Bewitched! Gala is Nov. 1

presented by PotashCorp.

Over the past 50 years, many memories have been made at the Mendel.  On November 1st, let’s make another magical memory!

This spectacular evening features gourmet dining, music and wonderful memories, with entertainment featuring Jon Ballantyne, Thomas Yu, Karrnnel.

Join together with community leaders and art lovers to raise a glass to the Mendel Art Gallery’s golden anniversary.

Saturday, November 1, 2014
Sheraton Cavalier Hotel, Saskatoon
6:00 p.m. Cocktails
7:30 p.m. Dinner

$300 – individual tickets
$2,400 – table for eight

Please note that only 300 tickets are available for this special event.

To purchase tickets, please contact Judy Koutecky at 306-975-7669 or

Proceeds from the gala will support the the Mendel International Lecture at Remai Modern.

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Thelma Pepper

Thelma Pepper receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Saskatoon photographer Thelma Pepper is the recipient of the 2014 Lieutenant Governor’s Arts Awards Lifetime Achievement Award. The Saskatchewan Arts Board made the announcement in Saskatoon September 30. The recipients in all other categories will be announced at the awards ceremony October 28 in Saskatoon.

Pepper is represented in Modern Visions: the Mendel Art Gallery 50th Anniversary Exhibition, on view until January 4, 2015. The Mendel is lending work from its permanent collection to the Saskatchewan Arts Board for the awards ceremony.

Pepper was born in Kingston, Nova Scotia, in 1920. A longtime resident of Saskatoon, she had her first solo photography exhibition in 1980. Her 1990 exhibition, Decades of Voices: Saskatchewan Pioneer Women, combined photographs, a script and recorded interviews with several pioneer women, all over age 85. The exhibition, organized by The Photographers Gallery, was shown at several Canadian venues and in Scotland.

Saskatchewan pioneers also provided the focus for Pepper’s two subsequent exhibitions, Spaces of Belonging: A Journey Along Highway 41, and Abundant Life: The Journey Home.

Pepper’s book, Human Touch: Portraits of Strength, Courage, and Dignity — produced when she was 90 — was shortlisted for book of the year at the 2011 Saskatchewan Book Awards.

Congratulations, Thelma Pepper!


Public Lecture with Bruce W. Ferguson

Bruce W. Ferguson will present a public lecture, Not in the Age of Pharaohs, at the Mendel October 30 at 7 p.m. The event is the latest in the Museums 3.0 program series.

In his illustrated talk, Ferguson presents a case for how art can be symptomatic of larger cultural and political issues. He does this by examining the period prior to the Egyptian revolution or Arab Spring, through the works of four artists in Cairo. His lecture will show how art can be read as a series of indices of the conditions that produced change in that tumultuous period. His expertise in this topic relates to his recent tenure as Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the American University in Cairo, Egypt.

Ferguson is now Vice Chairman of LB Media, a print and online publishing company in New York. He has served as Dean of the School of Arts at Columbia University, and as President and Executive Director of the New York Academy of Art. He has curated exhibitions for the Mendel Art Gallery, the Louisiana Museum in Copenhagen, and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, among many others. He also organized exhibitions within the international biennales of Sao Paulo, Sydney, Venice, and Istanbul. As founding director and curator of Site Santa Fe in New Mexico, he articulated a vision for an international art biennial that now has a successful 20-year history and is central to the city’s identity.

Ferguson received his B.A. in Art History from the University of Saskatchewan, and his M.A. in Communications from McGill University in Montreal. He has an honorary doctorate from the Kansas City Art Institute.

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ABCs of A-R-T series starts Oct. 23

ABCs of A-R-T fall discussion series at the Mendel

This easy-breezy discussion series introduces art appreciation and teaches viewing skills that can be applied again and again. It is inspired by the Mendel’s 50th anniversary exhibition, Modern Visions. The series features lots of discussion and some hands-on activities. The series is free; you can drop in, and no registration is required. Attend one session or all on Thursday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m.

Thursday, October 23, 7-9 p.m. —Taking Art Apart
Expand your understanding of art by learning how the elements of art and principles of design function within specific artworks in the Modern Visions exhibition. Learn the language of art interpretation through formal analysis, looking at how art is put together. Break down the experience of viewing art through discussion and hands-on exercises, and gain the ability to approach any work of art.

Facilitator Kelly Van Damme has been taking art apart as a Public Programs Assistant and Guide at the Mendel Art Gallery for 10 years. She has a Master’s degree in visual art, and enjoys helping people of all ages understand and make art. As a sessional instructor at the University of Saskatchewan, she has taught introductory to senior-level drawing, painting, art theory and education courses.

Thursday, November 6, 7-9 p.m. — I Know What I Like
Why are we profoundly moved by some works of art, while others leave us cold? Each individual’s response to art is deeply personal and unique. Learn how art “makes us feel” through viewing the exhibition Modern Visions, along with writing, and playful discussion.

Facilitator Carol Wylie, an artist and art educator, has been part of the public programs team at the Mendel Art Gallery for nine years. She has a Master’s degree in studio art and teaches drawing, painting, and portraiture for the University of Saskatchewan’s Certificate of Art and Design program.

Thursday, November 13, 7-9 p.m. — What Were They Thinking?
Ever wonder what prompts artists to make the art they do? Using specific examples in the Modern Visions exhibition we will discuss some of the ideas behind selected artworks. Learn about some of the “isms” or art movements of art on display. Although there are no simple answers and viewers always bring their own perspectives, these art historical insights help provide additional clues.

Facilitator Sandra Fraser has a graduate degree in art history and a certificate in Museum Management and Curatorship. She has taught art history, curated more than 20 exhibitions, contributed essays for exhibition publications, reviews for Canadian Art and BlackFlash magazines. She has a passion for collection development.


Stronger than Stone conference Nov. 21-24

A Public Symposium in Calgary and Saskatoon

November 21-22, Alberta College of Art +Design, Calgary
November 23-24, Wanuskewin Heritage Park, Saskatoon

Produced by Alberta College of Art + Design, the University of Saskatchewan and Kenderdine Art Gallery, the Mendel Art Gallery (in conjunction with Museums 3.0), and Wanuskewin Heritage Park.

Stronger than Stone: Re-inventing the Indigenous Monument is a symposium on Indigenous monuments and counter-monuments. It brings together, for the first time, world-renowned artists and thinkers including: Maria Thereza Alves, Rebecca Belmore, Jimmie Durham, Ronald Hawker, Linda Hogan, Geir Tore Holm, Candice Hopkins, James (Sakej) Young Blood Henderson, Ashok Mathur, Neal McLeod, Paul Chaat Smith, Adrian Stimson, Michael Taussig, and Luke Willis Thompson.

Indigenous cultures have maintained ties to the same lands since time immemorial. Human-made physical markers were not necessary to preserve the history of a place and people. Rather, natural places are regarded as calling forth stories, so that the landscape provides a practical and moral guide to the culture.

What can the contemporary art world, urban planners, geographers and others learn from traditional Indigenous ways of memorializing and place-making? How could a re-invented approach to the memorial help us to better understand history, relationships to the land and human potential?

For further information, contact:
Wayne Baerwaldt, 403-284-7632 (Calgary)
Haema Sivanesan, 306-975-8051 (Saskatoon)
Registration: $60 per day and $20 for students / low-income (includes lunch)
See for details.

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