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Donald Bird: Paintings & Drawings

galleryReception: coffee & tea reception: Saturday, July 23, 2pm
July 16 – August 11

The Gallery/art placement inc.

228 – 3rd Ave S. Saskatoon, SK S7K 1L9

306 664 3385

From the The Gallery website: 
It has become a tradition for the past several years for us to mount a summer exhibition that steps slightly outside the gallery’s usual programming. Continuing this practice, we are pleased to present the work of Donald Bird, a previously unknown artist who happens to be a resident of the Lighthouse supported living facility in downtown Saskatoon.

We first met Donald through the art supplies branch of our business. He has been a regular customer for a number of years, experimenting with a range of materials, first pencils and paper, and later venturing into acrylic and oil paints. We have come to know him as a kind and thoughtful person who has faced challenges due to circumstances as well as difficulties in communicating verbally. Art has become a refuge and an alternative means of expression; we have been told he will spend entire days drawing and painting between meals. The Lighthouse has not only provided a stable and comfortable place for him to live, they have also recognized his interest in art-making and facilitated his access to the materials needed to pursue this passion. It is a testament to both the positive impact art can have, and to the good work the Lighthouse does to support and improve the lives of people in our community.

A familiar face in the art supplies store for a number of years, it was only recently that Donald started bringing some of his finished paintings and drawings in for us to see. There was something immediately unexpected and beautiful about the works; mythic visions rendered in gestural brushstrokes, natural and supernatural elements colliding in a painterly mash-up. The subjects are varied and familiar–landscapes, hockey players, icons of Canada’s wilderness–but the rendering is always unique. As someone who has received no formal art training, Donald’s artistic choices are often surprisingly sophisticated. It would be easy to assume that the works are informed by some knowledge of abstraction or the expressionist tradition, but it is more likely Donald’s innate sense for design and aesthetics. In fact, he doesn’t even work from photographic references; every image comes entirely from his memory and imagination. To look at these paintings and drawings is to understand something of his personal vision, and to see and feel the sheer joy of creative expression through art.

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For more info visit: http://www.artplacement.com/gallery/exhibitions_images.php?ex_id=196

United Way Day of Caring

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Thank you to PotashCorp for helping us build a roof top garden and flowerbed in front of our building on United Way’s Day of Caring. We could not have done this without their support!

The volunteers worked hard to construct the boxes, pick out the perfect plants, haul a lot of soil, plant everything, all to beautify our community and hopefully even provide some fresh food!

We are grateful to the United Way for organizing Day of Caring every year. Many projects have been completed at the Lighthouse and in the community thanks to this initiative!

 

 

 

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Lighthouse AGM March 29th, 2016 7:00pm

The Lighthouse Supported Living Annual General Meeting is tomorrow, March 29th at 7:00pm in the Lighthouse dining room. 304 2nd Ave S, entrance is on 20th St. We will share about the work done by the Lighthouse including expansion of services and uplifting stories of lives changed in 2015. All are welcome to attend.AGM

Coldest Night of the Year this Saturday!

The Coldest Night of the Year is this Saturday, February 20th, starting at 4pm at Station 20 W. Walk with us for 2, 5 or 10km and warm up with a chili meal at the Lighthouse to celebrate your success. The City of Saskatoon will be providing bus service back to Station 20 W, where there is ample free parking.

Please donate towards the Coldest Night of the Year! If you are looking for a team to give to may be suggest Team Lighthouse, comprised of staff, friends and family, or Bridge Walkers with staff from the Bridge. All donations are split between the Lighthouse and The Bridge Fellowship Centre.

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Thank you to PotashCorp for being the Lead Sponsor of this year’s Coldest Night of the Year in Saskatoon, supporting the Lighthouse Supported Living and The Bridge.

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Federated Co-operative for being a Supporting Sponsor of the event as well.COOP-_Logo_

 

We are still looking for more people to walk with us or volunteer for the event on Feb. 20th. Registration starts at Station 20 W at 4:00pm.

If you would like to volunteer please email deeann.lighthouse@gmail.com.

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Thank you for your support! And remember, it’s cold out here!