Emerging artist’s tribute to Yukon mining roots wins spot on Northwestel directory cover

Friday, May 5, 2017

WHITEHORSE, YT – A local painter is stealing the spotlight as this year’s winner of the annual Northwestel Directory Cover Art Competition for the Yukon. Gabrielle Dupont’s Yukon landscape painting Sandpiper Claim at Dusk will be featured on the cover of Northwestel’s 2017/18 directory for Northern British Columbia and Yukon.

The painting was selected from many locally produced artworks submitted to the competition by a special committee at Northwestel and representatives from the local arts community. Dupont, a Yukoner for nearly a decade and first-time entrant to the competition, says she submitted her artwork to get more exposure, but never expected to be chosen as the winner.

“I was very excited and surprised to be chosen. All these past winners who were professional artists and to know that my work was selected – I was in disbelief. I just really like that painting and I thought it would be nice for other people to see it.”

Featuring a small alpine cabin overlooking Northern mountains and a tundra near sunset, Dupont was inspired to capture the Yukon landscape while visiting a friend’s mining claim near Carmacks. She says the sight of nearby heavy machinery created a stark contrast with the mountain’s natural beauty.

“I actually stayed in that cabin while visiting the site. I stepped outside at sunset and it was so pretty and colourful and I wanted to capture it without the bulldozer nearby. It was such a natural, beautiful place – that little cabin on top of the mountain in Yukon.”

Paul Flaherty, Northwestel’s CEO, says the company is proud to promote a work of art that captures the spirit and allure of the Yukon.

“Trying to explain the beauty of a Northern landscape in words is near impossible," says Flaherty. "Thanks to Gabrielle and her painting, we don’t have to. As a Northern company serving Northerners, we feel that Sandpiper Claim at Dusk does a wonderful job of representing our commitment to the North and the people who live and play here.”

Since 1985, Northwestel has invited Northern artists to submit their work for a chance to appear on the covers of its regional phone directories. Winners are selected by a special committee at Northwestel, in consultation with local artists, and each winning entry is awarded $3,000.


Swap your directory and support local schools

The new 2017/18 directories will be available during the Lake Laberge Lions Club trade show at the Canada Games Centre in Whitehorse, May 5-7, and from the Northwestel retail store (2nd and Lambert) after May 8. A full list of community pickup locations is attached. Outdated phone directories can be recycled to support local students through the Northwestel Directory Recycling Program until May 31, 2017.

Each year, Yukon students can collect outdated telephone directories for recycling to earn cash rewards from Northwestel to help fund school activities and purchases. Details about the Northwestel Directory Recycling Program, including a list of participating schools, are available at http://nwtel.leafsolutions.ca