Inuvik to Tuk ice road memorialized on NWT phonebook

Anick Deschenes Jenks with her winning watercolour Tuk Ice Road at the directory's unveiling Thursday night.
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The iconic Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk ice road will be featured on the cover of Northwestel’s 2017/2018 phone directories.

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Inuvik’s Anick Deschenes Jenks’ watercolour painting, entitled Tuk Ice Road, has been chosen as this year’s winner of the annual Northwestel Directory Cover Art Competition for the territory.

Her work will be featured on the cover of Northwestel directories and distributed throughout the territory.

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“It’s a real honour. Quite a surprise,” Deschenes Jenks told Moose FM.

Tuk Ice Road, the winning submission for the annual competition.

“I just wanted to capture something different that hadn’t been on the cover before and just kind of went with that.”

Deschenes Jenks painted the piece specifically for the competition. It pays homage to the ice road’s final winter.

“It’s the last year of its operation. I really wanted to commemorate that, and also highlight a very unique aspect of the Beaufort Delta landscape,” she said.

“This road takes you past the tree line and to the Arctic Ocean under these beautiful unobstructed skies that can be any shade, even if the sun is there or not.”

Northwestel has challenged Northern artists to submit their work for a chance to appear on the covers of its phone directories since 1985.

Winning artists are also awarded $3,000.

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