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DIDSBURY ART SHOW & SALE - APRIL 7 & 8, 2018
Bill Anthony | Elsie Archer | Dan Archer | Donna Brink | Jim Brown | Chris Carlson | Delree Dumont
When Bill was introduced to stained glass, it consumed him. He started designing his own projects and experimenting with many other forms of glass. He couldn't put it down. He retired from teaching and moved from Winnipeg to Didsbury, opening a storefront studio, where he spends each day creating. He loves how light, natural and artificial, brings three dimensional life to pieces of flat glass.
Bill will be showcasing in the Artist's Window.
Born into an artistic and musical family, Elsie was encouraged to both sing and paint. It was recognized early that she had a singular interest in art and she was encouraged to pursue it. She moved to the small rural town of Didsbury where she nursed, studied art, married and raised a family of three. She began teaching art in 1976, and teaches to this very day. Teaching encourages her to keep abreast of new techniques. She is a member of theWellspring Visual Art Network ,and the Canadian Federation of Artists, both Calgary and Vancouver chapters. Her work can be seen Different Strokes Gallery in Olds.
Dan Archer has been an avid photographer since his high school years at Prairie High in Three Hills. He also enjoys creative writing. Dan graduated from Vancouver Island University in 2005 with a major degree in creative writing and a minor degree in history. In 2016, he earned an MA in creative writing at Bath Spa University in the United Kingdom. He is presently working as a care worker in Olds.
Donna Brink is from Hanna, Alberta, where she lives with her husband Paul. She was inspired at a very young age to start drawing using pencil and wax crayons, later developing into colour paintings using acrylics and oils. She specializes in Realism, capturing the true life essence of her subjects. The iconic elevators of Hanna and its railway history have become an intricate part of her portfolio. Many of her commission works portray Hanna's farming community and the CN railroad.
Donna will be showcasing in the Artist's Window.
|Jim Brown - FEATURED ARTIST
Jim has lived in Alberta all of his life and enjoys its diversity. Most of his creative influences come from his surroundings. Living in rural Alberta he has always enjoyed camping, hiking and fishing in our natural area. Jim has been in our art show the last 5 years, and is a fan favourite. Last year, he received the People's Choice Award, and this year, Jim Brown is our Featured Artist!
Come visit with Jim any time this weekend.
Chris Carlson (Day One) is an artist from the Samson Cree nation in Maskwacis, Alberta. Chris is a Tier 2 member of the Battle Axe Warriors. Chris' art is politically charged, traditional, native art mixed with a modern style. With the use of spray paint, paint markers & acrylic paint, Chris brings his thoughts on current events to life, adding his own personal touch.
Chris will be showcasing in the Artist's Window.
Delree Dumont is a First Nation woman whose family is from Onion Lake Cree Nation. She left after 32 years in the oil and gas to pursue her artistic endeavours full time. Her style is called pointillism and paints using acrylics. She owns a Native Art Gallery in Didsbury that showcases not only her art work, but other aboriginal artisans, designers and crafters. Delree has recently returned from Germany where she represented Indigenous Artists from Canada.
Christina was born in East Central Alberta and lived and farmed and owned and operated florist shop and greenhouse and garden center as well as 3 acres of cut flowers for 26 years. She moved to this area to be closer to the arts communities. Christina works mostly in acrylic and watercolour, subjects being rural and nature with an emphasis on period paintings.
Christina will be showcasing in the Artist's Window.
Michelle was an animator for over 25 years. She now creates needle felted animals as well as drawings and paintings. She recently moved to Acme from Ontario and has been excited to get involved in the art community.
Michelle will be showcasing in the Artist's Window.
It is her farm life and all its miracles of nature that give Gayle inspiration for her paintings. She likes to portray the details of agriculture, rural people, livestock, and wildlife for other people to enjoy and appreciate. Gayle specializes in watercolour, gouache and acrylic mediums. Gayle won the People's Choice Award at "A Brush With Art" Art Show & Sale in 2012, 2013, and 2016. Gayle will be showcasing in the Artist's Window.
Marcella LaBelle uses primarily acrylic on canvas. Her favourite is figurative painting and is fascinated by the stories one can tell with just a paintbrush. She studies how light plays off different pigments and enjoys the meticulous nature of glazing. Painting is an elusive pastime, as she juggles practicing optometry with new motherhood.
Ashley Leggette has lived in Didsbury for the past five years and loves it. Ashley is a single mom, and owns a cleaning company. Under the name of Aura Art Concepts, she likes to paint in her spare time. Besides painting, Ashley also does custom artworks, original pieces, murals, tattoo design, sketches, and sign painting. At last year's art show, was a fan favourite, as she sold several pieces.
Brenda has been a professional Fine Artist for 30 years. She has owned Tourigny and Marce, Wood Artisans since 2003. Her work includes Multidimensional Mixed Media, and she was on the University of Alberta's Faculty of Extension in Fine Arts from 1989 to 1993.
Brett Heidi is passionate in investigating how the perception of colour is affected by light. She lives in Olds where she is surrounded by inspiring sites that take her back to moments of life on the farm. As she says, one of the most special perks to living here is the incredible view of the Rocky Mountains that are preceded by farm fields and rolling foothills. She has experience with painting in oil and watercolour but recently prefers acrylic. Since 2001 she has accepted commissions to sketch portraits of people and animals. Her art is among collections in Canada, United States, Mexico, South Africa, and New Zealand.
Megan creates custom Acrylic Pours. She dabbles in other styles of art such as water colour and sketching, as well. Crafting was a large part of her childhood and she found herself constantly doodling on her homework. As an adult, art became an outlet to relieve stress and an escape from the usual day to day. Megan was drawn to acrylic pouring because of the controlled technique and the spontaneous outcome. This is Megan's first art show.
Robin Rohl is a certified Paverpol teacher and has been teaching workshops to students for 8 years. A creative production of sculptures is accomplished with the use of a diverse range of mediums and durable materials. This allows her to create one of kind pieces of art. The working techniques that unfold while she is creating inspires her the freedom to accomplish movement and flow with no guided principles. You may have seen her work at the Nanton Art Gallery and the Leighton Art Center. Under her business, Bird's Nest Designs, Robin is a returning artist at the Black Diamonds Cultivation of Art. She will also be participating in Artists at Work at the Didsbury Art Festival this September.
Robin will be showcasing in the Artist's Window.
Melany Sealy is a self taught artist who comes from the foothills of Alberta. She is experienced in many mediums but acrylic painting is her main choice to work with. She has competed many times in Art Battle and has successfully sold her work across Canada. She opened Rusty Brush Art and Gifts in Sundre Alberta in late 2017 which is home to 21 local artists and she teaches classes for all ages at her studio. This year she is hosting Art Battle Sundre along with other events. She started a series which will exhibit in Edmonton as well as Toronto called Shades of Wild. Melany will be showcasing in the Artist's Window.
John Smythe is a self developed artist. In the mid 1980s he began a serious interest in wood turning which he continues to develop. Early civilizations made vessels for practical use. Vessels display the beautiful grain within the wood. Decorated wood turning is relatively new and has now become an artist's medium, while retaining the beauty of the wood itself. John enjoys experimenting with different mediums to create works of art.
From as early as she can remember, Laura Tanner has been drawing and making things. She was lucky enough to attend the Banff Centre School of Fine Arts for the summer session when I was 17, and in university took art classes, although her main focus was studied architecture. She practiced residential design for most of her adult life. No longer designing houses, Laura has time and energy for other artistic endeavours. She is very eclectic in her mediums, from acrylic wash, charcoal, water colour, oil pastel, to photography, clay and papier mache.
|Kalum Teke Dan
Kalum Teke Dan's accomplishments have come about via the school-of-hard-knocks, enabling him to succeed because of his raw talent, his determination to do it the old-fashioned way - through trial and error, confidence, patience and perseverance, and an ongoing desire to create art. Kalem is a Blackfoot artist and member of southern Alberta's Blood Tribe. You may remember visiting with him at our Indigenous Day of the Arts last September.
After a 36 year career in the gas transmission business, Cliff Thompson retired and built a winter home in Mesa, Arizona. It was there when he first saw the art of Intarsia. He was immediately hooked. Since that time Cliff has devoted countless hours in perfecting the art of Intarsia and has enjoyed the many challenges. Intarsia is a form of wood inlay, or an inlaid mosaic of wood which probably was derived from the East Asian ivory and wood inlay. Today, Intarsia is created by selecting different types of wood,using its natural grain patterns and colours (rather than dyes and stainens). Each piece of wood is then individually cut, shaped, and sanded before fitting them together like a jigsaw puzzle. Cliff and his wife Agnes moved to Didsbury where he built a wonderful workshop to continue his art of Intarsia.