100 Years Retrospective: The Moose Jaw Art Guild and its Roots

November 9, 2017 - January 7, 2018 

Opening: Thursday, November 9 @ 7:30pm

Installation of the 100 Year Retrospective, Moose Jaw Art Guild exhibition in the lobby

Installation of the 100 Year Retrospective, Moose Jaw Art Guild exhibition in the lobby

In this significant year of Canada 150 and the Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery’s 50th anniversary, the Moose Jaw Art Guild is taking a retrospective glance over its own history and the visual arts history of our city and area. The theme for this year’s annual exhibition has art guild members responding to historic guild artworks in the MJM&AG Permanent Collection, culminating in a diverse display of artworks that reflect Moose Jaw’s visual culture.

The Moose Jaw Art Guild was formalized in 1949, but its roots go back to 1929 to the Moose Jaw Branch of the Women’s Art Association of Saskatchewan, a precursor to the guild. Successful in promoting the artwork of local artists in its annual exhibitions, the Moose Jaw Women’s Art Association was also involved in offering local art classes. It was from one of these classes in 1949 that ten Moose Jaw women moved to form a new group, the Moose Jaw Fine Art Guild. Its goals, which are still ideals of the guild today, involve encouraging awareness and appreciation of art, bringing artists together, and working with other groups to increase these opportunities.

The Guild has held annual exhibitions at various locations in the community throughout its history, such as the Y.M.C.A. in 1952, the Public Library in 1958 and the Moose Jaw Art Museum in 1967, when it officially opened its doors. The Moose Jaw Fine Art Guild was a key supporter of the establishment of the Art Museum in Moose Jaw.  In 1984, the guild changed its name to the Moose Jaw Art Guild. Today the guild is home for regional artists of all skill levels pursuing individual art paths. This supportive community welcomes professional, novice, emerging and leisure artists. The membership work in a wide variety of mediums including mixed media, photography, watercolour, glass, oil, fiber art, acrylic paint, basketry and clay.

For more information, visit mmjartguild.blogspot.ca or email: mjartguild@hotmail.com

 

 


Zane Wilcox: Perceptual Playground

September 21 - December 31 , 2017 - in the Norma Lang Art Gallery

Opening: Thursday, September 21 @ 7:30pm

Zane Wilcox, Perceptional Playground, clay, wood and mirror installation, 2015

Zane Wilcox, Perceptional Playground, clay, wood and mirror installation, 2015

Perceptual Playground is an installation of multiple elements constructed of clay, wood and mirrors by Regina artist, Zane Wilcox. The sculptural vessel, an interest in perception and Wilcox’s ongoing exploration of material, space, light and shadow is the focus of inquiry in this work. There is a rich materiality at play in the installation. The ceramic elements are highly textured, possessing a sense of density and substantial mass, while having an ambiguous quality, being modernist in form but suggestive of being impacted by time through cracking and weathering. The wooden elements are closely related to the ceramic ones, their shapes paralleling each other, but the wooden shell construction, in contrast, gives them a visual lightness and offers a more defined sense of architectural space. The installation’s elements are closely related through formal parallels and through a series of doublings, both actual and mirrored. The end result is an installation where a given viewpoint will give multiple perspectives of a single object, and where different relationships between objects will unfold as the viewer moves throughout the space. Wilcox presents this work very much as a perceptual playground, a place to consciously engage in the act of seeing.

Zane Wilcox received a MFA from the University of Regina (2012) and a BMus from the University of British Columbia (1999). He has received numerous awards, including the Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award from the International Sculpture Center. Zane’s work has been exhibited across Canada and in the United States and Australia, and has been supported by the Saskatchewan Arts Board. It is included in public collections including the MacKenzie Art Gallery and Global Affairs Canada. Outside of the studio, he has been active in roles such as juror, visiting artist, workshop presenter and teacher.


History in the Making: 

A Historical Survey of the Visual Arts in Moose Jaw

From the MJM&AG Permanent Collection

September 21 - December 31 , 2017- in the Norma Lang Art Gallery 

Opening: Thursday, September 21 @ 7:30pm

Joan Rankin, Red Around Three, 1965, acrylic on canvas, 179.5 x 127.1 cm, MJM&AG collection.

Joan Rankin, Red Around Three, 1965, acrylic on canvas, 179.5 x 127.1 cm, MJM&AG collection.

In recognition of the Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery’s 50th anniversary during Canada 150, with the art museum officially opening its doors in 1967, this exhibition reflects the rich and diverse visual arts history of Moose Jaw and area through featured works currently housed in the collection vaults of the MJM&AG. Early examples of artistic work of this region are represented in the stunning beadwork of the Lakota and Cree peoples, as well as early 20th century works by settlers and artists represented in the Moose Jaw Branch of the Women’s Art Association of Saskatchewan, a precursor to the Moose Jaw Art Guild. This exhibition will highlight leading Moose Jaw artists that were participating in or influenced by the major art movements of Saskatchewan art history.


A Rightful Place: The Face of Saskatchewan's Newcomers

September 21 - December 31 , 2017 - in the Heritage Gallery

Opening: Thursday, September 21 @ 7:30pm

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Presented by Common Weal Community Arts

The exhibition, A Rightful Place, features documentary photography of and by newcomers to Saskatchewan, resulting from a community arts project facilitated by Common Weal Community Arts, which engaged newcomer individuals to work with professional photographers and document their new lives.

“Migration is central to the human experience,” says Southern Artistic Director, Gerry Ruecker “however immigrants are often faced with distrust and fear in their search for a better life.  A Rightful Place is designed to highlight the similarities we all share as human beings and foster a deeper understanding and empathy towards newcomers in Saskatchewan. “

Project photographer, Michael Bell says “I hope this project may play a role in helping people see newcomers as individuals, with happy and tragic stories, and unique reasons for coming to live with us. I hope the portraits make people feel curious.”

Project Partners: Regina Open Door Society; Saskatchewan Intercultural Association, Saskatoon; Moose Jaw Newcomer Welcome Centre; Southwest Newcomer Welcome Centre, Swift Current; Southeast Newcomer Services, Estevan; Yorkton Newcomer Welcome Centre; Prince Albert Multicultural Council; Battlefords Immigration Resource Centre.

Exhibition Partners: Art Gallery of Regina; Gordon Snelgrove Gallery; Art Gallery of Swift Current; Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery

Project Funders: SaskCulture; Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan

https://commonweal.ca/rightful-place


The Vessel Reformed

From the MJM&AG Permanent Collection

September 12 - November , 2017 - in the Lobby

Opening: Thursday, September 21 @ 7:30pm

Installation shot of The Vessel Reformed exhibition

Installation shot of The Vessel Reformed exhibition

This exhibition highlights work from our collection that focuses on historic and contemporary ceramics made by Saskatchewan artists such as Folmer Hanson and David Ross, Marilyn Levine, Franklin Heisler, Anita Rocamora, Charley Farrero, Jack Sures, Martin Tagseth, Judy McNaughton, Beth Hone, Vic Cicansky, David Thauberger, Jeannie Mah, Zane Wilcox, Donavon Chester. And showcases Moose Jaw artists Wendy Parsons, Zach Dietrich and Rob Froese. All the work from this exhibition are from the MJMAG Permanent Collection.