A few weeks ago some of the OCM ladies got together at Drift Sidewalk Café & Vista Lounge (thanks Brian!) to do linocuts with Alison and Robin from Remai Modern. Remai Modern is a new museum of modern and contemporary art coming to life in Saskatoon. Chatter around the table was that doing this art just felt so good, what a release. Remai Modern will have the world’s most comprehensive collection of Picasso’s linocut prints and we were very lucky to take part of in this exciting art form and create linocuts for ourselves. Thanks to Desiree Martin Photography for the shots!
With Remai Modern opening its doors later this year, it aims to boldly collect, develop, present and interpret the art of our time while connecting art with local and global communities. It will be a destination for people of all ages to enjoy the hands-on art activities, a restaurant with a view of the River Landing and South Saskatchewan, amazing event spaces, film screenings, much more. Oh and they’ll have underground parking!
Check out what we created and what art and Remai Modern means to us:
“The arts have always been a huge part of my life for as long as I can remember. From piano lessons, to dance, musical theatre and crafting. I have always appreciated all areas of it. Being able to read music is a very beautiful thing. 22 years of dance in my life and added confidence, discipline and grace to my everyday. I look forward to what the Remai will be bringing to our city and for exciting things to offer my kidlets. Especially in those winter months. Having a facility to get us out of the cold and add growth to little minds is a wonderful thing. Looking forward to enjoying the new space. “
"I am so looking forward to the opening of the Remai Modern. The building is a beautiful addition to the river landing, it is a much appreciated inclusion to the list of event venues in Saskatoon, and our city will enjoy a space dedicated to the arts. I am most excited to bring my daughter there for visits, classes, and events."
Remai Modern is going to be bigger for Saskatoon than we even realize right now. Everyone knows about the Picassos (which of course, are an amazing collection for our city to boast) but when I heard about the 300-person space with a 270-degree view of our city and river, suddenly Remai Modern moved to the front of my mind as the next jaw-dropper event space. I also had no idea that the building will house not just one but several galleries including a free gallery space, which is really exciting for our town. Just generally, I love the Remai's hands-on approach that calls to the community to join in. That they provided us all the opportunity to "linocut" with a professional artist as we learned about the gallery's plans is proof that they want to not just spread the word of art, but the love of it.
Hearing more about what the Remai will be offering really got me excited about the possibilities this will bring to Saskatoon. A new event space for arts and culture, family events, venue space, the wrap around view of the city it all sounds amazing and I can't wait to check it out.
What does art mean to you and why are you excited to see Remai Modern open?