 

CATHI CHARLES WHERRY is Anishnaabeque, and a member of the Rama Mnjikaning First Nation, where her Father was born. Her Mother’s ancestors crossed the ocean from England five generations ago. Since 1979 she has lived on beautiful Coast Salish territory in Victoria and WSANEC. A graduate of the Visual Arts Program at Camosun College (1991), she also holds a BFA with Honours in Studio Arts from the University of Victoria (1994). In all of her work, she strives to realize a balanced expression of this training and the Anishnaabemowin that resides in her memory and bones.
 
As a visual artist Cathi has participated in numerous group shows, and has had three solo exhibitions. Through her work she attempts to illuminate unseen stories, threads of time, and the spirit of materials and place. Cathi is also a writer and curator, with projects that include: invincible spirit (1995), earthy gestures (2001), and Transporters – Contemporary Salish Art (2007). She served on the Kakaekwewin Aboriginal Advisory for Canada Council for the Arts from 2010-2013. Since 1996, Cathi has served as Art Programs Manager for the First Peoples’ Cultural Council, a First Nations directed organization that supports Indigenous languages, arts and cultures in British Columbia.