You are strolling around Downtown and suddenly – there it is! A work of art right in front of you. That’s Pop Up Downtown. It can happen anytime, anywhere.

The Pop Up Downtown initiative, a partnership among RDBID, the Creative City Centre and the Dunlop Gallery, brings works of art to underused spaces in downtown Regina.  

This year’s theme is “24/7”, chosen to encourage viewers to consider the magic and wonder of every moment, even in the midst of a hectic work day.

Participating Artists:

Mackenzie Bulych / Adrienne Adams

Heather Cline

Traci Foster

Todd Gronsdahl

Belinda Harrow

Jeff Meldrum

Rachel Rozanski

Mackenzy Vida

The Regina Downtown Business Improvement District (RDBID) job of enhancing Downtown takes many forms. Many of our programs focus on services to promote businesses. Others focus on making Downtown a more vibrant, dynamic and attractive place to live, work and play.

Pop Up Downtown is a great example of this. Creative City Centre launched this initiative six years ago and this is the third year RDBID has had the privilege of assisting with this outstanding project. We were also grateful for the ongoing support of the Dunlop Art Gallery, an RDBID member who proved to be natural fit for this initiative.

But the focus of this project is not the organizations. The focus is on the artists. Their work on the theme of 24/7 challenges viewers to consider not only the Downtown environment but also their own lives in different ways.

The theme of 24/7 was chosen to encourage viewers to consider that every moment holds the potential for something magical, even during the hectic work day – a spark of inspiration, a chance at love, or an event that could change a life forever. Life is change and each moment is unique, so we must savour this endless change by staying continually mindful – 24/7.

These works of art convey only a small sample of the artistic experiences available in Regina. As you encounter the work of these artists, we encourage you to seek out more of these experiences in our community.

We hope that you enjoy the insights of this year’s Pop Up Downtown display. We also encourage all visitors to consider the message of 24/7 by reflecting on the beauty and excitement all around us all the time in Regina’s Downtown.

Judith Veresuk

Executive Director

1. Mackenzie Bulych & Sunny Adams

2. Heather Cline

3. Traci Foster

4. Todd Gronsdahl

5. Belinda Harrow

6. Jeff Meldrum

7. Rachel Rozanski

8. Mackenzy Vida

GUIDED WALKING TOURS

DATES:

OPENING

JUNE 22: 7PM AT CREATIVE CITY CENTRE

CLOSING EVENT WALKING TOUR:

SEPTEMBER 29 AT 7PM

STARTING AT THE NUIT BLANCHE FESTIVAL

CITY CENTRE PLAZA

THE ART & ARTISTS

Sunny Adams
& MacKenzie Bulych

Safe Space

Sask Energy Building

As two women living and working in downtown Regina, we’ve encountered situations involving women who are in a vulnerable position and seeking aid, often in the late hours of the night. Not always knowing how to answer their pleas for help or where to direct them, we sought more information to discover the YWCA is open 24/7 to women in need, who are more often than not fleeing from a crisis situation of domestic violence, slipping away in the middle of the night. The YWCA is the only women’s-only shelter in the city and unfortunately often past capacity. Their lack of space for shelter and aid-programs is detrimental and hard to stomach when there are longtime vacant properties in the downtown core area.  Our quilt shines a light on the paradoxical lack/surplus of space and the danger/familiarity of downtown Regina.

More on Sunny & MacKenzie

Sunny (Adrienne) Adams holds a BFA in Media Production with a minor in Arts Administration from the UofR. Her time is split between filmmaking at The Cat Is Blue Media (a group creating content for socially & environmentally ethical organizations), hosting a music radioshow on CJTR (Weds 9-10pm, 91.3FM), and her textile crafting. She has created a number of music videos for local musicians and has worked in wardrobe for film.

MacKenzie Bulych is a visual artist, graphic designer, and an event coordinator. She has a BBA from Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire. She has been involved in many downtown events, such as Cite Unseen, The Artist Series, Second Hand Socials, and Pop Shop + Open Expo. Her artistic medium is largely drawing based, but she works in painting as well.

Traci Foster

Within I Sleep

Sask Energy Building  

This installation utilizes the ambivalent values of ‘light and shadow’ to discuss and create space for the contemplation of the perceived brokenness (minds and/or bodies) of the disabled. The materials used speak to both the physical and the ephemeral nature of living with disability; a wheelchair can symbolize physical inability, and yet it also denotes the possibility of movement. This installation offers the viewer a space for contemplating objects, concepts, and metaphors that they often have an instinctive aversion to. My hope is that by providing this space there will arise a shift in perception within the viewer(s) and create conversation about the experiences of those living with disability.

More on Traci

Traci Foster is a Regina based, inclusion-focused, somatic artist, educator,coach, and director. She works closely with able and non-able bodied artists and creatives who live with disabilities to establish environments where they can produce. Her work in this area and experience as a disabled person is the foundation for her practice.

Rachel Rozanski

Climbing Prairie

Salon Snax Ltd,   1861 Scarth St.

This drawing is inspired by the uniqueness of Saskatchewan’s cities growing out of vast rural landscapes. Taking from my photos and experiences in Grasslands Park, Cypress Hills, Regina and other Saskatchewan parks, this piece makes up a metropolitan landscape. Somewhere between organic and manufactured, it shows a jungle of mixed matter through layers of textured charcoal structures. Though clusters of abstract objects, hints of geological, biological and architectural formations show through. This landscape of intersecting objects is reminiscent of the land’s natural shape but chaotic with metallic organic composites.  

More on Rachel

Rachel Rozanski is a Canadian artist whose work explores biological, geological, and material transformations appearing as we enter the Anthropocene.  After studying Visual Arts at Emily Carr, Capilano, and Langara Universities she pursued a research-based practice cataloging unidentifiable items born of or morphed by human civilization. Through residencies in Nunavut and Iceland, she was inspired by the study of local ecology, mutations, adaptations, and extinctions, focusing on pollutants introduced to Arctic environments. Interested in documenting and imagining the results of changing ecosystems, she works from abstract objects with unpredictable lifespans.

Heather Cline

OPENING/CLOSING

TD Bank  1904 Hamilton St. (viewable on 12th Ave.) 

‘Opening/Closing’ examines how people’s relationship with their environment is influenced by their accumulated experiences of a space. I recorded audio interviews with 9 people who spend time in the downtown area.   I also accompanied people on their typical walk through the downtown core. 7 paintings and multiple short audio works were created in response to the interviews. The installation also features a map of the downtown that sits outside of time, integrating contemporary and historical images of the area’s architecture. LED lights have been added to the map charting the participant’s daily routes. The map and corresponding painting light up simultaneously, linking the painting with the participant’s passage through downtown. Viewers can access the audio through multiple QR codes posted in the window in relation to the paintings.   This work captures how downtown Regina is experienced by a variety of people and how our perception of habitual geography is layered with memory.

More on Heather

Heather Cline is a mixed media artist based in Regina, Saskatchewan. Since completing her MFA at the University of Saskatchewan in 2001, Cline has been exploring narratives around place and personal history.  Cline’s most recent project ‘Quiet Stories…’ toured through 6 locations in Western Canada in 2017.  You can view the project and some of Cline’s artwork at: heathercline.ca  Cline is represented by Slate Fine Art Gallery www.slategallery.ca in Regina.

Jeff Meldrum

Wolf 1061

Sask Energy Building,  1777 Victoria Ave.

Wolf 1061 is an artistic representation of a single star 14 light years away and the three planets that inhabit its gravitational force. One of these planets, Wolf 1061C is considered to be within the habitable zone where life could potentially exist. This work is a diorama of galactic possibilities taking inspiration from the pop culture phenomenon, the disco ball. The disco ball being one of the simplest yet most affecting displays of light –the necessary ingredient to keep any planet propelling through the cosmos 24hrs a day/7 days a week. 

More on Jeff

Mackenzy Vida

Confessions by C. Chang

Regina Public Library,  2311 12th Ave.

In Las Vegas in 2012, Candy Chang invited people to write a confession and anonymously submit it. The confessions were later displayed along the walls of a gallery. With permission from the original artist, I will be replicating the piece.

Often our lives move so fast we often forget to stop and take time for ourselves. Take a moment to yourself and write something. Please share a thought, a joke, a secret, or a confession. The author remains detached and can exist without fear of judgment. This is the beauty of anonymity. 

More on Mackenzy

Belinda Harrow

The 11th Avenue Gophers

Globe Theatre   (Along east end of the building)

Like us, gophers are playful and social animals that are highly gregarious and live in colonies or towns. Living side by side with wildlife in our towns and cities, we only glimpse brief moments of their busy lives. We see gophers popping up here and there above their burrows, brazenly building their unwanted homes within our urban spaces.

Most of us experience the Regina downtown in similar small glimpses. The downtown spaces in Regina change from family friendly public spaces in the daytime to more mysterious and even ominous spaces at night. This installation provides a safe space where this colony of gophers may coexist with the viewers, in the heart of downtown Regina.

More on Belinda

Belinda Harrow was born in Christchurch, New Zealand, but came to Saskatchewan with her family at the age of three. She holds a BA from the University of Saskatchewan, a BFA from NSCAD, and a MFA from Canterbury University in Christchurch, New Zealand. Harrow has worked in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, printmaking, and drawing. She has received numerous awards and grants. Harrow lives and works in Regina and is represented by Slate Gallery.

Todd Gronsdahl

Aqua Dynamo

Hill & Knowlton Strategies   #102-1801 Scarth St. 

This work is an out-of-history relic with an uncertain origin. I encourage the viewer to speculate on the origin and those that conceived of it. Ideally, like Stonehenge, perhaps to imply there may have been some future predicting originators of the contraption. Perhaps the entire effect will be merely quirky or fun.

Conceptually my work involves tampering with “official” histories. I tend to take documented characters and events that inspire my mischievous nature, then speculate alternate intentions or cross-link events to create my own narrative or museum.  

“ I attempt to create sculptures that may challenge the audience to authenticate it as a work of art or a museological prop. I am asking them to speculate on the “realness’ of its historical place. Through this humorous proposition, I attempt to engage the audience’s curiosity in lore, perhaps inviting them in on the joke.” 

More on Todd

Todd Gronsdahl self-taught artist from Saskatchewan living and working from a small farm outside of Saskatoon. Through the use of humour and narrative, his work complicates official histories and legitimizing mythologies. Gronsdahl studied art and industrial design at ECUAD and the U of S. He has shown work internationally and locally at the Mendel Art Gallery, the Dunlop, and recently a solo exhibition at The Kenderdine Art Gallery. Gronsdahl has received support and awards from the SaskArts Board, The Saskatchewan Foundation for the Arts, The Banff Centre for the Arts and the Vermont Studio Centre. 

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