Taking place from July 25th to August 1st, the Emma International Collaboration is an unstructured, creative collaboration between invited artists from all over the world. Affectionately known as “Emma,” this biennial week-long residency takes place at the Ness Creek Festival Site in Northern Saskatchewan. Artists at various stages of their careers are challenged to step outside their usual art practice to explore medium, technique, and subject matter through hands on collaboration and exciting creative exchange.

Tammy Gebhardt



Tammy Gebhardt Visual Artist


What is your current area of artistic interest?

Lamps, Tree Angels, and Yellow. Working on upcycled metal lamps, all unique with a variety of light sources. Lamps have rust converter and then paint applied, or left natural raw metal. Tree Angels are wire framed, polymer sculpted head and shoulders with textile bodice. Abstract color exploration on canvass, messing around to find a soothing balance with yellow variations as prime color.

What is an an interesting or surprising aspect of yourself as an artist?

I have used art as a communication tool in supporting resilience. Art as a tool for self-exploration with a guide, in a safe place can assist people in awareness of self. Focusing on stress and then strengths in how people are coping, can be enhanced with the use of painting in an abstract mode to express.  Validation and then something tangible from the creation of an art piece can be empowering. As a guide, it is very satisfying.

If you could have an artistic super power, what would it be?

What is the biggest thrill for you as an Emma participant?

The people, the amazing people you meet at Emma. Inclusion in projects with some amazing, highly skilled artists is the biggest thrill for me.

Emma Art Auctions

Ness Creek

  • WHEN: Wednesday, August 1
  • WHERE: Ness Creek Festival Site, east of Big River, SK


  • WHEN: Thursday, August 2
  • WHERE: Holy Family Cathedral, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon, SK

These live and silent art auctions take place at the end of Emma at the site and in Saskatoon. The auctions are fun, free, and open to the public. This could be the beginning of your art collection! See what artistic magic occurred at the week-long collaboration! Bid on sculptures, paintings, furnishings, jewellery, and wearable art created by more than 80 international, national, and local artists. Proceeds help fund the next Emma.

The Saskatoon auction will feature food by Fresh Dish Catering and a musical performance by Saskatoon local Ellen Froese.