Call for Artists: “Best in Show”

The Aurora Arts Society is calling all artists for art submissions for “Best in Show”, an upcoming event co-hosted by the AAS and the NWT SPCA to benefit the lost, stray and abandoned animals of Yellowknife.

Artists are asked to submit animal inspired art pieces in any media of their choosing, for presentation, sale and judging at the Gallery on 47th Street. Artists may submit work that they have already completed, or create an original piece for the event. 

The NWT SPCA invites all artists out to their shelter at 118 Falcon Road to meet the animals, get inspired and/or create some art while there.  The shelter will have volunteers on hand to assist you on Saturday, July 19, Saturday, July 26 & Saturday, August 2, from 1:00 – 3:00PM.

“Best in Show” will open at the Gallery on 47th Street on Friday, August 15, between
6:00 –10:00 pm where the judging of submitted pieces and creation of a collaborative art piece for the NWT SPCA Pet Walk will also take place. 

On Saturday, August 16 the show and sale will continue between 12 noon and 4:00 pm and we will also have a meet and greet with select animals from the NWT SPCA and onsite pet portrait photography sessions.

Final artwork must be dropped off at the NWT SPCA shelter at 118 Falcon Road “ready to hang” no later than Tuesday, August 5, 2014.

A 40% commission from art sales will be shared equally with the NWT SPCA.

Call to Artists, Opportunity for Participation in Ramble and Ride

This year’s Ramble and Ride will be organizing pallet painting and would like to invite you to help paint them. There are 10 pallets to be painted and they will provide artists with one or more pallets each to paint as they wish. The pallets will then be installed for public display along fences of Old Town year-round. They would like the pallets to be painted during the festival August 1, 2 and 3 if possible or they may also be prepped before hand.

Artists will be paid a stipend for participating.

To participate contact:
Nico Koenig
Old Town Ramble & Ride Coordinator

Field Law Community Fund

The Aurora Arts Society Awarded Funds from the Field Law Community Fund

The Aurora Arts Society would like to say THANK YOU to the generous folks at Field Law. The Aurora Arts Society was fortunate enough to win second place in the Field Law Community Fund. You can learn about the other winners here:

Description of our Project

In January, 2014, the Aurora Arts Society took over the management of The Gallery on 47th Street in downtown Yellowknife as the owners no longer had time to commit to its operation. The AAS intends to build on the Gallery’s previous successes by hosting commercial and non-commercial exhibitions of local visual art and artists. Two commercial exhibitions have already been held in 2014 including a first of its kind make-up artistry exhibition and an exhibition of nude photography.

A call for artists has recently been sent out to fill 20 spaces for 1-week commercial art shows which consist of a Friday night opening reception and Saturday open hours. Shows are open to members of the public with the AAS providing refreshments, advertising and staffing for events. Artists exhibiting at the Gallery must be members in good standing of the Aurora Arts Society.

The AAS will also be distributing a call for artists for 10 non-commercial, juried exhibitions to be held over the next 12 months. These exhibitions will be selected by a trained jury and will consist of multiple artists and media. The juried exhibitions will be two weeks in length and again the AAS will provide refreshments, advertising and staff for the events.

By taking over The Gallery on 47th Street, the AAS has secured a public art venue which otherwise would have been closed, provides an opportunity for its members to display locally produced art and allows Yellowknifers and visitors to view Yellowknife’s vibrant visual arts community.

Who will it benefit?

While there are other art-related venues in Yellowknife such as the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, some local arts and crafts stores, and the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre, the City has been lacking a visual arts display space. In the summer of 2011, Colin and Ainsley opened The Gallery on 47th Street as a space for local artists to display their work in individual and solo shows regardless of subject matter.

The space provides local artists (within Yellowknife and the Northwest Territories) with the opportunity to create and display work that other venues will not display such as experimental installations, nude portraiture and non-commercial pieces. The Gallery also allows visitors to and residents of Yellowknife to experience art created in their community. Through The Gallery on 47th Street, the Aurora Arts Society is supporting the Yellowknife visual arts community and encouraging new and emerging artists to experiment and grow their craft in the Northwest Territories.

Aurora Arts Society AGM 2014 Report

Hello Members, Artists, and Supporters!

Thank you to all who came out to the AAS AGM we had quite a productive and educational meeting. We went through business quite quickly; the presidents report was optimistic about the future of the society, the positive impact the acquisition of the Gallery on 47th has had on membership, and recognized all the hard work of the 2013-2014 AAS board members.

An informative and passionate discussion took place at the end of the meeting which gave the new board insight into the arts community and the need for a public gallery. We are committed to creating a vibrant art space for use by artists and the community at large to showcase creative projects and access contemporary art. We encourage everyone to participate in group exhibits and commercial shows as well as to come out and support the work of your peers. We hope the gallery can be a place where all artists can come together to network, discuss art, collaborate and of course see some amazing work!

We look forward to bringing you programming that includes contemporary artists from across the north and across the country as well as programming and shows featuring local artists and creative projects from your community.

Your 2014-2015 AAS Board of Directors

President: Marcus jackson
Vice President: Kyle Thomas
Secretary: Ainsley Dempsey
Treasurer: Colin Dempsey
Director: Helen Vaughn-Barrieau
Director: Bob Wilson
Director: Douglas Witt


We have plenty of opportunities for people who would like to volunteer whether that is for five minutes sharing our Facebook posts and events to an hour or few here and there at events. If you have other skills that you would like to bring to the AAS please feel free to get in touch with our volunteer coordinator Helen Vaughn-Barrieau