...connecting our community  to the arts!

Celebrating Sandra 

Val (Valentine) Morhart was born February 14, 1949  at St. Peter’s Hospital in Melville.  St. Peter’s Hospital was run by Catholic nuns, therefore the name Valentine for St. Valentine’s Day.

Val was raised in Killaly SK and moved to Regina at age 11. He graduated from Balfour Tech School with electrical training. He was employed at Regina General Hospital as maintenance and boiler technician for five years. He farmed north of Craven and then at Estevan for 20 years. Val currently resides in Canora.

Val started pursuing his art career full time in 2004 during recovery from a hip replacement. He has been showing and selling his art for the past six years. This is his first solo exhibition. He plans to continue painting for his own enjoyment.

Artist’s Statement

My interest in art began at the age of five as a result of my Mom getting tired of having to do art work for me. I painted thought my school years until I started farming. I was away from painting for 20 years before getting back at it. I am a self- taught artist, never having any formal artistic training.

My specialty has been rediscovering old farm yards that Saskatchewan is noted for, which are slowly disappearing. With this exhibition I have investigated a wide variety of subjects, materials and painting techniques.
One word of advice for budding artists is that there is no such thing as bad art. It is all in the mind and eye of those looking at your art. So paint what you like and are comfortable with. Do it for the enjoyment you receive from it and only please yourself.

I hope you enjoy the show!

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.  


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 library hours: Monday, Thursday and Friday 9 am to 6 pm, Tuesday and Wednesday 9 am to 9 pm, Saturday and Sunday 1 pm to 5 pm.

community pARTners gallery​​