Robynn’s show was going to happen in May, 2020 at Calories.
Since the restaurant will remain closed through the month of May due to Covid-19 health crisis, Robynn’s art will remain at her home. Follow Robynn on Instagram @robynn.olson and see her virtual reception at her home on Friday, May 1st. You can view many of the Road Trip Collection 2020 pieces on Robynn’s website We invite you to take the Road Trip along with Robynn from her home and dream of the time we can all hit the road again.
‘Cultural Appreciation’, tells 14 stories of strength and beauty through the contemporary Indigenous fashion designs of collaborator, Lauren Good Day, set on the harsh, yet mesmerizing prairie landscapes of Treaty 6 Territory. Each painting is a visual and impressionistic form of storytelling – sharing the perspectives of others through bold, colourful and organic brush and knife strokes. Leaving the details up to you, the ‘receiver’.
I invite you to immerse yourself. Imagine the stories. Be filled with curiosity and wonder. Be connected to the land. Feel the strength and beauty. And appreciate the culture.
Rachelle Brockman is an experienced and award-winning post-secondary educator, a passionate artist, volunteer, mother, partner and an enthusiastic entrepreneur. In addition to being a Professional Artist, she the Principal of Eureka Experience (www.eurekaexperience.ca) – guiding ‘Passionate, Productive People’ and the Lead Facilitator of The Betty-Ann Heggie Womentorship Program.
Rachelle, of Métis and Irish descent, learned to appreciate art and nature from her mother and grandmother. Her wild ideas and curiosity are thanks to her adventurous father and the freedom she had growing up north of Prince Albert. And her deep desire to understand and connect with people and perspectives is a result of her experience working with diverse people.
Rachelle is the illustrator of two children’s books, published by Nelson Publishing, the former owner and lead Art Instructor at Creative Minds Studio. Her paintings can currently be enjoyed in person at D’Lish Café, UNA Pizza & Wine and Calories Restaurant.
Collaborating Fashion Designer. Lauren Good Day “Good Day Woman” is a Multi-award winning Arikara, Hidatsa, Blackfeet and Plains Cree artist. She has shown her artwork at the world’s most prestigious Native American juried art shows. She has been awarded in a diverse range of artwork and was presented with the prestigious Best of Tribal Arts award.
Being a sought after artist and designer her work is in numerous public and private collections internationally. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Indigenous Studies from the Institute of American Indian Arts and Culture in Santa Fe, NM. Lauren lives on the rolling hills of North Dakota, her traditional homelands. Her role as a mother and woman of her tribe guide her to continue on the arts of her people for the generations to come. For more about Lauren, visit laurengoodday.com or @laurengoodday.
A note about Cultural Appreciation from designer, Lauren Good Day:
“Let’s talk CULTURAL APPRECIATION vs cultural appropriation. Often, I get asked if it’s okay for Non-Natives to wear or collect my work. I always say yes, it’s absolutely appreciated to support authentic Native art & design direct from enrolled tribal artists. So many major companies appropriate Native imagery & iconography with zero Indigenous partnership and it doesn’t benefit actual Native people or communities. Wearing Native American Art you’ve purchased from the artist directly is CULTURAL APPRECIATION and is okay!” (Lauren Good Day, Jan. 2020)
Eye on U is a collection of street photographs of storefronts across the world,
taken using vintage cameras. The negatives and prints were hand developed.
Everything is fashion and everything is art.
How we choose to decorate our bodies,
our private spaces,
our public spaces,
our gardens and the food we eat are
all part of our own personal artistic expression.
All these forms of expression have become fashion statements and speak volumes to our way of life
and the way we choose to exist.
Trint Thomas is a Fine art photographer specializing in 35mm black and white photography. Trint was born and raised in Saskatoon Saskatchewan but currently lives in North Vancouver British-Columbia. He uses a variety of cameras from vintage to digital. He does his own developing and darkroom work to achieve the images he prints himself.
Trint works almost exclusively with his Leica M3 and M8, although is known to use vintage 35mm cameras from the late 1900’s, when the occasion calls for it. The work he creates is visually captivating; the images both thought provoking and moving, often cause for self-reflection.
Trint’s work leaves a lasting impression on the viewer. Trint Thomas has been exhibiting his work for over a decade including both group and solo exhibitions. His work has begun to gain international attention and recently was exhibited in the John Michael Kohler gallery in the United States.
This exhibition explores the form, beauty, strength, spirit and resilience of the domestic animals that have been central to our existence for thousands of years. These creatures have not only supplied us with food, shelter, clothing, tools and transportation but have also acted as beasts of burden for centuries and require little from us in return. These portraits are inspired by the domestic animals I have recently met through friends and family and during our travels afar.
They are close-up, immersive and often eye-to-eye in order to connect with the animal’s inner core and sometimes they contain a humorous edge in order to capture the creature’s personality. Using encaustic, oil and assorted drawing materials, I pay homage to these animalsof the horn and hoof variety in order to acknowledge their contributions to our world.
KATHY BRADSHAW is a Saskatoon-based artist who works with a range of subject matters in oil and encaustic, an ancient medium treasured for its luminosity, layering capabilities and mysterious nature. Since receiving her B.F.A. with great distinction from the U. of S. in 2005, Bradshaw has taken an array of classes from local and international artists, participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions across Canada and won several awards for her landscape work and animal portraiture. She was also recently named a “Saskatchewan Artist to Watch in 2019”. Currently represented by galleries in Regina, Waskesiu, Calgary, Canmore and St. John, N.B., her paintings are part of collections across Canada and around the world.
These new works come from my roots. In my last years as an art student I painted abstractly, breaking down representational imagery to simple shapes, lines and colour. To begin I create chaos with my materials, draw what I am inspired by and then start to eliminate, keeping the details or stories that I are most intriguing and work as a whole. As always, I am inspired by the landscape, my flower garden and Saskatoon’s best kept secret Boffin Gardens. I am pleased to be working abstractly again, it makes me feel at peace, and like this is what I am meant to be doing. I am excited to see what will come next.
Jesse Friesen grew up in the small town of Shell Lake and then moved to Saskatoon. After deciding the city life wasn’t for him, he moved to the town of Hepburn where he, his wife and two children now call home. He has always loved wood. The variation in colors and grain makes every piece different and unique. Lately he has been trying to save local pieces of wood by creating something out of them instead of them being turned into firewood. This will be the last year that he will be creating cutting and serving boards. In the new year his focus will be shifting to high quality wood turning and creating beautiful home décor pieces.
ROBYNN OLSON is a Saskatoon based artist and has been creating and selling works of art for seven years. Six of those years she focused on acrylic landscapes and in the last couple months she has switched over to oil landscapes. The vibrancy and slow drying time drew Robynn to explore in oil paints and once she started she could not turn back! Using large brush strokes and focusing on simple shapes, a recognizable scene comes to life. Using the full spectrum of the colour wheel is also important when she explores a landscape.
PEAKS + PRAIRIES has been the theme of the last 5 shows at Calories Restaurant because it is exactly what Robynn loves to paint. “Places I want to go and places I have been: that is what I want displayed in my home and I hope others want the same! I see beauty in the world and desire to paint it – not in the reality we see it, but in a more vibrant, hyperreal, joyful way.”
Robynn’s hope is recreate your memories and dreams using paint on canvas.
Her husband and two young boys are gracious to accommodate her studio which is set up in their living room. Robynn enjoys the challenge and freedom of painting in her home while her boys play alongside her.
Born and raised in Saskatoon Abigail left home for the big city of Toronto where she began her career as a fashion model. She likes to call this her first life; travelling the world, living out of a suitcase and being known by her measurements! She moved west and home became a 10 acre hobby farm just outside of Vancouver, BC where she learned and practiced a more sovereign lifestyle connected to nature. Working with the rainforest climate she created her first minimalist moss gardens resembling the prairie landscape which grew into her “second life” kermodi living art. In this life she packaged plants instead of packaging herself and she found her feet as a creative business woman. In 2012 she sold kermodi to begin her next adventure aka “the third life”. The amalgamation of all she had done before and all of the influences in her life would come together in “All Things Abigail”. Her world travels, packaging and marketing glamour, many spiritual retreats, dabbling in photography and graphic design, dating a commercial photographer, living on a hobby farm, selling and growing food, landscaping, running an antique store and wearing all of the hats in a creative business with it’s heart in nature. Abigail is greatly influenced by her prairie roots and Japanese style – thus her love of wide open free space, blowing winds, elemental landscapes, subtle and tactile visual cues and minimalism. In her photographic work she prefers techniques that blur hard lines and soften colors to evoke an impressionistic or dreamlike quality. Her work has often been mistaken for paintings which seems a perfect compliment to Abigail.
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The transfer process:
The photographic transfer process is such that each outcome will always be unique and subtly different from the rest. This is a fully “hands on” process with the artist constantly working the print to uncover what is hidden underneath. As if by magic and always excitement, the image takes form and reveals itself. The image takes on a lovely otherwordly quality with a slight softening and muting of colors and textures giving it the impression of something that has depth and age.
The show “The Backdrop of Forever”
These photographic works draw attention to what is ongoing “as far as the eye can see” – our prairie sky. All else stands in stark contrast and gains a grounding, a solidity against a moving flowing ever changing and eternal backdrop. I have always been attracted to our minimalist landscapes and the ever so subtle plays of cloud and color. Interestingly enough, it was only recently that I realized why I love photographing the prairie, like a “dah” moment it came to me – everything that IS is surrounded by sky!
On many a road trip as I settle in to the rhythm of a slower pace my eyes adjust and like slow moving water the scenes begin to flow over me. Many a time with camera in hand pointed out the window (thank God the roads are straight) I capture out of that moving landscape an incredible image. It is with some extra delight when I discover it later and I feel so grateful and in awe that I got that shot! Other times I walk and be with my camera, surrendering to the visual exploration, curiosity and deep immersion into the landscape. These are the times when the longer I am immersed the better the images become.
Focus on Historic Nutana by Steven Gibb
During a long career as a Saskatchewan journalist, including 17 years as editor-in-chief of The StarPhoenix, I helped to share the stories of the people of this province with readers for more than four decades.
Since retiring, I have now returned to two long-time interests — painting and photography, with the focus of the latter on sharing with readers the many iconic buildings and other structures we so often take for granted but which make this city such an enjoyable place to live in and explore.
But Saskatoon has a spotty record of preserving its heritage structures and it is my aim to help record them through the camera lens so others might enjoy them long into the future. At the same time, I hope this Calories exhibition might encourage building owners to avoid a wrecking ball when planning future renovation projects.
As one of Saskatoon’s earliest settlements, Nutana has had an impressive inventory of historic structures, although some have already met an untimely fate.
One of the most unfortunate examples was the Traffic Bridge, built in 1907 as the first combined automobile/pedestrian river crossing in the community. However, the bridge was never adequately maintained by the city and was demolished in 2016. A multi-million dollar do-over in 2018 saw it replaced with a similar but otherwise improved version — except for the name.
Another notable Nutana loss was the Farnam Block, built on Broadway Avenue at 11th Street in 1912, which housed several long-time businesses, including Lydia’s, a popular entertainment nightspot. Falling victim to the wrecker’s ball at the same time was the Farnam Block’s tiny neighbour to the west, the quaint “Merry Mansion” of Humphrey and the Dumptrucks fame.
However, the news has not been all bad in the neighbourhood. Nutana has many structures that have survived the century-plus mark, including Trounce House, the sixth-oldest home to be built in Saskatoon, hidden away at the back of the lot of yet another historic residence, the home of renowned music teacher Lyell Gustin on 10th Street East. And, of course, Nutana’s Little Stone Schoolhouse, built on Broadway in 1887 near today’s École Victoria School. The one-room school was dismantled in 1911 and relocated to the University of Saskatchewan campus where it remains to this day.
You can find many of this city’s historic landmarks on my website, www.gibbart.com, under the Saskatoon Icons drop-down menu.
Ann Brooymans Donald has lived and taught art in
Saskatoon for over 18 years. She enjoys captivating images
in her environment. Her connections with nature is the
inspiration for her use of the elements and principles of
design. Her work celebrates the prairies. Ann has been in
numerous exhibitions throughout Canada and Holland. She
has been teaching art in galleries, museums, high schools,
elementary schools and universities. Ann holds degrees
related to creating and teaching art from Mount Alison
University, Concordia University, University of Western, York
University and an Art Academy in Enschede, Holland. Ann
Donald now teaches art and graphic design at Holy Cross
High School, in Saskatoon.
She can be reached at 306-281-4477 or