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2008 Exhibitions
Brandan Doty
Sarah Jane Holtom

October 12 to December 12, 2008

Miracles is an exhibition of paintings and drawings by two emerging artists living and working in Canora, SK. Sarah Jane Holtom and Brandan Doty are the founders of the cheeky new National Gallery of Saskatchewan in Canora! This exhibition presents over 40 of their paintings in oil and watercolour, plus drawings in a variety of media.

Sarah and Brandan often paint and draw from life, with subject matter ranging from their much beloved dog Penny Jane Penny to the NHL and the World Wrestling Entertainment headquarters building in Connecticut.

2008 Exhibitions
Along the Carlton Trail
David Garneau
September 8 to October 31, 2008
Artist reception Sunday, October 19 at 2 pm

The Carlton Trail is the Settler name for the thoroughfare between the Red River Settlement (Winnipeg) and (Fort) Edmonton. Originally part of an extensive First Nations pathway system, in the 20th century Highway 16 follows roughly the same trail. It was named the Yellowhead for an Iroquois/Métis guide, Pierre Hastination, nicknamed Tete Jaune for his yellow hair by French voyagers.

Artist David Garneau draws inspiration from the numerous historic and continuing Métis and Aboriginal settlements and culture along the way.

2008 Exhibitions
Learning from Leonardo:
The High Realist Legacy in Canadian Art
September 2 to 25, 2008

This exhibition features outstanding Canadian realist painters Alex Colville, Ken Danby, Mary Pratt, Robert Bateman and Christopher Pratt. On tour from the MacKenzie Art Gallery, curated by Timonthy Long.

One of the highlights of Learning from Leonardo is an original oil painting by Robert Bateman, a rare opportunity to see one of the original works of art behind the creation of his super-successful series of prints.

2008 Exhibitions
ReImaging Icons
July 4 to August 27, 2008

This engaging exhibition presents the work of five Saskatchewan artists each examining familiar aspects of the Prairie environment.

ReImaging Icons is a touring exhibition organized by the Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils (OSAC) in response to the provincial centennial celebrations in 2005. Features photography and sculpture by Brent Hume, Joan Scaglione, Sheila Nourse, Michael Jozsa and Richard Retzlaff.

Presented in partnership with the Yorkton Arts Council.

2008 Exhibitions
Saskatchewan Flame
Charley Farrero, Curator
July 4 to August 27, 2008

This exhibition presents the works of 25 Saskatchewan artists and artisans who used wood for firing their kilns. For centuries all over the world, wood was the only available fuel for potters to transform their clay creations into permanent wares. Only recently have other fuels been used for that purpose.

Modern ceramists also use wood firing and the melted ashed deposited on the surfaces during the process as an aesthetic choice.

Interview with the curator...

2008 Exhibitions
Landscape & Memory: Portraits
Second annual local and regional artists exhibition
June 7 - 29, 2008

What is the relationship between memory and landscape? How do landscapes influence us?  What are the limits of landscape when the word now applies to cultural landscapes, urban landscapes, media landscapes, political landscapes and more?

Landscape & Memory: Portraits had some very special features:

. works by 25 artists that include drawings, paintings and photography
. over 200 digital images from the A Week in the Life of Yorkton photo contest
. 2 sculptural works by Regina landscape artist Seema Goel, who helped us adjudicate the exhibition
. 10 paintings from the artists at the National Gallery of Saskatchewan in Canora
. artwork placed in downtown Yorkton business locations

Giddy Up!
Or A Darn Good Hat Act

Andrew Hunter
April 7 to May 25, 2008

Opening and Artist Talk April 7 at 7:30 pm

Image Galleries ...

Podcasts ...

Reflecting on the enduring myth of the Cowboy and the Old West in popular culture, the Giddy Up! exhibition is on tour from The Banff Centre.

Andrew Hunter is an independent artist, curator and writer based in Dundas, Ontario.

His narrative-based work draws on public and private collections and emphasizes a highly personal engagement with history and ideas of place. A producer of exhibitions and publications, Hunter continues to explore, through the darkly humorous voice-over of his tragic characters, the fringes of the built environment, the souls of those sidelined by progress and the lies we have told and continue to play out.

Hunter has held curatorial positions at the Art Gallery of Hamilton, Kamloops Art Gallery, and Vancouver Art Gallery. He is currently Director / Curator of RENDER at the University of Waterloo.

Giddy Up!

This is a story of a boy named Andy, and a man called Gibby. We, actually, it's only part the inspiration for the story. To get the 'full' story you're going to have to read the book. You can get one over at the reception desk. now back to this version of the story, the exhibition.

The tale of Andy and Gibby takes place in the Suburbs of Southern Ontario starting in the 1960s. They lived in adjacent red brick bungalows with small yards and little garages. Andy was a kid living with his parents, kind of like me. Gibby was a grown-up who lived alone and he was, claimed to be, dressed like, a cowboy. He longed for his home on the range and punching doggies, talked of a life out west trail riding in the foothills and mountains around Banff. Andy liked cowboys and Gibby looked like the real thing ("real country," he'd say) but "Cowboys," Andy's mom said, "don't live in the suburbs." His dad just scoffed at him. "Cowboy!" his dad laughed and shook his head, "I don't think that guy ever made it further west than Kitchener," Anyway, Mom and Dad never thought much of Gibby.

Gibby had lots of cowboy stuff - books, records, clothes, souvenirs, furniture, pictures and such, the kind of stuff you'll see here. Andy had cowboy stuff too, mostly toys, the best thing being a genuine Tentmaster Wild West Pup Tent Gramma had given him as a gift for finishing swimming lessons and getting his beginner's badge. That's really the key item here, the artifact that the story of Gibby and Andy hinges on, that and the old kitchen chair with the bloody handprint on the bottom of the seat. But I'm not going to give away the ending here, let's just say that Giddy Up! is basically either one of two classic types of Country & Western tale, or maybe it's both.


Giddy Up! Podcasts
Welcome to our new Podcast feature!

The Dean Gallery is launching a trial project of posting podcasts that guide visitors through our exhibitions and introduce the people and ideas that helped them take shape.

Giddy Up! includes a brief publication written by artist and curator Andrew Hunter. The story forms an integral part of the exhibition. Listen to these podcast files on your MP3 player while strolling through the gallery, or enjoy them right now on your computer.

Podcast page ...

The Bill Epp Sculpture Show
January 20 to March 23, 2008

A gifted artist and natural teacher, Bill Epp was a pioneer of the sculpture movement in Saskatchewan. His legacy continues to influence the work of many of his contemporaries, students and emerging artists. He has been recognized for his commitment to the Saskatchewan community, creating opportunities for artists to interact, work together and exchange ideas - critical ingredients for growth and innovation.

"Especially in the Saskatoon area, his home base, Epp's artworks are cherished as much as the city's trees and bridges and the blazing blue prairie sky overhead." (Sheila Robertson)

Organized by the Saskatchewan Craft Council and the Prairie Sculptor's Association with sponsorship from Cameco. Curated by James Korpan and Les Potter.


Clearing A Path
March 2008

This exhibition of Traditional Indigenous Art celebrates the talent of Saskatchewan's finest Indigenous artists working in traditional mediums. Exhibition curators Sherry Farrell Racette and Carmen Robertson have selected works by Saskatchewan Indigenous artists who have received Traditional Arts grants from the Saskatchewan Arts Board. They represent a wide range of Indigenous art forms, including bead and quill work.

The idea of 'clearing a path' was used by northeastern First Nations in the 17th and 18th centuries who talked about 'clearing a path' through the woods so that trade and travel between Europeans and Indigenous groups could prosper. The title here refers to clearing pathways for traditional artists by encouraging new ways of seeing a rich but often misunderstood body of art.

Presented in partnership with the Yorkton Arts Council, this is a touring exhibition organized by the Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils.

Around the World in a Cup
January 20 - February 22, 2008

The gallery has organized this sparkling exhibition that highlights tea, one of the common features enjoyed by the four founding groups of Yorkton: the British, First Nations, Chinese and Ukrainian/East European cultures all enjoy a good cup of tea! Fifty kinds of tea are on display, along with samovars, teapots and tea artifacts or 'tea equipage' from around the world.

Curated by Donald Stein, the exhibition features a number of pieces loaned from local collectors, including works by Saskatchewan ceramic artists and objects purchased in Morocco, Syria and Taiwan.


TEA and Bronze
Valentine’s Day Tea, 6 to 9 pm, February 14, 2008

Your’re invited to Valentine’s Day Tea! Come and enjoy a variety of international teas and celebrate the Gallery’s exhibition of 35 bronze sculptures by Saskatoon artist Bill Epp.

In Gallery Two, stroll through TEA: Around the World in a Cup. Fifty kinds of tea are on display, along with teapots, samovars and tea artifacts from around the world.

The first 25 people receive an original teacup made by local potter Brian Beck.

Paper Works:
Dorothy Knowles and William Perehudoff
To January 11, 2008

Dorothy Knowles and William Perehudoff have long been considered two of Canada’s most prominent artists, Knowles for her modernist interpretation of the prairie landscape and Perehudoff for his abstract colour field paintings. They married in Paris in 1951 and have worked side by side for more than 50 years. Known for their oil and acrylic paintings on canvas, this is a unique opportunity to see their works on paper.