Current MJMAG Exhibits Take Two Different Approaches to Saskatchewan Landscapes
Two different styles from two different eras of Saskatchewan landscape art are currently on display at the Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery. Belinda Harrow’s work occupies the front of the gallery with sculptures, drawings and paintings depicting the interactions and overlaps between animals and humans in and around Regina. He is intitulated Unstable.
“I think people are going to really like them,” says Jennifer McRorie, director / curator at MJMAG, “they have a lot of whimsy and humor, but they also have deep meanings, political themes, themes surrounding the earth. and animals, and indigenous themes around indigenous land use and colonialism.
Harrow is a highly skilled Saskatchewan artist who has taught at New Zealand Design and Art College and has been a guest lecturer in Beijing, China, and Ahmedabad, India. Working in a wide variety of artistic mediums, she has presented exhibitions across Canada, as well as in New Zealand, the United Kingdom, China and Thailand. Some of his works are part of the permanent collection of the Government of Yukon. She lives and works in Regina.
At the rear of the gallery is an extensive exhibition of artwork by David Milne on loan from the Windsor Art Gallery. Its curator Chris Finn will participate in an Artist’s Talk organized by MJMAG this Wednesday at 19:00. The link to the virtual conference can be found on the Gallery’s current exhibitions page.
Milne’s art was “Quite ahead of its time, approaching the landscape in an abstract way,” comments McRorie. “He was involved during his time with working with the Group of Seven, which most people have heard of. But he also studied in New York City and was heavily influenced by the abstract experimentation that took place there just before World War I.
Milne continues to be a strong influence on Saskatchewan landscape painting. The exhibition, titled “Blazes Along the Trail”: Exploring the Imaginative Vision of David Milne, also explores its history, heritage and current influence.
The current exhibition in the hall is from the permanent collection of MJMAG and is called Shibui: Rob Froese, Shoji Hamada, Jack Sures, Randy Woolsey. It presents ceramics by Canadian and Japanese artists. Those who wish to see Shibui is expected to leave soon, as it will be leaving the lobby on September 26.
The Heritage Gallery presents a deeply moving new exhibition titled Lost children of the residential school system, incorporating community-provided artifacts from the exhibit at St. Andrew’s United Church, in response to recent revelations about abuse of the residential school system.
Finally, MJMAG looks forward to once again hosting the annual Moose Jaw Art Guild Exhibition. Title Look out my window, it will take place from November 12 to January 9.
The hours of operation for the Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery are Tuesday through Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. They also have special hours on Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. to noon specifically for the elderly and those with compromised immune systems.