The Community pARTners Gallery is a partnership between the Yorkton Public Library, the City of Yorkton and the Yorkton Arts Council that provides space in the library for art exhibitions.
Sylvia Ziemann: Accidental Utopia is a monographic exhibition of new paintings by Treaty 4/Regina-based artist Sylvia Ziemann. In the world of Accidental Utopia, Ziemann paints a menagerie of fantastical characters- figures that are playful combinations of human, animal, insect, and plant- welcoming us into an imaginative realm.
In this world, everything and everyone has its place. The artist affirms a philosophy of simplicity that is restorative, particularly in a contemporary context of pervasive social media and the often troubling news on tv. Ziemann has long explored the tension between dystopia and utopia in her art, and with Accidental Utopia she paints the unexpected moments of utopia that emerge when folks come together in the wake of a disaster.
Physical, emotional, and intellectual labour are at the heart of Accidental Utopia, where creatures come together across difference to build community. In Ziemann’s Rabbits, for example, an orange rabbit and a white rabbit each hold an end of a lumberjack saw: wearing professorial-looking eye glasses, the rabbits embody both the working-class labourer and the bookish intellectual, revealing the two to not only be compatible but, in this world, coexistent.
Working with oil and acrylic on wood, canvas, and board, Ziemann has made twenty-three paintings, bringing visions of community, collective world-making, and inner reflection to rural and urban communities around the province.
pARTners Gallery is open during regular library hours.
Monday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tuesday 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Wednesday 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Thursday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
The library is located at 93 Broadway Street West in Yorkton (see map)
As students head back to school with new limits due to Covid-19 restrictions, Morgan Sheppard shares with us her paintings created over the past few months.
About the artists:
Morgan Sheppard is a 13-year-old grade 8 student at St.Paul’s School in Yorkton. She began making art when she was a small child. Her daycare encouraged her creative process and she has been making art ever since.
Morgan’s inspiration comes from nature. She is drawn to photos of animals, trees, birds and flowers which she searches out online. She is self taught and experimental in her technique using acrylic paints on canvas as well as watercolour, Sharpie marker and simmer mister. She will see paintings in art galleries or other public spaces and then go home and try to recreate what she saw by trial and error.
Her family is very supportive of her work with her mom always willing to buy paints, brushes and canvas and sometimes giving her ideas for new paintings. Both her younger brothers will often join her in her creative projects, working alongside her but often getting frustrated or distracted by other things.
Morgan is sure that painting will always be a part of her life. “It calms me down and helps me think” but she is not sure it is something she will pursue as a career.
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.