Grasslands Gallery Closes Permanently August 30

by Laureen on August 27, 2014

July 1-b-webThe hills of home

I’ve lived here for five years. Val Marie, Saskatchewan, gateway to Grasslands National Park, one of Canada’s most beautiful and remote regions. For most of that time I’ve operated Grasslands Gallery, with gorgeous and original art and craft by about 25 artists, inspired by the Grasslands experience. On Saturday this week, August 30, the gallery closes permanently. No one person can do everything and I’ve decided it’s time for me to focus on my own painting. The decision wasn’t arrived at lightly or quickly, but I know it’s the right one to make. The time and energy that went to promoting and selling the art of others will go into creating and marketing my own.

It’s been a wonderful five years. Thank you to all of you – the artists, the visitors, the residents of Val Marie.

And I’m not going anywhere, except to my own studio. If you’d like to follow me there, please head over to the new blog at There I’ll be exploring how to be an artist – the intention, the commitment, the action, the money. I’d love to have you join me.

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Gerri Ann Siwek, “Fox on Hill” (mixed media)

This week’s post is all about the art! In Val Marie, Saskatchewan, the provincially recognized ecomuseum Prairie Wind & Silver Sage continues to host its Artist Residency program, in partnership with Grasslands National Park, funded by the Saskatchewan Arts Board and SaskCulture. Read on!

On Saturday, September 27, artist in residence Gerri Ann Siwek offers an art workshop called Mixed Media Approach to Nature at the Val Marie Seniors’ Centre from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Discover how painting, drawing, collage and imagery can be combined to express your experiences with nature. Explore your creative and personal connections to the wildlife and native prairie landscape of the Grasslands. This workshop is for anyone ages 15 and over and all levels of experience are welcome. A fee of $65 includes all materials and lunch. Preregistered only, at or 306-298-7782. Maximum registration is 15 spaces, so don’t miss out!

If you’re travelling to Val Marie for the workshop, information on great accommodation and good places to eat is here. Driving directions are here.


Gerri Ann Siwek is a visual artist from Regina. She has exhibited across western Canada and in the US. Her imagery entwines nature and art inspired by curiosity and the wonder that surrounds her. Her exhibition Imprint: Birds and Creatures of the Summer Prairies was shown at Prairie Wind & Silver Sage in 2013. Gerri Ann is a skilled workshop leader who teaches with patience and humor
and believes in the importance of nurturing the creative soul we all possess.

During her 2014 residency, Gerri Ann will also create a mixed-media collaborative art piece on the rare and fascinating greater short-horned lizard, found in Grasslands National Park. Watch for this ongoing project around the park and in Val Marie.

For more information about Prairie Wind & Silver Sage and the 2014 artist residency project, go to

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