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New Show at the Kerrobert Courtroom Gallery

Be sure to visit the Kerrobert Courtroom Gallery from June 3 until Aug 31 to see these incredible artists and their creations!

Shane Junop is an emerging stone artist based in Saskatoon, SK. In Saskatchewan, he explores the prairie landscapes finding form and beauty in the layers and textures found in the natural stone.

The geology of this medium captivates him and the make-up of the surrounding landscape mirrors the stones collected, each a unique prairie fieldstone. The inspiration to carve each stone is a distinct process and he strives to create a meaningful dialogue between himself and the local stone. The inspiration begins on the prairie where he comes upon a stone that resonates beyond its’ surface appearance. Usually, this results in a spontaneous rough sketch on the stone where the process of transformation develops into an expressive finished piece of artwork in his Saskatoon studio. Shane carves directly into the stone; he intuitively makes strong lines and graceful curves that develop into figurative and abstract carvings.

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Bonny Macnab has been an artist all her life. Growing up on the west coast in Canada she found out in school that she excelled in art and all the variations of creativity it had to offer. After graduation she moved to Saskatchewan where the wide open space, close proximity to the beautiful boreal forest, and long winters provided the perfect opportunities to develop her skills.

 Bonny sought out many artists she admired from all over North America and studied with them to develop her natural skill. She demonstrates a highly developed sense of color, distinct design and keen attention to the spirit of a piece of work as a whole.

She says, “I am so blessed to have this intimate relationship with the earth and people through my art. I get to be in the moment. Art is a prayer that inspires me daily and I am able to share it with the viewer.” She has been able to carry these techniques into dying silk and finds that the silk provides another dimension to her work through the transparency and movement of the fabric.

 In 2021 Bonny received a Canada Council Research and Create Grant to research Western Canadian plants that print, through eco-printing. She has received two Saskatchewan Arts Board grants for research and creating. From this research her exhibition “Continuum” evolved. Bonny has had five solo exhibitions, been juried into many shows across North America and won numerous people’s choice awards. Her most recognized and awarded medium has been portraits in watercolor. In 2016, Bonny’s silks were juried into the Saskatchewan Craft Council, stating that her artwork is exquisite. Macnab’s work is in many private residences around the world.

​She also attends retreats throughout the year with other accomplished artists that provides shared inspiration and knowledge. Bonny hosts many classes and retreats to continue the shared learning and teaching. She has been involved in five Artist in School projects through the Saskatchewan Arts Board. It is a passion of hers to inspire others to find their art.

Maple ridge Gallery and studio is in the home where Bonny lives, and is toured regularly. It overlooks a coulee where you can see rolling hills for miles. Inspiration is everywhere.

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