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

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