Gallery on 47th Open Studio Hours

Need a warm place to paint? Want to hang out for a few hours on Saturday or Sunday and work on a project alongside other artists? Want to make a bit of pocket money while you discuss the finer points of modernism with your fellow artists?

The Aurora Arts Society is sponsoring Artist Talks and Open Studio sessions during the month of February. Sign up to “host” an Open Studio Session either Saturday or Sunday from 12-4pm and we’ll pay you $200. If you are interested in giving an artist talk or presentation about your work any Friday evening in February, we’ll pay you $150 and buy the wine!

Click the link below to indicate your availability. We will email a schedule once we have filled up the volunteer spots.

Lets get together and make some art!

Notice to Members of the Aurora Arts Society

The Society’s Annual General Meeting will be held Thursday, February 19th at 5:30 pm at the Gallery on 47th Street across from the Primary Healthcare Centre parking lot.

The Aurora Arts Society provides opportunities for visual artists to exhibit their work, develop their skills and to share and participate with other arts organizations and the public in Yellowknife and the surrounding area to build and maintain a vibrant visual arts community.

The terms of a number of current directors are coming to an end and the AAS will be looking to fill the vacant seats.

If you are interested in getting involved with the contemporary visual arts scene in Yellowknife, please come out to the meeting and volunteer your time! New members are always welcome.

Food and drink will be provided.

For more information, email

Death in Detail by Marcus Jackson

Aurora Art Society welcomes printmaker and photographer Marcus Jackson to The Gallery on 47th Street.

An opening reception will be held on December 5th from 6pm to 10pm. Wine and dessert will be available while you enjoy the artwork and converse with the artist.

The exhibit of work will be on display the following day as well, on Saturday, December 6th from 12pm to 4pm.

Marcus describes his work below:

I am fascinated by roadkill. The spectacle of the accident motivates me to make work but the process for the final pieces is inspired by the traditions of momento mori, vanitas, and ceremony. For me there is something beautiful and tragic about the corpse of a wild animal.  Death is an historical record inscribed upon a body and I am attracted to the juxtaposition of tragedy and beauty when attempting to create works that evoke emotion. 

I am interested in exploring how wild animals act as allegorical vehicles for human narratives by creating images of wild animals that invite the viewer to create their own story. I salvage road-killed animals and birds and use them as subjects in my work. I photograph them and arrange them in an attempt to stir an idea of narrative in the viewer.

To learn more about Marcus Jackson and his practice view the following videos:

VIDEO: Marcus Jackson: Why I love Printmaking

VIDEO: Marcus Jackson: On Drypoint Etching

VIDEO: Marcus Jackson: On his obsession with birds

Landon Peters’ Shack Attack Show

The Aurora Arts Society is please to announce that local Yellowknife artist, Landon Peters, will be displaying a new body of work titled Shack Attack at The Gallery on 47th Street.

This show will feature a collection of oil paintings from local shacks to local landscapes.

Starting with the opening reception on Friday, November 28th from 6-10pm and continuing on Saturday, November 29th from 12-4pm.

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The Italian Experience by Jennifer Walden

Join renowned artist, Jennifer Walden, at The Gallery on 47th Street on Friday, November 21, from 6pm to 10pm, with a special Artist Talk at 7pm, and Saturday, November 22, from 12pm to 4pm.

Featuring a new collection of artwork in oils and buon fresco by Jennifer Walden, using techniques she learned in Florence, Italy in 2014. Works created with a historic palette of paints made of semi-precious stones and rare materials.

Follow Jennifer on Facebook for more information on her work.

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Northern Identity by Samantha Stuart

Join local Yellowknife photographer Samantha Stuart for her first solo-exhibit. Aurora Arts Society and The Gallery on 47th Street is excited to support up and coming artists with a space to showcase their work.

Northern Identity by Samantha Stuart is a collection of northern landscapes, abstract images and creative portraits

I’ve always enjoyed taking pictures, the light, the mood, the emotion. It’s a lot of fun! We’re lucky in Yellowknife to have a close knit photography community who are open and honest and who will teach and critique. I have learnt a lot from workshops by Dave Brosha and Pat Kane. I have also learnt a lot from just shooting, trying new things, having fun.

- Samantha Stuart

Join Samantha at The Gallery on 47th Street, Friday, November 14, 2014 from 6pm-10pm for an opening reception with wine and treats. If you can’t make Friday night stop in on Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 12pm to 4pm.

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Mirage by Robert Wilson

Bob’s got a brand new show coming to the Gallery on 47th Street and it’s not to be missed.

A mirage is a naturally occurring optical phenomena in which light rays are bent to produce a displaced image of distant objects or the sky. Other than the naturally-occurring part, so are photographs; photographs are man-made mirages.

The mirages in this latest collection are all of natural objects and sky, circular and encompassing. They are reminiscent of the renaissance tradition of the “Tondo”, circular paintings, mostly religious in nature. In the traditional Tondo form, the background is often simplified or omitted, emphasizing the religious figure or saint considered the subject of the work. How very like Man to emphasize himself at the expense of the environment. I have chosen to give weight to the background and natural elements, excluding any reference to humanity other than where I, as a human, have pointed the camera and when I have pressed the shutter. My intention is to emphasize the natural world that sustains us, from which we were formed, and to which we will return.

Our blood will return to the sea, and our bones to the earth. We must understand that we are part of great, interlocking cycles which we disrupt at our peril. We do not own the planet; we are a part of it. We must begin to make our peace with it.

Join Robert Wilson on Friday, November 7th from 6pm to 10pm and again on Saturday, November 8th from 12pm to 4pm at the Gallery on 47th Street.

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Cape Dorset 2014 Print Collection

The Aurora Arts Society is pleased to announce that the acclaimed 2014 Cape Dorset Annual Limited Edition Print Collection is coming to the Gallery on 47th Street.

Friday, October 17th, 6pm-10pm
Saturday, October 18th, 12pm-4pm

This year’s collection highlights a new generation of artists who
are redefining the meaning of ‘Inuit art’ through original subject
matter and some bold and daring print techniques in the traditional
media of stonecut/stencil, lithography and etching/aquatint.

For more information visit:

Revenue generated from the show will go back into the visual artist community of Yellowknife and the Northwest Territories through talks, workshops and shows.

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Moms, Boobs, Babies – Anytime, Anywhere

Aurora Arts Society in partnership with Moms, Boobs, Babies are pleased to announce Anytime, Anywhere, a collection of artwork featuring families and babies with a focus on breastfeeding.

Showcasing mother-baby pairs nursing “Anytime, Anywhere”, in an effort to normalize breastfeeding in out community.

Come out to The Gallery on 47th Street Friday, October 10th, from 4pm – 9pm.

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Arts Week 2014 Thank-you and Winners

Arts Week has finally wrapped up! Thanks so much to everyone who came out and supported the events. It is great to see such community support for the Arts.
We would like to say congratulations to our 2014 Trashformation winners:

Congratulations to our first place winner Diane Boudreau, who created the sculpture titled Burnt Spruce. Diane will receive a $250 gift certificate for framing thanks to our sponsor Visual Effects.

First Runner up was Dot Van Vliet who’s excellent and witty piece titled My Number One Pet Peeve nabbed her an original work of art from our visiting artist Jessica Gowling.

The People’s Choice Award from this year’s Member’s show was won by one of our newest members, Maria Bhule for her piece titled Polar Dip. Maria receives a $250 gift certificate for art supplies from our newest sponsor, The Paint Spot gallery and art supplies.

We would also like to take a moment to thank the Prince of Wales for their ongoing support and cooperation in making Arts Week all that it can be. We appreciate everything you do for us.

Thanks also to our other long-time sponsors, NWT Arts Council, Canadian Heritage, The Northern Frontier Visitors Centre, and KopyKat North. Thank you for everything you do to support the Arts, we couldn’t do it without you.