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Community Gallery Exhibition: Faces by Amber Church

Community Gallery Exhibition: Faces by Amber Church

Amber Church's new exhibition, Faces, opened on October 4 in the Community Gallery. Many visitors attended the opening as part of the "Art Crawl" happening in town that night.

This show stems from Church's intimidation of drawing faces. She created 100 different faces in as many different mediums as possible. The resulting body of work is extremely broad; from polymer clay and wire, to pencil and ink, to collage and acrylic, to manga and steampunk, and as many other styles in-between she could think up.

While visiting the exhibition, if you feel inspired you even have the chance to add to the exhibit by creating your own drawing(s) of a face in the exhibit guest books. Perhaps your piece will encourage someone else who is intimidated by drawing faces to give it a try?

Faces will be on display until October 26th.

For more information on the artist, please visit her blog:


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Saturday: 12 pm to 5 pm
Closed Sunday
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Community Gallery Exhibit: We keep it all in by Jen Williams

Community Gallery Exhibit: We keep it all in by Jen Williams


Please join us for the opening reception of "We Keep It All In" new works by Jen Williams. The opening reception is on March 8th from 5-7pm, refreshments and snacks provided. The exhibition runs from March 1 to 30, 2013. Gallery Hours Tues-Fri 10-5, Sat 12-5.

Artist Statement
I am one of those people who strolls along your street in the evening, hoping to get a glimpse into your living room. Interior spaces, particularly those of strangers, have long fascinated me. As an introvert, much of my emotional life plays itself out on an interior screen in my mind, hidden to the world at large. “we keep it all in” is a series of mind’s eye pictures that are both impassively archetypal and deeply personal. Scenes of seemingly banal domesticity belie the darker, murkier realm of suppressed memories, nightmares and unspoken fears that seep into, form and shape our collective unconsciousness.

Jen Williams is a photo based artist from Yukon, Canada. She creates staged photographic narratives using familiar socio-cultural icons and archetypes as a means to explore and deconstruct the way we define ourselves, others and our place in the world.

National Family Week at YAC

National Family Week at YAC

It’s the first week of October, which means it’s National Family Week in Canada. As part of this year’s festivities, Yukon Arts Centre Public Art Gallery is hosting a FREE Gallery Tour! Bring the whole family and help celebrate this year's theme, "The Grandparent Connection." Our tour includes the Community Gallery, Youth Gallery, and Public Gallery exhibitions.

Saturday, October 6
Free Public Gallery Tours
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Yukon Arts Centre, 300 College Drive

There are National Family Week events happening across the Yukon. Check out the full listings for more information.



This week we have been busy setting up Mapping Inuvik by Marie-Helene Comeau in the Community Gallery. This exhibition will be showing for the month of July and the opening reception will be held on July 10th from 5-7pm. Be sure to drop by, speak with the artist, and enjoy some refreshments !

Artist Statement:

Mapping Inuvik was a project that was started at the Great Northern Art Festival in Inuvik, NWT in the summer of 2011. While participating as an artist at the festival, I had the opportunity to incorporate an artistic project for people to share their stories regarding the North, specifically around the surrounding Mackenzie River region.

A quantity of satellite pictures of the area taken from Google Earth were used as the project’s starting point. These colourful images from the Internet offered unique views from the sky and provided evoking visual cues for the stories from the participants’ experiences via their connections to the various areas on the pictures.  The satellite images acted as launching tools for the participants to be able to travel back in their own histories as they recount migratory routes, rituals and family life some time ago.

This form of validating human histories and experiences with the aid of modern images from the Internet, offers a path to link the geographical understanding of the human presence with individual human stories and experiences in the Mackenzie River area.

Using people’s stories and satellite images, this series of drawings and paintings create additional dimensions to the human history of the North and the inseparable links to the land. We have the opportunity to acknowledge people’s shadows and footprints that may be beyond the capabilities of satellite cameras.


Marie-Hélène Comeau moved from Montreal to the Yukon in 1992 after completing a Bachelor Degree in Anthropology. She recently completed a BFA at Université du Québec à Montréal and is currently sharing her time between Whitehorse and Montreal where she is enrolled in a Ph.D.program at the Université du Québec à Montréal. Her Doctoral study will allow her to combine Anthropology and Fine Art with a community art focus that will explore the Northern identity structure, specifically the Yukon French identity.

Over the years, Marie-Hélène has had several art exhibitions in Whitehorse and had participated for many years in the Yukon River Side Festival in Dawson City. It is possible to see her artwork in Whitehorse at Arts Underground on Main Street.

Community and Youth Galleries

Community and Youth Galleries

Though such a task the Sewing Our Traditions: Dolls of Canada's North exhibition has been packed up and moved to Dawson where it will open during the comming week.

Our Community Gallery holds the works of Virgine Hamel. Her presentation entitled Entre le Rêve et la Mémoire (or Dreaming the Tale) is a series of color pencil drawings on canson paper. Her beautiful technique is minimalistic and surreal and exhibits a thoughful use of crosshatching. You can see her work above.


The Youth Gallery is also holding a new work on it's walls. The Kluane Lake School has been so kind as to submit artwork from many grades with a great range of diversity - from painted egg shell mosaics to paper weaves and styrofoam wall plates.

These works will only be up until the 26th so come out and see them soon.