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.


Arts Week 2014 – Schedule

Arts Week 2014 will be September 20-27 this year with many great art related events at locations throughout downtown Yellowknife. Aurora Arts Society is celebrating its 15th Arts Week this year and are looking forward to celebrating the arts within the community.

Below is a full schedule of events for the week along with a information on what you can expect:

Recycled Glass Workshops
Saturday, September 20
Old Town Glassworks
3510 McDonald Drive

Try your hand to working with recycled glass at Yellowknife’s now famous Old Town Glassworks. For available times and cost call 669-7654 or email

Arts Week Kick Off
Saturday, September 20 from 6-9 pm

Join us at the Prince of Wale Northern Heritage Centre Café for the kick-off of Arts Week 2014. Here from different speakers and have a first hand look at this years Transhformation Exhibit. Beverages and snacks will be on hand.

Trashformations Exhibit
Sept 21-27, museum hours
PWNHC Auditorium

Stop in at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre Auditorium throughout the week and view this years submissions to the Trashformation Exhibit. Artist are challenged to create art pieces from 80% recycled material. They are encouraged to scavenge from their yards, friends yards, garage sales and the dump. As well as being on display all week, the winner of this competition will be announced at the Arts Week closing reception on the 26th.

Altered Books: Found Poems Workshop
Jessica Gowling (visiting artist)
Sunday, September 21, 1 – 4 pm

Jessica Gowling will be facilitating a found poem and altered book workshop. Participants will be creating a poem from a text in their book and altering the page by creating an image related to the poem they “discover”.

Participants will need to bring whatever materials they want to use to alter their books (paint, markers, ink etc.) We will have books for participants to alter OR they can bring their own.

Recommended materials: paint, brushes, water container; or markers, ink or pencil crayons; as well as some newspaper or newsprint, a glue stick, and scissors.

$25/per participant – Register by emailing

Open Studio Tours
Sunday, September 21 from 12-4 pm
Various Locations – Start at G472

Take yourself on a self-guided tour through various artist studios in Yellowknife. This tour will give you the opportunity to see first hand how each artist creates their work and the chance to discuss it with them. Check our website for further information

Stolons: Interactive Installation presented by PWHNC
Monday, September 22 – Saturday, September 27
Courtney Chetwynd (visiting artist)
11 am -5 pm daily, PWNHC

Working from a Fort McPherson tent in the museum lobby, Courtney Chetwynd collects intimate ideas and memories Northerners have of their home.

This installation work explores the construction of identity, memory, and home as a spatial process that is not only physical, but investigated through the ‘invisible’ found within actions, relationships, and stories.

More information on this installation can be found on the PWNHC website:

Artist Meet and Greet
Samantha Stuart (Photographer)
Monday, September 22, 5-8 pm

Going local Photographer Samantha Stuart at the Gallery on 47th Street as she hosts a public artist meet and greet.

Clients, artists and the public are welcome to come meet Samantha, view the AAS members exhibit that will be on display all week and have some fun with a photo booth.

Artist Talk: Mastering Etsy
Jessica Gowling
Tuesday, September 23, 7-9 pm

Jessica Gowling is a visiting artist from Kootney Mountain area of BC, who will being a talking about her journey and art. She is a traditional printmaker, detailed illustrator, animal hugger, forest adventurer & creative blogger. You can read more about Jessica and follow her blog at

Panel Discussion: Marketing Your Art
Jessica Gowling, Pat Kane, Alison McCreesh, Nancy Mullick
Wednesday, September 24 from 7-9pm

Join us for a panel discussion on Marketing Your Art at the Northern Frontier Visitor Centre. Each panelist comes from a different background and different approach to marketing their art and have both success and failure along the way. Through this discussion you might develop ideas on how to can approach it for your own artwork, whether online or within your community.

Artist Talk: Stolons
Courtney Chetwynd
Thursday, September 25, 7-9 pm

Go visiting artist Courtney Chetwynd at The Gallery on 47th Street as she talks about her instalment Stolons, which is on display at the PWNHC.

Closing and Awards
Friday, September 26 from 6-10 pm

Finally, join us again at The Gallery on 47th Street for the Arts Week closing reception. Wine and snacks will be on hand while you once again enjoy the work of the Aurora Arts Society members.  Winners of the Trashformation contest will also be announced.

PWNHC = Museum
NFVA = Visitors Centre
G47 = Gallery on 47th Street

Arts Week 2014 – Call for Artists

Studio Tour

Call for Artists for Aurora Arts Society ArtsWeek Studio Tours

The Aurora Arts Society is inviting artists with working studios to participate in the annual ArtsWeek studio tours on Sunday, September 21st from 12 to 4 p.m. The self-guided tour will give the public an opportunity to see artists at work in their studios and have an opportunity to discuss with them how their works are created. Because we are promoting this as a working studio tour and not just an arts open house, we are asking artists to be actively working in their studio during the tour.

For more information or to sign-up, please contact Ainsley Dempsey at Deadline for entry is Wednesday, September 17th but please contact us as soon as possible if you are interested.

Also, don’t miss your chance to display and sell your work during this year’s members show to be displayed at The Gallery on 47th Street throughout ArtsWeek.

Contact Ainsley for more information or if you are interested in submitting pieces to the show.

Trashformation Competition

It’s that time of year again…. time to get salvaging and recycle and upcycle your creative masterpiece!

The Aurora Arts Society is once again hosting the Trashformation competition, where trashy becomes classy. Trashformation art pieces are made from at least 80% recycled material. This can be from your yard, a friends yard, garage sale or salvaged at the local dump. Entries will be on display at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre during Arts Week, from September 20 – 28th. This is your chance to recycle your way into the hearts of art-lovers everywhere and win great prizes and bragging rights in the process!

There will be lots of prizes including a special people’s choice award. An independent panel of judges will be deciding the winners and prizes will be awarded Friday, September 26 at 8pm during the Arts Week closing reception at the Gallery on 47th.

Your Trashformations can be dropped off at the museum auditorium Saturday, September 20th between 12 Noon and 4pm. The competition is open to any AAS member for the 2013-2014 membership year. You can purchase a membership on our website at or fill it out at the museum when you drop off your prize-winning art piece!

Full Eligibility:

  • Artworks must be of approximately 80% recycled materials.
  • The artwork must be created from materials that would otherwise be disposed of in the trash or materials found at the Yellowknife Dump.
  • Artwork must be ready to hang on the wall and should be no larger than fit through a standard doorway. Freestanding sculptural works are also encouraged and must have a footprint of no larger than what can fit through a standard doorway.
  • Participants must be members of the Aurora Arts Society 2013-2014 year (you can become a member for $10 when you register).

Annual Members Show

It is time once again to show off all your hard work from this past year. The AAS Annual Members show will take place at the Gallery on 47th during Arts Week September 19-27.

This is an opportunity to show off your best work from the past year in a professional gallery. As a thank you to all of our dedicated members, there will be no commission on sales. That’s right! 100% of sales will go directly to YOU the artist.

AAS Members can arrange to drop off their work at the Gallery on 47 anytime BEFORE September 15. Don’t worry, if you are not yet a member you can purchase a membership online at

To make arrangements to drop off your work for the member’s show please email