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‘Men Who Paint’ is at the Kerrobert Courtroom Gallery

The Kerrobert Courtroom Gallery has brought another incredible show to town.

Located in the historic Kerrobert Courthouse at 433 Manitoba Avenue, the Kerrobert Courtroom Gallery is a year-round exhibition venue that is committed to promoting and displaying a wide range of talent. Run by volunteers, their mission is to bring local and imported artistic mediums to the public that promotes art and culture in the broader community–and their most recent show does not disappoint.

On November 6th, the Gallery began exhibiting “Men Who Paint” a group of five male artists whose preference for painting outside brings a feeling of urgency and excitement to their painted landscapes.

Greg Hargarten, Cam Forrester, Ken Van Rees, Paul Trottier and Roger Trottier met at the Emma Lake Kenderdine Campus in 2006, an extension division of the U of S. After realizing they had a similar taste in painting, Paul Trottier thought it might be a good idea to start a group. “The group really came from a discussion of colour and value while fishing at Emma Lake. We decided it was better to paint together instead of fishing in the evenings because the light was so wonderful, from there the group grew and shortly after we had our first show together at Amy’s in Prince Albert.”

Each artist brings a unique style to the group, and just like their individual talents, each member has had a different start to their painting career. For Hargarten, Van Rees and Paul Trottier their love of painting began around 2005, however, for both Forrester and Roger Trottier their passion stems from their early childhood. Forrester was surrounded by drawings thanks to his architect father and his mother, an artist who “always had something on her easel.” A few of Trottier’s earliest memories began with his father who initially encouraged him to do art while his mother was familiar with Imhoff the artist. “Going to church on Sunday mornings was a treat to view the Imhoff paintings that adorned the walls in the church. From an early age, I was influenced to take an interest and gradually became more encouraged until I had the opportunity to study art formally. I remember taking classes from Wynona Mulcaster, Bill Epp, Stan Day and others.”

Not only are the individuals in the group lucky enough to have found their passion, something not everyone always does, but they also have the support necessary to continue growing their artistic talent. “My wife Eileen still encourages me immensely,” says Hargarten. “It was Eileen who signed me up for a workshop at the Kenderdine campus. Before that, I only dabbled in art.” VanRees tends to look towards the Group of 7 (Thomson and McDonald) van Gogh for motivation, while “the rest of the guys in the group have been instrumental in my development as a plein air painter.”

In addition to their landscapes, the group also published the Men Who Paint: A Decade in the Works book, which features more than 120 works. The book is published by the University of Saskatchewan and was available at McNally Robinson and Indigo Books, but due to its popularity is currently sold out.

Be sure to visit the Kerrobert Courtroom Gallery to view the paintings, which are on display until December 31st, 2020 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Paul Trottier sums up the exhibit perfectly when he says “painting is an immediate expression of a moment in time… in many ways, it’s a celebration.”

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