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"CN Rail 9"
Martin Weinhold, "CN Rail 9," 2011, silver print, 16” x 16”.
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"CN Rail 13"
Martin Weinhold, "CN Rail 13," 2011, silver print, 16” x 20”.
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"Macau Science Centre"
Kristopher Grunert, "Macau Science Centre," Pei Partnership Architects, 2011, inkjet print,12” x 18”.
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Sask Prairie Light Festival logo
New photography festival lights up Saskatchewan
First it was Contact and Le mois de la photo. Then along came Exposure and Capture. Now, it’s Saskatchewan’s turn to follow the example of Toronto, Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver with its own celebration, the Saskatchewan Prairie Light Photography Festival.
What organizers are calling a festival prelude runs this year from January to March, and includes exhibitions and other events at venues across the province. Each is handling its own programming – which was still in flux at press time.
“The model is based on individual galleries using their own programming resources and priorities,” says Donald Stein, the director of the Godfrey Dean Art Gallery, a public institution in Yorkton. “There isn’t any central festival infrastructure determining the programming.”
This year’s prelude includes everything from leading artists like Diana Thorneycroft, at the MacKenzie Gallery in Regina, to displays by local photography clubs. The Yorkton gallery has three exhibitions planned – Winnipeg photographer Hans Arnold, a noted landscape and nature photographer; German photographer Martin Weinhold, who has been documenting Canadians at work; and Saskatchewan photographer Don Hall.
The Art Gallery of Swift Current marks its 100th anniversary with a display of historical photographs, while the Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery is showing work by contemporary photo-based artists Brian Ring, Danny Singer and Carolyn Meili. Other participants include the Art Gallery of Regina, the Mann Art Gallery in Prince Albert, and the Gordon Snelgrove Gallery at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon.
The festival will be held in March in later years. For additional information, check out facebook.com/saskatchewanprairielight or go to deangallery.ca for links to individual venues.