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The City and Yellow Quill First Nation to Host “Meet the Artist” Event on Wednesday, October 10, 2018

For immediate release: October 9, 2018 - 11:41am
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The City is pleased to partner with Yellow Quill First Nation to host a “Meet the Artist” event with “Mino Pimatiziwin (A Good Life) – Rise from Water” artist, Emmanuel Jarus, on Wednesday, October 10, 2018, at 10 a.m. at the First Nations University of Canada, Saskatoon Campus (229 4th Avenue South).

“Mino Pimatiziwin (A Good Life) – Rise from Water” is a large-scale mural painted on the side of the First Nations Bank of Canada building (224 4th Avenue South) owned by Yellow Quill First Nation.  The mural concept was developed in consultation with a Creative Input Group from Yellow Quill First Nation and strives to capture the importance of the healing and recovery process through reconciliation. 

“There is great potential in harnessing the power of highly visible public spaces to evolve the public attitudes and celebrate reconciliation,” says artist Emmanuel Jarus.

The mural features a young Indigenous family, a connection that needs to be rebuilt and instilled into the future.  The four elements of life are represented by the four colours (yellow, blue, red, and white) weaved through the baby’s moss bag.  The red ribbon in the woman’s hair is a tribute to the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women movement.

“Our path to Truth and Reconciliation is a continuous effort,” says Yellow Quill First Nation.  “We strive to educate and to instill the importance of family and love in order to heal and forgive.”

“Mino Pimatiziwin (A Good Life) – Rise from Water” is part of the City’s Placemaker Program for temporary public art.  The program is managed collaboratively between the City and the Business Improvement Districts.

“Downtown Saskatoon was pleased to be a partner in having this wonderful mural created,” says Brent Penner, Executive Director of Downtown Saskatoon.  “We were especially happy that it tied to needed efforts with reconciliation and will have a lasting positive impact in our district.”

Meet the Artist:  Emmanuel Jarus, “Mino Pimatiziwin (A Good Life) – Rise from Water”  

Wednesday, October 10, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
First Nations University of Canada, Saskatoon Campus
229 4th Avenue South, Room 303

Emmanuel Jarus
The history of the area, the people he meets, and the beauty of the natural environment within which he paints directly inspire Emmanuel Jarus.  For the past eight years, Jarus has been working with communities across Canada and around the world to produce beautiful large-scale portraits.  He studied briefly at the Academy of Realist Art in Toronto but attributes most of his learning to the resources and inspirations found on the internet.  As a realist painter, the narrative Jarus depicts communicates a feeling that the story of individual spirit is fresh and relevant to the metabolism of the neighbourhood.  He uses spray paint and acrylic latex to create representations of the things he sees and people he meets along his travels.  He enjoys working in public space so that anyone can take in his work.

For more information on the Placemaker Program, please visit saskatoon.ca/placemaker.