44th Annual Winter Festival Art Show & Sale
February 7th - March 21st, 2019
Audrey Dreaver: NO. I do not speak Cree
April 9th 2019 - May 25th 2019
Straight Outta Mann Art: 8th Annual High School Juried Art Show
April 12th, 2019 – May 25th, 2019
Rigmor Clarke: A Retrospective
June 11th 2019 - July 27th 2019
Judy McNaughton: Being Among
June 11th, 2019 - August 24th, 2019
Common Weal Community Arts Presents Axenet'i Tth'al by Michele Mackasey, Manuel Chantre and the community of Patuanak
August 20 - October 19, 2019
Wintercount and Other Freedom Songs by Cheryl L'Hirondelle, Presented with Common Weal Community Arts
Sep. 12 - Oct. 24, 2019
Beth Hone: Forms and Folds
November 12 - January 11, 2019
Pat Grayston: Paper Dolls
November 12 - January 11, 2019
40th Annual Winter Festival Juried Art Show & Sale
12 February - 2 April 2016
Guest curated by Darrell Bell
The Winter Festival Juried Art Show & Sale is the premier art event of Northern Saskatchewan. Each year, hundreds of artworks by emerging and professional artists from across the province are show at the Mann Art Gallery. A guest juror curates the show and designates awards sponsored by local organizations. Now entering its 40th year, the exhibition reflects an incredible level of artistic production in our community.
All artists and artisans are invited to participate in the exhibition, but they must be members of the Mann Art Gallery. A maximum of two artworks can be submitted. (See Eligibility and Entry Instructions for details.) The artwork is dropped off at the Gallery on specified days in January. Over the course of the subsequent two weeks, artworks are juried into our three gallery spaces by an independent guest juror. Past jurors include Sandra Fraser (Mendel Art Gallery), Marsha Kennedy (University of Regina) and Grant McConnell (University of Saskatchewan).
Darrell Bell, Evening, oil on canvas, 122 x 183 cm
Everyone who enters is guaranteed inclusion! During the Gala Reception, various prizes are awarded. The day after the reception, the juror provides a walk-through tour to discuss their processes and decisions.
Darrell Bell is an artist, art appraiser, and gallery owner who lives in Saskatoon. Born in Saskatchewan, and educated at the University of Saskatchewan, Darrell has been painting and exhibiting his works since 1982. He has had numerous group and solo show across Canada. He is well-known for capturing light in his water, sky, and landscapes that depict the grandeur of the prairies. His work is in public and corporate collections in Brazil, Canada, USA, Australia, France, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, Japan, and South Africa.
5th Annual High School Juried Art Show
15 April - 21 May 2016
Curated by Lana Wilson, Gallery Educator
The imagination, talents, and hard work of local youth are celebrated in this exhibition that represents students from Prince Albert and surrounding area. Creative expression allows individuals of all ages to interpret the world around them and to express their concerns, dreams, and nightmares. The diversity of work featured in this exhibition exemplifies the notion that inspiration comes in many forms and that art and art making allows us to share our unique experiences with others
K. Roy-Chovin, Five Frogs, 2016
Mindy Yan Miller: FEED
15 April - 26 May 2016
FEED (Detail), 2014, used clothing and bale netting, 152 x 152 x 152 cm
Yan Miller’s art is rooted in fibre traditions and frequently uses masses of potent materials in site-responsive installations. She holds an MFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and has taught at Concordia University since 1990. She has also exhibited in Canada, Europe, and the United States since the mid-1980s. Utilizing materials like used clothing, human hair, coke cans, and more recently cowhides, her work addresses the thematics of labour, identity, loss, and commodification.
FEED, Yan Miller’s project for the Moose Jaw Art Gallery, questions the irrationalities of globalization. Relocating from Montreal to Saskatchewan in 2010, Yan Miller’s earlier concerns with consumption and the oppressive practices of globalized and unregulated labour are now placed within the ideological history of the Canadian prairies. Working from a 21st century economic paradigm, FEED is full of concern: noting the impact of contemporary global economies, this exhibition may at once refer to sustenance for livestock, the digital output register of the stock market, or the "fashion feed" of the contemporary glamour industry.
Joe Fafard: Sunny Ways
27 May - 9 July 2016
Organized by Slate Fine Art Gallery
Sunny Ways shows a selection of Joe Fafard’s bronze and laser steel-cut works created between 2008 and 2014. The exhibition pays homage to Fafard’s farming roots. His value of the natural world is demonstrated by the many moments that he depicts horses and cows: we view them standing in profile, curled up and resting, galloping with hair flying in the wind, and strolling about the pasture. Whether seen at eye-level, from above, or below, Fafard is constantly exploring the numerous sculptural forms of familiar animals. It can be easy to pass by cows and horses without giving them much thought, but for Fafard they exude character and a spirit that he in turn expresses in his artwork.
The title Sunny Ways is a reference to the philosophy that positivity can be a powerful method to affect change. It asserts that being optimistic, fair, and just in relationships yields better results than acting with force. Sunny Ways was the modus operandi of Sir Wilfred Laurier in the 1890s, and more recently has been quoted upon the election of current Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. In Fafard’s works, it is a reminder that we all share the same resources on this planet. We live together with animals in nature and are dependent upon them – this artwork is a way to recognize the heritage that has fed our mouths and our economy.
Joe Fafard, Jimenez, 2014, painted bronze, 56 x 81 x 23 cm
Michèle Mackasey: face à nous
6 June - 16 July 2016
Michèle Mackasey, Lana Fidler with her Children Preston & Brielle, 2011, oil on linen, 157 x 183 cm
Face à nous puts the spotlight on single mothers. Mackasey’s large portrait paintings of Saskatchewan families capture the bond between mothers and their children, as well as point to the complex family dynamics where the father is literally out of the picture. In Mackasey’s life-size oil and acrylic paintings, the artist imbues her subjects with the dignity and stature that has been associated with portrait painting for centuries. Yet these portraits depict families , who continue to live on the margins, facing prejudice and economic hardship with mothers balancing the roles of sole provider and caregiver. Mackasey utilizes body language, facial expression and composition with great empathy in this moving and and insightful series of paintings.
In her work Michèle Mackasey addresses issues of humanity and social justice. She studied drawing and painting at the Ontario College of Art and Design and has shown her work in exhibitions across Canada. Mackasey would like to thank the Saskatchewan Arts Board, Canadian Heritage, and Conseil culturel fransaskois for project support.own text and edit me. It's easy.
Prince Albert Grand Council: Fine Arts Festival Display
27 May - 20 August 2016
River M, Walking Bear, 2016, Acrylic on canvas
In April 2016, the Prince Albert Grand Council (PAGC) celebrated the 25th Annual Fine Arts Festival. Each year, this weeklong event showcases visual art, drama, dance, music, and literature by First Nations’ students at PAGC schools in central- and north-Saskatchewan. The Fine Arts Festival originated from an observation in the early 1990s that there was a lack of opportunities to show the creative work and talents of students outside of Saskatchewan’s major centers. The festival has increased from a few hundred participants in its early years to more than 1,700 kindergarten to grade twelve students in 2016. It is an incredible display of artistic ability and growth that brings together people from multiple generations and geographic locations to share, celebrate, and nurture the hard work of First Nations’ youth.
The Mann Art Gallery is pleased to have on display artworks that received awards, designated by local professionals who were recruited to judge the students’ work, during this year’s Fine Arts Festival. The artworks were created by students in grades seven to eleven. The young artists began to work on their ideas and techniques at the start of the school year, building up to the final pieces that were shown at the festival in April.
The eleven select pieces show compositional strength that in turn conveys strong messages of what is important to each student. Whether it be their individual interests, dreams, concerns, or subjective views of beauty, these works demonstrate that inspiration comes from many perspectives: modern pop culture, local heritage, animal symbology, and cultural traditions. The diversity amongst this group of works gives an indication of how youth in First Nations communities are directing their creative energies, while demonstrating that visual art is a valuable form of expression to share our own experiences and views.
Northern Indigenous Media Arts Project 3
25 August - 15 October 2016
The Northern Indigenous Media Art Project (NIMAP) uses photo media, technology, and storytelling to create a vibrant
and relevant program for youth. Linking contemporary media with traditional forms of expression, artist leaders Aleyna May Morin, Tim Moore, and guest facilitators held 2-day workshops in La Ronge, Muskoday First Nation, Prince Albert, and Beardy’s & Okemasis Willow Cree First Nation in July. More than 45 youth, aged 7—19, made light painting photographs, cyanotypes, filmed interviews, developed Polaroids, and took digital photos on community walking tours. Media art can be a powerful tool to create rich exchanges between generations within a community. We invite you to be a part of this exchange as we proudly present the images created by our participants and leaders.
Light Painting (with glowstick), Northern Indigenous Media Art Project, 2016, digital photo
Grant McConnell: PowerHouse
27 July - 7 September 2016
PowerHouse is Grant McConnell’s series of paintings and drawings that show recognizable government buildings and other Canadian architecture incorporated with western art historical imagery. In this collaborative approach, the government motifs traverse through familiar styles including Klee-esque abstraction, the surrealism of Magritte, Giacometti’s sculptural forms, and the still lifes of Dutch Golden Age artists up to the modern Morandi. Each work in the exhibition provides viewers with visual jumping off points to consider just how much power the government holds in one’s house.
McConnell is a Saskatoon-based artist and educator. He is known primarily for his acrylic on wood painting that is derived from an ongoing investigation of subject matter related to Canadian historical themes. This work varies in approach, from a more meditative engagement with still life, to imagery that includes urban and rural landscape references and animal life. Mixed media is an increasingly significant part of his practice, as is three-dimensional work. McConnell’s pieces are in numerous private and public collections across Canada. He currently sits as President and National Spokesperson on the National Board of CARFAC.
Grant McConnell, Circus Comes To Town, 2016, acrylic on wood, 211 x 241 cm
Ten Year Anniversary Exhibition: Northern Image Photographers
14 September - 14 October 2016
Gerald Murphy, Nature’s Original Corkscrew, 2016, photograph
Founded on the principle of excellence in photography, the Northern Image Photographers is a club composed of local people of all ages who share an interest in improving their photography, both technically and conceptually.
The work of the Northern Image Photographers is celebrated through an annual exhibition hosted by the Mann Art Gallery. Each year a different theme is explored. 2016 marks the 10th anniversary that the photographers have displayed their work at the gallery. Therefore, this year members were encouraged to showcase images that reflect the club name. Appropriately, the club hosts weekend photo tours twice per year in various locations, numerous being in northern Saskatchewan. Many of the photographers focus primarily on nature and outdoor themes, and enjoy sharing images that highlight the great scenic opportunities close to home
10/10: An Exhibition Celebrating 10 Years of the Two Story Cafe
Curated by Michel Boutin, Artistic Director of the Indigenous Peoples Artist Collective
14 September - 14 October 2016
IPAC in partnership with The Mann Art Gallery is marking the 10th Anniversary of the Two Story Café and 10 plus years of successful partnerships by hosting the exhibition 10/10. The exhibition showcases visual art works from 10 artists who have presented performance art pieces in Prince Albert over the last 10 years of the Two Story Café.
Paula Cooley: MIX
14 November 2016 - 14 January 2017
Paula Cooley, Lucent (detail), 2014, porcelain and steel, 205 x 96 x 14 cm
Paula Cooley’s practice is inspired by the natural world. Her work suggests the dynamic vitality of plants, water, wind, and earth, but does not serve as literal representations. Instead, her sculptures look as if they are mutating organisms or evolving formations, the curious and unusual products of natural selection. Having an interest in Surrealism and Modernist sculpture (particularly the work of Hans Arp, Louis Bourgeoise, and Barbara Hepworth), she strives to make work that is sensuous, elegant, and controlled yet tinged with the grotesque. In Mix, these dualities of beauty vs. grotesque, attraction vs. menace, and organic vs. industrial lead her to create ambiguous forms that are animated, whimsical, and otherworldly.
Then & Now: Selections from the Permanent Collection
14 November 2016 - 14 January 2017
Then & Now shows connections between artworks that have come into the MAG’s Permanent Collection over the past sixteen years. This exhibition traces links amongst local and regional artists, subjects, and styles that make up the Collection in its current state. Some connections show clear parallels across a range of ages, with younger artists being influenced by the aesthetics of those from generations prior. In other cases, the links demonstrate multiple artists’ different points of view on the same topics. The development of personal practices will also be evident thanks to acquisitions of individuals artists’ early and more recent pieces.
This exhibition provides a lens to examine artists’ perspectives while also acting as record of collecting within an art institution. It is evident that local Prince Albert artistic trends and sites of active art making are well represented, especially in regards to the Emma Lake workshops. The exhibition also highlights gaps that have yet to be filled within the Permanent Collection. Noticeable in this exhibition is a lack of Indigenous artwork, for example. This is currently a collecting priority, and as it is filled, will make the Collection even more reflective of and inspiring to the local community. As the Mann Art Gallery continues to develop its strong Permanent Collection, it will be a key indicator of how the visual art community is energetic and growing, both then & now.