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Wednesday, 4 January 2012

A Pretty Terrific Province

I dropped off my items for the next show at the Affinity Gallery / Saskatchewan Craft Council on Broadway.  I stayed a while to enjoy the current show.  There was a lot of fibre art - from felting / soft scultpure to art quilts to stitching on paper.  There was also some beautiful woodworking!  Check it out if you are in the area.

"A Prairie Dress" will be here on display with the Seeds show, Jan 13 - Feb 26, 2012

They also have a library for members.  You can sign out anything that isn't currently on the newsstands.  I took home some reading!  Unfortunately, half the books I selected were from the weavers guild, and I had to leave them behind.  Yeah... some day!  For now I am reading these publications:

I picked up the UK's 'Stitch' from the bookstore on the way home...

Here's something you may or may not know.  It's pretty big news for Saskatchewan, and really big news in the art world.  We have a lot of galleries here. Art, music, theatre and culture is a pretty big focus in this city.  As I flipped open the GalleriesWest magazine (fall/winter 2011), I came across this on page 16.  I meant to blog it before, but I don't think I ever did!  Check it out.

photo in magazine is 'artists rendering' (artist not named)

Isn't that incredible!?  If you cannot read it, it states that a new $84 million dollar provincial 4-story gallery & performance theatre will be opening here in 2015.  Ellen Remai donated $30,000,000 from the Frank & Ellen Remai Foundation. That made big headlines last summer being the largest philanthropic gift in our city's history.  Apparently there will be enough funding for thirty years of exhibitions.  WOW.  A BIG thank you to her!


Linda Coleman said...

Monika, I manage to get the Stitch magazine here and I love it, I always see so many things that I want to make in it.

Becky said...

Wow! I love art centers, and that one sounds fantastic!!

HollyM said...

I did see that featured on the news. It looks beautiful and what possibilities!
How wonderful that you can access all those magazines. In small town northern NB I can not even buy them let alone rent them. Our library doesn't carry any of them either.

Michelle @ Periwinkle said...

Yes, I think that's amazing that she gave such a huge gift to the people of Saskatchewan. I am looking forward to the new gallery, and hope that they'll use the building of the Mendel art gallery for something arts related or museum related as well. Hey, let's have coffee there when it opens! M

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