The Johnson Cultural Centre – Artists’ Retreat offers a place to unwind in an idyllic setting where artists can pursue their work, cultivate their creativity in direct contact with nature in a restful and beautiful setting. The Cypress Hills have been the focus for many photographers, painters and sketch artists over the years. The tranquility and unspoiled rugged landscape fosters creativity and enthusiasm.
The Johnson Cultural Centre – Artists’ Retreat is open May 1 to Oct 31.
The Cypress Hills West Block Wilderness Area on the Saskatchewan side of the interprovincial park is closed between December 20th and May 1st of each year. The main road including Battle Creek Road is not open at this time.
Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Karlie King has also lived and travelled around Canada and the globe. She completed a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Regina (2003), and a Master of Arts degree from Memorial University in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador (2006). In 2013/2014, Karlie served as a Cultural Animateur as part of SaskCulture's Culture Days celebrations. She has received a variety of grants and awards, including a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) grant (2008-2010), as well as a Saskatchewan Arts Board Indigenous Pathways Initiative Grant (2010). Karlie's work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including, most recently: Walking with Our Sisters, First Nations University of Canada, Regina, SK (2013-2014); Allegorical Desktops, Void Gallery, Saskatoon, SK (2013); Around Home, Campbell River Art Gallery, Campbell River, BC (2013); Allegorical Desktops(aka An Education), Estevan Art Gallery, Estevan, SK (August to October, 2014); and PEST, Haida Gwaii Museum & Gallery, Haida Gwaii, BC (April 10 to May 31, 2015). Come drop in at the Artist's Cabin Friday to Monday, 10:00am to 4:00pm, to meet Karlie King and see what she's working on!
Our Maintenance crew has been hard at work getting the park ready for the summer, including prepping the pool and the beaches for swimmers and sunbathers. Mike and Layne had the task of setting out our swimming area buoys (By the way, guys, they look great -- precisely spaced and a perfect semi-circle). With the beach ready and the pool open, come out for a dip!