the Magic of Libraries, an 8 paneled mural at the Whitehorse Public Library
Winging North: 30 etching and hand hammered copper birds and a soundscape at the Canada Games Centre, Whitehorse, Yukon
River Walk, 5 concrete columns with stainless steel embellishments and 5 stone mosaics, Shipyards Park, Whitehorse, Yukon
the LLAMA Project
The Three Rivers project was the brain child of Juri Peepre, CPAWS Yukon. In 2003, a group of 8 artists were invited to participate on 3 concurrent northern river journeys (the Wind, Snake and Bonnet Plume Rivers) and then make art in response. The exhibition is currently touring. Joyce’s piece”Ode to the Wind”, is 20′ in length. The work is comprisec of 2 pieces of dyed (painted and silkscreened) heavy weight silk which is suspended from the ceiling to create an undulating river shape. The work was created at the Banff Centre with the support of the Banff Centre and a Yukon Government Advanced Artist Award.
Joyce and Juri were both interviewed for Radio Canada International for a series on Water that ran in 2003.
three rivers: wild waters, sacred places showed at the Kelowna Art Gallery February 4 to April 2, 2006
Prominent Canadian Artists Join Conservationists, First Nations and Scientists to Showcase Three Yukon Rivers
Whitehorse, Yukon – Eight prominent Canadian visual artists have been chosen to join conservationists, scientists, and members of Yukon and Northwest Territories First Nations’ communities in a project to highlight the importance of conserving three legendary northern rivers. This project, launched by the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS-Yukon), unites the compelling forces of art, science, local culture and first hand wilderness experience to send a visual message to Canadians through an art exhibition. But the project begins with an expedition. Artists will first spend 18 days paddling down three of Canada´s most wild northern rivers to drive home the power of this pristine landscape and its cultural significance. Inspired by their journeys, the artists will then produce works for a touring exhibition, “The Three Rivers: Wild Waters, Sacred Places”, to be launched in 2004.”An art exhibit is a superb way to bring the beauty and importance of this remote part of the country into the consciousness of Canadians,” explains Juri Peepre, Executive Director of CPAWS-Yukon and the leader of the Three Rivers project. “Canadians need to know that these rivers are priceless national treasures on all kinds of levels. They are part of an enormous unspoiled and globally important watershed; they support the traditional lifestyle of local communities and yet have the potential to play a key role in a future economy strongly linked to wilderness travel and wildlife conservation.”
But these rivers, located 200 kilometers south of Inuvik, are part of the immense Peel River watershed that sits near the natural gas-rich Mackenzie Delta area. The area is in a potentially lucrative oil and gas region and lies near the paths of proposed pipeline routes. Although the Bonnet Plume River has Canadian Heritage River Status, there is not a shred of real protection for any of these rivers that are considered among the best wilderness canoeing destinations in the country. Due to the current pace of development, the region is vulnerable to ecological damage before the planning has taken place to set aside key conservation areas. The Three Rivers exhibit is a partnership of CPAWS-Yukon, Yukon Art Centre, Yukon Conservation Society and the Wilderness Tourism Association of the Yukon. “The Yukon Art Centre Public Art Gallery is very pleased to be part of this multi-disciplinary, artistic journey down the Wind, Snake and Bonnet Plume rivers. The Three Rivers Journey and art exhibition is an exciting cultural event that will produce a significant body of visual art representative of the Yukon,” says Chris Dray, Executive Director of the Yukon Art Centre. The artists were chosen by a jury who reviewed the proposals of more than 200 applicants. The selected artists include Joyce Majiski and Jane Isakson from the Yukon, Newfoundland´s Marlene Creates, Vancouver´s Haruko Okano, Gwen Curry from BC and three Ontario artists including Ron Bolt, Ojibway artist Michael Belmore, and Ottawa´s Jose Mansilla-Miranda. “I was very impressed by the applicants,” says Sara Diamond, director of visual arts at the Banff Centre and member of the jury. “It is a significant project in the Canadian art world because of the cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary aspect. Artists will work very differently because of the science and art component and they will be experiencing the place with the people who live there. There is also the challenging, expedition quality to it. All this can generate powerful images. The Three Rivers Journey begins July 22 with a send-off in Mayo and ends with a Gathering on August 7 when Elders from Ft. McPherson will travel up the Peel River by riverboat to join the paddlers for a feast. The Three Rivers: Wild Waters, Sacred Places exhibition will open at the Yukon Arts Centre October 2004 as the first stop on it´s tour of the North and major Canadian cities.
the CPAWS-Yukon website: www.cpawsyukon.org