45th Annual Winter Festival Art Show & Sale
curated by Heather Benning
Main Gallery and Project Space, February 12 — March 27, 2021
The Winter Festival Art Show & Sale is the premier community art event of northern Saskatchewan. In this exhibition, hundreds of artworks by emerging and professional artists from across the province are shown at the Mann Art Gallery. Each year, a guest arts professional curates the exhibition and designates awards that are sponsored by local businesses and organizations. The exhibition is unveiled and awards are presented at an opening gala reception, followed the next day by an in-depth curatorial walk through and talk. The Winter Festival exhibition is a highly-anticipated tradition that showcases the incredible level of artistic production in our community.
Leah Marie Dorion: Giving Thanks & A Metis New Year
Education Studio, November 24 — January 16, 2021
The Mann Art Gallery is pleased to present two series of paintings from the Permanent Collection by Métis artist Leah Marie Dorion. Dorion is well known in Prince Albert and across Saskatchewan as an artist, educator, and author who has illustrated and written several early readers books. These series and three others were part of a generous gift by the artist to the Mann Art Gallery in 2015, and are regularly displayed in the Education Studio. Dorion's delightful work tells stories of the past and present, fosters cultural pride, respect for diversity, and promotes strong literacy skills.
Both Giving Thanks and A Métis New Year visually describe key traditions and values held by Métis Elders and families. Dorion’s use of colour, composition, and shape creates playful and eye-catching displays for the viewer. She invites us into the narrative, offering a chance to pause and ponder the important values of joy and stability through themes that include family, food, home, nature, animals, music, dance, and tradition. We hope these paintings bring a smile to your face and help cultivate a heart of gratitude as you’re reminded of all the good and often overlooked things in life; reminders that we all need in these times of anxiety and isolation.
Leah Marie Dorion is an interdisciplinary Métis artist raised in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. A teacher, painter, filmmaker and published writer, Leah views her Métis heritage as providing her with a unique bridge for knowledge between all people. Leah holds a Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Arts, and Master of Arts degree. She has numerous creative projects to her credit, including academic papers for the Royal Commission of Aboriginal Peoples, books for children, gallery showings of her art works, and numerous video documentaries that showcase Metis culture and history. Leah’s paintings honour the spiritual strength of Aboriginal women and the sacred feminine. Leah believes that women play a key role in passing on vital knowledge for all of humanity which is deeply reflected in her artistic practice. She believes women are the first teachers to the next generation. (Biography from leahdorion.ca)
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