The Humboldt and District Gallery is preparing for its latest exhibit, set to open on Tuesday, March 5. 

Saskatoon artist, Carol Wylie, will be presenting her artwork “They didn’t know we were seeds” at the gallery and has over thirty years of experience in portrait and figuration. 

The inspiration for the artwork began in 2016 when Wylie listened to a Holocaust survivor speak about his experiences in a death camp during the Saskatoon Holocaust Memorial service. Carol knew she needed to find a way of honouring the stories and memories of Holocaust survivors and used her art form to begin a series of portraits.

“As the project commenced, Carol made connections between the experiences of Holocaust survivors and Residential School survivors, and included portraits of Indigenous survivors as a personal step towards the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action. The project shares the experiences of 18 survivors through stunning portraiture,” stated the Gallery in a release.

“These portraits will remain as echoes of individual strength and courage,” stated Wylie in an artist statement. 

The exhibit will be on display at the Gallery until April 26. 

An opening reception will be held at the Gallery on Saturday, March 9 from 1:30 to 4:00 pm. Wylie will talk about her process of creating the portraits. The event is free, and refreshments will be provided.