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
OPENING RECEPTION: FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 7-9pm

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
Artist-in-Residence
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

Images:
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


D I S P L A C E D

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



Headfirst
, 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:
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″