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Gerri Ann Siwek, “Fox on Hill” (mixed media)

This week’s post is all about the art! In Val Marie, Saskatchewan, the provincially recognized ecomuseum Prairie Wind & Silver Sage continues to host its Artist Residency program, in partnership with Grasslands National Park, funded by the Saskatchewan Arts Board and SaskCulture. Read on!

On Saturday, September 27, artist in residence Gerri Ann Siwek offers an art workshop called Mixed Media Approach to Nature at the Val Marie Seniors’ Centre from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Discover how painting, drawing, collage and imagery can be combined to express your experiences with nature. Explore your creative and personal connections to the wildlife and native prairie landscape of the Grasslands. This workshop is for anyone ages 15 and over and all levels of experience are welcome. A fee of $65 includes all materials and lunch. Preregistered only, at laureen@grasslandsgallery.com or 306-298-7782. Maximum registration is 15 spaces, so don’t miss out!

If you’re travelling to Val Marie for the workshop, information on great accommodation and good places to eat is here. Driving directions are here.

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Gerri Ann Siwek is a visual artist from Regina. She has exhibited across western Canada and in the US. Her imagery entwines nature and art inspired by curiosity and the wonder that surrounds her. Her exhibition Imprint: Birds and Creatures of the Summer Prairies was shown at Prairie Wind & Silver Sage in 2013. Gerri Ann is a skilled workshop leader who teaches with patience and humor
and believes in the importance of nurturing the creative soul we all possess.

During her 2014 residency, Gerri Ann will also create a mixed-media collaborative art piece on the rare and fascinating greater short-horned lizard, found in Grasslands National Park. Watch for this ongoing project around the park and in Val Marie.

For more information about Prairie Wind & Silver Sage and the 2014 artist residency project, go to www.pwss.org

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Artist in Residence Dave Cyca

This week’s post is all about the music! At Val Marie’s provincially recognized ecomuseum, Prairie Wind & Silver Sage, the summer 2014 Artist Residency program continues, in partnership with Grasslands National Park, funded by the Saskatchewan Arts Board and SaskCulture. During the first part of September, Swift Current’s own Dave Cyca brings his Open Song projects to the southwest. Next week, tune in for Gerri Ann Siwek’s Open Art projects. Now, read on!

If you’ve ever wanted to explore songwriting or if you’ve already had some experience but want to get more feedback, PWSS and artist in residence Dave Cyca are hosting a Songwriting Workshop on Sunday, September 7, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Seniors’ Centre in Val Marie . You’ll learn about song structure, writing lyrics and creating a hook, and Dave will offer many tips and ideas for getting started in songwriting. Bring your instrument if you have one. This workshop for teens to adults costs just $20 is and preregistration is required. Preregister by emailing laureen@grasslandsgallery.com or phone 306-298-7782. Participants are limited to 10 so don’t miss out.

And there’s an Open Mic at the Val Marie Hotel on Saturday, September 6 at 8:00 p.m.  Come to read, perform a couple of songs, or just to cheer. The last open mic, hosted by Rhonda Gallant-Morari as part of her Open Poetry Residency earlier in August, was a big success. This one is sure to be too. Be a part of the fun!

If you’re travelling to Val Marie for these events. information on great accommodation and good places to eat is here. Driving directions are here.

Dave Cyca is the second artist in residence in Val Marie this summer, with an amazing range of song-focused projects to look forward to. Dave is a small town Saskatchewan farm boy now living in Swift Current. He has shared his music as a solo performer and collaborated with many other musicians, where his bang-on vocal harmonies are always a pleasure. Dave’s album One of These Days, with its thoughtful lyrics and strong melodies, was nominated for the Saskatchewan Country Music Association Best Roots Album of the year award 2012.

SAB-Residency-Cyca-creek-city-webDave Cyca and Creek City

Dave Cyca also performs with the band Creek City and he’s bringing them along to Val Marie for a concert, one evening only. Dave and the guys performed at the Val Marie Elevator Committee’s Harvest Supper fundraiser last November, and once again you’ll enjoy their balanced and easy blend of vocal harmonies, expressive guitar work and thoughtful lyrics – Cat Stevens meets Blue Rodeo meets James Taylor. Creek City will be at the Val Marie Hotel on Friday, August 29 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are just $15 at the door.

SAB-Residency-events-Cyca-posterThen watch for campground sing-a-longs and other song events throughout Dave’s residency. More information is at www.pwss.org

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Know someone who’d like to see this? Please feel free to pass it on!

The blog is a series of posts from one artist/art gallery owner’s life in her community in one of Canada’s most beautiful and remote wilderness regions. To receive updates with beautiful images, stories about the Grasslands and its artists and inspiration every week, just put your email in the box on the right. We never share your email address.

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Fifth Summer Celebration and Shipping Sale Continues

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