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2002 Exhibitions
Ascensions
Karen Skoronski
June 3 to July 29, 2002

Karen Skoronski constructs 2-dimensional assemblages using old wallpaper that she has salvaged from empty farm houses in Saskatchewan. She processes the encrusted wallpaper layers, separates them and re-layers them in new configurations. Her work is both meditative and emotional. She is guided by her subconscious as much as aesthetics, transforming the trapped energies into new abstractions, icons and metaphors.


2002 Exhibitions
Exploring the Collections:
The Admittance of Photography
August 1 to August 31, 2002

This exhibition, unveiled for the first time in Yorkton, was organized by the Dunlop Art Gallery in Regina and curated by Regina based independent curator Andrew Oko.

Comprised of 40 different works, taken from the collections of the Dunlop Art Gallery, the Mendel Art Gallery, the Photographers’ Gallery, the Kenderdine Gallery, the Saskatchewan Arts Board, and the MacKenzie Art Gallery, it explores how Saskatchewan public art institutions developed their collections of photography as an art form. For many years, photography was not considered ‘art’ in the same sense that painting or sculpture was. This exhibit traces the emergence of photography as art as well as emergence of artists who express themselves through the lens of a camera.

Chronologically, this exhibit begins in 1905 with the journalistic works of Mattie Gunterman. The most recent acquisition is the social commentary of Bill Burns in 1996, How to Help Animals Escape from Natural History #2. Thematically it is grouped into three fairly distinct sections: First is the narrative work describing people and places; this first section is largely documentary in nature and houses work from the early to mid 1900’s. The second grouping contains work where eroticism is the predominant theme. The third is the body of work that aims to arouse the mind by playing with the eye; it alludes to wit and fantasy. It is in these last two sections that we see the works of several famous contemporary artists. Symbolism and technical wizardry abound and are used to evoke images that captivate the imagination and prompt questions about acceptance and the status quo.


2002 Exhibitions
The Fecundity of Nature
Nadine Surjik
October 1 to 30, 2002

Nadine Surjik is a Yorkton artist who has been painting for over 20 years. In that time she has taken several painting classes at the University of Saskatchewan.

"My work represents a celebration of beauty in nature within which colour, light and the painting process is explored. By framing the fullness of nature to a point of overcrowding, I attempt to ape the fecundity of the natural world. In any celebration of pure beauty there is an inherent stylization that results. My championing of colour and texture versus realism results in an exploration of the chaotic crush of composition - at times it results in the tricks that the unwavering gaze creates."
     - Nadine Surjik, 2002


2002 Exhibitions
Illustrative Images
Sherry Farrell Racette
October 1 to November 3, 2002

Regina artist Sherry Farrell Racette creates vivid portrayals of Metis history and contemporary "portraits" of the Prairies. She was born in Manitoba but has lived in Saskatchewan for many years. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Certificate in Secondary Education from the University of Manitoba and a Master of Education from the University of Regina. Farrell Racette is a member of the Timiskaming First Nation in Quebec.

As a scholar and educator, Farrell Racette knows the importance of books as educational and artistic contributions for Metis and First Nations communities. This exhibition brings together a selection of images created for three publications over more than a decade. Originally produced in 1985 as a special project to commemorate the one hundredth anniversary of the Riel Resistance of 1885, The Flower Beadwork People was written and illustrated by Farrell Racette.

— Lee-Ann Martin, Adjunct Curator, First Nations Art


2002 Exhibitions
A Printing A-fair
Andrew King
December 1 to 22, 2002

The Andrew King exhibit presents you with the original posters and Mr. King’s original woodblocks and zinc plates that he himself made in order to mass produce the posters. The ink is deeply embedded in the wood. This exhibit, on tour through OSAC, consists of works that have been curated from the Permanent Collection of the Estevan Art Gallery and Museum.