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YAC Patron Survey

YAC Patron Survey

The Yukon Arts Centre wants to know: why do you participate in YAC experiences? How do you get involved? Do you attend at all?

If you’ve got thoughts about our exhibitions, performing arts, Old Fire Hall events, public programming, communities tours, or anything else we do, we’d love to hear them. Please take a few moments to fill out our YAC Community Survey, and help us make your Arts Centre experiences the best they can be. Even if you’ve only attended once, your feedback is extremely appreciated. Interested participants will be entered into a draw to win a $100 YAC gift certificate (if you’d like to be entered, please leave your email address so we can let you know if you’ve won!).

Find our survey here:

Encounters with the Sublime

Encounters with the Sublime

Le français suit l’anglais
Salgado and Washburn featured in new Haines Junction exhibition, Encounters with the Sublime

Kaskawulsh Glacier, ©Sebastião Salgado - Amazonas images, 2011

A new exhibition of black and white photographs of Kluane National Park and Reserve’s high mountain country opens on November 3, 2013 at the Haines Junction Convention Centre. The exhibition, curated by the Yukon Arts Centre’s Jessica Vellenga, compares and contrasts works by two internationally known photographers of different eras: Sebastião Salgado and Bradford Washburn. It will run until the end of November. All are welcome at the free opening event, from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, November 3. Light refreshments will be provided.
Salgado, one of today’s most renowned photojournalists, recently completed an eight-year project entitled Genesis, sponsored by UNESCO, “designed to reconnect us to how the world was before humanity altered it almost beyond recognition.”  Kluane National Park was one of his destinations. He very generously donated prints to Parks Canada for use in free local exhibitions. Salgado’s work can be sampled at his website:

Bradford Washburn was a mountaineer, museum director and self-taught photographer who first visited the Kluane area in the 1930’s, making the first ascent of Mt. Lucania, then North America’s highest unclimbed summit. He pioneered large-format aerial photography, initially to document his climbs and assist in planning future climbs. His innate talent became very apparent: Ansel Adams described him a “roving genius of mind and mountains.” Washburn, though deceased, is represented by Panopticon Gallery, 

Former Kluane park interpreter Brent Liddle remembers Bradford Washburn well. He will give a presentation on early explorations of the highest mountains in Canada, including the exploits of Washburn and other "Pioneers of the St. Elias" in the Haines Junction Convention Centre at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday November 12, 2013.

Parks Canada, the Yukon Arts Centre, and the Village of Haines Junction are partnering to produce this exhibition, which will also be offered in Whitehorse in March 2014.  Funding is being provided by the Yukon Government through an Arts Fund grant to the Village of Haines Junction.

Bradford Washburn, A small tributary glacier on the east side of upper Walsh Glacier, 1966

Salgado et Washburn en vedette à la nouvelle exposition à Haines Junction

Une nouvelle exposition de photographies en noir et blanc des hautes montagnes du parc national et de la réserve de parc national Kluane sera inaugurée le 3 novembre 2013 au Centre des congrès de Haines Junction.
L’exposition, organisée et préparée par Jessica Vellenga, du Centre des arts du Yukon, compare et met en contraste les œuvres de deux photographes connus sur la scène internationale et provenant de deux régions différentes : Sebastião Salgado et Bradford Washburn. L’exposition sera ouverte jusqu’à la fin novembre. Vous êtes tous les bienvenus à l’inauguration gratuite, qui aura lieu de 16 h à 18 h, le dimanche 3 novembre. De légers rafraîchissements seront servis.

M. Salgado, un des photojournalistes les plus renommés d’aujourd’hui, a récemment réalisé un projet de huit ans intitulé Genesis, parrainé par l’UNESCO. Ce projet visait à nous rapprocher de la planète telle qu’elle était avant d’être altérée par l’humanité au point de devenir presque méconnaissable. Le parc national Kluane comptait parmi l’une des destinations du photographe. Il a très généreusement fait don d’épreuves à Parcs Canada pour que l’Agence s’en serve dans le cadre de ses expositions locales gratuites. Pour avoir un aperçu des œuvres de M. Salgado, consultez son site Internet à l’adresse

Bradford Washburn était un alpiniste, un directeur de musée et un photographe autodidacte qui a visité la région de Kluane pour la première fois dans les années 1930. Il a notamment été le premier à grimer le mont Lucania, le sommet le plus élevé en Amérique du Nord à n’avoir jamais été escaladé à l’époque. Il a été un pionnier de la photographie aérienne grand format, méthode qu’il a d’abord utilisée pour consigner ses ascensions et l’aider à planifier ses escalades futures. Son talent inné crevait les yeux : Ansel Adams l’a qualifié de « génie itinérant de l’esprit et des montagnes ». M. Washburn est maintenant décédé; il est représenté par la galerie Panopticon (

Ancien guide-interprète du parc national Kluane, Brent Liddle se souvient très bien de Bradford Washburn. Il donnera un exposé sur ses premières explorations des pics les plus élevés du Canada, y compris les exploits de M. Washburn et d’autres « pionniers des monts St. Elias » au Centre des congrès de Haines Junction à 19 h 30, le mardi 12 novembre 2013.
Parcs Canada, le Centre des arts du Yukon et le Village de Haines Junction se sont associés pour créer cette exposition, qui sera à Whitehorse en mars 2014. Le financement provient du gouvernement du Yukon par l’entremise d’une subvention du Fonds pour les arts versée au Village de Haines Junction.

Yukon Electrical Youth Gallery-Kids to Kids Cloth Letter Project

Yukon Electrical Youth Gallery-Kids to Kids Cloth Letter Project

The "Kids to Kids Cloth Letter Project" started at the initiative of Linda Ohama, a Vancouver-based film director, in response to the catastrophic events of March 11, 2011 in Tohoku. Young people between the ages of 3 and 17 from across Canada wrote and painted messages on 25 x 25 cm cloth squares to let disaster-affected young people in Japan know that they cared about them. Over a two-month period, young Canadians wrote 800 cloth letters expressing hope, friendship, and solidarity.

A volunteer team in Vancouver sewed the cloth letters into three giant quilts. The quilts were then flown to Tohoku so that young people there could see their messages from young Canadians.

The second part of the project began at Yuriage Junior High School in Natori, Miyagi Prefecture, on July 1, 2011 – Canada's 144th birthday. Young people there responded to the Canadian quilts by writing their own cloth letters back to Canada. They wrote and painted on cloth squares cut by citizens of Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture – the home town of Linda Ohama's grandmother.

Onomichi sent cloth squares to over seven other towns in Tohoku as well. After Natori, the Canadian quilts travelled to those other towns, where Japanese young people saw them and wrote responses. 800 patches were created in Tohoku and sent back to Onomichi, where they were sewn into quilts.

The Canada-Tohoku Kids to Kids Cloth Letters Project will be on exhibit at the Yukon Arts Centre and at the Canada Games Centre from Oct. 25 to Nov. 5. Come check it out! It's pretty powerful to see them all in the space together.

For more information email Fumi Torigai at

A Sunday Afternoon of Free Japanese Films

The Japanse Canadian Association of Yukon is inviting the public to check out a couple of Japanese films – for free – on the big screen at The Old Fire Hall. The event takes place on Sunday, Nov. 3, and both films are family friendly.

Brave Story - 1 p.m
Always: Sunset on Third Street 3 - 3:15 p.m.

Acrylic Painting workshop with Jennifer Walden November 25-27 at the Old Fire Hall

Acrylic Painting workshop with Jennifer Walden November 25-27 at the Old Fire Hall

We are pleased to offer acrylic painting classes with Jennifer Walden, November 25-27 from 5 - 8:30 at the Old Fire Hall . Space is limited to 10 participants, registration is required. The cost of the course is $205 per person, all materials provided. To register email gallery(at)yac(dot)ca or call 393 7109

During this three-day workshop participants are encouraged to experiment, make mistakes, make discoveries and have fun while working with a variety of Acrylic media. We will learn how to layer acrylic glazes to create rich and vibrant colours and use acrylic gels and mediums to create a highly textured painting. We will work on a variety of small pieces simultaneously allowing participants the chance to experiment with different gels, mediums and acrylic materials. We will look at the role texture and relief play in the composition of a painting and how colour and washes can accentuate the relief elements to create a unified and captivating work of art.
Participants will leave the workshop with their own painting on stretched canvas.

Jennifer will be here to install her upcoming exhibition, Land at the end of the sticks, at the Yukon Arts Centre Public Art Gallery in November. The opening reception is on November 28.

Community Gallery Exhibition: Faces by Amber Church

Community Gallery Exhibition: Faces by Amber Church

Amber Church's new exhibition, Faces, opened on October 4 in the Community Gallery. Many visitors attended the opening as part of the "Art Crawl" happening in town that night.

This show stems from Church's intimidation of drawing faces. She created 100 different faces in as many different mediums as possible. The resulting body of work is extremely broad; from polymer clay and wire, to pencil and ink, to collage and acrylic, to manga and steampunk, and as many other styles in-between she could think up.

While visiting the exhibition, if you feel inspired you even have the chance to add to the exhibit by creating your own drawing(s) of a face in the exhibit guest books. Perhaps your piece will encourage someone else who is intimidated by drawing faces to give it a try?

Faces will be on display until October 26th.

For more information on the artist, please visit her blog:


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