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In the ODD Gallery: Blake Nelson Shaa’koon Lepine
September 22 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pmFree
Blake Nelson Shaa’koon Lepine | Obsession, Depression and Hope
August 25 – October 7, 2023
Artist Talk + Opening Reception: Wednesday, August 25, 7:00PM
The ODD Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new prints, paintings and installation works by Blake Nelson Shaa’koon Lepine.
I remember when I wasn’t depressed, when the world seemed to glow, the leaves on the poplar trees seemed greener and fluttered with such rhythm, just like perfectly timed music. Something happened to my brain around the age of 17, I became withdrawn and began to obsess over anything that seemed to alleviate the weight I felt. It felt in those moments the dark clouds were hanging only over my head, and I remember feeling angry at the world. I remember the glimmer of the world seemed to dampen and I became very sad, and I isolated myself. I quickly learned however in my isolation that as long as I directed my obsessions into things that would help serve me, I could find comfort and relief of that heaviness. My obsessions quickly became my passions which helps keep the depression in flux with hope.
Blake Nelson Lepine, or Shaá’koon, was born and raised in Whitehorse, Yukon. He is of Tlingit, Han, Cree and Scottish decent. However it’s the Tlingit culture that he grew up around the most. Coming from a very strong and culturally intact background within the Tlingit nation gave him the tools and knowledge needed to guide his life in the way he wanted. The Tlingit artwork spoke to him from an early age, and being surrounded by the artists within his family, this inspired him to start drawing from a young age.
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Artist In Residence Activities & Outreach
Artist in Residence activities include artist talks, studio tours, interactive events, and more.
Founded in 2001, in a partnership with Parks Canada, the KIAC Artist in Residence Program has welcomed over 300 talented artists, musicians and filmmakers to Dawson City from all regions of Canada and around the world. Our alumni include Sobey Art Award nominees, Western Canada Music Award winners, and prize-winning filmmakers from film festivals across the globe.
Film activities include film screenings, film selections, and more.
KIAC is proud to host an exciting roster of film screenings and film-related events throughout the year, such as the 48 Hour Film Challenge and Dawson City International Short Film Festival, numerous workshops, and other opportunities.
Exhibition activities include gallery viewing hours, exhibition openings, artist talks, calls for submissions, and more.
The ODD Gallery, located in the Dënäkär Zho / KIAC building, presents a wide array of outreach programming including artist talks, openings, lectures, screenings, youth programs and other special events. Gallery programming fosters professionalism and appreciation of regional visual arts practice, and provides the community with exposure and access to a diverse range of contemporary visual arts practices and theories in a remote, northern setting.
Kids & Youth Programs
Kids & youth activities include: music lessons, art classes, dance classes, book readings, toddler classes, after-school programs.
Kids and Youth (toddler to teen) programming ranges from music lessons (vocals, piano) to dance class (ballet, hip hop, and more), to hands-on workshops (pottery, screen-printing, animation and more) and is offered regularly throughout the year. KIAC strives to subsidize Kids & Youth programs as much as possible via grants and funding. Programming ranges from free Drop-Ins to registered weekly programs.
Youth Art Enrichment
Youth Art Enrichment is an annual four-day art program for Yukon youth hosted by the Klondike Institute of Art & Culture in Dawson City. Artistically-inclined youth ages 14 – 18 travel from across the Yukon to take part in intensive workshops led by professional artists. Students choose one of three mediums to study for the duration of the program, learning new skills, techniques, and ways to creatively make artwork for the world to see. The mediums change every year: we have offered printmaking, animation, painting, carving, stained glass, illustration, improv, and much more over the last two decades.
Performing arts activities include: concerts, theatre and dance performances, open mics, radio broadcasts, special events, and more.
KIAC presents a year-round professional performing arts series in the beautiful second floor Ballroom that actively engages our community and provides inspiring performance opportunities for international, national, and regional artists in many disciplines. Our diverse programming includes jazz, classical, folk & roots, experimental, dance, theatre, and more.
Workshops include: weekly drop-ins, registered programs, weekend workshops, and more.
KIAC presents a year-round schedule of educational opportunities ranging from drop in programs (pottery, screenprinting, seniors painting, concert band), to registered workshops (dance, music, film, visual art, craft, textiles, etc), to professional development opportunities for artists (grant writing, artwork documentation, etc).