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We Look For Fire

We Look For Fire


We are compelled to gather around fires.  Ever since the dawn of mankind, people have been gathering wherever they see a fire—it signified community, food, warmth, survival.  In the wilderness, a fire was the difference between life and death.  But it was also a place where we shared our community, our culture—and shared stories that lit our imaginations. 

We are compelled to gather in the dark around these fires.  Going to the theatre has become a way for us to sit back in the dark, anonymous, not on stage, but still receive something personal and intimate from the lights and the performance, still feel the community in the flickering stage lights.  It’s primal, this gathering—and we will do it in high school gymnasiums, in living rooms, at bonfires, at summer camps, at bars—and yes, when we kindle the desire to create a permanent space for the Arts, we gather there—in those halls, galleries, black boxes, stages and cinemas. 

And there, we still look for fire. 

We look for something to inspire us.   To make us excited.  To make us smile.  Or cringe, or jump, or dance, or remember, or change.  We look for a mirror and we look for a portal and we look to travel there and back again.  What happens on a stage transforms us because it’s in our cultural and historical DNA---we are ready to receive story, ready to recognize ourselves, ready to meet new ideas, ready to open our hearts to change, ready to rally in support of a future we couldn’t imagine as perfectly as when someone, lit by fire, tells us about their visions of what could be.  Or sings of what they feel.  Or dances what they’ve discovered.  Or paints what they have dreamed.

The Arts are a bonfire of remembrance and reckoning and resurrection, celebration and community, and by that heat and light we survive.  We pass down to the next generation all that is important in our culture when we gather around these fires, wherever they are. 

We invite you to celebrate our fireplace.  The Yukon Arts Centre was created 20 years ago.  Come hear the story again for the first time…first in these blogposts, and then on our special March 23rd 20th Anniversary show. 

Come share our fire with us.  It was always yours to begin with.


(photo by Tristan Schmurr)

Community Gallery Exhibit: Yukon SOVA

Community Gallery Exhibit: Yukon SOVA

New in the Community Gallery video artwork by Yukon SOVA students. 

The video works presented in this exhibition are from the students currently enrolled in the 4-Dimensional New Media course at the Yukon School of Visual Arts, in Dawson City, taught by Nicole Rayburn.

The works included address a range of issues using a variety of approaches to the medium of video, all of which were developed independently by the students during the video unit.

The ideas addressed in these works are reflective of contemporary artistic practices, drawing from such sources as literature, myth, and new media recording devices, and reflect the experimental approaches and sophistication of thought practiced by the students.

The students included in the exhibition are Andrée Belanger, Darcie Bernhardt, Derian Blake, Isabel Ford, Tamika Knutson, Suzanne Roberts, Dustin Sheldon, and Sean Warnick.

Many thanks to the Yukon Arts Centre for their support in this exhibition, as well as to Yukon College
and the Yukon School of Visual Arts.

Youth Gallery presented by Yukon Electrical, an ATCO Company, Telling our Stories Through Art

Youth Gallery presented by Yukon Electrical, an ATCO Company, Telling our Stories Through Art

New in the Youth Gallere we have great new artwork from Colleen O’Brien’s Grade 4/5 Class at Takhini Elementary.  The exhibition is on display from Feb 2 to Feb 23, 2013. Please join us for the opening reception on Feb 7 at 5:30

There are 3 projects shown here.
1) Printmaking (foam prints). We studied Susan Point and Kathie Kollweitz
2) Based on the large floral paintings of Georgia OKeefe, we took details of photos and made them bigger- creating abstract shapes
3) Telling stories: based on the work of Faith Ringgold and Frida Kahlo as well as many women who make artists books with mixed media. I introduced the sewing machine and stitching as a way to “glue” things together
There are rough drafts and finished works and some of the work is still IN PROGRESS.

Project statement from artist Joyce Majiski
I have been doing a special long term Art Project with the girls to introduce them to the work of a variety of Women Artists. A broad range of women over time, cultural and age demographics in order to present a broader view of Art and Art History. As we learn about these different women artists, the girls are creating work that reflects either the media/technique used or how the artist tells a story with their work. As the class learns more techniques their artwork gets more complex and richer and their ability to tell a story with their art has greatly increased.
I am very proud of what this class has accomplished in such a short time. It has been a joy to work with them..... and I am not quite finished with them yet.
Joyce Majiski