June 28, 2018

Cory Chad & Denise Flaman

Opening Reception: Thursday, July 5,  7-9pm

STM Gallery is pleased to present a selection of recent work by Cory Chad and Denise Flaman, both from Prince Albert, SK. We hope you can join us on Thursday, July 5th at 7pm for our opening reception.

A significant detachment from everyday life is required for exploration.  The art studio is treated like a laboratory or a confessional.  The artist goes in to experiment and wrestle with her materials, hoping to extract the truth.  Being in ones studio is not about working in a place of safety, or being assured success.  It is about being respectful towards the idea of “process” and having a willingness to develop patience for unresolved expectations.

This exhibition includes pieces from workshop experiences at the Prince Albert Arts Centre, the drawing studio at the University of Saskatchewan, and the artists’ home studios.  Although Cory and Denise work separately, their art reflects an ongoing conversation.  There is a shared appreciation for a sense of rawness, a dryness of colour, and for the subject matter to be rendered in an unusual manner.

To see,
To look,
To gather.

Even when not painting, there is an enthusiastic documentation of ideas. This does not stop.

To forget that time exists.  She’s covered in charcoal, it’s now dark and the lights are off in the rest of the house, and husbands need to be fed.  This is what happens when two minds go offline.

Cory Chad

Cory Chad was born and raised in Prince Albert, SK. She discovered her love of art in junior high school when she drew her first still life.  Throughout the past seven years, Cory has focused on drawing and painting classes at the University of Saskatchewan.  She has been fortunate to receive instruction from Alison Norlen, Graham Fowler, Allyson Glenn, Terry Billings and George Glenn.  She has also taken workshops from notable artists such as Degen Lindner, David Alexander, Grant McConnell, Iris Hauser and Kim Ennis. Acrylic is her medium of choice but Cory has also worked with oil, charcoal, ink and pastel.

Her exhibition ‘Offline’ with Denise Flaman, was held in February 2018 at the John V. Hicks Gallery in Prince Albert. She has participated with the KYLA group at the Mann Art Gallery and exhibited her work at Amy’s On Second Restaurant, The Bison Café and the John M. Cuelenaere Library. The Mann Art Gallery in Prince Albert has purchased four of her works for their collection, including ‘Thin Skinned’, which was featured on the cover of their Permanent Collection 2012 Calendar.

Denise Flaman

Denise Flaman lives in Prince Albert. She discovered her interest in art during her high school years in Regina, where she was raised. She has been painting for fifteen years in oil, acrylic and various drawing mediums.  She began by taking classes with Christina Thoen in Prince Albert. She has since studied drawing and painting at the University of Saskatchewan, taking courses in Prince Albert and Saskatoon. She has received instruction from George Glenn, Terry Billings, Graham Fowler, Allyson Glenn and Alison Norlen.

Her studies have led to observations of “practical life scenes” and of the use of painting and drawing materials to emphasize composition, colour and mark making.

Denise has participated in group exhibitions at the Red Door Gallery at the Bison Café, the John V. Hicks Gallery at the Prince Albert Arts Centre and the Grace Campbell Gallery at the John M. Cuelenaere Library also in Prince Albert.  In 2016, The Mann Art Gallery of Prince Albert purchased a painting for their permanent collection.

Cory Chad, Balanced, 2018, Watersoluble pastel and India Ink on Terraskin, 9 3/4” x  13 1/2”
Denise Flaman, Move Through, 2018, Watersoluble pastel on paper, 4 5/8″ x 6”


May 25, 2018

Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools Student Art Exhibition

May 21 – June 28, 2018

Reception: Thursday, May 31st  7:00pm

A showcase of recent work by Grade 12 students from Bethlehem Catholic High School, Bishop Murray High School, Holy Cross High School and St. Joseph High School.

Jasper by Hailey Weber

Max by Drew Mewis

Self Portrait by Catherine Villaneuva

Self Portrait by Andrea Desalisa

Spaced Out by Ava Dulos

Ann Marie by Erica Clarice

Minds by Jasper Caswell

Untitled by Jenai Spizawka

Untitled by Jeremiah Shrigley

Galaxy Walk by Lauren Gulka

Untitled by Therese Mercado

Thank you to each of the students who have contributed to our
Spring 2018 exhibition:

Dana Bautista, St. Joseph High School
Sarah Brunet, St. Joseph High School
Erica Clarice, Holy Cross High School
Briannah Cook, St. Joseph High School
Andrea Desalisa, Bethlehem Catholic High School
Ava Dulos, St. Joseph High School
Laurel Ebner, Holy Cross High School
Alena Mastrengelo, Bishop Murray High School
Drew Mewis, Holy Cross High School
Jasper Caswell, Holy Cross High School
Annalise Couture, Holy Cross High School
Parker Fengstad, St. Joseph High School
Jasmine Gamboa, Bethlehem Catholic High School
Isabel Gerwing, Holy Cross High School
Lauren Gulka, St. Joseph High School
Rachel Lim, Holy Cross High School
Reyya Mag-Isa, Bethlehem Catholic High School
Therese Mercado, Bishop James Mahoney High School
Kaitlyn O’Connor, St. Joseph High School
Renilin Paras, Bethlehem Catholic High School
Cedie Salcedo, Bishop James Mahoney High School
Andrea Samelo, Bishop James Mahoney High School
José Sereda, St. Joseph High School
Jeremiah Shrigley, Bethlehem Catholic High School
Jenai Spizawka, Bishop James Mahoney High School
Madeline E. Suderman, Holy Cross High School
Kaitlyn Suru, Bishop James Mahoney High School
Hailey Weber, Holy Cross High School
Sarah Wourms, Bethlehem Catholic High School
Catherine Villaneuva, Bethlehem Catholic High School





March 29, 2018

Spirit of Saskatchewan

MARCH 26  – MAY 16, 2018

STM Gallery is pleased to present this group exhibition of recent work
by the artists of Sherbrooke Community Centre.

The Sherbrooke Art Studio believes that all people have the ability to create. At Sherbrooke Community Centre, Elders and Community Day Program (CDP) participants have the opportunity to pursue a range of creative endeavors by spending quality time in the Art Studio. Artists are provided with a shared studio space, quality art supplies, and professional opportunities to exhibit their work.

A participant does not need prior art making experience to access the studio, but rather an interest in the creative process. The studio provides an encouraging and supportive environment for people with a range of skills and abilities. Studio artists are encouraged to explore a wide variety of media. Drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics and fabric art are included to meet the needs, choices and preferences of each artist.

The Art Studio provides opportunities for artists at Sherbrooke – whether beginners or experienced practitioners – to express themselves, to give back to their community, and to engage fully in life, creating an environment for experimentation and self-expression. An Artist-in-Residence, as well as, visiting artists, student volunteers from the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Polytechnic, and the community facilitate the Art Studio. Most recently, grade 6 students from the Igen (Intergenerational) program with the Saskatoon Public School District, work with artists through their art club.

Our philosophy does not include teaching art classes but in facilitating the creative process through self-discovery and self-exploration. The artists in the studio find a new voice and this new voice empowers them.

The range of participants is diverse; there are experienced artists with their Masters of Fine Arts Degrees, self-taught artists, and people who have never made art before. It is common that experienced artists are relearning and adapting to the process as reduced and restricted mobility and cognitive challenges present them with new challenges. With perseverance and dedication these challenges grow into strengths. Our current studio artists range in age from 25 to 96 years old.

Five days a week, we play, make a mess, and encourage each other. The Eden Alternative states that one of the fundamental principles of care is that we must recognize, appreciate and promote each Elder’s capacity for growth. Studio artists are encouraged to push their limits and expectations while working on purposeful and creative activities.

At Sherbrooke, art is a means of challenging and transforming assumptions about age, disability, illness, and mental health. The artwork provokes fresh perspectives for the personal vision and artistic ability of artists living in long term care.

Alana Moore
Sherbrooke Art Studio

“The art studio provides me the freedom to express myself in ways I cannot otherwise.” – Kelly MacDougall

“I’ve never painted anything in my life and now I love it. I can’t stop. I would come and paint everyday if I could. It’s what I look forward to. I just love it.” – Inez Moorcraft

“I didn’t have a place where I could do art before Sherbrooke. Sherbrooke is the best. I was in another home before Sherbrooke and there was nothing going on and I was so bored, and I should have found a way to do things myself but I wasn’t in any place to do anything. I find art a way to say what I have so much trouble putting together into words.” – Jeanne Nichol

“The art room relaxes me and shows me how good I can be at something, like art.” – Dave Harder

“I never thought I’d be here. I’m a farmer, hockey player and here I am in an art studio, and it’s great. I’m having fun.” – Ken Udell

“I just, I think I got talent. It’s my way of getting it out there. When people talk it don’t carry so far. When you make a piece of art, it lingers, you know? Making art is my way of saying, I’ve been here and deal with it. And you know, I’ve been doing this a long time. It began as a necessity. When I was young, no one understood me, so if I wanted something, I would draw it. And from there, you know, that’s my way of dealing with my world around me. And I don’t have to talk. And I know I don’t have to bore people, I just paint and draw. It’s become a necessity again because I have to prove myself all over again- because of my insecurities. That’s always right out there. And some people like it some don’t, I don’t care.” – Paul Sisetski

I found a way of dealing with everything and a way of showing my interest and my sense of humor. And to go back to dark places too. One door closes and another one opens. And that’s not up to me. Ideas for art wake me up at night and give me a reason to get up in the morning. I wish it were different, but its not.” – Paul Sisetski

Inez Moorcraft, ‘Mountain Bluebird’, 2018, acrylic on canvas.
Jack Coggins, ‘Blood Moon’, 2017, acrylic on canvas.
Joanne Fleming, ‘Poppies at Sunset’, 2016, acrylic on canvas.
Dave Harder, ‘Dragonball Z: Android 17’, 2017, acrylic on paper.
Ken Udell, ‘Simmental Cattle in Saskatchewan’, 2018, acrylic on canvas.
Judy Buckley, ‘Old Prairie Fence’, 2018, acrylic on wood.
Paul Sisetski, ‘Island of the Damned Series: Don’t Piss off the Bird of Paradise’, 2018, acrylic on canvas.


January 10, 2018

Karen Pask – Thompson


January 22 – March 23, 2018
Opening reception: Friday, February 2, 7-9pm
STM Gallery is pleased to present this recent series of paintings by Saskatoon artist Karen Pask – Thompson. ‘Displaced’ focuses on the complex nature and legacy of displacement faced by both humans and animals in light of political, environmental and social changes.

Free to Roam, 2017,
Acrylic and Oil on canvas, 36x 48 in

, 2016,
Oil on canvas, 24 x 48 in

A Break in the Circle, 2017,
Acrylic and Oil on canvas, 36 x 48 in

Looking For Space, 2018,
Acrylic and Oil on canvas, 24 x 36 in

Top image:
Standing Out, 2018,
Oil, Acrylic,Leaf, Collage on canvas, 48 x 30 in

November 5, 2017

Enemy Aliens: Internment in Canada, 1914-1920

November 2, 2017 – January 15, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, November 10th, 7-9pm
Special guests:
Dr. Peter MacLeod, Director of Research for the Canadian War Museum
Dr. Bohdan Kordan, Director, Prairie Centre for the Study of Ukrainian Heritage (PCUH)

A traveling exhibition from The Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, Enemy Aliens: Internment in Canada, 1914-1920 is sponsored by The Prairie Centre for the Study of Ukrainian Heritage (PCUH) and focuses on the period between 1914-1920 when Anti-German propaganda, stories of German atrocities abroad, and fear of saboteurs drove many Canadians to demand protection from their government. Some 8,579 “enemy aliens” were interned behind barbed wire to remove the supposed threat, while tens of thousands more were forced to register with authorities and abide by stringent rules of conduct for the duration of the war.  While the government of the day classified 3,138 of these internees as “prisoners of war”, the remainder were civilians. The majority of internees were of Ukrainian origin.

As Founding Director of the Prairie Centre for the Study of Ukrainian Heritage and Professor within the Department of Political Studies at STM, Professor Kordan’s research interests include nationalism and ethnic conflict, the politics of state/minority relations, and the intersection between political geography and historical cartography with specific reference to Eastern Europe.  He has been working on the issue of internment since 1988. His latest book, No Free Man: Canada, the Great War, and the Enemy Alien Experience was released in 2016 and provides an extensive history on this subject.

For additional information, please click on the following link:

Prisoners working in the cold, Castle Mountain, Banff National Park, AB

Prisoners at Stanley Barracks Detention Centre, Toronto, ON

Images courtesy of the Library Archives, Canadian War Museum, Ottawa

Logo of the Canadian War Museum