Harreson is working on a sculpture of legendary Yukoner, bush pilot to CEO Joe Sparling. Harreson encourages audience members ask questions about his subject matter & process and invites them to share stories of their experiences with community icon, Joe. During all the noon hour performances this week.
Harreson began his study of sculpture at the Ottawa School of Art 33 years ago. In 2000 this vocation became his full-time career. In 2002, Harreson and his wife made Whitehorse their home. In subsequent years he has helped create a cooperative art gallery, a private art gallery and has worked as business manager, curator and participating artist. For seven years he also was a member of a government funding body, the Yukon Arts Advisory Council. In 2008, for his work in the Territorial cultural sector, he was one of three finalists for Tourism Industry Association Canada.
Harreson works in clay and bronze, primarily producing portraits of historical figures, in the form of masks, and busts. A number of his works are public art pieces which include bronze busts of Jack London, Father William Judge, Pierre Berton, Ted Harrison and soon-to-be-installed Martha Black. The bronze faces of Annie and Joe Henry are installed on the Dempster Highway.
Harreson researches his subjects, and works primarily from photographs. He says of his work “It is intuitive and interpretive. I feel that I am releasing images from their course clay bonds.