Sculptures, sweets, and Saskatchewan stories filled the Art Gallery of Swift Current on Friday night.   

Saskatoon’s Todd Gronsdahl introduced his new exhibition to the southwest with an artist talk. 

“Since I choose to consider how we make history and how we record history, and maybe there's motives behind it that I don't always love, I decided to create my own history,” he said. "By trying to give it a bit of a veneer, I called it the Saskatchewan Maritime Museum.  

“As you all know, we're probably the furthest place away from a coastline and we don't have an official Maritime Museum, so that gives us a chance to invent any history we want—legitimizing myths and underlying fanciful, fun imaginary stories,” he added. 

man admires the 5g tower kkA man admires the 5G Cell Tower sculpture, inspired by the conspiracy theories around the pandemic.

Gronsdahl’s three-dimensional pieces, whether displayed on a wall or stand-alone, are based on the province’s history but reimagined through his creative mind.  

His hope is to encourage viewers to consider how quickly they believe the stories they’re told, by manipulating reality with humour. 

kids try danish treat kkPiping hot aebleskiver was made throughout the evening for the audience.

The night ended on a sweet note as Gronsdahl and his family animated one of his sculptures for the audience. 

After touching on his creative process, he took to the structure called C.R.E.A.M. (Collection and Reuse of Environmental and Available Means) ...a mobile sun-and-water-powered coffee stand. 

While he brewed pour-over coffees at one end of the bike, his wife was busy cooking up aebleskiver (a traditional Danish dessert) at the other end.  

'The Saskatchewan Maritime Museum presents Emma Lake’s Workshop Series' can be viewed at the Art Gallery of Swift Current until March 29.