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Evoking kintsugi

Whitehorse artist Leslie Leong applied for a residency at the Ted Harrison Artists Retreat to work towards a large show at the Yukon Arts Centre Gallery in the fall of 2019. But she had lots of other ideas to work through first, both larger and smaller. At the artists’ retreat, on Crag Lake, she was …

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Scavenging for Raven

Upper Tanana artist Teresa Vander Meer-Chassé has teamed up with Whitehorse-based artist Nicole Bauberger to create a scavenger hunt of installations and events this fall. The artists began collaborating a year ago around the idea that the shattered tire fragments you find by the side of the road resemble ravens. They began exploring the material’s …

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Telling Stories

Sandra Grace Storey’s Words Like Birds exhibit digs deep into all that we struggle to express. It finds a great tenderness there. Storey has created an exhibition of small, focussed sculptures for the solo show room at the Yukon Artists @ Work Co-operative art gallery. Storey works in stoneware ceramics coloured with earth-toned oxides. White …

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An Artist of All Trades

She sculpts, paints, sketches and makes jewelry. This talented Yukoner goes by the name of Heidi Hehn. Some of you may recognize the name from her various raven paintings. When I first arrived in the Yukon two years ago, the first thing I noticed at the gift shop was the famous painting of a pick up truck …

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Yukon Artists: At Work for 10 Years

There will be music on the walls and in the air when the Yukon Artists @ Work (YAAW) Gallery celebrates its 10th anniversary on November 1. The gallery, the Yukon‘s only not-for-profit artists’ co-operative, is celebrating a decade of artist support with a show by one of its original members, Lillian Loponen. The co-op’s accomplished …

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Where Do You Go After The Yukon? A pillar of Yukon’s art community finds green grass in the Arctic

Twelve months ago, Harreson Tanner thought he was leaving the Yukon for good. Like many seniors, Tanner wanted to be closer to his children and grandchildren. So he and his wife sold their Riverdale home and moved to Ontario. “We quickly learned that we saw more of our family when we lived in Yukon,” says …

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Fundraising Fun avec Vin

About a year ago, I worked with Yukon Artists @ Work on a project called “Canvas Confidential,” a fundraiser to help Yukon artists if illness prevented them from working. As part of this event, we hosted a wine tasting, and had very specific criteria for the chosen wines. First, we had to order wines from …

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Yukon Artists @ Work Painter Neil Graham Unveils a Project Six Years in the Making

Tarot cards are tools for divination and reflection; giving the person receiving the reading insight into past, present and future. The exact origin of the Tarot remains disputed and suitably mysterious. “The Tarot cards in more or less their present form appeared in 15th century Italy, but many believe their origins trace back to ancient …

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A ‘different’ type of artist

Marilyn Wolovick brings two coffees to her husband’s studio. The cups are comfortable to hold, lovely to look at and each slightly different. Her husband, Rich Claxton, is a potter and he made those cups and, he confirms, “Dinnerware in our cupboards are all different.” Wolovick returns with a plate of the most delicious treats …

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Portraits of Clay

Harreson Tanner and his wife drove up to the Yukon from Vancouver in the summer of 2002. It rained all they way up, but once they got to the Yukon, the Northern sunlight broke through the clouds and put on a show. “We thought the Yukon sure knows how to welcome us,” says Tanner. This …

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Amber Church, Her Yukon Adventure

“She sat in silence and was overwhelmed by serenity.” “She embraced change.” “She faced the challenge.” Each of Whitehorse artist Amber Church’s newest paintings in Yukon Ho at the Yukon Artists @ Work Gallery until Feb. 12 includes one line of text, all of which began with “She.” The texts read something like encouraging affirmations …

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Drums Supporting the Solo Voice

When you step into the Solo Show Room at the Copper Moon Gallery, you’re greeted with a sense of rhythm. A row of women raise their hands in thanksgiving. Painted images of masks present a raven from different angles. Four drums repeat themselves across a canvas. Repetition and groups of similar items create the rhythm. …

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The Peace of Collecting

Stepping into the Solo Show Room at the Yukon Artists @ Work Co-operative, this month, feels wide open and peaceful. To create Stones Bones Berries: The Art of Collecting, Kerry Fletcher has removed the moveable walls that transform the sunroom into a picture gallery. She’s hung strings of rosehips in front of the windows and …

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From the Arts: A Large Show of Small Works

Rosemary Piper’s work is familiar to Yukon audiences. She’s a faithful exhibitor at the Yukon Artists @ Work Cooperative Gallery while the North End Gallery shows her reproductions. She has shown in Skagway for many years, and can be counted on at the Cranberry Fair and the Fireweed Market. New Works 2010 offers viewers her …

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[email protected]’s New Home

Saws spin, putting walls in at 200-120 Industrial Road, the new home of the Yukon [email protected] ([email protected]) Cooperative. The new windows frame scenes of the Takhini bluffs. You can catch sight of the Yukon Arts Centre in the distance. Up a newly rebuilt set of stairs, beside Twisted Stitches Embroidery shop, the gallery is under construction. …

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Hot New Art Band

There’s a new jazz trio out at Crag Lake. But instead of sound waves, they’re jammin’ in glass and steel. Rusty Redbrun (Paul Baker), Burny Hüle (Ken Anderson) and Ptina Green (Jeanine Baker) aim to have 20 works for their collaborative show opening next week at Gallery 22 in downtown Whitehorse. “We just decided to …

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Birds in wrench

Artrepreneur: Birds in Wrenches, Birds in Landscape

Paul Baker and Rosemary Piper share the solo show room at the Yukon Artists @ Work ([email protected]) co-operative gallery this month. Piper’s framed watercolours line the walls. To left and right, many smaller paintings make a more intimate installation. On the back wall, where you get a longer sight line, midsize works cluster. The invitation …

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Artrepreneur: Yukon Summer Art Trade

So far, the Yukon’s art market seems somewhat insulated from the economic uncertainties that are undermining art sales outside the territory. I asked four arts-related businesses – two in Whitehorse and two in Dawson City – how this summer’s tourist trade went for them. Delwyn Klassen, who works at the Yukon Gallery on 2nd Avenue …

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Art Is in the House

In an effort to improve the Yukon Artists @ Work ([email protected]) community gallery, creative hands from across the territory have been invited by the co-op to create birdhouses for a silent auction fundraiser taking place at the gallery on April 21. The 17,000-some square-foot volunteer-run gallery is home to 36 cooperative Yukon artists who use …

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100 Steps Further In

Faro-based artist Jackie Irvine set herself a challenge. What if she painted one painting a day for 100 days? Starting October 1, 2011 she did just that. And every day, even if she was stranded in Whitehorse without her acrylic paints, and had to go buy oil pastels to do it, she kept her commitment. …

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The Art of Reclamation

Amber Walker’s fourth solo exhibition bears the title Reclamation—a word that has several meanings for the 27-year-old Whitehorse artist. In part, Walker says, it is about reclaiming the Aztec side of her heritage, something she knew nothing about as a child. “I’d always ask, ‘Why am I so dark?’ and my Mom would say, ‘Well, …

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Fireweed Forever

The Prince of Wales had his supper served on it. It’s on dining tables and in display cabinets around the world. It’s uniquely Yukon, but pays homage to traditional Japanese design. Now, the fireweed pottery that is Patrick Royle’s signature is celebrating its 25th birthday. “It’s not that common for potters in North America to …

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A Visual Voice

Wendy Whitemore has lived alone on the land in Ontario for 10 years before embarking on about 10 years of solo travel. During those travels she explored Canada’s North, ranging over the Yukon and Northwest Territories. Being alone suits Whitemore: “I don’t feel alone when I’m on the Dempster. I feel totally connected to the …

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Feast at the Yukon Arts Centre

Michelle Moreau and her potter partner Patrick Royle want to assure purchasers of local pottery that no glaze used on Royle’s or any other local potter’s dinnerware contains lead. It’s bad for the potter working with it, too ….. Phyllis Fiendell’s wheel-thrown, handmade stoneware is on display in the plexiglass boxes in the Yukon Arts …

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Artrepreneur: Solo Shows in a Cooperative Environment

Way in the farthest back room at the Yukon Artists @ Work Gallery, a series of shows has been planned to span the next two years. The back sun room of the gallery posed problems for hanging artwork: “It was all glass and tin,” explains the group’s founding chair and current gallery manager, Harreson Tanner. …

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