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When the Remai Modern opened in 2017, it brought an architectural marvel to Saskatoon. For Canada’s creative culture, it also affirmed a long-held truth: Saskatchewan is home to a hotbed of talent. And while the Remai museum remains a beacon, a rich array of independent galleries and artists spans the province — with the community converging for this month’s much-anticipated Art Now Fine Art Fair.

Now in its sixth edition, the free annual fair brings a coalition of local galleries into the national spotlight. Kicking off with an opening night reception on September 16, the fair takes place on September 17-26, combining robust online programming with in-person events at participating galleries.

Jamie Russell, “Fist”, 3.5″x3.9″x3.9″, Manitoba Maple burl, from The Hand Wave Gallery, Meacham.

Sponsored by SaskGalleries and Creative Saskatchewan, the Art Now Fine Art Fair presents an intimate window into the art world, welcoming seasoned collectors, enthusiasts and young families alike. Complementing exhibitions from this year’s 17 participating galleries — including on site artist visits — the fair features curated online panel discussions, artist talks and approximately 500 pieces of art to peruse and purchase online.

Kathleen Slavin, “Spirits of the Deep”, 24″x30″, oil on canvas, from Collector’s Choice Art Gallery, Saskatoon.

Organized in collaboration with curator Jesse Campbell, this year’s talks cover topics ranging from the commodification of Indigenous art to the politics of landscape and the pleasures of close viewing.

Hieberts Hot Shop, “Farm Scene”, 7”x29.5”, fused glass, from Traditions Hand Craft Gallery, Regina.

As Campbell puts it, the panel sessions and talks accompanying the show also offer a rare glimpse into “the lives of artworks, from their journeys through artists’ hands to the homes and spaces they come to inhabit.”

David Riome, “Owls”, 10.5″x11.5″x7”, Alabaster sculpture, from Collector’s Choice Art Gallery, Saskatoon.

And the quality of the art speaks for itself. From David Riome’s alabaster sculptures to Cathryn Miller’s mesmerizing explorations in multi-media paper art and Steve Coffey’s intimate yet ineffable landscape paintings, the diverse selection of art includes the work of established and emerging artists and artisans from across the province. Alongside well-established names and national icons, Art Now’s Next Gen Creators program offers a showcase for up-and-coming artists.

Cathryn Miller, “I’ve looked at clouds”, 29.9″x29.9″x0.2″, paper, archival pigment, thread
paper folding, stitching, digital printing, 2020, from The Hand Wave Gallery, Meacham.

A welcoming and inclusive family-friendly experience, the Art Now Fine Art Fair brings Saskatchewan’s unique fine art scene to a wide range of local, national and international communities. Don’t miss it.

Lead image is “The Gate” by Steve Coffey, 30”x40”, Oil on canvas, 2021 from Assiniboia Gallery, Regina.

The 2021 edition of the Art Now Fine Art Fair runs from September 17-26, with an opening night reception taking place on September 16. The show is sponsored by SaskGalleries and Creative Saskatchewan. More information is available via the official website artnow.ca, as well as Facebook and Instagram. This content was published by Azure on behalf of SaskGalleries.

Saskatchewan’s Art Now Fine Art Fair Celebrates a Thriving Creative Milieu

The sixth edition of the Art Now Fine Art Fair kicks off with an opening night reception on September 16.

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