Art Toolkit Favourite ~ Molly Clark

What I listen to while I work is as important as any of my painting tools; it sets the tone for the work at hand. I remember how easily a set of landscape paintings came together while listening to Ian Tyson songs about the northern plains. Hearing author Stephen Jenkinson’s musings on heritage makes me think about a scene I’m painting and what it might have looked like generations ago. Creating art alongside an audiobook or podcast, learning while painting, killing two birds with one stone as they say, makes for productive days.

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Seasons change and so do we…..

We have gathered back together at Grace Westminster Auditorium to begin our 26th year. Last April, we celebrated our 25th anniversary at our annual show. Here are a couple of photos of the group taken then.

April 2015

This was taken with all of us, except Eva, who wasn’t able to be there, a few days before our show.

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Just before our show opening, all dressed up. After the show, we all headed off to our summer break.

On May 30, our dear Lou passed away. One of Saskatoon’s best known artists, Lou was one of the original group members and was happily part of our anniversary show. Even though over the years she had faced a number of health challenges, she faced them with her usual grace, gentleness and humour.

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Lou sketching in the garden

Then, unexpectedly on August 27, our dear Valerie Borycki passed away after a very brief illness. We are still finding it hard that she won’t come bursting through the door, with stories to endlessly entertain us. Eleanore Romanow wrote a limerick that was read at Val’s memorial:

A Limerick for Val Borycki

There once was a lady named Val,
She was an extraordinary gal,
With dazzling red hair
And a wardrobe with flair,
She was a loving and generous pal.

Now our Val had an interesting life,
Not free from the occasional strife,
Believing ‘Come what may’
She enjoyed every day,
Colours bursting, from both brush and knife.

Some people just light up a room,
And wash away otherwise gloom,
We could count on our girl
With a swish and a swirl
To deliver her own va-va-voom.

Our beautiful spirit has fled,
And all cares of the world are shed.
She just slipped away,
On a late August day,
Not a good-bye word to be said.

We are here to honour our friend,
Who sparkled right to the end!
Although we have wept,
Your memory we’ve kept
With all of the love that we send.

So farewell dear Valerie – we will all miss you very much.
Your gal pals at Artists’ Workshop.

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We will miss both of these talented, generous bright spirits so much.

And we have had one more of our group decide to move to new ventures, after 25 years with the group. Karen Maguire is joining the Studio on 20th. We will miss Karen’s great style, humour and enthusiasm and wish her the best in her new studio.

We reflect back on our lovely friends, and now look forward to the year of art to come.

We welcome two new members at this time, Bobbi Clackson-Walker and Paige Mortensen. Bobbi is an exciting mixed media artist, and Paige is expanding our horizons with her unique watercolour batik work.

We have some new plans for the fall, and we will keep you posted with some news very shortly. This includes a new Facebook page, and a special November pre-Christmas sale at a gallery location in Saskatoon. Check back soon for details.

See you soon!

25th Art Show and Sale – 2015

It gives us great pleasure to announce our 25th Annual Art Show and Sale! We hope to see you there to help us celebrate this special year for us.

This year’s event will take place Friday, April 17, 2015, 7 – 10 pm, Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm, and Sunday noon – 4 pm, at Grace Westminster Church Auditorium, Saskatoon.

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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!

Wanuskewin en Plein Air

To start of the new year, three of the group members (Valerie Borycki, Val Miles and Lorraine Khachatourians) will be participating in a group show at Wanuskewin Heritage Park, entitled ‘Wanuskewin en Plein Air’. In June and September last year, a group of artists spent two days painting and drawing along the riverbank at the Park. Our group organizer, Bobbi Clackson-Walker, has arranged for us to show the works we did as a result of those days. On a clear and sunny day, with not much wind, it is very beautiful at the park, so if you have the time, go out and see it during this special time of year. Here is the information:

‘Wanuskewin en Plein Air’ Art Exhibition and Sale
January 6th to 31st, 2014 at Wanuskewin Heritage Park
Monday – Friday, 9 am – 4:30 pm, Saturday 11 am – 3 pm, closed Sunday
 
In 2013 artists Anne McElroy, Bobbi Clackson-Walker, Brett Schiissler, Celeste Delahey, Dianne Allen, Dianne Schiissler, Gloria Wingerter, Karen Stobbe, Lorraine Khachatourians, Louise Roy, Marie Kemmer, Marina Melchoirre, Paige Mortensen, Patricia Clarke, Tim Fahl, Val Miles, Valerie Borycki, Valerie Poulin, and Wendy Pahl spent two days in the Wanuskewin landscape creating a response to the environment. This exhibition is the visual journal of their experience.

 

Off the Wall – show and sale this weekend

Valerie Borycki, Karen Maguire and Gail Prpick, of Artists’ Workshop, along with Sylvia Thompson, are having a show and sale entitled ‘Off the Wall’ at the Mix Artists’ Collective Gallery, 539 24th St East, Saskatoon (the little old white house behind Knox United Church on Spadina). This is the final show at the Mix – the old building is going to be demolished, so come out and see this final show there.

Nov. 29, Friday, 7 – 10 pm

Nov. 30, Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm

Dec 1, Sunday, noon – 4 pm