July - September, 2018: A selection of my artwork is now available for the summer season at Evrgreen, a charming coffee shop in the townsite of Waskesiu in Prince Albert National Park!

Representation: I am honoured to have my work represented by these well-respected professional galleries:
Darrell Bell Gallery located in the Canada Building in downtown Saskatoon
Assiniboia Gallery in Regina, 2266 Smith Street- a vibrant, bustling part of town.

November 10, 2016: I was interviewed by Daily Paintworks as their Spotlight Artist for a week! Read my interview on the DPW News blog!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Mann Art Gallery 41st Annual Winter Festival Show and Sale

20 x 20"
oil on cradled panel
© Nicki Ault, 2016

Rusted Out Pine
16 x 20"
oil on board
© Nicki Ault, 2017

It's that time of year again... the Mann Art Gallery Winter Festival Juried Art Show and Sale. Above are my two entries which I was happy to find displayed in the main gallery. There were two hundred and fourteen pieces of art submitted this year with the guest curator being Zachari Logan- a Saskatchewan artist who has made it big to the International art scene. Please look at his fascinating work here.

I had heard that my colleague and fellow Studio On 20th artist, Carol Wylie, had received some sort of honour for a piece she entered, so I was excited to go to the opening reception with her this past Friday night to take pictures and cheer. Except I forgot my camera at home. Boo.

big wall, main gallery
photo © James Clow, 2017

Luckily we have phones with cameras and all was not lost. I was able to get a few shots with mine and some from friends.

detail, main gallery
photo © Nicki Ault, 2017

detail, main gallery
photo © Nicki Ault, 2017

corner, main gallery
photo © James Clow, 2017

 Carol Wylie by her painting "Odalisque"
photo © Nicki Ault, 2017

As it turned out the Mann Art Gallery purchased Carol's painting "Odalisque" for their permanent collection which was extraordinarily exciting. She was thrilled with that and then at the end of the program the big prize of the night was announced... Carol won The Mayor's Prize & Best of Show for that same painting!!! 

Zachari Logan, Carol Wylie and Mayor Greg Dionne
photo © Ken Van Rees

 "Silver Buffalo" by James Clow
photo © Patti Clow, 2017

Another artist colleague, James Clow, won the Sandy & Peggy Memorial Award for his work "Silver Buffalo". He generously allowed me to use a few of his photos from that night.

back wall, main gallery
photo © James Clow, 2017

It's always interesting to see how the guest curator/juror approaches such an enormous amount of diverse work and pulls it together into a cohesive show. This year Zachari chose the artwork he wanted for the main gallery and used colour connections between the work as his guide. He then created salon-style displays in the second and third gallery spaces.

second gallery space
photo © James Clow, 2017

The show is up until March 25. Please enjoy browsing through these websites:


Sandra Busby said...

I love both of your entries Nicki... And the paintings look amazing on the Gallery wall... What a talented bunch! And you couldn't have asked for a better spot either! Perfect!

Barbara Muir said...

Wonderful work Nicki,

and great post.


Nicki said...

Thanks Sandra. I was happy with the placement of my work. I can't imagine the difficult task for the curator to create a show of such diverse work.

Nicki said...

Thanks dear Barbara!