Anyone creating anything that will be seen or heard by anyone else requires a certain level of vulnerability and courage.

This is according to two local creators, recording artist Dan Cugnet, and visual artist Regan Lanning. 

With yet another recognition from a Saskatchewan music industry association, Cugnet told Discover Weyburn that he began creating his music later in life, in his 40s, as a hobby. He said he had to get comfortable with sharing it, which isn't always easy for everyone.

"You're exposing yourself, and there's a bit of needing to be able to just be vulnerable, and that's an awkward thing, right? To slowly get more comfortable with, 'okay, I'm doing this and am I going to be embarrassed by what this is, in a year, or two years, or five years?' I think it's just being okay with, 'you know what? I'm gonna make this. It's going to go out there, and that's what it's going to be'," he shared. 

Cugnet offered advice for aspiring musicians and artists of any medium.

"It's like doing anything else. The more you do it, the more practice, you get at it, and hopefully the more comfortable you get. I think it you just do it and you put yourself out there, right? The hardest part, I think, is just, you know, putting yourself out there." 

Read more HERE about Cugnet's nomination and his process along the way, with his rise from not making music to being recognized in the industry. 

dan cugnet guitarPhoto courtesy of Dan Cugnet.

A similar sentiment was echoed by City Curator Regan Lanning, who is a potter and painter, as well as a facilitator for a number of art events.

Regan LanningFile photo from Estevan's third Ev Johnson Adjudicated Art Show in 2018, when Regan Lanning (at right) won top spot. She is pictured here with two of her works along with adjudicator Alison Norlen.

On the topic of the registration deadline of December 15th for the James Weir Peoples Choice exhibition, she expressed the need to encourage artists who may not have been part of the exhibition in previous years.

"A lot of us create in silence, and we create in darkness, and we don't share that with people. It's really like vulnerable. You have to be really vulnerable to share art, because art is so often incredibly personal, and it can be scary."

She added that 2024 will be the 40th anniversary of the James Weir Peoples Choice, which is the longest-running people's choice in western Canada.

"It's free to attend, free to put a piece in, and it is probably our most-viewed and most well-attended exhibition of the year. It's a fun lesson about the importance of voting and it really celebrates all of our local talent."

Find more details about signing up for the JWPC below in the related article link.

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