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DIDSBURY ART SHOW & SALE 2022
Diane Anderson | Janice Anderson | Bill Anthony | Elsie Archer | Bernice Edwards | Christina Ekman
|John Smythe - FEATURED ARTIST
John (Jack) Smythe is a self developed artist who had an early interest in making and building things with his hands. In the mid 1980s he began a serious interest in wood turning.
Wood turning is as old as time itself. Early civilizations made vessels for practical use. Vessels display the beautiful grain hidden 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.
You will remember John, most recently, at the 2021 Mountain View Arts Festival.
A professional artist for 40 years, Diane has done several monumental sculptures, Calgary Stampede Rodeo trophies and many other memorial sculptures, including the RCMP Memorial to the Fallen Dog Monument. She created trophy sculptures for the Olympics and many special occasions and competitions including Spruce Meadows and many corporate awards.
Diane last showed in "A Brush with Art" in 2017.
Janice started drawing at a very young age. She loved colouring books and any blank piece of paper soon had a drawing on it. Her love for art was inspired by many art teachers and family who always encouraged her along.
Janice has participated in a few festivals and art shows during her school years and was often selected and given special recognition.
With her sisters, Janice owns Cornie's Daughters Fine Art Gallery in downtown Didsbury.
Janice will be showcasing in the Artist's Window.
Bill is an innovative and creative stained glass artist who has been honing his craft for over 28 years. He trained under highly skilled stained glass artists in Winnipeg before moving to Didsbury in 2003. Along with creating original pieces for clients, Bill does repairs and restoration work. Unique Stained Glass Works offers classes in the art form and sells supplies to hobbyists. Bill has shown his work at "A Brush with Art" Show and Sale for the past 8 years, and you may have seen his work at the Signatures Craft Show, Spruce Meadows Christmas Market, and many others across Western Canada.
Bill will be showcasing in the Artist's Window.
It was recognized early, that Elsie had a particular interest in art. She pursued her studies under numerous gifted art teachers over the years. After many years of nursing as an RN in the local hospital, Elsie was able to devote more time to painting.
Elsie lives in Didsbury with her husband and continues to paint. The mediums she uses are acrylic, watercolour and collage. Her subjects are varied and often whimsical. You can see her work at Cornie's Daughters Art Gallery in Didsbury.
Bernice grew up in Lumby, B.C. on a family farm. She now calls Didsbury, home. Bernice moved to Didsbury in 2021, but it is her hometown. She moved here in her mid-teens with her family in 1958. Art, music, literature were always her main strengths. Her last paid career was Production Education Media at the University of Calgary.
You may have seen Bernice's art work at the Ponoka Art Club and Ponoka Ag Society Annual Show.
Christina was born in East Central Alberta and grew up on a family farm, and learned early the importance of working together and getting and keeping everything looking great and staying that way. She worked many Farmers Markets and then set up a Florist Shop and it grew into a Garden Centre and commercial sales of cut flowers.
Upon retiring from the business in 2010, she started to get serious about the art world. She has painted some period pieces in black and white as well as landscapes and animals and her favourite trees. Christina now life in Innisfail having moved here in 2011.
|She has been part of the Calgary Stampede Gallery, Wellspring Art Shows, Brushed with Flair Art Show in Okotoks, and others for a number of years. Her work hangs on walls in Killam, Coronation, to the Calgary Flying Club in Springbank, and a piece into New Zealand, as a way of remembering their trip to Canada.
Christina will be showcasing in the Artist's Window.
Duane Erickson was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. Duane went to the Alberta College of Art and University of Calgary. When he finished school, he worked in national advertising for a farming manufacturer in Saskatoon.
Duane started painting seriously 15 years ago and has devoted his time to painting and photography. He is inspired by nature, which you can see in his paintings.
|Duane describes his work as realistic but strong in colour, with enough detail to keep you looking for more. Duane organized the Airdrie Art Society show for five years.|
Kristen is a self-taught Alberta based artist and is currently an Elected Member of the Society of Canadian Artists SCA. Her work is realistic acrylic paintings on canvas or linen.
Kristen is drawn into her work by the play of light and shadow within the landscape, and she strives to capture this strength within her paintings. It is her intent that the observer will feel as though they are within the painting as it is brought to life through these interactions and that it will awaken within them a sense of peacefulness, serenity and refreshment.
Valerie Jackson from Carstairs is a newcomer to the art scene. She took an online course last year to create watercolour bumblebees. She enjoyed it so much, that she continued with watercolour wildlife and then charcoal portaiture.
This is her first exhibition.
Dee's art study is mostly self-directed with a lot of play and experimentation and she has studied under masters such as Robert Genn, Michael O'Toole, and Susan Woolgar. When in studio she works from photos, plein-air studies or a still life set up. Dee has been known to enter the outdoors with paints, pastels or pencils in hand to study a cloud formation or tree shape, plein air painting is a fun activity.
She is most interested in high contrast light, shape and subject. Always a country girl, at least at heart, Dee reconnects to her rural roots whenever possible on canvas and/or paper. Painting in any medium helps her collect her experiences and distill them. Dee's work is varied in subject and medium because she appreciates that the significance of individuality and personal story can be told best with this approach but the common theme tends to be rural Alberta.
Dee is the current President of the Federation of Canadian Artists - Calgary Chapter. She remains a member in good standing with the Colored Pencil Society of America, is an active member of the Leighton Art Centre, and is an accredited member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, qualifying as a juror for this organization.
She has taught art workshops and classes for various art clubs and individuals, and has shown and sold her work in several galleries around Alberta at public and private events.
Leonard has loved art most of his life. He started drawing and sketching when he was quite young. He did a bit of pen and ink, then worked towards pastels as it felt close to his sketching.
Leonard has not had much experience with shows. He was a member at Wellspring Art group when he first moved back to Alberta, but was not able to do much with my art due to his workload.
We are very pleased to present Leonard's work at our Art Show & Sale.
Doug Sawka is an Alberta painter who enjoys expressing himself in a realistic manner through the use of oil and watercolour. Born and raised in Edmonton area, he has sketched and drawn since his teen years. Doug has taken many courses over the years from Grant McEwan College and the City Arts Centre. Having completed Frank Haddock's 2 year Apprenticeship program at the ARTRA Art School, he now strives for more developed and composed images.
|Doug received an award at the Open Art Competition in the Spruce Grove Allied Arts Council Open Art Show. His current passion is capturing candid moments that offer rare glimpses into a person's true character, as well as landscapes and historical scenes.|
Patti has been creative her entire life, and if you name a craft or art medium, chances are she's at least tried it. Patti can remember sketching horses in the back seat of the car when on family summer holidays. Most adults can recall that ONE Christmas gift that stands out as the best of all, and hers was when she got a massive all-inclusive art kit with instruction books, assorted pencils, and charcoal. She says she opened that thing and disappeared into her bedroom for the rest of 1975!
Patti will be showcasing in the Artist's Window.
|Patti studied graphic design in college believing she could make a living by combining her skill in art with business. As technology and jobs changed, she did less and less illustration, and hardly any real design. With the changes of the last two years, Patti decided that picking up a paintbrush again would be good therapy. Taking some paint workshops with Janice Gallant got her rolling, and she enjoys experimenting with acrylics now. Patti says she has much to learn, and is having a lot of fun remembering how to play again.
Patti lives in Olds with her husband and young adult children, all of whom told her it's about time she started showing her art in public. This will be Patti's first show since college.
Julia was born and raised in the town of Volodymyr, Ukraine. Since childhood, she has been very passionate about nature's beauty and colours. While attending high school, she studied art at a local art school for four years and graduated with honours. During this period she participated in several local art exhibitions but ultimately chose to pursue her secondary education in a different field. Some years later, she understood what art really meant to her and now she can't see herself without it.
After moving to Canada and observing the wonderful nature and beauty that this country has to offer, it really brought back her passion and has inspired her to paint again.
|Julia now calls Calgary home. You may remember her work from our 2019 Art Show and Sale.|
Steve grew up in Lumby, B.C. on a family farm. He has been painting for 20 years part-time. Steve has been involved in Christian ministry for 20 years - plus hands on work of all kinds. He and his wife, Rosella, have 4 children, 4 in-laws, and 12 grandchildren.
Steve has participated in Sundre Art Shows many times, several years in Ponoka Stampede Art Show and Canadian Finals Rodeo. He was juried into Calgary Stampede Art Auction in 2010.