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Facing North in different directions
Canada-wide artist collective hosts exhibit featuring Yellowknife artist

Nicole Garbutt
Northern News Services
Published Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012

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A country-wide artist collective is hosting a new exhibit at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre and it features a local talent.

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Rae Braden has three pieces in the new exhibit Facing North, which opens tomorrow at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre. - Nicole Garbutt/NNSL photo

Yellowknife printmaker Rae Braden and 10 other Canadian artists will have their work hung on the second level of the museum starting tomorrow.

"The exhibit is called Facing North, that was the theme of the work we were asked to create for the show," said Braden, who is a member of the host organization, called the Coyote Artist Collective.

The group was started by an Edmonton-based landscape artist Jim Davies. Braden met Davies when he was in Yellowknife as a guest instructor for the Watercolorists Society. He asked her to join the collective.

"I am just a new addition to the collective, but from what I understand the artists all know each other loosely and are invited to create based on a theme," Braden said.

Braden said the Facing North theme was a fairly open concept that allowed each artist to take the idea of what North meant to them.

"From my perspective, I consider myself a Northerner, so I think North of Yellowknife, towards the Arctic as being North," she said. "But to someone from Southern Canada, North is a different concept. For me that was the most interesting part, seeing what each artist felt about the direction."

Braden said the collective is primarily landscape based, although there is one poem in the exhibit.

Among the approximately 20 pieces in the show, Braden said there are all different media represented.

"I have two prints in the show and a mixed medium piece, keeping in mind the group is landscape based," she said.

Other pieces are include paintings, prints, photographs and pastels.

Braden will not be the only member of the collective in attendance for the opening of Facing North. Judy Martin, a pastel artist from Alberta, will be in Yellowknife at the same time for ArtsWeek, hosted by the Aurora Arts Society.

Martin is scheduled to be hosting a pastel workshop on Saturday afternoon at the new Artist Run Community Centre (ARCC) space above A Taste of Saigon restaurant on 50 Street.

Facing North opens at the museum at 5 p.m. Saturday and will be on display until February.

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