Alison Norlen: Luna

Alison Norlen: Luna

The gallery has published a beautifully illustrated 64 page softcover book that documents Alison Norlen’s exhibition, Luna. The publication includes thoughtful essays by Troy Gronsdahl, exhibition curator Shauna McCabe, and London-based academic and curator Gilda Williams.

Alison Norlen maintains a rigorous studio practice, presenting her work nationally and internationally, while making important contributions to the local arts community as a volunteer, mentor, board member, and since 1999, as a distinguished professor in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Saskatchewan. Her work is held in many public collections, including the Mendel Art Gallery’s, and we were pleased to acquire several new pieces from this exhibition.

Full colour, 60 pp., $20
ISBN: 978-1-896359-82-3
Distributed by ABC Art Books Canada.
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Murmurations: In the Company of Emily Carr

June 27 to September 14, 2014

The work of Emily Carr (1874-1945) is nationally respected for its pioneering of modernity in Western Canada. In her early career, Carr travelled to the United Kingdom to study art from 1899 to 1904, determined to expand her creative vision. Instead, her time there proved to be among the more challenging ordeals of her life, culminating in an 18-month hospitalization. Surprisingly, it became a formative point in her career, one where she resolutely declared her sense of her own Canadian as well as artistic identity. This project examines the London period through works by Carr and commissions and projects by major contemporary Canadian and international artists, including Louise Lawler, Mark Wallinger, and Charlotte Salomon.


A Vital Force: The Canadian Group of Painters

June 27 to September 14, 2014

This is the first major exhibition to focus on the Canadian Group of Painters, its “look” and its legacy. Organized and circulated by the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queens University, the exhibition draws some 40 works, circa 1933 to 1953, from public and private collections across Canada. The Canadian Group of Painters represents a formative period in Canadian art. Its “vital force” was its engagement with modern life—in subject matter, artistic approach and social activity—against a background of the Depression, World War II, post-war reconstruction and the Cold War.

Adad Hannah

Sympathetic Magic

June 27 to September 14, 2014

The complex terrain of the real and imagined north is the focus of this exhibition of contemporary Canadian art. Canada has cultivated and maintained a strong symbolic connection with the north. This persists, despite ruptures in the national myth, and momentous environmental and social changes. Through diverse artistic perspectives, Sympathetic Magic considers ideas of nationhood, culture, and the environment. Participating artists include Raymond Boisjoly, Kevin Schmidt, Adad Hannah, Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory, and Ken Lum.

David Thauberger

David Thauberger: Road Trips and Other Diversions

April 11 to June 15, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday, April 11 at 8 p.m.
Talk/Tour: Friday, April 11 at 7 p.m. with curators Sandra Fraser and Timothy Long, and artist
David Thauberger.
Documentary Screening: Tuesday, May 6 at 7 p.m. At the Broadway Theatre, Saskatoon, SK
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Regina-based David Thauberger is a nationally recognized artist best known for his iconic paintings of vernacular architecture. Co-curated by Sandra Fraser, Associate Curator at the Mendel Art Gallery, and Timothy Long, Head Curator at the MacKenzie Art Gallery, the exhibition will provide the first comprehensive overview of this remarkable Canadian artist. Road Trips & Other Diversions brings together some 70 paintings, prints and ceramic works, produced from 1971 to 2009 and drawn from more than 30 public and private collections across the country.

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School Art

April 11 to June 8, 2014
Public Reception: Sunday, April 13, at 2 p.m.
Event for Teachers: Thursday, May 1, 4:15 to 5:45 p.m. See the Spring Calendar of Events for details.
Student Artist Talks: Sunday, May 11 at 2 p.m. with participating artists.

The Mendel Art Gallery is pleased to present School Art, the highly popular exhibition offered annually for 42 years. Celebrating the excellence of artmaking and creativity among Saskatoon’s young people, the exhibition delights audiences and demonstrates that art is for people of all ages and walks of life. School Art showcases paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures, and other works of art by more than 200 students in the city’s schools. The gallery is proud to work closely with Saskatoon’s educators and to continue its commitment to art at the primary and secondary levels.

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Exhibition Tour

Free exhibition tour every Sunday at 1 p.m.
Meet in the lobby. No registration required.

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Location & Hours

950 Spadina Crescent East
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Regular Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Free admission