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John Houston's A Life in Inuit Art exhibit brings an inspiring collection to Argyle Fine Art.

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An inukshuk saved John Houston's life---alone at night on the water it was the lighthouse that guided him to safety, and it's what inspired him to open his collection to the public. "In the morning I looked around and I was on the only bit of beach that there was. So, the only way to get there was to follow that inukshuk. It was like a messenger," says Houston. "I started thinking about that and how these sculptures contain a message as well. When people make art it's like a silent message, you read it and it can help you in your life." It's an inspiring collection of works from several Inuit artists including "Bear on all 4s" (pictured) carved by Manumie Shaqu even as he was going blind. "He knew bears and the stone so well that I watched him carving by feel. He didn't have to see it to carve it," says Houston. It's a true story, but you'll have to see it to believe. --Lindsay Rainingbird

To November 22, Argyle Fine Art, 1559 Barrington Street, 425-9456

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