World-renowned Inuit artist Jessie Oonark (1906-1985) was a prolific artist producing many prints and wall hangings from the mid-1950s through the 1970s. Her distinctive style using bold, flat areas of colour is evocative of traditional Inuit sewing techniques. Elected as a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 1975 and named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1984, her work is widely recognized and reproduced.

The Jessie Oonark Centre, named in her honor, opened in 1992 in Baker Lake. The Center offers workspace for local carvers, seamstresses, jewelry-makers and printmakers. Baker Lake is well known across Canada and around the world for the unique wall hangings produced by many of its talented artisans. The Centre is also home to a gallery carrying a unique selection of arts and crafts produced by Baker Lake Inuit artists.

Beautiful traditional Inuit art is used on many products produced at the Center including silk scarves and ties, t-shirts and fleece clothing. The care and attention to detail in these products highlights the unique beauty of the Inuit culture evoked in the artwork.