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Assiniboia’s Shurniak Art Gallery excited for upcoming exhibits and activities this year

With pandemic measures all but lifted, the Shurniak Art Gallery in Assiniboia, Saskatchewan is preparing to host several exhibits and activities this year, some of which it couldn’t host during the past two years.

Staff are working to transform some of the galleries so the venue can host an exhibit from White Rock, British Columbia, featuring works from the collection of late founder William (Bill) Shurniak, explained public relations officer Gail Mergen. Shurniak had a home in White Rock, so these works are his final bequest to the gallery after he died in 2020.

These 38 paintings will go on display by Tuesday, April 26.

“It’s like an extension of some of Bill’s favourites … (with) beautiful large canvasses,” Mergen said. “Also, we have a donation by the artist Ross Penhall from Vancouver. He has donated a surprising painting in memory of Bill Shurniak. It’s called ‘Flyover’ and we’re including that in the White Rock collection.”

The painting is surprising because of how big it is and its subject matter, she added.


Shurniak Art Gallery, Assiniboia, Saskatchewan
Shurniak Art Gallery, Assiniboia, Saskatchewan

One Girl Can  |  Annual IWANTtoBE Fundraiser
April 19, 2022

One Girl Can, a Vancouver-based charity, is hosting its eighth annual IWANTtoBE fundraiser, presented by TD Private Giving Foundation, to fund 140 university scholarships for young women in Kenya.

One Girl Can - IWANTtoBe Fundraiser. April 23, 2020
Ross Penhall Donation | One Girl Can - IWANTtoBe Fundraiser. April 19, 2022

LIVE AUCTION ITEM: Ross Penhall, Hidden Beach, Haida Gwaii, 40 x 32, oil on canvas

A father-daughter fishing expedition to Haida-Gwaii was the artist’s inspiration for this piece.

Date & Time
April 19, 2022 | 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Commodore Ballroom
868 Granville St, Vancouver, BC
Vancouver BC V6Z 1K3

Here and There (Along the Line) Exhibition
February 27 – March 28, 2020
Gallery Jones | Vancouver, BC

Ross Penhall GalleryJones Exhibition

Ross Penhall, “Final Approach,” 2019 oil on canvas, 44″ x 60″

Ross Penhall: Artist Statement

I have been painting for more than twenty-five years, but curiosity and creativity have been in me since I was a boy. Since then, they have become an inseparable part of my life, informing my thoughts and interests.

Practicing my craft every day in or out of my studio has become second nature to me: a way of life in which there is no boredom. The rituals and routines of how I do my work are as important as the art itself. I am sustained by the years of my life poured into my work, and the body of work that speaks for itself.

I’m becoming more content with the joys and discomforts of living the creative life. I realize these feelings or moods are cyclical. I practice gratitude. My creative flow comes from daily practice, which builds a strong base allowing me to move forward.

I inch my way, removing obstacles and distractions. Art is problem solving and making adjustments. There are no mistakes, only adjustments.

The subjects I choose are familiar to me — I see them around me everyday and in my travels. In these subjects I look to contrast, balance and amplify what I see. My interest lies in the composition, transforming the world outside and making it my own, while allowing the viewer to find their own story.