About Us

About Us

Everything there is to know about us.

Shurniak Gallery Inc. is a private not-for-profit foundation,
operated by a small staff, a team of 50+ enthusiastic volunteers,
and a dedicated Board of Directors.

Shurniak Gallery Inc. is a private not-for-profit charitable foundation operating under the name Shurniak Art Gallery. Its staff and volunteer greeters are dedicated to ensuring that visitors are warmly welcomed to the Gallery, and they are readily available to provide background information about the art collection.

Located in Assiniboia, Saskatchewan, the Gallery has become a vibrant hub of cultural activity in the agricultural area of southern Saskatchewan. Shurniak Art Gallery respectfully acknowledges that it is situated on Treaty 4 territory, traditional lands of Indigenous and Metis people.

History

Shurniak Art Gallery was officially opened to the public on July 30, 2005 by the Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan. The gallery is the result of the vision of William (Bill) Shurniak, who was born and grew up in neighboring Limerick, Saskatchewan. The Gallery houses a significant portion of his extensive private art collection from Canada and other countries.

Construction of the gallery, designed by architect Gerry Norbraten of Regina, began in 2003 on the site of the former Lodge Hotel. The general contractor was Leeville Construction of Assiniboia. The impressive entrance to the gallery features a long cedar stripped barrel ceiling that extends beyond the front door. The exterior is complemented by beautifully landscaped grounds and a sculpture courtyard.

Seven gallery rooms are named after former and existing villages in the RM of Stonehenge. The gallery is dedicated in memory of Bill Shurniak’s parents, John and Anna Shurniak, and the scores of people of their generation, who settled in Southern Saskatchewan. Their portrait above the fireplace in the Old Post room serves as a tribute to that generation of very special people.

Bill Shurniak’s permanent art collection, comprised of paintings, sculptures, and artifacts, is rotated from time to time. During its first five years of operation, the gallery displayed its Opening Exhibition, followed by an Australian Art Collection. Next, visitors had an imaginary trip, Around the World in 88 Minutes, and in the fifth year 90 Saskatchewan artists participated in a Prairie South Art Exhibition. Since 2010, invited emerging and established artists have been featured for short term solo exhibitions. In addition, several OSAC (Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Council) exhibitions of Saskatchewan art come to the gallery each year, and the Group of Ten Photo Competition is held annually.  Special exhibitions have been mounted for the 2012 Centennials of Assiniboia and Limerick, the gallery’s 10th Anniversary in 2015, and Canada 150 in 2017.

Since 2015, Shurniak Gallery and Assiniboia & District Arts Council have co-hosted an Artists’ Retreat for one week each summer.  The Retreat enables artists to work on individual projects, collaborate together, and enjoy the mentorships which develop.  Participating artists also contribute to a group exhibition at the Gallery.

Special community events also include art openings, concerts, receptions, book readings, and meetings.

“I want the gallery to be a place that people will feel free to visit frequently; a place where they will be able to linger, relax, and enjoy the paintings.

Art is to be appreciated by people of all ages and walks of life.”

- Bill Shurniak

Permanent Collection

Shurniak Art Gallery primarily displays the extensive art collection of William Shurniak on a rotating basis. It was established as the permanent home of this private collection of international and Canadian paintings, sculptures, and artifacts, amassed over a period of about 50 years.

The diverse international collection includes a substantial number of paintings, scrolls, rugs, and furniture from China, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. European art is well-represented. Australian selections include examples of Aboriginal paintings and carvings. The Canadian selections are eclectic and wide-ranging. Local Saskatchewan art adds regional interest to the anthology.

An interesting assortment of handcrafted items enhances the permanent collection. Outdoor sculptures by renowned artists Robert Davidson and Joe Fafard are featured in the grounds of the gallery. A library of art books is available for visitors to browse through while relaxing in comfortable sofas and chairs.

Staff

William (Bill) Shurniak
Founder and Chairman/President
Jared L. Williams
General
Manager
Gail Mergen
Consultant and Assistant Curator
Sandra Peutert
Receptionist and Personal Assistant to Founder/Chairman/President

Board of Directors

William (Bill) Shurniak
Founder and Chairman/President
Bob Himbeault
Appointee
of Town of Assiniboia
Mark C. Ealey
Vice President
Appointee of the Founder
Jake Moore
Appointee of University of Saskatchewan
Heather Shurniak
Vice President
Appointee of the Founder
Joanne Weiss
Appointee of Assiniboia and District Arts Council
Graham Harvey
Appointee of Assiniboia and District Chamber of Commerce
Thomas V. Mountain
Company Secretary

Honorary & Lifetime Members

In appreciation of the distinguished service and support of its volunteers, recognition to the following individuals has been granted:

Lifetime Members

Kim Eklund

Joanne Weiss

Honorary Members

Mary Chipak

Yvonne Fender

Doris Frerotte

Jo-Ann Girardin

Darlene Kowalchuk

Honorary Members

Ruth Mattson

Stella Nash

Ruth Nekurak

Pat Piche

Leanne Pituley

Honorary Members

Mildred Pomrenke

Evie Schultz

Anne Shurniak (deceased)

Janet Shurniak

Yvette Wojcik

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Food and Beverage Service

An independently owned and operated food and beverage service within the gallery is open during gallery hours.

Assiniboia & District Arts Council

The Arts Council maintains an office in the Gallery. Several OSAC (Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils) “Saskatchewan… Arts on the Move” exhibitions are held each year, facilitated by the Assiniboia & District Arts Council.

The Arts Council coordinates 50+ community-minded volunteers to assist in the Gallery. Please call (306) 642-5294 for more information about becoming a Gallery volunteer.

Visit Us

Tuesday – Saturday: 10:00AM – 4:30PM
Sunday: 1:00PM – 5:00PM
(April – December)

122 – 3rd Avenue West
Assiniboia, SK, Canada, S0H 0B0

Tel: (306) 642-5292
Email: shurniakgallery@sasktel.net

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