francine poitras jones

Nulhegan Band of the Coosuk Abenaki Nation

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Francine Poitras Jones

Artist Bio

Francine has been an artist from the time she held her first crayon. She was never satisfied with just staying within the lines; she enjoyed shading and blending colors. Francine started painting with oils at the age of 21. She took a short course in art through a program offered by the city. From there, she discovered acrylic paints and enjoys adding bark, sand, twigs, shells, and other “found” items to her paintings.

Francine is also the illustrator of several children’s books. In 2015, she collaborated with Brian Chenevert to illustrate his first book, “Azban’s Great Journey”, which is a compilation of traditional and original tales of the Abenaki trickster – Azban, the raccoon.  Azban’s Great Journey is now available for purchase on Amazon or from her Etsy store.


Then they developed the coloring book Abenaki Animals and most recently, they have collaborated again on the storybook  Swift Deer’s Spirit Game that was just released.

Francine not only paints, but she also enjoys making leather pouches, regalia, and beading.

Artist Statement

Like so many other native artists, my favorite subjects are from nature, and my paintings show my passion for Mother Earth. I have drawn and painted almost as long as I can remember. Being able to express my heritage through art is a real gift from Creator.

I especially enjoy painting on wood. I like to frame my work using twigs and other items from nature, including leather. I enjoy working with leather and make pouches, fashioning them from the way the piece of leather looks and letting my imagination run wild.

In addition to painting and making leather pouches, I make regalia. In 2014, I made my mother’s first regalia from her head (headband) to her toes (beaded moccasins), including her dance fan, dress, and shawl. She was 86 years old at the time and had never danced in the circle because she had never been allowed to so.

 Contact

Phone: (804) 943-6197

Email: dancingbluewolf@gmail.com

Etsy Store: BlueWolfCrafts

Image of 18th Century Abenaki Couple.
18th Century Abenaki Couple

Image of beaded Possibles Bag.
Beaded Possibles Bag

Image of Nebizun - Water is Life - Acrylic Painting - 2019.
Nebizun – Water is Life – Acrylic Painting – 2019

Image of beaded moccasins and peaked cap on exhibit at Burlington International Airport.
Beaded moccasins and peaked cap on exhibit at Burlington International Airport

Image of watercolor illustration by Francine Poitras Jones.
Watercolor cover illustration by Francine Poitras Jones

Exhibits

2021

“Abenaki People Emerging From the Ashes”, show and sale, Villages Gallery, Contoocook, NH

Group Show, Bennington Museum, Bennington, VT

2017-2020

Burlington International Airport – Abenaki Exhibit

Alnobak: Wearing Our Heritage. Traveling Exhibit. Lake Champlain Maritime Museum.

2019

Group show office of Bernie Sanders, Washington, DC

Nebizun: Water is Life, Vermont Abenaki Artists Association and Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. Vergennes, VT.

Babaskwahomwôgan: The Spirit Game. Invitational Group Art Exhibit.  Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, Warner, N.H.

T.W. Wood Gallery, Montpelier, VT

2016

Parley and Protocol: Abenaki Dipolomacy Past and Present. Fort Necessity National Battlefield, Farmington, PA.

2015

Parley and Protocol: Abenaki Dipolomacy Past and Present. Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. Vergennes, VT.

2014

All of my Relations: Faces and Effigies from the Native World –  Invitational Group Art Exhibit.  Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, Warner, N.H.

2011

Friday Night at the Arts, Petersburg Regional Art Center, Petersburg, VA

2010

Friday Night at the Arts, Petersburg Regional Art Center, Petersburg, VA

Available for Puchase

Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, Highlawn Rd. Warner, NH.

Etsy Shop: BlueWolfCrafts

Affiliations

Vermont Abenaki Artists Association, Juried Artist since 2014

Perquimans Art League in North Carolina