THE FURTIVE FOX
Acrylic on birch panel, 2021
24″ x 24″
ARTIST PROFILE – MIRANDA JONES
Despite her claims that red desert sand still runs deep in her veins, Australian born artist, Miranda Jones has grown to love Saskatchewan’s wide open skies and abundant wildlife. Miranda’s art reflects her delight at glimpsing a tiny Goldfinch amongst the leaves, the surprise and joy of spotting a jackrabbit or fox hiding in the shadows or the haunting mystery of owls and coyotes calling at dusk. She pays homage, and in some cases reverence, to these creatures, many of which were spotted along the Meewasin trail, where she spends many happy hours exploring on her beloved bicycle!
Best known for her signature use of colour and metallic leaf, Miranda moves with ease from tiny iconic paintings to large canvases, art jewelry and even welded steel installations. Her art can shift from realistic to symbolic as she strives to capture the essence of her subject matter. Her work is loved and collected in Canada and abroad and she is widely represented in public, private and corporate collections.
Miranda holds an MFA with great distinction from the University of Saskatchewan. She is a member of the Studio on 20. Artist Collective in Saskatoon and teaches art and design through the University of Saskatchewan Community Arts Program.
Winter is a season that affects us all. Cold weather can force you into a state of hibernation or, on the other hand, you can enhance the moods winter has to offer. Weather conditions dictate how long you can comfortably remain outside before having to go back inside to warm up.
Nature provides marvelous backdrops for the venturous spirit to view and even photograph, recording memories for others to enjoy as well. Shorter daylight hours result in less time for people to enjoy their favourite outdoor wintertime activities.
If you keep your eyes open, many opportunities can arise for recording the beauty of nature found in our cold climate. Photography provides opportunities to make stunning images of snow falling, sun dogs, backlit hoar frost, sunsets and many other subject matters.
My photographs incorporate a new style of presentation. Metallic prints with ultraviolet liquid coating for protection replace the need for heavy glass and mat boards. Prints are dry-mounted on feather board and a wooden or metal strip frame surrounds the image. Photos can be viewed from any angle without the glare of reflections often found when viewing through glass. The images presented here provide a unique approach to viewing winter. It doesn’t have to be all bad – it can be snow magic!
Ken’s photography career started as a hobby in 1978. He worked in the architectural technology profession for 20 years, while at the same time pursuing photography as a second career. After 30 years of film photography, he produced his first book of photographs entitled, “Light Effects”. In 2000, two of his photographs were chosen for the Saskatchewan Craft Council’s Dimensions Program. In 2016, Ken’s digital photograph, “Resplendence” was shortlisted for the Royal Photographic Society’s International Print Competition. The photograph, “Resplendence” was also purchased in 2016 by the Mann Art Gallery, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, for their permanent collection. In 2018 he produced both digital and film DVD’s.
Ken is primarily a self-taught photographer. In 1983 and 1985, he took one week of courses in photography at the Emma Lake Art Camp with Professor Hans Dommasch. Ken learned a lot about photography through osmosis by being immersed in a natural photographic environment of lakes and forests. He regularly reads and studies many books and articles on photography as an art form. He first learned and worked with various types of film cameras, darkroom equipment and related processes, and since 2007 has progressed to digital photography. He has also attended professional art-related workshops.
Some favorite photographic themes are landscapes, flowers, architecture and capturing the light and shadows in everyday surroundings. Recently, utilizing digital techniques, Ken has developed an interest in combining parts of photographs into collage representations of reality and fantasy which adds another dimension to the resulting compositions. His work is available in shops and galleries in Saskatchewan or by contacting him directly via his website:
The collaboration for this exhibition by Cindy Hergott- Pellerin and Karen Pask-
Thompson is the result of uncovering a similar process and subject in creating their art.
Both artist’s use the land as a muse and respond on a visceral level to the landscape.
Hergott -Pellerin explores the multi -layered surfaces, shapes and calm the landscape
provides whereas Pask -Thompson’s work is narrative and strives to uncover stories
held within the history of the landscape. Hergott-Pellerin uses a bird’s eye view of the
land and Pask-Thompson uses the bird as a metaphor for hidden stories weathered on
Pask-Thompson and Hergott-Pellerin are committed to an authentic process that
explores their internal connections to making art and engaging fully with the materials.
They both push and pull with color, lines, shapes, and texture. Critical to their work is
their commitment to focus on the process of art making, where play and risk is central
rather than the end product. The work is a result of this play; therefore, it is the process
that leads the direction and outcome of the work. The dialogue between the paintings
provides the viewer with information that may help to inform their own experience with
Last century Cam graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a
Bachelor of Arts (with Distinction), majoring in Visual Arts. He
subsequently studied Landscape Architecture at the University of Guelph
and Kyoto University, Japan. Cam recently retired after practicing
Landscape Architecture for over 35 years.
Cam had the good fortune to attend Emma Lake Kenderdine Campus for
many year prior to its closure and demolition by the University of
Saskatchewan. There he was able to paint in the forest, surrounded by
nature. He says, “I was drawn to trees as they represent the diversity of
In recent years Cam has been painting in various places throughout the
world. These “postcards” or vignettes attempt to convey the essence or
spirit of the place.
Ann Donald has lived and taught art in Saskatoon for over 20 years. Ann has been in
numerous exhibitions throughout Canada and Holland. She has been teaching art in
galleries, museums, high schools, elementary schools and universities for over 30 years.
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. She can be reached at 306-281-4477 or email@example.com.
Her images are on Instagram at ann_donald and www.anndonald.ca.
This exhibition focuses on my love of the land that surrounds me. As I travel
Saskatchewan and Canada, I photograph, draw and paint the beauty of nature that I see. I
work out small sketches and build interpretations of my favorite places and compositions.
I create larger paintings of the images that are particularly meaningful to me. Using
drawing and the elements and principles of design I create interpretations of what I see
and what I feel. I really try to capture the essence of the beauty and joy I feel while
experiencing the land. Light, color, shape, space and line are the major elements I use to
compose my paintings. This exhibition shows experimentation with the use of India ink,
acrylics and oils on either canvas or wood panel.
Bison, cattle, horses; stop me in my tracks. I may be surrounded by the most beautiful landscape but if there is such an animal in view that is where my eyes are drawn. Although I explore many other subject matter, I often return to this theme. For this exhibition I have painted bison and cattle in herds, in the distance and at closer range. There is one large painting of my horse Siren, grazing peacefully in an autumn field. The large abstract painting of white cows is reminiscent of the smaller framed works in this exhibition. It is interesting to me that these five little pieces are all in shades of red; an unconscious choice on my part. Loose and gestural, they are an expression of the beauty and power of these animals.
Bridget Aitken paints out of The Studio on 20th as well as her home studio near Pike Lake. She is represented by Nouveau Gallery in Regina as well as Black Spruce Gallery in Waskesieu, Prince Albert National Park.
Re-visit, re-new, re-work are all words used to describe this series. Using subject matter the
artist has incorporated into other works, and canvases once used for different paintings, has
allowed her to re-visit the faces she once spent time with learning their features and building
their stories. Like seeing an old friend or reading an old journal, coming back to the faces from
this new point in time remained cathartic. Being able to layer these experiences that are only
attained through the passage of time has enhanced not only the visual journey of each piece
but also the conceptual nature of the work. This series is a manifestation of the body through
time; the body of work, the bodies in the work, the artist body making the work and the
stretched canvas as a body for the work.
Emily Zdunich is a Saskatoon based interdisciplinary artist who has developed a figurative
practice in painting, installation sculpture, and printmaking. Emily is a recent graduate of the
Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours, and Art History department at the University of Saskatchewan.
Emily investigates the concept of the body though gendered experience, birth, mortality and
time. Her focus is on the human condition and exploring connections between the physical
body and the emotional body. As well as searching for links between human relationship
patterns and patterns found in the natural world, both on a micro and macro scale.
I have lived in Saskatchewan all my life and I have a deep appreciation of the prairies and the changing seasons.
We have some of the best skies, sunrises and sunsets in the world. In spite of long winters, which can be both beautiful and brutal, we seem to endure. Perhaps it’s because of that hibernation. And then there is spring… melting snow, water running, new growth and of course ” the wind. “ Next comes summer… short , hot, intense with gardens full of colorful flowers. Fall is often unpredictable… wonderful golden fields, falling leaves, rain and or frost. I hope you enjoy my interpretations of our changing seasons.
Karen Maguire is a landscape, figurative and collage painter living in Saskatoon. She is currently a member of the ” Studio on 20th ” group of artists. The riverbank, prairie skies and northern lakes are the subjects of many of her works.
“The Seaside Meadows Collection is an escape toward bucolic oceanside summer days. This collection has been a long time coming and is inspired by a trip taken to the Maritimes to celebrate a milestone birthday. I’ve long felt connected to those eastern shores, but this trip provided new inspiration as meadows and wild beaches were explored and seen in a different light. I had planned to paint these pieces upon our return, but life took over. And then a worldwide pandemic hit. As we’ve all stayed in place over this past year, longing for travel, exploration and peaceful days has returned stronger than ever. It only felt right to attempt to paint those longings into existence. Seaside Meadows is an ode to the quiet solitude found in wildflowers and the waving natural grass beside ocean waters. My hope is that these pieces provide a gentle reprieve from the heaviness of this year and allow the mind to rest in the natural wonder of the Atlantic shores. ”
Jenni Haikonen is an impressionistic painter and botanical watercolourist working out of Saskatoon SK. She creates pieces inspired by natural landscapes, with a focus on preservation and conservation. Her artistic practice explores the relationship between human, the atmosphere and the lands that surround us. You can find more of her work at www.jennihaikonen.com or on Instagram @jennihaikonen. She can also be contacted directly through email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In my first solo exhibition, I wanted to share with you a series of paintings I painted with acrylics in my studio at home from 2018 to 2021. The Covid-19 pandemic has been affecting professional artists all over the world. Our response has been to adapt to the situation and finding new outlets and mediums to express our creativity. I decided to paint landscapes in acrylic depicting mostly the different seasons in the Prairies and the Canadian Rockies using only photos as a reference. I also went back to carving small pieces in alabaster, whatever I could handle in my home studio.I love sculpting and I also created five large sculptures in snow by myself in Saskatoon and North Battleford. I hope you will enjoy my paintings as much as I enjoyed painting them.
Patricia Leguen was born in Saint-Nazaire, France and has been residing in Saskatoon since 1983. She has been representing Canada at national and international snow, ice, sand and fire sculpting competitions and festivals since 1991 and has competed at over 120 events in the last 30 years, winning awards and trophies all over the world including several times in Canada, China, Russia, Alaska, France, Belgium, etc. Her last international ice carving competition was in mid-February 2020 at the World Ice Art Championships before the pandemic started spreading all over the world. She teamed up with three Russians and their team placed 5 th in the Multi-Block Classic with Spirit of the Forest carved in 6 days, 12 to 15 hours a day. Since all international sculpting events have been cancelled since March 2020, she decided to spend her free time painting landscapes throughout the seasons with acrylics, carving alabaster in her studio and creating large-scale snow sculptures on her own in Saskatoon and around the province. She is the only accredited conference interpreter in Saskatchewan but all in-person conferences were cancelled and she can only work freelance in interpreting hubs in Ottawa for the Federal Government or from home. When she does not carve, paint or travel for work, she stays active
rowing, cycling, hiking, riding her Harley, and cooking.