What Does It Feel Like to Be Here?

Prairie Wind & Silver Sage photographer in residence Valerie Zink brings her vision and gifts to Val Marie on Saturday, September 24 from 1:00 to 5:00 pm, when she offers a photography workshop focusing on the streets, surfaces, and histories of Val Marie, gateway to Grasslands National Park. Using a lively blend of in-class instruction, practical tips and techniques, and in-the-field assignments, this workshop will challenge participants to expand their notion of photography and create images with emotional and narrative weight that answer the question, “What does it feel like to be here?” Participants will be encouraged to take control of their camera’s capabilities and all levels of experience and all kinds of digital cameras, from SLR to point-and-shoot to camera phone, are welcome. Registration is available at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 308-298-7782. The fee is $20 with proceeds to Prairie Wind & Silver Sage.

Raised on a dairy farm in the foothills of Alberta, Valerie Zink now lives and works in Saskatoon. She has studied at Dalhousie University and the International Centre of Photography in New York and is currently working on Fault Lines: Life and Landscape in Saskatchewan’s Oil Economy, a collaborative book of photography and text with Emily Eaton (University of Manitoba Press, Fall 2016).

Valerie Zink is the fourth and last resident artist of the 2016 season, in a program that has brought visual artists and photographers, musicians and songwriters, and writers of all kinds to Val Marie and the Grasslands since 2014, offering a wide range of unique and unforgettable multidisciplinary arts experiences to visitors and residents alike. While they are in residence, the artists spend 50% of their time on their own work and 50% on projects in the community. The PWSS artist residency program iscosponsored with Grasslands National Park and funded by the Saskatchewan Arts Board and SaskCulture/Saskatchewan Lotteries. For more information go to www.pwss.org .