Jessie Oonark Ltd

David Ford is the general manager of the Jessie Oonark Centre in Baker Lake, a gem of the Kivalliq community that has been showcasing and promoting art from Baker Lake and other Nunavut communities for many years. Baker Lake’s contribution to Inuit art is diverse, from iconic wall-hangings and sewn goods, to its vibrant Sanivik prints and the unique Inuit sculpture so recognized throughout the art world. David is a long-time resident of Baker Lake, his family roots are deep and he has been directly involved in the promotion of Inuit Art for decades. The centre’s gift shop is second to no other in the north with its colourful array of Baker Lake art along with an exquisite selection of pieces from across the territory. This past fall JOL hosted the Glenbow Museum for a community exhibition featuring stunning photographs of Inuit at Fullerton Harbour at the turn of the last century, by the renowned photographer Geraldine Moodie. JOL also recently hosted the Winnipeg Art Gallery for a series of workshops and training sessions for aspiring local participants. JOL is a hive of activity and a hub of the community; a must see for any visitor to Baker Lake.