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2009 Exhibitions
Monica Fraske Bornyk
July 5 to August 23, 2009

New work by Yorkton artist Monica Fraske Bornyk features hundreds of tiny drawings from nature.

"For many years my work has focused on finding and depicting elegant images found in ordinary places, particularly in natural settings such as marshes or decomposing trees.  In this exhibit I have taken a step further and isolated tiny bits of beauty in plant images I found on various hikes and some in my own backyard.

Working with India ink on Lokta paper, I have made hundreds of miniature drawings of miniature subjects, transferring the same idea to etching on plexiglass for the chandeliers.  As there are so many drawings, I have arranged them by elements: water (images I found in marshes), air (images I found in trees), and earth (images I found on the ground).

The chandeliers bring in the element of light (or fire) and depict images I found on stone or wood (lichen, moss).  The drawings were treated as jewels by placing them into display cases, forming them into chandeliers, presenting them under glass, in order to amplify the value of their subjects.  Humans have always placed great worth on gemstones, and I sometimes wonder what differences there would be in our world if the small fragile miracles of life were treasured as much.

This exhibit reveals my desire to elevate the tiny, often overlooked, ordinary plant images to a place of beauty, significance, and most of all, value.  In the words of Anne De Lenclos: "everything invites me to cherish it."

- Monica Fraske Bornyk

2009 Exhibitions
Field Day
A.F.L. Kenderdine
August 30 to September 25, 2009

Augustus Kenderdine was born in England in 1870 and learned to paint in in the grand 19-century Romantic landscape style in London and Paris. He came to Saskatchewan to homestead in the early 20th century but soon began to teach at the University of Saskatchewan. He helped start the University of Regina art department and was a key figure in the development of art in our province.

Field Day presents 17 stunning oil paintings that portray his truly remarkable talents.

Continuous and Unbroken
Brenda Joy Lem
August 30 to October 23, 2009
Brenda Joy Lem draws on her family history as one of the first Chinese-Canadian families in Saskatchewan who started businesses and struggled to establish their lives in Canada. Heartfelt and eye-opening.

2009 Exhibitions
Local artists exhibition
Landscape & Memory: Photography
June 1-26

The 2009 Landscape and Memory exhibition featured photography by local and regional artists.

The theme is very broad. Landscape and Memory refers to all kinds of images, including traditional landscapes and wildlife, photographs that capture memories, and even travel photographs that reflect the landscapes and memories of far away places.

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2009 Exhibitions
Heather Benning
April 5 to May 22, 2009

Opening reception Sunday April 5 at 2 pm

The farm has always played a large role in Heather Benning's work. To her it represents the passage of time and the movement of people. Benning creates large and imaginative sculptures that are both whimsical and thought provoking.

The cows in DownTime are made of molded and layered plastic polished to a high gloss over a framework of dried cattle bones. The cows appear to be manufactured and non-biodegradable, reflecting the nature of a society based on sameness and disposable consumer culture.

2009 Exhibitions
Untie the Spirit
Thelma Pepper
March 1 - 23, 2009

Thelma Pepper’s series of photographs is the third exhibition in her trilogy exploring community life in Saskatchewan. Thelma began this project while making daily visits to her husband Jim Pepper, who was a resident at the Sherbrooke Community Centre in Saskatoon from 1999 until his death in 2004. All of the works in the exhibition were taken at this facility, a long term care home for residents who have severe physical and cognitive disabilities.

This OSAC touring exhibition is presented in cooperation with the Yorkton Arts Council.

2009 Exhibitions
Brian Ring: ... here and there ...
January 22 to March 27, 2009

Brian Ring was born in Saskatchewan in 1950 and has lived and worked in Moose Jaw, Fort Qu'Appelle and Ruddell. He is well known in Saskatchewan for his ceramic work. Since 1985 however, he has shifted his artistic focus into an exploration of digital imaging and has worked on projects in Hanoi, Viet Nam and Paris, France.

Brian Ring: ... here and there ... was curated by Holly Hildebrandt for the Chapel Gallery in North Battleford and consists of large-format digital images on stretched canvas, framed transfer prints and a DVD called Urban Buddha that trace the changes that took Brian from clay to computers.

2009 Exhibitions
Cindy Stelmackowich
January 22 to February 22, 2009

Originally from Melville and now living in Ottawa, Cindy Stelmackowich creates memorable digital images using historical and contemporary photographs.

"During the past five years my artwork has explored the interrelationship between art and medical science. My practice deploys strategies that range from the ironic to the poetic in order to question how medical science gets performed on the body and how languages of medical science operate. Incorporating new and old medical diagrams, laboratory equipment and medical reference books, medicine's bodies of knowledge become the direct material and conceptual sources for my own incisive explorations."

Exhibitions 2009
The River: Two Perspectives
Lynn McKenzie-Barteski
November 5, 2008 to January 15, 2009

This solo exhibition of watercolour paintings on paper portrays the constantly changing landscape of the South Saskatchewan River Valley near Outlook. Beautifully rendered images from the perspective of both the shore and the extraordinary height of the pedestrian walkway on the former CPR Bridge over the river. The latter views, based on sketches and photographs made by the artist on site, often have an abstract quality. One can sense the powerful force of the river as it moves sand from bank to bank and changes pattern and colour.

Organized and circulated by the Mendel Art Gallery, curated by Dan Ring.