The Flower May Not Look Like the Roots January 5 to February 23, 2022
Presented in partnership with Yorkton Arts Council and OSAC, this exhibition was curated by Jera MacPherson and featured artists Sarah Fougere, Bonnie Gilmour, Barbara Meneley, Vera Saltzman, Carol Schmold, Crystal Thorburn, and Sarah Timewell. As a critical and thoughtful engagement, the show provided points of access through consideration of identity and history, as well as materiality. Ceramic pieces, paintings, light boxes, looping video, fabric art, and photography demonstrated different approaches, complimenting the plurality of voices and perspectives the Curator has brought together.
Image: Vera Saltzman, “River,” trans.plant [detail], 2014 photography, 15” x 15” (23” x 23” framed)
The Flower People is a story about me, my family, my people and our connection and relationship to the land, ourselves, and each other. It is derived from the name ‘The Flower Beadwork People’ a name given to the Métis who are well known for their floral beadwork. – Artist Statement excerpt
Frank & Victor Cicansky: Keep On Going September 3 to October 23, 2021
This exhibition features the paintings, sculptures, and craft objects of folk artist Frank Cicansky, in dialogue with the ceramics and sculptural work of his son, internationally renowned artist, Victor Cicansky. The presentation of these artists’ works together offers an opportunity to consider the shared values, creative drives and narratives of memory, place and origin that inform both of their artistic practices. Together these works reflect a sincere and compelling response to place, offering immigrant narratives of first and second generation settler Canadians in southern Saskatchewan, while also exploring the influential connections between our province’s folk art and funk art genres.
Keep on Going is presented in partnership with Yorkton Arts Council and the Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils (OSAC).
David Stonhouse: POWERBOXES July 5 to August 28, 2021
POWERBOXES is a sculptural art installation and a playful take on modernist painting. From artist David Stonhouse, the exhibition recreates industrial fabrication and building exteriors as modern geometric abstract paintings, transforming the Godfrey Dean Art Gallery into an immersive surreal space, cheerfully bold and colourful.
Electrical boxes and other kinds of utility panels are found virtually everywhere that people live and work. These everyday objects are usually tucked away behind or along the sides of buildings, out of sight. Often great effort has gone into their design and construction to make them practically invisible. Like other forms of camouflage, these decisions are intentional. But are they artistic?
In POWERBOXES, artist David Stonhouse paints directly on the gallery walls and installs sculptural paintings in a unique art installation. There are connections to modernist painting and relief techniques, including the specific history of modernist painting in Saskatchewan and Canada, Eli Bornstein and Elizabeth Willmott, among others in the structurist art movement being good examples. David Stonhouse’s work expands on this history, proposing new ways that art can be perceived and created in response to our contemporary environment and the infrastructure we have built.
Local Artist Show 2021 June 1 to 30, 2021
Previously known as Landscape & Memory, the annual Local Artist Show promotes artists, artisans, craftspeople, hobbyists, and other creators from here. The exhibition is an opportunity for artists to share their work with the public and to present and install their work in a professional public art gallery. This year we featured more than 150 artworks from 49 local artists, filling both exhibition spaces. As part of Local Artist Show 2021 we also hosted visiting artist Clint Neufeld for a two-day professional development initiative entitled Conversations About Your Art. Presented in partnership with CARFAC SASK, these sessions provided local artists with an opportunity to discuss their work and get feedback from a professional artist.
Madhu Kumar: The Stories of Immigrant Women May 6 to 22, 2021
“The women I have painted are bright, and hardworking. They were going through rough times as they tried to settle into their new lives. Through my paintings, I want to show what it feels like to be alone, frustrated, sad, empty, confused, lost amidst strangers and new friends. The paintings help promote dialogue about being new to Canada. I want to offer a glimpse into the life of an immigrant woman during this challenging time. Some show despair; others are more hopeful; while some are more settled. Storytelling is not only the core of my work, but is also universally important. Human beings need to be seen and heard. Art is a vehicle through which I am empowering these women.”
Presented in partnership with Yorkton Arts Council and the Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils (OSAC).
Geoff Phillips: Plantscapes of the Prairies March 1 to April 24, 2021 Presented in partnership with OSAC and Yorkton Arts Council. Artwork detail: Grassland Seventy Mile Butte (detail), oil on canvas, 2017
“My process includes driving to locations in South Western Saskatchewan, mountain biking with rolled canvas in my knapsack, finding a section of land, unrolling the primed canvas on the ground, paint-sketching the scene/plants, and rolling it back up to stretch and paint in oils later in my studio. I also take many close-up photographs of the various elements and plants found within the scene. Some photos are chosen for reference and printing. These photos along with the paint sketch and my memory/experience of the land inform the painting process.”
Fibre Art Network: Threads of Hope January 5 to February 24, 2021 Artwork detail: On Thin Ice (detail), Nancy Riemersma, 2020
Threads of Hope is an exhibition exploring hope, longing and desire for the future of the world. FAN challenged their members to speak about world issues that are meaningful to them. We have an opportunity to consider the same questions in our community, to reflect on our relationship with the environment, what reconciliation means in practice, and how our individual positionalities affect what we hope for.
Paula Cooley and Louisa Ferguson, Passages November 16, 2020 to December 19, 2020 Artwork detail: Paula Cooley and Louisa Ferguson, ‘Casten’ 2018
Mixing metal, clay, glass, and wood, the pieces in this exhibition show the artists’ process through collaboration. As a symbol, the boat brings us into their creative world; it suggests time passing and distance travelled.
Hanna Yokozawa Farquharson: Calling September 14, 2020 to October 31, 2020 Artwork detail: Hanna Yokozawa Farquharson, ‘Serenity in Flight’
‘Calling’ is the first solo exhibition of textile artworks by this uniquely talented emerging artist based in Saltcoats, Saskatchewan.
Jeff Morton: To Dream in a Box September 14, 2020 to October 31, 2020 Photo: Kenton Dupe; pictured: David Stonhouse viewing the artwork
‘To Dream In A Box’ is a mixed media installation mixing light and sound with painted and modified photographic slides and miniature audio speakers installed in lightboxes. The work was created through the Conseil culturel Fransaskois 2020 program Mentorat et visibilité – édition 2.
Local and Regional Artist Exhibition: Summer Light August 10 to September 4, 2020 Photo: Godfrey Dean Art Gallery
‘Summer Light’ features artwork by Val Morhart, Laureen Johnson, Garry Harris, Katie Miller, Phyllis Herman, Jocelyn Duchek, Barry Whitta, Kelly Patterson, and Jean Spilak, with Heartstrings Jewelry by guest artist Michelle Dall’Acqua.
Annual Local Artist Showcase: Landscape and Memory 2020 Spring 2020
The events of COVID-19 prevented us from calling for Landscape & Memory 2020 entries as usual. Luckily, we could connect digitally and share what so many local artists have been up to over the winter months. The idea was simple; if you live in Yorkton or the surrounding area, send us photos of your artwork and we will promote and celebrate your work on our social media.
Local and Regional Artist Exhibition: Winter Light Winter 2020 Artwork detail: painting by Barry Whitta
‘Winter Light’ features is our new local and regional artist exhibition with Val Morhart, Laureen Johnson, Garry Harris, Katie Miller, Phyllis Herman, Jocelyn Duchek, Barry Whitta, Kelly Patterson, and Jean Spilak, also featuring Heartstrings Jewelry by guest artist Michelle Dall’Acqua.
Bonnie Conly, William Philpot, and Crystal Rassi: Signposts February 1 to March 23, 2020 Artwork detail: Crystal Rassi, ‘100 Years’, 2016
‘Signposts’ is a touring exhibition circulated by OSAC. Rolling yellow fields, farmyard debris, barbed wire fences disappearing into the horizon line, southern rural Saskatchewan is filled with familiar icons. ‘Signposts’ brings together three Saskatchewan-based artists who examine some of the imagery that dots our prairie landscape.
Judy Niebergall: Fearless Explorer November 10, 2019 to January 17, 2020 Artwork detail: Judy Niebergall, ‘Fearless Explorer’
‘Fearless Explorer’ is an elegant and luminous collection celebrating 50 years of creative work by one of Yorkton’s most accomplished artists, Judy Niebergall. Judy has been exploring a diverse range of mediums and techniques, including watercolour, Asian sumi-e ink and watercolour brush painting, acrylic and oil painting, print making, photography, and mixed media.