April Glaicar

South Slave
Hay River
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As a circumpolar photographer and artisan jeweller, my personal journeys inspire the visual stories that I am compelled to share. I was born in the Northwest Territories, where I continue to live and work. The NWT is the land of my greatest fascinations. My work has a very strong connection to the arctic and sub-arctic regions of the world and often focuses on conservation while embracing traditional knowledge, history and culture. 

Travelling to our northern communities has allowed me to meet many wonderful people that have inspired me to curate a unique “Inspired Surroundings” jewellery collection. My lifelong creative curiosity is the basis of this collection, which an eclectic mix of original photographs and other traditional, man-made and found treasures such as sand, found local beach glass, pebbles, fossils, plants and fish vertebrae. Vintage up-cycled beads, semi-precious & precious metals and stones including Canadian NWT Diamonds are also featured. Every element contributes to the gift of insight to create storytelling pieces of fine art jewellery. 

When these one-of-a-kind pieces find the way home to their “forever keepers”, my soul does a happy dance and a little bit of me goes with them.



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: May 24, 2023

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