Labrador Inuk Ella Nathanael Alkiewicz (she/her) is a self-taught artist. Her artwork has blossomed during the pandemic, and she is most grateful to embrace her creativity. Ella’s digital prints have shown in the Post-Pause Online exhibition and on printed postcards.
She also paints with acrylics and has shown and sold many pieces in galleries and Native gatherings across Massachusetts: Amherst, Canton, Easthampton, Holyoke, Mashpee, Northampton, Pittsfield, Plymouth, Springfield, and South Hadley along with in Istanbul, Turkey, Toronto, Ontario, and Varna, Bulgaria. Currently, her six-by-six-inch acrylic paintings are for sale at the Mino Bimaadiziwin Indigenous Art Market of Toronto.
Ella has also worked as an artist advisor for Mass MoCA’s Assets for Artists, a grant maker for Art Angels, and an online teacher for North American Indian Center of Boston. She has been awarded a 2023 Mass Cultural Council Cultural Sector Recovery Grant with a 2022 Art Workspace Easthampton Studio Residency from Easthampton City Arts and a 2022 ValleyCreates Project Evolution Grant from the Community Foundation of Western Mass.
Ella, a beneficiary of Nunatsiavut Government, is currently taking an Intermediate class of her Inuttitut language via Zoom. She is an active member with her Inuit community via Zoom and has plans to visit her homeland. She lives in Northampton, MA with her family and has a studio in downtown Northampton.