The touching through handwriting, pen and paper across a distance, the effort to write, enclose a letter and mail it makes it a cherished object, a special gift, to be held with a type of reverence. – Monique Martin
My work gives recognition to negative space, line, texture and colour. The negative spaces hold individual stories or significant ideas, paintings unto themselves. The challenge is to ensure that these individual spaces exist as a whole. It is a process of giving recognition to these spaces, searching for balance in chaos, seeking relationships between the lines, textures and overlapping colour planes.
Although the work is abstract in nature, the familiar themes engage the viewer and invite them to linger, enticing them to move closer in search of stories within the layers of paint. The work creates a relationship between representation and abstraction, which plays with the viewer’s expectations and allows them to experience both genres.
For more information on Cindy’s work please visit http://www.cindypellerin.ca/
Art Show March 28th – April 25th
In late 2007 I decided I needed a change of atmosphere. I quit my job, bought some good tools and went out on my own. I started building high quality kitchen cabinets at an affordable price. Over the years I discovered my true passion was handcrafting furniture and smaller items such as jewelry boxes, keepsake boxes and cutting boards out of solid wood. Now my wife and I travel to local craft shows to promote and sell our products.
At humblebee, we create hand poured beeswax candles. Our candles are made in Saskatchewan, using Saskatchewan beeswax. We buy directly from local hives, clean the wax ourselves, then pour each and every candle.
We live in small town Hepburn, SK. We are happily married with a wonderful son, a new baby girl and a beautiful cat. By day, we each have our own jobs. Jesse, my husband, works in Saskatoon. By night (well, all the time!), he owns Cherry Tree Woodworks, so he’s creating new ideas and bringing them to life in his workshop. As for myself, Brittany, during the day I take care of our baby, wrangle our energetic toddler and encourage their ever growing worlds to bloom. By night, I build humblebee into what I hope will bring knowledge to those who don’t know about beeswax, products to those who want to enjoy the benefits, and a chance for everyone to support local, hand made items. (While also supporting the bees!)
Interconnection bridges two series works RADAR and STRINGS
Odette Nicholson is a professional artist working primarily as a painter. Formally trained at Langara Fine Art College in Vancouver, Odette holds a BFA Honours degree from the University of Saskatchewan. Her studio art practice is focused on series production where painting ideas are cultivated from her intense subject interest of the moment, and from family life and her prairie background. She is also known for her projects in design renovation and construction.
“A BEAUTIFUL UNITY” highlights the relationship of two different plants coming together in an exquisite, profound way.
Those plants took root on a simple core neighbourhood fence over the course of the summer and fall of 2016 in Pleasant Hill, right beside St. Mary’s Elementary School. Due to a combination of flash freezing along with a host of other environmental factors, these seedheads managed to remain intact despite being in a open field, all throughout the winter season.
This series, “A Beautiful Unity”, was a serendipitous occurrence I noticed after I had took a pause from a chaotic lifestyle to appreciate the beauty of nature that often gets overlooked. As I approached this overcrowded fence of seedheads during the beginning of the winter season, I was amazed by how those two delicate plants formed a relationship to support each other despite the complications those plants faced. In a way, I saw these plants as a symbol of love and courage. And in a way, these plants can relate to us in life.
My purpose for this series was to photograph the complex and the simple, and portray the beauty of love and courage these plants have for each other. In our world today, life is not meant to be straightforward. That overcrowded fence was a beautiful mess but as we get closer, we can learn that life can be simple as long as there is someone or something alongside us to bear it.
Natasha Yokoyama-Ramsay is a freelance photographer currently based in Saskatoon. She graduated with a degree in photography and design from Alberta College of Art + Design and has participated in several group shows in Calgary, Alberta. Natasha’s main interest in photography is portraits, where she seeks raw qualities and reveals the honest and vulnerable characteristics in her subjects.
I am an artist. I have been an artist for as long as I can remember. Some of my earliest memories are of sitting at the kitchen table, drawing people and animals and making up stories about them. I was “that kid” in school who was praised for my skill and creativity. When I attended the University of Saskatchewan in the BFA program my confidence was shaken – my concept of art was challenged. I had to rethink everything I thought I knew. I learned to look carefully, feel relationships, see in light and shadow, colour, line, and texture. My world was forever changed, my eyes were opened, and I loved what I saw around me; landscapes, architecture, Renaissance Old Masters’ drawings, animals, flowers, even cemetery angels.
I have learned to paint what I find beautiful. Although my work is often realistic, capturing a likeness or rendering an image is not important to me. Capturing and recreating the feeling I have about an image and making that image compelling is what drives me to paint. My most successful paintings start in the lens of my camera, and flow easily from there to composing the sketch, through to the finished painting. It’s a rare thing, but when it happens it feels as if I am not making the decisions. It’s more like I’m following a path. I paint in oils because of how they feel under my brush. I love the lush, luminous quality of the paint. Even the ritual nature of setting up an oil paint palette feels right to me.
For many years I was fascinated by the beauty of Old Masters’ drawings from the Italian Renaissance. Although I had never seen them in person, I focused on them almost exclusively. I searched out books and gallery catalogues. Over the past few years I have been listening to my heart and turning to subject matter much closer to home. I was always a little intimidated to work with natural subjects but decided I couldn’t ignore the call anymore. It’s perhaps odd to describe a prairie landscape or image of an overgrown garden of hardy perennials as new, but to me painting them was a new and exciting experience.
My current work is strongly tied to Saskatchewan. I live in a small town near Saskatoon, and I spend a big part of my summer calling upon my friends and neighbors to drive me around their farms, or let me invade their yards and gardens looking for that shot, the one that will flow from the camera lens into my next painting.
Diane Larouche ● Box 482 Biggar SK S0K 0M0 ● 306-948-7967 ● email@example.com www.dianelarouche.com
This body of work was inspired by my experiences with the natural world. Whether it was borne out of a quiet walk through a forest, watching the sun go down in the country, arranging a lush bouquet of flowers from my garden or gazing on a beautiful creature from the animal world, these experiences all give me a “natural high”.
Capturing emotions from a place, a time of day, or some fragment of nature is central to my work as is the constant search for light and the idea of taking the viewer to a different, higher place. Thank you for taking the time to view my work!
About the Artist
Since completing her B.F.A. with great distinction at the U. of S. in 2005, Kathy has attended numerous workshops at the Emma Lake Kenderdine Campus, taken a variety of classes from local professional artists and, most recently, completed a year-long CARFAC Mentorship with nationally respected Saskatchewan landscape artist, Clint Hunker. She has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions across Saskatchewan, has conducted encaustic workshops for local artist groups and individuals and belongs to the Studio on 20th Artist Group in Saskatoon. Recently retired from teaching this past June, Kathy is excited and privileged to now call herself a full-time artist.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.kathybradshawart.com
Connie resides on an acreage just outside of Saskatoon. Her
surroundings provide much of the subject matter for her paintings as she
often begins a paintings outdoors and completes it in her home-based
studio. She is an intuitive painter with a preference for oil paint. She will often
use a palette knife to express texture, light and colour as she attempts to
transport the viewer to a different time or place.
To inquire about any of the art please ask at the front. You can also
view her work at connieschulerartonline.com!
Olha Tkachenko is Ukrainian born artist. She grew up in a family of artists and got her art education in Ukraine, a country of rich culture and esthetic traditions.
Olga works with different mediums including watercolor, oil-paint, colored pencils, soft and oil pastel etc. She create beautiful illustrations for kid’s books and teach kids Art. But one of her favourite techniques is batik. The technique of hot batik is originally from Africa and Indonesia. But working with this spatial painting on cotton, using wax and dyes, Olga found the batik making process is very similar to painting of traditional Ukrainian Easter eggs, Pysanka. She reflects some of national ideas and sounds in her works.
Now Olga and her family lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.