The sound of art
Ever wonder what art looks like – in between the blank canvas and the final creation? Well here’s your chance.
Arts Underground has handed the gallery over to artists Jordy Walker and Meg Walker from August 3 to August 11. The project is called Lost in the River and is a “sound art and responsive drawing collaboration.” Not sure what that means? Well, neither are we, but we think it’s got something to do with Arts Underground’s overall initiative called the Resonance Project. It encourages the exploration of visual arts using non-traditional materials and media. Sound is the main focus for this summer and people are welcome to stop by top see the artists in action. The final presentation of Lost in the River will be on August 11 at 7 p.m.
Copper Moon shines on the elements
Manu Keggenhoff has taken over the Copper Moon Gallery with a new solo show called Facing the Elements. It’s a call to all hearty northerners who love the weather and climate up here in the Yukon. The show starts today and runs until the end of the month.
The animal in art
Friends of the Dempster and the Tombstone Territorial Park are joining forces to create Art Magic in Tombstone. The artist show and talk with Faye Chamberlain starts tonight at 7:30. The guest artist will also be hosting a workshop on Saturday at 10 a.m. The workshop, called Fish and Fauna: from the water and the land to our hands, will include fish scale art and caribou tufting at Tombstone Interpretive Centre – but don’t forget $10 for materials when you show up. Spots are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
It looks squishy…
If you missed the opening on August 1, you can still drop by the Chocolate Claim to get a coffee and a dose of PANDEMONIUM. Lara Melnik’s show is a colourful collection of mushrooms, flowers and swirls. The Play-Doh-looking clay Melnik uses to create these pieces look kind of squishy and delectable – but even though the clay is non-toxic, we suggest you stick to eating the delicious treats and goodies from the cafe instead.
This Sunday is the 8th Annual Ibex Valley Bouldering Festival. What? It’s been happening for eight years and you don’t even know what bouldering is? Well, you clearly haven’t climbed a rock in your day. Head out, down the Old Alaska Highway, and find out exactly what it means to boulder. But if clinging yourself onto giant rocks isn’t your thing, there’s also juggling, slacklining, highlining and a dyno competition. Don’t know what all that is either? Well, just rest assured that any festival you need a four-wheel drive to get at means it’s probably pretty hardcore. Things are supposed start rock-ing at 10 a.m.
Real railway stories
The Miles Canyon Historic Railway Society is making a stop in Whitehorse with their travelling exhibit, Chinese Legacies: Building the Canadian Pacific Railway. Heralding all the way from the Revelstoke Railway Museum, this exhibit begins to tell the fascinating story of Chinese labourers who built the Canadian Pacific Railway between Port Moody and Craigellachie. Fall into the history of the labourers’ own journey to BC, their living and working conditions, the contribution they made to the construction of the railway and to the nation itself. Along with a documentary, original artifacts and text available in English, French and Mandarin, there is also a railway workers’ campsite diorama.
The stop in Whitehorse will be at the Waterfront Trolley’s Roundhouse (1127 First Avenue), meaning you’ll also get the chance to see inside the building and walk through the Railbus, which originally ran between Fraser and Bennett, BC, carrying hikers back and forth from the Chilkoot Trail.
You can stop by between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., any day of the week, and tickets are available that include a round-trip ride on the Waterfront Trolley.
Quashing Dracula’s bad rap
Ever thought bats got a bad rap thanks to that bloodsucking relative of theirs? Well, grab a coffee or a Red Bull or just take a nap and then head out to the Chadburn Lake Recreation Site tonight at 10:30 p.m. to catch a glimpse and learn some stuff about bats. Carrie McClelland and Piia Kukka will be hosting a free evening interpretive talk about the not-so-scary little guys’ biology, habitat and conservation. The talk is scheduled to go until 1 a.m. and it’s free.
If you started reading this because your lava lamp is heating up and your Grateful Dead record is poised to play, skip along. This Saturday there is a free interpretive workshop on the extraordinary and edible fungi, not necessarily their psychedelic cousins. Biologist Sam Skinner will start this free workshop from the Chadburn Lake Recreation Site cooking shelter at 11 a.m. So tag along and find out about the fungi living in your backyard!
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