Dreamcatchers Gift & Art Gallery is looking for help to complete a work of art they call their 'masterpiece'.

Their art piece, which displays an Indigenous headdress made from real feathers, was originally made for Indigenous Day at Legacy Park as a quick activity for the kids.

"We were invited maybe two weeks before the event. They said 'You'll have about three hundred students come through. You'll have groups of 30 for about three minutes. What can you do with them in that time?'" said Ellie Lagrandeur, owner of Dreamcatchers Gift & Art Gallery.

Lagrandeur and her daughter Stacey Shearing came up with the idea of a headdress where the kids could add their own feathers.

In Indigenous culture, each feather in a traditional headdress represents an act of courage.

"We gave each child, teacher, and city staff the opportunity to add a feather as their own act of courage, and everybody loved it," Shearing said.

After Indigenous Day, Lagrandeur kept the art piece in their gallery and allowed customers to add their own feathers. So far over 500 feathers have been put onto the headdress.  

"We've had people from Florida, California, Utah, east coast, west coast, and even as far as Scotland," Lagrandeur said. "We've had families come in and take a portrait with it. Our oldest person to place a feather was 94. She had arthritis in her hand, so I helped her with the glue."

They even had an indigenous elder offer their own personal feather to the piece. The feather has a strong blue colour to it which contrasts the browns and whites of the others.

Lagrandeur and Shearing are still looking for help to finish the piece. They're asking anyone interested in adding their own feather to stop into their shop on 100 Ave in downtown Fort Saskatchewan. 

"I've always painted alone, but never with 500 people. That's kind of cool, right?" Lagrandeur said. "I didn't realize it was going to become such a masterpiece."

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