Winning work

'Morning Glory' an acrylic on canvas painting by Saskatoon artist Greg Hargarten is the 2017 Prince ALbert Winter Festival Juries Art Show People's Choice winner. Photo courtesy the Mann Art Gallery.

The people have spoken.

The Mann Art Gallery named the winner of the people’s choice award for the 2017 Winter Festival juried art show, and a Saskatoon-based painter has earned the honour.

Greg Hargarten is the 2017 winner of the Guy Rutter Memorial/People’s Choice award for his acrylic on canvas painting titled Morning Glory.

Hargarten has seen lots of success at the Winter Festival show.

This is his second people’s choice award. He also had an honourable mention in 2013, and won the Kyla Memorial Award at last year’s show.

“It feels awesome. I was quite amazed to win (people’s choice”, he said. “The festival, over the years that I’ve been going to it, just keeps getting better and better, so the competition is a lot stiffer than it was about 10 years ago when I first started going. To win anything there is always quite amazing.”

While Hargarten did take painting and drawing throughout school, he says he really started painting in 2005.

“My wife bought be a birthday present to go to the Kenderdine Campus at Emma Lake in 2005,” he said.

“I went there that year and met up with some other guys from Saskatoon, and we started painting together.”

Several artists from Saskatoon come up for the Winter Festival show, Hargarten said.

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