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Arts And Culture

Pickup Planter Box by Paul Baker - Image Courtesy of Brent LiddleThe Village of Haines Junction has a vibrant year round arts and culture program. The area's natural beauty has inspired many artists, including several who have chosen to call the community home. For a small village, our ever growing collection of visual art is impressive and a number and variety of performing arts events throughout the year keep both residents and visitors inspired and entertained.

The St. Elias Convention Centre, open weekdays year round, hosts most of the Haines Junction Public Art Collection. The following pieces/collections are located on the main floor:
Kluane's Mt. Logan by Nathalie Parenteau
Yukon Animal Tracks by Anne Macaire
"Skullpture" Series by Shane Willson
Gaia 2009 by Shane Wilson
Lowell Glacier Triptych by Libby Dulac
Midnight Sun by Amy Tessaro
The Highway near Kluane Lake and  Camp Mile 108, West of Whitehorse (reproductions) by A. Y. Jackson

Other exterior artwork around the community include:

Homeward Bound by Bob Braun – at the James Smith Admin Building
Metal Raven by Paul Baker – on top of the Landfill Sign
Pickup Planter Box by Paul Baker – at the junction of the Haines Road
and Alaska Highway
Salmon Run by Bob Braun – at the Junction Overlook

The Da Kų Cultural Centre proudly showcases traditional and modern work by Champagne and Aishihik First Nations (CAFN) artists. The centre is open year round, daily May to August from 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and weekdays September to April from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

During the summer months visual art on display and for sale can be found in the following places:

Artists' Guild of Haines Junction – unique gifts and more, handmade by local artists and craftspeople. Open June to August daily, noon-4:00 p.m. in the basement of St. Christopher's Log Church.

St. Elias Gallery – watercolour paintings by Brent Liddle, photography by Marty Samis and works by other local artists. Open May to September, visiting hours posted on front door. Located at 117 Auriol Street.

Haines Junction Visitor Information Centre features the work of artists and craftspeople from around the Yukon. A spectacular installation piece by Doug Smarch Jr. is the centrepiece of the space. A large landscape painting depicting the area in winter, by Haines Junction artist Libby Dulac, hangs over the entrance. Rotating displays throughout the centre feature examples of art and craft from around Yukon and selection form the Yukon Permanent Art Collection. Open daily mid-May to mid-September 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., located in Da Kų Cultural Centre.

Kluane National Park and Reserve Visitor Centre – Stunning local photography and artwork inspires visitors and offers a rare glimpse into the heart of the land. Open mid-May to late August, daily 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., located in DaKų Cultural Centre.

There are also numerous private studios in Haines Junction, including Dulac Art Studio, Paint Mountain Pottery and Inky Fingers Art Studio and Gallery.

Performing arts events are frequent in Haines Junction with Junction Arts and Music coordinating high quality events and presenting a broad range of artists. This creates opportunities for community members and visitors to support and enjoy year round entertainment. Click here to view the Junction Arts and Music website for a list of upcoming events.