17 – Alley of Light Art Boxes

Kellen Frost (Project Curator)Alley of Light Art Boxes, 2017

Location: South wall of the Armstrong Block Building (10125-104 ST.)



Particularly captivating at night, ten illuminated boxes host changing exhibits of local photographers work. The inaugural exhibit features winter images by three Edmonton-based photographers: Nicholas Yee, Cory Johnn, and Kellen Frost.


Biography: Kellen Frost, Project Curator – “My vision for the Alley of Light Art Boxes series was to gather images that would inspire people to explore and get connected to this beautiful land we call home. This spirit is captured incredibly by photographers Nicholas Yee and Cory Johnn, both invited to join me in this exhibit. The exhibit features: their stunning views of the Rocky Mountains; the North Saskatchewan River that loops through the heart of our city and its many miles of interconnected parkland; combined with my images set in our local ravines. So dress warm; go explore; get connected to nature, to yourself, to one another; and maybe even experience a sense of connectedness to everything.”


Cory Johnn – “[I enjoy] the challenge of making effective use of the moodiness often found in the winter landscapes of the Canadian Rockies. Photographing scenes set with mythical contrast, in places that many may not have the opportunity to explore during this time of year, is part of what attracts [me] to these adventures.”


Kellen Frost – “The images I chose symbolize the connections we make with one another when surrounded by nature. I included images from my dance collaboration ‘Breath of The Ancestors’ with Ayla Modeste and Sophia Fairweather in Whitemud Creek Ravine. Ayla is a dancer/choreographer fluent in contemporary and traditional Cree Nation dance. I also included images from my ongoing collaboration with Metis actress Hailey Fata. We captured the changing of seasons during this year’s first snowfall in Mill Creek Ravine, while witnessing the novel change of the ravine from real to dream-like.”


Nicholas Yee – “Much of my visual inspiration comes from experiencing familiar settings in a new light. The onset of winter is a particularly compelling time of change, in both natural and urban settings.”


Project Partners: The City of Edmonton; Winter City Edmonton; The Works International Visual Arts Society; The Art & Design in Public Places Program; Skyline Signs; Artifacts (David & Jeong-Ae Lalonde)

Produced by: The Places – Art & Design in Public Places Program

Source: The Places – Art & Design in Public Places Program

Photo Credit: Susan Pointe