The Inside Story ~ Lorraine McGrath

Growing up, music was the art form in our house. My Dad had a musical background and a wide ranging taste in music. The only art was a book on Van Gogh that I remember on the shelves. For myself, I learned piano, drew and coloured like most kids, and read endlessly.

The first inkling I had about ‘art’ was when I was in my early teens and my aunt married a man who was an artist. I was fascinated by his little studio whenever we visited. My uncle would talk about his work, about colour and light and other artists. This was a totally different world to what I’d ever encountered. In Junior High School we had our first real art class and teacher, so I began tentatively to learn then. At university, the sciences drew me to study. I took art appreciation as an elective and being in a big city, I began to visit galleries.

It wasn’t until many years later that I finally decided to take some art classes. My visits and talks with my uncle continued all that time and he encouraged me, telling me that doing it for the pure enjoyment it gave me was all I needed to do. So I continued, learned, explored, found wonderful teachers, and then was invited to join art groups, which expanded my knowledge and experience to a new level through the learning and sharing we do.

A very meandering stream brought me to where I now paint for the love of it and for what it brings into my life. So I encourage you to dip your toe into that stream too. You never know where it will take you.

‘Celebration’, Oil on canvas
‘Segments’, Oil on linen panel

The Inside Story ~ Molly Clark

“How long does it take you to do one like this?” The technical answer varies. Some works flow and others challenge you to spend more time. People are genuinely curious, and their inquiry sincere, so I hesitate to answer “all my life for fear of it sounding like a canned, flippant answer. But there is authenticity in the “all my life” response. Making art, trying various media and methods, has always been in my life. 

After years of painting with colour I’ve started to make art with graphite. On a cradled panel, the drawings have a rustic modern feel, my favourite style of decor. I’m visually drawn to contrasty black and white images. And inside all of that, I’ve come to a point in my life where I’m intrigued by the concepts of paradox and conundrum, polarity and choice. Is it possible that these contrasty thoughts running in the background influence what goes onto the panels?

My Favorite Thing ~ Patricia Katz

The Winsor Newton Watercolour Field Kit

I love to travel, and I love to sketch. So I always take my watercolour paints and a sketchbook with me when I am on the move.

Although I have several different travel palettes, one of my favorites is the Field Kit sold by Winsor Newton.

I love how compact it is; and for something so small, it sure packs in a lot of features. When unfolded, you end up with three mixing surfaces, and a water reservoir attached to one end of the kit. The finger loop on the back allows you to securely rest the entire paint box in the palm of your hand. 

The Field Kit also contains a small flask for carrying water, and a small paint brush nestled in the box. I personally find that paint brush too small for my purposes, and I often carry extra water in another bottle. However, for small sketches and quick adventures, the flask and brush will get you going.

The kit comes pre-loaded with pans of Winsor Newton pigments. However, I usually pop those out, and refill the pans with colour from my own tube paints. That way, I can be assured that I am carrying the colours I most like to use. Once set, the tube colours travel well, and are readily reactivated with a spritz of water.

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Open Paint Kit

 

Art Trek 2015

Artists’ Workshop will be participating in Art Trek 2015 along with 8 other Saskatoon artists’ studios.

The dates this year are ~

Friday June 12, 5 pm – 10 pm and Saturday June 13, 10 am – 5 pm

See the Art Trek Facebook page, or below for a map to all the locations. A map will also be published in the May 28th edition of Planet S.

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Upcoming shows: Karen Maguire and Kathleen Slavin

Two of our group members are having shows in the next couple of weeks. We hope you can come out to these events!

Karen Maguire is part of Open Studio 2014, for the Studio on 20th. This is a one day event, Sunday November 23, from 12 – 5 pm, 236A 20th St W, Saskatoon.Open studio invitation

 

Kathleen Slavin is having a show of her work, entitled “Nature’s Performance” at Hues Art Supply, 818 Lorne Avenue (corner of Lorne & Taylor) in Saskatoon.

The show will be up for the month of December 2014.  There will be an opening reception on Saturday December 6 at 2:00 at Hues.

Betty's View

Betty’s View

Urban Blue Tree

Urban Blue Tree

Last Rays

Last Rays

 

Our 25th Anniversary Show April 2015

This year marks Artists’ Workshop’s 25th year of making art. Mark your calendars for our Silver Anniversary Show in April 2015.

Grace Westminster Church Auditorium, 505 10th St East, Saskatoon.

Friday April 17, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Saturday April 18, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday April 19, noon to 4 p.m.

We hope you can come and help us celebrate our 25th!

Art Trek 2014 – This weekend!

Art Trek 2014

Art Trek 2014 is coming up this weekend, June 13 and 14th.

Please go to our Facebook page for photos, updates, and the map of locations (see below also for a map).

We are now on Twitter too, so you can keep up to date there too!

This is going to be THE weekend in Saskatoon for art lovers and city explorers! Take the studio tour at your own pace to discover some of Saskatoon’s finest artists, watch them at work in their spaces, talk to them about their art-making processes and experience a wide variety of demonstrations.

Date and HoursFriday, June 13, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. and Saturday, June 14, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Locations: The Studio on 20th – 236A – 20th St. W.

Stall Gallery Basement Studio C – 220 20th St. W.

MIX Artists’ Collective – 212 – 20th St. W.

330 Design Group – 330 Avenue G South

Atelier 2302 – 2302 St. Patrick Avenue

Artists’ Workshop – Grace-Westminster United Church, 505 10th St. East

Textile Arts Group (TAG) – basement of Grace-Westminster United Church

Studio 5 – Fifth floor, 331 1st Ave N (Charter House Building)

Lauriston Street Studios – 510 Lauriston St


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