Andie Nicole Palynchuk, Artist & Curator
Top photo: Re-No
Caswell Hill resident Andie Nicole Palynchuk’s stunning artwork includes paintings done in acrylic, oil and watercolour. Beyond painting, Andie Nicole’s artistic interests are far-reaching and diverse. Refined sat down with Andie Nicole to find out more.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I grew up in communities around Regina with two older brothers. I went to the Athol Murray College of Notre Dame in Wilcox for high school. I was definitely a tomboy. If I wasn’t ripping around on my dirt bike, I was playing sports; basketball and soccer were my favourites. I’ve studied yoga, as well as psychology and art at the U of S where I graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts.
What is your connection to Saskatchewan Alternative Initiatives (SAI)?
I’ve been a support worker for individuals with various disabilities at SAI for more than 10 years; it’s a very big part of my life. I instantly connected with SAI’s philosophy of Gentle Teaching.
When the Mendel Art Gallery was still open, I saw an exhibit there by artists residing at Sherbrooke Community Centre. I was blown away by their powerful stories and incredible artwork. I then began the journey to create my own arts healing programming at SAI in an open studio environment. It’s truly amazing to witness.
What is the Bridges Art Movement (BAM)?
BAM is a collective consisting of six local artists that I co-founded with other U of S Fine Arts grads. Our priorities are finding affordable studio and gallery space, community engagement, supporting one another and showcasing other emerging artists. BAM is now located in the Drinkle Mall at 115 3rd Avenue South. Drop by on Thursday evenings or Saturdays to see what we’re showcasing and curating.
BAM Cats Meow
What does Saskatoon mean to you?
Saskatoon means the communities I’m a part of and the supportive network of humans I have here. The Prairie skies and river valley hold my heart. I value places I can sit down to work like the Farmers Market or Drift. The Saskatoon Academy of Music also has some great community-based events. I think there is enough of a nurturing arts community here for Saskatoon to become a creative hub of Western Canada.
What’s ahead for you artistically?
My work is becoming more stripped down, more design-based and three-dimensional. I’m also exploring more movement, performance art and music. There are lots of new nuggets emerging from a healing place — it’s exciting!