At the Queen City Ex, artists are in the Sask Arts Showcase in the DQ Grill & Chill Arena (Arena 5) from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on July 31 to August 4, 2013. At the Saskatoon Ex, artists are in Prairieland Park, Hall A from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on August 6 and from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on August 7-11, 2013. Photographs of the projects will be posted on the Saskatchewan Arts Board's website. Visitors can also tweet photos of their projects to @saskartsboard, using the hashtags #artattheex, #thingvasion, and #lightplay.

Twyla Exner - Thingvasion!

In a project called Thingvasion!, visual artist Twyla Exner is working with visitors, using telephone wires, Styrofoam balls, beads and markers, to create three-dimensional "things" that draw inspiration from seeds, pods, aquatic creatures, microscopic organisms, cacti, and whatever else they can imagine. Individual "things" are added to a collective art installation.

Exner is a Saskatchewan-based visual artist who combines electronic waste materials with nature-based form and imagery to create quirky and intricate sculptures and drawings. Through her artworks, she imagines a sublime technological landscape wherein our companion electronic devices go awry, spawning and evolving like biological organisms. Twyla graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in sculpture from the University of Regina in 2004 and a Master of Fine Arts in studio arts from Concordia University in 2010. She has exhibited her work and presented lectures and workshops in galleries, universities, schools and community centers across Canada.

Gabriela Garcia-Luna - LightPlay

In LightPlay, photography-based artist Gabriela García-Luna is working with visitors to interpret stories by creating "light drawings" with coloured glow sticks, LED lights, and solar powered lights in a darkened tent. The light traces are digitally photographed and transferred to a computer to create a video projection. The video changes as more people contribute. A selected number of images are also printed and displayed outside the tents.

García-Luna is a photography-based artist born in Mexico City. She studied graphic design at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana there, completing her bachelor's degree in 1986. She also studied photographic techniques with various artists in Mexico City and undertook self-directed studies in India. She is the recipient of numerous residency grants and awards, and her artwork is included in public and private collections, including that of the Saskatchewan Arts Board. Since 2009, García-Luna has worked as an artist in Saskatoon and Moose Jaw. In her work, she attempts to "show the seen and reveal the unseen, as a way to reveal meaning - as in the act of creating and in the act of contemplating."

Heather Benning - The Dollhouse: Dusk #1

Artwork from the Arts Board's Permanent Collection is also on display in the Sask Arts Showcase. Creative Play: The Saskatchewan Arts Board's 65th Anniversary Touring Exhibition showcases playful, contemporary Saskatchewan art. Each artist offers unique perspectives on the notion of play, from exploring fairy-tale narratives in our contemporary age to offering playful animations and delving into the creative process. Creative Play is curated by visual artist Jennifer McRorie and is touring 12 communities during the Arts Board's anniversary year, through a partnership with the Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils (OSAC).

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Twyla Exner
Things 2&3 (Friends), 2012
Post-consumer telephone wire

Gabriela García-Luna
Invocations for New Worlds, 2011
Archival inks print on paper

Heather Benning
The Dollhouse: Dusk #1, 2011
Digital C-print on Kodak endure-luster

Photos: Courtesy of the artists