Starting a new year ~

With the arrival of September, we are back together to start another season of painting together. We are welcoming back three people who have been with the group in the past ~ Molly Clark, Gail Prpick and Kathleen Slavin. And we are welcoming a new member to the group, Cindy Wright. After a true summer here in Saskatoon, we are ready and excited to be back together.

We do have our dates already for our annual Show and Sale. You can mark your calendars now for April 13, 14 and 15th, 2018. We will keep you posted for any other activities we are involved with throughout the fall and winter too.

It is good to be back!

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Summer Secret Garden Sketching

Our group decided that we would get together over the summer, to sketch in our gardens around the city, and to keep in touch while we took our summer break. It has been some years since we have done this, and it has been very enjoyable to take up this again. It has been so pleasant to enjoy the gardens and just relax and sketch and paint for fun.

Here are some photos from the gardens so far. We’ll be continuing on to a few more yet ~

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Kathy Slavin’s garden

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Kathy’s garden – 2

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Kathy Slavin in her garden

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Lunch at Kathy’s

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Val Munch’s garden

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Jean Dudley in Val Munch’s garden

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Sharron Schoenfeld (reflected) in Val’s garden

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Lorraine Khachatourians’ garden

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Cindy Wright in Lorraine’s garden

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Kathy and Molly in Lorraine’s garden

 

 

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Lorraine in her garden

Thank you!

Thank you to all of you who came to our spring show and sale! We appreciate you taking time to come and see what we worked on during the winter. After a little break, we will all be getting busy again, and will start working toward the fall and 2018.

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Spotlight on ~ Valerie Munch

As I reflect on my art, I realize it colours my life. I view my world, with the play of light and shadow and I want to paint it all! I take photographs to capture those moments, then as I paint I relive the day in my garden with a dear friend, or a walk on Broadway in the city I love.

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‘Captured this Fall’, Watercolour

There’s the special chair from a beloved aunt and uncle, the day on the beach or at the lake with Grandchildren, or a special trip with my husband and children, all paintings evoke memories.

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‘Face to the Sun’, Watercolour

I feel fortunate to have the support of my family and friends, and for time spent with a group of artist friends who freely share their vision and talents.

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Spotlight on ~ Bobbi Clackson-Walker

I feel it a personal challenge as an artist to see and express things in an original way.”

I have been a full-time art-maker for the past 15 years and an art educator for the past 7 years. In reality, art-making and a desire to share those experiences with others has been a constant for most of my life. My art-making history has involved expressing visual ideas in a variety of mediums and processes, most notably: drawing, quilt-making, painting, collage, mono-printing, and paper sculpture. I consider myself a life-long learner and thrill at discovering new processes that I can incorporate into my art-making,

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‘Fence Line Exploration’, Ink on repurposed paper

Fence line exploration: Ink on repurposed paper

Like all artists, my work has evolved through time. Where I once was concerned with replicating what I saw in painterly perfection, I am now engrossed with mixed media applications to plexi-glass assemblages, and in utilizing visual elements of line, shape, form and colour in 2-dimensional explorations of the prairie landscape.

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‘Fence Line Exploration’, Paper and acrylic on wood

My drive to create is sparked in imagining visual outcomes born through observation, word play, and physical objects. I self-describe as a mixed media artist as that descriptor allows me to move the process and the media to suit the material exploration of an idea. As I like to work through ideas in a series of pieces, the mixed media label seemed an appropriate way to let followers of my work know that today you may see an idea expressed in paint, and tomorrow you may see that same idea expressed in paper sculpture. I think at times the mixed media moniker is simply a polite way of stating that I tend toward the behavioural instincts of a pack rat. I am hesitant to discard anything, particularly paper, as I am constantly imagining ways of repurposing objects for an artistic purpose.

I am a prairie girl, born and raised, and there is much of the resilience and resourcefulness of the prairie sensibility that informs my work. I believe that stated “prairieness” is at the root of why I create in the first place, and I feel it a personal challenge as an artist to see and express things in an original way.

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