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Now You See Me Art Show

Jessica McVicker

Art Shows that Make A difference

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The "Now You See Me" art show was about abuse of all kinds, the results of it, and the phenix rising from the ashes. It was designed to instil hope for those who are suffering and to help spread understanding of the pain that exists in the world and also the beautiful conclusions we can come to when we find healing within ourselves.

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The project consisted of 28 paintings which were mostly 24"x36". I had been wanting to do something like this project for nearly 15 years. After getting a NWT Arts Council Grant I finally got the nerve to pursue it. 

"Now You See Me" was biographical, uncomfortably so. During its creation I had waves of depression, blossoms of rage, sadnesses and fears bubbling to the surface. It was incredibly difficult to clamber onto the opposite shore: completing all these pieces and then presenting the work accompanied by an intimate discussion detailing the meanings behind the metaphorical artwork. I was pulling myself inside out and showing off all the ugly and beautiful bits. In the end I am glad I did this. This project has been the most meaningful thing I have ever done in my life. After I completed it I felt at peace.

Mural for the City of Yellowknife

Jessica McVicker

After a call out for artists from the City of Yellowknife in May I (Jessica A. McVicker) was eager to be a part of beautifying the city. We were supposed to decorate either large or small transformer boxes situated around the city. I chose a ridiculously detailed design and gave them my proposal. Not long after I received word that I would be a part of the City's project among 11 other talented artists.

Finally, after many weeks of working on the mural, I managed to finally finish the project this past weekend. It took forever and it was a struggle using the outdoor variety of paint. Phew! It took me 24-36(?) hours to complete which is a long time for me.

The mural is situated behind the courthouse in Yellowknife. As I worked on it lots of people would honk and give me the thumbs up as they drove by which was both fun and unnerving. Many people also stopped to talk with me and gave me wonderful feedback which I really appreciated! Thank you everyone for giving me your generosity of spirit and support during this grueling project!

The mural is a view from the vantage point of Pilot's monument. As you traverse around the box it is as though you are surveying the land from the high up peek that old town has to offer.

JAMmed Studio Opening

Jessica McVicker
 New Storefront opening June 18th, 2016

New Storefront opening June 18th, 2016

Dreams really do come true!

I am opening my storefront/gallery space June 18th, 2016. This has been a dream of mine since finishing school in 2010. Inside the store I will feature my own work and replicas of my work including cards, art tiles and prints. It is also the location where I will have my classes. It is situated next to the Gallery of the Midnight Sun and will be open Tuesday - Saturday at 12-5pm.

Come on down and see my work in person! The grand opening will be June 18th from 12- 5pm.

Trip To British Columbia

Jessica McVicker
 Painting En Plein Air in Nelson BC

Painting En Plein Air in Nelson BC

After ten years absence I returned to British Columbia. I was tired of winter and wanted to go for a vacation during May to sketch and paint the familiar landscape of Nelson BC and the Kootenay area.

After doing a few paintings I realized how I had never seen British Columbia before painting it. The whole of my landscapes were dominated by variations of green with hardly any dry yellow grass and pink rocks in sight.

Yellowknife and the Northwest Territories speak a completely different language and I was inspired by British Columbia and challenged to paint lush and dominant foliage. 

For the entire month of May, 2016, I sat in many nooks and crannies with my easel and painted, and painted, and painted.

 A bear interrupting my work!

A bear interrupting my work!

At one point I was chased away from my painting materials (and my lunch!) by a bear. Another time I got splashed by a hawk and an eagle fighting over a fish. I found myself rained on numerous times and disappointed as my freshly painted creation melted in the pelting of water drops.

All in all it was a beautiful trip and I am glad to have enjoyed Nelson, my home town and its neighboring cities. 

 A show at ARCC

A show at ARCC

I will be having a show at ARCC in June.

Opening night will be June 16th from 7pm-11pm at ARCC: Old Town at #3 3541 McDonald Drive, right by Great Slave Lake.  The show will be up from the 16th until June 26th.

The gallery will be filled up with the En plein Air (paintings done from life) which I completed during my month in Nelson BC.