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December 18: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MR MENDEL! PDF Print E-mail

Fred Mendel was born on December 18, 1888.

"...his patronage of the arts has been constant and judicious; his benefactions, both public and private, have earned him great esteem in this University, in this City, and in the whole of Canada. His generous gift, which made possible the Mendel Art Gallery, has earned for him the deep and enduring gratitude of this community. Eminent Chancellor, on behalf of the Council and the Senate, I ask you to confer on Frederick S. Mendel — eminent industrialist, generous patron and good friend of this community and its people — the degree of Doctor of Laws. ~ University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, 1965

View Fred Mendel's Biography on the Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan

View a PDF scan of an article in the StarPhoenix from June 18th, 1965 about Fred Mendel's donations to the Mendel Art Gallery.

Letter to the Editor: Mendel Art Gallery decision shameful PDF Print E-mail

Letter to the Editor: By Phyllis Trotchie, The StarPhoenix  December 11, 2009

Re: AGS good news story (SP, Dec. 8). When the city wanted to relocate the Mendel Art Gallery in 2005, Michael Lundholm, the consultant who developed the gallery's conceptual facility plan, said that it undermines an art gallery's stature to be located in a multi-use complex.

He said galleries need a strong identity and a strong visual image, and noted that the Mendel already is a strong institution with a national reputation.

Letter to the editor: Shelve new Mendel gallery idea PDF Print E-mail

Letter to the Editor: Barb Nankivell, The StarPhoenix  December 11, 2009

In the column Wall's addiction hurts us all (SP, Dec. 5) Murray Mandryk said Premier Brad Wall has become a spending addict and is looking like the political reincarnation of Grant Devine.

With a billion-dollar deficit, Wall should stop looking for places to spend money and start looking for places to save, Mandryk suggests.

Letter to the Editor: Wrong move by council on Mendel PDF Print E-mail

Letter to the Editor: By Nick Henselmeier, The StarPhoenix December 9, 2009
The announcement of a $58-million replacement for the Mendel gallery at River Landing is irresponsible, as Saskatchewan has just announced a $1.05-billion deficit, its second largest ever.

Letter to the Editor: Mendel location ideal PDF Print E-mail

Letter to the Editor: By C.J. Cote, The StarPhoenix December 2, 2009

Any successful entrepreneur or realtor will expound at length on the importance of "location, location, location!"

The Mendel Gallery has it in spades, occupying a very enviable position as the sole building in the area to attract the attention of passers-by, whether driving, walking, jogging or cycling.

Letter to the Editor: Hold Mendel gallery referendum PDF Print E-mail

Letter to the Editor: By Robert S. Hampton, The StarPhoenix  October 12, 2009

To paraphrase a recent comment by Mayor Don Atchison, some people may be upset with the Mendel hijacking but tough, it's a done deal. People are entitled to their opinion, but his is the right one.

Since the Mayor of Dancing Lights and Parking Lots probably will retain his office through the name recognition vote, maybe it's time to let the public in on this decision process. Let's add a referendum on the ballot and give the citizens a say on this landmark move.

Mendel Volunteers Voice Strong Opposition to Gallery's Destruction PDF Print E-mail

In the CBC news report “Saskatoon OKs art gallery plan” (Tuesday, December 1, 2009), Beverley Caldwell, a longtime volunteer of the Mendel Art Gallery said of the city of Saskatoon’s decision to abandon the existing building: “A lot of the people around the Mendel are very upset by it. I think that you will see the end of the present volunteer program because it’s not true to the nature of the Mendel.”

Can't justify bad idea PDF Print E-mail

Letter to the Editor - By Margi Corbett, The StarPhoenixDecember 4, 2009
City administration's recommendation to strip the Mendel Art Gallery of its name, our legacy, and move its collection to a second-rate location borders on the absurd. Our council has got us into a huge, multifaceted mess called River Landing, and now it wants to save face as expediently as possible.

Owls and Roosters: River Landing debacle has entered realm of the absurd PDF Print E-mail

Joe Kuchta continues to dig into the shady deals and obfuscation surrounding the River Landing project on his Owls and Roosters blog:

"River Landing farce continues as city committee gives Lake Placid ‘unofficial’ extension; Coun. Glen Penner set to betray Aug. 19 vote on deadline..."

Read the full article at Owls and Roosters

Vince Varga supported Mendel Expansion on Spadina - what happened? PDF Print E-mail

Taken from "Mendel Art Gallery names new executive director" The StarPhoenix May 2, 2008

Speaking at a Friday morning news conference announcing his appointment, Varga immediately expressed his support for the expansion and renovation of the gallery. The Mendel requires $21.5 million for the project; of that, $4.6 million has been committed by the city, $4.1 million from the province, and an application for $6.6 million is in the hands of Heritage Canada.

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