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A Study of Cloth and Beads by Teresa Vander Meer-Chassé

A Study of Cloth and Beads by Teresa Vander Meer-Chassé

Inspired by the exhibition catalogue for Native Fashion Now produced by the Peabody Essex Museum, the initial idea for A Study of Cloth and Beads was born. With no background in fashion, I wondered how the artists featured in Native Fashion Now discovered which fabrics worked well with beadwork. I wanted to study it myself and see if there were any new materials I could work with in the future.
For many beadwork artists, melton (a felt-like fabric) is often the fabric of choice when doing a large beadwork project. I had learned to work with tires and hubcaps with beadwork, but I hadn’t used many fabrics. I sought out the opportunity to study something new as well as present my findings to the public. With a background in social science, I’ve been craving a good research project.
Initially I asked myself: Which fabrics would work well with beadwork? Which ones wouldn’t? and Which ones would I be surprised with? After completing the work, I’ve discovered that I do not enjoy working with fabrics that have static or become wrinkled easily. I also would have benefitted from using an embroidery hoop for cotton fabrics that preferred to stretch. Fabrics with loose fibres, such as burlap or lace, are in no way ideal for beadwork however I enjoy the effect they can provide to the artwork.
Discover for yourself how far beadwork can go.

A Study of Cloth and Beads
Teresa Vander Meer-Chassé

Nov 2 - Dec 3 | Yukon Arts Centre Community Gallery
Opening Reception: Nov 2, 5pm

About the Artist

Teresa Vander Meer-Chassé (b. 1992) is a proud member of the White River First Nation of Beaver Creek, Yukon, Canada and Alaska. Her beadwork is inspired by the strong women in her life, her mother, aunts, and grandmothers and the support of the caring men in her life, her partner, father, uncles, cousins, and grandfathers. Teresa is mostly a self-taught artist however her Grandma Marilyn, an Upper Tanana Elder and residential school Survivor, encouraged her to start by providing her with supplies, examples, and templates. The purpose of the residential schools was to strip Indigenous children of their culture and amalgamate them into “society.” Many Survivors of the schools had to relearn their languages and cultures, including Teresa’s Grandmother. Knowing the importance of cultural revitalization Teresa’s Grandmother encouraged her to bead and sew.

Teresa defines herself as an Upper Tanana contemporary visual artist. She primarily works with beads, hides, bones, quills, and antlers. Her collection includes beaded and quilled hubcaps, a beaded pylon and shoe, quilled deer skull, etc. Teresa incorporates her Upper Tanana culture in all the work she creates. She is not afraid of being different and ensures each piece she creates is unique and imaginative. 
In 2016, Teresa received a prestigious YVR Youth Scholarship award. The artwork created with the scholarship has now been accepted into the Yukon Permanent Art Collection. In the fall of 2017, Teresa began Project Hue, an online chronicle of light-hued Indigenous Peoples through photography and experiences, involving prejudice, their relationship with racism, and lateral violence. Most recently, Teresa collaborated with artist, Nicole Bauberger, in creating Raven-inspired sculptural works from tire remnants found on the side of the Alaska Highway. The two received a $50k Canada Council for the Arts Creating, Knowing, and Sharing grant which allowed them to begin the project earlier this year.

Teresa is a member of the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective and Yukon Arts Society.

Whitehorse Concert Postponed

Whitehorse Concert Postponed

We regret to announce that this week’s presentation (October 23 & 24) of the band Whitehorse at the Yukon Arts Centre are postponed due to a family emergency in the band. We will be rescheduling both shows, with new dates to be announced in the coming days. All previously purchased tickets will be honoured for the new performance dates. If current ticketholders are unable to attend on the rescheduled date, a refund will be issued.

Should current ticketholders require an immediate refund, they are available as follows:

Yukon Arts Centre Box Office
Phone: (867) 667-8574

Over the coming days, Yukon Arts Centre staff will be contacting ticketholders via telephone, where possible, to inform them of the new date. Updated information will also be available at and on Yukon Arts Centre social media channels.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we move to assist all our patrons in a timely fashion.


Casey Prescott
Yukon Arts Centre

All new works, all thanks to @YAC

All new works, all thanks to @YAC

Here in the Yukon Territory, we're so fortunate to be surrounded by incredible artists. Playwrights, actors, musicians, painters, the list goes on. And in order to keep enjoying the fruits of our artist's labours, we need to support our artists.

Earlier this year, the Yukon Arts Centre launched an all-new performing arts residency that gives local artists access to rehearsal spaces, and technical knowledge to grow their craft. As we open up applications for a new round of artists in residence, we want to share with you the locals we've been so fortunate to work with.


Gwaandak Theatre - The Unplugging

Based on the oral story "Two Old Women" by Athabascan novelist Velma Wallis, The Unplugging explores the role of women and traditional knowledge in contemporary society. Gwaandak Theatre used their residency to reherse the work to be ready for the stage. Gwaandak debuted the work at the Old Fire Hall on May 2, 2018, before heading across the Yukon to present the show in various Dawson City, Mayo, Haines Junction, and even Old Crow.


Nakai Theatre - When We Dance We Dance Together

 What do you get when you combine music + theatre + puppets + one of the Yukon favourite music and arts festivals? The answer is: When We Dance, We Dance Together.  Based on the music by Rock Plaza Central, this show tells the story of a future Canada, where a pack of robot “horses” search for work, dignity and respect. A musical about freelancers, company work and a handsome new Governor.
Nakai Theatre used their @YAC residency to reherse the show before debuting it at Atlin Arts and Music Festival in July, 2018.


Borealis Soul - Blue Hour


Borealis Soul’s mission is to challenge the public notion of contemporary performance art by using live hip hop music and dance, in conjunction with film and projection, as a means of storytelling. Drawing inspiration from their unique experiences growing up in the Yukon, they strive to create multidisciplinary productions with a northern twist. Their 2018 work Blue Hour was accepted as part of the @YAC residency in order to workshop and reherse their new choreography. They presented Blue Hour live on the Yukon Arts Centre Mainstage on July 15, 2018.


Problematic Orchestra - Palace Grand: Opening Concert 


Open Pit - Busted Up: A Yukon Story

Set right here in the Yukon, a plethora of real-life characters whose opinions and stories are as varied as their age and ethnic backgrounds reveal themselves: how they ended up in the territory, why they stayed, their beliefs, their roots and their fears. Throughout the play, the juxtaposed voices of these people gather and evolve around the relationships between indigenous people and settlers, natural resource extractions, the growing immigrant population and the fast paced changes Canada's north is experiencing. The result is a powerful play full of humor, violence, absurdity, and tenderness.
- Open Pit Theatre


Gwaandak Theatre - Bystander


Late one night, during wartime in an unnamed land, an officer carrying a secret message asks to stay the night at a citizen’s house. The unlikely pair find connection over a drinking game, until the message’s content is revealed, forcing each to face what they have done – and are willing to do – to survive.
- Gwaandak Theatre


Ramshackle Theatre - Tombstone: A Cardboard Western

After premering their original work on the Yukon Arts Centre Mainstage in the spring of 2016, Ramshackle Theatre looked to taking Tombstone: A Cardboard Western on tour through southern Canada. Taking this massive production with delicate moving parts, and getting it ready to travel and perform on smaller stages was no easy feat. Through the @YAC residency, Tombstone: A Cardboard Western re-worked their sets and show in both the Yukon Arts Centre Studio Theatre, and the Old Fire Hall. They premiere their tour-ready work on October 26, 2018.

Vanier Catholic Secondary School in the ATCO Electric Yukon Youth Gallery

Vanier Catholic Secondary School in the ATCO Electric Yukon Youth Gallery

Selected works from the talented art students at Vanier Catholic Secondary School are on display in the ATCO Elctric Yukon Gallery at the Yukon Arts Centre for the month of October. Reception on the October 25th at 5:30pm. Come check out this amazing work!

‘House and Home: 30 Houses in 30 days’ an exhibition by Erin Dixon in the Community Gallery

‘House and Home: 30 Houses in 30 days’ an exhibition by Erin Dixon in the Community Gallery

30 Houses in 30 Days Project

During the month of June 2017, I embarked on a project to capture the images of 30 historic and unique houses around Whitehorse by making drawings over the course of 30 days. I then posted a new house each day to my Wordpress blog, Yukon Butterflies, my Instagram account, @erindixonarts, and my Facebook fan page, Erin Dixon Arts. It caught the interest of the public and was very well received. You can read CBC’s story about it here;


About Erin:

My paintings are abstract interpretations of Yukon landscapes created out of acrylic, watercolour and oil paints. I never set out to create a true replication of a place, but the feeling I get from a place. Using intense colour combinations in all my artworks is a way for me to express how I feel about living in the Yukon and helps me define the wildness of this place in my own way.

As an illustrator, and a lover of colour, I have self-published a colouring book, "Colour the Yukon” and have completed a new body of work illustrating 30 unique and historic houses around Whitehorse. I look forward to expanding on my illustration abilities by creating more drawings that capture the Yukon, in all its uniqueness.

My studio practice is operated out of my home in Porter Creek and I am inspired by the trails and trees that surround it. My family spends our summers camping and hiking around the Yukon and our winters ice fishing and snowshoeing. I am a longtime Yukoner, so I’m grateful to be able to share all my childhood experiences with my own kids. I wouldn’t live anywhere else.