Arts Week Schedule

Arts Week will be September 20-28 this year with many great events at locations in the downtown area. Here is the schedule so have a look and get ready for a fun-filled week of art and creative inspiration.

Recycled Glass Workshops
Saturday 21
Old Town Glassworks
3510 McDonald Drive

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

Trashformations Exhibit
Sept 21-27, museum hours
PWNHC Auditorium

Altered Books: Found Poems
Sunday 21
Jessica Gowling (visiting artist)
12 – 4 pm, Location TBD

Open Studio Tours
Sunday, 21 from 12-4 pm
Various Locations

Stolons: Interactive Installation
Monday 23 – Saturday 27
Courtney Chetwynd (visiting artist)
11 am -5 pm daily, PWNHC

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

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

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

Closing and Awards
Friday, 26 from 6-10 pm

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

AAS and SPCA present “Best in Show”

husky pup

The Aurora Arts Society is co-hosting “Best in Show”, with the NWT SPCA to benefit the lost, stray and abandoned animals of Yellowknife. “Best in Show” will feature animal-themed work from local artists and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the NWT SPCA.

“Best in Show” opens at the Gallery on 47th Street Friday, August 15, at 6:00 pm

On Saturday, August 16 the show and sale continues between 12 noon and 4:00 pm along with a meet and greet with select animals from the NWT SPCA and on-site pet portraits.

A portion of the proceeds from the sales of work and pet portraits will be donated to the NWT SPCA.

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