Catherine Cockney Inuvik, NT – Textiles
Catherine loves to bead! Her mother Winnie Cockney, taught her how to bead and sew at a young age. An enduring image she has is of her mother beading, sitting at the kitchen table under a dim light to relax after work. While learning how to sew, Catherine only sewed for family. The most significant skill her mother Winnie taught her was making caribou-leg mukluks. Winnie taught her how to apply solutions to soften and scrape the skins, make a pattern, cut out using the pattern and to sew together. During Catherine school years, her skills grew. She would sew with her mother to make items for sale by helping Winnie sew on appliqués on parkas, trim around the bottom and cuffs. With the left-over fur, Winnie taught Catherine how to make fur cushions that her home economics teacher would sell. Catherine enjoys making brooches/pins, experimenting with different colors. She’s currently learning how to do embroidery enjoys making kaukkak (embroidered mukluks) and improving her skills on making parka covers and quilts.
Leslie Evans Yellowknife, NT – Jewelry Making
Lesley Ann Evans a Dene woman and Traditional Northern Artist; specializing in clothing, beading and jewelry. Lesley Ann is a member of Yellowknives Dene First Nation raised in the communities of Dettah and N’Dilo. She has always been intrigued by northern arts watching her mother and aunts beading uppers for moccasins and mukluks. They had always encouraged Lesley Ann to bead and sew, showing her their art work and techniques from start to finish. Lesley transposed those teachings and enhanced her skill at the Academy of Fashion Design in Saskatoon, and gained her Diploma in Fashion Design. Clothing made from caribou and fur are a necessity for survival in the bush camps and she has loved to create contemporary and traditional items. From helping her mother with beading little moccasin key chains and beaded uppers, she now creates her signature style with unique bead work designs. Lesley Ann organizes and participates in craft sales around the Yellowknife area, selling her products, teaching others at drop-in sewing and beading classes. Lesley Ann is by no means a stranger to the land, culture and customs of the Weledeh people, having been raised with the uniqueness of having one foot planted in the traditional way of life. With thanks to her parent’s teachings and the advantages of modern living with the City of Yellowknife at her door step, Lesley is a well-rounded person and at the same time grounded to her roots.
Brigitte Genois St. Raymond, QC - Woven Art
· Brigitte is originally from Quebec City, where she earned a diploma in Textiles in 2001 from Maison des Métiers d’Art de Quebec. Since has taught weaving teacher and exploring her passion for Textile art. Her work demonstrates her openness and interest to explore new art forms. This broad perspective on the arts allows Brigitte to mix different art forms together to create new styles and unique works of art. “Art is my oxygen, it allows me to flourish, it really challenges me to think. Art brings me emotional and psychological balance; it’s my meditation, my therapy!”
April Glaicar Hay River, NT - Mixed Media
· April Glaicar is an emerging mixed media artist who was born and raised in Hay River, NWT. Always creative and attuned to nature as a child (often collecting a pocket full of rocks or flowers) she had begun exploring photography and design by the time she was in high school. It is her passion for photography combined with a love of nature and creative curiosity that have resulted in April’s “Inspired Surroundings” photography and jewelry collection; an eclectic mix of her original photographs, metal work and fused glass techniques (originating over 4000 years ago) as well as recycled and found materials such as whitefish vertebrae. Largely a self-taught artist, April experiments with different materials and techniques and eagerly participates in opportunities to learn from other artists in any discipline.
Edith Haogak Sachs Harbour, NT – Traditional Arts
· Edith was born on Victoria Island and resides in Sachs Harbour, NT. Edith is a master seamstress, and traditional artist and her work is recognized by her distinct style and craftsmanship. She began sewing as a young girl learning to make clothing for her family. Edith is an accomplished traditional seamstress and makes caribou mukluks, parkas and muffs. She enjoys making nice clothing and crafts and is inspired by “animals, life and happy people!”
Jean Harry Sachs Harbour, NT – Traditional Arts
· Jean is the daughter of Edith Haogak and learned from the best. Jean now creates her own traditional clothing, and crafts carrying on the legacy of her family. She enjoys embroidery and working with natural materials to create her beautiful work.
Karin Lange Inuvik, NT - Painting
· Karin Lange is a Painter - Elder and an Inuvik transplant who is here to thrive and bloom in the midst of her family and grandchildren. She volunteers in the gardens at Aurora Research Institute, transplanting exquisite native plants for view in a public teaching garden. She sees that God is in the details. Karin passionately passes on the glorious beauty she observes daily into her paintings for view at the 2018 Great Northern Arts Festival
Carmen Miller Hinton, AB - Textiles
· Carmen Miller is a Metis artist who lives in Hinton, Alberta. She has always loved trying new forms of art and craft work. Carmen started making simple beaded items at the age of eight and has been beading ever since. She learned the art of moose hair and caribou hair tufting 23 years ago and it quickly became one of her favorite art mediums. She usually puts her tufting on wearable items such as moccasins, mittens, brooches, and hair pieces. Carmen has a deep respect for the culture and traditions of all native people. Keeping the culture alive through her artwork and teaching is a goal of hers. Other traditional crafts she has tried are fish scale art, horsehair embroidery, and making birch bark baskets. This year Carmen is proud to be acknowledged and supported by the Canada Council for the Arts to make and promote Indigenous art.
Antoine Mountain Fort Good Hope, NT- Painting
· Antoine uses a colourful palette to create his impressionist style of painting. His work portrays the traditional Dene way of life and panoramic northern landscapes as well as stories and legends. Antoine hopes his work will ensure that Dene youth know their culture and history. ʺI try to capture the delicate variations of colour in the majestic sweep of the land, and to use lyrical line in my art. All native art is essentially spiritual. Our beliefs and values are firmly rooted here in this land."
Crystal Navratil Inuvik, NT – Contemporary Arts
· Crystal's journey north began when she was seven years old. Born in Edmonton, her mother relocated to Inuvik in the early 1980's. Crystal began attending Sir Alexander Mackenzie School in grade 2 to grade 12. She always enjoyed being able to express her artistic side and enjoyed the challenge of taking art classes in high school under the direction of a talented art teacher. She obtained an Arts Degree and dove into her studies of Drama and Artistic Expression from Concordia University. She graduated in 2000 majoring in Sociology with a double minor in Drama and English. Today Crystal resides in Inuvik and works as the Inuvik Community Health Representative. She enjoys long nature walks with friends and her furry pal Murphy. Her spare time is spent drawing, painting, beading, making candles, and enjoying the outdoors. She has been adopted into many aboriginal families over the years and enjoys traveling out on the land and learning traditional skills.
Karen Nicloux Whitehorse, YT - Textiles/Embroidery
· Karen Nicloux is proficient in the art of embroidery, traditional sewing and beadwork. She was born in Mayo, Yukon. Her parents are Martha Buyck and George Nicloux. Karen belongs to Nacho Nyak Dun First Nation. She is Northern Tutchone and a member of the Wolf Clan, she is also part Cree on her father’s side. Growing up in Mayo, Karen learned to hunt, fish and trap from her father and learned to cook and sew from her mother. Karen said she never had much patience beading, but she was proficient in the art of embroidery, and sewing together mukluks, slippers, and mitts. Prior to her mother’s passing, Karen had been practicing sewing with her mother and will continue her mother’s legacy.
Louie Nigiyok Uluhaktok, NT - Print Maker
· Louie Nigiyok began working as a print maker for the print shop in 1981, at the same time as his mother, Mabel Nigiyok. He continues today as one of the foremost interpreters of drawings by other artists. In the early 1980s, he learned the stone-cut technique from Harry Egotak and John Rose. He has been mentored by Elsie Klengenberg, Mary K. Okheena and Mabel Nigiyok were making stencils in the early 1980's as well. Nigiyok helped ink the prints, and after learning to cut the mylar stencils, undertook the entire process on his own. Since 1981, Nigiyok has translated 96 drawings into prints for the annual collections.
Curtis Taylor Inuvik, NT - Carver
· Curtis Taylor was born in Inuvik, NT to William and Sheila Taylor and raised in Tuktoyaktuk, NT. He is first of three brothers and two sisters. He and his wife have four children, two girls and two boys. He enjoys going on the land, travelling and hunting. 1n 1993, under the guidance of his father, Curtis began carving caribou antler. After six years of experimentation, he moved on to soapstone and hasn’t looked back. He comes from a large family of carvers and is inspired by images of hunters on the land.
John Taylor Tuktoyaktuk, NT - Carver
· John took up the family tradition of carving at age 14 years. He was born in Inuvik, but most of his life raised in Tuktoyaktuk. John comes from a long line of carvers; William, Ronnie, Derrald, Ryan and many more. John now carves to honor the legacy of his grandfather Bobby (Pokiak) Taylor.
Marion Pokiak-Taylor Inuvik, NT - Carver
· A younger carver from the talented Taylor family legacy. Marion likes to make small, innovative carvings utilizing the skills learned through her families’ mentorship. She has been involved in the Great Northern Arts Festival every year from a very young age.
Blair Thorson Whitehorse, YT- Visual Arts
· Blair Thorson’s instantly recognizable watercolors painted on maps feature subjects that are indigenous to the area depicted, or objects of historical or cultural interest. His artwork reflects the Northern lands in which he lives and has travelled. Blair feels that painting on a map captures time, place, and space on a two-dimensional surface as well as keeping them out of the landfill. He has added the element of copper to his artwork to help to emphasize the story being told by the image in the painting. Every piece is an Original, he does not make prints.
Julia Pokiak-Trennert Hay River, NT - Textiles
· While attending the Immaculate Conception Indian School in Aklavik, Julia learned the basics of moose hair tufting from Sister Beatrice Leduc. After getting married, Julia left the Delta region and moved to Fort Simpson, NT. She saw beautiful tufting by a renowned seamstress, Grandma Lafferty. She received her first bag of moose hair from Emily George and began to practice tufting. Julia then moved to Fort Providence, and was introduced to the women’s crafts, and when the demand for tufting exceeded the products, she began creating her own works. Gramma Lafferty and Mrs. Bella Bonnetrouge’s works of art inspired Julia to be creative and find her unique style. Julia first showcased her work in the 1980’s and has traveled to many festivals and events ever since. In recent years, she has concentrated on creating miniature tufting. Her creations a have been well received and hang in homes all over the world. To keep her creativity flowing, she has branched into bead work and embroidery. Julia’s inspiration comes from traditional clothing and admiration of other artists. “I love experimenting with different styles and I never start a project until I have a mental image of it. I love the challenge of bringing my mental image to reality.”
Maidie-Anne Turner Inuvik, NT- Stained Glass/Painting
· Maidie-Anne creates stained glass art, paintings and carvings. From her beautiful home in Inuvik, Maidie-Anne forms her art from within all three mediums. Her private studio allows her the creativity to explore new mediums. She has been an artist at the Great Northern Arts festival for many years. Maidie-Anne enjoys meeting and learning from artists attending the festival. These exposures have inspired her to express her love for the North and Mackenzie Delta.
Margaret Vittrekwa Fort McPherson, NT - Textiles
· Margaret, originally from Aklavik, NT and now resides in Fort McPherson. If Margaret is not sewing for her many children and grandchildren, she is welcoming travelers off the Dempster highway into her craft shop. She learned to sew Gwich’in clothing, and traditional items as a young girl by her family. She has been sewing parkas, mittens, mukluks, slippers, hats, and canvas bags for over 60 years. “My mother made all our clothes when we were growing up, that inspired me to do the same.” Margaret enjoys visiting and sharing stories with all who stop in and eager to with her cheerful and bright personality.
Lena Wolki Sachs Harbour, NT – Textiles
· Lena’s is a master of Inuvialuit traditional artist. She makes scarves, parkas, purses, mitts and covers that are recognized world-wide. Lena’s work extends to natural skins such as sealskin, polar bear fur and of course Qiviut, which is the world's most luxurious natural fibers. Qiviut is the wool of the soft undercoat of the musk ox that is harvested in her backyard, Sachs Harbour, NT. She hand-spins the wool she collects and prepares for her creations. She is also well known for her embroidered kamiks and comfortable slippers.
Vanessa Aegirsdottir Whitehorse, YT -Textiles
Vanessa is a textile artist with over twenty years of experience working with fabrics, yarns, and other fibre based media. Her mother was a west-coast Canadian hippie with a love for fabrics, embroidery, quilting, and handcrafts which instilled in Vanessa a love for making things with her hands even from the simplest, often repurposed materials. She hand spins her yarns on a spinning wheel and uses a hand-built frame loom to produce her tapestries. Her works have included metallic elements such as copper thread and leaf as well as embroidery and floral eco-printing.
Dorathy Alberta Norman Wells, NT- Quilting
Dorathy is a self-taught quilter and artist. She is Gwich’in, originally from Inuvik and comes from a family of artists. The focus of her work is on the qualities of color, line, and texture, which will captivate the spirit and emotions of the viewer, sparking a sense of mystery, excitement, or joy. She aspires to become a contemporary dress maker and hopes to one day open a craft store to display her textile work and provide materials/designs to the communities of the Sahtu. Learning to quilt with the help of some how to videos, she picked up the skill easily and naturally. Dorathy was taught traditional beading and embroidery throughout junior high and high school and has taken classes on specific quilt patterns such as, water colour rails and double pinwheel. Having over ten years’ experience as a quilter and artist, Dorathy has been selling and donating quilts for over four years. Some of the groups that have received her works include the Norman Wells Land Corporation, Mackenzie Mountain School, NTSPCA, Arctic Paws, East Three Girls Basketball Team as well as many local families. It is her desire to continue to support, educate and donate to her local community in hopes that her crafting skills can encourage other young crafters and artists to engage in healthy and productive hobbies or possibly start their own quilting/designing business. In 2013, Dorathy submitted her “Asian Star” quilt into a quilting contest and was awarded 3-1 Meter quilting fabric from Kona Bay Fabrics line. Dorathy is able to create quilts based on traditional designs, personal interests and photographic references.
Charissa Alain-Lily Yellowknife, NT- Textiles
"To create from my heart with love, is real creation and real joy". Charissa has been creating all of her life, as a craft person as well as an artist and writer. As an artisan, the joy of creating both beautiful and practical items is evident in her creations on which she spends many hours engaged in the design process. She retains simplicity in her work with the use of natural materials, such as feathers, antlers, bone, horn, shell, smoke tanned hide, fur, porcupine quills, and silver berry seeds. To this, she often likes to add a touch of elegance by combining modern materials such as Swarovski crystals, brocade ribbon, silk, velvet fabric paint or beads, to create a distinctive style all her own. Her work features many one-of-a-kind pieces and includes jewelry, hair ornaments, purses, pouches, belts, mittens, hats, footwear, blankets, clothing, and other accessories.
Karen King Campbell River, BC- Moose Hair Tufting/ Beading
Karen has been moose hair tufting for about 6 years now. She lived in the NWT for almost 40 years, and have since retired to Vancouver Island where she works on her crafts full time. Her sister-in-law is an avid moose hair tufter and in her efforts to preserve this aspect of her culture, she is always teaching others, and that's where Karen learnt her skills. Karen also incorporated bead work into her tufting's, which she makes tufted headbands, barrettes, and wrist lets. She prepares the moose hair (or in some cases reindeer or caribou) by dyeing it and cutting it up into tufting sizes. She incorporates recycled materials into her projects such as second hand wool coats, used leather clothing from thrift stores and garage sale picture frames that she clean and repaints.
Bernice Lavoie Inuvik, NT- Jewelry Making
Bernice Lavoie, born and raised in the Sahtu, she has made Inuvik her home for the last 40 years. Educated with a diploma in the Social Work program from Red Deer College. Her real desire has always been able to dabble in something creative. Inspired by her mom's traditional sewing, she initially started beading necklaces at a young age. This has lead her down her own path of immersing in numerous crafts and sewing projects, many which are self taught. Although, never a participant as an "Artist" in the past with the Great Northern Arts Festival, Bernice has donated several of her pieces to the organization for their fundraising events. Bernice, a mother of six and grandmother to one, continues to reside in Inuvik along side her husband Joe. Together they tend their family runned business.
Jessica McVicker Yellowknife, NT - Landscape Painter
In 1982 I was born in the lush mountain trees of British Columbia. I often dream about living amongst those big trees. The mountains are something I intrinsically miss, but because of them, I can more thoroughly appreciate or understand the vast sky, desolate and subtle landscape of the Northwest Territories. I did not have a happy childhood and I have spent most of my adulthood working through the unhappiness of growing up with the absence of love and kindness. Artwork guides and fosters my process of healing and I need to do it for my own well-being. I don’t feel proud of my artwork. Making artwork for me is akin to finding peace and bringing peace to others. My work celebrates a grand escape from a past that continues to haunt. With art I am learning to forgive, love and play. I am searching for the important places inside myself, to rewrite what I cannot rewrite, to give my inner child sanctuary and a treasured existence. In my landscape paintings, I am searching for beauty in the everyday. In my surrealism, I am puzzling over the past to find a better future. Darkness, as all northerners know, can be deep, black and last for too long, but like all things, it is transitory and soon summer will return with its midnight sun. Within my paintings I am constantly telling a story – a story about healing, forgiveness and all the places in-between.
Sharon Quirke West Vancouver, BC- Landscape Painter
Sharon was born in Vancouver, grew up on the Canadian north coast in Prince Rupert, and on the American east coast in New York City. After completing a BA at UBC and a Teacher’s Certificate at SFU, she taught in B.C.’s Okanagan Valley. She then studied in Montreal with artists Irene Whittome, Guido Molinari and Charles Gagnon. She completed an MA in Art Education while teaching at Concordia University. In the early 80’s she returned to Vancouver’s lower mainland and began her painting career. West Vancouver has been her home since 1984. She and her husband have raised three sons on the North Shore, and the natural and cultural backdrop of the mountains and community have served as inspiration for her painting and teaching. In all her work, Sharon finds a timeless moment to capture. Seascapes, landscapes, florals or cityscapes, all present images, colors, and emotions layered on canvases that move with fluidity, fresh air and the unexpected sensations of light.
Ricky Jaw Cape Dorset, NU - Carver
Ricky is originally from Cape Dorset, Nunavut. His father, Mathew Saviaqjuk Jaw is a well-known master carver. Ricky started carving when he was nine years old, learning while watching his father and learning from his techniques that “not all things are square, to round the carving stone to shape.” He enjoyed watching and learning while his father carved walruses, muskox, and transformations. Ricky’s first carving was of a dog team pulling a Qamutiik which has become his most carved item. He also carves animated polar bears in many whimsical positions, such as dancing. His two and a half year old daughter watches him carve bears and calls them Nanook. Ricky has been to NAKA - Nunavut Arts & Crafts Association festival two times, and has carved in the Toronto Zoo to show his artistry, and been to art galleries in Toronto, and Mississauga. He has gained a lot from his traveling and seeing well known art galleries. This is the first time that Ricky will attend the Great Northern Arts Festival.
Roberta Memogana Inuvik, NT - Print Making
Sister of well-known Holman (now Uluhaktok) print maker Mary Okheena, Roberta works in stencil, stone cut, and sculpture. She began creativity in 1992, and says her artwork, "makes me feel good about myself." Her ideas come from stories and memories of her culture and the old ways.
Robert Buckle Aklavik, NT - Jewelry
Robert makes handcrafted jewellery 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 landscape, colours, natural shapes and wildlife.
Michel Labine Fort Smith - Glass Work - Drum Making
Michel, of Metis heritage is originally from Northern Ontario, has made the Northwest Territories his home since 1980 and now lives in Fort Smith of the Slave River. Michel began dabbing in art at the young age of 6, spending his spare time drawing, carving and creating. It has become his outlet. "I enjoy working with all available materials but lately I spend countless hours designing custom northern glass creations." Michel is considered a self-taught artist having more than 24 years of experience in creating glass art and more than 30 years of experience in creating culturally correct drums.
Derrald Taylor Yellowknife, NT - Carver
Derrald is a stone carver originally from Tuktoyaktuk, NT but now carves in Yellowknife. Derrald is a part of a large family of stone carvers and his father Bobby Pokiak inspired him to pick up a stone carving from an early age. Derrald now works from a studio in Yellowknife he shares with other stone carvers from across the North. Derrald has been a part of the festival for a number of years, continuing his father's legacy of soapstone carving in the Mackenzie Delta.
Verna Taylor Inuvik, NT - Carver
Born and raised in Tuktoyaktuk, Verna learned to carve from other family members and friends. She has been carving for well over 20 years, and her work has been shown at previous festivals. Inuvialuit tradition and culture is a source of inspiration for her carving and her favourite part of the process is observing the finishing of a piece.
Fred Iyak Trimble Nanaimo, BC – Carver - Painter
On April, 1st 1961, the long winter nights of the north had given way to a new warm sun that would melt the snow and break up the ice on the Arctic shores. An Eskimo boy named Iyak, meaning "Strong Supporter", was born on that date of Inuvik, Northwest Territories, Canada. Encouraged by his mother, who Inuit ancestors came from the Alaskan side of the border of Demarcation Point, and by his father who gave him art tools and supplies as a young boy, Iyak sold his first carving at the age of twelve. He graduated from High School in Inuvik and won both the Golden Hammer for his superior accomplishments in industrial arts and the certificate for achieving the highest marks in senior art. His twenty-foot murals still decorate local corridors. Today, as a full time professional carver, Iyak is the "Strong Supporter" of his wife Laurie, and their five children, Lyle, Charles, Chris, Amanda, and Anthony. Iyak carves with the same tireless energy and patience his ancestors used in their hunting. His imagination and skill seem to be boundless. He prefers to carve as a realist using detail and precision to recall the truest spirit of his grandfather's time and to depict the wildlife, which remains unchanged in its relentless pursuit of survival.
Sigfrid Frolic Yellowknife. NT – Landscape Painter
Sigfrid is a graphic artist who lives in Yellowknife, NT. He first took his interest in traditional art when in 2014 he moved from southern Ontario to Inuvik and began painting in acrylics. With an educational background in 3D environment design he is constantly finding inspiration travelling around the northern landscapes for both his commercial and personal artwork.
Rosalind Mercredi Yellowknife, NT – Glass Artist
Rosalind was born in 1955, and grew up in the NWT, and now lives in Faro, Yukon. After taking a stained glass course with the Yellowknife Guild of Crafts, Rosalind decided on glass as her medium to express her art. She hopes to infuse her Metis background into new innovative designs. Rosalind uses bone, antler, beach glass, and other natural elements in all her glass work. fusing the real and conceptual, the natural and the created.
Agnes Jones Edmonton, AB – Traditional Arts
Agnes is originally from Aklavik, and the daughter of the late Sarah Ann Gardlund, who is a well-known seamstress. Agnes moved to Edmonton after retiring from working many years in the north. She continues to sew may crafts and enjoys taking part in northern arts and craft festivals. She enjoys coming home to the Mackenzie Delta to be with family and friends.
Colette Labine Fort Smith, NT - Textiles
Colette was from Saskatchewan but has made Northwest Territories her home since 1991 and now lives in Fort Smith on the shores of the slave River. Colette began with textiles sitting with her grandmother. Colette is considered a self-taught artist having more than 44 years of experience in creating multi-media art. Her commissioned works and other creations are regularly purchased and displayed in many homes and offices throughout Canada.
Apply as an Artist or Performer
If you are a visual artist or crafts person living and creating in the North (Yukon, NWT, or Nunavut) and are interested in taking part in the 2018 Great Northern Arts Festival please print and complete the following forms. Deadline to submit is March 31, 2018 - Please call the Executive Director for more information at 867-777-8638 (work) or 867-678-0511 (cell).
Your completed application and biography forms can be mailed to the Great Northern Arts Festival Office (P.O. Box 2921, Inuvik, NT, X0E 0T0). For other options please call the Executive Director.
We require 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).
This year's festival dates are
July 13th-July 22nd, 2018.
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.