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2018 Summer Happenings

Summer 2018 brought much activity to the Shurniak Gallery. Our summer intern, Garry Bradley, returned to us from his Lethbridge, AB studies in art. Garry’s focus in July and August was to plan and put into action the Kid’s Art Camp. Children ages 5 to 9, and youth ages 10 to 13 attended over 5 weeks of classes. Lots of fun drawing, painting, and sculpting!

Our 4th Annual Artist Retreat was again co-hosted with the Assiniboia & District Arts Council. The Prince of Wales Curling Rink was a-buzz with conversation and laughter at times, and completely quiet in concentration and artistic contemplation at other times. 20 artists enjoyed the mentorship, collaborations, and resulting friendships. Their group exhibition, “I Gotta Be Me” was showing June 23 to July 28 at the gallery.

A wonderful concert was performed on July 31 by classical musicians, Sam Milner (violin), Ryan Davis (viola), and Maria Fuller (piano). The program included Brahms, Bach, Mozart and others. The world-class musicians presented an evening of brilliant technique and exceptional musicianship.

The vibrant paintings of Val Moker and the amazing wood turnings by Dale Lowe have arrived at the gallery for the August – September exhibition “Spectrum: color and Texture”. A meet-the-artist reception was held on August 8th. The Moker/Lowe exhibition runs until September 30th.

Recent Trip Advisor reviews

Wonderful space
I was so impressed with this gallery. The space itself is beautiful and the artwork is world-class. My partner and I enjoyed a cup of coffee and a treat in the bright café. We didn’t stay for lunch, but the food looked delicious. I would highly recommend the gallery and the café!

First time
Wonderful collection of art from around the world in an outstanding building. A must see if in the area or make it a destination.

It is worth a seven-hour drive from Calgary to visit the Shurniak Art Gallery? ABSOLUTELY! Every object, every painting on display was best-in-class. I’ve been to a number of European and North American galleries, but can honestly say I have enjoyed none more than the Shurniak. Asian items in particular are noteworthy, but the Canadian items are also some of the most beautiful and memorable I have seen.