Art in the Park 2016

View from the Cloud, Saskatoon Full Moon (Darrell Noakes)

View from the Cloud, Saskatoon Full Moon (Darrell Noakes)

Back in April, I got a call from my friend, Lois.

“Have you thought of entering Art in the Park this year?” she asked. “You really should have some of your pictures there!”

New Stockholm Lutheran Church, Canola

New Stockholm Lutheran Church, Canola

Lois works as an artist in Saskatoon, using the studio name Lupins. She’s known for her watercolours and other paintings, but recently has been crafting jewellery from artboard and paints. Really cool stuff. And she’ll have it at Art in the Park.

In fact, Lois continued, she’s got a friend who will also be there. The three of us could have quite a selection, she said.

For a while now, my significant other, Sandra has been contemplating producing a line of jewellery that she would like to find a way to get to market. She will be joining me at Art in the Park with her vintage postage stamp pendants. So now that will make four of us. I’ll post photos of some of Sandra’s work shortly. I think those deserve a separate post.

Anyway, that initial conversation left barely two months to select images and get them ready for presentation.

Yellow Truck, Sovereign, Saskatchewan (Darrell Noakes)

Yellow Truck, Sovereign, Saskatchewan (Darrell Noakes)

This is the first time I’ve done something like this, so I really had no idea where to start. I’m more inclined to work on publishing a photo book, based on a theme. Just the same, it seemed that landscape images would be something that people at an outdoor art festival would like. So, I began to narrow the range.

Summertime, The Traffic Bridge, Saskatoon (1906 - 2016)

Summertime, The Traffic Bridge, Saskatoon (1906 – 2016)

Funny how my “short” list of candidates swelled from about 50 to 100, then to 200. Like I said, I’m new to this outdoor art festival thing, and ignorant of the tastes of the art connoisseurs who frequent them. So, I posted the “short” list for friends and acquaintances to comment and tag. Thanks to them, I managed to bring the list back down to about a dozen, the ones you see posted on this page.


Art in the Park was Sunday, June 12, part of the 15th Annual Caswell Arts Festival being held in Ashworth Holmes Park, Saskatoon. There’s a lot happening, from music and dance on stage, to pancake brunch and food concession, children’s events, and of course the artist village with more than 200 artists represented this year.

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