The Community pARTners Gallery is a partnership between the Yorkton Public Library, the City of Yorkton and the Yorkton Arts Council.
“In August of 2021, my mother was diagnosed with leukemia. Shared in this space is artwork created to embody the love, strength, and reality of her journey to recovery. Paint and mixed media have been used because I have found they are mediums of comfort to help me express myself when I can struggle to do so verbally.
"While making this work for this exhibition acted as a form of therapy for my own internal struggle with her diagnosis, it also had a secondary effect of bringing me closer to my mom than I ever thought possible.
"My parents, who were high school sweethearts, have been together for 28 years. It, therefore, came as no surprise that my dad, Christian Rae, has been by my mom’s side every step of the way as her caregiver. Many of the pieces celebrate the amazing, caring, and courageous person that my mom is and has been through this process, but that is not to say it has been without challenges.
"To pay respects to those moments, pieces of my mom’s writing, painting, and some of her drawings explaining her near-death experience have been included and translated in the work titled All White Light.
"Recently, my mom underwent a stem cell transplant, and I am incredibly happy to report not only its success but that she is slowly starting to feel like herself again. My dad has been so helpful to my mom’s recovery. I want to say a personal thank you to our family, friends and the community for supporting my mom throughout this journey and to my mom, you be good."
Until September 30
Faith Rae is a local artist residing in Yorkton, Saskatchewan.
She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours Degree at Brandon University in 2022.
Her art practice primarily focuses on painting. Her conceptually based paintings are both abstract and naturalistic portraits. In her art exhibition Evolving, Rae has been exploring mixed media art.
In 2022, Rae received the Prince Edward Arts Scholarship from the SK Arts Board for funding her thesis exhibition. Evolving explores the process of coming out of Rae’s shell by forming and reconstructing her understanding of her own identity.
Rae aspires to become an art educator. In the future, she plans to study for her teaching degree.
Sandra MacColl was a visionary and had a quiet way of making her visions come to life. In 2006 one of her visions came to life in the creation of the Community pARTners Gallery, a small public gallery space in the Yorkton Public Library.
The space is the result of a partnership of the City of Yorkton, the Yorkton Public Library and the Yorkton Arts Council.
It is a wonderful creative space that welcomes all. In her vision SandraMacColl saw beyond her own life and continues in her support of the arts even after passing away. Her generosity will ensure the continuation of the programming and maintenance of the Community pARTners Gallery for years to come.