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.
March 1 to April 27, 2014
Symons was an artist, writer and naturalist who lived an extremely interesting life. Born in England in 1898, he was the son of prominent artist, whose friends included Rudyard Kipling, Thomas Hardy and James McNeill Whistler. Symons immigrated to Canada in 1914, at the age of 16, to be a cowboy on a ranch near the Cypress Hills. After serving in World War I, he lived the rest of his life throughout Western Canada working with horses and in the conservation of nature, until his death in Regina in 1973. He wrote books on many subjects, but in particular Hours and the Birds, published in 1967, is a special book; a richly illustrated and evocatively written account of bird watching on the prairies. Robert Symons’ artwork is quiet and subtle, but he is an important figure in Canadian art history and the history of nature conservation, and his work deserves to be celebrated.
The exhibition was curated by Heather Smith for the Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery. The publication is co-published by the MJM&AG and Hagios Press and written by Terry Fenton, with an introduction by Trevor Herriot, it contains full colour images of over seventy of R.D. Symons paintings. The travelling exhibition would not be possible without the assistance of the Government of Canada, Museum Assistance Program.
January 4 to February 23, 2014
In recognition of the Swift Current Centennial, an exhibition of historical photographic images that get to the heart of Swift Current as a community. From art-photographs or professionally made documentation to amateur snapshots, moments in time are captured in hundreds of photographic images. Each tells a piece of a story in the history of a place and its people. The photographs selected for this exhibition transcend record keeping and express the dynamics, experiences, emotion and psychological impact of its moment.
Organized by AGSC, with photographs borrowed from the Swift Current Museum. Supported by City of Swift Current.
This exhibition is Part of the first annual “Saskatchewan Prairie Light Photography Festival”
By Ian Johnston
November 2 to December 29, 2013
Artist Ian Johnston brings his architecture and ceramic background to each of the three independent parts of the art exhibition “Reinventing Consumption”. The first section, “The Inventor’s Room”, presents artifacts related to his original experiments and investigations into a vacuum-forming process for ceramics. “The Antechamber” is a repeating-motif ceramic environment created through this process, which evokes the massive scale of the manufacture of consumer goods today. And finally, “The Chamber” is an inflating and deflating piece which shrouds and reveals an enormous mass of household items diverted from waste streams in some of the communities in which the work is presented. Mesmerizing, intriguing and sobering, “Reinventing Consumption” brings home to viewers, as Johnston comments, “the paradoxical relationship between limited resources and seemingly unlimited appetite.” Ian Johnston is an architect turned sculptor based in Nelson, BC.
The “Reinventing Consumption” Project will be showing in public art galleries in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario in 2013/2014.
This exhibition is a partner project organized by The Robert McLaughlin Art Gallery, Oshawa, with Curator Linda Jansma.
Annual invitational survey of recent work by local area professional artists
September 7 to October 20, 2013
This annual invitational exhibition provides an opportunity for patrons to become aware of some of the professional and aspiring professional artists practicing in our region. This exhibition presents a variety of forms including abstraction and referential examples of painting, drawing, sculpture as well as fine craft and design, along with photography and film, and examples of object or image based contemporary artwork. This is also an opportunity to view and to purchase artwork by local professional artists. A portion of proceeds from the sale of artworks will go to support public programming at Art Gallery of Swift Current.
With printmaker, Gordan Novak – Part 1
July 6 to August 31, 2013
In November of 2012, at the Zanghjijaije International Oil Painting Art Workshop, chance, knowledge, and the true spirit of camaraderie came together as one.
Master printmaker Gordan Novak took part in an oil painting workshop at the Pulman International Hotel of Zanghjijaije, China. While wandering the grounds, he and fellow Canadian artist Anong Beam came across large sheets of glass. Being printmakers, they saw opportunity in the reflection of that glass, and took advantage of it. Together they made several monotypes, which soon attracted attention from the other artists in residence. Unplanned and unscheduled, Novak collaborated with 13 artists on their monotype prints. At the end of the workshop, they mounted a show, the results of which were so pleasing that even upon returning to his studio residence in Admiral Saskatchewan, Novak planned the next visit to China.
The artists involved in the workshop and included in this exhibition represent many corners of our world; from China, to Japan, Croatia, Germany, France, The United States and Canada. The workshop and exhibition boasts greatly known artists as well as hidden gems, coming together and working with Novak in his element. A hub of inspiration, one by one Novak worked directly with each artist and with the group as a whole.
Artistic director Stephen Wu of the Zanghjijaijie Oil Painting Art Workshop, and Gordon Novak, inspired by the events in November 2012, are planning to offer Part 2 of the monotype printmaking workshop to take place in October of 2013.“Monotype: The China Workshops” – Part 1 will present selections from the portfolio of works produced in November 2012. “Monotype: The China Workshops” – Part 2 will be the sequel, comprised of selections from the second portfolio to be made in October 2013. It will be presented in spring of 2014 at Art Gallery of Swift Current and go on to tour the province and locations across Canada.
Gordan Novak is of Novak Graphics Studio, situated in Admiral, Saskatchewan. Novak Graphics Studio located to Admiral from Edmonton and Toronto in 2009. Gordan Novak is well known for his work with Canadian First Nations artist, Carl Beam. Novak over his career has produced prints with well known artists from around the world. (Malcolm Morley, John Chamberlain & Allan Sonfist (American), Dorothea Rockburne, Jean Paul Riopelle, Tony Sherman, Rob Scholte, Braco Dimitrijevic and many more.)
This exhibition is organized by Art Gallery of Swift Current, Curator Kim Houghtaling.
May 4 to June 30, 2013
Contemporary Kites from Around the World
See a great variety of contemporary kites by eighteen artists from around the world. Selected from the kite collections of the Drachen Foundation.
Paper in Flight
Led by an expert in handmade paper, 8 international artists traveled to Kochi, one of Japan’s major papermaking centers. In just under a week of work, the artists experienced the art of making “washi”, traditional Japanese handmade paper, and incorporated washi in new contemporary kite works.
The art kites in the exhibition “Paper in Flight”, demonstrate the utility, strength, and beauty of Japanese handmade paper, long associated with the renowned Japanese kite-making tradition. However, these kites are anything but ordinary. Each artist pursued his or her own approach, exploring unusual formats, innovative structures, unorthodox combinations of materials, and unique subject matter. While nodding to tradition, these kites are flying sculptures, engineered for flight and inventive statements of art intended for the sky.
On loan from the Drachen Foundation, a non-profit corporation devoted to the increase and diffusion of knowledge about kites worldwide.
Showing at Swift Current Museum May 4 to June 30, 2013:
Kites to Kitty Hawk
Human flight has relied on developments made in kite design throughout history. This exhibition presents examples of historical kites known to have contributed to the design of the first airplanes.
Showing March 2 to April 28, 2013
“Tome” is an exhibition of expressionist paintings by Swift Current artist Stephanie Kaduck, MFA.
Imagine for a moment if you will, traveling through a landscape at night; what visions pass through you, both real and dreamed? “Tome” by Swift Current artist Stephanie Kaduck tells the visual stories of ‘the long night’. Ominous and sensational, these artworks draw you in, consume you, even overwhelm. They are wilderness, perhaps a little scary but always moving and beautiful.
All paintings in this show are landscapes or seascapes, all reference the dark and all have ‘conflicted’ birds.
“The paintings in this exhibition are chapters from visual books. The stories evolve from experienced night events to reflect inner journeys. These nightscapes are symbolic psychological landscapes; a language of symbols appears in different contexts to define varying circumstances. Memory imagery infuses my study of northern myths, fairytales, and music with a personal expressive vision of what ‘the long night’ entails. ‘… it is a part of a language made to speak directly of premonition, warning, surmise, anger, despair’*, in such a way that stasis is not an option, and dawn is the destination.” – Stephanie Kaduck
Tome – a large scholarly book; one book in a work of several volumes,
from the Greek “tomos” > a cutting, section > temnein > to cut, cleave
*quote = Eudora Welty
This exhibition is organized by Art Gallery of Swift Current. Curator, Kim Houghtaling, MVA.
An exhibition publication is available with essay by Jennifer McRorie, MFA