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Winterval Yarn Bombing

Winterval Yarn Bombing

If you were one of the many people last weekend who braved the cold to come out to the Winterval Parade, you may have spotted an especially cozy float in amongst the colourful costumed characters. Yukon Arts Centre Public Art Gallery staff teamed up with Yarn Bomb Yukon to yarn bomb a truck for the annual parade along Whitehorse's Main Street. Due to the especially chilly conditions, the team used a variety of creative tools including zip ties and rare earth magnets in lieu of hand stitching to attach the patchwork of hand-knitted blankets. However, the truck isn't the only one keeping warm. Yarn Bomb Yukon have been working diligently to sort through the blankets and  donate them to the Outreach Van, which will give locals in need blankets to keep warm in this winter. 

Check out a few photos from the installation below, and read more about the day on Yarn Bomb Yukon's blog!





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.

Nunavut’s Culture on Cloth: Traditional Inuit Wall Hangings from Baker Lake

Nunavut’s Culture on Cloth: Traditional Inuit Wall Hangings from Baker Lake

The Inuit women of Baker Lake possess a timeless skills of needle work that is truly reflected in this exhibition. Through bright fabric and colorful threading, the pieces open a whole new light on the lives and culture that reside in Nunavut.
The show is made up of 20 hand stitched pieces from the south central area of the territory.

This piece is entitled Tundra by Ruth Qualliarialik Nuilliak. Once entering the gallery this wonderful quilt like patch work jumps out to great you from the purple wall.  The colors are pastel and very gentle providing a lovely contrast against the furious purple.


Miriam Qiyuk's Snowy Owls is a playful piece. The 6 owls when closely examined, have an amazing amount of off-white detailing along their wings and a softer peach detailing on their torso. One cannot help but smile at the cock-headed little guy in the middle of the bottom row.


The North by Fanny Auvitute is a perfect example of the skill these women have.  Upon first glance I personally believed that the 3 diamond patterned boarders were a patterned fabric. It was only when I was able to closely examine the piece did i realize all the small details were hand stitched - I was simply blown away.

The exhibition, curated by honorary board member of the Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association Judith Varney-Burch, had opened on Thursday June 7th to a wonderful attendance and will stay until August 25th.

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.


Dan Sokolowski shows us the Degrees of North

Dan Sokolowski shows us the Degrees of North

Dan Sokolowski has crafted a beautiful film, Degrees North, taking viewers to places all over Canada--landscapes, waterscapes, airscapes, escapes. 

He's now created an installation you have to see to experience. 

STUDIO THEATRE installation: Degrees North

Dividing up his film into three distinct themes: air, earth and water---he's placed those images from the film on three separate screens that surround the viewer.  Feel free to sit on the bench in the middle, or walk around the outside of this installation and touch the sheets/screens.  Also, feel free to stand up and block part of the image with your own shadow.  Dan says, "It puts you in the picture!" 

I find it peaceful and creatively stimulating.  Sit there and relax and wherever you turn your head you see landscapes of the north, of Canada. 

Come see this highly interactive installation now.  It's only up till Sunday.  Sponsored by YFS and YAC.