July 16, 2002
Located in the south end of town, the Gallery exhibits works from its permanent collection and special, travelling shows. The permanent collection is large, so exhibits are always changing. From the Group of Seven to up and coming artists, there is always something new to see.
The Gallery provides free parking which you can access by turning on to 23rd Avenue off Albert Street. It is also easily accessible by bus. Go out to the Albert Street sidewalk and check out the sculptures of the three cows. One of the best things about the Gallery is that admission is free.
Probably one of the best collections of Inuit sculpture in Canada is currently exhibited in the Schumiatcher Gallery. The carvings, stone and whale bone, have either been donated or are on permanent loan to the Gallery. This particular exhibit will remain open to the public until the end of March 2003. It will then give way to a new exhibit of First Nations works. I saw an exhibit of beautiful hand woven baskets in this gallery in 2000 - fantastic. The works will amaze you no matter which exhibit it is.
In the Francis B. Sim Gallery you will see various visiting exhibits. In the summer of 2000, I saw a show of various tartan paintings. They were used in very interesting ways. Until August 25, 2002, you can see "Have a Nice Day" by William Eakin. It explores society's fascination and obsession with UFOs and aliens.
The Kenderdine Gallery (to your left when you come up the main stairs) is reserved for the big shows. Until September 15, 2002, you can see "Canvas of War". This exhibit is travelling Canada until 2005. The works are on loan from the War Musueum in Ottawa, the nation's capital. The images are both moving and disturbing. Many of the images were recorded by soldiers who just happened to have some artistic talent. I feel very privileged to have seen this exhibit. Less than 25% of the War Musueum's artifacts are shown as the museum is just too small. These paintings are just a small fraction of what the national museum has in its collection but it gives you a very small idea of what it was like to be on the front lines. A very powerful and sad exhibition.
There is also a gallery shop and gift store. They offer everything from kitchen ware to jewelry, kids stuff to pottery. It tends to be on the expensive side but if you look you can find a few things under $5.00.
The Gallery is open daily, 10am-5:30pm and until 10pm Thursdays and Fridays. For more information, please check the website or phone (306) 584-4250. You won't be disappointed if you make a stop here!
From journal Regina - The Queen City