In 1961, maverick art gallery director, Ronald Bloore, mounted The May Show at the MacKenzie Art Gallery, an exhibition that would establish Regina as a leading centre of modernist abstraction for years to come. Displaying his own work in the company of paintings by fellow Regina artists, Kenneth Lochhead, Arthur McKay, Douglas Morton and Ted Godwin, along with architectural projects by Clifford Wiens, the exhibition was later picked up by the National Gallery of Canada, minus the architect, and renamed Five Painters from Regina. This exhibition looks back at the legacy of this renowned group through a selection of paintings spanning five decades by five artists.
Photographs The Regina Five posing in front of a classic Lincoln Continental behind the former Norman MacKenzie Art Gallery, 1964. Left to right: Ronald Bloore, Arthur McKay, Douglas Morton, Kenneth Lochhead, Ted Godwin. Photos courtesy of the University of Regina Archives and Special Collections.