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Artist Retreat

retreat posterJohnson Cultural Centre 

A Space for Ideas to Grow

Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park

Saskatchewan, Canada

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.

Contact 1 (306) 662-5411

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Cypress Hills West Block closed for winter

West Block Wilderness Area

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.

See you in the spring!

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Our August Artist-in-Residence is in the Park!

Artist-in-Residence Geoff Phillips, working on his now-complete mural for the Maple Creek Heritage District (image from www.geoffphillips.com)

We are pleased to welcome our last Artist-in-Residence for Summer 2016 to the Park:  Geoff Phillips!

The first Artist-in-Residence in Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park (Centre Block), SK, Geoff Phillips will once again be here painting and offering weekend workshops at our Artist's Cabin.

Geoff Phillips, born in Lumsden, SK, and now residing in nearby Maple Creek, completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Regina in 2005.  Since then, he has been an artist-in-residence for the Canadian Film Centre's Habitat New Media Lab, and worked independently as a visual artist at the Untitled Art Society and Art Central in Calgary, AB, where he met and married fellow artist Connie (Gibbens) Phillips.  For the last five years Geoff has served as Artist-in-Residence for the Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park, SK, where he provides art programming for park visitors and residents of Southwest Saskatchewan.  Geoff has also painted large-scale murals for the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, the town of Lacombe, AB, and the town of Maple Creek's Heritage District.  Most recently, a piece from Geoff's Cypress Collection titled "Loch Lomond," painted during his residency in the park, has been acquired by the Saskatchewan Arts Board for their permanent collection and is now hanging in the Legislature Building in Regina, SK.  Geoff has also been working on a new series of paintings, called "Plantscapes of the Southwest," which will be featured next fall in a solo show at the Swift Current Art Gallery, Swift Current, SK.

Come by the Artist's Cabin Fridays through Sundays in August, 10:00am to 4:00pm, to see Geoff painting and check out some of his work.  You can also take in a workshop on painting with acrylics on canvas, held every Saturday and Sunday at 2:00pm.

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Welcome to July's Artist-in-Residence!

Karlie King, mixed-media artist and potter/ceramics artist (image from www.liveartssaskatchewan.com)
 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!
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The buoys are out, so bring on the swimmers!

Mike Hust and Layne Forbes, Maintenance staff and self-appointed Loch Leven Coastguards

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!

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