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All are welcome to join us for Demo Days: artist demonstrations and talks on Wednesdays during July and August at the Yukon Arts Centre Public Art Gallery. Take time to meet local artists, discuss their works and try your hand at creating a craft based artwork. 
 
Artist Demonstrations & Talks
July 8 – Lena White - 3:30 - 6:30 pm

Lena White was born in Ville La Salle, Quebec, and was raised in Ontario, and Northern B.C.  It wasn't until 1995, Lena moved to the Yukon where she fell in love with the First Nations Culture,and started to sew.  Taught by her Mother in Law, and Mentor  Annie Smith of the Kwanlin Dun First Nation, Lena can make almost anything, or else she will make a pattern and design it. Passion is what drives her.

In 2007, Lena moved to Inuvik, NWT and enrolled in the Traditional Arts Program to learn another Culture's way of sewing.   An accomplishment is she proud of since she was able to bring it back and teach Annie and her friends sitting around Annie's kitchen table, where it all started years ago.

Lena's most honoured accomplishment to date is making it to the 2010 Olympics and being featured in 3 different shows, and making into the book Sewing Our Traditions Dolls of Canada's North, with her Mother in Law Annie Smith.

Her next goal is to conquer Nunavut's Arctic College, for the Fur Design Program.

Demo Days celebrates the Found, Forged & Fused exhibition, A survey of handmade works from the Yukon Permanent Art Collection.   Exhibition runs from June 4 to August 29, 2015

Photo Credit: artwork Lena White, photo © Government of Yukon