The Yellowknife art exhibit encourages people to think twice about trash

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Yellowknife artists showed how to turn trash into treasure over the weekend during an art exhibition that the head of Ecology North hopes will make people think twice about trash.

More than a dozen pieces were on view in the Wildcat Café during the annual Trash Formation Art Show, held this year in collaboration with the Yellowknife Artist Cooperative.

“It’s a great example of how objects, our old trash, can lead a different life,” said Dawn Tremblay, managing director of Ecology North. “Yellow knives are so creative.”

However, Tremblay hopes the show will encourage more than just an impressive display of imagination to take a more critical look at the waste they generate.

Wildlifeless by Emma Merlyn Butler hangs on one of the walls of the Wildcat Café in Old Town Yellowknife. The space will be converted into an artist center by the end of September. (Liny Lamberink / CBC)

“It’s really important to remember that we are at the end of the road, we don’t want full land instead of a landfill,” she said. “We want to make sure that only the smallest possible amount ends up in this landfill.”

She also hoped the show inspired people.

“I hope they see their trash differently and maybe that pile of recycling will turn into a pile of craft supplies to share with kids or neighbors.”

Musk-quito by Diane Boudreau won 1st prize in the trash formation Art Show this weekend. The winners were determined by gallery visitors who voted for their favorite pieces. (Liny Lamberink / CBC)

By the end of September, the Yellowknife Artist Cooperative will transform the Wildcat Café into a center for artists. Program coordinator Sofia Grogono says working with Ecology North to host the show was a good fit.

“It [Trash-formation] is really in the spirit of Yellowknife and Old Town and that mentality of gathering it all up and working with it, ”she said. “The Wildcat is that kind of space where you… create beauty and goodness and community out of what you have. “

Jack Miltenberger’s Empty Beast, which took 2nd place, was Sofia Grogono’s favorite piece this year. “I just think it’s striking,” says the program coordinator of the newly founded artist center. (Liny Lamberink / CBC)

3rd place went to Capitain Bourache by Léo Bourgeois, Raphaël Bourgeois, Simon Haché and Alexandre Haché. (Liny Lamberink / CBC)

Circular Sounds by Joanna Grant. Dawn Tremblay, Executive Director of Ecology North, says the show is a “great example” of how trash can get a new life. (Liny Lamberink / CBC)

Panned Out was one of two works that Terry Pamplin submitted during this year’s exhibition. (Liny Lamberink / CBC)


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