MAG“With art, that is, not money.”

That’s how I started the blurb I wrote for this event in the 14 Days Top Six of our May 16 issue. It relates to an exhibition that opens tonight at the MacKenzie Art Gallery. Click on this link, and you’ll learn that the gallery is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2013. Old timers will remember that the gallery was once located in a white-fronted building beside Darke Hall on College Ave. The MacKenzie moved to its current location in 1990.

In addition to the expanded (and climate-controlled) exhibition space that the new location offered, the gallery was able to avail itself of a state-of-the-art storage facility for its permanent collection.┬áTo commemorate its anniversary the MacKenzie is showcasing 300 works from its collection to help trace the gallery’s evolution over the last 60 years — and by extension, the growth and evolution that’s occurred in the Saskatchewan (and Canadian) art scene in that time.

The opening is at 7:30 p.m. tonight, and the show runs until Sept. 1.