A new exhibition, Portals / Gateways / Gateposts, opens at Hand Wave Gallery in Meacham on May 8. The exhibition includes a mixed media sculpture exhibition by invited artists in the Garden Gallery which runs until October 8, and small works by invited artists in the Interior Gallery that runs until June 7.
Reception & Artist Talk: Thursday, August 30, 7 – 9 pm
This body of work by Saidye Bronfman Award winner Kye-Yeon Son strikes a fine aesthetic balance between Korean subtlety and North American expressionism. Vessels and brooches made from fine steel wire meticulously welded together create forms and volumes inspired by the Nova Scotia landscape. Movement through direction, space, volume, and texture is mastered in Son's work, both sculptural and wearable.
Reception: Saturday, September 8, 2PM
Art Placement is pleased to present this exhibition of Robert Christie’s most recent paintings and painted constructions. For nearly fifty years, Christie has steadfastly explored a range of possibilities within the arena of abstract painting. Throughout these five decades and continuing to this day, his studio remains a testing ground for visual experimentation and aesthetic exploration, with an unwavering and unifying interest in colour, surface, form, and composition. The diverse selection of recent works are at once minimal and complex; clean and modern with reduced forms and monochromatic colour, combined with surfaces that are intensely worked, richly layered, and luxuriously textured.
Robert Christie lives and works in Saskatoon, where he has contributed to the arts for fifty years as a writer, critic, curator, gallerist, and artist. He has exhibited locally, nationally, and internationally since the late 1960s and his work can be found in numerous private and public collections throughout Canada and abroad, including a recent acquisition by Remai Modern in 2017.
OPENING RECEPTION is Friday, September 14 from 5 to 8 p.m.
Our fall exhibition schedule begins with not one but two shows. We are excited to be featuring new paintings from Linsdey Love and Erin Ross. The paintings are in the gallery and on the website. They are available for purchase now.
View Lindsey Love’s RETURN here.
View Erin Ross’ DREAMSCAPES here.
Reception: Saturday, October 20, 2PM
Art Placement is delighted to present the exhibition, A Painted Diary, surveying more than three decades of Louise Cook’s landscape painting. Cook’s work debuted in Saskatoon at the Mendel Art Gallery in 1973 and she has exhibited with Art Placement since 1985. Contributing to Saskatchewan’s strong tradition of landscape painting, Cook’s unique vision of the ever-changing prairies and boreal forests of the province remains rooted in direct observation, capturing the essence of place as it is experienced firsthand. Throughout the decades, she has had the opportunity to paint numerous far-flung corners of Saskatchewan’s wilderness, while also returning regularly to a handful of favourite locales. As such, the exhibition offers both a snapshot of the diversity of the province’s terrain, as well as intense focus on familiar locations with careful attention to the subtleties of time and place.
Louise Cook is originally from the small northern community of Fir Ridge. Her paintings of the Saskatchewan landscape have been exhibited across Western Canada and can be found in numerous private, public, and corporate collections at home and abroad.
Reception: Saturday, December 1, 2PM
Art Placement is pleased to present the exhibition, About a Lake, showcasing the latest suite of landscape paintings and drawings by Clint Hunker. Since the age of 16, Hunker has painted and drawn the Saskatchewan landscape. Following in the footsteps of notable prairie artists like Reta Cowley and Augustus Kenderdine among others, he is a field painter who works predominantly on site with nature serving as both his inspiration and studio. His paintings, in the tradition of the great impressionist masters, are characterized by their focus on light, the subtleties of colour, and loose yet precisely placed brushstrokes. Quiet and contemplative, each painting is a meditation on solitude, silence, and beauty within the prairie landscape.
In this latest series of paintings, Hunker has focused his attention on lakes of the grasslands and prairie regions of the province, a subject often neglected, as he notes:
"Knowing a place is key to my working process for the present. In the past prairie lakes have been looked down upon as weedy or alkali, glorified sloughs, to be blocked, dammed, or shored up to contain precious water. They have none of the romance of northern lakes with their clear water and rocky shorelines. Watching a boulder bare itself as water recedes from May to October, boats and storms all have a beauty and poetry that demonstrates the rhythm of the seasons. These paintings are about this experience. They are not formal challenges only and are not simply emotionally driven but both, as much about the past as the present."
Clint Hunker was born in Saskatoon. He studied art at the University of Victoria, completing an MFA at the University of Saskatchewan where he has remained a lecturer in painting and drawing since 1987. His works have been presented in group and solo exhibitions in Western Canada since the late 1970s and can be found in private, corporate, and public collections at home and abroad.
Reception: Saturday, August 4th, 2PM
August 4 - September 6
40 Years in a single exhibition, showcasing the past and present of Saskatoon's most enduring commercial gallery. Featuring select works by notable gallery artists as well as special guest artists that are in some way woven into the gallery’s history.
Featuring works by Douglas Bentham, Robert Christie, Heather Cline, Louise Cook, Reta Cowley, Ruth Cuthand, Jordan Danchilla, Lorenzo Dupuis, Terry Fenton, Cameron Forbes, Jonathan Forrest, Kelly Goerzen, Lynne Graham, Gregory Hardy, Clint Hunker, Dorothy Knowles, Rodney Konopaki and Rhonda Neufeld, Steph Krawchuk, Sandra Ledingham, Ernest Lindner, Nancy Lowry, Thelma Pepper, Catherine Perehudoff, Rebecca Perehudoff, William Perehudoff, Alicia Popoff, Leslie Potter, Ian Rawlinson, Dawna Rose, Lorna Russell, Allen Sapp, Pat Service and guest artists David Alexander, Kristin Bjornerud, Clay Ellis, Marie Lannoo, Grant McConnell, and Otto Rogers.
Reception: Wednesday, July 24, 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
The Saskatchewan Craft Council is pleased to present “Curio” — an exhibition of works from the private collections of Saskatchewan art collectors who have experienced the exciting energy of the longstanding Emma International Collaboration Auctions!
Every two years, artists from across the globe come to Emma to share in an experience of raw creation and open possibility. Artists at various stages of their careers are challenged to step outside their usual art practice, to explore medium, technique and subject matter through hands-on collaboration and exciting creative exchange. The result is intriguing one-of-a-kind pieces created by artists who may otherwise never work together. The very best pieces are then presented for auction on-site and in Saskatoon.
The exhibition “Curio” is a window into both the compelling world of art collection, as well as a tribute to past Emma collaborations and the many voices who have contributed to art and culture in Saskatchewan. Works featured in this exhibition include woodworking, blacksmithing, jewellery making, ceramics, furniture, printmaking, glass casting, and many other techniques and media. “Curio” was curated by SCC Exhibitions and Education Coordinators Stephanie Canning and Maia Stark.
Collaboration artworks are a time capsule of the enduring energy of Emma. They represent decades of community and creativity, and hold within them stories of the relationships fostered at this valuable and unique artistic experience.
Opening reception Thursday, June 28, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Not only do we have a wonderful collection of new art but an added surprise! Nouveau is very pleased to welcome Laureen Marchand, Bridget Aitken & Gerry Ruecker to our eclectic group of artists!
These new artists and many present artists will be in attendance so please drop by to meet them and view our wonderful new show.
Reception: To Be Announced
June 23 - August 2
Figurative art abounds throughout the art historical record, remaining central within the Western canon until at least the beginning of the twentieth century. Even today there are numerous artists working with the human form. In Saskatoon, a city with an artistic legacy largely defined by other genres and movements, a small but vital community of painters nevertheless continues to nurture the figurative tradition. Their work converses with historical precedents, contemporary developments, and the particular conditions and histories of the local context. The result is a unique snapshot of an enduring yet continuously evolving tradition.
Nouveau Gallery is pleased to announce there first encaustic show featuring new works by Anne Brochu-Lambert and Kathy Bradshaw. These talented artists both use encaustic in different ways and end up with totally different looks.
Artist Talk: Saturday, June 9, 2 pm
Reception: Saturday, June 9, 7 – 9 pm
Claude Morin’s fondest memories of his maternal grandfather are of being together on the land, a farm on the outskirts of French settlement Gravelbourg, Saskatchewan. Morin has vivid memories of meadow larks, considered a messenger by Morin’s Fransaskois ancestors. From these roots a love of nature grew to a love for science and then art. Morin’s medium of choice, clay, is due to the natural relationship between clay and the earth – the material comes from the earth and is changed through water, air, and fire, representing earth’s ancestral beginnings.
This exhibition tells the story of memories and current perspectives, as well as Morin’s desire to explore his own interconnection with nature. This spiritually focused exhibition is the result of Morin’s process towards making and relationships with others: rather than attempt to force the material to behave, Morin’s approach is to allow the contribution of changes, accidents, and natural expressions that occur. Morin states, “Gestures and accidents contribute to [the] composition. I must finally abandon the art to the caprices of fire. When the kiln is opened, the pieces slowly and subtly reveal their essence.” Morin feels this process allows the essence of the work and of the clay to reveal itself. In his art practice Morin desires to further understand his connection to nature and others.
Opening Reception on Thursday, May 17, 2018, 5 pm to 8 pm. (Artists in will be in attendance.)
Lorn Beug: Glass-domed robotic ecosystems and fantastic cabinets present the wonders of our medical & scientific history
Rick Gorenko: Distinctive, uncomplicated vistas illustrate the often complex relationship with our constructed environments
Opening: Saturday, May 12th, 2PM
Exhibition runs: May 12 - June 21
Art Placement is pleased to present Reverie in Darkness, Jennifer Crane's first solo exhibition with the gallery. Crane is an artist based in Saskatoon whose work investigates the relationship between the body and the lens in both historical and contemporary photography. For two decades she has been exhibiting her work in solo and group exhibitions in galleries throughout Canada and in the United States, China, Colombia, Germany, and Eastern Europe.
Reverie in Darkness
The same century invented History and Photography - Roland Barthes
In conventional analogue photography it is light that creates the dark tones of an image. I often marvel at the many paradoxes of the photographic medium, in particular at how it communicates. The title of the exhibition refers to the experience of making photographs in darkrooms under red safe lights and the dark places that creative exploration can take you - following intuitive impulses while recognizing your failures. The word “photography” means drawing with light and the medium itself was invented in the 19th century through a series of chemical mishaps and trial and error. The title of the exhibition Reverie in Darkness also refers to Plato’s allegory of the cave -- referenced by Susan Sontag in her essay In Plato’s Cave -- that humans are like prisoners trapped in a cave understanding the world only through shadowy figures projected on the cave wall.
As a photographic artist I’m not interested in using my camera to document things in the world but rather to experiment and explore the gaps, both physical and metaphorical, that reside between perception and reality, fiction and actuality.
The exhibition presents selections from three bodies of my recent work: Outlaw (and other failed portraits) [2016-18], Dear Edward [2009-10], and Specter [2017-18]. Each body of work is distinct both in conceptual approach and process of making the images.
- Jennifer Crane, 2018
The Unbroken Path
new works of art by Cam Forrester, Michaela Hoppe and Loretta Kyle
Please join us for our artist reception on May 4, 2018, 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Both Cam and Michaela will be in attendance.
Cam and Michaela are both Saskatoon artists and have a deep passion for the province that we live in. Their new works of art are an absolutely breathtaking collection that you don't want to miss.
Reception: Saturday, March 31, 2pm
March 31 - May 10
Art Placement is pleased to present an exhibition of recent paintings and drawings by Saskatoon artists Dawna Rose and Betsy Rosenwald, whose varied works highlight a decidedly contemporary ambivalence toward the practice of image-making.
Each artist makes personal, idiosyncratic paintings that weave between figuration and abstraction, following a process that begins as a mark and proceeds as a considered series of responses and decisions. Both start with an intention and find themselves somewhere else more interesting and less defined than that beginning. Their approach to materials is equally respectful of tradition and experimentation, incorporating oil paint with drawing and water media, wax, collage, scraping, sanding, layering, and erasure. These pictorial strategies, application techniques, and use of varying degrees of abstraction obscure and often deny any straightforward reading of narrative. While subject and meaning may be merely inferred or hidden altogether, each work stands as a record of struggle with and commitment to the practice of painting.
Reception: Friday, March 23, 7 – 9 pm
Artist Talk with Monique Martin and Frank Vescio: Thursday, April 19, 7 pm
A multimedia exhibition by Monique Martin. The disappearance of certain modes of communication — handwriting and the mailed letter — is the inspiration for this new series of work by Martin. Using clay, printmaking, painting, and installation, Martin sets out to explore the tactile nature of handwriting and the sending of letters as a tool for human connection.
Art Talk on Friday March 16th – Reception 7 to 10 p.m. – Talk at 7:30 p.m.
Commercial Gallery Owners and Artists will be speaking.
Admission is Free.
This exhibition features artists represented by The Gallery / Art Placement of Saskatoon and The Slate Fine Art Gallery of Regina.
Commercial galleries and artwork sales are important to sustaining the arts ecology in our time. Commercial galleries serve the public by providing access to artwork for private ownership and use in a home or business space. A commercial gallery serves the artist by presenting their artwork publicly. They nurture an audience and buyers for the artist’s work, helping to sustain an artist’s practice and building credibility for their art expression.
In the public Art Gallery of Swift Current exhibition titled “Art for Sale”, we examine two major Saskatchewan commercial galleries including The Gallery / Art Placement of Saskatoon – now celebrating its 40th year of service – and The Slate Fine Art Gallery of Regina, established only a few years ago. This exhibition will introduce us to the major artists, newly established artists, and emerging artists of Saskatchewan represented by these galleries. See fine artworks which are for sale and learn how to buy an artwork and why we should and also better appreciate the quality of fine artwork and professionalism offered by commercial galleries.
Please note the Gallery will be closed Wednesday afternoons due to the Minds in Motion program, from February 7 to March 28, 2018.
An exhibition of Janet Macpherson's newest ceramics works and Peter Tucker's paintings opens on March 1, 2018. Opening Reception: Thursday, March 1, 5 - 8 pm.
Reception: coffee and tea reception: Saturday, March 3rd, 2PM
With spring just around the corner, Art Placement is pleased to present a group exhibition of florals in a range of media including painting, drawing, and photography. Gallery artists and invited guests approach flowers from a variety of positions: as aesthetic subjects, as a jumping-off point for explorations into materials and abstraction, and as symbolic objects relating to themes of life, creativity, death, and renewal. Featuring works by Louise Cook, Reta Cowley, Dorothy Knowles, Joanne Lyons, Alicia Popoff, and Laura St. Pierre.
The Saskatchewan Craft Council is pleased to present Material Grace, a new exhibition by acclaimed ceramic artist Anita Rocamora.
Exhibition: January 27 to March 17, 2018
Reception: Friday, February 2, 7 – 9 pm
Artist Talk: Saturday, February 3, 2 pm
Decay and renewal are the foremost themes in this new series of work by Meacham-based artist Rocamora, which strives to connect nature’s processes with the human experience. Using clay, metal, and other media, the sculptures draw inspiration from the skeletons of plants and animals. The resulting pieces evoke fossilized creatures, dried out plant pods, and re-imagined micro-organisms.
Layers of meaning are inscribed in Rocamora’s work through her signature aesthetic of delicacy and subtlety. The ever-changing nature of living things is documented in the resulting textures and forms of Rocamora’s unique aesthetic.
In an interview with Galleries West, Rocamora described her relationship with clay:
“I like to use clay because it’s a condensate of everything that has existed before – from rocks, mountains, creatures – all jammed together into little molecules that become clay… I love that history, that sense of continuity with the birth of the earth, and then what I create with my hands, which is another birth… Eventually, it will go back and get ground up and who knows what happens next.”
The artist gratefully acknowledges the support of the Saskatchewan Arts Board in the creation of this exhibition.
Join us at a public reception on Friday. February 2nd at 7 pm. There is a public artist talk on Saturday, February 3rd at 2 pm. All are welcome to both events!
MICHEL BOUTIN - Afterglow
January 27 - February 22
Art Placement is pleased to host an exhibition of paintings by interdisciplinary artist Michel Boutin, presented by Regina's Sâkêwêwak Artist Collective as part of their annual Storyteller's Festival. Click the image to learn more.
The tradition of Western Landscape painting can be traced to late 17th century Britain. This "Age of Enlightenment" initiated science and rational thought as the governors of the "New Society." The Royal Society of London described nature as a machine and man as its engineer. Landscape paintings became a way for patron landowners to exhibit their dominion over land and nature.
During the romantic period of the 19th century the landscape became allegory. Early modernist painters began to utilize landscape painting as an armature for abstraction.
The works in this exhibition also utilize landscape as an armature for abstraction. Not of light but of place. Not of image but of essence.
Each work attempts to capture the essence of landscape painting overlaid with an echo of what has come before...of what could be again. They reference past, present and future simultaneously. Like a graffiti artist would mark a wall, or a cartographer a map, the skies become the ground for images left as trace, a sense of being beyond and without the human.
They are part of a series of works investigating the relationship between real and constructed ideas of time and place. They are meant to stimulate our subconscious understanding of the infinite as the afterglow of the finite.
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 11, 5-8 PM
Quiet Stories from Canadian Places is a national touring exhibition created in response to Canada's 150th anniversary celebration. Cline's work shifts the traditional role that painting has played in documenting history through official portraiture and pivotal historical moments, to documenting Canadian places that are significant to everyday people and simple moments. Over the past 10 years, Cline has been quietly gathering stories from communities across Canada , collecting personal and regional histories. Using the experiences of everyday people as her inspiration, Cline documents Canadian places through site, sound and memeory, creating a "multiplicity of experience."
The resulting exhibition features approximately fifty paintings interspersed with audio stories that create a dynamic narrative space filled with images and soundscapes.
This exhibition will be split between Slate Fine Art Gallery and the Sherwood Art Gallery in Regina.
Assiniboia Gallery Holiday Open House, Saturday, December 9, 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Join us Saturday, December 9th between 1 and 4pm. Enjoy a cup of hot chocolate, many new artworks and have a visit!
Check out works recently added to our website here.
Saturday, December 9 - 11:30 - 3:30
Void is holding our first Pop-up this Saturday, December 9th, from 11:30 to 3:30 at Sushiro Sushi and Noodle Bar, 737B Broadway Avenue. Free admission.
We will be featuring patches, pins, stickers, and art by
Stay Home Club
These Are Things
With Donuts by Dark Side Donuts and Churros by Duck Duck Goose
Opening Reception - Friday December 8, 7 - 9 p.m.
The Saskatchewan Craft Council is pleased to present Intersections, an exhibition of work by artist Shelley Miller.
Saskatchewan born, Montreal-based artist Shelley Miller works in public spaces, creating site-specific projects in both ephemeral and permanent materials. In this exhibition, Miller uses the quilt as a visual and conceptual reference, creating geometric formations made up of people from Saskatchewan communities. She photographs the ensuing design from an aerial perspective. Miller’s goal is to form connections:
“I believe it’s the people in a community who make up the true urban fabric of a place… people and the colour of their clothes creates geometric formations, recalling traditional patchwork designs common to each geographical area. The aim of this project is as much about celebrating craft traditions as it is about bringing people together.”
Join us at a public reception on Friday, December 8th from 7 to 9 pm. There is a public artist talk on Saturday, December 9th at 2 pm. All are welcome!
Opening Reception: Friday, December 8
Our artists have been working hard to outdo themselves this season and a steady stream of new smaller works have been flowing into the gallery. We have a wonderful selection of new small works for holiday giving, please stop by and pick your favorites!
Art Placement is pleased to present a group exhibition to finish off the year, including select works fresh from a variety of artist's studios, as well as some hidden treasures from the racks. Featuring new landscape paintings by Rebecca Perehudoff, a series of expressionistic abstract-figurative works by Leesa Streifler and introducing sculptural works in plaster and soapstone by Cecilia Cote.
Coffee reception: Saturday, December 2, 2:00pm