Not much of a gap

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Moose Jaw artist, Jen McRorie, stands with her painting of a scar. A piece from the same series is included in the Mind the Gap! exhibit at the Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery.

Saskatchewan is experiencing more than an economic boom. The province is also booming with talented and emerging artists. The Mind the Gap! exhibit at the Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery is proof of that.

The installation features the work of 30 artists from around the province. Curators Amanda Cachia and Jeff Nye from the Dunlop Art Gallery selected the pieces.

“From what I understand, the curators at the Dunlop were feeling that maybe within the country, other arts communities were seeing Saskatchewan as this gap, as this cultural gap. So they just played on the London Underground’s message ‘Mind the Gap’ just to let the rest of the country know that there are some artists that they think are very contemporary and are making work that could resonate anywhere,” said Jen McRorie.

McRorie is one of the 30 artists whose works are included in Mind the Gap! She is also one of the four artists in the exhibit from Moose Jaw.

McRorie strongly disagrees with the sentiment that Saskatchewan is a geo-cultural gap but sees the difficulties artists can face while based in the province.

“It’s hard to breakout into those markets. The perception has always been that you have to move to those larger centres because you need to be there; out of sight, out of mind,” McRorie said. “I would hope with the Internet you could live anywhere really and still have your work exposed and seen.”

 

For more on this story, read an upcoming edition of the Times-Herald.

Organizations: Moose Jaw Museum, Dunlop Art Gallery, Dunlop London Underground Times-Herald

Geographic location: Saskatchewan, Moose Jaw

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