Grain Elevators & The Midnight Sun

On June 30, I opened my solo exhibition Through That Which Is Scene at ODD Gallery in Dawson City. I left Ottawa on June 22 and had a stop-over in Whitehorse. It was my first time experiencing the “Land of the Midnight Sun” so close to the solstice and it was truly amazing! The next morning I arrived in Dawson with 4 suitcases containing my entire exhibition.

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Front Street – Dawson City taken June 24, 2016 11:00pm

I spent most of my days installing the exhibition with the help of the Klondike Institute of Arts and Culture (KIAC) Staff. We had a lot of fun playing with train sets. Tamika is a summer student at KIAC and an art student at NSCAD University and now experienced at building miniature grain elevators! She’s an amazing jewellery artist and a future feature on Tea & Bannock.

When I wasn’t busy with the installation, I was able to explore some trails around Dawson:

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Hike to Moosehide Slide

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Rainbow over the Yukon River

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View from the Dome on a rainy night

Travelling solo can be challenging and get a little lonely, but I met so many amazing people on my journey that it was difficult to leave. The beauty of the land and the generosity of the people is unlike anywhere I’ve ever been.

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My show is up until July 30th, so check it out if you find yourself in Dawson City at one of the many summer festivals like the Moosehide Gathering which takes place July 28-31 this year.

Many thanks to the KIAC Staff, Meg Walker, Tamika Knutson, my roommates Debbie and Bella, and everyone who came out to my talk and opening! And thanks to Canada Council for the Arts for the Travel Grant for Visual Artists.

-jt. arcand

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