I have been sitting on a secret since November – and today, finally, I’m able to shout it from the rooftops. I won the Northwestel Phone Directory Cover Contest! For those of you from the Yukon this will most likely immediately make sense – for those of you from outside the Territory, let me elaborate.
Each year Northwestel, northern Canada’s telecommunications provider, runs an art contest for the covers of their three phone books (Yukon and northern BC, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut). Each artist who has their work selected wins a $2000 prize and has their work featured on the phone book for that year. In addition, Northwestel produces 100 limited edition prints of the piece, that the artist then signs and numbers, and the company distributes to various local NGO’s and charities for fundraising purposes. They produce an additional 10 artist proofs for the artist’s personal use (essentially an un-numbered print) – read to the bottom of this post for some very exciting news about one of those artist’s proofs. Northwestel then keeps the original artwork in their private collection (which I’ve now had the chance to catch a glimpse of throughout the process of my selection for the 2012 cover and I have to say it’s spectacular). Past covers have featured incredible artists such as Ted Harrison and Jim Robb, so I am so honoured to now find myself included in this inspiring community.
Since the books came out this week I have found myself in the slightly strange position of being asked to sign people’s phone books (which I have to say is a first). If you are looking for your own free copy of the book you can pick it up at the Latitude Wireless Store (2093 2nd Ave at Lambert in Whitehorse) or this weekend at the Lake Laberge Lions Club Trade Show (May 4-6 at the Mount MacIntyre Recreation Centre). And yes, if you really want me to, I will sign it for you.
My piece that was selected is called Forge Your Own Path. I had collected a large amount of historic imagery of the Chilkoot Trail that I wanted to use for a piece, so when the annual phone book competition came around it provided the perfect opportunity. I wanted to capture the iconic Golden Stairs (the huge pass that gold rushers headed for the Klondike had to pack 1000 pounds of gear across to enter into Canada) in a new way and so the piece features a woman toiling up the route with a string of cookie cutter male gold rushers. The piece is mixed media, acrylic, and pen and ink.
And now onto the exciting give away. I have decided to give away one of my artist proofs to one of you! Here’s how this will work. You can enter to win this print between now and 5pm Pacific time on Wednesday May 16th. At that point I will be unveiling and speaking about Forge Your Own Path at a Business After Hours reception that Northwestel is hosting at the MacBride Museum. You can RSVP to this free event at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 667-7545. As soon as I return from the reception I will draw a name, announce the lucky winner in a blog post that will include some images from the reception (and contact the winner directly), sign the print, and then package it up and send it on its way to the winner. Here’s the details on how to get your name in that draw:
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Good luck everyone!