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2017 Exhibition
Over 60 local artists of all ages!
200 works of art!
June 4 to 30, 2017
 
The response to this year's local artist exhibition, Landscape & Memory, was a bit overwhelming! Over 60 artists of all ages are taking part, with some very strong youth entries, ages 12 and under, along with adults of all ages. When we started this exhibition 10 years ago we knew it was important to showcase local artists, but we had no idea there was this much creativity to share!
 
Our entire region is represented, from Esterhazy to Preeceville and Kamsack to Wynyard, along with an enthusiastic group from Yorkton that expands every year.
 
June is a great time to visit the gallery and experience this celebration of our community.
 
 
2017 Exhibition
V e r a  S a l t z m a n:
Sue and Winnie
April 4 to May 12, 2017

Artist reception 2pm Sunday, April 23

 

Vera Saltzman’s Sue and Winnie is a collection of 14 portraits of women over 40 with dolls they cherished in their childhood. The collection won the Silver Award portfolio prize in the 2016 Saskatchewan Prairie Light Photography Festival. Chosen from professional entries across Saskatchewan, the Silver Award recognized a photographer’s body of work and includes a solo exhibition at Godfrey Dean Art Gallery and a cash prize of $1,650.

 

The Daily Mail in the UK reviewed Sue and Winnie when it was printed in portfolio form: "Photographer Vera Saltzman explores the transience of life and the inevitability of death through the eyes of the women, who, driven by nostalgia of their lost childhoods, have kept their dolls for decades: sitting on a shelf, buried in a box in a closet, locked in an attic. The toys, some weathered from years of affection, others still in perfect condition, but all a product of their time, signify a past that is familiar yet unsettling."

 

Vera describes her work in this way: "These images are tinged with a sense of memento mori, a phrase dating to Roman times meaning ‘remember that you are mortal.’ As I age, I am constantly reminded of life’s uncertainty. This series helps me reflect on the human condition, the transience of life and the inevitability of death."

 

"Sigmund Freud believed the uncanny to be something which leads us back to what is old and familiar but is at the same time unheimlich or uncomfortable. This series explores the idea of the uncanny as it manifests in a longing for youth, and a recognition of mortality."

 

"Driven by the nostalgia of our lost childhood, many of us have kept our dolls: sitting on a shelf, buried in a box in a closet, locked in an attic. In these portraits, women over 40 are posed with their childhood dolls. Each doll serves as an entry point into the history of our life which is both strange and familiar. In my photographic survey I consider the rediscovery of these doll-mementos, which lead these women to recall a past of comfort and security. It’s hard to imagine a time and place when we would have played with these dolls. As young girls we spent hours with them. Our friend and confidant, they kept us safe at bedtime while comforting us during stressful times. Those days are gone forever yet eternally present as evidenced by the doll: an assurance of a past."

- Vera Salzman
 
 
2017 Exhibition
Fabulous Fibre at the Godfrey Dean!
Fibre Art Network: On the Wind
April 12 to May 4, 2017
 
The Fibre Art Network collective exhibition On the Wind features 33 works by artists across Western Canada. A virtuosic display of fabric technique, skill and imagination.
 
The Fibre Art Network (FAN) is a cooperative of self-defined artists based in Western Canada. The cooperative was organized in 1999 and is committed to promoting fibre as an art form and each other as artists. FAN members come from Western Canada - British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, the Yukon and Northwest Territories - and share their learning and news through a website and newsletter. 
 
The artist reception was at 2pm on Sunday April 23
 
Images from the exhibition and Fibre Art Network website:
 
 
2017 Exhibition
Kent Tate and Sharon Olson: Uncommon Landscapes
March 1 to April 4, 2017 
 
Kent Tate and Sharon Olson approach landscape using non-traditional methods, five abstract paintings accompany three television monitors. This exhibition is an atmospheric meditation on landscape. Calm, reverential and engrossing; the viewer is invited to become immersed within the landscapes presented by these artists.
Organized and toured through OSAC’s Arts on the Move program
 
 
2017 Exhibition
 
Heather Cline: Quiet Stories from Canadian Places
Closed on Saturday, sorry you missed it!
January 16 to February 25, 2017
 
We were so happy that Heather Cline kicked off her exhibition tour for Quiet Stories From Canadian Places at Godfrey Dean Art Gallery. Yorkton is proud to be the first stop on this Canada 150 celebration journey that's taking the exhibition across Saskatchewan to Alberta and BC. 
 
Over the past ten years, Regina-based artist Heather Cline has been quietly gathering stories from local residents in communities across Canada, collecting personal and regional history. Through a series of artist residency projects and public engagements, she did such diverse activities as interviewing farmers on combines in Manitoba, fruit growers in Vernon and school children in Ardrossan, Alberta.
 
The interviews inspired Cline to paint different geographical locations, connecting with the subject matter through other people’s experiences of place. Excerpts from the audio collection are interspersed among the paintings to create the audience experience.
 
Artist Reception at 2pm Sunday, January 29
At the artist reception Heather talked about her painting odyssey, the many wonderful people who took part, and the highly refined painting techniques she uses to make the works feel like they're glowing with light. She also made these cool time lapse videos of the opening!
 
GALLERY ONE TIME LAPSE  https://youtu.be/MMCMTh7rp_0          GALLERY TWO TIME LAPSE  https://youtu.be/pnHiVcxtZgI
 
CTV Yorkton - Saskatchewan artist finds beauty in the ordinary
 
Heather Cline’s website with photographs of the paintings