I See China by Dieter Haase, Germany
Mandarin Woman with child by Ana Zerjal, Slovenia
Circle by Guo Xinping, China
April 30 to June 26, 2016
This exhibition is a selection of handmade monotype print works from the International Creation Camp in November, 2014 in Zhangjiajie, Hunan, China. This biennial Creation Camp is sponsored by Pullman Hotels and Resorts.
Guest artists at the Creation Camp were from Asia, Europe and North America including six Canadians - three from southwest Saskatchewan – artist Stephanie Kaduck and curator Kim Houghtaling of Swift Current, and printmaker Gordan Novak of Admiral.
Hosted to a nine day stay at the local luxurious Pullman Hotel, they enjoyed wonderful accommodations and beautiful meals. The artists visited the exotic floating mountains of Zhangjiajie National Forrest. They were treated to performing arts shows and made day trips to ancient villages and interesting cities in the region. All of these experiences informed and inspired the paintings they made in the artist studios provided at the Pullman Hotel.
Working with master printmaker Gordan Novak, twenty-eight of the artists produced monotype prints. The process involves the artist painting their imagery onto a large sheet of glass using a water based printing ink. The printmaker presses an appropriate sized sheet of rice paper into the painted area and while carefully controlling the wetness of the ink and paper the image is transferred and the paper is lifted from the glass. The printed paper is then hung to dry in the manor imitated in this exhibition.
Monotype prints differ from other forms of handmade prints in that each print has unique qualities and differences from the other prints in the image-edition. In effect each print is one of a kind, hence the description “monotype” print or “mono-print”. Because of the uniqueness of each print and the painterly approach to image making, the monotype print making process gives artists the freedom to play with the expressive qualities in two-dimensional art making. The results are beautiful, spontaneous, dynamic and fun.
This exhibition presents over fifty examples of monotype prints from the Creation Camp printmaking workshop. The works are large and bold. They are presented studio-style - clustered close to each other and filling the room, unframed and raw – busy and vibrant and reminiscent of the printmaking studio experience.
Exhibition Curator is Kim Houghtaling, AGSC.
A printed publication about this project and the Creation Camp experience will be out later this year.
by Al Hartley
March 5 to April 24, 2016
Photographer Al Hartley of
Maple Creek pursues authenticity, beauty, and tranquility in his artwork. Working with a film camera, Hartley develops his film and prints his photographs personally by hand.
This exhibition is part of the biennial "Saskatchewan Prairie Light Photography Festival" 2016.
Public Reception and Guided Tour of the exhibition with artist
Saturday, April 16 from 2 - 5 pm.
New works by Diane Lara
January 9 to February 28, 2016
Diane Lara, MFA, addresses issues and concerns relating to genetics, genetic testing, and our predisposition to diseases. In her most recent artwork Diane uses a gestural calligraphic rendering of circular shapes through rubbings onto vellum. The installations are completed through the use of three dimensional elements along with light and shadow. Circular shapes have regularly appeared in Lara’s work and have evolved into varying forms of expression all of which have associations and abstract references to genetic makeup – from a single cell to abstract questions about life itself.
Ensō – meaning (Zen circles). Zen Buddhists believe it holds great meaning; some believe the ensō are enlightenment itself. Each is different – unique like the fingerprint of the artist who created it – it isn’t perfect and it doesn’t have to be; it represents the character of the artist in that exact moment of creation.
November 8, 2015 to January 3, 2016
Through the use of chance and happenstance Canadian Artist, Jeffrey Spalding has created exciting and unexpected expressive abstractions. Working with Novak Graphics, Spalding uses the off cast printmaking materials and found colours gathered from the works of other artists in a very specific printing process designed to ensure the development of almost random composition making. The results have a very dynamic fifties abstraction meets Pop art vibe.
Organized by Art Gallery of Swift Current with the support of Novak Graphics, Admiral Saskatchewan.
September 13 to November 1, 2015
"Series" 2015 focuses on sculpture by five outstanding artists of southwest Saskatchewan. Each sculptor presents a selection of artwork from the past five to ten years, providing audiences with an understanding of the artist's story or purpose, and progression. Included are; stone carver Allan Weiderhold of Swift Current; Sylvia Thompson of Pennant, who works in carved wood and mixed media; Gladys Wozny-Siemens of Rush Lake, working in cast and carved plaste; Lloyd Garthus of Admiral, who works in clay, steel and mixed media and wood carver, Milan Gerza of Kyle.
Coffeehouse Reception: Friday, September 25, 7:30 pm
Walk and Talk Tour with the Artists, hors d’oeuvres, and Curator’s talk. $5
A part of Culture Days
Meet the Artists: Saturday, September 26, 2 pm
Walk and Talk Tour with the Artists.
A part of Culture Days
July 8 to August 22, 2015
A collaborative senior-student class project and exhibition with students in the
Department of Art and Art History, University of Saskatchewan, and students in the Spatial Construction, University of Southern Queensland, Australia.
Organized by AGSC in partnership with the U of Sask, Professor Susan Shantz
May 2 to July 4, 2015
Known for his grand scale abstract, beautiful and very physical paintings Robert Scott recently developed a series of drawing using copper slag on canvas – grand scale, beautiful and very physical drawings. Robert Scott is an internationally renowned artist who maintains a studio in Cadillac, SK, and Edmonton, AB.
Organized by AGSC in partnership with the MJM&AG, Curator Heather Smith
March 7 to April 26, 2015
Swift Current artist David Tuttle doesn’t fit the common pattern for art production. Rather than following a single path of art making throughout his career David, over the past 20 years moves simultaneously between five very different series of art media and themes. This solo exhibition lets us explore each theme enjoying the differences and perhaps finding the connections.
Organized by AGSC, Curator Kim Houghtaling.
January 10 to March 1, 2015
Five full-size round-bales sprawl across the gallery floor as if dumped there from a production machine. The large volumes of harvested product bundled for efficient handling are not the hay we might expect. “Feed” may at once refer to sustenance for livestock, or the digital output register of the stock market or the “fashion feed” of the contemporary glamour industry.
Organized by AGSC in partnership with the MJM&AG, Curator Heather Smith
November 8 - December 28, 2014
This is an exhibition of artworks surveying the artists who have shown in Swift Current over the past 40 years.This last exhibition of the centennial year allows the community to reflect on the legacy created by past exhibition artists, whose contributions inspired our vibrant art community.
September 6 to November 2, 2014
Hansen-Ross Pottery operated in Fort Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan from the mid 1950s to 2005. The Pottery was named after two artists, Danish-born Folmer Hansen (1930– ) and Winnipeg-born David Ross (1925–1974). In this exhibition, are finely crafted modernist ceramics, including works which were prominently featured at the Montreal Expo 67 exhibition Canadian Fine Craft.
While Hansen and Ross attended various schools and had different training, they were profoundly influenced by Scandinavian design and the work and philosophy of the English potter Bernard Leach (1887–1979). The ideas that Leach expressed through his association with the Japanese potter Shōji Hamada (1894–1978) – that the pottery should have integrity, be affordable, and accessible – resonated deeply with both Hansen and Ross.
The pottery, made of Saskatchewan clay, reveals an "honest earthiness of material and skill of an ancient tradition."
Many local potters in the Swift Current area were influenced by and studied under Hansen and Ross.
The exhibition features over sixty ceramic objects made by Folmer Hansen and David Ross. The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue with essay contributions by Alan C. Elder, Curator, Canadian Crafts and Design, Canadian Museum of Civilization; Julia Krueger, PhD candidate, University of Western Ontario; and Heather Smith, Curatorial Director, Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery.
July 5 to August 23, 2014
“Summer Series” is an art exhibition offered each summer which focus on a small group of artists with things in common with each other and things very different.
In 2014 AGSC is presenting artwork by three regional artists William Philpott, a painter who focuses on the people and places of his hometown and farmlands of Central Butte; Vlade Marasovic, referred to as the “dreamscape painter” Vlade pursues idyllic imagined worlds, sublime and harmonious; C. George Poole, in unique and often humorous ways, paints and constructs stories which reflect on his very special views of his life and the world.
A publication for this exhibition will be available, produced by Novak Graphics.
May 3 to June 30, 2014
What do you imagine when you think of Swift Current? In recognition of the Swift Current Centennial year, 2014, local artists are presenting artworks made in response to the past, the present, or the future of our community. Explore a variety of subjects, media and form as diverse as the history of the people, the places, and the life that is Swift Current. Artists will interpret the stories and the legends, the landscape and the industry, the events and experiences, the personalities and the sentiments. Think about our city and home as it has been for the past 100 years, and how it might be in years to come… Just imagine.