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New addition to Visual Arts programming announced for
Love, Saskatchewan Festival at Harbourfront Centre
Cherished Things exhibition on display in Toronto for one weekend only,
July 23-25, 2010

TORONTO, ON (July 19, 2010) – Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre and the Saskatchewan Arts Board today announced an addition to Visual Arts programming featured in the upcoming Love, Saskatchewan World Routes Summer Festival (July 23-25). Cherished Things, an exhibition that includes works featured in Vancouver’s 2009 and 2010 Cultural Olympiad celebrations, will travel to Toronto for this special celebration of Prairie culture. This presentation of indigenous artists is of particular relevance as Saskatchewan has declared 2010 The Year of the Métis.

Cherished Things is a dynamic exhibition, curated by Carmen Robertson and Sherry Farrell-Racette, which explores Saskatchewan’s “red” renaissance and examines the relationship between traditional and contemporary indigenous art practices in Saskatchewan. Robertson is Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Regina and a First Nations University of Canada scholar; Farrell-Racette is a noted artist, illustrator, educator and interdisciplinary scholar of Métis and Irish ancestry and a member of the Timiskaming First Nation.

Previously announced exhibitions in Love, Saskatchewan include Combine, a group of visual arts installations that bring a new perspective to the cultural production of Saskatchewan and TACK, the concurrent craft exhibit which highlights traditional Prairie craft practices. Both are on display now.

Part of Harbourfront Centre’s 2010 World Routes Summer Festivals, Love, Saskatchewan will explore many of the province’s great cultural unifiers, including Roughrider pride, cowboy culture, and distinct First Nations and Métis artistic forms, all demonstrating the uniqueness of Saskatchewan. This will be a weekend for Toronto to experience some of the most exciting entertainment this great prairie province has to offer in music, theatre, visual arts, literature, comedy and family activities… not to mention some great Saskatchewan food too!

The big idea behind all programming in this year’s World Routes Summer Festivals is “globalocal”, or global to local, a theme programmed into each festival to bring together rich artistic traditions from around the corner to around the globe!


Friday, July 23 & Saturday, July 24, 12-8 p.m. & Sunday, July 25, 12-6 p.m. (York Quay Centre)
Combine, curated by Patrick Macaulay (Head of Visual Arts at Harbourfront Centre), situates the works of 18 artists throughout York Quay Centre. The exhibition’s title joins two iconic references – the image of the mighty prairie farming machine and the assemblages first created by Robert Rauschenberg – a hint to where the artists are from and what they are up to.

Selected for their mutual understanding of how the amalgamation of disparate objects and images can create new stories and meanings, participating artists include:
Joi T. Arcand - Here on Future Earth (photo series)
Amalie Atkins - Three Minute Miracle (film)
Tyler Brett - Odyssey Panorama (drawing)
Bruce Montcombroux - Camper Boat and Modal Ski (mixed media)
Clint Neufeld - (ceramic sculpture)
Alison Norlen - glimmer (mixed media)
Stacia Verigin - Entireland (detail) (mixed media)
Paul Atkins & Ian Campbell - Vacation Suit (stills) (video)
Wally Dion - Shield Wall (mixed media)
Clark Ferguson - Dead Meat (video)
Robert Froese - Platter and Bowl Selection (ceramic)
Erin Gee - Feedback (video)
Michelle LaVallee - Final Proof (mixed media)
Nancy Lowry - Landmarks (painting)
Julie Oh - Paper Route (digital print)
Tyler Brett & Serena McCarroll - All Citizens (mixed media)
Lee Henderson - Bowing to Every Buddha (photo series)

Friday, July 23 & Saturday, July 24, 12-8 p.m. & Sunday, July 25, 12-6 p.m. (York Quay Centre)
TACK, the concurrent craft exhibition, is curated by Melanie Egan (Head of Craft at Harbourfront Centre) and shines a light on aspects of traditional cowboy culture and celebrates the skills and artistry of this beautiful handiwork not necessarily seen within mainstream craft.

Featured artists include:
Inez Bennett
Nick Demchenko
Linda Kerr
Guy Murphy
William (Bill) F. Wilm

Friday, July 23, 6-10 p.m., Saturday, July 24, 12-10 p.m. & Sun. July 25, 12-5 p.m.
(Marilyn Brewer Community Space)
Cherished Things is an exhibition that promotes Saskatchewan’s traditional and contemporary indigenous artists as international leaders. This combination of artwork reflects the refined position art holds within Aboriginal circles by venerating the richness of Indigenous traditions in Saskatchewan. Included are a number of works from the permanent collection of the Saskatchewan Arts Board with a variety of works by Saskatchewan indigenous artists. This display is complimented by video footage of traditional artists discussing their work.

Featured artists include:
John Arcand - Centennial Fiddle (maple, spruce, inlaid ebony, ivory pegs)
Bob & Bernadette Badger - Quillwork Leggings (moosehide, quills, beads)
Keith Bird - Drum, tools, figurines
Bob Boyer - Somewhere in February, walk on she wrote… (canvas)
Robin Brass - Treaty Number Barcode Tattoo (print)
Judy Chartrand - Colonizer Brand (clay, lustre, underglaze, glaze, steel wire)
Judy Chartrand - Mik Maq Brand (clay, lustre, underglaze, glaze, steel wire)
Judy Chartrand - Indian Expert Brand (clay, lustre, underglaze, glaze, steel wire)
Marcia Chickeness - Residential School, Baby, Rhinestone Cradleboard (canvas)
Marcia Chickeness - Rose Cradleboard (canvas)
Ruth Cuthand - Influenza (glass beads on backing)
Ruth Cuthand - Syphilis (quillwork on backing)
Wally Dion - Starblanket (Printed circuit boards, brass wire, acrylic paint & copper tubing)
Scott Duffee - Green Ceinture Fleche (hand-spun & dyed wool)
Scott Duffee - Red Ceinture Fleche (hand-spun & dyed wool
David Garneau - Yorkton Powwow (canvas)
Nancy Goodpipe - Rug (wool/cotton)
Neal McLeod - ê-mâmitonêyihtamân/I am Thinking (canvas)
Angelique Merasty - untitled (birch bark biting)
Caroline Montgrand - Sneaker Moccasins (hand-tanned moose hide, glass beads)
Lionel Peyachew - Hockey Player (canvas)
Ed Poitras - Little Big Horn Medicine (mixed media)
Arthur J. Redman Sr. - Rez Hat (white felt hat, glass beads)
Minnie Ryder - Children’s Moccasins (moose hide, glass beads)
Minnie Ryder - Dakota Pipe Bag (white leather, red satin lining, glass beads)
Allen Sapp - Carrying the Baby (canvas)
Flora Weenonis - Cree woman’s high-top moccasins (hand-tanned moose hide, glass beads)

Combine, TACK and Cherished Things exhibitions are supported by the Saskatchewan Arts Board.

For more information, the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit Harbourfront Centre is located at 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto.

World Routes is Harbourfront Centre’s annual summer series of FREE festivals running every weekend from Canada Day through Labour Day. World Routes explores ideas in contemporary culture, bringing together rich, artistic traditions from around the globe. For summer 2010, Harbourfront Centre explores the idea of "globalocal" (global to local and local to global) with a festival line-up promising to entertain, stimulate and provoke.

Harbourfront Centre is an innovative, non-profit cultural organization which provides internationally renowned programming in the arts, culture, education and recreation, all within a collection of distinctive venues on the 10-acre site it operates in the heart of Toronto’s downtown waterfront.


Rosie Shaw
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