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April Glaicar

South Slave
Hay River
(867) 874-6980
7 Miron Drive
7 Miron Drive
Hay River, NT X0E 0R2

Artist Story

I am a mixed media artist and photographer. Using the colours and compositions of what I capture in my photographs of the sky, plants and water, I create fine silver and glass jewelry. My art is inspired by nature and the simple yet splendid way it plays with colour and texture. I try to merge the two into something unique that shares the stories of the North.

Although my pieces are based on my photograph they often move from what I envisioned in my mind and take on a life of their own. I incorporate many different materials – from manmade crystals, natural semi-precious stones, fossils and even white fish vertebrae, which help determine what the finished piece will be like.

My art has inspired me to look at photography differently. An image that enlarges well for display on a wall is not usually a suitable image for a piece of jewellry. As I look through the lens of my camera I am looking at the subjects differently than my fellow artists might. 

Artist Bio: 

April Glaicar is a northern photographer and mixed media artist who was born, raised and continues to live in Hay River, Northwest Territories, Canada.  Her work has a strong connection to the circumpolar world and arctic conservation while respecting traditional knowledge and culture.

Always creative and attuned to nature as a child (often collecting a pocket full of rocks or flowers) she had begun exploring photography and design by the time she was in high school.  Over the years she has continued to develop her photography skills and learn techniques in other mediums.

It is her passion for photography combined with a love of nature, people and creative curiosity that have resulted in April’s “Inspired Surroundings” jewellery collection; an eclectic mix of her original photographs, fine silver and fused glass techniques (originating over 4000 years ago), other treasures including vintage up-cycled beads, semi-precious stones, local fossils and whitefish vertebrae.   April works full time in her home based studio to create storytelling pieces of fine art jewellery and décor.

Largely a self-taught artist, April experiments with different materials and techniques and eagerly participates in opportunities to learn from other artists in any discipline.  She shares art and her experiences by teaching workshops locally and at festivals.

April has exhibited at the Great Northern Arts Festival in Inuvik where she was awarded the “Viewers’ Choice” award for Jewellery and Metalwork in 2017, Hay River Centennial Library, NAAKA Showcase, Hay River Heritage Centre, Hay River Visitor Information Centre, Hay Days Festival, Summer Splash Festival (Fort Smith), ICEolation Exhibit (Yellowknife) and the former Northern Frontier Visitors’ Centre (Yellowknife).

With great pride April was selected to design and create the Cultural Medallions given to cultural performers of the 2018 Arctic Winter Games.

Having recently completed travel in arctic Canada and Greenland, April is busy in her studio designing a collection and exhibit for the launch of her project titled “Our True North” which will be completed and begin exhibiting in July 2018.

Her designs are available for purchase directly on-line and select locations & events as listed on her website.

Last Updated: April 25, 2018

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