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Artwork Wednesday: Paleo Art Contest Exhibition

Artwork Wednesday: Paleo Art Contest Exhibition


Grade 8 finalist from F.H. Collins School

After a tough juried judging process, the winning entries of the Paleo Art Contest have been decided! Altogether, it is estimated that over 500 entries were submitted for this territory wide art contest, made possible through a partnership between the Yukon Arts Centre, the Beringia Interpretive Centre and ATCO Electric Yukon.


The Paleo Art Contest Winners

On opening night, participants and their families came to see their work displayed in the ATCO Electric Yukon Youth Gallery, along with the official announcement of the winners and awards ceremony. The works will be on display in the gallery until November 29th, 2014.


A wall of contest finalists

As a theme for the contest, we asked students in grades 1-12 and adults for the over 18 category from across the territory to represent ‘what their backyard would have looked like during the last Ice Age’.
Some students found inspiration while on a free school tour with an interpreter from the Beringia Centre through the Ice Age Mammals exhibition at YAC, where a full size cast of a Mastodon skeleton, a large collection of fossils, interpretive panels and multimedia presentations present an exciting and stimulating look at the paleontological remains from the last Ice Age in the Beringia region.

Grade 4/5 submission from Johnson Elementary School

Others took inspiration from their own wide imaginations.  Landscapes and animal figures were created using every color of the rainbow and often showed dynamic scenes of hunt, grazing or movement.
Some contest participants used collage techniques or cut-outs to create their artwork, while others made simple silhouette figures. A beautiful collection of batiks was submitted by the Grade 9/10 Porter Creek Secondary School.
Altogether, the entries were skillful, creative and beautifully executed.

Grade 9/10 Submission from Porter Creek Secondary School

The theme of wild environments seemed to resonate with the youth of the Yukon, who created vivid depictions of landscapes full of big creatures from long ago. Some young artists used organic materials from this area like leaves, berries and twigs to create their backyard environment which brought another dimension to the concept of ‘realism’.

Grade 8 Submission from Watson Lake Secondary School

In the end, thirteen prizes were awarded to winning entries.

These lucky winners are as follows:

Whitehorse Grade 1/2...Holy Family School
Community Grade 1/2...Home School
Whitehorse Grade 3/4...Takhini Elementary
Community Grade 3/4...Ross River School
Whitehorse Grade 5/6...Christ the King School
Community Grade 5/6...Tantalus School
Whitehorse Grade 7/8...Ecole Emilie Tremblay
Community Grade 7/8...Watson Lake Secondary
Whitehorse Grade 9/10...F.H.Collins School
Community Grade 9/10...Watson Lake Secondary
Whitehorse Grade 11/12...F.H.Collins School

However, all of the entries deserve recognition and gallery display due to their creativity, beauty and individuality. It is clear that we have a huge amount of artistic potential here in the Yukon, and many imaginative young people. 

Grade 1/2 Winning Submission from home school

Free public tours are offered Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1pm to 3pm of the Ice Age Mammals and Sandra Grace Storey exhibitions at the Yukon Arts Centre for the public and school groups. Complimentary transportation for the latter is offered by the City of Whitehorse. If interested, please contact Gallery Outreach Coordinator Jessica Vellenga at 393-7109 or at for more details.

Artwork Wednesday: Don Weir

Artwork Wednesday: Don Weir

Light and Shadow Series #4, 2013, 60in x 85in

This atmospheric abstracted landscape painting by Don Weir has recently been acquired by the Yukon Arts Centre Permanent Collection to the delight of all staff in the gallery.

This new addition to the permanent collection was produced for Weir’s 2013 solo show at the Yukon Arts Centre, An Ephemeral Light Light and Shadow Series #4 is the fourth work in a series of seven monumental painted abstracts.
Gallery Director and Curator Mary Bradshaw chose this painting for acquisition because of its quality in ‘masterfully meshing his signature elements: northern landscapes, love of abstraction and capturing light. While at first it appears to be a blue and white abstract when examined closely one can see brilliant pinks, purples, indigo thinly glazed to create this atmospheric piece.’

Weir has participated in multiple group and solo exhibitions at the Yukon Arts Centre and across Alaska and British Columbia, marking him as an established Northern painter. The acquisition of Light and Shadow Series #4 is timely, as it follows a solo exhibition of Weir’s work in the Studio Theatre of the YAC in September 2014 and the artist’s decision to relocate his practice to southern British Columbia in October after 30 years spent in Atlin.

Although fairly small, the Yukon Arts Centre Permanent Collection is a rich holding of Yukon artworks. The collection has been developed for over twenty years. One of the collecting themes is the environment of the Yukon, which Weir’s oeuvre aptly addresses through his interpretation of the landforms of the areas in which he lives and works.

Installation of Light and Shadow Series #4 by gallery staff

Light and Shadow Series #4 has been recently installed in the lobby of the Yukon Arts Centre and will stand as a centerpiece for the season.

The Yukon Arts Centre gratefully thanks all visitors who have generously donated throughout the years. The purchase of this monumental painting for the Permanent Collection was made possible through the power of visitor donations at the gallery. Whether our visitors leave small change or a $20 bill, everything is counted and makes a valuable contribution towards the expansion of the Yukon Arts Centre Permanent Collection.

Installation almost complete! 

We are incredibly honoured to have this piece by Don Weir in our collection and will miss his impromptu visits to the gallery.

Free Public & School Tours at the Yukon Arts Centre Public Art Gallery

Free Public & School Tours at the Yukon Arts Centre Public Art Gallery

We are pleased to offer free public and school tours of our current exhibitions, Ice Age Mammals and Sandra Grace Storey: We Are Golden.  Guided tours of the Ice Age Mammals exhibit with staff from the Beringia Interpretive Centre are available any time  between 1-4pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday until November 28.  Saturday tours are also available with staff from the Beringia Interpretive this weekend on Saturday October 11 from 1-4 and Saturday November 1 from 2-4.  Gallery staff are available for tours of Sandra Grace Storey’s exhibition We Are Golden any time between 10-4:30 Monday through Friday,

September 4 – November 29, 2014

Ice Age Mammals
A partnership between Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre and the Yukon Arts Centre Public Art Gallery

Join the over 1 million people who have viewed this exhibition across North America and chill out with a great new travelling  exhibition on ice age mammals. This exhibition features dozens of real fossils, touchable casts and specimens along with really cool interactives. Over 90 of the specimens in this show are from the Yukon. Dramatic murals by former Yukon-based palaeoartist George "Rinaldino" Teichmann round out the experience of Ice Age Mammals. Contemporary and relevant research is presented in an engaging way that is designed to appeal to the public and to school audiences. The exhibition focuses on ice age mammals, climate change, extinction and human impact on climate and species.

Public & School tours are available Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 1 – 4pm, please call to book a tour.

Ice Age Mammals exhibition is a partnership between the Canadian Museum of Nature, the Montreal Science Centre, Royal Tyrrell Museum and the Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre.

Sandra Grace Storey  We Are Golden
Using almost 200 wall tiles, Tagish-based sculptor Sandra Grace Storey will bring a herd of caribou into the gallery.
Sculpted in high and low relief, Storey’s installation will immerse the viewer within a moment of a myth where caribou, raven and children



Assistant Venue Coordinator – Old Fire Hall.

The Old Fire Hall is Yukon Arts Centre’s downtown venue specializing in community events, workshops and intimate presentations.
The Yukon Arts Centre is a not for profit charitable organization that is dedicated to the development of the arts as an important cultural, social and economic force in the Yukon. We intend to be model for the development of the arts in the north and a stimulus for a vibrant and creative Territory. We are seeking a like-minded team player that can help us achieve our goals: an enthusiastic, innovative and skilled individual with excellent people skills who will fill the position of Assistant Venue Coordinator – Old Fire Hall.

The Assistant Venue Coordinator will provide support and guidance to the clients of the Yukon Arts Centre’s Old Fire Hall; including professional artists, community performers and commercial clients.  The Old Fire Hall is a community venue; the Assistant Venue Coordinator should be able work with diverse clients in all aspects of planning their event.  They should also have knowledge and experience with basic lighting design and operation, live sound, video and general stage technical services.  The person will work closely with the Venue Coordinator and the YAC Technical Director.
1. Assist in all areas of event presentation.
2. Operate the facility independently as required by the rental/ event.
3. Perform regular and seasonal maintenance and upkeep to all theatrical equipment.
4. Meet with clients to establish event requirements and assist in all areas of event planning and execution.
5. Assist in the training and development of local volunteers wishing to assist at the facility.
6. Assist with the occupational safety and health of co-workers, performers, volunteers and audience members.
7. Assist in planning and implementing technical improvements to the Old Fire Hall.

Required Knowledge and Skills
1. Stagecraft or stage management diploma from a recognized post-secondary institution or a minimum of 2 years related equivalent work experience.
2. Experience with assisting and working with community and semi-professional groups with patience, understanding and consideration.  The candidate must have strong communication skills; good time management skills, flexibility and be able to approach each situation with diplomacy.
3. Experience working in a wide range of related production areas including sound, lighting and rigging.
4. Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimum direct supervision and the capacity to work smoothly with other team members and community presenters.
5. Experience working in a community facility with a wide variety of events and short turn around time.
6. Demonstrated ability to work and assist a wide range event types including live music, theatre, dance, variety shows, film presentations, weddings and corporate presentations.
7. Demonstrated ability to establish priorities and achieve deadlines.
8. Demonstrated ability to work in a safe and timely manner.
9. Ability to work at heights, climb ladders, lift up to 50 pounds and skill with basic power tools.
10. Literate with computer systems and software. (Windows 7, Mac OS).
11. A good sense of humour is a useful asset.
This is a 32 hour per week Public Service Alliance of Canada position with a wage range of $19.81 - $20.62 per hour.  Hire Date:  As soon possible.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Please provide a cover letter with a detailed résumé with related experiences. We encourage all members of the community to apply. The Yukon Arts Centre is an equal opportunity employer. We thank all those that take the time to apply. We will only contact those that best meet the listed qualifications.

Submit résumés and cover letter to:    Josh Jansen, Technical Director.
Email: (preferred). Phone 867 667-8568 FAX: 867 393-6300
Mail: PO Box 16, Whitehorse, YT. Y1A-5X9

Artwork Wednesday: George Rinaldino Teichmann

Artwork Wednesday: George Rinaldino Teichmann

Smilodon  (2001) Oil on Gatorboard

Paleoart: The Harmony of Art and Science

A master of wildlife painting, George Teichmann’s oeuvre has focused the niche
subject of ‘paleoart’ and brought him great success nationally and internationally.


Born and raised in the former Czechoslovakia, George Rinaldino Teichmann was instructed at the People’s School of Art in Bohemia from 1964-1973. For a decade, Teichmann worked as a successful artist in Europe, commissioned to paint many portraits in Rome, and producing many paintings on the subject of wildlife.
In 1983, the artist immigrated to Canada, where he was enthralled by the large forested areas. He took a solo five year canoeing venture, charting many remote Canadian northern rivers. The maps he created were detailed and very useful to the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, who use them as guides to this day.
Following this project, Teichmann decided to remain in the north, settling in the Yukon, but has since moved to the Czech Republic where he currently resides.  As is written in the biography on his personal webpage, ‘The lure of the northern wilderness captured George so completely that he now makes his home in Whitehorse, Yukon, the Land of the Midnight Sun’.

In this body of paintings on display at the Yukon Arts Centre, drawings and sketches consist of depictions of the ice-age natural environments and those that inhabited them, what he defined as ‘Paleoart’. Teichmann is an expert at painting wild animals, big cats and prehistoric landscapes. The animals he depicts were native to the Yukon, including the scimitar cat, the mastodon, the giant ground sloth and wild horses. Teichmann researched the flora and fauna of that time and region to reproduce the environment. Their prairie-like home is a recreation of the Yukon’s northern landscape during the last glacial period. The paintings are imaginative, historical and scientific all at once.

Teichmann’s work certainly inhabits a niche of its own. He is a master at painting long extinct animals and producing works that are dynamic and realistic.  Teichmann’s scientific methodology and style have brought him many commissions by museums and paleontological study groups. In fact, the painter was commissioned by the Yukon Government to create a series of paintings of the prehistoric wildlife and wild animals of the Yukon for the Beringia Interpretive Centre. You can see many banner backdrops of these works in the Ice Age Mammals exhibition now showing in the Public Gallery of the Yukon Arts Centre. Indeed, alongside the skeletal remains in Ice Age Mammals, Teichmann’s interpretive paintings are helpful in decoding the secret world of the prehistoric.

Shameful Retreat (1998) Oil on Gatorboard

The central image in the Ice Age Mammals exhibition, Shameful retreat (1998) is a dynamic oil painting on gatorboard, a lightweight surface. Fearsome scimitar cats and snarling Yukon lions rush towards the viewer, in flight from a band of huge woolly mammoths. We can see the movement in the beast’s tensed muscles, in the blades of dry grass caught in the draft of their rush and in their flowing manes of hair. The colorful surface was created with painstaking layers of fine brushstrokes, following the models and skeletal remains of Paleolithic animals studied by paleontologists. The final image is produced over the course of three months to a year of work. A dry tundra forms the foreground, and glacial peaks appear in the background of the image. Teichmann has painted an imagined event from the last great ice age here in the Yukon.
To learn more about George Teichmann, check out his personal artist website where you can find many more images of his work, biographical details and contact information. George Teichmann Paintings will be displayed in the Community Gallery of the Yukon Arts Centre until November 1st, 2014.