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Carver Mattiusi Iyaituk with Okpik Pitseolak as she lights a traditional "qulliq", or stone lamp.  Both artists will return for this year's "Arts Alive" event in Ottawa on May 31st.
Carver Mattiusi Iyaituk with Okpik Pitseolak as she lights a traditional "qulliq", or stone lamp. Both artists will return for this year's "Arts Alive" event in Ottawa on May 31st.

The challenge of stone art

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Getting the right material is just one of many challenges in making art. Sometimes that takes more effort than usual! For two years now, Ottawa Correspondent Lucy Martin has found the Inuit Artists' Shop "Arts Alive" event a great way to meet artists from across the Canadian Arctic. The day of courtyard demonstrations lets the public see how the art is made and satisfy curiosity about life and art in the far north. Here's stone carver Mattiusi Iyaituk in a conversation with a visitor from British Columbia, at last April's event.

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Lucy Martin
Ottawa Correspondent

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