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Current Exhibition
Iris Hauser: Dress Codes
January 15 to February 28, 2018
Artist Reception 2pm Sunday, February 11

Saskatoon artist Iris Hauser has a regular stable of models she uses for figurative, narrative paintings that evoke art history, literature and fantasy. Ordinarily, Hauser chooses the models’ costumes and poses to create the right atmosphere. But in Dress Codes she turns the tables in this exhibition of  dramatic oil and alkyd paintings. Here, the models chose their own apparel, pose and storyline, sometimes revealing aspects of themselves that surprised the artist.

David Garneau, an internationally acclaimed artist and University of Regina fine arts professor, notes that Hauser’s paintings offer private shows made public: “She is not just making pictures but investigating the nature of private and public display; questioning the fixedness of gender and personality; and interrogating her own practice, the ethics of revealing these seeming intimacies. She is not objectively recording the world but actively participating in its creation.”



Current Exhibition
Joe Fafard: In Print / Imprimer
February 1 to March 1, 2018

In Prints/ Imprimer is a solo exhibition of works by internationally renowned Joe Fafard, one of Canada’s most recognized and prolific artists. Although Fafard may be best known for his work in clay, bronze and steel sculpture, drawing and printmaking have been sustained curiosities throughout his artistic practice. Whether three-dimensional or two-dimensional, his work is characterized by his connection to his rural Saskatchewan roots, his reverence for art history and his inquiry into form. 

The exhibition In Prints/ Imprimer presents woodblock, silkscreen, etchings, lithograph and embossed prints of cows, horses and bison, each series a response to or an extension of his sculptural process. While the embossed images offer beautifully subtle forms, the woodblocks are arresting in their colourful graphic quality. Reminiscent of Matisse’s paper cut-outs, these images have fluid, exaggerated and almost lyrical forms. Moving in varying degrees towards abstraction, the anatomy of these forms is broken down into pattern and embedded symbolic imagery. Perhaps in their subtlety, these works speak to the interconnection and dependence of human existence on agriculture and nature.

Curated and organized by the Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery with funding assistance from the City of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan Arts Board, SaskCulture, Saskatchewan Lotteries, and the Canada Council for the Arts. Toured through OSAC’s Arts on the Move program. 
Gallagher Centre Mural
Yorkton's Canada 150 Mural Mosaic Project
600 people of all pages painted tiles in just over 2 days

Gallagher Centre lobby

As one of the dozens of communities across Canada participating in the Canada 150 Mosaic projectthe City of Yorkton and Godfrey Dean Art Gallery were proud to host painting sessions and inviting everyone to participate. The finished mural is being displayed indoors in the lobby of the Gallagher Centre, where it is sure to be seen by thousands of people every year.
In just over two days in September, hundreds of school children and family members came to the Godfrey Dean Cultural Centre for one-hour workshops to create 600 tiles. At the peak time, there were over 70 people in the same session!
Schools included Dr. Brass, Dreambuilders, St. Michael's, Columbia, Yorkdale and St. Alphonsus plus community groups like Boys and Girls Club, SaskAbilities and the Cadets.
This mosaic portrayal of Yorkton consists of individual tiles painted with designs that visually depict what living in Yorkton means to each of us as individuals. The tiles form mural that's 8 feet tall and 14 feet wide that links us to the rest of Canada.


Here is some more information about the cross-Canada project:

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