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Three Visual Artists Selected for the 2015 Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency Program

Three Visual Artists Selected for the 2015 Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency Program

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Three Visual Artists Selected for the 2015 Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency Program


Unique program allows artists to interact with visitors while pursuing their art

March 5, 2015 Whitehorse, Yukon   Parks Canada Agency/Yukon Arts Centre/US National Park Service

Today, Ryan Leef, Member of Parliament for Yukon, together with the Yukon Arts Centre and the US National Park Service are pleased to announce the artists chosen for the 2015 Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency Program. The Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency Program provides three visuals artists the opportunity to combine their love of the outdoors with their artistic abilities while interacting with visitors on the iconic Chilkoot Trail. In its fifth consecutive year, the program invites selected artists to hike the famous Chilkoot Trail, passing through Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park (Alaska) and Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site (northern British Columbia). Three artists are chosen – one from Canada, one from the United States and one regional (Yukon or Alaska) - to participate in this cross-border creative journey.
Representing Canada is Michelle Latimer, who will be hiking the trail end of July beginning of August. Artist Kevin Curry was selected as the USA representative, and will be hiking end of June – beginning of July. Yukoner Heather Callaghan will be on the trail mid-July as the regional artist.

Quick Facts
• Michelle, Kevin and Heather were selected among 108 applicants.
• Every year, an average of 2300 visitors hike the Chilkoot Trail, from June to the beginning of September. In Yukon, Parks Canada sites see as many as 65000 visitors per year.
• Present-day hikers take an average of four to five days to complete the trek. With support from Trail staff and from a friend or family member of their choice, these artists will interact with hikers, make art, and soak in the natural and historic beauty of the Trail, for two weeks.
• During summer 2015, stay tuned for Chilkoot Trail Artists in Residence Talks, in Skagway and Whitehorse.

Quotes
“Our Government is pleased to welcome this year’s artists on the Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site and we look forward to the art that the Chilkoot experience will inspire. Through this program, the public has a unique opportunity to see the famous Chilkoot Trail – once trod by Tlingit First Nation traders and Klondike Gold Rush stampeders – through the eyes of these outstanding artists.”
Ryan Leef, Member of Parliament, Yukon

“We are pleased to support this program in its fifth year, as we have found that it enriches the experience of the visitors who encounter the artists along the trail as well as all those who get to enjoy the artwork afterward. This program is another important part of our long term partnership with Parks Canada in protecting the internationally significant resources of the Chilkoot Trail and providing for an inspirational visitor experience.”
Mike Tranel, Superintendent, Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park USA

“The Yukon Arts Centre is pleased to partner with NPS and Parks Canada to bring art to the Chilkoot Trail. The Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency Program has been a transformative experience for past artists and it is sure to be again this year. We are excited to see how the 2015 artists will unite art and innovation with the amazing historic and natural landscape.”
Mary Bradshaw, Gallery Director, Yukon Arts Centre

Related Product

Backgrounder: 2015 Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency Program Artist Biographies

Associated Links
www.yukonartscentre.com/programs/chilkoot
www.nps.gov/klgo/index.htm
http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/yt/chilkoot


Contacts
Katie Newman,
Marketing Director
Yukon Arts Centre
867-393-7108
katie.newman@yac.ca

Stella Patera,
Public Outreach Education Officer
Parks Canada
867-667-3917
stella.patera@pc.gc.ca

 

Trois artistes visuels sélectionnés pour l'édition 2015 du programme d’artistes en résidence de la piste Chilkoot


Un programme unique permet aux artistes d'interagir avec les visiteurs tout en poursuivant leur travail artistique

Le 5 mars 2015  Whitehorse (Yukon)    Agence Parcs Canada/Centre des arts du Yukon/US National Park Service

Ryan Leef, député du Yukon, ainsi que le centre des arts du Yukon et le US National Park Service sont heureux d’annoncer aujourd’hui le nom des artistes choisis pour l’édition 2015 du programme d’artistes en résidence de la piste Chilkoot. Le programme d’artistes en résidence de la piste Chilkoot permet à trois artistes visuels de conjuguer leur amour du plein air et leurs talents artistiques, tout en interagissant avec les visiteurs de la piste Chilkoot, un lieu emblématique. Pour la cinquième année consécutive, des artistes sélectionnés sont invités à parcourir la légendaire piste Chilkoot, en passant par le parc historique national de la ruée vers l'or du Klondike (Alaska) et le lieu historique national de la Piste-Chilkoot (nord de la Colombie-Britannique). Trois personnes sont choisies pour participer à cette aventure créative transfrontalière : un(e) artiste canadien(ne), un(e) artiste américain(e) et un(e) artiste de la région (Yukon ou Alaska).
Michelle Latimer représentera le Canada. Elle marchera sur la piste entre la fin juillet et le début du mois d'août. L'artiste Kevin Curry a été sélectionné pour représenter les États-Unis et rejoindra la piste fin juin–début juillet. Heather Callaghan, une artiste originaire du Yukon, arpentera quant à elle la piste à la mi-juillet.

Les faits en bref
• Michelle, Kevin et Heather ont été sélectionnés parmi 108 candidats.
• Chaque année, environ 2 300 visiteurs parcourent la piste Chilkoot entre juin et le début septembre. Parcs Canada accueille jusqu’à 65 000 visiteurs par année, au Yukon.
• De nos jours, les randonneurs parcourent généralement la piste en quatre ou cinq jours. Avec le soutien du personnel de la piste et accompagnés d'un ami ou d'un membre de leur famille, ces artistes passeront deux semaines à échanger avec les randonneurs, à créer des œuvres d’art et à s'imprégner de la beauté naturelle et historique de la piste.
• Au cours de l'été 2015, ne manquez pas d'entendre les artistes du programme d’artistes en résidence qui donneront des causeries dans les villes de Skagway et de Whitehorse.

Citations
« Notre gouvernement est heureux d'accueillir les artistes de l'édition 2015 du programme dans le lieu historique national de la Piste-Chilkoot, et nous avons hâte de voir les œuvres d'art qui naîtront de cette expérience. Grâce à ce programme, le public dispose d'une occasion en or de voir, à travers les yeux de ces artistes remarquables, la célèbre piste Chilkoot qui fut jadis foulée par les commerçants de la Première nation des Tlingit et les prospecteurs de la ruée vers l’or du Klondike. »
Ryan Leef, député du Yukon

« Nous sommes heureux de soutenir ce programme qui en est maintenant à sa cinquième année. Nous estimons en effet qu'il permet d'enrichir l'expérience des visiteurs qui rencontrent les artistes sur la piste, ainsi que celle des personnes qui peuvent admirer les œuvres d'art par la suite. Ce programme constitue un autre aspect important du partenariat de longue date que nous avons établi avec Parcs Canada en vue de protéger les ressources d’importance mondiale de la piste Chilkoot et d'offrir une expérience attrayante aux visiteurs. »
Mike Tranel, surintendant, parc historique national de la ruée vers l'or du Klondike (États-Unis)

« Le centre des arts du Yukon est fier de s'associer au US National Park Service et à Parcs Canada pour que l'art prenne vie sur la piste Chilkoot. Le programme d’artistes en résidence de la piste Chilkoot a permis de transformer la vie des artistes des éditions précédentes, et ce sera à coup sûr encore le cas cette année. Nous avons hâte de voir comment les artistes de 2015 parviendront à allier l'art et l'innovation à ce splendide paysage historique et naturel. »
Mary Bradshaw, directrice de la galerie, centre des arts du Yukon

Fiche d'information : Biographies des artistes participant à l'édition 2015 du programme d’artistes en résidence de la piste Chilkoot

Liens connexes
www.yukonartscentre.com/programs/chilkoot
www.nps.gov/klgo/index.htm
http://www.pc.gc.ca/fra/lhn-nhs/yt/chilkoot


Renseignements
Katie Newman
Directrice marketing
Centre des arts du Yukon
867-393-7108
katie.newman@yac.ca

Stella Patera
Agente, éducation du public et diffusion externe
Parcs Canada
867-667-3917
stella.patera@pc.gc.ca

Artwork Wednesday: S.S. Klondike

Artwork Wednesday: S.S. Klondike

This week's Artwork Wednesday features Jim Robb's S.S. Klondike, currently on display with the Jim Robb's Yukon exhibition.  As a guardian of Yukon culture and history, it may come as no surprise that Jim depicts the S.S. Klondike amongst his many historic sites. Done in his iconic style, Jim chooses to depict the S.S. Klondike steaming down the Yukon River. Steam powered sternwheelers were common in river and lake systems in Canada, and were heavily relied upon in the Yukon. The S.S. Klondike is designated as a National Historic Site of Canada to commemorate the role these sternwheelers played in the history of the Yukon.

The S.S. Klondike was built in Whitehorse, in 1929 by the British Yukon Navigation Company, a subsidiary of the White Pass & Yukon Route railway. Servicing communities along the Yukon River, the Klondike was designed to accommodate the Mayo silver mining district shipping upriver to Whitehorse where ore would be transferred to the White Pass & Yukon Route railway to Skagway, Alaska. With a cargo capacity 50 percent greater than other boats on the river at the time, she was the first sternwheeler on the Yukon River large enough to handle a cargo in excess of 272 tonnes (300 tons).  In 1936 when the vessel sank on a section of the Yukon River known as the Thirty Mile, the British Yukon Navigation Company immediately built the S.S. Klondike II, a virtual carbon copy of her predecessor, which continued to work the Whitehorse - Dawson City circuit.

Image source Parks Canada, map showing the route the S.S. Klondike regularly traveled down the Yukon River to Dawson City.

With the decline in silver prices and development of the Alaska Highway, the S.S. Klondike II completed her last Whitehorse and Mayo trip in 1950 but continued on the Whitehorse – Dawson run until 1952 until the Mayo Road was extended to Dawson. The British Yukon Navigation Company made an attempt to continue to run the S.S. Klondike as a cruise ship and though the trips were popular, the high costs of operation were not sustainable. In August 1955 the S.S. Klondike II, the last sternwheeler working on the Yukon River, came to rest in Whitehorse and was donated to the government of Canada by the White Pass & Yukon Route railway. In 1966 she was moved from the Whitehorse Shipyards to her present location where, restored to her original appearance, she now sits in permanent retirement overlooking the Yukon River. She was formally designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1967.

The S.S. Klondike is a listed site for the Jim Robb's Yukon Hunt! Check out some of our participants posing with the boat below, and find out how you can win a signed print by the artist himself, here.

Historical dates and information cited from Parks Canada: National Historic Site of Canada, learn more about the S.S. Klondike here.

Artwork Wednesday: Red Feather Saloon

Artwork Wednesday: Red Feather Saloon

This week's Artwork Wednesday is dedicated to Jim Robb's Red Feather Saloon, currently on display in the Jim Robb's Yukon exhbition. Done in his traditional style, Jim depicts the original Red Feather Saloon which stood in Dawson City. Once again, the artist has been able to capture a part of Yukon history which no longer exists in the form in which it is depicted. Deemed a historic site in 1991, the Red Feather Saloon was completely rebuilt in order to preserve its presence in Dawson City, the only original components of the structured that have been retained are the outside planks. Currently, the Dawson City Liquor Store is located in the replica of the saloon which remains in the exact location it originally did during the Klondike Gold Rush. 

Photo from On the Wire #07: The Centre for Land Use Interpretation: Dawson City

Photo from On the Wire #07: The Centre for Land Use Interpretation: Dawson City

Much like Jim Robb, Frederick Caley was a patron of Yukon hertitage and an advocate for many structures in Dawson City which are now deemed historical sites. Caley was born September 4, 1904 in Wilham, Essex, England and arrived in the Klondike region in 1922 at the age of eighteen. By 1941, Caley had purchased his first business, the old Palace Bakery and opened a grocery store.  Caley continued to purchase old buildings, preserving artifacts, remnants of businesses and any other material he appreciated for its emodiment of the history of the area. Many of these structures are now maintained by Klondike National Historic Sites and Parks Canada, including the Red Feather Saloon. To recognition Caley's contribution in preserving Yukon history, he received the Yukon Historical & Museums Association Heritage Award in 1981, the Commissioner’s Award in 1982 and was inducted in to the Yukon Prospectors’ Association Honour Roll in November 1989. Similar to Caley, Jim also shares this passion for preserving Yukon culture and history and was awarded the Order of Canada in 2003. 

Photo from On the Wire #07: The Centre for Land Use Interpretation: Dawson City

Photo from Dawson Historical Complex National Historic Site of Canada

The Red Feather Saloon is one of five Dawson City locations listed in the Jim Robb's Yukon Hunt contest! Photograph yourself with a listed structure to be entered to WIN a signed Jim Robb print! To learn more about the contest click here, or view the interactive map with more historic structures in both Dawson City and Whitehorse. 

For location and hours of operationhere

SOVA On the Wire #07: The Centre for Land Use Interpretation: Dawson City PDF avaliable here.  

Dawson Historical Complex National Historic Site of Canada website

“The Artist’s Journey” Chilkoot Trail International Residency Expands for 2013

“The Artist’s Journey” Chilkoot Trail International Residency Expands for 2013

“THE ARTIST’S JOURNEY” CHILKOOT TRAIL INTERNATIONAL RESIDENCY EXPANDS FOR 2013

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Three intrepid artists will each spend two weeks each journeying over the Chilkoot Trail this summer, pursuing their art and interacting with hikers as they go. On the occasion of its 20th anniversary, the Yukon Arts Centre has expanded its funding for its partnership with Parks Canada, the US National Park Service and Alaska Geographic to include a local artist as well as an American and a Canadian artist.

The program, in its third year, had its largest pool of applicants thus far – almost 100 artists applied for the three spots. We are delighted to announce this year’s artists:

July 4 – 17, 2013
Cassandra Loomis, a muralist and watercolour artist from Annandale, Virginia, will focus her efforts on painting people she meets on the Chilkoot Trail and will offer workshops for hikers along the way. An active traveller and mountaineer, she has been to 6 continents including Antarctica, and she is eagerly anticipating her first visit to the North.

July 10 – 23, 2013
Nicole Bauberger is the artist chosen to represent the Alaska/Yukon region. Nicole is developing a national reputation for her oil landscapes and the 100 Dresses and Road Paintings series. Nicole will continue the latter projects on the Trail and will offer tips to hikers on working in acrylics. Nicole’s work can be viewed at www.nicolebauberger.com

August 10 – 23
Kara Sievewright is a graphic artist and writer from the West Coast but currently living in Toronto, who has exhibited her comics and books internationally. On the Chilkoot Trail, she will collect stories from hikers then create an accordion book about her experiences. See www.makerofnets.ca

All three artists will offer presentations or workshops in Skagway before and in Whitehorse soon after their residencies.

For the Yukon Arts Centre, these artist residencies are a way of fostering the Yukon’s creative and cultural economy. This program develops ties with tourism, extends it programs to remote areas of our territory, and brings a new and a broader audience in contact with contemporary artists. The program provides a stimulating working experience for artists and encourages art making that challenges the boundaries of creativity and medium exploration.

The program fulfils outreach goals for Parks Canada as well. It enriches the experience of Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site for visitors, and it brings awareness of the Trail and its stories to a wide range of local and urban audiences. Artists are uniquely able to transmit this awareness in powerful and different ways.

For further information contact:

Mary Bradshaw, Gallery Director
Yukon Arts Centre
867-667-8485

Or
Kate Alexander, Public Outreach Education Officer
Parks Canada, Yukon Field Unit
867-667-3903


LE « PARCOURS DES ARTISTES », PROGRAMME INTERNATIONAL D’ARTISTES EN RÉSIDENCE DE LA PISTE CHILKOOT, PREND DE L’EXPANSION EN 2013

Trois artistes intrépides passeront deux semaines à parcourir la piste Chilkoot cet été, se consacrant à leur art tout en se mettant à la portée des randonneurs rencontrés sur le sentier. À l’occasion de son 20e anniversaire, le Centre des arts du Yukon a augmenté son financement de façon à pouvoir inclure dans son programme un artiste local, un artiste américain et un artiste canadien, en partenariat avec Parcs Canada, le service des parcs nationaux des États-Unis et le magazine Alaska Geographic.

Ce programme, qui entame sa troisième année, n’avait jamais encore reçu un aussi grand nombre de candidatures : presque 100 artistes ont tenté leur chance d’obtenir une des trois places proposées. Nous sommes ravis d’annoncer le nom des artistes retenues cette année :

Du 4 au 17 juillet 2013 
Cassandra Loomis, muraliste et aquarelliste d’Annandale, en Virginie (U.S.A.), axera son travail sur la peinture des gens qu’elle rencontrera sur la piste Chilkoot et offrira des ateliers aux randonneurs le long du sentier. Voyageuse et alpiniste active qui s’est déjà rendue sur les six continents, notamment en Antarctique, Cassandra a hâte de se rendre pour la première fois dans le Nord.

Du 10 au 23 juillet 2013
Nicole Bauberger est l’artiste sélectionnée pour représenter la région Alaska-Yukon. Nicole a acquis une réputation nationale grâce à ses peintures à l’huile sur des thèmes paysagers, à sa série des 100 robes et à sa séquence de peintures exécutées le long de la route. Elle continuera à travailler sur ce dernier thème le long de la piste Chilkoot et conseillera les randonneurs sur la peinture à l’acrylique. Vous pouvez consulter ses œuvres sur www.nicolebauberger.com

Du 10 au 23 août 2013
Kara Sievewright, graphiste et auteure de la côte Ouest résidant actuellement à Toronto, a touché un public international avec ses bandes dessinées et ses livres. Sur la piste Chilkoot, elle recueillera les histoires des randonneurs, pour créer ensuite un livre-accordéon retraçant ses expériences. Voir www.makerofnets.ca

Ces trois artistes animeront des présentations ou des ateliers à Skagway, avant leur résidence, puis à Whitehorse, peu après leur retour.

Par ces résidences d’artistes, le Centre des arts du Yukon souhaite encourager l’économie créative et culturelle du Yukon. À travers ce programme, des liens se créent avec le tourisme, les régions éloignées de notre territoire sont mises en valeur et un public nouveau et plus large découvre des artistes contemporains. Les artistes y trouvent l’occasion d’une expérience de travail stimulante et un encouragement à poursuivre un travail où ils peuvent se dépasser pour développer leur créativité et explorer davantage leurs moyens d’expression.

Ce programme atteint aussi les objectifs de Parcs Canada de développement de la sensibilisation du public. L’expérience que font les visiteurs du lieu historique national de la Piste-Chilkoot se trouve enrichie et un vaste public local ou urbain peut découvrir la piste et son histoire. Les artistes ont une manière unique, percutante et diverse de transmettre ce qu’ils ressentent dans ces lieux.

Pour tous renseignements complémentaires, communiquer avec :

Mary Bradshaw, directrice de galerie
Centre des arts du Yukon
867-667-8485

Ou
Kate Alexander, agente, éducation du public en diffusion externe
Unité de gestion du Yukon
Parcs Canada
867-667-3903

Jay White, Chilkoot Trail Artist in Residence coming to OFH

Jay White, Chilkoot Trail Artist in Residence coming to OFH

This is going to be great!  Animator, Jay White, went over the Chilkoot Trail as part of the Chilkoot Trail Artist-in-Residence!  He just got back!!
Check out his Talk about his experience, and some AWESOME art, at the Old Fire Hall, 5pm, THURS, Aug 16.  Should be a great time!

Jay White likes to bring his imagination
to life through oil and watercolour paintings, animated
short films, and through interdisciplinary collaboration
with other artists.

His current animated short film, The Perfect Detonator,
premiered at the St. Louis International Film Festival, and
is now showing in festivals across the world.

THE CHILKOOT TRAIL ARTIST-in-RESIDENCE is a collaborative creation from Parks Canada, the US National Park Service, the Skagway Arts Council, and the Yukon Arts Centre!

Two countries,
two arts groups,
two park services,
two artists

---one big, long, exhausting, beautiful trail between them!