Current Exhibits at The Works

YMCA Community Canvas Works Initiative

The YMCA Community Canvas Works Initiative is a partnership between Don Wheaton Family YMCA and The Works International Visual Arts Society. Launched in the fall of 2007, this program sees an Edmonton artist exhibit in Don Wheaton Family YMCA curated by a youth curator and installed in a six month rotation. At The Works, we believe that placing art in public places allows for people of all ages and backgrounds to experience, learn about, and appreciate visual art.

For more information about the artist or sales contact the curatorial team at The Works:
Phone: 780-426-2122  ext 228                

Masks for giants, by Borys Tarasenko

Krimbo Moon, 2017

Krimbo Moon, 2017

In 2017 I had the good fortune of being commissioned by an acting troupe to design and create masks for a play. The production, titled “Tales of the Holy Mountain”, would feature a series of vignettes inspired by Alejandro Jodorowsky’s 1973 film Holy Mountain, and was to be performed at the following Edmonton Fringe Festival. I was astounded to hear that the actors cast in the play that would be wearing the masks were abnormally large people, some being as much as 60 feet tall. Not being previously aware that such large people existed I nonetheless set to work creating the masks. This was a good opportunity to try painting with wood stain, something I have wanted to try for a while. Happy with my completed work and not hearing back from the acting troupe for weeks, I was informed by them in a brief email that they did not receive their expected funding and were dissolving the production. Quite a blow that I would not be receiving a commission fee for the work, and I was equally upset that I would never see the masks put to use. I'm not quite sure what I will do with them, but for now I am happy to share the masks with the public.

Borys Tarasenko

Borys Tarasenko is a multidisciplinary artist based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. A BFA Art & Design graduate from University of Alberta with a focus in Painting, Borys mostly creates artwork and graphics for musicians, theatre artists, and non-profit organizations. He has been involved in a number of public art projects throughout his hometown of Edmonton, and also likes to illustrate for posters, t-shirts, and colouring books.

Location: The YMCA Community Canvas WORKS initiative is located at Don Wheaton YMCA 10211 102 Avenue - Main floor

Previous Exhibits: 

Agata Garbowska (2017-2019), Alexandra Gusse (2017), Lindsay Kirker (2016-2017), Megan Warkentin (2015-2016), Lucille Frost (2014), Scott Cumberland (2014), Jenny Keith (2013), Glenn Guillet (2011), Justin Shaw (2010), Josée Aubin Ouellette (2009), Michal Wawrykowicz (2008), Tim Rechner (2007), Nicole Galellis (2006).

Archive & Previous presenting partnerships


The exhibit and website explore Edmonton's history in the context of Queen Elizabeth II’s three visits to Edmonton since her Coronation in 1953. The exhibit features images, collectables, and memories of the 1959, 1978, and 2005 royal visits from public archives and contributions by Edmontonians.

The reception launched a website with commentary by Edmonton’s Historian Laureate, Shirley Lowe, and offers visitors the opportunity to contribute to the community archive around these visits, and these times in Edmonton’s development.

Sixty Years is the final component of an ongoing project to work with Edmontonians to activate community memory around the growth of Edmonton and to engage youth in Edmonton’s history during Elizabeth II’s reign as queen. Other aspects of the project have included collection events and an in-school art program.

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