Yellowknife art exhibit encourages people to think twice about trash


Yellowknife artists demonstrated ways to turn trash into treasures over the weekend at an art show that Ecology North director says made people think twice about trash .

More than a dozen pieces were on display at the Wildcat Café during the annual Trash-formation art exhibit – which this year was a collaboration with the Yellowknife Artist Co-operative.

“This is a great example of how objects, our old waste, can live another life,” said Dawn Tremblay, CEO of Ecology North. “The yellow knives are so creative.”

But more than an impressive display of imagination, Tremblay hopes the show encouraged visitors to be more critical of the waste they generate.

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

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

She also hoped the show would inspire people.

“I hope they also look at their waste differently and maybe this recycling pile will turn into a pile of craft supplies to share with the kids or the neighbors.”

Coppercomb by E. Smits was one of more than a dozen works of art on display at this year’s Trash-formation Art Show, which was a collaboration between Ecology North and the Yellowknife Artist Co-operative. (Liny Lamberink / CBC)

Until the end of September, the Yellowknife Artist Co-operative transforms the Wildcat Café into an artist-run center. Its program coordinator, Sofia Grogono, said working with Ecology North to host the show was a good solution.

“It [Trash-formation] is really in the spirit of Yellowknife and the old town and that mentality of taking what you can and working with that, ”she said. “The Wildcat is that kind of space, where you… create beauty, goodness, and community out of what you have. “

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

Empty Beast by Jack Miltenberger, in 2nd place, was Sofia Grogono’s favorite piece this year. “I find that striking,” said the program coordinator of the newly created artist-run center. (Liny Lamberink / CBC)

Captain Bourache of Léo Bourgeois, Raphaël Bourgeois, Simon Haché and Alexandre Haché came in 3rd place. (Liny Lamberink / CBC)

Circular sounds by Joanna Grant. Dawn Tremblay, executive director of Ecology North, says the show is a “great example” of how waste can be given new life. (Liny Lamberink / CBC)

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


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