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Arts of Celebration - EXPERIENCES 2024 a Success

On Monday, May 27, 2024, the Saskatchewan arts community convened at Darke Hall in Regina to celebrate the artists, arts leaders and arts organizations recognized in the agency's introductory installment of Arts of Celebration. Performances in different art forms throughout the evening and the hosting of MC Dakota Ray Hebert made for a vibrant evening, and the diversity of guests added to the excitement of the event.


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.

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Black and white photo of Victor Sawa, older Asian man with glasses wearing a black ling sleeve shirt and maestro conductor of the Regina Symphony Orchestra mid-conducting performance. Photo courtesy of the RSO posted on SK Arts website, www.sk-arts.ca

Classical Music Maestro, Victor Sawa Passes

SK Arts is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of renowned conductor Victor Sawa. Victor worked with the Regina Symphony Orchestra (RSO) for almost twenty years and spent time with the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra (SSO) between 2010 and 2015. Victor's passion for classical music and dedication touched many lives and will not be soon forgotten. We are thinking about his family, friends, and colleagues during this challenging time. Victor's legacy will continue to inspire and resonate with all who had the privilege of experiencing his gifts.