Imagine Swift Current…The Past…The Present…The Future

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Public reception tonight at Art Gallery of Swift Current

Neil Potter displays the artwork commissioned by the Art Gallery of Swift Current in recognition of Swift Current's Centennial year.

By Barb Parchman for Art Gallery of Swift Current

Imagine Swift Current…The Past…The Present…The Future is the newest art exhibition at Art Gallery of Swift Current (AGSC).  In recognition of Swift Current’s Centennial year, local artists are presenting artworks in a variety of subjects with their interpretation of the past, present and future of their community.

A Centennial piece entitled “The Bucket of Blood” was commissioned by the AGSC and is featured in the latest show. The large colourful oil painting produced by Neil Potter portrays a lively scene outside a local dance hall, the Southside Ratepayers Hall, which despite its gruesome nickname; was a popular place for socializing from its inception in 1928 until fire damage led to its demise in the early sixties. (More information on the hall’s history can be seen at the Swift Current Museum’s latest exhibit; Making it Home.)

“The subject was suggested to me. I had never heard of it before,” says Potter, who was raised near the town of Success. “So I researched and found out all the different uniforms that the soldiers wore and how people dressed in that era. I’m depicting about 1944-45. There are some farmers there but it’s mostly professionals and girls. There were lots of girls around during the Second World War because they had the RAF (Royal Air Force) here.”

The exhibition features a dozen different artists with subjects as diverse as the Swift Current Horse Plant and Elmwood Golf Course to vintage signage and abstract maps.

“The show is really varied from abstract and illustrative works to romantic renditions of the land and the creek,” says Kim Houghtaling, gallery curator. “We were trying to look at the city’s history through the vision of the artists who have lived here. With submissions from local artists’ expressing their experience with the community and art pieces from our permanent collection, we feel like we are offering a timely, informative and imaginative exhibition of this place that we call home.”

Imagine Swift Current runs from May 3 to June 30 at Art Gallery of Swift Current.  Group tours are available, phone 306-778-2736.

A public reception will be held on May 16 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5. Walk and talk tour with the curator, hors d’oeuvres, cash bar and live music.

Organizations: Art Gallery of Swift Current

Geographic location: Swift Current

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