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Over two hundred and fifty people gathered to enjoy Emma Barr’s fine art

Emma Barr at her event "My Best Work Yet" on Thursday. | Photo: Gurdeep Pandher

By: Gurdeep Pandher

November 13, 2014 – Whitehorse based renowned painter organized an exhibition of her new work at the waterfront station in Whitehorse to celebrate 10 years of her painting career. She organized an event “My Best Work Yet” and over two hundred and fifty people visited very first day to take a glimpse of her work. She unveiled over a dozen new original oil paintings created in the studio over the last 12 months.

“We had a lot more visitors than we thought,” said Emma. “A lot of people have been watching me for ten years and so they got to see what ten years does to somebody that they support. I think everyone is pretty excited.”

While providing details about her show, Emma said, “It was a pop-up gallery in a location that nobody knew about and it was very kind of sneaky the way I did the advertising, I didn’t really do typical media release or posters or hand out invites, I used the guests list that I had developed over ten years. I invited four hundred people and two fifty came so that’s really good.”

The event was well organized. There were many things like live music, champagne, artist interview, photography, filming, etc. While talking to the Yukon Times, Emma explained scenes behind the scenes, “We just knew that we wanted to have an event that was done really nicely kind of like a business after hours but turning it in to the art scenes, like a patron appreciation and celebration of the ten year journey of an artist and then showing my best work and the most mature work that I have. Now we just decided to do so many things that were untraditional in terms of having an art show and we didn’t do it with the gallery we made our own gallery. We didn’t have any power or lights so we set up lights like we didn’t have. I don’t know we didn’t have the typical artist talk where the artist is standing behind the mike and we pulled Terry McCarthy and because she’s a friend and we did an interview and it was such a special event that I got my other friend Jessica Hall to film it all and I had another friend photograph everything properly.”

Art lovers gathered at Waterfront Station to watch new paintings by Emma Barr | Photo: Gurdeep Pandher
Art lovers gathered at Waterfront Station to watch new paintings by Emma Barr | Photo: Gurdeep Pandher

Emma described she had to rely on a huge amount of people, infrastructure, and volunteers. For her, it was also an emotional journey that also required a lot of patience.

“It was also bringing together a huge amount of working support and volunteers, and to make it like because it was a posh event you show up and you got champagne and you got some food and you got some wine, it cost a lot of money I mean, it was a blank space with nothing in it, not even any power outlets. Then I had to hire lights, I had to hire a van, I had to hire somebody for tables and drinks. I had to hire the alcohol it was just nuts but then we figured out a way to pay for the event because there was no guarantee ever that we’re going to sell any arts there never is, you don’t when it’s going to happen and it’s an emotional reaction,” she said.

Creating art involves money and there is no guarantee if the creator can recover his/her costs. Emma detailed her plans, “We designed it so that the workshop that I’m doing tomorrow and the next day would pay for the costs of the party if we had enough registration and then the back up plan as if we didn’t have enough registration that we would ask some sponsorship. We did all of that and we came in our budget as a cost neutral event so then in the fact that I did sell paintings that was all profit and I was actually get paid for once.”

Emma was very clear from a very young age that those were her linings were to the artistic side and primarily painting or drawing and creating from her hands. Once she was in grade school she was always stronger in Communication and Arts.

“I was a little bit okay with sports but not really like I wasn’t really that interested, I had to be really pushed into doing with the test program with cross-country skiing and stuff but then not helped me love the outdoors more and be able to live outdoors in all the different elements,” she said.

After graduating from Kootenay School of the Arts in Nelson, BC., Emma decided that she was going to start a studio practice and made a ten year plan. Her ten year plan included working in the arts field and did different art related jobs. She sold advertising, did graphic design, etc.

“I did that for the first five or seven years and then it was time like I had it was like one day I just couldn’t do my job at the newspaper anymore, I was just like into it I was into like I got to start this business.” Emma recalled her those days.

“Five years ago I work full time and I launched Emma Barr Fine Art and Design and I did a lot of design works still within my studio.”

Thursday was first day of four days events with a 10th year anniversary party. There was school group and other public visits on Friday and workshops about colour theory and planning and executing a landscape painting on site Saturday and Sunday.

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The Brass Knucklers are all set to perform on Wednesday

The Brass Knuckle band playing in Atlin, BC. Photo: Gurdeep Pandher

The Brass Knuckle Society members create hypnotizing music. Jesse Whitehead plays trumpet, Thibaut Rondel plays alto saxophone, Will Hegsted is on tenor saxophone, Kristen Range is an accordion player, Wiliam Auclair Bellemare plays tuba, Josh Regnier is on drums, and Colleen McCarthy is a trombone player. The band is performing this Wednesday at Old Fire Hall in Whitehorse at 7:00 PM. This is the last show of the group. So, don’t miss!

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The Yukon Commissioner’s Annual Youth Showcase Concert- The Northern Muses Strike Young

The Commissioner of Yukon, the Honourable Doug Phillips speaking at the concert. (Photo: Alina Dragomir/ Yukon Times)

By Alina Dragomir

[dropcap]We[/dropcap] all know the territory is home to some of the finest artistic talent – from craft artisans to musicians to visual artists, the North seems to play the role of muse for many Yukoners, who contribute to our wonderful and diverse cultural richness.

This trend appears to be present in Yukon’s youth as well, who are receiving much less limelight even though they are exhibiting no less talent.

It is with this in mind that the Commissioner of Yukon, the Honourable Doug Phillips, was inspired to present young artists from all over the territory with unique opportunities to showcase their talent.

Mr. Phillips has been involved in Yukon public life for over 15 years as part of his political career, and continues to do so since his appointment as Commissioner of Yukon in 2010.

In this role, he considers himself to be in the ideal position to achieve positive impact for Yukoners. “You get to see the benefit while being in a non-political role,” Phillips said.

Barndance Band open the Showcase Concert.
Barndance Band open the Showcase Concert.

Mr. Phillips’ dream was to promote and highlight Yukon’s talented youth. “There’s so little opportunities for youth to perform,” explained Lyndsey Hamilton, of the office of the Commissioner.

To address this, the Commissioner’s Youth Showcase program was created, which aims to recognise and encourage young artists and musicians in the Yukon through performances and artwork displays held during several events each year.

On Friday, November 22, the Commissioner hosted the 2nd Annual Youth Showcase Concert at the Old Fire Hall. This event invited the public for a lineup of music and dance performances, as well as an art exhibit displaying visual pieces by young artists from all over the Yukon.

The dual-purpose of this event was to give youth a chance to perform in front of a large audience, as well as to give Yukoners a chance to be exposed to these youth.

The reception and concert was entirely hosted by the Commissioner's Office.
The reception and concert was entirely hosted by the Commissioner’s Office.

Featured artists are chosen for this and other events twice a year by an impartial committee of volunteers. In addition to the chance to perform, selected young artists are also presented with a framed certificate in recognition of their achievement, as well as a gift certificate to encourage them in their artistic pursuits.

“It was like a dream,” Phillips said in an interview following the event. “I was a bit emotional, it was better than what I had in mind.”

Some participants at the Showcase Concert are also invited to perform at other events such as the Commissioner’s Tea and Ball held annually in Dawson City.

Visual art exhibit during the 2nd Annual Commissioner's Youth Showcase Concert.
Visual art exhibit during the 2nd Annual Commissioner’s Youth Showcase Concert.

Over the course of these events, Phillips realised that it’s not only a positive experience for the youth involved, but that “the effects can be far-reaching.” The parents and the teachers benefit, while the audience itself is transformed, he explained.

“If even one of these kids becomes successful in his or her career – and likely more than one will,” added Phillips, he or she will be able to look back on this experience as an opportunity to gain confidence and will to persevere.

Mr. Phillips hopes that the Commissioner’s Youth Showcase program, along with the associated events, will become integrated into the Commissioner’s role even after his term ends, and that the next appointed Commissioner will continue to promote and encourage talented Yukon youth.

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Event: Because I am a Girl – The Concert

Because I am a Girl

Day: Friday October 11th
Time: 8:00 PM
Place: Mt Mac Rec Centre.

Seven incredibly talented young (14-16) ladies will be performing originals, duets, trios and all kinds of music from Bonnie Raitt to Metallica!

Tickets are $10 and are available at Dean’s Music and Unitech.

All proceeds go to the Because I am a Girl Education Campaign that assists girls and young women throughout the developing world to education.

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Event: Leaf House Small Space Design & Build Workshop

Leaf House Small Space Design & Build ( is hosting a workshop to teach people about tiny houses! The workshop is on October 19th and 20th 2013. It will teach participants how to design their own space, including laying out floor plans, systems, aesthetic and materials, the build process and cold climate construction. Food and snacks are included.

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Event: September 27, 2013 | Yukon Women in Music’s AGM | Westmark dining room

Event: September 27, 2013 | Yukon Women in Music’s AGM | Westmark dining room

When: September 27 at 5:30, Social hour until 6:30, then the AGM
Where: Westmark dining room on the left hand side.
Who: Please join us if you are a member already, if you are interested in being a member, or if you are interested in supporting Yukon Women in Music.

Come and find out what is happening over the next year. Consider being on the board, volunteering to help with a concert, or be involved with another of our projects. Snacks are provided.

Also consider being a board member. They meet once a month usually plus some outside involvement. Come join and have some influence on what the group is doing and get to know other members well!