Shurniak Art Gallery offers visitors the opportunity to experience an outstanding collection of original international and Canadian art. A significant portion of the founder’s permanent collection is always on display with changes made periodically.
In addition, one display room is allocated for exhibiting works of art by invited emerging and established artists, as well as OSAC “Arts on the Move” exhibitions.
Shurniak Art Gallery primarily displays the extensive art collection of William Shurniak on a rotating basis.
It was established to function as the permanent home of this private collection of international and Canadian paintings, sculptures, and artifacts, amassed over a period of about 50 years.
An interesting assortment of handcrafted items enhances the permanent collection. Outdoor sculptures by renowned artists Robert Davidson and Joe Fafard are featured in the grounds of the gallery. A library of art books is available for visitors to browse through while relaxing in comfortable sofas and chairs.
The diverse international collection includes a substantial number of paintings, scrolls, rugs, and furniture from China, Southeast Asia, Middle East, and European. Australian selections include examples of Aboriginal paintings and carvings. Canadian works are eclectic and wide-ranging. Local Saskatchewan art adds regional interest to the anthology.
Assiniboia and District Arts Council
The Arts Council maintains an office in the Gallery. Several OSAC (Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils) “Saskatchewan… Arts on the Move” exhibitions are held each year, facilitated by Assiniboia & District Arts Council.
The Arts Council coordinates 50+ community-minded volunteers to assist in the Gallery. Please call (306) 642-5294 for more information about becoming a Gallery volunteer.
Joanne Weiss was an outstanding volunteer in the arts community in Saskatchewan.
In earlier years, she actively supported many diverse organizations. She became a founding member of Assiniboia & District Arts Council in 1981, and was awarded the OSAC Life Membership Award in 2012. Involvement in culture had become her passion!
Even before construction of the Shurniak Art Gallery had begun, Joanne became an informal advisor to Bill Shurniak about the local community. Upon its opening in 2005, Joanne served as Office Manager of the Assiniboia Arts Council office, located within, and arranged all volunteers for the gallery. Joanne represented AAC on the Shurniak Board of Directors from 2005 to 2020.
Joanne’s contributions to the gallery were innumerable. We acknowledge her daily assistance, careful organizing, generous nature, and genuine friendship. Joanne was recognized as a Lifetime Member of Shurniak Art Gallery in 2017. She did indeed make a difference! Thank you Joanne!
Programming and Education
The Gallery is committed to excellence in programming and education. We serve the community by providing arts exposure to all ages. Visual, literary, and musical experiences engage visitors in appreciating the wide world of culture. The arts matter! Come, enjoy the experience!
Wanted new volunteers for Shurniak Gallery!
The Arts Council coordinates 50+ community-minded volunteers to assist in the Gallery. Please contact us for more information about becoming a Gallery volunteer.