Artist: Nicole Chen
Title: "我会记得", which means "I will remember"
Nicole Chen’s work is concerned with the unique experience of what it means to embody both Asian and Western Cultures in one’s identity. She is fascinated with Chinese history and her parents (born in China during the Cultural Revolution) probably hate her for asking so many questions about it. Her art is composed of a series of peonies, the national flower of China and western red lilies, the floral emblem of Saskatchewan. Together, they symbolize harmony between two communities with different pasts.
To learn more about Nicole Chen, visit her at: @wingfred
Artist: Phyllis Poitras-Jarrett
Title: Circle of Rejuvenation
(Southwest corner of 11th Ave & Albert St)
Phyllis is a self-taught artist whose creations come from the heart. I sign my art as P. Poitras-Jarrett to honour both my Metis mother and my Scottish-English father. Her Metis ancestry has provided her with a rich history and inspired many of her art ideas. Metis people were known as the “Flower Beadwork People” and her Kokum was indeed a flower. The pride and appreciation that she has of their ancestral floral designs is evident in this graphic art. The beads were graphically drawn and the floral design was slowly created bead by bead.
To learn more about Phyllis Poitras-Jarrett visit her at: felissart.com
Artist: Jamie Slawson
Title: Space Voyager
Jamie Slawson has been interested in art from a young age and he has worked mainly on portraits. Jamie paints emotionally resonant images that are meant to establish a connection between subject and viewer. The juxtaposition of the watercolor’s painted impression and the hand drawn look of the futurism of space create a compelling image for the viewer to look and pause.
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Artist: Clara Chen
Title: Mosaic City
Clara lives and breathes digital art and media. Her art speaks to Clara’s impressions of Regina, being born and raised here for 19 years. Her concept speaks a truth about the increasingly multi-cultural landscape and growth for our flourishing city. Her design celebrates Regina’s annual Mosaic Pavilion – the weekend long event that unifies our city’s diversity.
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Artist: Allan Dotson
Title: They Came Back
Allan Dotson is a Regina-based arts, educator and self-publisher. Allan has self-published a fantasy graphic novel, an ongoing webcomic and several storytelling game books. Allan loves how close he feels to the native prairie, native animals and people while out walking or biking. This is reflected in his interpretation that traffic control boxes help us share space by warning us to slow down, to stop and allow space for others. He gives us an opportunity to imagine a future after cars when the prairies are reclaimed by the animals.
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Artist: Chad Geran
Chad Geran provides fun, thoughtful illustrations for print materials, branding and visual identities. His style combines a light-hearted approach with sophisticated intelligence which delivers simple, approachable illustrations with unmistakable depth. Chad has created images that relate to traffic and these illustrations juxtaposed with other simple illustrations that are inspired by downtown has created a composition which reflects Regina’s downtown.
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Artist: Michelle Harazny
Title: Bees in the City
Michelle Lynn Harazny likes to dabble in ceramics, drawing, graphic and facilitate paper craft workshops. She grew up in Regina, lived in Montreal for 8 years and recently moved back to her hometown in 2017.
In Regina, the growing number of beekeepers reflects a global movement of urban beekeeping in backyards and on rooftops and balconies. This is reflected by bringing more visuals of nature to our cityscape and reminding us that we need bees in our rural and urban environments.
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Artist: Sandra Knoss
Title: Evening in the City
Sandra Knoss was raised on the family farm at Glentworth and now resides at Rockglen where she runs a grain farm and cattle ranch with husband Calvin and their children Brett and Hayley. Sandra’s interpretation of a prairie sunset, provides the viewer with brilliant colors that depict “Land of Living Skies”.
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Artist: Kayla Hanson
Title: Meadowlark Dance
Heavily inspired by the Aboriginal Grass Dance, I wanted to capture both the movement of the fringes on the Pow-wow regalia and the image of the meadowlark, a classic, priairie summer soundscape. It’s a bright and cheerful song and dance in one image, juxtaposed on a bright, blue summer sky. To me, this image embodies life, and the very heartbeat of Saskatchewan, much like downtown Regina.
To learn more about Kayla Hanson, visit her at: https://www.facebook.com/KH.32Flavours/
Artist: Jera MacPherson
Title: Travellers Building Revisited
Built in 1929, the Travellers Building (Storey and Van Egmond) had been in disuse and disrepair for many years until boarded up and long since abandoned over to its new pigeon-tenants, it burned down in 2017. Travellers Building Revisited proposes a reminder of the rich gathering place of both leisure and business that historically, the Travellers Building provided to its human users.
Artist: Sarah Cummings Truszkowski
Title: To Consider and Pursue
As a contemporary artist in Regina, Saskatchewan, I focus on ideas including motherhood, femininity, injustice, our natural environment, and the cultural histories of women. While I feel deep angst and sadness towards the vast inequalities that thrive in our society, I still hold much hope for the future. I come from a long line of flower gardeners and have always included roses in my work. But presently, I want to do more than paint flowers; I aim to break down inequalities in our society through my art, inequalities that I see and feel every day.
This piece, titled “To consider and pursue”, includes a large Queen Elizabeth Rose layered with the words LOVE and EQUAL RIGHTS. I hope that these words might encourage, enlighten, and/or draw attention to breaking down inequalities and will perhaps inspire less hate, and more love. I wish for each member of our community who passes by, to consider these words, and pursue through thoughts, discussions, and actions that could lead to a better world and a more kind, just, and peaceful world.
Artist: Chris Morin
Title: Dance All Night
Working in-between the digital, print and adhesive realms, Chris Morin creates visually-striking illustrations that are boldly whimsical yet offer sly nods to the environment surrounding them. These images are presented as something out of the ordinary juxtaposed with something familiar, such as a place to get pizza, where we walk our pets, where to people watch, consume culture, endure the weather, and where we meet and sweep each other off our feet.
To learn more about Chris Morin, visit him at: https://www.instagram.com/chrixmorix/
Artist: Gerri Ann Siwek
Title: Summer Garden Splendor
The urban garden has been a source of inspiration for many of my recent paintings. In Regina, many small spaces in backyards, vacant lots and on porches, patios and balconies are transformed into a Natural Refuge for plants, birds and insects. This sustainable practise in environmentally- friendly settings enriches our neighbourhoods and quality of city living. In my painting, I present the splendour of the summer garden, appealing to all the senses. The painting presents the urban garden in its ideal meeting moment of Natural Splendour.
Artist: Justine Stilborn
Title: Unum Under The Moon
“Unum Under The Moon” is my submission for the Regina Traffic Control Box Call, it is influenced by modern art, indigenous imagery and contemporary commercial art.
Unum is the gender neutral equivalent for “one” in Latin, which refers to my own idealized concept of unity. This piece is inspired by the painterly of technique of Van Gogh, specifically “Starry Night” and Matisse’s “Dance.” By combining the two artists I’m making a nod to the history of modern art. Nodding to modern art is important because it was the beginning to a large cultural change towards consumerism. The four figures reference the four corners Medicine Wheel as well as cultural diversity and the braids along the sides and the hands holding onto one another tie into the notion of unity and interdependency.
Having created this piece in a digital format highlights a newer graphical medium to support the progressive idea of my work and connect me to the commercialism of contemporary art. To keep the art piece culturally relevant in the age of social media I depicted each dancer in a different body type to promote not only cultural diversity but diversity in body shapes and genders. It is imperative to contemporary art to investigate intersectionality and how our differences contribute to our differing experiences that shape who we are.
I also believe I am shaped by our cultural history. I have indigenous ancestry as well as ancestry belonging to that of Romanian immigrants; I am the product of colonization but also that of cultures coming together in harmony. I want this art piece to leave the viewer with a feeling resolved conflict; a conflict between the old and the new, the us and the “other.” Most importantly I want the view to be left with a sense of appreciation for where they came from and the things that make them different and to appreciate those same differences in others. I believe we have many societal problems in contemporary culture and that resolution can be found in embracing our differences and find unity and balance.
Artist: Stan Channing
Title: The Happy Little Beaver and Friends
Stan Channing (aka Rob Bos) is a dedicated Sunday painter. Stan found his calling in art after retirement, and since then he has actively painting and drawing.
Drawing his characters over and over again, have given him many hours of quiet comfort and happiness. While Stan is very proud to have had his work purchased by the Saskatchewan Arts Board; he also loves the delight in giving work away. This city traffic box is Stan’s first digital artwork and features his favourite characters, the Happy Little Beaver, Robot Duck, and the ‘unhappy’ rabbit.
Rob Bos is an artist living and working in Regina, Saskatchewan. Bos received his BFA and MFA from the University of Regina, and the School of Art Institute of Chicago respectively.
Photo provided by City of Regina Archives
Title: Looking West on Victoria Ave., Regina, Sask.