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Culture Days 2017 Community Arts Project

Culture Days 2017 Community Arts Project

CULTURE DAYS 2017 Community Project with artist NICOLE BAUBERGER

Abstracts inspired by Claude Tousignant and Rita Letendre
Created in a public drop-in workshop during Culture Days 2017

Unlikely Events Yukon organized a Chalk Art Festival in June of 2016. They asked me, Nicole Bauberger, to lead a workshop in chalk art. Okay I said, I’m not really a chalk artist, but I’ll do my best.
Looking at the beautiful boxes of 48 chalk pastels we were given to play with, I wondered about creating concentric circles of gradated colours with soft edges. This idea was kind of inspired by the beadwork I’d been learning to do, kind of inspired by the work of Claude Tousignant. The bright colours in the grey parking lot looked like a hole in the world.

I had been exposed to Claude Tousignant’s work in Montréal. He was one of the Plasticiens in that city, and in 1962 began making circular paintings, with concentric rings of hard-edged colour painted on them. To look at them is to experience a particular vibration of those colours against each other.

The summer of 2016 I saw a Rita Letendre painting in Québec City and fell in love. I went to see her show at the Art Gallery of Ontario in September of 2017. Letendre’s work draws from many of the same influences as Tousignant’s.

So when I was asked to dream up a drop-in workshop, these influences came together. I offered Letendre’s trademark long thin triangles with lines of intense colours beside them, and Tousignant’s concentric circles, as well as chalk pastels and old grey weathered wood from my backyard.

This is what we made together.

The first concentric circle chalk drawing created during the Chalk Art Festival organized by Unlikely Events Yukon.

Kids Kreate | November 12 | 1-4pm

Kids Kreate | November 12 | 1-4pm

Kids Kreate is this Sunday November 12th from 1-4pm at the Yukon Arts Centre.

This is a free event generously sponsored by ATCO Electric Yukon. We will be learning to paint like legendary artist, Van Gogh with local artist Helen O’Conner.

Dress accordingly. All children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required!

Hope to see you there!!

Community Gallery new exhibition ‘Something is Fishy/Anguille sous roche’

Community Gallery new exhibition ‘Something is Fishy/Anguille sous roche’

A new exhibition titled Something is Fishy/Anguille sous roche by artists Josee Carbonneau and Marie-Hélène Comeau is up in the Community Gallery at the Yukon Arts Centre. Josee has created a new series of dolls that use a variety of textile materials including fish skin. Marie- Hélène is showing a new series of vibrant abstract paintings. The opening is on Friday November 10, 2017 from 5-7pm. The exhibition runs from November 3 – 25, 2017.

Hope to see you there!

‘La Caravane des dix mots’ in the ATCO Electric Yukon Youth Gallery

‘La Caravane des dix mots’ in the ATCO Electric Yukon Youth Gallery

There is a new Exhibition titled La Caravane des dix mots up in the ATCO Electric Yukon Youth Gallery. This year the focus was on the word Nomad. This exhibition was led by artist Marie-Hélène Comeau, the Association franco-yukonnaise and Commission scolaire francophone du Yukon. La Caravane des dix mots is up from November 3-25, 2017.

More than 800 nomadic flags were created to put around École Émilie-Tremblay School for Yukon Francophonie Day on May 15, 2017. The project, led by artist Marie-Hélène Comeau, was an opportunity for hundreds of French Yukoners to illustrate a nomadic item they can carry around with them. Nomadic flags made by Madagascar and Brittany children and people from France joined the Franco-Yukon project, which helped forge bonds and reflect on the word “nomad”, one of the 10 words featured in La Caravane des dix mots.