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Just Breathe. JingLu Zhao-Saskatoon Artist painting artwork of young girl of Chinese decent has her hair in a pony tail and her eyes closed inhaling. There is greenery in the landscape in the background.

Cultural intersection, family at the forefront for Saskatoon artist JingLu Zhao

JingLu moved to Canada in 2013 with her family and since focused on caring for her three children. Then the pandemic hit, and like many other people and creatives, she found herself stir-crazy. So, she picked up a paintbrush and put the two MFAs she had earned to work. A Chinese native, JingLu felt a special connection in the Saskatoon landscape that reminded her of her homeland. From photos of breathtaking landscapes to oil paintings on canvases, the love of art pulled her back in, and she began pursuing her art full-time in 2021.

Chancz Perry joins SK Arts- Headshot of black man with freckles wearing a white v neck t-shirt and a white background.

Chancz Perry Joins SK Arts as Program Consultant

Interdisciplinary artist, educator and producer Chancz Perry joined SK Arts as a Program Consultant with an equity and inclusion focus. As an artist, a prior SK Arts grant recipient and a Person of Colour with complex social identities, Chancz is uniquely positioned to serve in his new role at SK Arts with the program team as we work on strategic goal around addressing systemic barriers.

Photo on on SK Arts - Arts funding agency website showing and Artisan market inside a chapel in progress

Gravelbourg Artisan Co-Op Doing Big Things in Small Town Sask.

A small town in southwest Saskatchewan is doing big things, providing support and community for Saskatchewan artists. Gravelbourg Artisan Co-op, also known as GAC, was formed in 2018 with an interest in being a retail and event space to help artists grow and scale their physical practice, particularly those who did not have the ability or finances to have their own storefronts or webpages. Their plans were, however, interrupted by the pandemic. Forced into a virtual space, the Co-op experienced an organic shift into being more community oriented.