Upcoming Exhibitions

April 5 – May 23

Coming soon at GDAG, the culminating exhibition in our gallery’s 2-year project working with local artists whose lives have been impacted by dementia. Directed by lead artists Amber PB and Alana Moore, 12 local artists have been working together to share their stories and find connection through art.

The exhibition this year at GDAG will incorporate a wide range of mediums, including painting, drawing, music theatre, storytelling, photography, fabric art, and sculpture.

Click the link above for more information on this one-of-a-kind community engaged art project in Yorkton!

Ryan Wonsiak: Alternate Scenarios

April 3 – May 27
Being in isolation and solitude for two years has been a time of vacillation between real and imagined histories, of recalling memories of childhood and family paradigms through photographs and oral histories from family.

I was born a queer and gender non-comforming individual in the small Saskatchewan town of Yorkton in 1985. I lived in an unsafe community and through the harassment of my peers and social circle for first looking and acting like a “girl”, and later for being what was categorized as, not in reclamation of myself, but put upon me by others, as “gay”.

This series is an expression of these memories and dynamics through visual mediums of drawing and painting. My exhibition will invite the viewer to imagine a place where they can no longer trust their own memories. A state where everything is at once confusing, familial, and familiar.

The Godfrey Dean Art Gallery is proud to curate and present the first major exhibition by emerging artist Ryan Wonsiak, someone from here whose life was shaped by this place. With strength and creativity, Ryan has taken some of those experiences to tell a personal story through an approachable and disarming visual style. The representational style uses bold colours in familiar figurative depictions of social and family encounters. The pieces invite us to linger over their playful and minimal design, while the story the artworks tell is deeper—it can be disconcerting—and it is important to listen.