A hidden gem is tucked away in the lot behind the Hougen’s centre, above Triple J’s Music Café.
Accessible by a narrow, graffiti-covered staircase – and with a tattoo studio just off the display area – Gallery 22 is a small, one-room space with an artsy, underground vibe. It’s an eccentric showroom for both established and emerging local artists.
Gracing the walls of Gallery 22 this month is a show called Vantage Point, a collection of paintings and photography by five different local artists. With a variety of styles and mediums, the small compilation is nevertheless impressive, with many pieces either for sale or already sold.
Along the first wall, vibrant colours and smudgy, psychedelic designs predominate in a display of whimsical acrylic paintings by 18-year-old Aurora Cherian-Kuni. New to the world of art galleries, Cherian-Kuni’s work is unique and particularly unrestrained.
Next to it, the black-and-white natural photography of Tyler Brown creates a stark contrast. Small Yukon landscapes and scenes in thick black frames hang neatly side-by-side, a simple and appealing arrangement of Yukon wilderness and skylines.
Colour returns with vehemence in the work of well-known and experienced artist Heidi Hehn. Three large canvases make up her entire display, covered top-to-bottom with brilliant sunsets and flowing mountains in a smooth, warm style.
The wistful attitude continues into the next display, where contrast is once more created by grayscale photography. Norm Hamilton’s entries turn more toward close-ups with alluring lighting, featuring everything from delicate flowers to railroad tracks and vintage truck wheels.
Finally, Blair M. Thorson introduces an entirely new medium, as northern-themed as it gets.
Thorson’s paintings are watercolour done on topographical maps. Images of a cabin, a lynx, and a float plane are superimposed over complicated diagrams of the Yukon’s mountains and valleys.
The Vantage Pointexhibition is a poignant, occasionally melancholy display from five talented artists. Works by inexperienced amateurs and veterans of the Yukon art scene alike stand as neighbours in the quirky, creative atmosphere that is Gallery 22.
The stairway may be a bit difficult to find, but Triple J’s staff will cheerfully point you in the right direction, whether you’re looking for a new nose ring or the latest jazz re-master … or simply taking a few moments to enjoy an interesting mix of Yukon art.
Vantage Point will be showing until the end of June.