In the Cloakroom Gallery: Meditations on the Grasslands by John J. Penner
John J. Penner, 70 Mile Butte (photograph: salt print)
In the Museum Gallery: Apron Pocket Archives by Madonna Hamel
Madonna Hamel, Gleaners, Scavengers, Foragers (mixed media)
In the Cloakroom Gallery at PWSS, Saskatoon photographer John J. Penner presents Meditations on the Grasslands, an exhibition of salt-printed photographs that invite the viewer to enjoy a moment of contemplation and fill their eyes with the expansive spaces that are the great Canadian grasslands. “In a digital age, images are ubiquitous and consumed voraciously, then discarded without much thought,” says Penner. “Handcrafted images slow down this process and allow for a more contemplative approach to visualization.” The salt printing process was invented in the 1840s and was the first reproducible process to yield an image on paper which could be waxed to make it transparent enough to act as a negative. The photographs in this exhibition seem to take the viewer back in time to imagine the past when vast herds of buffalo roamed the North American central plains.
In the Museum Gallery, Madonna Hamel is showing Apron Pocket Archives, colourful mixed-media collages that are the result of two years of research, writing, collecting, corresponding, conversing and musing about the apron. “As a portal into the history of women, whose role and presence in society have, for the most part, served as supporting characters advancing the biographies and stories of the men in their lives, the apron contains gleanings of wider stories,” says Hamel. “Apron Pocket Archives is a creative attempt at exploring encounters between settlers and indigenous people, past and present, dreams and waking, animals and humans, by use of “traces”, “ghosts”, juxtapositions and introductions of characters who more than likely never had a chance to meet.”
Prairie Wind & Silver Sage works in partnership with the local community and Grasslands National Park of Canada to promote the conservation of native prairie landscapes, while inviting the exploration and appreciation of prairie culture and natural history. PWSS is open seven days a week from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm until August 31, and then weekends until September 16. The exhibitions continue throughout this summer season.
2016 art exhibitions at Prairie Wind & Silver Sage
In the Cloakroom Gallery: Amazing Sky, photographs by Sherri Grant
Sherri Grant, Winter Dance
Sherri Grant is first and foremost involved in agriculture, and she and her husband Lynn, along with Lynn’s brother Dean, operate the Grant Ranch near Val Marie, an 11,200-hectare spread with 1,600 head of cattle and harvesting both annual crops and forage. Grant Ranch celebrated 100 years in 2010. In the early 1990s, in a desire to show others the beauty and diversity in the prairies, Sherri Grant began taking photos of wildlife and flowers around Val Marie and soon had a photographic collection of over 70 species. This has evolved into her current passion for the mystery and magic of the night sky. Sherri continues to capture the beauty she sees in her area.
In the Museum Gallery, My Mother’s Apron, photo collage with mixed media by Madonna Hamel
Madonna Hamel, The Making of the Last Harvest Supper
Madonna Hamel, BA, BFA, studied performance and literature. Her performance pieces/monologues/collages have been published in literary journals such as Capilano Review, Room, Fireweed, and others. As a journalist she contributes to CBC radio and the Globe and Mail. Her radio documentaries have won awards, including the New York Festival of World’s Best Radio. In Quebec she fronted the band Aunty Maddy and worked as a backup singer, touring professionally in the United States. She continues to write songs and is currently working on a book, Habits, Orders & Vows, about faith as inheritance. Her mother was born in Val Marie in 1930.
2015 art exhibitions at Prairie Wind & Silver Sage
In the Cloakroom Gallery: Articulated Places, oil paintings on TerraSkin paper by Edie Marshall
Edie Marshall is a Saskatchewan landscape painter who is interested in the environment, the history and culture of the land. Most of her work is about the prairies where she finds an unlimited and often overlooked source of colours and shapes, ideas and images. Edie paints large energetic canvases and small intimate ones as a way to describe the vastness and energy of the land with its diverse and unique ecosystems. Edie’s studio is located in Regina, Saskatchewan and whenever possible she works outdoors researching new ideas, often with brush in hand.
In the Museum Gallery: The Last Cowboy and a New Generation, photographs by Judy Gunter
Judy Gunter is a lifelong ranchwoman as well as a self-taught photographer. She brings her insight into the colour, light, and rhythms of ranching to all her photographs, so viewers too can experience the lifestyle that is the southern Prairie’s foundation. Part of Judy Gunter’s aesthetic is her faith in being able to make her camera see what she sees. She does not edit her photos as many digital photographers do; she allows them to speak as they were made. This immediacy is the start of the viewer’s encounter with Judy Gunter’s land and life near Val Marie.
2014 art exhibitions at Prairie Wind & Silver Sage
In the Cloakroom Gallery: Postcards to Buffalo Land: Scenic Salutations and Storms of Controversy, oil paintings on paper by Diana Chabros
“Diana Chabros” Impending Storm
Diana Chabros strives to honour the land and therelationship humans have to it. She maintains a studio practice, operates a B & B, and consults with performing artists from her home in Val Marie, near Grasslands National Park. Diana Chabros’s artwork can be found in both private and public art collections including the Saskatchewan Arts Board and the Village of Val Marie.
In the Museum Gallery: Landing Hard: Honouring Prairie Women Settlers, Limited edition beeswax transfer prints on paper by Marlena Wyman
Marlena Wyman, Prairie Mother
Marlena Wyman is a third generation prairie woman, born and raised on her family farm near Rockyford, Alberta. She is an Edmonton artist who received her degree in Visual Art Education at the University of Alberta. Her work has been exhibited across Canada, and is included in private and public collections in Canada and the U.S.