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Underground Interview - Sheelah Tolton

Sheelah Tolton will be exhibiting her series of plein air paintings at Arts Underground for the month of February. We recently asked Sheelah to share with us some insights into her practice, her favourite works of art and some of the lessons she has learned in her art career. Thanks for playing along, Sheelah! 

What’s the most important item in your studio?

I don’t have a studio per se,  and I don’t think I can point to any one object that is irreplaceable to my art making.  Maybe clean rags or paper towels?  If your brush is dirty or soggy it all turns into a mess.

What’s the last piece of art you purchased?

I bought a small sculpture by Sandra Storey and a ceramic piece by Larry DuGuay just before Christmas.

What piece of art do you wish you could have in your home?

I would rather see more great art of all scales and types in public spaces.  I love seeing the rotating collection of pieces on display in the library!

What Northern artist excites you?

Most relevant to my current show would be Jane Isakson.

What do you like to do after an art opening?

I get pretty buzzed off of the anticipation, excitement and good conversation and tend to crash pretty hard afterward as a result.  Some real food, a long hot shower, then into bed.

What book should we read?

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor.

What medium (other than the one you currently work with) would you like to master?

Oil paint.  It intimidates me.

How do you know when a piece is finished?

For plien air the considerations are more practical than artistic sometimes!  it’s a combination of a) Have I captured the minimum required to see the essence of what drew my attention to this scene? b) Can I still feel my fingers/ has the paint frozen? and c) Is the light gone?

What’s your favourite piece you’ve ever made?

“Possum and Avocado” was definitely a breakthrough piece for me and was something of a lifeline to work on at the time.  It was painted during the second half of my time in New Zealand on working holiday in 2016.  I was so tired and stressed out.  Despite this, when I learned of a biennial art competition hosted by the Tauranga Art Gallery I decided to challenge myself to participate.  I had no idea what to do until I found the skull, perfectly de-fleshed and clean, while on a hike.  It seemed like a sign.

Working on the painting gave me a framework to reflect on my experiences and subjects relating to the relationship between humankind and nature- more specifically migration, invasiveness and fault/blame.  I am so happy with the resulting growth in how I think about creating art, and in the end result.  Furthermore, it was accepted into the exhibit and was my first significant painting sale.

What’s a big art lesson you’ve learned in your career?

Perseverance.  I doesn't matter where you think you are today or tomorrow, just keep going.

Sheelah's show will be on at Arts Underground until February 24th. 

Focus Gallery

Association franco-yukonnaise
Comportements humains

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Que sommes-nous prêts à accepter et quelles sont nos limites?

Guillaume Riocreux, Joe la Jolie, Josée Jacques, Lea-Ann McNally et Michel Gignac exposent leurs créations sous le thème « Comportements humains » lors d'une soirée d'échanges et de découvertes. Une variété d’œuvres vous sera présentée dont des peintures, des dessins et des installations artistiques uniques.

Les œuvres seront exposées jusqu'au 24 février.

En savoir + : http://bit.ly/2E2TulX

Veuillez noter que la salle d’exposition est accessible aux personnes à mobilité réduite. 

Merci à : 
• Gouvernement du Canada
• Gouvernement du Yukon
• Arts Underground 
• Yukon Art Society
• Hougen Group of Companies
• Loteries Yukon


What are we willing to accept, and what are our limits?

Guillaume Riocreux, Joe la Jolie, Josée Jacques, Lea-Ann McNally and Michel Gignac will exhibit their work on the theme of "Human Behaviour" during an evening of sharing and discovery. A variety of artwork such as paintings, sketches, and unique artistic installations will be presented.

The exhibition will continue until February 24th.

Find out more: http://bit.ly/2DYBQ2w

Please note that the gallery hall is accessible to people with mobility issues.

Thanks to:
• Government of Canada
• Government of Yukon
• Arts Underground 
• Yukon Art Society
• Hougen Group of Companies
• Lotteries Yukon

Opening reception Friday February 2nd 5-7pm
Exhibition on until February 24th 

Hougen Heritage Gallery

Presented by Friends of the Yukon Archives Society
in partnership with the Dawson City Museum
Show runs until February 24th 2018

About Hougen Heritage Gallery

BIZhougen1The Hougen Heritage Gallery is a presentation space for heritage collections of photographs, including the Hougen family collection, and was inspired by Rolf Hougen's passion for Yukon heritage. Exhibitions presented in the Hougen Heritage Gallery are curated by the MacBride Museum or the Friends of the Yukon Archives Society, and rotate every four months.

About MacBride Museum

Yukon adventure starts at the MacBride Museum of Yukon History! From gold rush fever to the birth of Whitehorse, MacBride offers the most comprehensive view of the characters and events that built Canada's Yukon.

The museum, located in downtown Whitehorse just blocks away from the Arts Underground gallery, is open all year. MacBride offers programming for all ages on Yukon's nature culture and history. Once a year, MacBride mounts exhibits in the Hougen Heritage Gallery featuring outstanding artifacts from its collection of more than 25,000 objects, photographs and archival documents.

For more information on our exhibits, programming and events go to our website at macbridemuseum.com or call (867) 667-2709 ext.6.

About the Friends of the Yukon Archives Society

The Friends of the Yukon Archives Society (FOYAS) is a registered non-profit society that has been working since 1997 with the Yukon Archives to acquire, preserve, and provide access to the Yukon's rich documentary heritage. FOYAS is committed to assisting and advising the Yukon Archives in its important goal of preserving our past by: supporting and promoting programs and activities, receiving and administering gifts, endowments and bequests, and helping to make records at the archives more accessible. FOYAS presents exhibits from the collections of Yukon Archives twice yearly in the Hougen Heritage Gallery.

For more information about Yukon Archives and to view virtual exhibits/search the collections, please visit yukonarchives.ca or call (867) 667-5321.


Presented by FOYAS and the Dawson City Museum
The Sinking of the SS Sophia 

Show runs until

Saturday February 24th 2018


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