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Bambi Amos - Traditional Arts - Sachs Harbour, NT

Bambi has been working at her art for the past five years. Her mother, Bev, is also a Traditional Artist and has been a big influence on Bambi. Attending sewing classes facilitated by master crafts person Sachs Harbour Lena Wolki, Bambi has developed a deeper appreciation for her culture and family traditions.
Make an Embroider Wallhanging    


Patricia Baker - Stained Glass and Painting - Inuvik, NT

Patricia currently resides in Calgary, AB and has attended the Great Northern Arts Festival for the past several of years along side her sister Myrna Button, a long time resident of Inuvik.  Patricia has been creating abstract paintings for the last few years. Although her pieces are abstract in style, her influences for colour and texture have come from nature - water, earth and sky provide the inspiration behind her work.
Biography in progress
Using an Acrylic Sheet to Decorate a Bud Vase     


Caroline Blechert - Jewelry - Yellowknife, NT

Born and raised in Yellowknife, Caroline has been making jewelry since the age of 12. A full-time student, she spends her extra time designing intricate jewelry pieces with beads, porcupine quills, and other materials. She was inspired as a child, while watching her Nanuk make beautiful beadwork designs on mukluks and moccasins, but is also influenced by other traditional and modern and work from nature. "I draw inspiration from my traditional roots to inspire me to use my wings in creating my own artwork", she says.
How to Make Beaded Earrings with Peyote Stitch    


Robert Buckle - Jewelry - Aklavik, NT

Robert makes handcrafted jewelry from a variety of metals, stones and natural materials.  He enjoys working with natural materials found in and around the Mackenzie Delta. Originally from Aklavik, Robert seeks out natural materials like ivory, mammoth, and baleen.  Robert has been attending the festival for many years.  Robert has exhibited works at the Museum of Civilization in Ottawa, Ontario, Spirit Wrestler Gallery in Vancouver, British Columbia, and at the Houston North Gallery in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. Robert loves being out on the land, where he finds plenty of ideas for his work in the appreciation of the landscape, colours, natural shapes and wildlife.
Make a Silver Ring    


Myrna Button - Painting & Stained Glass - Inuvik, NT

Myrna was born and raised in Saskatchewan. She moved to Inuvik in 1970 and was married in the Igloo Church. Since 1978 she has worked with a diverse range of media: stained and fused glass, pottery, acrylic and watercolour are just a few. Colour, light and texture inspire her locally exhibited pieces. 20 years of running her dog team provides plenty of inspiration for new pieces
Make a Bud Vase decorated with an Acrylic Sheet    


Amber Church - Painter - Whitehorse, YT

A mixed media artist, painter, and designer, Amber has called Yukon ‘home’ for most of her life. She draws inspiration for her work from the natural world, history, mythology and fairy tales, as well as her imagination. She has exhibited at Arts Underground, Yukon Artists@Work, Rah Rah Gallery, Baked Café, The Guild Hall, and the Brooklyn Art Library. Her mixed media piece, Forge Your Own Path, is featured on the cover of the 2012 Northwestel phone directory

Creating a Mixed Media Canvas    


Marie Helene Comeau - Painter - Whitehorse, YT

Marie-Hélène's work is filled with limpid colours and dynamic motion. Her favourite medium is acrylic, although she'll use any means necessary to pursue her colourful quest. This self-taught artist has found inspiration in the creative energy of the Yukon since 1992. Over the years, Marie-Hélène has had exhibitions in Whitehorse, Dawson and Montreal. She also gives art workshops through the Artists In Schools program and has acted as a curator for the annual exhibition of the Gala de la Francophone until 2007.

Make a Creative Diary    


Koomuatuk "Cuzy" Curley - Carving - Yellowknife, NT

Growing up in Cape Dorset, NU, Kuzy was surrounded by carvings and carvers. He has a lot to show where he comes from and he does it really well with his stunning carvings. Being a third generation carver, he is the new millennium carver of this family. With great talent and a good background of carvers, Kuzy is proudly representing the families of Ashoona and Curleys.



Janet Dean Procure - Textiles - Yellowknife, NT

Janet Procure has been working with silk and other natural fibers for more than 20 years. Currently her focus is on creating complex textures through visual interest on flat mixed media pieces. The feel, the texture, the possibilities are endless," says Janet. “When working with such wonderful raw materials as silk, wool roving, nuts and bone, - you can’t help but be inspired!” Moving from Vancouver to Yellowknife in 2009 has freed Janet's inner artist and led to a greater drive for self -expression through art. Janet says the natural beauty of the lands and people of the North have inspired her to prioritize and further her skills in working with silk and other natural fibres.
Copper Tooling  Pin Weaving  Make a Needle Felt Owl

Michael Drescher Sr. - Jewerly/Carving - Inuvik, NT

Michael has lived for the majority of his life in the north and has immersed himself in the Inuvialuit culture of his family, familiarizing himself with the rich language and ways of the land. Michael is not set in any one art form and has exlpored many mediums including beading, painting, carving, and traditional drum-making. When the inspiration speaks, Michael will choose the art form that will best suite the piece.


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Artist Information

Hi everyone!  We are in the midst of posting all our artist biographies and workshops for this year.  Check back often for updates!

Apply as an Artist or Entertainer

If you are a visual artist or craftsperson living and creating art in the North (Yukon, NWT, or Nunavut) and are interested in taking part in the GNAF please print and complete the following forms.

Your completed application and biography forms can be faxed (867-777-2017) to the Great Northern Arts Festival Office or sent by mail (P.O. Box 2921, Inuvik, NT, X0E 0T0).

We strongly encourage you to include slides or photographs of your work, as we need to see what you do. If you have digital photographs, you can e-mail them to us at (please remember to include who you are in the e-mail message).

Non-Northern Artists:

Please remember that it is our mandate to serve the community of Northern artists and craftspeople. Each year, though, we do try to bring several non-Northern artists to share their work and ideas. If you feel you have something particularly special to share, please contact us directly. Our budgets are limited, and we ask you to remember that most of our resources are dedicated to our mandated goals.

For non-northern artists, we will ask you for an application with the following additional information:

  • How you feel you can contribute to the festival.
  • How you feel the festival will benefit you.
  • To what degree will you require assistance with travel and accommodations.

Please keep in mind that we generally bring no more than five artists from outside the north - and those artists selected must fall within the boundaries of our theme for the season.


Interested in our line-up of artists at the Great Northern Arts Festival? Find our more about them here.

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