Jessica Vellenga

Art meets nature and history

Miles Canyon holds a special place in the story of Whitehorse. Each summer, the Yukon Conservation Society invites Yukon artists to participate in a two-day workshop to create pieces inspired by this special place.

Touch and Tell

A series of demonstrations and hands-on activities is helping animate the current exhibition at the Yukon Arts Centre’s Public Gallery, Found, Forged & Fused, a survey of handmade works from the Yukon Permanent Art Collection. The idea for this interactive component stems directly from the thinking behind the exhibit’s curation, explains Garnet Muething, art curator …

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Creative Getaway

Perhaps your partner is sick of navigating around that massive quilting frame to get to the living room couch. Perhaps you’re tired of moving that big felting project off the kitchen table day after day, so the family can have supper. If so, a month of free studio space in a delightful location, with very …

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Five Spectacles To Be Seen At Whitehorse Nuit Blanche

From dance to live painting to a spider web takeover of a local park, the second annual Whitehorse Nuit Blanche (WNB) has an exhibit and activity for everybody. With a focus on participatory performances, the all-night art crawl transforms the audience into creators as it takes over downtown Whitehorse. Here are five more WNB art …

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A Tribute to a Colourful Artist

“I’ve had a good demand for my work, so I didn’t have to hang anything.” Jim Robb says. “It was never my thing to put stuff on exhibition.”

Seeing what you don’t see

What is behind this curious display? What thoughts or intentions are these objects meant to communicate? What part of the larger whole do they play? Jessica Vellenga is interning as a community curator and programming at the Yukon Arts Centre. As an artist, herself, she is eager to illumine the meaning of Residue, the KIAC …

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Little hands are ‘Kreative’ Hands

Take one child or a group of children, add some art supplies and mix it with limitless imagination and what do you get? Kreations. One Sunday, each month, children create at the Yukon Arts Centre. Jessica Vellenga’s role is visual-arts engagement, precisely what Kidz Kreate is about, engaging kids of all ages in exploring artists’ …

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From the Arts: Beautiful New Additions to Your Gallery

In the lobby of the Yukon Government Administration Building, just behind the library, you can see this year’s eight new additions to the Yukon Permanent Art Collection. The collection “belongs to the people of the Yukon,” Tourism and Culture Minister Elaine Taylor stressed in her speech at the show’s opening. The show, entitled Capture, includes …

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Bombs Away!

The bombers are coming! The bombers are coming! On August 11, the Yarn Bomb Yukon Collective plans to drop a cosy acrylic jacket onto what’s been called “the world’s largest weathervane”—the DC-3 aircraft that stands outside the Yukon Transportation Museum, its nose to the prevailing wind. It won’t actually be dropped, but carefully draped over …

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