Art at the Fair

Visitors to Swift Current's summer fair, Frontier Days, will have the opportunity to experience work by Saskatchewan artists such as Joe Fafard, David Thauberger and Ted Godwin, thanks to a partnership between the Saskatchewan Arts Board and the Art Gallery of Swift Current (AGSC).

AGSC director and curator Kim Houghtaling chose 38 pieces of artwork from the Arts Board's Permanent Collection, representing a broad spectrum of artists and periods of art-making in Saskatchewan. The resulting exhibition explores many facets of agriculture, including animals, landscape and farming and showing both the beauty and humour of traditional ways of life. "It's a great variety of works that will appeal to the guests that come to the fair, who may not be used to going to public art galleries. I think they will be entertained and engaged," he says.

Art at the Fair

In addition to the art exhibition, art students will be on site to engage members of the public in an art-making project. Visitors can create their own postcards in response to the exhibition, the fair, and their own experiences of southwest Saskatchewan. "We hope they will be inspired by the artists and the exhibition to make something special," Houghtaling says. Finished postcards will be exhibited on the walls of the studio space and can also be taken home by visitors.

Frontier Days takes place June 25 to 28, 2015 in Kinetic Park in Swift Current. The art exhibition and project is in the West Wing Gallery, located in the historical Airmen's Billet in Doc's Town, and is open from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Admission to the fair grounds is $5, with ages 10 and under free. Frontier Days attracts up to 25,000 visitors each year. For more information, visit www.swiftcurrentex.com.

The Saskatchewan Arts Board's Permanent Collection contains 3,000 works by more than 600 artists and represents more than six decades of contemporary art practice in the province.

Front page:

Joe Fafard
New Veau, 1980
Screenprint

Above left:

David Thauberger
Cocks, 1978
Screenprint

Above right:

Trent Watts
Just an Udder Bowl, 2003
Birch, paint

Photos courtesy of the Saskatchewan Arts Board Permanent Collection.