Past – Mendel Art Gallery

By: Mendel  09-12-2011
Keywords: Art Gallery, Public Art, Collaborative Project

Past – Mendel Art Gallery

June 24 – September 18, 2011

Courtney Milne was one of Canada’s most recognized professional photographers, renowned worldwide for his images of landscape and nature. He made more than 350,000 exposures, photographing in 35 countries and on all seven continents. He wrote more than 180 illustrated articles for photographic magazines and produced numerous popular books of photography of the Canadian prairies, as well as several books of images of global sacred sites and spiritual landscapes. His best-selling 1991 book, The Sacred Earth, features a foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

The Pool Project is Milne’s first solo exhibition at the Mendel Art Gallery. This unique collaborative project brings together more than 40 of Milne’s stunning colour photographs of the surface of his outdoor swimming pool, captured over the course of a decade (2000-2010) with the spiritual musings and reflections of a broad array of local and international personalities. The Pool Project is both a celebration of Milne’s unique ability to capture the qualities of light, colour, and texture and an opportunity for visitors of all backgrounds to contemplate aspects of the spiritual through art.

June 24 – September 18, 2011

Drawing from the permanent collection of the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal an ensemble of 27 works by Betty Goodwin, this touring exhibition offers a critical journey into a unique and luminous body of work where an acute awareness of the human condition combines with the knowledge that pain, death and oblivion are also part of the unconsciousness.

June 24 – September 11, 2011

Saskatoon would lack much of its verve without the contributions of one of its citizens: Frederick Salomon Mendel. In 1940, he came to this city with his wife, Clare, and their two daughters, Johanna and Eva. He was a prosperous, 52-year-old businessman fleeing from Nazi Germany, and within months of his arrival, he opened the enterprise that would become Intercontinental Packers Limited. Twenty years later, while managing the fourth largest meat processing plant in Canada and Saskatoon’s biggest industry, Fred Mendel approached Mayor Sidney Buckwold, to initiate the creation of a public art gallery. With Mr. Mendel’s philanthropy and funding from the province and city, the Mendel Art Gallery and Civic Conservatory opened to an enthusiastic public on October 16, 1964.

Making a Good First Impression
June 24 – September 25, 2011

Making a Good First Impression is a spirited exploration of printmaking processes. Using unconventional approaches that range from etching with gunpowder to producing plates with a steamroller, master printmaker Patrick Bulas and recent MFA graduate, Jordan Schwab, take aim at a medium often fixated on process and technique. A selection of prints will be exhibited, accompanied by support material including sketches, plates and documentation of the various processes.

the politics of innocent dreams
April 15 to June 19, 2011

Carole Epp creates provocative ceramic sculptures that reference kitsch figurines, lowbrow art and consumer culture. These figurative tableaux explore human experience — death and love, hope and failure, family and social pressures — and seek to stimulate conversation, thought and action.

Epp lives and works in Saskatoon. She has exhibited her work locally, nationally and internationally and is editor of the popular ceramic arts blog, Musing About Mud. Her mentor, Marsha Kennedy, is an artist and educator based in Regina. Kennedy teaches painting and drawing at the University of Regina while maintaining an active studio practice.

Keywords: Art Gallery, Collaborative Project, Public Art

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2010 – Mendel Art Gallery

Steph Krawchuk, a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan Fine Arts program, and mentor, Lorenzo Dupuis, bonded over a shared interest in the urban landscape. Drawn from public and private Canadian collections, the exhibition was organized for the Mendel Art Gallery by guest curator Karen Wilkin, of New York City.


EXHIBITIONS – Mendel Art Gallery

Model Totem Poles 1880-2010 is based on an exhibition produced by the Mendel Art Gallery in the summer of 2010 that traced the history of modern totem poles from the end of the 19th century to the present. Verigin, who holds a Master’s Degree in sculpture from the University of Saskatchewan, hones her fabrication skills working as a contract prop builder for local television production companies.


Present – Mendel Art Gallery

Sarnia-born Warrener also worked in Toronto during the 1920s and 30s; they both contributed paintings to the official Group of Seven exhibition held in 1928 and were included in that year’s influential Yearbook of the Arts compiled by renowned artist and writer Bertram Brooker.