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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.

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. 

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Headshot of Michael Jones, CEO of SK Arts. Older while male hearing navy blue jacket and navy blue patterned short smiling broadly.

CEO to leave SK Arts

SK Arts’ CEO, Michael Jones, has announced his intention to retire after almost nine years with the agency in order to focus on freelance consulting work and his artistic practice.

Michael says, “I have had the honour of getting to know the Saskatchewan arts community over the past nine years, and I continue to be inspired by their work. I have had the pleasure of working with a dedicated staff and Board, and I want to thank them all for the support they have shown me through my time here. I would also like to thank the Honourable Laura Ross, Minister of Parks, Culture and Sport, for her support both of SK Arts and of me personally.”