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Ted Harrison Artist Retreat Society Fundraiser

Ted Harrison Artist Retreat Society Fundraiser

The Ted Harrison Artist Retreat Society is hosting a fundraiser at the MacBride Museum on May 29th at 6:30pm until 9:30pm in support of the Ted Harrison Artist Retreat at Crag Lake.

The Yukon’s great white north was the main point of inspiration for Ted Harrison’s unique painting style. During his time in the Yukon, Harrison spent a great deal of time in a small single room cabin off the shore of Crag Lake where he could paint, fish, and become immersed in the endless beauty of Yukon’s landscape.

Wanting to share the experience that the Yukon had provided him, Harrison donated his lakeshore land towards the Ted Harrison Artist Retreat Society (THARS). In 2003 the first artist took advantage of the fresh air and the retreat continued annually until 2010. Unfortunately since 2010, there has been pretty quiet for the Ted Harrison Artist Retreat Society. On Friday May 29th at 6:30 until 9:30 at the MacBride Museum there will be a fundraiser to get the Ted Harrison Artist Retreat at Crag Lake up and running, to allow Harrison’s dream of sharing his land to fellow artists to become a reality once again.

The Ted Harrison Artist Retreat Society provided national and international artists quality time with nature in a two story log cabin with a living space and studio. Crag Lake is a little over an hour drive away from Whitehorse. Ted Harrison’s original quaint cabin still stands along the shore of the lake. The goal of the retreat is to provide both the artists and the community with a unique opportunity to share, learn, and create.  Artists are provided with an exclusive and inspirational setting to work in relative solitude. Artists are also reminded to keep a look out for the inevitable wildlife they might stumble across like deer, moose, rabbits, eagles, black bears, grizzly bears, sheep and wolves, oh my. The retreat also presented workshops, open studio visits, lectures, and exhibitions to promote idea exchanges between artists and citizens of different culture and artistic lineages. Besides being a beautiful place to create magic, the Ted Harrison Artist Retreat also increased economic development with both artist and the cultural industry of Yukon, by allowing investment in the development of the arts. The retreat provided an excellent relationship between artists and the community by sharing thoughts, experiences, and techniques.

Let’s make Ted Harrison’s legacy last forever. Come out to the Ted Harrison Artist Retreat fundraiser which will be held at the MacBride Museum of Yukon History. The fundraiser will be nothing short of fun with live music, silent and live auctions, light appetizers, and a cash bar.
We are happy to announce that our Ted Harrison Push Pin Reproduction will be available for auction at the Ted Harrison Artist Retreat fundraiser. The Push Pin Reproduction of Lone Woman with Ravens (our first ever gallery art donation!) was created with the help of the community during Culture Days 2014, which required a total of thirty thousand push pins. Find the push pin reproduction, along with other Yukon art at the fundraiser’s actions.

Ted Harrison Push Pin Reproduction leaving the Yukon Arts Centre lobby for the Ted Harrision Artist Retreat Fundraiser. Image: Katie Newman

“During my career as a teacher, author and artist, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting students from different parts of the world. Through the years they have influenced my simple artistic style and helped bring my stories and paintings to life. If I have inspired them to find their way as artists, I am truly grateful.
I urge you to keep on reading, writing and painting. Develop your own style and keep it honest and true to who you are. Find inspiration in the world around you, and you will make the world a happier and more creative place.”
                                   -Ted Harrison, a Brush Full of Colour: the World of Ted Harrison, 2014

If you are unable to attend the fundraiser and would like to show your support, click here to make a contribution.

Enjoy your time while supporting an amazing opportunity for artists and the community alike, at the MacBride Museum on Friday May 29th, 6:30 until 9:30.

Job Posting: Gallery Arts Administration Internship

Job Posting: Gallery Arts Administration Internship

Gallery Arts Administration

30 weeks (September 1, 2015 – March 31, 2016)

Full time - $18.06 / hour (plus $0.72/ hour for health benefits)

The Internship will offer a 30 week work opportunity at the Yukon Arts Centre Public Art Gallery in presenting/developing visual art exhibitions, managing art programs, and working in collection and arts administration. S/he will be responsible for the promotion and administration of the Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency call for submissions, ensuring timely responses to artist applicants, a well-organized jury process, followed by contracting the selected artists. This job will also include event planning and coordination for special public events, workshops and community engagement through Culture Days, art talks, visual art events during Yukon's many winter festivals. Hands-on experience will be gained through working on exhibitions, events and education programs as part of the Gallery Team at the Yukon Arts Centre, with our programming partners in the community and directly with local and visiting artists.

A knowledge and understanding of the emerging artist community in the Yukon will be beneficial, as will the candidate's intention to build a career in the growing cultural industry sector.

Requirements: This position is funded through Young Canada Works which states that students must be recent graduate who has graduated from college or university within the last 24 months at the start of employment; are between 16 and 30 years of age; legally entitled to work in Canada; and not be working 30 hours or more at another job. Recent graduates with disabilities, Aboriginal ancestry and those who are members of a visible minority are encouraged to apply.

Applications may be submitted by June 12, 2015

Preferably by e-mail to Gallery Director, Mary Bradshaw,

Or by mail to Box 16, Whitehorse, Yukon, Y1A 5X9

Or dropped off at the Yukon Arts Centre, 300 College Drive, Whitehorse

Northern Art Network - May 2015

Northern Art Network - May 2015

Last week I had the privilege to attend the Northern Art Network meetings held at the Anchorage Museum. The Northern Art Network is an association of museums and cultural institutions throughout the Circumpolar North.  The intent is to exchange ideas, resources, artists, artwork, and to hold an annual meeting in the Circumpolar North.  It was formed a year ago by Anchorage Museum and art centres in Scandinavia in Rovaniemi, Finland.



Members include:

  • Anchorage Museum
  • Rovaneimi Art Museum Korundi House of Culture
  • University of Lapland
  • Aline Art Museum
  • Oulu Art Museum
  • RiddoDuottarMuseat / The Sámi Museum
  • Culture House, Luleå
  • Kiiruna Art Museum
  • Havremagasinet - Bodens Länskonsthall
  • Sami Center for Contemporary Art
  • The Art Museum of Northern Norway
  • Archangelsk Art Museum
  • Murmansk Art Museum
  • Nuuk Art Museum
  • Qaqortoq Museum
  • Akureyri Art Museum
  • Archangelsk Art Museum
  • Murmansk Art Museum
  • Yukon Arts Centre



The meeting in Anchorage was jammed packed. We toured almost every exhibition within the building with their curators along with their extensive collections. From an incredible look at Captain Cook’s search for the Northwest Passage along with Alaska Native artist interventions, to plans to reimagine their most visited space, the Alaska Gallery, to their remarkable collaboration with the Smithsonian,  and creative use of space with an exhibition on Sea Ice in their atrium - it was truly inspiring to experience the Anchorage Museum. Beyond the Museum we visited the Alaska Aviation Museum and Alaska Native Heritage Center where we took in a dance demonstration and the chance to join in at the end!

A highlight for many of us was a series of artist talks by Alaskan artists: Allison Warden, Sonya Kelliher-Combs, Da-ka-xeen Mehner, Holly Nordlum, Drew Michael, and Chad Taylor. Yukon artist, Joyce Majiski also traveled to the meetings and presented mainly on her latest body of work: North of Myth. I think this proved to be an exciting gathering for all of as it really demonstrated the connected themes and perspectives that we share as Northerners. Ultimately it feels like this is the heart of the Northern Art Network - the sharing of artists, artworks and ideas among the circumpolar.

The Yukon Arts Centre has committed to build as an extensive list as possible of circumpolar artist residencies in hopes that Yukon and Northern artists can exchange as well as artists from around the world can experience the North. We look forward to being an active member of the Northern Art Network and thank Anchorage Museum and their staff for their warm northern hospitality.



Mary Bradshaw - Gallery Director/Curator, Yukon Arts Centre

Artwork Wednesday: The Art Behind the Beer

Artwork Wednesday: The Art Behind the Beer

Yukon Brewing beers have become somewhat of an icon of the North. The Art Behind the Beer displays the package art with the box, can, and bottle label, as well as the original artwork by the artist.  Besides the beautifully balanced taste, the Yukon Brewery beers are famous for their very creative labels which were created by various Yukon artists. There’s nothing more Yukon than treating all the senses in one go. The exhibition at the Yukon Arts Centre Community Gallery is hosting the original artworks that have given the beers the hard-to-miss appeal. Looking at the labels it’s hard to ignore the boundless creativity that Yukoners are celebrated for. Every label flawlessly illustrates the taste of each specific brew.

Image: Meghan Hildebrand, acrylic and oil on wood, 2010, courtesy of

Meghan Hildebrand, Deadman's Creek II, acrylic and oil on wood, 2010, image courtesy of

The ghostly fox creatures that are featured on Deadman Creek Cranberry Wheat Ale was created by homegrown talent, Meghan Hildebrand. Fun fact for Shambhala fans; she’s been designing the posters, tickets and merchandise for the festival since 2001. Deadman’s Creek II is done in acrylic and oil on wood panel and when seen in person, the painting has a very scrumptious texture that seems almost as juicy as the ale. Hildebrand’s whimsical style is embellished in the pink winded clouds and sky, the ghostly creek and in the floating dancing fox. The overall painting is saturated in a deep cranberry colour with fun little owls poking around within the scene. Now based on British Columbia`s Sunshine Coast in Powell River, Hildebrand studied art at the Kootenay School of the Arts and Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. If you find yourself in the area, see Meghan`s original works that are displayed at Mayberry Gallery in Winnipeg and Toronto, Masters Gallery in Calgary, and Madrona Gallery in Victoria. Hildbrand’s work is nothing short of magic, be sure to visit her website and prepare yourself to spend hours looking at her portfolio.

Emma Barr, Ice Fog, wax, acrylic, and oil on wood, 2008, image courtesy of Yukon Brewing.

You could get lost looking at Emma Barr’s Ice Fog. Made using wax, acrylic, and oil on wood, this cooly coloured piece could send shivers down the spine. For the original painting, Emma used high contrast colours dipping her toes in icy blue, hard hitting reds and some stings of yellow. Barr’s painting is such a beautiful way to capture the essence of Ice Fog India Pale Ale. Vibrancy is to be expected from Barr, and Ice Fog is nothing short of that. This abstract wax painting will easily capture your gaze and steal a few moments from you as you get lost within the mark making and the highly saturated colours.

If the Yukon Brewery Art Collection won’t get you thirsty, I don’t know what will. Stop by the Yukon Arts Centre Community Gallery and see the whole collection of Yukon made art for Yukon made beer. The Art Behind the Beer is on until May 29th.

Vinyl Cafe shows to be postponed

Vinyl Cafe shows to be postponed

The Yukon Arts Centre regrets to announce that the Vinyl Cafe shows scheduled for June 1, 2 and 3, 2015 have been postponed.

Stuart McLean will be having surgery on one of his legs. The recovery will make travel and performing difficult. As a result, the shows are being rescheduled to accommodate his recovery.

Re-scheduled dates will be announced as soon as possible in the autumn of 2015.

Ticket holders are being encouraged to hold onto their tickets as they will be valid for the rescheduled performances. Refunds will be available until ten days after the new dates are announced. We will send out a notice as soon as we know more.

Stuart McLean and the Vinyl Cafe team are looking forward to their visit to the Yukon, and have extended their apologies to ticket holders.

If you have questions about your tickets, please contact the YAC Box Office at (867) 667-8574.

For media inquiries, please contact Eric Epstein, Artistic Director of the Yukon Arts Centre at

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank everyone for their patience. We wish Stuart a speedy recovery.