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New exhibition “Honouring the First Cat in Space” in the ATCO Electric Youth Gallery

New exhibition “Honouring the First Cat in Space” in the ATCO Electric Youth Gallery

The exhibition Honouring the First Cat in Space by Emily Macht's Grade 5 class from Christ the King Elementary School is at the Yukon Arts Centre ATCO Electric Youth Gallery for the month of January.

‘Students designed models of a commemorative statue in honour of the first cat in space, Felicette, who was sent to space in the 1960s by French scientists. She was euthanized for research purposes after. Recently, a man in England started a kickstarter campaign to raise money for a commemorative statue of Felicette to be installed in Paris, the city of her birth. My class designed their own ideas of a good commemorative statue. There are 25 of them, made out of modelling clay.’

The “Astro Cat” exhibition was covered on the national CBC radio show As it Happens. See link below for photos of the work.

http://www.cbc.ca/radio/asithappens/as-it-happens-friday-edition-1.4428321/this-is-how-kids-in-whitehorse-are-honouring-the-1st-cat-in-space-1.4428323

‘La Caravane boréale des 10 mots’ exhibition presented by Marie-Hélène Comeau and l’AFY

‘La Caravane boréale des 10 mots’ exhibition presented by Marie-Hélène Comeau and l’AFY

The ATCO Electric Yukon Youth Gallery has a new exhibition on display from November 4-26, titled La Caravane boréale des 10 mots. This work was organized by Marie-Hélène Comeau and l’AFY. Come check out the interesting photographs and art that was created for this show!

“It takes almost nothing―just ten words in French―to accomplish great things, have fun, think and create international bridges. In ten words, the Franco-Yukon community is now connected with the Dakar, Brussels or Madagascar communities.

But these ten words are not alone, they are conveyed through art, enabling the globe’s Francophone and Francophile speakers to tell their stories differently and meet and listen to each other both locally and in the pluricultural context of globalization.

This is what the international Caravane des dix mots project is all about. Launched in France almost 15 years ago, today the project is enjoying great success among the big family of the Francophonie. Every year, ten words of the French languages are selected, to be snapped up by artists around the world who use them to express themselves within their respective communities.

French-speaking Yukon has participated in the project since 2013. The photos presented at the ATCO gallery bear witness to the different art projects that have taken place with our youth in the last year. To the ten words from last year we add new ones this year, and these bring us to reflect on their more modern usage in new technology.

2015 - 2016 : chafouin, champagne, dépanneur, dracher, fada, lumerotte, poudrerie, ristrette, tap-tap et vigousse

2016 - 2017 : avatar, fureteur (euse), héberger, canular, pirate, nomade, nuage, émoticône, télésnober et favori (ite)’’.

Artwork Wednesday: Selkirk Elementary School

Artwork Wednesday: Selkirk Elementary School

The March ATCO Electric Yukon Youth Exhibition is teeming with colorful and creative art projects, brought to us by the Selkirk Elementary School Grades 6 and 7 classes.

Students were engaged with many experimental art projects this year, and worked with many different materials. The artwork on display uses textiles, watercolour, spray paint, yarn and acrylic paint to complete five different series.



The collection of intricately woven recycled garments in the shapes of bowls and cushions uses the ancient techniques of finger weaving, lacing and knotting. The students explored the cultural histories of weaving, while testing some of the methods themselves. The end results are very beautiful- the patterns are multicolored and bright, and the designs interesting. 



Selkirk Elementary students also explored some key concepts of art theory in preparation for this exhibition. Primary colours were used to paint a series of twenty five abstract forms on paper with thick black linear design.



Portraiture was explored in a fun and unique way, by outlining full body silhouettes of the subject on paper, frozen in dynamic poses. The portraits were then filled in with paint, glitter and collage elements, and floor to ceiling backdrops were created with organic designs made with gold spray-paint.



With watercolor paint and collage the Selkirk Students experimented with landscape painting, bringing many distinctly Yukon landscapes to life with representations of northern emblems like the Inuksuk, log cabins and the Northern Lights in the iconic style of the late Ted Harrison.


The Selkirk Elementary School students did an amazing and very impressive job creating a dazzling exhibition for the ATCO Electric Yukon Youth Gallery this month. The Yukon Arts Centre congratulates all of the artists for their hard work and beautiful creations.