Regina’s visual arts scene hasn’t got much love lately in my p-o-t-d so I thought I’d do a post on a couple of shows that will be opening at the MacKenzie Art Gallery in the next few weeks. 

The biggie is called 13 Coyotes. It’s curated by Michelle LaVallee, and showcases work by Saskatchewan aboriginal artist Edward Poitras. As the title implies, the focus is on the coyote, which functions as a trickster figure in Plains First Nations culture (that’s one of Edward’s pieces, made out of actual coyote bones, pictured at left).

Poitras’ intent with the show, says the MacKenzie, is to explore notions of community and inclusion/exclusion. The opening reception is on Jan. 20 at 7:30 p.m., and the show runs until April 22. You can read more about 13 Coyotes here.

A second show called In the Distance opens on Jan. 14. It’s curated by Lydia Miliokas, who is a fourth year Art History major at the University of Regina.  It’s a group show featuring work from the gallery’s permanent collection, and the curatorial theme Miliokas is exploring relates to the idea of distance (physical, emotional, ideological, etc) in our modern technological society.

In the Distance runs at the MacKenzie until Feb. 26. You can read more about it here.