Mosaic Art Gallery
Sask Terra presents "SELFIE"
On display at the Mosaic Art Gallery December 1st, 2020 to January 16th, 2021
This exhibition, entitled "SELFIE," encouraged artists to interpret the theme of the title resulting in very interesting and creative pieces.
Sask Terra had 22 entries from 10 artists from which the jurors Ken Wilkinson and Lorraine Sutter, chose this exhibition.
Sask Terra's membership is diverse in experience and creativity and includes professional and non-professional ceramists who have had work selected and won awards in the Saskatchewan Craft Council juried competitions "Dimensions."
About Sask Terra Group Inc.
Sask Terra Group Inc. is a non-profit corporation registered in Saskatchewan, Canada, which supports, develops and promotes works in Ceramics by Saskatchewan artists. Sask Terra was founded in 1997 and has approximately 30 members. It is administered by a volunteer board and serves Saskatchewan ceramists. Membership is also available for non-residents of the province. Sask Terra is an associate member of the Saskatchewan Craft Council.
Their membership includes professional and non-professional ceramists who have had work selected and won awards in the Saskatchewan Craft Council juried competition "Dimensions". Sask Terra exhibitions at the SCC Gallery were "Clay Uncovered" 1997, "Thick As A Brick" 1999 and "It's A Shoe In" in 2014.
Sask Terra has held juried competitions since its inception. Their exhibitions have toured galleries throughout Saskatchewan, Alberta and Waterloo Ontario's "The Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery." Their members have been included in SCC exhibitions in conjunction with other Craft Councils in Western Canada. They have taken exhibitions to NCECA, an organization that fosters global education and appreciation for the ceramic arts. NCECA holds yearly clay conferences in the U.S. They mounted Sask Terra exhibitions presented at NCECA were "Thick As A Brick" and "Off The Wall And On ". Sask Terra members took part in an NCECA "Clay In Canada, North by Northwest" exhibition in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
For more information on Sask Terra, or to view their yearly exhibitions, please visit their website at www.saskterra.com
Grasslands Seventy Mile Butte, oil on canvas, 4.5ftx5.5ft, 2017
Geoff Phillips: Plantscapes of the Prairies
On display at the Mosaic Art Gallery October 1st, 2020 to November 21st, 2020
Organized and toured though Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Council's (OSAC) Arts on the Move program. This exhibition features twelve 4.5’ x 5.5’ oil paintings.
Phillips created Plantscapes of the Prairies to challenge people to look closer at their environment, to see it in new ways, to challenge himself to learn about the different species found in our South Western Saskatchewan landscape, and to illustrate a new world of plant life underfoot. Many people rarely envision the species we walk on as having any artistic merit, interest, or importance. There are myriads of colour, form, and interconnection there for the observant in the Grasslands National Park, Cypress Hills Centre Block, Cypress Hills West Block, and the Frenchman River Valley that inspired Phillips’ work. The parks seemed very important in keeping rare species of plants and preserving the natural grasslands and forest ecosystems. Without these parks there would not be any natural land to explore as an artist, but the real cost is on the ecosystems and animals they sustain.
Phillips’ process includes driving to locations in South Western Saskatchewan, mountain biking with rolled canvas in his knapsack, finding a section of land, unrolling the primed canvas on the ground, paint-sketching the scene/plants, and rolling it back up to stretch and paint in oils later in his studio. He takes many close-up photographs of the various elements and plants found within the scene. Some photos are chosen for reference and printing. These photos along with the paint sketch and the artists memory/experience of the land inform the painting process. Without that one-on-one with the land the painting has no life.
Touring throughout Saskatchewan from September 2019 through to July 2022 to the following communities: Leader, Langenburg, La Ronge, Regina Beach, Lloydminster, Shaunavon, Rosthern, Watrous, Moose Jaw, Biggar, Melfort, Yorkton, Melville, North Battleford, Nipawin, Weyburn.
Touring through the Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils
Arts on the Move Program
Funding for this project is provided by Saskatchewan Lotteries, the Saskatchewan Arts Board, the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils (OSAC).