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October 23, 2017

Mary Aski-Piyesiwiskwew Longman's Strata and Routes, 1998

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Underground art in Saskatchewan

Get yourself to the MacKenzie Art Gallery in Regina Saturdays at 2pm through June, July and August and in addition to free admission to its big ol’ 60th anniversary exhibit, How We Filled the Vault, on through September 1, you’ll get a rare tour of what is perhaps the most interesting room of the public art gallery’s three levels: the basement Vault. Home to 4000 works of art, the Vault’s permanent collection is the brainchild of lawyer Norman Mackenzie who, in 1925, became the first Trustee of the National Gallery of Canada from the West. Between 1912 and 1936, Mackenzie amassed a collection of paintings of the Italian Renaissance, antiquities of Asia and the Middle East, and works by contemporary artists of his time. The collection has grown and the MAG’s basement is maze of rooms and hallways, with a carpentry workshop for making display cases and frames and a lab for art conservation. The MAG is one of the only galleries in the Prairies with a full-time conservator on staff. Admission to the museum is always free. tel: (306) 584-4250; mackenzieartgallery.ca.

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