SEEKING ARTISTS FOR A CONTEST TO DESIGN A YUKON GOLD COIN
To recognize Yukon art and the Yukon, the Yukon Mint™ Corporation has approved the minting of a Yukon Gold Coin and is seeking proposals from Yukon artists to design the front (obverse) side of a gold coin.
This will be an ongoing series of gold coins with annual contests. The gold coins will be minted in a variety of sizes that could range from ¼ ounce to 5 ounces. From the drawings submitted by artists, the Yukon Mint™ will work with a qualified mint to transform the winning submission into a 3-dimensional coin. The reverse side of the Yukon will represent the Klondike Gold Rush Stampeders, an iconic Yukon image.
The First Design Contest took place in 2017 and the Winner was Kaska artist Ms. Miranda Lane with her submission: True North Moose. The Company held a ceremony to unveil and celebrate her winning design on May 30, 2018.
The second contest included both Kaska and Yukon gold coin designs. Artist Dennis Shorty was the Kaska gold coin design winner with his original sketch titled Kaska Kayeh (Kaska Land). Artist Gord Peter won the Yukon contest with his original carving titled Aha ta Da (Eagle Man).
The third contest winning design was by artist Brian Walker with his submission of “The Wealth That Is Our Children”. ‘The Wealth That is Our Children’ is an original metalwork art piece commissioned by the 2020 Artic Winter Games Host Society to serve as the flame and the centerpiece of the opening ceremony and Arctic Winter Games. The design features four tináa, the Tlingit word for copper shield, and a representation of wealth, to protect the flame. The inspiration for the tináa came from children, the wealth is not about money or power, it is the wealth of our children and their development. The cauldron is multi-dimension allowing you to see the inside and is a whole representation of the human child because it has an outer and an inner light. The four directions of the shield represent all the directions of the territories represented at the Arctic Winter Games.
All previous gold coin series are now sold out.
About Gordon Peter
Gordon Peter is of Kaska heritage and has been carving since the early 1980’s - learning the art from Elder Mac Peter, Charlie Dick and other Kaska carvers that are still continuing the tradition. Gord’s work includes a seven foot marble memorial of Dena Cho, a moose antler mask for the 2008 Canada Winter games and many pieces in private collections. His preferred materials for carving include moose antlers, marble, birch and ivory. Gord lives in Ross River, Yukon with his wife Rose.
About Dennis Shorty
Dennis Shorty is of Kaska heritage, born on the land and lived most of his life near Ross River, Yukon. By watching his grandfather and father, Dennis became interested in art which is a spiritual path for him and a way to communicate with his ancestors. Dennis carves in natural materials including copper, moose, caribou and deer antler, musk ox, sheep horn and wood and achieves his refined and detailed imagery with the use of a variety of hand and power tools. Dennis has won numerous awards and travelled extensively showcasing his talents. Dennis is also a musician and began writing and composing songs in his language, Kaska, in 2009. He created the music duo, Dena Zagi ,with his partner Jennifer Frohling, and they also produce jewelry together. Dennis’ work is in the Yukon Permanent Art Collection, the Governor General of Canada Collection and private collections across the world. His work and full biography can be found at: www.dennis-shorty.com
About Miranda Lane
Miranda Lane is a self-taught artist and spiritual intuitive. When she was a child, her grandfather (Mother’s father) Chief Little Jimmy, shared the importance of animal medicine and the value of our interconnectedness with all beings and Mother Earth – these lessons have greatly influenced and contributed to her artistic endeavors. She describes herself as someone who “paints intuitively from the heart, capturing the gifts of Mother Earth, using Spirit animals to deliver messages to help others on their Earth walk”.
Miranda is a member of the Wolf clan and a citizen of the Liard First Nation and currently lives in Alberta with her husband Doug, of 28 years, and her mother. She is the mother of two grown sons, Joshua and Jeremiah, and has a degree in Psychology and Social Welfare. When she isn’t painting, drawing, or creating art out of her home studio she provides Spiritual Intuitive Counselling from home.
About Brian Walker
Brian's artistic interest sparked in 1958 when he visited Bill Reid, the acclaimed Haida artist, when he began his first large commission for the University of British Columbia, Over the course of two years and one full summer he was given basic instruction in carving and learning the traditions and meaning behind historic and contemporary work. Since that time, but more so beginning in 1989 he continued taking instruction from well known artists including Dempsey Bob, Keith Wolfe Smarch and Philip Janze.
In 1992 he participated in the opening exhibit at the Yukon Arts Centre with "Copper Stories" which was a bronze and cedar piece. The piece is now in the front lobby of the YAC. He also created a large carved canoe bowl, now on display in Bella Bella, British Columbia. At that time, he became interested in copper as an artistic material because of its ancient connection with Yukon history.
In 1998 he was commissioned to create "Where Legends meet" which was a large 8'x13' bronze, copper and steel sculpture which is now displayed at the Beringia Centre. This piece was in collaboration with Mark Porter and it brought together two First Nation mythical themes.
Brian continues to create regalia pieces for First Nations ceremonial and performance uses. In 2010 the Yukon Permanent Art Collection acquired my copper bowl, "Directions". In 2013 and 2014 he conducted a series of intensive workshops in copper work for the Northern Cultural Expressions Society's carving students.
In 2014 he participated in the "Journey's" project at the Adaka Cultural Festival and the ongoing exhibitions at Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre.
In May 2016 his work was shown at the Inuit Art Gallery in Vancouver in an exhibition titled "Brian Walker: Copper Stories". From this exhibition, a number of pieces were acquired by collections through Canada and USA. Most noteworthy, was the purchase by the Government of Canada of "Children of the Sun" for the Canadian Embassy in Brussels, Belgium.
Throughout the summer of 2019 Brian and his wife Ann Smith presented a well received exhibition of weavings and copper work entitled "Echo of the Spirit Voice" at the Yukon Arts Centre Gallery. Between July and August 2019 he was invited to participate in "Continuum", a 40-year retrospective and current work of many respected Indigenous artists who have shown work at the Inuit Gallery.
In the fall of 2019 and into 2020 he worked with his son Justin Smith on the cauldron for the Arctic Winter Games. Brian continues to exhibit at the Inuit Gallery and his work can be seen at http://www.inuit.com
For more information on Brian Walker please view: https://journeystoadaka.com/index.php/stories/detail/copper-artist-brian-walker?fbclid=IwAR3w7ADXyT6GCFLH5RbUp-VxtqfHwYmjpfs7GNeUFvdYRnZPVQl15LLx2Eg