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The Saskatchewan Arts Board’s Permanent Collection has grown by three artworks, thanks to the generosity of patrons of the opening reception of Art Now 2017, the Saskatchewan Fine Art Fair, presented by SaskGalleries.

Wally Dion’s Star Blanket has put on a lot of kilometres since it was purchased by the Saskatchewan Arts Board for its Permanent Collection in 2006. The unique piece, a First Nations star blanket fashioned from computer circuit boards, has been loaned to numerous galleries across Saskatchewan and Canada.

Kaley Evans has been an avid collector of vinyl records for more than a decade. Recently, he has turned his attention to the vast number of homemade-style recordings produced in Saskatchewan.  Evans received an Independent Artists grant to complete interviews and research for an archival compilation album of Saskatchewan music covering the mid-1960s to late-1970s. The album will be the first of its kind.

Saskatoon actor Anna Mazurik received a scholarship from the Arts Board to follow her dream.

Eleanor Cook brought together peopline in the community of Cumberland House Cree Nation through traditional Indigenous beadwork and quilt-making classes.

Ramses Calderon incorporates traditional instruments and rhythms into his music and compositions. The result of his creation process is a unique fusion of classical, traditional and popular music.

The Indigenous Peoples Artist Collective of Prince Albertis dedicated to sharing interdisciplinary contemporary Aboriginal and urban art practices with northern audiences. 

Singer/songwriter Megan Nash strongly believes that “you can base yourself out of rural Saskatchewan and be a full-time artist.” 

Sylvia Legris, the only Saskatchewan writer who has won the prestigious Griffin Poetry Prize, is drawn to poetry because of its musicality and attention to language. 

Two influential Saskatchewan artists have made major donations of their artwork to the Saskatchewan Arts Board’s Permanent Collection of visual art. The value of the donations has been appraised at more than $161,000.