The Prairie Artists Guild Inc. was founded on March 7, 1988 by a small group of Regina artists who envisioned a setting where they could paint together and learn from each other. David Butt, internationally renowned artist and lifetime member, was the driving force behind the formation of the Prairie Artists Guild and its promotion of the visual arts. He drafted the first set of by-laws and designed a logo comprised of a line representing the prairies and a circle representing the forested areas of Saskatchewan. The original logo is still used by the guild today.
Since its inception 34 years ago, the Prairie Artists Guild has evolved into a community of diverse and talented artists. Membership includes aspiring, emerging and accomplished artists working in a variety of styles and media including oil, acrylic, watercolour, pastels, inks and pencil. Original artworks of members, both past and present, can be found in private and corporate collections across the world.
The guild has engaged in many artistic ventures. Major initiatives included the Downtown Art Walk & Treasure Hunt and a “Kaleidoscope of Art” in the Cumberland Gallery located in the Provincial Legislative Building. Members enjoyed painting in the park, enhancing the windows of downtown businesses for Waskimo Winter Festivals, touring local galleries and displaying art in various Regina venues. Excursions to the Shurniak Gallery in Assiniboia were highlights.
The Prairie Artists Guild has always embraced commitment to community as a core value. For 32 years the guild worked in partnership with Wascana Rehabilitation Centre Volunteers Inc. raising funds in support its programming. Prairie Artists Guild has supported the Saskatchewan Lung Association, Saskatchewan Cancer Society, Trans-Canada Trail, Tourism Regina, Hopes Home, Casey Foundation, Camp Circle of Friends, Regina Humane Society & Creative Kids Saskatchewan. Many members currently display artworks at the Allan Blair Cancer Clinic, Broadway Terrace and Kidney Health Centre enriching surroundings for all.
Members artworks were showcased in three Prairie Artists Guild Show & Sales every year for most of the guilds’ history. In 2022 a decision was made to host two annual shows, the Spring Fling in May and the Harvest of Art is in October. Members display their art in a month long “Outside the Box Exhibition” at the Art Gallery of Regina and at Eastview Community Centre.
The artistic growth of members is fostered through educative sessions, constructive critiques and opportunities to share with one another. Every year, in the pursuit of continual learning, the guild hosts a weekend painting workshop facilitated by an accomplished artist.
The Prairie Artists Guild Inc. looks forward to bright and creative future as a proud participant in Regina’s artistic community.
Thank you to the many patrons who support Prairie Artists Guild Inc.
Prairie Artists Guild Inc. promotes the advancement of the visual arts and supports the artistic aspirations of its members.
The Prairie Artists Guild Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of the creative artworks and the artistic growth of its members. The images on this website are representative of original works of art created by members of the Prairie Artists Guild in various media including oil, acrylic, watercolour, pencil crayon, conté, charcoal, pastel, scratch board, ink, fabric and mixed media