Celebrating Sandra 

A dedicated board member of both the Yorkton Arts Council and the Yorkton Public Library, another of her visions came to life in the creation of the Community pARTners Gallery, a small public gallery space in the Yorkton Public Library.  The space is the result of a partnership of the City of Yorkton, the Yorkton Public Library and the Yorkton Arts Council.  It is a wonderful creative space that welcomes all.

In her vision Sandra MacColl saw beyond her own life and continues in her support of the arts even after passing away.  Her nephew, Shawn Hall, made a special donation from her estate to the Community pARTners Gallery of $42,143.  Her generosity will ensure the continuation of the programming and maintenance of the Community pARTners Gallery for years to come. 

Members of the Yorkton Arts Council, The Yorkton Public Library’s Board of director and members of City Council along with friends and family of the late Sandra MacColl gathered at the Community pARTners Gallery, located in the Yorkton Public Library, on May 16. 2017. The gathering was to celebrate the life and gifts that Sandra MacColl brought to the arts and to our community.

Sandra MacColl was a visionary and had a quiet way of making her visions come to life.  She was a driving force in Renaissance Yorkton endeavouring to bring outdoor art to enliven and invigorate downtown Yorkton.  She worked hard to bring about the works of art bordering City Park.  

Nesting Instinct

Nature has been a source of inspiration for my artwork and my spirit for many years, and much of my work has focused on wetlands, decomposing trees, and tiny plant images, searching for the sacred in the ordinary. The lines of pen and ink bring a quality to the work which I find meditative.

When I was asked to do this exhibit, I looked through my work and noticed a thread of bird subject matter that has been there for more than 20 years. As I went through the drawings more closely, I found that many of the pieces reflected the stages of life (as a parent) that I was experiencing at the time, whether that be caring for small children, gathering food for them, or watching them take steps of independence.

My most recent works feature nests – empty nests – the young having boldly left them behind to take their first independent steps in this world, hopping around, oblivious to the dangers that may be present, as their parents, fraught with anxiety, watch over them and continue to feed them when needed.

This exhibit celebrates our feathered friends, but it is also a metaphor for some of the ordinary stages of raising young.

-Monica Fraske Bornyk

About the Artist

Monica Fraske Bornyk has been drawing ever since she can remember. Her drawings are done mostly in India ink, which she has found to be a challenging and rewarding medium. Her work has won many awards, toured with the Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils, and been part of national and international exhibits such as the International Exhibition on Animals in Art, held in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and the Juried Miniature Exhibition in London, Ontario.

In 2002, Monica had the honour of being one of only 30 artists selected from across Canada to be part of A New Heaven and a New Earth, an exhibit held in Toronto, ON and Vancouver, BC. Monica currently resides in Saskatchewan. Her work may be found in private collections across Canada.  

The late Sandra MacColl, left, and Shawn Hall making the presentation on behalf of her estate.

All community projects rely on different people or groups working closely together toward common goals. A good partnership is one that shares the same vision, goals and values as the other partners.

The Yorkton Arts Council and the Yorkton Public Library had an opportunity to form such a new partnership, and establish a community gallery space in the newly renovated Public Library. There was a need in the community to provide a space for local and area artists to display their work, and the Library was in need of some art to enhance their new space. The community pARTners gallery was established.

Co-chairs of the committee are Lori Glauser representing the Yorkton Arts Council Board, and a representative of the Yorkton Public Library Board, currently vacant. Committee members are Shirley Huziak and Margaret Phillips.

Open during regular hours at Yorkton Public Library: 
Monday, Thursday and Friday 10 am to 6 pm, Tuesday and Wednesday 10 am to 9 pm, Saturday and Sunday 1 pm to 5 pm.

community pARTners gallery​​


...connecting our community  to the arts!