Bonnie Conly, William Philpott, Crystal Rassi: Signposts

Mon, Feb 1, 2021 to Tue, Mar 23, 2021 @ Chapel Gallery

Community: Battlefords' Allied Arts Council

Education Packages: SignpostsEdGuide.pdf
Crystal Rassi, 100 Years, acrylic on canvas, 28 x 22 inches, 2016

Signposts brings together three Saskatchewan based artists who examine the familiar imagery that dots the Saskatchewan landscape.

In the summer of 2015, Bonnie Conly was an artist in residence at the Grasslands National Park (GLNP). "I drew numerous small sketches while taking daily walks in GLNP. This was an exercise in understanding the land and its relationship to me. Through the act of walking I found much needed quiet. The walks became moving meditations...In the quiet space of a gallery there exists an opportunity for a shared meditation as visitors engage with the images through their personal experiences." (Bonnie Conly, Artist Statement).

William Philpott paints from the rural area farmlands and landscapes near his home at Central Butte in Southwest Saskatchewan. Depicting scenes of familiar rural life, and with titles like 'Checking the Calves 6AM' and 'Entertaining Bull Buyers' Philpott evokes collective memory of our shared landscape.

Crystal Rassi paints surreal images that pull from rural architecture and still life objects. An old barn sits perched upon a table, an oil drum tops a floral table cloth and pedestal table, a sewing machine quietly waits on a treed path. These images conjure memories for the artist and the viewer- creating a common reference point that can be examined and interpreted individually. Signposts reflects our shared memories and understanding of place and time. A contemplative exhibition that will create space for personal rumination.


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