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Published February 11th 2013
Go before it's gone
The gallery and conservatory are perched on the bank of the South Saskatchewan River and is the premier destination for contemporary and historical art in Saskatoon.
The gallery changes its exhibitions quarterly. Over 5, 800 works by local, regional and national artists make up the gallery's permanent collection. The Mendel Art Gallery opened on October 16, 1964 and is a testament to Fred Mendel's generous spirit, sense of civic responsibility, and passion for visual art and progressive vision.
The new Remai Art Gallery is projected to open in 2014/2015 and the Mendel's collection will move there. Visiting the Mendel Art Gallery is a much loved past time for many residents and visitors can enjoy the exhibits, meet friends in the cafe, shop at the gift shop, look at plants in the conservatory, and participate in community programming. The Gallery Shop is a charming place to buy unique gifts from local, national and international craftspeople.
The Civic Conservatory is located adjacent to the gallery. More than 80, 000 visitors pass through the conservatory every year. The conservatory has seasonal flower displays and a collection of orchids, tropical and arid plants. It is especially enjoyable to visit during the cold winter months and the conservatory is bright, peaceful, warm and full of colour.
Located in the Mendel Art Gallery is Museo Cafe. The cafe has been recognized nationally for the fine craftsmanship exhibited by the baristas in the preparation of their coffee. The cafe serves premium coffee and tea as well as a pastries, paninis, home-made soups, salads, and desserts.
A finely crafted caffe latte at Museo Photo Credit: Lisa Gulak