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:
http://www.warmuseum.ca/firstworldwar/history/life-at-home-during-the-war/enemy-aliens/


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

 

August 14, 2017

Bonnie Conly: Walking Meditations

Grassland Mountain, 2015

September 5 – October 27, 2017
Opening reception: Friday September 8, 7-9pm

We begin our fall season with ‘Walking Meditations’ by local artist Bonnie Conly. The exhibition features over thirty five postcard-sized ink and pastel sketches produced during her 2015 artist residency at Grasslands National Park, located in Southern Saskatchewan. Also included are Conly’s photographs documenting the installation of her small, metal sculptures entitled ‘Warriors’. These sculptures were made with metal collected from the Grasslands area in 2012 and installed by Conly in the park during her residency.  A number of these sculptures will be on display during our evening reception on Friday September 8. We hope that you can join us.

Utilizing a variety of approaches including sculpture, video, sound installation, drawing and photography, I contemplate the distinctiveness of my personal experience with the land as well as my own ancestry.  My searching artworks seek to reclaim both land and memory – reflecting upon the unbreakable bonds between soul and space.
My art translates my connections and observations as I move between rural and urban environments.  Both natural and constructed elements that define those spaces influence my work.  I find that places of solace, quiet and engagement are becoming increasingly rare.  They have become increasingly sacred to me and have conceptually inspired a need to celebrate them in my art.  I believe there is an affective bond between person and place that creates a history, a conscious and unconscious engagement where location prompts emotion, experience, and memories.  I believe this tie to be so strong that history remains even when the place physically changes.  It is this element of “trace” that compels my work, merging realism with personal, symbolic, and metaphoric layers.

Bonnie Conly
Artist Statement, 2015

Eagle Butte Trail, 2015, Ink and Conté on watercolour paper, 4″ x 6″

Belza Hayfield, 2015, Ink and Conté on watercolour paper, 4″ x 6″

Nasty Bug Bite, 2015 Ink and watercolour on paper, 4″ x 6″

Cooler, 2015, Ink and Conté on watercolour paper, 4″ x 6″

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 2, 2017

Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools Student Art Exhibition

May 29 – July 28
Reception: Tuesday, June 13th 7-9pm

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


A Re-Creation of Emily Carr’s Totem Walk at Sitka
Brandi Alexandrovich
2017, Acrylic on canvas, 10” x 10”


In the trees
Sarah Voldeng
2017, Acrylic on paper, 16” x 21 ½”


Skeletons
Alexandra Lui
2017, Digital photo


Untitled
Rowen Dinsmore
2017, Charcoal on paper, 20 ½” x 16 ¼”


Madonna of the City
Regan Cey
2017, Acrylic on paper, 14” x 11”


Everyone’s Watching
Ava Dulos
2017, Mixed media on paper, 13 1/2” x 10 1/2”

Thank you to each of the students who have contributed to our
Spring 2017 exhibition:

Brandi Alexandrovich, Bethlehem Catholic High School
Nathalie Barabas, Bethlehem Catholic High School
Regan Cey, St. Joseph High School
Rowen Dinsmore, Holy Cross High School
Daniel Doll, Bethlehem Catholic High School
Ava Dulos, St. Joseph High School
Julia Fillinger, Holy Cross High School
Alyana Garces, St. Joseph High School
Lauren Gulka, St. Joseph High School
Claire Henderson, Holy Cross High School
Iris Inayat, Holy Cross High School
Berit Johnson, Holy Cross High School
Cayley Keller, Bethlehem Catholic High School
Madeline Korchinski, Holy Cross High School
Rylan Lowen, Bethlehem Catholic High School
Alexandra Lui, Holy Cross High School
Elle MacLennan, Holy Cross High School
Jezril Manzano, Bethlehem Catholic High School
Kathleen Morton, St. Joseph High School
Alexandra Mulenga Woo, St. Joseph High School
Modupe Olaniyi, Holy Cross High School
Christine Seemann, Bishop James Mahoney High
Levi Semenoff, Holy Cross High School
Sarah Voldeng, Holy Cross High School
Monica Wu Zheng, St. Joseph High School
Jhaiben Zhen Su, St. Joseph High School

February 21, 2017

Erin Sidloski

O Canada !
Glorious and Free
March 1 – April 28, 2017
Opening reception: Friday, March 3, 7-9pm

STM Gallery is pleased to present this new series of work by Saskatoon artist Erin Sidloski. In celebration of Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation in 2017,
O Canada ! Glorious and Free pays tribute to the diversity of our country and its landscape.

Images:
Alvena, Saskatchewan
Sedley, Saskatchewan
Lake Louise, Alberta
Each acrylic on canvas, 12″ x 12″, 2016

It is important to know where you come from. The diversity of the Canadian landscape mirrors that of her people. It is this very diversity that makes the Canadian landscape both so beautiful and unique, and the Canadian people so forward thinking.

Aside from First Nations People, all of us are immigrants to this country. Though the past has not always been heartening, Canada’s history shows many examples of the inherent tendency of human beings to help one another. It is our responsibility to maintain the integrity of the land as a safe haven for those in need. After all, most Canadians need only look into the recent past to recognize parallels between their families and the families that are immigrating to Canada today.

Canada should be celebrated as a common ground for all people; a refuge for the diversity of thoughts, beliefs, and cultural practices.

Let this year be a celebration not only of 150 years of confederation, but 150 years of immigration, challenge, progress, reconciliation, prosperity, and continued openness.

Let us keep our land glorious and free.

Erin Sidloski

For more information on Erin’s work, please visit:
http://www.erinsidloski.com/

 

 

December 12, 2016

Lindsay Arnold

Tedium
January 5 – February 24, 2017
Opening reception: Thursday January 5, 6-8pm

STM Gallery is pleased to present this recent series of work by North Portal, SK artist Lindsay Arnold.

Tedium is a series of small-scale, detailed paintings using the humble, hand-made doily to explore aging and the role it plays in female identity and value. Tedium honours difficult experiences, acknowledges thankless repetitive labour, and questions the priority we place on perfection.

I am intrigued by issues of female identity, the myth of perfection, and perceived expectations of self.   As a wife and mother I find myself inundated with messages about what I should aspire to have, such as: the perfect house, the perfect family, the perfect ageless face.  My work is a response to the behavior and compulsions related to striving for and maintaining a faultless appearance.  I use drawing and mixed media to explore female experience from the vantage point of the white picket fence.

Domestic life provides an abundance of miscellaneous items existing only to make things look nice.  Closets and drawers overflow with pretty wallpaper, gift wrap, china plates, doilies, lace, and buttons.  I employ lovely household detritus as a foil to the ugly side of human nature, endeavoring to charm and unsettle the viewer simultaneously (L. Arnold, 2016)

To learn more about the artist and her work, please visit:  https://lindsayarnold.ca/

For gallery information, please contact Linda Stark, Curator at lstark@stmcollege.ca
Gallery hours: Monday to Friday 7:30am – 10:30pm
Saturday 9:00am –  6:00pm, Sunday 11:00am – 9:00pm