Art Talks is a spotlight series highlighting Saskatchewan visual artists. We explore the processes, workspaces and inspirations of some of Saskatchewan’s best emerging or mid-career visual artists in these short mini-docs.
New episode every Tuesday!
Mackenzy Vida, Valerie Wiebe, Kara Perpelitz, Joviel Buenavente, Sharron Schoenfeld, Mandie Hagel, Laureen Marchand,
Melody Armstrong, Marea Olafson, Sasha Miller & Shawn Fulton
Episode 8- May 31, 2022
Melody Armstrong is an internationally recognized contemporary jewellery artist.Creating with a variety of metals, enamels and stones, Armstrong’s Industrial-Organic aesthetic combines abstraction with a truth to materials that reflects both her attention to detail and quality of workmanship.
Since then, we have presented between 150-200 events every year, including music concerts, visual art exhibitions, spoken word and poetry slams, comedy nights, life drawing sessions, film screenings and just about any kind of workshop or community event you could imagine.
The funding support we received over the years was always appreciated, but never quite enough. We’ve managed to get by with part-time programming staff, but always relied on the volunteer time, passion and energy of our founder. Marian has been the bookkeeper, grant writer, HR manager, janitor, bartender, sound technician and tenant manager among many other roles.
In 2019, Marian submitted a grant application to the Canada Council for the Arts, proposing to develop a new training program for artists, teaching them how to use social media. The week before the pandemic lockdown started in March 2020, we found out that grant application had been approved. As we were closing our normal operations for the lockdown, we started putting in place what is now our SMMART program (Social Media Marketing for Artists).
We also got busy writing more funding applications and were able to secure support to convert our Hague Gallery from a performance and exhibition space to a production studio. As we continue to navigate through COVID-19 restrictions, we are focused on producing digital content. We hope you enjoy our podcasts, artist spotlights and video series, and that you’ll like, post and share on social media channels.
We are proud to support Saskatchewan talent in every medium!