Artwork Donated in Memory of Ken Sagal

On January 20, 2012, the arts community honoured the memory of former Arts Board chair, Ken Sagal, S.V.M., by donating a piece of artwork in his name to the Palliative Care Services Program at the Pasqua Hospital in Regina. The piece, North of Town: Buddied Up by Regina artist Bruce Anderson, was purchased with funds donated to the Saskatchewan Arts Board in Sagal's memory.

"Ken knew that the arts are an important part of everyday life. He worked to ensure that decision-makers and funders understood this importance. Above all, Ken understood that we are here for the sake of each other and to make the world a better place," said his wife, Jane Thurgood Sagal. "I want to thank Bruce Anderson for creating this work of art. It has a peaceful quality to it and I believe that it will bring much comfort to those who view it at the Palliative Care Centre."

"Palliative Care Services is deeply honored to exhibit such a meaningful piece of art that represents Ken and his values and beliefs," said Louise Cadrin, director of the Palliative Care Services Program at the Pasqua Hospital. "As well, we are appreciative of the acknowledgment of care and comfort given by our staff to Ken and his family. I have no doubt that this gift of solace and beauty will assist other families and patients during their stay on the Palliative Care Unit."

More than 50 members of the arts community were present at the unveiling. Former executive director of the Arts Board Jeremy Morgan, who worked closely with Sagal, said, "The gift of this work is so consistent with his generous nature, and the painting itself so strong an image of his values and his spirit. It was a real privilege and joy to count Ken as a friend, mentor and fellow worker. It is equally a privilege and joy to help keep bright his memory and his legacy to culture in Saskatchewan."

Sagal served on the Arts Board for eight years (2001-2009), including as vice-chair in 2003-2005 and as chair from 2006-2009. A long-standing board member of the Saskatchewan Council of Cultural Organizations in the 1990s, Sagal was instrumental in guiding its evolution to what is now SaskCulture Inc., for which he served as the inaugural president, 1996-1997.

Bruce Anderson
North of Town: Buddied Up, 2005
Oil on canvas

Photo: Courtesy of Nouveau Gallery

Ken Sagal photo: Michael Raine