Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre

Whitehorse, Yukon

Darcy Tara McDiarmid

2018 Shakaat Artist-in-Residence

Darcy Tara (McDiarmid) is a nature artist from the crow clan of the Tr’ondek Hwech’in and Na-cho Nyak Dun First Nations.

Darcy paints in a bold expressionistic style using highly saturated fluid acrylics and ink. Recently, she has begun to incorporate gemstones and ancient items into her paintings such as mammoth fossil, copper, emerald, rubies, porcupine quills, abalone and kyanite crystals.

Darcy follows the ancient practice of her ancestors: sacred dreaming, and thus much of her work maintains an ethereal type quality with a touch of enchantment. Most of her paintings are based on dreams and meditation.   She paints mainly spirit animals and women in forests.

Darcy enjoys focusing her art on heritage, culture, conservation and the environments – causes all very important to her.   She believes in honouring her ancestors by bringing them and their regalia back, through her paintings.

Crow and Wolf Dream of Forever with Darcy Tara McDiarmid

Thursday, August 23
6:00pm – 8:00pm
$30 per person
Youth and Elder Rates Available

Crow and Wolf form two of the main clan groups amongst the Yukon First Nations. Join artist Darcy Tara in some clever and crafty creativity time, making your own unique art-piece featuring Crow or Wolf decked in regalia.

Bring a reference photo of some simple regalia from your own family or heritage that you would like to include in your art. E.g. Crow or Wolf could be holding beads while carrying a medicine bag. Alternatively, maybe your spirit animal will be wearing dance wristlet regalia or holding a drum with a clan symbol on it.

Participants will be working with multimedia including pencil, watercolour pencils, fluid acrylics and ink.

Time permitting, learn how to turn your creation into heirloom family code of ethics crest, prayer flag, or art journal entry.

While creating, participants can ask Darcy about how she creates from sacred dreams.

The workshop will be very informal and peaceful and will take up to two hours. Further work can be done at home to finish your creation.

Pre-Registration is required. To register please call:
Jennifer Heffernan
Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre
(867) 456-5322 ext. 103