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Melanie Rivers

Vancouver, Canada

Melanie Rivers/Tiyaltwelwet, is an Indigenous mixed media artist, instructor, and Expressive Arts Educator. Melanie is from the Squamish First Nation and lives in her community in West Vancouver, Canada. She teaches in person and online art and creativity classes to women around the world, helping them build joyful and self-compassionate art practices. Melanie draws from her traditional ancestry and teachings in her art and classes.

Melanie says, “Creating art brings me into the present moment, into stillness. In this space I am not dwelling on the past or worrying about the future. In stillness, I find myself. I find peace, clarity and connection with my real emotions”. In her art, she depicts the strength, realness and vulnerability of women. She believes art has many medicines to share with us—stillness, joy, connection-- and by building a self- compassionate art practice, we can experience these medicines on a regular basis.


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