Although the deadline has passed for the Yukon Art Society’s Smoke Show, you may still squeeze in before the 12th if you ask Marlene Collins very, very nicely. Work by Northern artists will be juried by committee and there will be a $5 fee per accepted entry with a maximum of two. There will be an Opening Reception Feb. 17 at 7:30 p.m. and the show runs to March 5 at the Art Society gallery on Wood Street ….. Linda Travill and Greg Piwowar will be submitting works to the Smoke Show. Linda will be submitting a collage encaustic piece entitled, The Harvest. She says, “I want to impress that at the end of the fire and smoke comes regeneration.” Rumour has it that Greg will be submitting a short film ….. The Whitehorse Star has hired a new arts reporter with a fine arts degree and a degree in journalism. Leighann Chalykoff came to the Yukon about two months ago from Nova Scotia ….. Jeanine Baker is hard at work preparing for a show to coincide with the opening of Zola’s new coffee lounge in the Hougen Centre. The show itself will consist of multi-format glass pieces depicting houses. These “bungalows” have bright windows and communicate a feeling of friendliness and warmth. She said after her back injury, people’s warmth and humanity really amazed her. She didn’t know there were that many people who even knew her. Her gratitude for this support inspires the show. She’s also very excited about the palette of powdered glass in various grain sizes that she’s collecting and her experiments painting with these colours using her glass fusing kiln. As Snowdrift designs, Jeanine and her husband Paul Baker use a long narrow light table for the new coffee bar. Fused glass tiles in the top will be lit from below. Paul will be doing the carpentry in hardwood ….. Alice Angus and Joyce Majiski are in Dawson City as Artists in Residence in the KIAC program. It is part of a two-year collaboration into perceptions of geography, landscape, language and territory. They are interested in the way people form expectations of foreign places. They are both excited by Dawson’s temperatures that dip below -50 degrees Celsius and the ice fog. Alice is also excited by her new red long johns with the trap door which she hasn’t taken off since she arrived, like the old time Dawson gold miners who, in fact, never took them off ….. Yukon Artists @ Work Gallery will be reopening Friday, Feb. 18, with its regular winter schedule of Friday to Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. ….. If you haven’t already checked out the show at the Yukon Arts Centre, go. After Feb. 20, it will be too late. Janet Cardiff’s Forty-Part Motet transforms the space. Scott Price and the Arts Centre installation team rebuilt walls of the gallery to house this well-traveled piece of contemporary art. Forty speakers, at head level, project 40 voices in a magnificent choral piece of music, Spem in Alium by Thomas Tallis, a 16th century English composer. As you walk around the space and come closer to one voice, then to another, you begin to feel the way sound can create an architecture of space. This piece won the Millennium Prize in 2001 and is both cutting-edge international contemporary fare, and accessibly interactive. Not to be missed ….. While you are there, you really have to see Emerging Yukon Artists, a show of three young Yukon-born painters, Zeb Austin, Emma Barr, and Meghan Hildebrand. The three painters use layers of paint with an eye to the expressive power of the physicality of paint and colour ….. That’s all for me for now. What’s your news? I’d love to include it in this column. Email me at nbauberger@yahoo.com. Till soon ……