Sketches of Saskatoon The Scoop

Special Bonus Offer – Celebrating Sketches of Saskatoon 3rd Printing

I’ve recently taken possession of the third printing of my book, Sketches of Saskatoon. Copies of SOS continue to be very popular as gifts for travelers, family and business visitors, colleagues, clients, as well as lovers of art and this city of Saskatoon.

To celebrate the third printing, this special offer is available from now until the end of 2017. With each bundle of 10 or more copies that is ordered from my online shop, I will also include a special bonus gift of an original painting with a Saskatoon theme or image.

Each original will be 5×7, mounted on a 6×8 mat board (as shown here) and wrapped in a cello pack ready for presentation and gifting – or to keep and enjoy yourself.

The image shown on the right (that of a Saskatoon classic – the Delta Bessborough) is the gift that will accompany the very first ten-pack purchased.

The price of a bundle of 10 books is already discounted by 10%. The bonus painting is in addition to that discount. Deeper discounts are available on larger quantities.

To take advantage of this special offer, go directly to this link for complete pricing details and to place your order.


SOS Now Available At SoulPaper

Soul Paper logoSoulPaper, the sweetest, most browsable shop on 20th Street in Saskatoon bills itself as a premier paperie and creative hub. And it is all that, and more.

Thanks so much to proprietor, Susan Gallagher, for including Sketches of Saskatoon for sale amongst the many gifts and books carried in the shop. Since the first copies first went on display in May, Susan has called twice to have me replenish their stock. It seems SoulPaper clientele are great fans of Sketches of Saskatoon.

The only ‘problem’ is that each time I drop more books at the shop, I always take a look around at what’s on offer. And, I always find a thing or two I just have to purchase before I leave. 🙂

If you haven’t yet visited SoulPaper, be sure to drop in at 118-20th Street West. You’ll be delighted you did!

CAA Summer Magazine Feature on Sketches of Saskatoon

CAA Composite Clipping-150Thanks to the fine folks at CAA Saskatchewan for including a promo feature on Sketches of Saskatoon in their Summer 2016 magazine. You can read it for yourself here. Just click on the clipping to enlarge.

And, you can pick up your copies of SOS at the Saskatchewan Travel Shops and also through the CAA Online Shop.

Sketches makes a great gift for your travels, your hosts, and your guests who might be visiting you.

New Spot To Pick Up Your Copies Of SOS

CA Sk-wA big shout out to the folks at CAA Saskatchewan, and in particular to Loretta Nelson who manages Travel Merchandise Services.

CAA Sask will now be including copies of Sketches of Saskatoon for sale in their CAA stores. This is great news, as CAA members will be able to pick up copies of SOS to take along as travel gifts when they drop in at CAA to plan their upcoming trips.

Yet another way for this great ‘tuck it under your arm and give it away’ ambassador for our fine city to make its way around the world!

And The Winner Is…

SOS SaskMade Draw-wThrough the month of December, all who purchased copies of Sketches of Saskatoon at SaskMade Marketplace were eligible to drop their names in the draw for a framed original watercolor painting by yours truly.

Here are Candace Ippolito (CEO and Owner of SaskMade) and myself with the draw box and the prize painting, about to choose the lucky winner from the many entries.

Congratulations to Stan Miko, the lucky recipient of the painting, Road To Somewhere.

Thanks to all who dropped by SaskMade Marketplace here in Saskatoon to make their purchases. And a special tip of the Santa hat to Candace and the good folks at SaskMade for partnering on this promotion.

Merry Christmas and best wishes for a Happy New Year to all.

SOS At Artist’s Loft Winter Gift Gallery

Artist's Loft LogoBe sure to include the new Winter Gift Gallery at the Artist’s Loft (617 Main Street) on your shopping prowls.

You’ll find lovely works of arts with jewelry, glass and pottery, too.

You’ll also find on offer my Sketches of Saskatoon books and several of my small size original watercolors.

Owners, Cheryl Tuck-Tallon and Denyse Klette, will make you feel right at home! Enjoy!

Luck Of The Draw!

SAskMade Markteplace-wHere’s wishing you the luck of the draw!

Between now and December 22, each customer at SaskMade Marketplace who buys copies of Sketches of Saskatoon, will receive both a beautiful book and also an entry form for a special draw.


Road to Somewhere-Outlined-wThe winning prize in the draw is an original watercolor painting by Patricia Katz titled, Road To Somewhere. It’s 8″ x 10” in size – matted, framed and ready to hang.

Be sure to drop on over to SaskMade Marketplace at 1621 8th Street E in Saskatoon, to pick up your copies of Sketches of Saskatoon, and pop your name in the draw.

Sketches of Saskatoon makes an awesome gift for friends, family, employees, colleagues, and clients – near and far.


SOS Featured by SaskMade Marketplace

SAsk Made Lawson SOS-wThanks to Amanda Wilkins and the fine folks at SaskMade Marketplace for featuring Sketches of Saskatoon in their pop up shop at Lawson Heights Mall during the pre-Christmas shopping season.

Sask Made Marketplace does such a great job of profiling and promoting Saskatchewan ‘born and raised’ products – including books and works of art.

Be sure to drop by their main shop on 8th Street here in Saskatoon and check out their food goodies, too. Mmmm….Saskatoon berry this and Saskatoon berry that, amongst them.

A Very Happy Prize Winner

Prize Winner, Jo Garrad

Prize Winner, Jo Garrad


She was excited, and so was I!

It was such fun delivering the Saskatoon Panorama canvas print to prize winner, Jo Garrad of Saskatoon, just two days before Christmas.

Jo’s name was drawn from a total of 68 entries in the pre-Christmas promotion sponsored in partnership with McNally Robinson Booksellers.

Each person who bought a copy of Sketches of Saskatoon at McNally from late November through December 22 was eligible to enter the draw for this 16 x 20” print of the cover image of the book.

Jo relocated here from Australia just a couple of years ago, and was thrilled to receive this print to hang on her Saskatoon walls. She told me she loves Sketches of Saskatoon and the way it presents her new hometown.

Helen & Pat making the draw

Helen & Pat making the draw

Thanks to Helen MacPherson (store manager) and Caroline Walker (consignment coordinator) at McNally for being so supportive of the promotion and for doing such a terrific job of profiling the book and the contest in the store. Helen shared in the fun of making the draw and placing the phone call to the winning entry.

So sorry if yours was not the winning entry, but it’s not too late to get your own prints of any of the images that are featured Sketches of Saskatoon. See this link for more details.

And, of course, it’s never too late to pick up more copies of Sketches of Saskatoon at McNally or online or at many of the other fine retailers who carry it here in Saskatoon.

SOS Joins Book Club At Saskatoon Public Library

Public Library-wMark your calendars for 7:00 pm on the evening of Thursday, December 11. Come on down and join me at the Frances Morrison Library for some Sketches of Saskatoon fun.

Leah Bruce of the Saskatoon Public Library will be hosting the Thursday evening Book Club gathering in the Gallery on the second floor.

I’ll be sharing some background info on SOS and how it came to be, answering your questions, and joining you in conversation about how we use images to convey a sense of home.

The event is open to all. No advance registration is necessary. Hot coffee will be provided on what might be a chilly winter’s evening.

The library will have several of their loan copies of SOS on hand. I’ll also bring a few copies of the book for sale that evening. They make great seasonal gifts – as do the prints of images from the book. I’ll have a few prints available for purchase as well.

Appearing here is the full SPL promo info for the event. Looking forward to seeing you there.

Patricia Katz: Author Reading

Join us as Patricia Katz reads from her book, Sketches of Saskatoon, and leads a discussion. Stroll along the sunny sidewalks of Saskatoon, relax along the riverside and relish skating outside. We’ll explore Saskatoon through her artwork and discuss how our sense of home is depicted through visual images.

Thursday / Dec 11 / 7-8 pm

Frances Morrison Central Library / The Gallery