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CREATIVE LEGACIES Private collections build public galleries



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Lucian Freud, Andrew Querner, Bratsa Bonifacho, The Dentist Brothers

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Marché de Noël, 30 x 40 inches, Acrylic on canvas

In Permanent Exhibition

C O N T E N T S Spring 2012 Vol. 11 No. 1




Creative Legacies


Private collectors are as crucial as ever to the survival of our public galleries By Beverly Cramp

Gospel Truth

By Monique Westra

Feature Previews

Shows scheduled for the fall season The Dentist Brothers .................... 18 Andrew Querner ......................... 20 Bratsa Bonifacho ......................... 22


Deanna Bowen digs deep into complex family history in Stories to Pass On…

First Impressions

News and events from across the region



Exhibition Reviews

Exclusive reviews of recent shows throughout Western Canada Michèle Mackasey ....................... 25 Jane Ash Poitras .......................... 25 Dean Drever ................................ 26 Up North .................................... 26 The Point Is ................................. 28 Sonny Assu ................................. 28 On the Nature of Things.............. 29

43 Collectors

Nine artists to consider right now Tom Gale .................................... 43 Joseph Plaskett ............................ 43 Chris Woods ............................... 43 Melissa Jean ................................ 44 Seguso Vetri d’Arte / Flygsfors ..... 44 Aleksandra Rdest......................... 44 Blake Ward ................................. 45 Michael Tickner ........................... 45 Nicolas Bott ................................ 45



Out of Obscurity

46 Auctions

Mother Tongue Publishing’s labour of love brings back vanished British Columbia artists

Spring 2011 Review

By Beverly Cramp



Back Room

Lucian Freud, Woman Holding Foot, etching, 1985 By Jill Sawyer


In My Opinion

Jeffrey Spalding on Canadian artists’ star treatment outside Canada


What’s in the galleries this season

Gu Xiong .................................... 48 Hua Jin ....................................... 50 Robert Marchessault ................... 52 Greta Guzek ................................ 54 Ken Webb ................................... 56 Neil McClelland ........................... 57 Edward Poitras ............................ 58 George Campbell Tinning ............ 60 Michael Dumontier ..................... 62



Previews and Profiles


Sources Where to find fine



art galleries across the west

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On the Cover: Dana Claxton, Paint Up #1 (detail), chromogenic print, 2010, ed. 2 of 4. Collection of Michael Audain and Yoshiko Karasawa, from the Vancouver Art Gallery exhibition Shore, Forest and Beyond: Art from the Audain Collection.


Marcel Barbeau, SUMMERTIME-2005, acrylic/canvas, 59” x 59”


Re p resenting M arc e l Barb e au , R . C . A. Born in 1925 in Montreal, Barbeau studied with Paul-Emile Borduas. A Junior Member of the Contemporary Arts Society and one of the first Automatistes, a group which included Jean-Paul Riopelle, Pierre Gauvreau and Fernand Leduc, he signed REFUS GLOBAL and has been included in every exhibition featuring this group of Canadian pioneers of abstract painting. Barbeau’s works are included in most Canadian public collections and in museums in Europe and the USA. He lives and works in Montreal.


Senior Canadian Artists Working on Paper Including works by Marcel Barbeau, Ken Christopher, Scott Goudie, Ken Esler, Douglas Haynes, Luke Lindoe, Ron Shuebrook 816 11 Avenue SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0E5 403-263-4346 • Location of the


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Up front in the visual arts Royal BC Museum opens satellite gallery in Vancouver

Takes over summer exhibition space in Bob Rennie's Wing Sang building

The Wing Sang building at 51 East Pender in Vancouver, built in 1889.


ancouver realtor and art collector Bob Rennie's Wing Sang gallery in the city’s Chinatown neighbourhood will house the first satellite gallery of the Royal British Columbia Museum. A unique concept, Rennie’s donation of gallery space during the summer months will give greater public access to the province’s valuable Victoria-based collection. “We’re very excited about this possibility,” says museum CEO Pauline Rafferty. “We’ve had travelling exhibitions, but have always wanted a satellite gallery, to share our treasures with a larger population.” The inaugural exhibition at Wing Sang opens June 15 and features Emily Carr's artwork, sketchbooks, photographs and diaries. “It will be wonderful to be in Chinatown,” Rafferty says. The Wing Sang building at 51 East Pender Street is the oldest building in Chinatown, making it a good fit for the museum partnership, she adds. Summer exhibitions at the satellite gallery will focus on the museum’s human and natural history artifacts, amassed over the last 125 years. "When we curate these shows, we’ll also consider how the objects will fit into the space,” she says. Rennie calls the collaboration a good fit, adding that the additional space will give the public more access to the museum's enormous collection of artifacts. "There are seven million pieces," he says. "They need space to breathe." He adds that part of the purpose behind the project is to help 10 Galleries West Spring 2012

stabilize the neighbourhood, adjacent to Vancouver’s troubled downtown eastside. "We thought culture would be the best role we could take. " He estimates 30,000 people will visit the gallery this summer, giving a boost to the nearby attractions, including local restaurants and shops, and the Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Garden across the street. The front section of the three-storey Wing Sang building was built in 1889 by businessman Yip Sang, who added an extension in 1912 for his four wives and 23 children, with an elevated passageway connecting the two buildings. Eventually the property was vacated and fell into disrepair. Rennie spent four years on the renovations. His real estate offices are now housed in the front and he’s installed some of his contemporary art collection, first opened to the public in 2009, in a soaring four-storey-high gallery. Summer visitors to the Royal B.C. Museum satellite will find artifacts and a gift shop on the main floor, before ascending the stairs. "We want to consider how best to use the space and bring out the collection in unusual and unexpected ways," says Tim Willis, the museum’s director of Exhibitions and Visitor Experience, about the 40-foot-high gallery space. Getting ready for summer of 2012, he’s planning a unique use of the physical space. "We really want to intrigue visitors," he says. — Janet Nicol


2012 Winter & Spring Shows January 6 - 28 Brenda Estill, Melanie Morstad

Galt / Glenbow exhibition wins anthropology award A recent exhibition that brought five historic Blackfoot artifacts back to Alberta has won a prize from the American Anthropology Association. The exhibition, which loaned five Blackfoot hairlock shirts to Calgary’s Glenbow Museum and the Galt Museum in Lethbridge, won the 2011 Michael M. Ames Prize for Innovative Museum Anthropology for its curators and researchers, from the U.K.’s Pitt Rivers Museum and the University of Aberdeen. The shirts, nearly 200 years old, were originally collected in traditional Blackfoot territory, in what became Alberta, by George Simpson, then governor of the Hudson’s Bay Company. They had been given to his secretary, Edward Hopkins. Made with traditional methods and materials — elk and deer hide, porcupine quills, and horse and human hair adornments, they’ve been in the collection of the Pitt Rivers Museum at Oxford University since 1893. Ontario artists win 2011 Sobey Art Award Daniel Young and Christian Giroux are the recipients of the 2011 Sobey Art Award, winning the $50,000 top prize at a ceremony at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in October.

Daniel Young and Christian Giroux, 35mm colour motion picture film, installation, 2010. Winners of the 2011 Sobey

February 3 - 25 EXPOSURE PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL Erin Wallace, Kurtis Lesick, Kai Scholefield, Aynsley Stelfox and Sean Esopenko

Art Award.

Given annually to artists 40 and under for outstanding Canadian contemporary art, the duo were chosen by a cross-Canada jury panel from a short-list which included Charles Stankievich (West Coast and Yukon), Sarah Anne Johnson (Prairies and North), Manon De Pauw (Quebec), and Zeke Moores (Atlantic). Working collaboratively since 2002, Young and Giroux have created works in sculpture, public art and film installation, exploring architecture and the built environment. The award is given every year by the Sobey Art Foundation and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. KAG, AGA announce new, upgraded positions Charo Neville has been recently appointed curator at the Kamloops Art Gallery, as predecessor Annette Hurtig moves into the position of adjunct curator. A former independent curator, Neville was most recently interim director / curator at Vancouver’s Artspeak artist run centre, and before that was associate director at the Catriona Jeffries Gallery. She had worked previously with KAG on the

March 2 - 24 Joanne MacDonald, Karen E. Leroy

April 6 - 28 Peter Ivens

May 4 - 28 Thai Le Ngo, Connie Cooper

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Artists renew Regina heritage building New Creative City Centre moves in downtown


egina has recently had a boost to its burgeoning arts scene — the Creative City Centre, which opened last May in the downtown core, which gives artists a unique place to develop and produce work. The idea for the Centre was originated by local artist Marian Donnelly, but it took her several years to get it off the ground and into a permanent space. She began by setting up Inner Circle Creative City Development Corp., a non-profit organization, with a mandate to transform under-utilized buildings into spaces for artists to be creative and productive. From that initial move back in 2004, Donnelly has turned a heritage building in much need of repair into a vibrant arts and cultural hub. Now the building is home to a variety of artists, including the Regina Fashion Collective, a group of a dozen innovative young designers. The third floor has three studio spaces, with two rented out to Articulate Ink, a printing collective formed by recent graduates from the University of Regina. Artist-in-residence Terri Fidelak occupies the third studio and holds a series of monthly workshops, including glass making, printing, leather work, beading, quilting and photography. She also hosts bi-monthly life-drawing sessions under the banner of “Mr. Dressup’s Revenge.” “We’re leaning more towards tenants who are contributing to the programming in the building, rather than people who are just looking for a quiet place to paint or write,” Donnelly says. The Hague Gallery, named after Harold Hague, who provided Donnelly with the space in the building above his store, Loggie’s Shoes, holds revolving monthly exhibitions of work by local artists, and serves as a small concert venue. “Everything we’re doing is about making it affordable for artists to actually do something, to promote their work, to showcase their work, to develop their work,” Donnelly says. At Articulate Ink, the collective is designing and producing commercial and fine-art prints. “The idea is to provide an accessible print-making facility to artists in Regina and Saskatchewan,” says printmaker Michelle Brownridge. “This gives us the opportunity to have this facility, to put our equipment in, to work, to meet other artists, to network.” — Rebecca Lawrence Articulate Ink, inside the new

collaborative team that organized artist Rebecca Belmore’s Venice Biennale project in 2005. Meanwhile, the MacKenzie Art Gallery in Regina has appointed Jeremy Morgan as interim director, as current director Stuart Reid returns to Ontario to become director and curator at Rodman Hall Arts Centre at Brock University in St. Catherine’s. Morgan is former executive director of the Saskatchewan Arts Board, and as a consultant had run 12 Galleries West Spring 2012

recent strategic planning sessions at the gallery. He will helm the MacKenzie while the gallery conducts a search for a new executive director. And in Edmonton, curator Catherine Crowston has taken on the role of acting executive director at the Art Gallery of Alberta, as outgoing executive director Gilles Hebert moves into a role as vice president of Museum Practice at Winnipeg’s new Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Hired in

1997 as senior curator at the AGA, Crowston was appointed deputy director and chief curator in 2006. She will remain in her role as chief curator during the transition period. Victoria gallery awards first Audain Fellowship The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria will undertake a curatorial project that will explore the history of Aboriginal artists and artists of colour on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands,

part of the gallery’s first Audain Aboriginal Curatorial Fellowship. The Fellowship went to B.C.-based artists France Trepanier and Chris CreightonKelly, who will create the project Here Now: Here Before for the AGGV. The project will bring together the work of Aboriginal artists with work by artists of Chinese, South Asian, and African roots on Vancouver Island. “Too often Aboriginal art is defined solely by its relationship to European culture and


Creative City Centre in Regina.


ELIAS © Gordon Hawkins

Serenity, acrylic on canvas, 36" x 72"

“Not one of her paintings is without

exquisite colour, passionate energy and committed detailing.” - Jean Stilwell, Singer and Co-Host and Co-Producer of Good Day GTA at the New Classical 96.3FM in Toronto


Jean Stilwell with her commissioned painting by Elias.

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Fibre Optics

Diana Un-Jin Cho “Chogak Colour #27”

February 8 to 18, 2012 Three person fibre art exhibit during Michael Tremblay’s Albertine in Five Times Open during show times and Saturdays 10 am to 3 pm

Diverse Scapes

April 4 to 14, 2012 An exploration of the rural and urban landscape during Timberlake Wertenbaker’s The Love of the Nightingale Open during show times and Saturdays 10 am to 3 pm Eileen Raucher-Sutton “Looking up, Antelope Canyon” - detail

Lobby of Walterdale Playhouse, 10322 - 83 Avenue, Edmonton, 780-439-2845 Open: During performances Wednesday through Sunday, Saturdays from 10 am - 3 pm


Honouring ASA Volunteers Art work by ASA Gallery volunteers. January 4 to 29, 2012 Opening: January 15, 1:30 to 3:30 pm Liz Sullivan “Sunny Meadows, Stormy Skies”

New Members, New Works Welcoming new ASA members. March 7 to April 22, 2012 Opening: March 11, 1:30 to 3:30 pm Leona Olausen “Root Series #16”

Ballroom of Lougheed House, 707 - 13 Ave SW, Free admission to the Gallery and Gift Shop Open: Wednesday to Friday, 11am - 4pm, Saturday and Sunday 10 am - 4 pm, 403-244-6333

LOUGHEED HOUSE M U S E U M A N D N AT I O N A L H I S TO R I C S I T E p r e s e n t s

The Sandstone City By George Webber

February 1 to March 4, 2012 Opening Reception February 8, 2012 During 2010 and 2011 George Webber wandered the city of Calgary photographing schools, churches, court houses, libraries, commercial buildings and residences built from the distinctive tawny sandstone that once earned Calgary the nickname “The Sandstone City”. The photographs were made with the legendary Holga toy camera loaded with old fashioned film. The results are a distinctively low tech rendering of some very handsome architecture. Visit Historic Lougheed House Museum and National Historic Site 707 - 13 Ave SW Calgary AB 403-244-6333 Wednesday to Friday 11am - 4pm Saturday and Sunday 10am - 4pm

The ASA is accepting applications for full membership. Deadline for this year’s jurying is March 1, 2012. Please visit our website for information and application forms: The ASA and Lougheed House gratefully acknowledge their funding partners and the support of the Government of Alberta’s ‘Community Spirit Donation Program‘

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history,” says AGGV director Jon Tupper, about the project. “This ground-breaking project will add new knowledge to a subject that has been largely overlooked by art historians and scholars.” The Audain Fellowship at the AGGV, created in 2010 with an endowment from the Audain Foundation for the Visual Arts in British Columbia, is the only one of its kind in Canada. William Kurelek goes digital at the Winnipeg Art Gallery Among the treasures stored online as part of the new joint venture — a video of William Kurelek’s basement art studio and a trailer for the re-mastered 1970 documentary William Kurelek’s The Maze. Created as a collaborative project with the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Art Gallery of Hamilton, and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, and spearheaded by the Winnipeg Art Gallery, the site leaves a lasting and accessible legacy for material collected for the recent WAG show William Kurelek: The Messenger. One of the most widely

William Kurelek, This is the Nemesis, mixed media on Masonite, 1965. Art Gallery of Hamilton, gift of Mrs. J. A. McCuaig, 1966. From

recognized Canadian painters of the 20th century, Kurelek’s illustrative, representational style captured ordinary life on the prairies, but covered for a lifetime of hospitalization and psychological illness, which manifested itself in paintings with a more nightmarish cast. The interactive site was designed as a model of multimedia extension in visual art, creating opportunities to stretch the reach of The Messenger far beyond the exhibition walls. Bill Reid works donated to Simon Fraser University Housed in an elegant building on Vancouver’s Hornby Street, the Bill Reid Foundation looks after more than $10 million in Northwest Coast art, including more than 100 works by its eponymous artist. Recently, the Foundation gave its entire collection, made up of 158 individual works, to Simon


Arts on Atlantic Gallery

Squamish cultural centre goes online Artists associated with the recently opened and refurbished Squamish Lil-wat Cultural Centre in Whistler, B.C. will get access to a wider world through a newly launched



Calgary Wildfowl Carving (International Wildfowl Carving Association Rules)

and Art Festival July 6 - 8, 2012



Medalta renews facilities with $3 million funding The Medalta Potteries National Historic Site in Medicine Hat recently unveiled a two-year renovation project, the result of $3 million in funding raised by the Friends of Medalta Society. Refreshing their on-site gallery, the gift shop, reception and collectors’ galleries, the

site is one step further along in a long-term project to revitalize the district. Renamed the Yuill Family Gallery, the space will, among other things, house ongoing exhibitions by international ceramic artists participating in the Medalta Artists in Residence program. Originally the site of some of Canada’s most prolific utility and art potteries, the cluster of buildings, workshops, and kilns on the South Saskatchewan River have been the focus of a major long-term upgrade, becoming one of the top cultural attractions in Alberta.


Fraser University, which will contract the Foundation to continue to run the Hornby Street public gallery. Best known for his monumental carvings The Spirit of Haida Gwaii and The Raven and the First Men, Reid was one of the master Northwest Coast carvers of the 20th century, and a preserver of Haida cultural traditions and motifs. In addition to the SFU donation, the collection will also benefit from a $1-million operating grant from the Audain Foundation, and the entire arrangement will ensure that the collection remains intact and accessible to the public.

Squamish Nation master carver Xwalacktun (Rick Harry), at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre.


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Mendel Gallery enhances collection with major donations Three recent significant donations to Saskatoon’s Mendel Art Gallery have boosted the gallery’s collection of regional painting and photography. Celebrated Saskatchewan painters William Perehudoff and Dorothy Knowles have donated works of their own to the permanent collection, including six Perehudoff paintings dated from 1958 to 1989, and eight from Knowles, dated from 1981 to 1994. One of the province’s most accomplished landscape 16 Galleries West Spring 2012

Grant Arnold, Souris Valley Antique Association, 1981 photograph. Part of the PAVED Arts donation to the Mendel Art Gallery.

painters, Knowles’ donation has built the Mendel’s collection to 48 of her works. Perehudoff, Knowles’ husband, has made an important contribution to the evolution of abstract painting in the province. The Mendel’s Perehudoff collection is now 129 works. A second gift this past fall from PAVED Arts has built the gallery’s permanent collection of photographs, acquiring the entire collection (some 970 works) and reference library of The Photographers Gallery. The body of work includes photographs by 125 artists, including Evergon, Yousuf Karsh, and Gabor Szilasi, and Saskatchewan artists like Don Hall, David O’Hara, and Frances Robson. Created in 1973 as an artists’ collective, Photographers Gallery attracted local, regional, and international exhibitions and tours, and was amalgamated in 2003 with media centre Video Verité and renamed PAVED Arts.


online site. Contemporary carvings and paintings by Squamish, Dene, St’at’imc, and Lil’wat artists, available for sale at SLCC, can be viewed and bought through the site. The venture taps into a worldwide market for West Coast and other Aboriginal contemporary art works, and extends the reach of this innovative cultural centre. Created as part of the legacy of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, the SLCC houses interactive exhibitions of contemporary and traditional Squamish and Lil’wat art, artifacts, and architecture.


In my opinion: Canadian art to receive star treatment outside Canada By Jeffrey Spalding


f you’re in the mood to see the very Wilson Award-winning over-painted TV best in contemporary Canadian art, be screens installation work. And next fall, prepared to head south. The Art Gallery audiences will be treated to samplings of Western Australia has organized the of Baxter&’s witty art in the nationally 26-work JEFF WALL Photographs exhibitouring exhibition Traffic: Conceptual tion that opens in Perth on May 25, then Art in Canada at the Vancouver Art tours to Melbourne and Sydney. This is Gallery. (Sept 29, 2012 to Jan 8, 2013). Wall's first solo show south of the equaHowever, for those of us intent tor. IAIN BAXTER&: Works 1958-2011, upon staying informed about what organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario is is current in Canadian art, it is time on view at the Museum of Contemporary to plan your trip. You’re headed to Art in Chicago. Wouldn’t we in western North Adams, Massachusetts, a small Canada sorely wish to see these surveys New England town in the heart of the of two internationally-renowned western Berkshires (population: 13,708) which Canadian artists? The Baxter& exhibit is a will be home to a 20,000-square-foot major undertaking, gathering outstanding presentation, the largest survey of Iain Baxter&, Apple Tree on a Hill, acrylic and representations from the many phases Canadian art ever mounted outside Polaroid on canvas, 1980, 57" x 57". Collection of of his prodigious and eclectic output — of Canada. Oh, Canada organized by the Glenbow Museum. drawings, paintings, collages, sculptures, Mass MoCA (Massachusetts Museum documents, photography, and installaof Contemporary Art) will run May tions, all chronicled in a substantial publication. 27, 2012 to April 1, 2013; which features 95 works plus 11 new Baxter& is an acknowledged seminal contributor to conceptucommissioned woks by “more than 60 artists who hail from every alism. This merry art prankster and co-president of the N.E. Thing province and nearly every territory in the country, spanning Company divides the world into two classes of objects — ART multiple generations and working in all media.” It's accompanied (aesthetically rejected things) and ACT (aesthetically claimed by a comprehensive full-color 450-page catalogue published by things). His assertion that “the camera is the new canvas” has beMIT Press, with contributions from knowledgeable writers and come the mantra for generations of photo-based artists. It is hard curators across Canada. to envisage the evolution of photo-conceptualism, particularly in The institutional commitment to this project is breathtakVancouver, were it not for his influential early photo documentaing. It's an enterprise beyond precedent in our recent Canadian tion projects, Polaroid collages and back-lit Cibachromes of the museum experience. Mass MoCA has allowed curator Denise 1960s and 1970s. Baxter& grew up in Calgary, established his Markonish to devote three years, travelling numerous times from early reputation resident in Vancouver, has taught for extended coast to coast to coast in Canada. She considered upwards of 800 periods across the west and likewise is a recurring visiting artist at potential artists, conducted 400 studio visits, maintained persistent the Alberta College of Art and Design, the University of Lethconsultations with nearly everyone in the Canadian art museum bridge, and The Banff Centre. community and generally scoured every nook and cranny of the It's flattering that a senior western Canadian figure is celcountry. As a consequence, Markonish may, arguably, be the ebrated beyond our borders. However, it is a great shame that most informed person about the current Canadian art scene. More this magnificent, historical tribute will not be circulated in Canada. than 50% of the selected artists come from the west and CanaIt is also financially inefficient. Projects of this scale are very exdian north. She's chosen many from the ranks of the venerable, pensive to assemble (courtesy of the public purse). Pity that more but several interesting picks sent this commentator scurrying to of us won't have an opportunity to see what all the fuss has been Google. about. We’d be ill advised to wait for the National Gallery of Canada Thankfully, Calgary’s Glenbow Museum has organized Iain to return serve; so we’re counting on you, North Battleford, SasBaxter&: 1N40⁄RMAT10⁄N (January 21 to April 9, 2012), curated katchewan (population 14,000!), and the University of Saskatchby Colleen Sharpe, primarily from the Glenbow and University ewan Press, to undertake a reciprocal survey of American art. of Lethbridge collections. It features impressive signature-style Recently appointed artistic director of the Museum of Contemporary Art — Calgary, Jeffrey Polaroid-collaged paintings, a number of his largest and most amSpalding is an artist, curator, former museum director, past president of the Royal Canadian bitious multimedia installations concerning ecology, recycling and Academy of Art and member of the Order of Canada. the pitfalls of rampant consumerism, plus a re-make of his York

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THE DENTIST BROTHERS SASKATCHEWAN: Dakota & Jonah McFadzean, The Dentist Brothers, February 1 to March 7, Art Gallery of Regina Comics in the gallery can be problematic — they’re essentially an art form meant to be handled and read. Contemporary work often references comics, but it’s executed in traditional media such as work by pop artist Roy Lichtenstein or the Chicago Imagists, the Hairy Who. Past exhibitions such as the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s Steranko: Graphic Narrative have presented original artwork by industry comic artists, often larger than print-size, uncoloured and without lettering — it’s visually thrilling, but limits reading. Surveys of contemporary culture such as Krazy at the Vancouver Art Gallery and Comic Craze at the Walter Phillips Gallery created temporary libraries, in addition to visual display. Dakota & Jonah McFadzean: The Dentist Brothers is an installation of new work in comics by the McFadzeans, curated by Jack Anderson. “The Dentist Brothers” is an identity that Jonah and Dakota created to distinguish their work in partnership from independent practice. Together they’ve created large-scale drawings, published the Pasqua Penny Saver one-sheets, and hawked editions of their small-press work out of a baby carriage in homage to Robert Crumb and the early days of the San Francisco counter-culture comix scene. This exhibition presents selections from their independent and collaborative production, in a variety of formats, a comprehensive look at a creative relationship. “In the past Jonah and Dakota have collaborated by drawing on the same page,” Anderson explains. “Their geographic separation during the preparation of this exhibition inspired a new system, like a blues calland-response song or a surrealist game. Jonah drew, scanned and sent. Dakota received, and responded on a new page. They’re installed across an entire gallery wall and each page functions as a panel. Narratives are created through reading along many different paths.” Narrative in comics is different from narrative in Dakota McFadzean, One Eighty, ink on literature or cinema. Comic artist Seth compares the rhythm, condensed language and stacked imagery to paper, 2011, 19" X 24". poetry. “Think of the cartoon language as a series of characters being purposefully arranged to make words,” he’s said. Exploring the formal aspects of comic panels and pages inspires Dakota’s work. He plays with panel layouts, word balloons, spreads, line quality, drawing style, page turns, even inviting readers to rotate or fold pages. Currently studying for his MFA at the Centre for Cartoon Studies in Vermont, Dakota has focused on drawing for the printed page, not the gallery wall, producing what’s known as “mini-comics”. They’re related to artist books, produced in limited editions, often incorporating screen-printed covers, sewn embellishments, and fold-outs. His drawings are created with traditional tools, India ink, brush and nib on a smooth Bristol paper stock, and his themes tackle memory, childhood, time, people, isolation, fear, landscapes, animals, science, death. “I strive to make something that rings true,” he says. Jonah has a BFA in drawing from the University of Regina, and is also inspired by the language of comics. “Time is stretched and skewed by the panels on a page…I think about the edge of a paper as the frame of a panel, so that everything I draw is just another panel of a comic.” He has worked in both multi-panel and single panel pages, usually working on Stonehenge paper with graphite, watercolour, and ink. He’s created a bestiary of chimaera in smaller drawings, Frankenstein constructions that embody personal fears and transposed social events, part of a “shared mythology” developed in collaboration with Dakota. The Dentist Brothers combines several strategies of presentation, large drawings, original pages, and a reading area, with an experiment in narrative presentation — an entire wall hung in a salon-style hopscotch. — Margaret Bessai 18 Galleries West Spring 2012


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ALBERTA: The Bread With Honey, February 4 to April 1, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff The conflict in the Balkans was recent enough that most people can recall images from it, though even while it was unfolding it seemed exceptionally distant and foreign. But since then, it’s completely disappeared from the public consciousness, almost a complete media blackout. When Canmore-based photographer Andrew Querner returned to Kosovo in 2010 for a project, he was constantly aware of a sense that the world had moved on, leaving a region still split by poverty and psychological scars. “Everyone’s seen the war pictures,” he says. “Nobody’s really seen pictures of people there just living their lives.” The result of his journey is The Bread With Honey, Querner’s series of Kosovo portraits, shot on that trip, his second to the region. “It was my first experience of hearing people my age talking about a war,” he says. He had travelled to the region a couple of years before, moving around and capturing portraits, seeing remnants of the heavy conflict years, but not finding a specific story. As he had done with earlier projects, he wanted to find people and places that were representative of what was happening in the region as a whole. On the advice of his translator, Querner travelled to the town of Trepca, where a Soviet-era mine, fallen into deep disrepair, is the only significant employer around. When the mine, which produces minerals including gold, zinc, ABOVE LEFT: Andrew Querner, Untitled, and lead, was built as part of the former Yugoslavia, more than 2,000 miners worked there, and the c-print, 2011, 16" X 20". town grew to be relatively prosperous. Through the conflict, it fell into Serbian hands, and is now kept ABOVE RIGHT: Untitled, c-print, alive by a handful of Albanian miners whose families live in the small houses lining the surrounding 2011, 20" X 24". hills. “Looking at the history of the mine, it closely mirrors the trajectory of the country,” Querner says. BELOW: Untitled, c-print, 2011, 20" X 24". “Whoever is in power is running the mine.” The economic desperation is plainly seen in the faces of Querner’s subjects — not just the miners, but the townspeople surrounding them. In fact, many of the scenes inside the mine could have been shot in almost any other hardrock mining environment. Pulling back to take in the desolate streets and sparsely furnished living rooms of Trepca, the story becomes more focused. This subject has a deep meaning for Querner as an artist and photographer. He’s drawn to outof-the-way places and hidden subcultures, though he acknowledges that even immersing himself in a community for a few weeks, he’s only scratching the surface, and capturing a veneer of truth. “This obviously leaves out the whole Serbian perspective,” he says, of the Kosovo pictures. He likes to go where media cameras don’t make it — outlying coastal Newfoundland, a current project that’s taken him into rural Montana — and find a storyline when he gets there. “I’m an outsider, visiting for a month,” he says. “This is my interpretation.” Originally from Vancouver, Querner moved to Canmore in 2000 originally to build a reputation as a sport photographer in climbing. In that time, in addition to working as a climbing photographer, he’s accumulated an impressive record in editorial photography — working for magazines including Report on Business, ESPN, Alpinist, Outside, Time, and the Saturday Telegraph Magazine. The Bread With Honey will be exhibited as part of Exposure 2012, the Calgary Banff Canmore Photography Festival. — Jill Sawyer 20 Galleries West Spring 2012

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BRATSA BONIFACHO BRITISH COLUMBIA: Inside Habitat Pixel, February 24 to April 7, Evergreen Cultural Centre, Coquitlam About 15 years ago, Bratsa Bonifacho turned on his computer to see his screen fill with indecipherable machine language. Looking at the crowded rows of letters and symbols caused by a computer worm, Bonifacho was mesmerized and delighted. “I immediately saw beauty in it,” he says. “Even though it was the beauty of creative destruction.” Bonifacho was already creating paintings inspired by his emotional responses to destructive world events. The “deep layers of chaos and confusion caused by viruses” as Bonifacho describes in his artist’s statement, were an apt new muse for his art practice. He began his decades-long series Habit Pixel, the subject of a retrospective of his work at the Evergreen Cultural Centre opening February 24. The Habit Pixel paintings feature letters, numbers, symbols and signs, often set in grid patterns. But within this linearity, Bonifacho mixes up the elements. His backgrounds are often in a variety of lush colours, but some utilize an austere black and white palette, or shades of gray. The symbols are not all science-based; some are playful hearts, chickens, and stars. Even the grid arrangement is not a fixture in Habitat Pixel. The orderly configuration is forgone in some of the works for the warmer pattern often found in quilts or batik textiles. And a few pieces in the series lose their orderly quality altogether and the letters and symbols are strewn about as if cast from a container onto the floor. The use of text in art has been an important part of the modernist period, even in the early 1900s. From cubists’ use of newspaper clippings through to contemporary conceptualists’ appropriation of traffic and road signs, Bratsa Bonifacho, Tableau Vivant, logos, and retail signs, the symbols of language are abundant in 20th and 21st century artworks. Bonifacho is oil on canvas, 2011, 84" X 60". part of this tradition, expanding it to include the representation of digital text as well as other print media. Viewers might wonder how much can be accomplished with this muse of Bonifacho’s. Yet after more than two decades he continues to riff on the theme — life in all its infinite variety plays out in the Habitat Pixel works, and the virus continues to mutate. In recent years, Bonifacho has developed several sub-series under the Habitat Pixel umbrella. One of the most recent themes- within-a-theme is In Nucleo, and several of these pieces will be in the Evergreen show. These works contain whole segments of found text in addition to the ambiguous strings of letters and symbols common in Bonifacho works. He’s eliminated the strict perpendicular grids, and replaced them with swaying, organic lines of text. In the large-scale oil on canvas work Exit No. 4, a collection of what looks like newspaper or magazine headlines sits alongside jumbled letters, some upright and some upside down. The image of a mountain scene is placed near the middle of the painting. Two phrases jump out: “Can you handle the truth” and “Electronic simulation is an illusion”. Don’t be misled that Bonifacho is issuing specific dicta. That’s not his intent. “I don’t like to explain my work,” he says, a common sentiment for most artists. But he does admit to dropping plenty of clues. “There are lots of messages in my paintings. They relate to whatever I dream about, whatever I am investigating, these are the things I take to the people.” — Beverly Cramp 22 Galleries West Spring 2012


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Michèle Mackasey, face à nous, September 30, 2011 to January 8, 2012, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon

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Tucked away in the inner chamber of the Mendel Art Gallery is an illuminating exhibition by Saskatoon-based artist Michèle Mackasey. The show, face à nous, is a portrayal of the bonds shared by single mothers and their children. Translated roughly as “faced with us” or “look at us,” face à nous includes six life-size portraits, one in progress (painted in the gallery) and an audio component accessible with headphones. Initially the space seems too small for viewing such life-size portraits, but it perfectly contains Mackasey’s subjects and their intimate stories about single motherhood — often on the margins, facing prejudice and economic hardships in Saskatoon. Curator Sandra Fraser writes that “Mackasey’s life-size portraits reference a long-standing tradition, typically reserved for honouring the rich and influential.” There is a somber quality to many of the paintings, but the melancholy is balanced with the artist’s use of warm and bright colours, meticulous detail and delicate application of paint, particularly in the facial expressions, and her rendering of clothes which, along with the poses, were chosen by each sitter. In Felicia Gay with her children, Osawask and Zoe, viewers are faced with a pregnant mother, the central figure in a triad, with precise detail in the faces, clothing and hands, rich, luminous colours giving the painting a spiritual cast. In contrast, Dannié Boucher with her children Deacon, Xavié & Chloé, portrays a family unit in straitened circumstances, poised in front of a stucco wall and gravel backyard. Though the strain

2009; Right: Dannié Boucher with her childen Deacon, Xavié & Chloe,

Beskaai, Michèle, & Chevez (self-portrait with children), acrylic on linen, acrylic on linen, 2009.

is made clear in laboured and uncomfortable poses, Dannié’s love for her children is portrayed with a golden warm hue and the snuggle of her youngest one. Mackasey is a single mother, and includes a self-portrait in the show. Originally from northern Quebec, she grew up in Ontario, but now lives in Saskatoon with her two children, maintaining family ties to Patuanak, a Dene community in Northern Saskatchewan. As in her self-portrait, each of Mackasey’s mothers make eye contact with the viewer and play a protective role in the poses with their children, and the cultural diversity in the paintings and audio is significant to understanding her subjects. Their stories are told through recorded conversations with the artist, mixed with the sounds of domestic clatter and interaction with the children, further deepening the intimacy of the portraits, and creating a larger context for reading the work. — Lissa Robinson Jane Ash Poitras, November 12 to 22, Canada House Gallery, Banff

In her recent book Cultural Memories and Imagined Futures: The Art of Jane Ash Poitras, author Pamela McCallum — through the words of aboriginal artist and Galleries West Spring 2012 25


curator Shirley Bear — invites viewers to feel the work of Jane Ash Poitras, who is of media on panel, 16" x 24" Cree/Dene descent, rather than analyze it through western eyes and ideals. Poitras explores many layers of meaning and association within the 12 mixedmedia works in this exhibition, taking complex themes about aboriginal people and telling ancient and intricate stories that serve to highlight the survival of indigenous peoples throughout the world — including the Navajo, Maya, Inuit, and Métis. Poitras opens doors that at first glance may seem inappropriate. One example is the mixed-media painting on panel, Entering the Ceremonial Sand Circle. As its primary element, the piece features a colour photograph of an interior view of a kiva (an enclosed room used by aboriginal people in the American Southwest for spiritual ceremonies) along with a shaman, a masked dancer and a circular sand painting. The photograph is obviously an older one, with the pale colours of a postcard from the 1950s and ‘60s, which means it was likely taken before the people of the Southwest, feeling the brunt of cultural appropriation, began to restrict recording of their sacred ceremonies. It raises the question about whether it’s appropriate for Poitras to share a depiction of an inherently sacred and highly protected cultural event. But McCallum and Bear would label that an analytical, westernized opinion. Instead, after a long second thought, it becomes apparent Poitras has done something remarkable. Carefully combining this photograph with the colours of the Southwest desert — red, tan, beige, brown, white and green along with turquoise anthropomorphic figures common to the region — while restoring the portion of the sand circle cut from the photo, and etching the words “sacred ceremony” into a patch of yellow, blue and white paint that sits within the red circle, Poitras has taken something from the public realm, where it was likely just a curiosity, and reminded viewers that what we are looking at is indeed sacred. The body of work in this exhibition is of equal strength. Individually, each painting is unique in subject, colour, and the elements Poitras uses to tell her distinctive stories. Each also requires an equally thoughtful, open approach to Entering the Jane Ash Poitras, Entering the Ceremonial Sand Circle, mixed

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Ceremonial Sand Circle, necessary as this work is not only beautiful in the conventional sense but is also deeply affecting. — Rob Alexander Dean Drever, Black and White, October 22 to November 5, Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton

As the exhibition title suggests, Dean Drever does not leave much middle ground in his exploration of the power of symbols in the struggle for power. His exhibition is black and white in both the literal and the figurative sense, and the works are produced with manufactured precision, bearing little indication of the artist’s hand. These are ideas expressed in precise visual form, objects which also stand alone as pristine works of art.

Up North, September 2, 2011 to January 8, 2012, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton. Review by Ross Bradley.

It seems appropriate that the Art Gallery of Alberta should follow up the recent exhibition Traffic: Conceptual Art in Canada 1965 – 1980 with a look at current practice in this challenging genre of the visual arts. In my mind, conceptual art focuses on the exploration of ideas, rather than the more traditional creation of objects. The artist often seems to be asking the question “What if?”, and then testing the possibilities, and the audience will often see a documentation of the process, rather than a resulting work. Find the complete review online at

REVIEWS To put the recent work in perspective, the exhibition includes earlier pieces that show the beginning of the conceptual exploration of power on an interpersonal level. One of these features a pair of classic brass knuckles, topped with a steel text bar, designed to leave the messages “This is not going to be OK” and “This will not go over your head” embedded in the flesh of the intended victim. On a more personal, romantic theme there is an exquisite metal and Plexiglas sculpture which is in fact a set of bullets mounted as they would be in the chamber of a gun, alternately engraved with either “She Loves Me” or She Loves Me Not.” This sets the tone for Drever’s recent work, which was also exhibited in Toronto and Vancouver earlier this year. The Black and White series looks at the symbolic expression of power through historic and contemporary images. One of the most striking works is Home and Away, two sets of authentic National Hockey League jerseys hanging on racks awaiting both teams’ arrival. One set is solid black and one solid white, both bearing on the front a large swastika and on the back the names of Hitler and his key henchmen. Historically, the swastika was a religious symbol common to many cultures and generally standing for peace. In 1916, Edmonton had a women’s’ hockey team that also used it as their team logo. In more contemporary imagery, the designs for the Black and White Masks are reminiscent of Darth Vader, set up in the best of cowboy traditions, with the good guy in white and the bad guy in black, pulling in opposite directions. On another Dean Drever, White Klan (Ed. 1 / 2), stacked paper, 2011, 87" x 37" x 27".

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REVIEWS piece, the Playboy bunny is interpreted as a traditional aboriginal button blanket, with its bright red rabbit head one of the only deviations from the black and white theme. The most imposing statement of power is the figure of a totemic white Klansman. Created out of thousands of individual sheets of paper stacked over seven feet high, it’s a clear symbol of a quest for racial purity and white supremacy. The contrast is in the solidity of the figure (and what it represents) and the ephemeral nature of the medium, which could easily be blown away with a gust of wind, perhaps like all symbols of power. — Ross Bradley The Point Is, August 20 to October 30, Kelowna Art Gallery

There’s a certain audacity in titling a painting exhibition The Point Is, as curator Liz Wylie does at the Kelowna Art Gallery. It almost begs the question “What is the point?” — a freighted avenue of inquiry for a mercurial discipline whose contemporary relevance has been questioned to the point of declaration of death. But as Wylie notes in the catalogue essay, a point can be seen not only as an end, but also as a beginning and as a building block. She roots her curatorial premise in the latter idea, proposing to explore the “charged zone” of interface between abstraction and representation, “a place of latent energy, a nexus, as with a magnetic pole, around which a field of energy may swirl.” She argues that abstraction and representation are not as far removed as some would posit and that dialogues can, and do, exist between formal concerns and what is seen or sensed in the real world. To illustrate her thesis, Wylie assembles16 paintings by five artists — Pierre Coupey, Landon Mackenzie, Martin Pearce, Bernadette Phan and Bryan Ryley — all based in British Columbia with the exception of Pearce, who lives in Ontario. Perhaps the clearest manifestation is offered by Mackenzie, who presents two large-scale paintings, Houbart’s Hope (Yellow) Crimson Lake, which relates to the early mapping of Canada, and a more recent work, Nights with Georgia, which concerns itself with brain function. The former, in particular, with its deft use of map-making symbols within larger pools and washes of colour, nods to representational power without overwhelming abstraction’s more subtle concerns. Left: Sonny Assu, Longing #13 found cedar and brass, 17" x 13" x 9". Below: Sonny Assu and Eric Deis, Museum of Anthropology, archival pigment print, 28" X 42".

Landon Mackenzie, Houbart’s Hope (Yellow) Crimson Lake, synthetic polymer and appliqués on linen, 90" x 123".

Also notable is Coupey’s piece, Screen I, an oil in four linear panels, including two with scrawled, text-like marks that resist legibility, and two that revel in a more painterly ground. The work ably demonstrates Coupey’s interest in the representation of embodied experience and emotional states with an expressiveness that, as Wylie observes, is not sloppy or maudlin. The other three artists have a more ephemeral relationship to representation. Pearce’s canvases are subtle tonal studies in shades of grey, richly worked brooding surfaces that engage with contrary forces of obfuscation and revelation, while remaining largely unintelligible from a representational standpoint. Ryley’s large squeegee paintings include recognizable collage elements, but reside mostly within the language of abstraction, despite his working method of linking painterly gesture to the random events of daily life. Phan creates meditative canvases in which an almost pixilated abstraction based in formal experimentation starts to resemble impressionistic studies of sky and water. Wylie asserts that these approaches represent “a wholly new territory of exploration and of expressive and intellectual possibility.” That may be an overstatement. Arguably, apart from a minority of rigid formalists, abstraction has long been influenced — knowingly and unknowingly, in ways both subtle and profound — by the subjectivities, experiences and strategies of its practitioners. Clearly, the work in this exhibition is sincere and serious. But there is also a narrowness in the exhibition’s range — its magnetic pole is tilted to abstraction influenced by representational concerns, rather than the reverse or even a balanced split between the two. This makes the exhibition feel safe. Pleasurable, yes, but perhaps a broader and riskier frame — proclaiming not what the point is, but instead, what the points are — might have yielded a more complex discourse and a stronger exhibition. — Portia Priegert Sonny Assu, Longing, September 14 to November 5, West Vancouver Museum

Context is everything in art. Where a piece is exhibited, what it is shown with, and how it’s displayed directly affect its interpretation. Sonny Assu’s new installation, Longing, at the West Vancouver Museum centers on this connection between presentation and meaning. Assu, a Vancouver artist of mixed non-indigenous and Laich-kwil-tach (Kwakwaka’wakw) ancestry of the Wei Wai Kai Nation, displays discarded chunks of cedar he found in the cast-off pile of a log home developer, presented as if they’re commercially produced Northwest Coast masks. The wood was found on the traditional territory of Assu’s reserve on northeastern Vancouver Island, making the Na28 Galleries West Spring 2012

REVIEWS tion complicit in the waste of resources. Without altering the found objects, Assu displays them on museum-style brass mounts, assigning them an identity, status and authority they were never meant to have, and raising questions about authority and authenticity and how the location of an object can alter its interpretation. Would we recognize these offcuts as masks without Assu’s intervention and identification of them as such? Would we even know if they were found objects, or might we think that the artist had cut and shaped them himself? And how does their display in a museum impact how we understand them as sculptural objects? By rescuing these waste products and giving them new life, Assu successfully underscores the problems inherent in assigning value and authenticity to cultural objects. To further challenge our judgments about originality and status, Assu exhibits the found “masks” in two additional formats. In the Wise Ones, a series of five colour photographs, individual masks are presented as portraits of the elders of the nation. In Artifacts of Authenticity, a collaborative project with photographer Eric Deis which consists of three large colour photographs, Assu places the found masks in different settings — an anthropology museum, a commercial art gallery and a tourist shop — embedding them in existing displays as if they belonged there. In the photograph taken at the Museum of Anthropology, Assu’s “mask,” which was found on Kwakwaka’wakw land, is displayed in a case of Kwakwaka’wakw masks, challenging, as guest curator Petra Watson has written, “the perceived voice of authority lodged within this institutional space.” At the Equinox Gallery, a commercial gallery that represents Assu, the mask appears amidst other indigenous art objects. In the tourist shop photograph, the same mask is perched at the end of a shelf of more typical tourist items, seemingly now of lesser value. Even without this subversive undertaking, the masks in Longing are potent sculptural objects, powerful yet simple. By endowing these cast-off pieces of wood with a new identity rife with cultural and political implications, Assu has taken a waste product and converted its worthless status to one of monetary and possibly historical value, adding yet another layer. Assu’s installation cleverly adds to a debate that has long occupied the art world, that of how values and definitions are established, and who has the authority to establish them. Yet there is one critical issue that the artist does not directly address — his role as a successful artist with a commercial gallery whose very decision to select these cast-offs and create an exhibition around them assigns them a market value. These found wood remnants and photographs will now be bought, sold, and collected, further complicating questions of artistic worth, historical pedigree, and legitimacy. — Rachel Rosenfeld Lafo

On the Nature of Things, October 15 to December 31, Kamloops Art Gallery. Review by Beverly Cramp.

Modern art, with its philosophy of setting aside the traditional in favour of experimentation, is often defined in art textbooks as a movement that ended sometime in the late 20th century. That ‘death’ is greatly exaggerated — modern art’s influence is most definitely still with us. This exhibition proves how artists from across Canada and around the world are re-purposing modernism — a remarkable survey of modernist themes, media, and materials from 15 artists. Find the complete review online at

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“Public art galleries as we know them wouldn’t exist without private collectors,” says Ian Thom, senior curator of the Vancouver Art Gallery. It’s a bold statement, made during a recent lecture on the Gallery’s permanent collection. Thom’s lecture, in support of the current exhibition An Autobiography of Our Collection organized to celebrate the VAG’s 80th anniversary and its more than 10,000 pieces of art, touched more often than not on works donated to the gallery by private collectors. People like J. Ron Longstaffe, Claudia Beck and Andrew Gruft, and Alison and Alan Schwartz, to name a few, who spent a good part of their lives buying art and then bestowing the bulk of their collections to public institutions. Another of the Gallery’s significant donors is Michael Audain, whose private art collection, only some of which he has given to the VAG, is the source of works for the headline show at the gallery, Shore, Forest and Beyond. It’s organized in four main sections — First Nations carvings (both historical and contemporary), modern British Columbia art, Mexican paintings, and a large selection of Emily Carr works.



Opposite: Haida artist, Portrait Mask, wood, pigment, 1840 - 1860. Collection of Michael Audain and Yoshiko Karasawa, from the Vancouver Art Gallery exhibition Shore, Forest and Beyond: Art from the Audain Collection. Above: Installation view, Vancouver / Vancouver, from the Rick Erickson collection, at Gallery 1965.

Showing loaned and donated works, as in this case, is another way private collectors bolster public gallery offerings. “Michael has the largest private collection of Emily Carr works anywhere,” says Grant Arnold, co-curator of the show (he’s also the Audain curator, a special position funded by an endowment set up by Audain several years ago). “All of his Emily Carr paintings are in the show, except one that he and his wife Yoshiko look at every day. They wanted to keep that one in their home.” Arnold adds that Audain’s First Nations collection began in earnest about 10 years ago. “Michael has made it clear he’s interested in repatriating historical First Nation work back to the coast — he’s said publicly that this material wouldn’t go back on the market and that the masks won’t leave the coast again. He’s motivated by his profound interest in the history of B.C., and it would be pretty hard to tell the history of this region without those items being in museum collections here.” Arnold notes that the art market has “gone crazy in the past few years with prices spiralling upwards. A lot of those historical First Nations masks would be out of the reach of most institutions in this province.”

There are many ways private collectors make their collections available to the public. Vancouver condo marketing whiz Bob Rennie, who has amassed one of Canada’s largest collections of international and national contemporary art, opened his own private gallery, which has just entered into an exhibition partnership with the Royal British Columbia Museum. Vancouver builder and collector Rick Erickson owns real estate throughout the city. He built Gallery 1965 in one of his commercial buildings, an elegant space carved out of the street-front section of video collective VIVO’s premises, which leases it from Erickson. This past fall, the inaugural Gallery 1965 exhibition was a selection of works from Erickson’s collection, its first public airing since he began collecting more than 30 years ago. It was shown in two parts in an exhibition called Vancouver / Vancouver. Many of the artists in the two shows went to school with Erickson in Vancouver’s working class East End. Michael Turner, novelist, poet, arts writer, and newly-minted Emily Carr University instructor, curated the show. “While Audain’s collection is designed to offer a symbolic, and perhaps idealized, history of British Columbia, Erickson’s is assembled spontaneously, based as much on the event (often an art Galleries West Spring 2012 33

COLLECTORS’ INFLUENCE — WESTERN CANADA Like many museums in North America, Western Canada’s large public galleries were started with the collections of private donors. Calgary’s Glenbow Museum was formed in 1966 with the Glenbow Foundation collection, donated by lawyer and petroleum engineer Eric Harvie. After making a fortune from the discovery of oil in Leduc in 1949, Harvie had begun to collect cultural and historical artifacts of the west in earnest in the 1950s. His stated goal was to include pieces from Western Canada, artifacts and art from Asia, West Africa, South America and the South Pacific. The Winnipeg Art Gallery is Canada’s oldest public art 34 Galleries West Spring 2012

gallery, established in 1912 by a group of ambitious businessmen who understood the “civilizing effects of art.” The WAG gained its reputation as the home of the largest collection of contemporary Inuit art in the world when it acquired the George Swinton collection of 130 Inuit sculptures in 1960, and more than 4,000 Inuit art works from Jerry Twomey in 1971. The WAG is also known for its decorative art collection, based on the donation of objects from Melanie Bolton-Hill in the 1950s. The gallery has since added to this collection and now has over 4,000 pieces of decorative art — from ceramic, glass, metal and textiles from the 17th to the mid-20th century.

auction fundraiser) as the work itself,” says Turner. “If Audain’s collection is a novel rich in character and plot, Erickson’s is both a diary and a map.” “When speaking of art collections, words like taste, thematic, coherence and market value often come to mind,” Turner wrote in his exhibition essay. “Unlike 17th century portrait painting, where the flattened subject appears surrounded by the subject’s equally flattened holdings, an art collection, once installed, takes the form of sculpture, perhaps suggesting those words I mentioned earlier, but also a record of activity, or a map, given the collector’s passage through the places where the work was purchased.” Turner’s essay turns a razor-sharp eye on the effect of private collectors on the local art scene. In addition to supporting artists by buying their work, and helping public galleries and museums by donating all or large portions of their collections, private collectors build ties to public institutions and set up endowments to support new acquisitions. They may also contribute to the actual buildings that house public institutions. Such was the case for Saskatoon’s Mendel Gallery. It was named for meat-packing magnate Frederick Mendel, who initiated the fundraising drive to build a modernist art gallery in Saskatoon that opened in 1964. Mendel also donated 13 Group of Seven paintings to the gallery, establishing the institution’s permanent collection, the largest in the province. In 2009, the Mendel announced plans for a new location, with an estimated date of completion in 2014. Then on June 3, 2011 before a shovel of dirt had been lifted, philanthropist Ellen Remai donated $30 million to the new project — $15 million toward construction costs of the gallery and $500,000 annually for 30 years toward an exhibition program. The new gallery will take on a new name; the Mendel will become the Remai Art Gallery of Saskatchewan. So the dance between public art institutions and private collectors continues, to the benefit of the public at large. “Collectors can go on this entrancing journey, following their passions. Then it’s up to us to weave the different threads together,” says Vincent Varga, director and CEO of the Mendel Art Gallery. “In the end, we create this intricate fabric of culture.” Opposite: Emily Carr, War Canoes, Alert Bay, oil on canvas, 1912. Collection of Michael Audain and Yoshiko Karasawa. From the Vancouver Art Gallery exhibition Shore, Forest and Beyond: Art from the Audain Collection. This page: Works from the original collection of Frederick Mendel, (top) Lawren Harris, Untitled (Mountains near Jasper), oil on canvas, c.1934 - 1940. Edward John Hughes, View of Shawnigan Lake, oil on canvas, 1959. Both collection of the Mendel Art Gallery, gifts of the Mendel family, 1965.

Citizens of the city of Victoria own collector Michael Williams’ collection of some 1100 pieces of British Columbia art including contemporary and historic West Coast art (in particular, one of the largest collections of Maxwell Bates paintings along with major Jack Shadbolt works) and Aboriginal art including pieces by Robert Davidson, Sharon Point and Roy Vickers. They’re housed at the University of Victoria but Michaels also donated funds to the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, which is itself housed in a historic mansion of Victorian design that was donated in 1951 by Sarah Spencer. The gallery’s permanent collection of 17,000 items is best known

for its Asian art, second only in significance to that held by the Royal Ontario Museum. “Our Asian art collection was started in the early 1950s by some of the wealthy patrons and supporters who had the time and goodwill to develop our cultural institution,” says Jon Tupper, director of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. “Once a collection starts, art institutions develop expertise around it and that usually attracts more of the same to the collection. The work done by the early volunteers those many years ago, informs much of what we are doing now.” — Beverly Cramp Galleries West Spring 2012 35

Video still from Shadow on the Prairie, colour DVD, looping single-channel video projection, 2009.

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Deanna Bowen’s great-grandparents fled the United States in the wake of the officially sanctioned and legislated Jim Crow segregation laws. They were among the original founders in 1909 of Amber Valley, one of three settlements of black immigrants to Alberta. About 100 miles north of Edmonton, the town was the largest community of black people in Alberta until the 1930s. Bowen’s mother was raised there and it was where Deanna spent the first eight years of her childhood. Seeking a better life and more educational opportunities for their large family, Bowen’s grandparents moved to Vancouver, and it’s only recently, as a result of research for her next project, that Bowen has come to understand the racial imperatives that played a role in the move away from Alberta, where the Klu Klux Klan was active. She goes back further to find the family histories that make up her current show, Stories to Pass On.... It’s based on

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a 2008 road trip to Alabama, Oklahoma and Texas, part of a quest to retrace the migration of her ancestors. Although it was never openly talked about in her family, Bowen knew that she was descended from slaves, and during that trip, she confirmed that her family had been slaves in Pine Flat Alabama. She found the plantation where they had lived, worked and died, and met relatives who were their direct descendants. She learned about her mixed African and Aboriginal heritage, and made the discovery that her ancestors had been enslaved, paradoxically, by Native peoples. Each avenue of research leads to another path and even as she elucidates her family’s story over time and place, it builds in complexity as more and more layers are added, all of the research feeding her art. Deanna Bowen: Stories to pass on... features two video and sound installations: Gospel and Shadow on the Prairie (from The Vancouver Project). The complex, interdisciplinary work includes video and sound installation, performance, sculpture and photography. Driven by an urgent need to know and to experience her own family and its tangled, often hidden history, Bowen draws on public and private sources to create layered, multifaceted and emotionally-charged art. Her methodology is both scholarly and spontaneous — thorough and academically sound, yet open to tangents, unexpected and surprising associations. She makes metaphorical and imaginative leaps in order to follow the thread of a story, wherever it might lead. Bowen combines aspects of official historical narratives with personal

tories, enriched and animated by insights from literary, musical and cinematic sources. The title of the exhibition was directly inspired by Toni Morrison’s Beloved, a novel that deals with a community of former slaves and their efforts to overcome the effects of their collective trauma. In the introduction to the exhibition catalogue, Bowen notes that Morrison’s book touches on the key concerns of her art, namely “....the internal and external obstacles that impede the telling of personal truths” and “the restorative possibilities of working through traumatic histories.” Bowen’s powerful art has a healing dimension for her personally. As she uncovers and recounts her AfricanCanadian family’s stories and situates them in broader historical, societal and cultural contexts, she comes to terms with the past. By giving her a way to understand her estranged family, what they did and did not do, her art opens up the possibility of reconciliation. Gospel is comprised of three separate but related elements. On the walls are seven framed inkjet prints, each featuring the enlarged cover of a hymnal. The verisimilitude is convincing, making each faded and tattered cover seem vividly present. Hymnals are potent signifiers — of Christianity and its moral strictures, of song and celebration, of community, and of the specific individual, now unknown, who once owned it and opened its pages every Sunday. The suite of framed hymnals relates directly to a vertical speaker / sculpture called Preacherman (Stela), which broadcasts the voice of her preacher grandfather singing hymns.

The third component of Gospel is a dramatic video compilation, Imitation of Life (A Hypothesis), a moving collage of appropriated clips from the movie, Imitation of Life. The audio and video segments fuse, overlap and interweave in a crescendo of mounting tension. The discord and alienation that marks the relationship between mother and daughter in the film speaks to the estrangement between Bowen and her own mother. The work is technologically complex, and Bowen creates layered, nonlinear and fragmentary narratives, rich in visual and auditory associations that allude to the specific history of her family within the broader context of its African-Canadian heritage. Her work also has wider resonance, speaking to the hidden stories embedded within every family — stories that are not passed on, replaced by glossed-over and sanitized myths of family lore. Bowen’s family secrets were hidden behind the rigid and judgemental strictures of the familial home, based in the Christian fundamentalism preached by her grandfather. The family was dominated by an unforgiving tradition of moral rectitude that impacted every aspect of their lives, sometimes with tragic consequences. Her family search led her to the story, suppressed in her family, of a closeted gay great-uncle who was a performer in jazz clubs in Vancouver, and to his lover, a costume designer who was involved in the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s 1952 production of Shadow on the Prairie, filmed by the National Film Board of Canada, which led her to another thread in Stories to pass on.... The acclaimed and original Canadian ballet about settlement in Western Canada tells a tragic story of the despair, madness and suicide of a young bride, and Bowen recognized in the bride’s desperation and entrapment aspects of her great-uncle Herman’s life. The coincidental connection of the ballet with his life prompted Bowen to bring the two stories together. Bowen’s installation, Shadow on the Prairie, is made up of wall text and a video, fragmented excerpts from the NFB film, overlaid with a plaintive lament as well as graphic and photographic images that recall Herman and black performers in the repressed era of the fifties. The ballet is set in Alberta in the same harsh landscape that formed the backdrop to Bowen’s family history. After her early childhood in northern Alberta and a relocation to Vancouver at 8, Bowen was raised primarily by her maternal grandparents. She attended Simon Fraser University and later earned a diploma in sculpture from the Emily Carr College of Art. After graduation in 1994 at 25, Bowen moved to Toronto, and in 2008, she completed a Master of Visual Arts degree at the University of Toronto. Today she works as an academic and an acclaimed artist. She is currently a lecturer at the University of Toronto and her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. There’s a strong intellectual foundation in Deanna Bowen’s work, and it’s grounded in thorough historical scholarship. While its references are culturally specific and its inspirational antecedents densely layered, each complex work speaks directly to the heart because of her deep personal connection to it. Deanna Bowen: Stories to pass on... is on at the Esplanade Gallery in Medicine Hat February 25 to April 15. Organized by the Thames Art Gallery in Chatham, Ontario, it’s curated by Carl Lavoy.

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The letterpress inside Mother Tongue Publishing’s

“In any creative world there is energy around stars and the art world is very small,” says writer and publisher Mona Fertig. “I know from being an artist’s daughter how much my dad suffered, how he carried on, how poor we were, how many times I heard the names of (celebrated Vancouver painter) Jack Shadbolt and others and knew, instinctively that all things were not equal.” Her father George Fertig was a committed artist and husband with two daughters, struggling in Vancouver during the post-war years. But despite the beauty and depth of his work, Fertig painted in the shadows. Years later, Mona Fertig decided she didn’t want her father’s work to be overlooked. In 40 Galleries West Spring 2012

time, she was able to bring his life story — and that of other marginalized artists — to light in a biographical series called Unheralded Artists of B.C. “There were about 5,000 artists on the B.C. coast in the ‘40s, ‘50s and beginning of the ‘60s,” Fertig says. “It was a very rich scene.” She says her father’s story led to the idea of the book series. Some time after he died, Fertig got a grant and began writing about his life, but couldn’t find a publisher. She wasn’t discouraged, deciding instead to publish the book herself. Working with her husband Peter Haase, from their home on Salt Spring Island, the couple expanded their private literary press to include trade books. They named their enterprise Mother Tongue Publishing and began the Unheralded Artists of B.C. series. She sees herself as a curator. “The books are small galleries — a


operation on Salt Spring Island.

Writer and publisher Mona Fertig of Mother Tongue Publishing, at home on Salt Spring Island.

door we’ve opened up to the world,” she says. “People love the stories,” Fertig says. “The books speak to outsiders, who want to hear more about these artists who worked without recognition. It fills a part of our selves that relates to the creative struggle. There’s a masochism to being an artist — all that rejection. But without being creative, artists would collapse. ” The first book in the series was about sculptor David Marshall, one of several artists Fertig knew growing up in the Vancouver art scene. Her father’s story, which she wrote, was the second and the third is about painters Frank Molnar and LeRoy Jensen, and sculptor and printmaker Jack Hardman. “There were quite a few men,” Fertig says. “It’s harder to find women.”

The press has just released a biography of landscape painter Mildred Valley Thornton, and the next book will be about Ina Uhthoff and Edythe Hembroff Schleicher, two artists from Victoria. With each new book, Fertig says sales have been steadily increasing. She now plans to hire a sales specialist. Fertig would love to commission a book on Vancouver artist Vera Weatherbie but says finding a suitable writer and ensuring there’s enough research material are just some of the challenges she faces. Publishing is also costly, particularly reproducing full color art work and getting permissions. B.C. artists, like their counterparts from across Canada, easily slipped into obscurity despite the many creative people and galleries in Vancouver, Fertig says very few artists in the past made a living. “Artists are forgotten or not considered important,” she says. “The art itself Galleries West Spring 2012 41

Book covers from the Unheralded Artists of B.C. series.

gets destroyed. If there are no relatives, the art can vanish.” The Vancouver Art Gallery has many B.C. artists’ works in storage, but the public rarely gets a chance to see them. Fertig has bigger ideas, including a regular series of VAG shows on B.C. artists. “I’d like to see a college- or university-level course, so people can learn more about our history,” she adds. She also believes the books in the series would make great film documentaries, because of their visual appeal. Fertig believes the art world is even narrower today than it was when her father was part of a vibrant local community, and artists emphasize the intellectual and conceptual now over the visual. “We can be inspired by the struggle and passion of these artists,” Fertig says. At a deeper level, she believes the artists’ struggles as depicted 42 Galleries West Spring 2012

in the series can give hope to other creative people. “These artists followed a path of courage.” Cheryl Sieger, a librarian at the Vancouver Art Gallery for 27 years, believes people have a strong curiosity about artists from Vancouver’s past. “I get queries every day from the public about (local) art they own,” Sieger says. “And they want to know more about these artists.” She says the series is also valuable to art collectors and Vancouver historians. “People are delighted to have documentation about these artists. All libraries should have these books.” There are “unsung” artists — as well as the really “unsung” artists, Sieger says, who are much harder to research. “There have been many important artists in Vancouver. It’s lovely to have the stories of some of these people brought together.”

COLLECTORS 9 ARTISTS to consider right now TOM GALE


Born: 1946, Medicine Hat Studied: Self-taught Lives/Works: Edmonton Price Range: $800 - $15,000

Born: 1918, New Westminster Studied: Banff, San Francisco, New York, London and Paris Lives/Works: Paris, Suffolk (UK) Price Range: $3,200 - $24,000

Stanley Park Series I, oil on canvas, 4' x 5'.


Gregorie Barber, owner of the Front Gallery in Edmonton, sees a trend among collectors toward more contemporary work: younger people are looking for “…edgy work, with fresh, bold colours, making strong statements, not what they grew up with, ...while their elders may be downsizing, but are nonetheless putting big, strong paintings on big walls.” She says, “landscapes are popular in Alberta and sales remain steady.” But adds she’s selling more abstract art, perhaps because there’s more choice from outstanding artists. An artist Barber often recommends is Tom Gale who has been painting for 35 years, the last 20 in Edmonton. His work is in the collection of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, in corporate collections such as Canadian Utilities Ltd, Toronto Dominion Art Collection and ATCO Electric, as well as in many private collections. Gale was described by the late Edmonton reviewer/critic Gilbert Bouchard as ‘probably Alberta’s finest landscape painter’. Barber points out that Gale is not a ‘formula’ painter doing the same thing in different sizes and palettes. His work “…reflects the struggle, the challenge of the problem being solved…. He puts something of himself into every painting.” Asked about memorable experiences in the gallery business, Barber describes receiving a phone call several years ago regarding a nude painting by Edmonton figure painter Doug Jamha, displayed in her gallery window. The caller asked a number of serious questions about the painting leading her to believe he was interested in purchase. However the call ended with him asking if he could “just have her (the model’s) phone number.”

By Richard White


“We’re seeing major collectors moving to- Horizontal Still Life, 2010, oil on canvas, 21" x 51". ward modern abstract work” says Elizabeth Levinson, Associate Director of one of the three Winchester Galleries in Victoria (co-owned by Gunter Heinrich and Anthony Sam). She explains it’s partly the market and partly changing tastes. The pool of historic, representational work has been greatly reduced as works go into long-held or institutional collections. “However” she notes, “modern works, particularly great Canadian abstracts (e.g. Riopelle, McEwen, Tousignant, Perehudoff, Klunder), have a terrific upside because they have generally stayed in Canada and been overlooked — although the global market is catching on.” Her advice, “Get expert direction and buy the very best you can afford.” For senior collectors, she suggests Joseph Plaskett merits serious consideration. He’s best known for his figurative and still-life paintings. Recipient of the Order of Canada and numerous other awards and honorary doctorates, Plaskett won the first Emily Carr scholarship in 1946, and recently created his own foundation, which now awards similar scholarships. He continues to paint and is exhibited in both Europe and North America. Levinson shares an anecdote about becoming a ‘collector’. Some years ago, a now-client purchased a Jacques Majorelle work at auction for $140, not because he knew the artist but because the painting was distinctive, had good composition and really engaged him. “It appeared to be a good painting,” he now recounts. Years later, he sold it for €59,000 (about $82,000). It showed him the value of buying well, and has since developed his eye –— and vastly improved his collection.


he “is an uncompromising and unique talent.” And further that Born: 1970, New Brunswick his work succeeds “because of a Studied: University of the visual fluency that relates to people Fraser Valley 1988-1990 on an everyday basis. Chris is a Colorado State University master at satirical explorations of (Artist in residence) 2002 our consumer culture.” In 2000, Lives/Works: Chilliwack, BC Woods was featured in Maclean’s Price Range: $12,000 - $28,000 magazine Faces of the Future: 100 Canadians to Watch. His paintings have appeared in Adbusters, Geist Asked about trends in collectand Harper’s magazines. Woods ing, David Chaperon, a partner was recently chosen for the Fraser (with Mark Reddekopp and Ice Cap, 2011, oil on canvas, Valley Biennale at Abbotsford’s Shane O’Brien) at Gallery 50" X 48". Reach Gallery and will have a solo Jones in Vancouver observes, show there in 2013. His work is in “Today’s collectors are becompublic collections in Kamloops, Surrey and Nanaimo ing increasingly savvy, finding art more accessible as well as corporate collections including Microsoft and less mysterious. The internet is an important and Michael Audain’s Polygon Group. cultural portal, providing information about artists For the beginning collector, Chaperon advises, and the art world. And Canadians are becoming less “to be patient and take your time. It may well take regionalized and more worldly in their collecting, and awhile to sort through the visual cacophony to definitely more eclectic.” understand your own taste and the direction your Picking a specific artist to recommend, Chaperon collection will take.” suggests Chris Woods with the comment that


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Born: 1975, Winnipeg Studied: Self-taught Lives/Works: Kenora Price Range: $500 - $5000

Italian studio 1932 – 1960

Rocks and Raindrops, acrylic on canvas 24" x 24".


Jennifer Tasker is the owner of Woodlands Gallery, a Winnipeg fixture since 1984. She has seen a recent affection among clients for lots of colour, particularly red, and notes that people are “gravitating towards a blend between realism and abstract. Clients like to see something recognizable in a painting rather than a complete abstract, but far enough away from photo-realism that they can insert their own vision into the piece.” When Tasker first met Melissa Jean in 2010 Jean was seeking gallery representation for the first time outside her community. Painting professionally for only a couple of years, she is a fast-emerging artist Tasker is quick to endorse. “Her prices are reasonable but climbing. In her first year she sold over 25 paintings plus several commissions. She was recently a feature artist in the gallery.” Jean takes inspiration from her Lake of the Woods surroundings and every painting is an adventure. As she said in a recent interview, a favourite experience on a summer day “ to sit on a dock/island/beach and watch the reflections in the water, and if it rains, watch the raindrops ... it’s as mesmerizing as watching the flames of a bonfire, coming together and pulling apart.” Tasker’s advice to collectors: “Don’t over think it. Don’t stress over starting with a perfect piece to feature above the sofa. Be open to possibilities. Start with the first piece that tugs on your heartstrings… small or large, start with the piece you can’t stop thinking about.”

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FLYGSFORS Swedish studio 1952 – 1963 Price Range: $150 - $5000


Brian Imeson opened Circa Art Glass in Calgary in 2003 as the only totally-art-glass gallery in Canada – with a focus on mid-century (1940 – 1960) pieces from Europe. He’s noticed over the years that art collectors are recognizing art glass more and more as a legitimate art form and not just ‘decorative’ art. ”The mid-century work is enjoying a resurgence in popularity due to the contemporary design and style from this period.” In fact he says, “clients who have since become collectors were shocked to learn the work I carry is dated 1940s – 1960s. It is so contemporary by today’s standards, that they assumed I was the artist, or that it is local work. But the fact it is 50 years old only adds to its appreciation and collectability. Good design is indeed timeless.” Bright, intense, vivid colors are characteristic of the period. Forged in the furnaces of post-war

Works by Flavio Poli from Seguso Vetri d’Arte studio.

Europe and North America, the objects range from sophisticated in form, to abstract in nature and include everything from vases and vessels to lamps and figurative works. In Imeson’s opinion, work from the Seguso Vetri d’Arte studio represents some of the best Italian work of the past 60 years, with modern and contemporary designs — particularly those by Flavio Poli. He also recommends the hand-blown crystal vessels by Paul Kedelv at the Flygsfors studio as representing the best of mid-century Scandinavian work.


SOPA since 2008. Rdest was shortlisted for the RBC Painting Studied: Ontario College Competition that same year and of Art & Design, 2002 was also chosen among the top Lives/Works: Toronto “Emerging Artists” in Magenta Price Range: $1,500 - $8,000 Publishing’s nationwide survey book, Carte Blanche, Vol. 2: Painting. Her work has been Deborah Boileau opened Sopa shown across Canada as well Fine Arts in Kelowna in 2004 as in Chicago and Japan and is with a strong roster of confound in both corporate and temporary artists that attracts private collections. Boileau clients from all over the world. describes Rdest’s work as having In recent years she has noticed Heavy With Reassurance, acrylic on “…a fresh, vibrant look that people are qualifying their art canvas, on panel 48" x 40". feels at once revolutionary, yet purchases more, rather than with solid roots in lyrical abacting on impulse. Now, she straction. Her canvases have fabulous bursts of color, says, clients are asking ‘what is this artist doing to encarefully built up in layers that create veils of paint, sure my painting will hold its value?’ Good question. which practically sing on the wall.” They’re asking to look at previous bodies of work, the In wine-growing Kelowna, Boileau often uses a artist’s resume, and they want to see a strong comwine analogy when advising new collectors: “Develop mitment to their craft. More people want to live with your visual palette over time much like your wine a painting first, as opposed to buying palate. Become exposed to more complex and straight off the wall. sophisticated varieties. I often meet art collectors who One artist she recommends without hesitatell me they’ve outgrown their early art pieces.” tion is Aleksandra Rdest who has been exhibiting at




Born: 1956, Yellowknife Studied: BFA (Honors) University of Alberta, Figurative sculpture, Paris Lives/Works: Monaco Price Range: $10,000 - $125,000

Born: 1941, Blokker (NL) Studied: Emily Carr School of Art, Chicago School of Art Lives/Works: Vancouver, BC Price Range: $1,500 - $18,000

carved in Italy. In his Fragments series, the hauntingly beautiful fragmented figures were deliberately disfigured by the artist as a kind of protest about the destructive nature of war. Each Owner Wanda Underhill of the is named after a type of Rouge Gallery in Saskatoon has landmine such as the Apple noticed clients becoming more P-40 piece acquired by the interested in educating themselves United Nations Association Flamenco, bronze, 100 x 39 x 28 cm. in New York. Blake has had on the value of original art. “They are prepared to invest in exhibitions from the Arctic pieces they feel will hold their value and gradually to Florida; and from the UK, France and Monaco increase, unlike the ups and downs of the stock to Singapore, Vietnam and Cambodia with public market.” installations in Monaco, Vietnam and the USA. One particular artist she recommends is Blake Underhill sees collectors buying art for many Ward (who signs his work, “Blake”). Based at his different reasons: the ‘feeling’, the colours, the studio in Monte-Carlo since 1991, Blake is inspired technique, matching décor, etc. But what they by the beauty of the human form. For his Figurahave in common she says, “…is that by collecting tive collection, he sculpts in clay, working from they encourage good artists to continue to create, live models to capture the complete human form. to feel they are making a difference and to remain His bronze and marble sculptures are then cast or committed to their talent.”


MICHAEL TICKNER Born: 1947, London (UK) Studied: Self-taught Lives/Works: Lions Bay Price Range: $995 - $29,000


The owner of Lions Bay Art Gallery near Vancouver, Alice Tickner, notes a person makes two important investments when collecting art: one is obviously financial; the other is emotional. She feels it’s imperative to live with art that is uplifting to the soul. It’s like choosing positive friends. And if your artist’s work becomes more valuable, it’s a bonus. Unfortunately, she sees many people today hiring an interiThe Sun, The Moon and The Star, or designer to choose art to match their décor. She prefers the available in limited edition prints. emotional link that comes with decorating ‘around your art’. The gallery represents several fine artists but Alice is quick to recommend Michael Tickner’s paintings to collectors today while his smaller works are still relatively affordable. “His painting is high energy with its vivid colours and he has created a unique style, adding depth and perspective to primitive art.” His work appears in many private and corporate collections and in 2003 two of his images were part of the final, winning Vancouver Olympic Bid Committee presentation package. In 2008 he created a 30-foot-long mural, Safe Haven located outside the emergency entrance to Richmond Hospital, and more recently he was signature artist for West Vancouver’s “2010 Harmony Arts Festival” . Michael’s work is also available in limited edition prints but Alice generally recommends people buy an original piece of art if they can, because if an artist succeeds at a high level, the prints do not increase in value proportionately to the original.


East of Jasper, oil on canvas 18" x 24".

Diana Paul opened her eponymous Diana Paul Gallery in Calgary in 1988 and daughter, Nina Paul Rogers has held the reins since 2004. Bold and energetic painterly landscapes have long been a hallmark of gallery artists and Nina notes they continue to be popular, but with a trend to much larger, often wall-size, pieces. She recommends the work of Nicolas Bott as essential to a contemporary art collection. He has been represented by her gallery for 20 years and remarkably, his work rarely comes into the secondary market. Bott came to Canada at 17, bringing his Dutch heritage and the influence of van Gogh with him, still young enough to absorb the scenic beauty of the rugged British Columbia landscape and open to the influence of BC artist Keith C. Smith. Calgary art critic Jacek Malec has drawn comparisons between Bott and the master Bauhaus artist Paul Klee who exhorted his students to refrain from merely looking at nature but rather to look through nature… to simplify, stylize and suggest rather than explain. The simplified shapes in Bott’s landscapes are filled with vibrant colour and the brushwork radiates the energy of the forces of nature. His wide-ranging subjects include many remote locations. Paul Rogers tells of a corporate newcomer to Calgary who stopped into the gallery a few years ago looking to begin a collection. He chose a Bott piece and now has 19. Another client has 42. Galleries West Spring 2012 45



Fall 2011 Review

SOLD: $30,680

SOLD: $1,497,500

John Meredith, Rio, oil on canvas ,

Doris Jean McCarthy, Iceberg Reflection, oil on

James Wilson Morrice, Evening Stroll, Venice,

71 1/2" x 120".

canvas, 24" x 30".

oil on canvas 19 3/4" x 24".

After an ‘incredible, amazing’ auction season in New York, it seemed the art world economy was just fine, and the major Canadian auction houses, getting ready for auctions in Toronto at the end of November, hoped the wave of optimism would carry over. Heffel Fine Art auctions grabbed the front spot with a two-part sale on November 24. After previews across Canada featuring post-war and fine art collections, nine Jean Paul Lemieux works were generating a buzz. The featured lot and catalogue cover, Nineteen Ten Remembered had a three-page provenance and exhibition history. It sold for $2.34 million with premium, a record price for the artist, which made the values for good Lemieux works go up across the board. My absolute favourite of the contemporary works this season was Michael Snow’s Sideway, first shown in 1962 at the Isaacs Gallery. This museum-quality work sold for $175,000. The Walking Woman series is an iconic statement made by Snow well in advance of the ‘fabricated’ art movement, which includes many Pop artists all the way up to Jeff Koons today. The Modern / post-war sale did well across the board with a few misses. Jean Paul Riopelle’s Grande Fete 1952 work, with an overly-confident estimate of $900,000, passed — surprising since the pass was not about the quality. The overall sale was robust with a total of $16 million. Two factors figured prominently. First, Emily Carr’s War Canoe, Alert Bay, wisely bought by Ernest E. Poole of Edmonton (from Dominion Gallery back in the day), is a small, powerful, detailed study for a major painting and it sold at nearly $1.25 million, easily a record price for Carr’s work on paper. The other hefty price came from a panel, Mount Robson painted by Lawren Harris. His works are a constant contributor to value in the Canadian art sales and this one did not disappoint. It sold for just over $1.8 million. Some very good estates and art works owned by prominent collectors helped Heffel gain substantial ground. 46 Galleries West Spring 2012

Waddington’s, Toronto’s major large auction house moved east on King Street this summer, into new second floor space, along with the Joyner Canadian Fine Art sales group. The new building featured a good viewing room for Joyner’s down-sized sale of 200 lots. Future plans are for smaller live sales and larger online presentations, obviously drawing attention to quality important works. The sale conducted by Robert Cowley, auctioneer and Canadian fine art specialist, took off at a pace that would not slow over the next two hours. Cowley is a master at selling quickly and smoothly with little hesitation. Lose your concentration on a piece of interest and it will be sold. At 96 lots per hour, this sale was easy to take in. The feature lot was an odd Lawren Harris work, Return from Town, an over-sized, ambitious ‘night’ painting done as an illustration in 1911. As with all the major auctions, a portion of Joyner’s was dedicated to postwar / contemporary. A tiny (5" x 6"), Jack Bush study gifted to the artist York Wilson and consigned from his estate, jumpstarted this sale with a selling price of $20,000. The star Modern work catching lots of attention was a Jock MacDonald, Lilt of Songs. My thought was this is museum-quality, a rare, beautiful work. In my mind, a steal at the premium-inclusive price of $59,000. It is always a surprise when a rare, high-quality work is ‘put way’ at such low value. Doris McCarthy’s Iceberg Reflection proved to be vintage — rare and no doubt a precursor painting to her most beloved series, the Iceberg Fantasies. This double-sided oil, likely generated after her first trip north, was hammered down at $30,680 with premium. In my opinion, Joyner also had the very best small Rita Letendre offered in the fall sessions. Le Cri, 1962, was light and lively, full of raw, aggressive colour, and yet again, a painting that should have been $30,000, fell well short of the low estimate. The fickleness of the contemporary market is good reason to keep your eye on works you like.


SOLD: $152,000


By Douglas MacLean

SOLD: $175,500

SOLD: US$40,000 SOLD: $2,340,000.00

John (Jack) Chambers, La Trilla (Threshing #4’)

Michael James Aleck Snow, Sideway,

JEAN PAUL LEMIEUX, Nineteen Ten Remembered,

oil on canvas 48" x 44 1/2".

lucite on aluminum, enamel on wood,

oil on canvas, 1962, 42" x 57 1/2".

steel brackets, nuts and bolts, 1962 73 x 30" x 21 3/4".

Joyner’s first sale in the new premises went reasonably well, good works sold, and no doubt they will maintain a spot in the auction calendars. Sotheby’s was third in line but not a sale to pass through quickly. The preview had been busy and well attended. Curating the preview and the consignments are huge factors in generating sales. If there was a problem with Sotheby’s, I think the overall installation needed better ‘sales’ attention. Monday night finally rolled around, and right away the contemporary works took off. The first lot, L’Alphabet Inconnu/The Unknown Alphabet was a good Jacques DeTonnancour, $13,200 with premium. It set the pace, leading to the stellar moment when John Meredith’s Rio sold at a whopping $152,000 with premium. Well-deserved, proving excellent quality gets value. Jack Bush was not to be outdone and a smaller, lively 1965 work On the Nose brought a quick $175,000 with premium. Jean Paul Lemieux, hit another million-dollar bid with his Country Club, a somewhat joyous work. The path of Heffels’ Lemieux sales was wellfollowed. The night hammered on with auctioneer Hugh Hemsley deftly handling hits and misses through the Modern and right into history. Alex Colville did not disappoint. The best of the two, a small painting Woman, Jockey and Horse sold for a premium-inclusive $370,500. The monotone but evocative James Wilson Morrice, Evening Stroll, Venice gathered attention, approaching $1.5 million with premium. The best David Milne watercolour Kelly Ore Bed sold for $244,000, again sending signals that quality gets attention. That said, the ‘passes’ never cease to surprise me. Overall, the Sotheby night was a positive jump, well over their spring sale. One final sale was taking place as I flew out of Toronto. The Bonhams sale of Canadian art was simulcast live in Toronto from New York City. For their first foray into a live-in-Toronto, on-screen sale, the attendance was reasonable, and they managed to sell three works of note. The W.J. Phillips, Eiffel Lake, Valley of the

Ten Peaks was a beautiful watercolour, not often seen, and it sold for a respectable US$23,750 with premium. An odd but compelling painting, La Trilla by Jack Chambers from his Spanish work, sold for US$40,000 again with premium. The Art Gallery of Ontario just opened a retrospective of his work, well worth seeing. And finally of note, from the underrated-at-auction Dorothy Knowles, a great acrylic on canvas landscape, Lac La Biche & Roses #2 sold for US$15,000, perhaps to an American buyer, who might properly appreciate our best contemporary landscape painter. Overall, Bonhams was a quiet sale in terms of works sold, but new ideas at auction are slow to catch on. A thumbnail of the season: Modern, contemporary marches forward, goodto great-quality works are gaining ground, but pay attention if you’re interested. Historical works come out less frequently, but great works are still achieving huge value in a supposed recession. Canadian art has a lot of ground to cover to reach an international stage, but positive steps have been taken. Great art is recognized and collected. Douglas MacLean of Canadian Art Gallery is an art advisor and private dealer living in Canmore, Alberta.

SPRING AUCTIONS May 17, 2012 May 25, 2012 May 29, 1012 TBA

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BRITISH COLUMBIA GALLERIES ABBOTSFORD Public Gallery THE REACH GALLERY MUSEUM ABBOTSFORD 32388 Veterans Way, Abbotsford, BC V2T 0B3 T. 604-864-8087 F. 604-864-8048 The Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford is committed to excellence and quality in exposing the public to the diverse and provocative world of visual art and heritage. It is committed to the investigation of how aesthetics and history interact through its exhibition programs — from British Columbia, across Canada and abroad with a focus on the Pacific Northwest. Tue to Fri 10 am - 5 pm, Thurs till 9 pm, Sat, Sun noon - 5 pm. CHILLIWACK Commercial Gallery GREY AREA GALLERY 101-7408 Vedder Rd, Chilliwack, BC V2R 4E6 T. 604-846-0088 DUNCAN Commercial Gallery E.J. HUGHES GALLERY 28 Station St, Duncan, BC V9L 1M4 T. 250-746-7112 The art of E. J. Hughes is now available at his hometown gallery on Vancouver Island. Hughes is a master. His use of color, moody coastal skies and timeless places keeps connoisseurs coming back for more. Shop the Hughes Gallery online or, in person Mon to Fri 10 am - 5:30 pm, Sat 10 am - 4 pm. Sun by appt. INVERMERE - WINDERMERE Commercial Gallery EFFUSION ART GALLERY 1033 7 Ave, Invermere, BC V0A 1K0 T. 250-341-6877 Describing itself as ‘an unrestrained expression of emotion’, the gallery is created on the energy of contemporary art with a collaboration between established and emerging artisans from coast to coast. Friendly staff happily provide advice on installation and design specifics to clients, whether homeowners, interior designers or from the corporate world. Mon to Sat 10 am - 5:30 pm, Sun noon - 4 pm.

BRITISH COLUMBIA INDEX Abbotsford ............................................................ 48 Chilliwack .............................................................. 48 Duncan .................................................................. 48 Invermere............................................................... 48 Kamloops............................................................... 48 Kelowna................................................................. 49 Penticton ............................................................... 49 Qualicum Bay/Beach ............................................... 49 Salt Spring Island ................................................... 49 Sidney .................................................................... 50 Silver Star Mountain ............................................... 50 Vancouver .............................................................. 50 Vernon................................................................... 53

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Gu Xiong, Waterscapes .. Reframed, January 20 to March 25, The Reach Gallery, Abbotsford

Gu Xiong is a multimedia artist and photographer interested in the symbolic merging of two rivers he has come to know very well — the Yangtze River in China and the Fraser River in British Columbia. Originally from China, Xiong now makes his home in Vancouver, where he continues to inform his work with research on migration patterns along these rivers. At the entrance to the Waterscapes exhibition is a dramatic installation of hundreds of small white plaster boats and salmon dangling on lines from the ceiling. “These boats carry our dreams,” Xiong says of the work. The salmon represents the river — “a river of uncertainty and change.” Xiong is inspired by the metaphor of the river as it relates to people on the move. “I find the fact that the Fraser Valley has migrant workers from other countries quite interesting,” he says. In contrast, he notes contemporary Chinese people are flocking in to the cities. “One drop of water, and then another, and another...makes a changing force,” he says. Inside the gallery is a second installation as well as a series of photographs and acrylic paintings, reflecting the ‘merging rivers’ theme. “There are small streams, then the river, then the ocean,” Xiong says. These fluid paths “find their own way,” as they travel to the ocean, Xiong believes. “Just like people on a journey, you don’t know what’s in front of you.” — Janet Nicol ABOVE: Gu Xiong, Waterscapes, white plastic, plaster, 2012. KAMLOOPS Commercial Gallery HAMPTON GALLERY KAMLOOPS 167 4 Ave, Kamloops, BC V2C 3N3

Victoria .................................................................. 53 Whistler ................................................................. 54 ALBERTA INDEX Banff...................................................................... 54 Black Diamond ....................................................... 54 Bragg Creek ........................................................... 54 Calgary .................................................................. 54 Camrose ................................................................ 58 Canmore ................................................................ 58 Cochrane ............................................................... 58 Drumheller ............................................................. 59 Edmonton.............................................................. 59 Grande Prairie ........................................................ 60

T. 250-374-2400 F. 250-374-2400 Since its opening in 1994, Hampton Gallery has earned a reputation for excellence in the local com-

munity, and it has become a destination spot for art lovers travelling through the interior of British Columbia. Hampton Gallery represents approximately 40 regionally and nationally acclaimed Canadian artists. Mon to Sat 10 am - 5 pm.

High River ............................................................. 60 Jasper .................................................................... 60 Lacombe ................................................................ 60 Lethbridge ............................................................. 60 Medicine Hat ......................................................... 61 Okotoks ................................................................. 61 Red Deer ................................................................ 61

Regina ................................................................... 61 Saskatoon .............................................................. 62 Swift Current.......................................................... 62 Val Marie ............................................................... 62

SASKATCHEWAN INDEX Assiniboia .............................................................. 61 Estevan .................................................................. 61 Moose Jaw............................................................. 61 North Battleford ..................................................... 61 Prince Albert .......................................................... 61

MANITOBA INDEX Brandon................................................................. 62 Gimli...................................................................... 62 Portage La Prairie ................................................... 62 Winnipeg ............................................................... 62 NORTHERN TERRITORIES INDEX Whitehorse ............................................................ 63

KELOWNA Commercial Galleries HAMBLETON GALLERIES 1290 Ellis St, Kelowna, BC V1Y 1Z4 T. 250-860-2498 Established in 1964, the Hambleton has provided a showcase for leading Canadian artists whose works grace many national and international private and corporate collections. At their new location, owners Stewart and Tracy Turcotte offer investment art opportunities to their clientele and have added ceramics, and bronze sculpture to complement the paintings. Tues to Sat 10 am - 5:30 pm. SOPA FINE ARTS 2934 South Pandosy St, Kelowna, BC V1Y 1V9 T. 250-763-5088 Okanagan’s major contemporary art gallery, Sopa Fine Arts prides itself on providing an ever-changing selection of contemporary art from leading international artists, with new exhibitions opening the first Thursday each month. Sopa features high calibre, original and innovative artworks; in the media of painting, sculpture, and assemblage. Tues to Sat 11 am - 5 pm, Sun noon - 4 pm or by appointment. TURTLE ISLAND GALLERY 115-1295 Cannery Lane, Kelowna, BC V1Y 9V8 T. 250-717-8235 The gallery has a stunning selection of Northwest Coast wood carvings including ceremonial masks, totem poles, talking sticks, plaques and bentwoodstyle boxes. Also stone carvings, hand-carved gold and silver jewellery, original paintings and limited edition prints both contemporary and traditional. Mon to Sat 10 am - 5:30 pm (Summer only: also Sun 11 am - 4 pm). @galleries_west

Brigitte Liapis recently opened SaintGermain Cafe-Gallery at 102-449 Main St in Penticton, just two blocks south from Front Street. TUTT STREET GALLERY 9-3045 Tutt St, Kelowna, BC V1Y 2H4 T. 250-861-4992 F. 250-861-4992 Established in 1984, Tutt Street Gallery is a recognized dealer of original fine art — representing regional, national and international artists whose works can be found in private, corporate, and government collections, in Canada and abroad. The gallery extends a warm welcome to art enthusiasts and experienced collectors. Tues to Fri 10 am - 5 pm, Sat 10 am - 4 pm or by appt. Public Gallery KELOWNA ART GALLERY 1315 Water St, Kelowna, BC V1Y 9R3 T. 250-762-2226 F. 250-762-9875 Located in the heart of Kelowna’s Cultural District, the gallery serves the Central Okanagan Valley with regular exhibitions by contemporary Canadian artists, while the permanent collection has a focus on Okanagan and other BC-based artists. The gallery is a unique venue for special events and offers a variety of classes, workshops, etc for people of all ages. Tues to Sat 10 am - 5 pm, Thur till 9 pm, Sun 1 pm - 4 pm.

ST-GERMAIN CAFE-GALLERY 102-449 Main St, Penticton, BC V2A 1V6 T. 250-492-0060 Saint-Germain is a euro-style cafe within a bright, light-filled gallery. The art focus is on contemporary BC artists, both representational and abstract. The cafe offers organic coffee, pastries, baguette sandwiches, salads and soups. Browsing with an espresso in hand encourages lively conversation about the art. Two blocks south of Front St. Mon to Fri 8 am - 5 pm, Sat 10 am - 3 pm. Public Gallery PENTICTON ART GALLERY 199 Marina Way, Penticton, BC V2A 1H3 T. 250-493-2928 F. 250-493-3992 The Penticton Art Gallery (formerly AGSO) presents contemporary art and historical exhibitions of both established and emerging artists in four exhibition spaces. A place of inquiry, interest and enjoyment, the gallery proudly promotes Okanagan as well as provincial and national artists. Admission: Adults $2, students and children free, weekends free. Tues to Fri 10 am - 5 pm, Sat and Sun noon - 5 pm. QUALICUM BEACH Public Galleries THE OLD SCHOOLHOUSE ARTS CENTRE 122 Fern Road West, Qualicum Beach, BC V9K 1T2 T. 250-752-6133 The arts centre provides rewarding opportunities to enjoy, learn and experience art with three galleries offering a pleasant venue for appreciating and purchasing distinctive works. Artist studios are open to visitors. Creations by artisans are available in the gift shop. Gallery concerts on Sundays. Mon noon - 4:30 pm; Tues - Sat 10 am - 4:30 pm; (Summer only: Sun noon - 4 pm). SALT SPRING ISLAND Commercial Galleries GALLERY 8 (FORMERLY J. MITCHELL GALLERY) 3104-115 Fulford Ganges Rd, Grace Point Square, Ganges, Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 2T9 T. 250-537-8822 Representing 30 of the finest Gulf Island artists. The gallery’s extraordinary collection of art in a broad range of media, showcases the dynamic and innovative work of these accomplished local artists. Mon to Sat 10 am - 5 pm, Sun & Hol Mon 11 am - 4 pm. MORLEY MYERS STUDIO & GALLERY 7-315 Upper Ganges Rd, Salt Spring Island, BC T. 250-537-4898 F. 250-537-4828 The gallery shows the progression of earlier works of stone to Morley Myers’ latest bronze creation. In the lower level studio you can see and visit with the artist at work on his next piece. His work is influenced by cross-cultural indigenous art forms. Sat and Sun 11 am - 5 pm or by appt.


PEGASUS GALLERY OF CANADIAN ART Mouat’s Mall, 1-104 Fulford-Ganges Rd, Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 2S3 T. 250-537-2421 F. 250-537-5590 Established in 1972, Pegasus offers investmentquality historical Canadian art including The Group of Seven, Robert Pilot, WJ Phillips, Sybil Andrews, The Beaver Hall Group and Cornelius Krieghoff. They also represent fine contemporary painters and sculptors as well as rare Northwest Coast Native art and baskets. Summer: Mon to Sat 10 am - 5 pm, Sun noon - 5 pm; Winter: Tues to Sat 10 am - 5 pm, Sun, Mon by appt.

Commercial Galleries THE LLOYD GALLERY 18 Front St, Penticton, BC V2A 1H1 T. 250-492-4484 New location on colourful Front St. Experience the beauty of the Okanagan through artist’s eyes. Browse through a large viewing gallery hung French salon-style. Original oil, acrylic, watercolour, pastel, mixed media and sculptures depict the many faces of the Okanagan, Canada and Asia. Mon to Sat (Summer) Tues to Sat (Winter) 9:30 am - 5:30 pm.

STARFISH GALLERY & STUDIO 1108-115 Fulford Ganges Rd, Grace Point Square, Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 1T9 T. 250-537-4425 Year-round exhibitions of painting, photography and sculpture by West Coast artists specializing in landscape and wildlife art. Featuring work by Robert Bateman, Darlene Gait, Susan Haigh, Birgit Bateman and Andrea Collins. Tues to Sat 11 am - 4 pm or by appointment. Salt Spring Island Granville Fine Art Vancouver Elevation Gallery Canmore

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When Hua Jin immigrated to Vancouver from China four years ago, she was lonely and lost. “My parents had passed away and I was divorced,” Jin explains. “I am from a generation where most of us are the only child.” Jin began thinking about her relationship to the world, and her desire to know where she was. My Big Family is the result, an exhibition of photographs, videos and text, documenting the disappearing families of her parents’ generation. “I travelled all over China locating my aunts and uncles and their children,” she says. “I looked at the social and cultural aspects of family relations and personal values.” China’s one-child policy, which impacted on Jin’s generation (although Jin has a twin) means children have grown up more self-centred. “China is developing rapidly,” she also observes. “I have one uncle who is a farmer while another uncle owns a factory. There is diversity in one big family.” She notices people are becoming richer, but not necessarily happier. “I hope through my exhibition people will slow down and see what is lost and what is valuable.” The Richmond Art Gallery will also open up Jin’s themes to public discussion in a series of related public events. — Janet Nicol ABOVE: Hua Jin, My Big Family, photograph, 2011. STEFFICH FINE ART GALLERY 3105-115 Fulford-Ganges Rd, Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 2S3 T. 250-537-8448 F. 250-537-9233 Toll Free: 1-877-537-8448 Formerly the Thunderbird Gallery, established in 1992. Contemporary, historic, Inuit and Northwest Coast art. Local and national artists. Kids and dogs welcome. Mon to Sat 10 am - 5 pm, Sun 11 am - 4 pm. THE PORCH GALLERY 290 Fulford-Ganges Rd, Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 2K6 T. 250-537-4155 The new salon-style Porch Gallery features original paintings, drawings and limited edition prints from BC artists: Jack Akroyd, George Fertig, Irene Hoffar Reid, Gordon Caruso, Ina D. Uhthoff, Peter Haase and Wim Blom and Mother Tongue Publishing books and limited edition letterpressed broadsides. Sun noon - 4 pm or by appointment. SIDNEY Commercial Gallery PENINSULA GALLERY 100-2506 Beacon Ave, Landmark Bldg., Sidney, BC V8L 1Y2 T. 250-655-1282 Toll Free: 1-877-787-1896 Since 1986 the gallery has offered original paintings and sculptures as well as a wide range of limited edition prints for sale onsite and through comprehensive website. Mon to Sat 9 am - 5:30 pm.

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SILVER STAR MOUNTAIN Commercial Gallery GALLERY ODIN 215 Odin Road, PO Box 3109, Silver Star Mountain, BC V1B 3M1 T. 250-503-0822 F. 250-503-0822 The gallery proudly represents a talented group of Okanagan, British Columbian and Canadian artists, some of them well-established and highly accomplished, others just emerging, but all of them work in a distinctive and original style — oils, acrylics, watercolours, scrimshaw, sculpture, pottery. (Summer) Thur and Sat 2 pm - 6 pm; (Winter) Wed and Sat 1 pm - 6 pm or by appt. GREATER VANCOUVER Commercial Galleries ART EMPORIUM 2928 Granville St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3J7 T. 604-738-3510 F. 604-733-5427 The Art Emporium offers a large inventory of paintings by all members of the Group of Seven and several of their contemporaries, as well as other major Canadian, French and American artists of the 20th Century, for serious collectors and investors. The Estate of Donald Flather. Mon to Sat 10 am - 6 pm. ART WORKS GALLERY 225 Smithe St, Vancouver, BC V6B 4X7 T. 604-688-3301 F. 604-683-4552 Toll Free: 1-800-663-0341 Celebrating 25 years in business, Art Works offers

one of the largest selections of art and framing solutions in Western Canada. Providing installation services, custom-framed mirrors and large-scale commissions. Deliver locally and ship worldwide. Art Works is a long-time official sponsor of the Interior Designers Institute of BC. Mon to Fri 9 am - 6 pm, Sat 10 am - 6 pm, Sun noon - 5 pm. BAU-XI GALLERY 3045 Granville St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3J9 T. 604-733-7011 F. 604-733-3211 BAU-XI (boe she) means “great gift.” Opened in 1965, it is the oldest contemporary gallery in Vancouver. A second location in Toronto in 1976 established Bau-Xi as a national gallery representing about 50 artists. A third gallery Bau-Xi Photo opened in Toronto in 2010 to provide a showcase for contemporary photography. David Alexander, Bobbie Burgers, Drew Burnham, and Cori Creed are a few of the artists represented. Mon to Sat 10 am - 5:30 pm, Sun 11 am - 5:30 pm. @galleries_west

Former Helen Pitt artist-run Gallery now operating as UNIT/PITT Projects at 15 E Pender St, Vancouver. BELLEVUE GALLERY 2475 Bellevue Ave, West Vancouver, BC V7V 1E1 T. 604-922-2304 F. 604-922-2305 Devoted to representing contemporary fine art, Bellevue Gallery features artists of local and international appeal. Giving voice to the experimentation of new technologies in printmaking, divergent and individual approaches to drawing, photography and painting, and distinctive sculpture, the gallery serves both private and corporate collectors. Tues to Fri 10 am - 5:30 pm, Sat 11 am - 5 pm and by appointment. BUCKLAND SOUTHERST GALLERY 2460 Marine Drive, West Vancouver, BC V7C 1L1 T. 604-922-1915 An eclectic gallery owned by Chris Boulton. His aim is to hang quality art without too high a price tag. The gallery represents 18 artists, many with international roots. Mon to Sat 10 am - 5.30 pm, Sun noon to 4 pm. DOUGLAS UDELL GALLERY 1566 W 6 Ave, 2nd floor, Vancouver, BC V6J 1R2 T. 604-736-8900 F. 604-736-8931 In the art business in Edmonton since 1967 and Vancouver since 1986, Douglas Udell Gallery represents many of Canada’s leading contemporary artists as well as some of the leading young artists gaining momentum in the international playing field. The gallery also buys and sells in the secondary market in Canadian historical as well as international. Tues to Sat 10 am - 6 pm, Mon by appt. ELLIOTT LOUIS GALLERY 258 E 1st Ave, Vancouver, BC V5T 1A6 T. 604-736-3282 F. 604-736-3282 The gallery features Canadian fine art representing contemporary artists and historical masters. Art dealer Ted Lederer prides himself on the standard and diversity of work the gallery carries, their innovative programs and excellent service, providing “in-house” art consultations and an art rental program available to private and corporate clients and the entertainment industry. Tues to Sat 10 am - 6 pm or by appointment. FEDERATION GALLERY 1241 Cartwright St, Vancouver, BC V6H 4B7 T. 604-681-8534 The Federation of Canadian Artists Gallery on Granville Island offers sale, exhibition and gallery rental opportunities to members. New exhibitions are usually scheduled every two weeks throughout the year. Tues to Sun 10 am - 5 pm (mid-May - Aug), 10 am - 4 pm (Sep - mid May). GALLERY JONES 1725 West 3rd Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 1K7 T. 604-714-2216 The gallery represents established and emerging Canadian and international artists in the mediums of painting, sculpture and photography. Exhibitions change monthly. Second location in West Vancouver at 1531 Marine Dr. Tues - Fri 11 am - 6 pm, Sat noon - 5 pm. GRANVILLE FINE ART 2447 Granville St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3G5 T. 604-266-6010 Now open. Canadian artworld veterans Linda Lando and Ken Macdonald have reputations of building collections for collectors. They are merging their talents into Granville Fine Art, representing fine contemporary artists and showcasing works by Canadian and international master painters. Northwest corner Broadway and Granville. Tues to Sat 10 am - 6 pm.


JACANA GALLERY 2435 Granville St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3G5 T. 604-879-9306 Jacana Gallery opened in Vancouver in 2000. The Gallery proudly represents more than 20 Canadian and international artists working in various media and styles. Tues to Sat 10 am - 6 pm, Sun noon - 5 pm. JENKINS SHOWLER GALLERY 101-15735 Croydon Dr, The Shops at Morgan Crossing, Surrey, BC V3S 2L5 T. 604-535-7445 Toll Free: 1-888-872-3107 NEW LOCATION Established in 1990, and representing the work of over 40 Canadian artists — from emerging local talent to internationally respected painters including Toni Onley, Toller Cranston, and Robert Genn — Jenkins Showler Gallery offers a diverse selection of original art. Tues to Sat 10 am - 5:30 pm, Sun noon - 5 pm. LATTIMER GALLERY 1590 W 2nd Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 1H2 T. 604-732-4556 F. 604-732-0873 Since 1986, clients have enjoyed the unique, warm atmosphere of a Northwest Longhouse while browsing the large selection of original paintings and limited edition prints by many well-known native artists — as well as finely-crafted gold and silver jewellery, argillite carvings, soapstone sculptures, steam bent boxes, masks, totem poles and more. Mon to Sat 10 am - 6 pm, Sun & Hol noon - 5 pm.


LIONS BAY ART GALLERY 1590 W 2nd Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 1H2 Lions Bay Centre, Unit E, 350 Centre Rd, Box 396, Lions Bay, BC V0N 2E0 T. 604-921-7865 F. 604-921-7865 Lions Bay Art Gallery features a beautiful selection of BC landscapes from the work of both established and emerging artists. The gallery is only a half hour from downtown Vancouver on a spectacular scenic drive — just 7 minutes past Horseshoe Bay on the Squamish/Whistler Hwy. Their website offers a tour of works from all the artists they repr sent. Open daily. MARION SCOTT GALLERY 2423 Granville St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3G5 T. 604-685-1934 F. 604-685-1890 Vancouver’s oldest Inuit art gallery (opened in 1975) and one of Canada’s most respected has returned to South Granville. The gallery is committed to presenting the finest in Canadian Inuit art, with a wide range of Inuit sculpture, prints and wallhangings from many different regions of Canada’s North, with special emphasis on rare pieces from the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s. Mon to Sat 10 am - 6 pm, Sun 11 am - 5 pm. MONNY’S GALLERY 2675 W 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6K 1P8 T. 604-733-2082 index.html This gallery of longtime collector Monny, has a permanent collection as well as a rotating schedule of exhibitions by local artists Kerensa Haynes, Ted Hesketh, Sonja Kobrehel, Shu Okamoto, Ruth Lowe

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FineArt & Frames

Robert Marchessault, March 3 to 24, Bau Xi Gallery, Vancouver

When Robert Marchessault and his partner moved from Toronto to a farm in the countryside in the 1990s, his long-held passion for trees found new direction. This exhibition shows 15 of his new oil paintings on wooden panels, all ethereal renderings of those trees. “These are not photographbased,� Marchessault emphasizes. “I use memory as a filtering agent. I train myself to look hard at the trees and at what impresses me. Time goes by and I begin to paint the tree from what I can remember. Memory plays a big role but I am not slavish about memory. I study ways the tree lives and grows, how it branches, moves through space in foliage and form. Then I begin big gestural paintings, and memory informs what emerges.� Marchessault’s love of trees was partly inspired by an Ontario government no-cost tree-planting initiative. He and his partner planted 7,000 saplings on their farm in 1984. He now looks out on to 50-foot-high pines. “You take on a nurturing of the land,� Marchessault says of his private forest. “You’re introducing life and protecting it. This feeling of love drives a passion for art.� Marchessault has also become intrigued by representing water as a foil to trees. New paintings of tree-covered islands appeal to him because they seem ‘mysterious.’ — Janet Nicol ABOVE: Robert Marchessault, Georgina, oil on panel, 2011, 40" x 40". and others working in a variety of media. Mon to Sat 10 am - 6 pm.

and appraisals. Around the corner from former Granville location. Mon to Sat 10 am - 6 pm.

PACIFIC HOME AND ART CENTRE 1560 W 6 Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 1R2 T. 604-566-9889 The Centre offers a variety of imported, handmade, Murano-style glass art pieces — chandeliers, wall installations, one-of-a-kind decorative pieces and more. Their collection comes with a variety of colourful, elaborated shapes and sizes, styles and designs to complement most personal styles and budgets. Mon & Fri 10 am - 6:30 pm, Tue to Thurs 9 am - 5:30 pm, Sat 10 am - 5 pm.

SUN SPIRIT GALLERY 2444 Marine Dr (Dundarave), West Vancouver, BC V7V 1L1 T. 778-279-5052 Sun Spirit Gallery is proud to offer a superior collection of West Coast Native Art from renowned artists and emerging artists alike. The blend of contemporary and traditional work includes fine gold and silver jewellery, unique furniture and home accents, fine art prints, glass work and hand-carved masks and bentwood boxes. Tues to Sat 10 am - 5 pm.

PETLEY JONES GALLERY 1554 W 6 Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 1R2 T. 604-732-5353 F. 604-732-5669 Established in 1986 by Matt Petley-Jones, nephew of the late Canadian and British artist Llewellyn Petley-Jones, the gallery specializes in 19th - 20th century Canadian, European and American paintings, sculpture and original prints. It also offers a range of fine art services, including framing, restoration

TRENCH CONTEMPORARY ART 102-148 Alexander St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1B5 T. 604-681-2577 Toll Free: 1-877-681-2577 The gallery exhibits international and local emerging, mid- and late-career artists working in all media. The gallery’s curatorial interest lies in both conceptual and formal art production but with an

emphasis on relationship with the chosen material, rigorous discipline in the resolution of formal art problems and clarity of conceptual approach. In Gastown. Wed to Sat 11 am - 6 pm, or by appt. WHITE ROCK GALLERY 1247 Johnston Rd, White Rock, BC V3B 3Y9 T. 604-538-4452 F. 604-538-4453 Toll Free: 1-877-974-4278 A destination for art lovers throughout the Lower Mainland since 1989. They feature an extraordinary selection of original fine art, ceramics and sculpture. Their custom framing is a blend of creativity, expert design, and skilled workmanship. Tue to Sat 10 am - 5:30 pm, Sun noon - 5 pm. Closed holiday long weekends. Cooperative Gallery CIRCLE CRAFT GALLERY 1-1666 Johnston St (Granville Island), Vancouver, BC V6H 3S2 T. 604-669-8021 F. 604-669-8585 Excellence in design and craftsmanship is the hallmark of Circle Craft, a co-operative of both emerging and established BC craftspeople whose work covers the spectrum from cottage industry to one-of-a-kind artist/craftspeople including both traditional and contemporary design. Juried exhibitions change monthly. Daily 10 am - 7 pm. Public Galleries MUSEUM OF ANTHROPOLOGY, UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA 6393 NW Marine Dr,, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2 T. 604-822-5087 F. 604-822-2974 MOA is a place of architectural beauty, provocative programming, and exciting exhibitions — including Bill Reid’s iconic ‘The Raven and the First Men,’ and the new Multiversity Galleries, showcasing 10,000 objects from around the world. Café MOA, an elegant shop, and free tours. Spring/Summer: daily 10 am - 5 pm Tues to 9; Fall/Winter: closed Mon, open Tues 10 am - 9 pm and Wed to Sun 10 am - 5 pm. Closed Dec 25 & 26. RICHMOND ART GALLERY 180-7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond, BC V6Y 1R9 T. 604-247-8300 F. 604-247-8301 The Richmond Art Gallery plays a dynamic role in the growth of visual art in Richmond, and is a vital part of the contemporary art network in BC and Canada. Through excellence in exhibitions and education, the RAG strives to enhance an understanding and enjoyment of contemporary art. Mon to Fri 10 am - 6 pm, Sat and Sun 10 am - 5 pm. VANCOUVER ART GALLERY 750 Hornby St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2H7 T. 604-662-4700 F. 604-682-1086 The largest art gallery in Western Canada is a focal point of downtown Vancouver. Presenting a full range of contemporary artists and major historical masters, it is recognized internationally for its superior exhibitions and excellent interactive education programs and houses a permanent collection of almost 7,000 works of art. Tues to Sun & Hols 10 am - 5:30 pm, Thur 10 am - 9 pm. VERNON Commercial Galleries ASHPA NAIRA ART GALLERY & STUDIO 9492 Houghton Rd., Vernon, BC V1H 2C9 T. 250-549-4249 F. 250-549-4209 Located in Killiney on the west side of Okanagan Lake, this contemporary art gallery and studio, owned by artist Carolina Sanchez de Bustamante, features original art in a home and garden setting. Discover a diverse group of emerging and established Okanagan and Canadian artists in painting, textiles, sculpture and ceramics. Open May 1 to October 15. Fri to Sun 10 am - 6 pm or by appt. NADINE’S FINE ART & FRAMES 3101 31 Ave, Vernon, BC V1T 2G9 T. 250-542-8544 Artist/owner Nadine Wilson opened her gallery in 2005. She represents several local artists, presents regular classes in watercolour, oil and acrylic painting and drawing as well as offering professional

framing services. In summer the gallery hosts guest artist workshops. Mon to Fri 9:30 am - 5:30 pm, Sat 9:30 am - 4 pm (winter: Sat 10 am - 2 pm). Public Gallery VERNON PUBLIC ART GALLERY 3228 31 Ave, Vernon, BC V1T 2H3 T. 250-545-3173 F. 250-545-9096 The Vernon Public Art Gallery presents exhibitions of emerging and established artists working in a variety of media, including paintings sculpture, video, and installation art. The Vernon Public Art Gallery is the largest public gallery in the North Okanagan, and provides exhibition opportunities to local artists and artisans. Mon to Fri 10 am - 5 pm, Sat 11 am - 4 pm. GREATER VICTORIA Artist-run Gallery OPEN SPACE 510 Fort Street, 2nd floor, Victoria, BC V8W 1E6 T. 250-383-8833 F. 250-383-8841 Founded in September 1972 as a non-profit artistrun centre, Open Space supports professional artists — notably young and emerging — who utilize hybrid and experimental approaches to media, art, music and performance. It reflects the wide diversity of contemporary art practices in Victoria, across Canada and beyond. Tues to Sat noon - 5 pm. Commercial Galleries ALCHERINGA GALLERY 665 Fort St, Victoria, BC V8W 1G6 T. 250-383-8224 F. 250-383-9399 For 30 years, the gallery has exhibited contemporary tribal art from Papua New Guinea and later, graphic works by Aboriginal Australian artists and premiumquality work by established and emerging First Nation’s artists of Canada’s Northwest Coast. In the South Pacific, the work of master carvers still living a village lifestyle is selected on-site by gallery staff. Mon to Sat 9:30 am 5:30 pm, Sun noon - 5 pm. @galleries_west

Imported, hand-crafted, Murano–style glass creations– chandeliers, wall installations, unique art pieces and more...

1560 W 6 Avenue Vancouver, BC V6J 1R2 T. 604-566-9889

Mercurio Gallery has recently relocated from downtown Victoria to 4357 Metchosin Rd, Metchosin near Sooke. AVENUE GALLERY 2184 Oak Bay Ave, Victoria, BC V8R 1G3 T. 250-598-2184 F. 250-598-2185 Especially noted for finding and establishing new talent, the gallery considers itself a showcase for contemporary British Columbia, Canadian and international art, serving both corporate and private collectors — those new to the contemporary art scene as well as knowledgeable collectors. Mon to Sat 10 am - 5 pm, Sun noon - 4 pm. ECLECTIC GALLERY 2170 Oak Bay Ave, Victoria, BC V8R 1E9 T. 250-590-8095 Specializing in original contemporary fine art paintings, sculpture, photography and jewellery, this welcoming light-filled gallery is known for its vibrant selection of local and regional art. It offers rotating art exhibitions of excellent quality at its easily-accessible location in the heart of Oak Bay Village. Mon to Sat 10 am - 5:30 pm. MADRONA GALLERY 606 View St, Victoria, BC V8W 1J4 T. 250-380-4660 Open June 2010, Madrona Gallery represents emerging, mid-career and established Canadian artists. The gallery offers a welcoming environment to all visitors and Michael Warren’s expertise in Canadian art history and the contemporary art market facilitates the discovery of new artists and rare pieces from Canadian masters. Tues to Sat 10 am - 6 pm, Sun 11 - 6 pm. OUT OF THE MIST GALLERY 740 Douglas St, Victoria, BC V8W 3M6 T. 250-480-4930

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R. Johnson, David Ladmore, Jack Livesey, Dorothy McKay, Bill McKibben, Ernst Marza, Hal Moldstad, Ron Parker, Natasha Perks. Mon to Fri 10 am - 5 pm, Sat 10 am - 3 pm. VIEW ART GALLERY 104-860 View St, Victoria, BC V8W 3Z8 T. 250-213-1162 Located in the Harris Green/New Town neighbourhood of downtown Victoria just a short stroll from the major hotels and downtown shops. The focus of the gallery is contemporary modern art works by a talented group of young and mid-career artists from Canada and the US. Wed to Sat 11 am - 5 pm or by appointment. WEST END GALLERY 1203 Broad Street, Victoria, BC V8W 2A4 T. 250-388-0009 First established in Edmonton in 1975, Dan and Lana Hudon opened a second Gallery located in the heart of downtown Victoria in 1994. Visitors are encouraged to explore and select from a wide range of styles and prices, from emerging to established artists and to purchase with confidence. Mon to Fri 10 am - 5:30 pm, Sat 10 am - 5 pm, Sun/Holidays noon - 4 pm.

Greta Guzek, January, West End Gallery, Victoria

Greta Guzek is originally from South Africa, and has been living on BC’s Sunshine Coast for three decades now — she says her surroundings have penetrated her being. “I’m lucky to be surrounded by this mesmerizing beauty. Everywhere I look is a painting.” She’s intrigued with capturing the spaces where land meets water. “I consider my paintings ‘coastscapes,’” she says. Among her colourful and rhythmic acrylic canvases, are depictions of arbutus trees. “The arbutus symbolizes the essence of the West Coast,” she says. “The trees thrive on warm, sunny western slopes and have become typical of this place.” Guzek has worked previously with silkscreening and printmaking, but when she moved to painting several years ago, she found the process freeing. “I imbue lots of my emotion in colour and the brush stroke. All of my subject matter is metaphor,” she says. “I reveal the deeper elements of things in trees or cottages or driftwood on the beach, or in the seasons.” Guzek says the passion to create never changes for her, as her work evolves. “I could paint the same tree through the seasons a thousand different ways. The elements in nature are inexhaustible.” Guzek’s work will be part of a 12-artist group show at West End Gallery in Victoria in January. — Janet Nicol ABOVE: Greta Guzek, White Muse, acrylic on canvas, 36" X 30". Dealers in classic and contemporary Northwest coast native art — including traditional potlatch masks, basketry, shamanic devices, button blankets, totem poles, artefacts and more. There is also a selection of plains beadwork and artefacts and other North American, Oceanic, and African tribal art. Mon to Sat 10 am - 5 pm, Sun noon - 3 pm. RED ART GALLERY 2033 Oak Bay Ave, Victoria, BC V8R 1E5 T. 250-881-0462 A small gem in the heart of Oak Bay Village, the gallery is dynamic, welcoming and above all, dedicated to the love of art. Along with regular new paintings by award-winning painter Marion Evamy, other artists also showcase artwork that is contemporary, confident and affordable. Relax on the red couch and enjoy art described (by critic Robert Amos) as ‘a blast of joy’. Tues to Sat noon - 4 pm. SOOKE HARBOUR HOUSE GALLERY 1528 Whiffen Spit Rd,

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Sooke, BC V9Z 0T4 T. 250-642-3421 F. 250-642-6988 Displayed throughout this award-winning inn, with its internationally-renowned dining room, the unconventional gallery was created in 1998 with carefully selected works by local artists on Vancouver Island. The art, in a variety of media, generally reflects themes of edible gardens, the ocean and the surrounding forest. Daily guided Garden Tours with art display in the Edible Gardens. Gallery open daily for self-guided tour. THE GALLERY IN OAK BAY VILLAGE 2223A Oak Bay Ave, Victoria, BC V8R 1G4 T. 250-598-9890 F. 250-592-5528 Just a short distance from downtown in the picturesque Oak Bay Village, the gallery shows a variety of works by mostly local artists including Kathryn Amisson, Sid and Jesi Baron, Andres Bohaker, Bryony Wynne Boutillier, Tom Dickson, Robert Genn, Caren Heine, Harry Heine, Shawn A. Jackson, Brian

WINCHESTER GALLERIES 2260 Oak Bay Ave, Victoria, BC V8R 1G7 T. 250-595-2777 F. 250-595-2310 Exclusive fine art dealers handling Canadian historical and contemporary art. Opened in 1974, the gallery has been under the ownership of Gunter H.J. Heinrich and Anthony R.H. Sam since 1994 and in 2003 has moved to its own building in Oak Bay Village. They regularly run major exhibitions of two to three weeks both here and in two other downtown galleries. Tues to Sat 10 am - 5:30 pm. Public Galleries LEGACY ART GALLERY 630 Yates St, Victoria, BC V8W 1K9 T. 250-381-7670 The Legacy Art Gallery features works from the University of Victoria Art Collections, including paintings, drawings and sculptures by some of the best-known artists in the Pacific Northwest, bequeathed to the University of Victoria by Dr. Michael C. Williams. Two gallery spaces feature a variety of rotating exhibits. Phone, or visit website for hours. CLOSED FOR RENOVATIONS. Reopening early June. MALTWOOD PRINTS AND DRAWINGS GALLERY AT THE MCPHERSON LIBRARY Box 3025 Stn CSC, McPherson Library, Room 027 Finnerty Road, Victoria, BC V8W 3P2 T. 250-721-6673 F. 250-721-8997 The Maltwood Prints and Drawings Gallery, located on the lower level of the McPherson Library, exhibits prints, drawings, paintings and photographs from the University of Victoria’s permanent art collection, including a large contemporary First Nations print collection. Hours of operation coincide with McPherson Library. Call for current hours. WHISTLER Commercial Galleries BLACK TUSK GALLERY 108-4293 Mountain Square, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4 The Black Tusk Gallery creates unique acquisition opportunities for collectors with a variety of works by both established and up-and-coming First Nations artists whose work reflects the ancient histories and traditions of the coastal people. Located on the lobby level of the Hilton Hotel, next to Skiers Plaza. Open daily. MOUNTAIN GALLERIES AT THE FAIRMONT Fairmont Chateau Whistler, 4599 Chateau Blvd, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4 T. 604-935-1862 Toll Free: 1-888-310-9726 Located in The Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Moun-

tain Galleries is a favourite stop for collectors of Canadian art, featuring museum-quality paintings, sculpture and unique Inuit carvings. With three galleries, a combined total of 6080 square feet of exhibition space, and a state of the art warehouse/ studio in Jasper, they frequently host exhibitions, artist demonstrations and workshops. Daily 10 am - 10 pm.

ALBERTA GALLERIES BANFF Commercial Galleries CANADA HOUSE GALLERY PO Box 1570, 201 Bear St, Banff, AB T1L 1B5 T. 403-762-3757 F. 403-762-8052 Toll Free: 1-800-419-1298 A Banff destination since 1974, just a short drive from Calgary. This friendly and fresh gallery represents a large collection of current Canadian art — paintings and sculpture from Canada’s best landscape, contemporary and Native artists. Check website for daily updates. Member of Art Dealers Association of Canada. Open daily. MOUNTAIN GALLERIES AT THE FAIRMONT Fairmont Banff Springs, 405 Spray Ave, Banff, AB T. 403-760-2382 Toll Free: 1-800-310-9726 Located in The Fairmont Banff Springs, Mountain Galleries is a favourite stop for collectors of Canadian art, featuring museum-quality paintings, sculpture and unique Inuit carvings. With three galleries, a combined total of 6080 square feet of exhibition space, and a state of the art warehouse/studio in Jasper, they frequently host exhibitions, artist demonstrations and workshops. Daily 10 am - 10 pm. WILLOCK & SAX GALLERY Box 2469, 110 Bison Courtyard, 211 Bear St, Banff, AB T1L 1C2 T. 403-762-2214 Toll Free: 1-866-859-2220 Art reflects the spiritual and physical reliance of humanity on the natural world. The Willock & Sax Gallery is innovative and eclectic, rooted in the idea that art is about people, place, and community. They carry work by mainly Western Canadian contemporary and historic artists, who enjoy international, national, and regional reputations. Daily 10 am - 6 pm. Public Galleries WALTER PHILLIPS GALLERY 107 Tunnel Mountain Road, Box 1020 Stn 40, Banff, AB T1L 1H5 T. 403-762-6281 F. 403-762-6659 The gallery is exclusively committed to the production, presentation, collection and analysis of contemporary art and is dedicated to developing a thoughtful and stimulating forum for visual art and curatorial practice. The WPG develops exhibitions, commissions new works and engages in dialogues about curatorial practice through symposia and workshops. Wed to Sun 12:30 pm - 5 pm, Thurs till 9 pm. Free gallery tours Thurs 7 pm. WHYTE MUSEUM OF THE CANADIAN ROCKIES PO Box 160, 111 Bear St, Banff, AB T1L 1A3 T. 403-762-2291 F. 403-762-8919 Located on a spectacular site beside the Bow River in downtown Banff. Discover the rich natural and cultural heritage of the Canadian Rockies. The Museum offers guided tours of Banff’s heritage log homes and cabins; historic walking tours of the Banff townsite; and exhibition tours of the galleries. Open daily, 10 am - 5 pm. BLACK DIAMOND Commercial Gallery BLUEROCK GALLERY 110 Centre Ave, Box 1290, Black Diamond, AB T0L 0H0 T. 403-933-5047 F. 403-933-5050 Bluerock Gallery is a go-to place for one-of-a-kind

fine art and craft, jewellery, cards and inspiring books. New art arrives regularly and the impressive collection by more than 100 artists is constantly being expanded and rotated. Wed to Mon 11 am - 5 pm; Dec 1 - 24 daily 11 am - 7 pm.

ers such as Jane Seymour, Fabian Perez and ‘The Art of Dr Seuss’ along with Alberta and Canadian artists, notably Toller Cranston, Dean McLeod and Lois Bauman. Also offer framing and fine giclée reproduction. Mon to Sat 10 am - 5 pm.


ARTS ON ATLANTIC GALLERY 1312A 9 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0T3 T. 403-264-6627 F. 403-264-6628 The gallery showcases an eclectic mix of fine Canadian art and craft. Five minutes from downtown, it is a warm, intimate space in historic Inglewood. Mediums include painting, copper, glass, jewelry, wood, specialty cards, photography and native leather and beading. The book arts and classes are a specialty. Wed to Fri 11 am - 5 pm, Sat 10 am - 5 pm, Sun noon - 5 pm and by appt.

Commercial Galleries SUNCATCHER’S DESIGN STUDIO 1 White Ave, Trading Post Mall, PO Box 840, Bragg Creek, AB T0L 0K0 T. 403-949-4332 F. 403-278-6299 Providing Calgary with custom stained glass since 1979, SunCatcher’s is an eclectic mix of original art, antiques and jewellery. Currently featuring a private collection of original art deco and art nouveau glass and metal works, along with works by Alberta artists Lisse Legge, Chris Zincan, Karin Taylor and Rosemary Bennett. Daily 11 am to 5 pm, Tuesday by chance or appointment. @galleries_west

Bob Cook and wife Candy have opened a wildlife photo gallery in Bragg Creek as an extension of their Branded Visuals digital print business. THE ALICAT GALLERY 1 Bragg Creek Village Centre, Box 463, Bragg Creek, AB T0L 0K0 T. 403-949-3777 F. 403-949-3777 Located about 30 minutes west of Calgary, the gallery opened in 1987. It represents more than 100 local and Western Canadian artists and artisans working in oils, acrylics and watercolours. Ceramics, carvings, sculpture and ironwork of the finest quality are also shown. Daily 11 am - 5 pm. CALGARY Artist-run Galleries THE NEW GALLERY 212-100 7 Ave SW (Art Central), Calgary, AB T2P 0W4 T. 403-233-2399 F. 403-290-1714 From its new location on the second level of Art Central, Calgary’s oldest artist-run centre is committed to providing a forum for a wide spectrum of critical discourse and multi-disciplinary practices within the contemporary visual arts. Tues to Sat 11 am - 5 pm. TRUCK CONTEMPORARY ART IN CALGARY 815 1 St SW, lower level, Calgary, AB T2P 1N3 T. 403-261-7702 F. 403-264-7737 TRUCK is a non-profit, artist-run centre dedicated to the presentation of contemporary art. Their goal is to incite dialogue locally, which contributes to the global critical discourse on contemporary art. TRUCK presents dynamic programming, fosters innovative artistic practices, encourages experimentation, and promotes a dialogue between artists and the public. Free admission. Tues to Fri 11 am - 5 pm, Sat noon - 5 pm. Commercial Galleries ART CENTRAL 100 7 Ave SW, Art Central, Calgary, AB T2P 0W4 On Facebook at Art Central YYC This landmark building on the NW corner of 7th Ave and Centre St SW in downtown Calgary has been renovated to house artist studios, galleries, and ancillary retail businesses. Centrally located opposite Hyatt Regency Hotel, only one block from Stephen Avenue Walk. For more information or inquiries visit website. ARTEVO.COM 6999 11 St SE, Calgary, AB T2H 2S1 T. 403-265-7723 Mixing the music of distinguished piano manufacturers such as Fazioli, Bechstein and Knabe with over 200 artists represented including global paint-

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AXIS CONTEMPORARY ART 107-100 7 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 0W4 T. 403-262-3356 Represents professional Canadian and International artists working in diverse media including painting, sculpture, printmaking, drawing and photography. The artists represent distinctive artistic practices in terms of their approach, technique and themes. The result: work that is compelling, fresh and engaging. Mon to Fri 10:30 am - 5:30 pm, First Thurs till 9 pm, Sat 11 am - 5 pm. CIRCA 1226A 9 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0T1 T. 403-290-0145 Toll Free: 1-877-290-0145 Circa is a one-of-a-kind gallery specializing in midcentury modern art glass from around the world. All items are hand blown works of art from the 1940-1960s. The focus is on European art glass from the best known studios and furnaces. Circa brings world-class vintage art glass to Calgary from centres across Europe. A visual spectacle of color, form and modernism. Daily 10 am - 5 pm. DADE ART AND DESIGN LAB 1327 9 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0T2 T. 403-454-0243 F. 403-454-0282 With a distinctive product mix and presentation philosophy DaDe ART & DESIGN LAB offers a complete product range for modern living — including original art and sculpture by local artists, and exclusive furniture from around the world. Tues to Sun 11 am - 6 pm; Thurs till 8 pm. DIANA PAUL GALLERIES 737 2 ST SW, Calgary, AB T2P 3J1 T. 403-262-9947 F. 403-262-9911 Recently relocated to the heritage Lancaster Building just off Stephen Avenue Walk. Specializing in high quality fine art — small and large format works — in styles from super-realism to impressionism to semi-abstract. Featuring the work of emerging and well-established artists. Tues to Sat 10:30 am - 5:30 pm. ENDEAVOR ARTS 200-1209 1 St SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0V3 T. 403-532-7800 Endeavor Arts represents local artists who create art in new ways, focusing on mixed media and other types of innovative artwork and avoiding more traditional media and methods. Recognizing that art is being consumed differently, there is also a digital gallery, with 5 monitors, showing rotating artwork and videos or photos of the process of how some artists make a specific piece. Tues to Sat 11 am - 5 pm. FORTUNE FINE ART 3-215 39 Ave NE, Calgary, AB T2E 7E3 T. 403-277-7252 F. 403-277-7364 This Canadiana gallery offers an extensive collection of fine realism paintings depicting scenes from across Canada. Works by more than 240 artists including such well-known names as Norman Brown, “Duncan” MacKinnon Crockford, W.R. deGarth, N. de Grandmaison, Roland Gissing, George Horvath, Georgia Jarvis, Glenn Olson, Torquil Reed, Colin Williams and Marguerite Zwicker. For sale or lease. Browsers welcome. Please call for hours.

Steven Armstrong, Returning October, acrylic on canvas, 36” x 72”

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The Moonstone Creation Gallery shows traditional Native art, jewellery and clothing from local artists. Owner Yvonne Jobin, of Cree heritage from nothern Alberta, prides herself on ‘creating tradition, one bead at a time’ with her intricate beadwork on full-size and miniature garments, footwear, medicine bags and pouches. Tues to Sat 10:30 am - 6 pm, Sun 11 am - 4 pm.

Ken Webb, New Work, March 3 to 31, Herringer Kiss Gallery, Calgary

The industrial cast of Ken Webb’s current works is depicted through a mix of representational and abstract imagery — factories, refineries, and workers clustered around built structures, their images diminished into the faded, much-multiplied remnant of old photographs. The representational photography is surrounded and marked over by repetitive, perfectly reproduced depictions of perforations, like fencing. Divided into triptychs and multiple images, it’s as if the labour of the past, that industrial world, is being paved and bolted over, erased by a more precise, machine-made present. Webb’s painting and printmaking have often had the veneer of collage, taking the eye from one meticulous image and idea to the next. He’s the head of print media at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary, and has exhibited widely across Canada. — Jill Sawyer ABOVE: Ken Webb, Urban Renewal, acrylic on canvas, 2010, 18" X 72". FRAMED ON FIFTH 1207 5 Ave NW, Calgary, AB T2N 0S1 T. 403-244-3688 A framing shop? Yes, but also a charming gallery presenting local artists in monthly shows. Owner Hannah White offers a unique experience for artists and collectors alike. Located in eclectic Kensington with ample on-street parking. Tues to Fri 10 am - 6 pm, Sat 10 am - 5 pm. GAINSBOROUGH GALLERIES 441 5 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 2V1 T. 403-262-3715 F. 403-262-3743 Toll Free: 1-866-425-5373 Extensive collection of fine artists including Tinyan, Raftery, Wood, Desrosiers, Lyon, Hedrick, Min Ma, Simard, Brandel, Schlademan, Bond, Cameron, Crump and Charlesworth. Calgary’s largest collection of bronze — by Stewart, Cheek, Lansing, Taylor, Danyluk and Arthur. Gemstone carvings by Lyle Sopel. Mon to Fri 10 am - 5:30 pm, Sat till 5 pm. GALLERIA - INGLEWOOD 907 9 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0S5 T. 403-270-3612 Galleria Inglewood represents more than 25 emerging and established artists. Their contemporary works include oils, watercolour, acrylics and mixed media. In 3 separate galleries they also show functional, decorative and sculptural pottery by local clay artists and fine handcrafts by Canadian artisans. Minutes from downtown in historic Inglewood. Free parking. Mon to Sat 10 am - 5 pm, Sun noon - 5 pm. GERRY THOMAS GALLERY 100-602 11 Ave SW - lower level, Calgary, AB T2R 1J8 T. 403-265-1630 F. 403-265-1634 This contemporary, New York-style gallery boasts an impressive 4600 sq ft of original art work ranging from glass sculpture to abstract oil paintings and photography. The gallery, which can accommodate events of up to 300 people, is anchored by a central art deco bar, three plasma screens and a sophisticated sound system. Wed to Sat 10 am - 6 pm. GIBSON FINE ART LTD 628 11 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0E2 T. 403-244-2000 Now located in the Design District, the gallery showcases contemporary art in a wide variety of styles and media and of significant regional and national scope — from emerging and established artists of the highest quality. Tues to Sat 10 am 5 pm.

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HERRINGER KISS GALLERY 709 A 11 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0E3 T. 403-228-4889 F. 403-228-4809 A member of the Art Dealers Association of Canada, the gallery represents over 25 artists working in a range of mediums including painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and mixed media works. Gallery artists include Angela Leach, Toni Hafkenscheid, Akiko Taniguchi, Bill Laing, Marjan Eggermont, Tivadar Boté, Ken Webb, Harry Kiyooka, Reinhard Skoracki, Glen Semple, Elizabeth Barnes, David Burdeny, Dennis Ekstedt, Renée Duval, Ben Van Netten, Siobhan Humston, Bratsa Bonifacho, Eve Leader, Jude Griebel, Stefanja Dumanowski, Marianne Lovink and Eszter Burghardt. Tues to Fri 10 am - 5:30 pm, Sat 11 am - 5 pm. @galleries_west

Jacek Malec has been appointed Managing Director and Associate Curator, and Jeffrey Spalding as Artistic Director, of the Triangle Gallery. INFLUX JEWELLERY GALLERY 201-100 7 Ave SW, Art Central, Calgary, AB T2P 0W4 T. 403-266-7527 Specializing in Canadian contemporary art jewellery, the gallery represents over 40 of Canada’s most talented jewellery artists with work ranging from subtle objects for everyday wear to extravagant and sculptural artworks — rings, pendants, necklaces, brooches, bracelets and earrings. Also offer custom design services. Tues to Fri 10:30 am 5:30 pm, Sat 11 am - 5 pm. INGLEWOOD FINE ARTS 1223B 9 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0S9 T. 403-262-5011 Recently relocated from Montreal, owner/director Michel Arseneau is featuring the works of internationally-recognized artist Charles Carson in permanent exhibition at his new Inglewood Fine Arts gallery. He also represents several emerging artists from South America who will be introduced over the next several months. Tues to Sat 10:30 am - 5 pm, Thurs till 9 pm, Sun noon - 4 pm. JARVIS HALL FINE ART 617 11 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0E1 T. 403-206-9942 F. 403-206-1399 Exhibiting contemporary Canadian art in painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture. Currently rep-

resenting Mark Dicey, Elena Evanoff, Dean Turner and Carl White. Works of art on consignment are also available throughout the year by historical and contemporary Canadian and international artists. Submissions for representation or questions relating to consigning works of art for sale can be made via email. LATITUDE ART GALLERY 150-625 11 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0E1 T. 403-262-9598 Located in the Design District on 11 Ave SW, Latitude Art Gallery showcases a variety of Canadian and international artists. They specialize in contemporary style art including landscapes, still life’s, abstract, and figurative. Tues to Fri 10 am - 5:30 am, Sat 11 am - 5 pm, and by appointment. LOCH GALLERY 1516 4 St SW, Calgary, AB T2R 1H5 T. 403-209-8542 Toll Free: 1-866-202-0888 Established in 1972 in Winnipeg, the Loch Gallery specializes in building collections of quality Canadian, American, British and European paintings and sculpture. It represents original 19th and 20th century artwork of collectable and historic interest, as well as a select group of gifted professional artists from across Canada including Ivan Eyre, Leo Mol, Ron Bolt, Peter Sawatzky, Anna Wiechec, Philip Craig and Carol Stewart. Also located in Winnipeg and Toronto. Tues to Sat 10 am - 6 pm. MASTERS GALLERY 2115 4 St SW, Calgary, AB T2S 1W8 T. 403-245-2064 F. 403-244-1636 Celebrating more than 30 years of quality Canadian historical and contemporary art. Tues to Sat 10 am - 5:30 pm. MICAH GALLERY 100 7 Ave SW, Art Central, Calgary, AB T2P 0W4 T. 403-245-1340 F. 403-245-1575 Now located in Art Central, the gallery specializes in unique First Nations art and jewellery from North America. Featured artists include Nancy Dawson a West Coast jeweller. They also offer Inuit soapstone carvings, traditional and contemporary turquoise jewellery, as well as Canadian ammolite gold and silver jewellery. Mon to Wed 10 am - 6 pm, Thur - Fri 9 am - 7 pm, Sat 10 am - 5:30 pm, Sun 11 am - 5 pm. Seasonal hours may be in effect, please call. MOONSTONE CREATION NATIVE GALLERY 1416 9 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0T5 T. 403-261-2650 F. 403-261-2654

NEWZONES 730 - 11 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0E4 T. 403-266-1972 F. 403-266-1987 Opened in 1992, Newzones represents leading names in contemporary Canadian art. The gallery has developed strong regional, national, and international followings for its artists. The focus has been a program of curated exhibitions, international art fairs and publishing projects. Services include consulting, collection building, installation and appraisals. Tues to Sat 10:30 am - 5:30 pm and by appointment. PAUL KUHN GALLERY 724 11 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0E4 T. 403-263-1162 F. 403-262-9426 Focuses on national and regional contemporary Canadian paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture; also shows contemporary American prints. Exhibitions change monthly featuring established and emerging artists along with themed group shows. Tues to Sat 10 am - 5:30 pm. RUBERTO OSTBERG GALLERY 2108 18 St NW, Calgary, AB T2M 3T3 T. 403-289-3388 This bright exhibition space in the residential community of Capitol Hill shows a variety of contemporary art styles and media in an inner city location for artists and art lovers to meet and interact. Some of the work is produced on-site by artists working in the adjoining Purple Door Art Studio space. Tues to Sat noon - 5 pm. SKEW GALLERY 1615 10 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T3C 0J7 T. 403-244-4445 A recently-opened contemporary art gallery, offering an opportunity for both the uninitiated and the seasoned collector to view or acquire a dynamic range of painting, sculpture and photography from across Canada. Specializing in theme group exhibitions, with a focus on presenting topical art in an informed context. Monthly rotation of shows. Tues to Sat 10 am - 5 pm and by appt. @galleries_west

Chair Michael Doyle announced Triangle Gallery will re-purpose, re-brand (to Museum of Contemporary Art - Calgary) and seek to re-locate. STEPHEN LOWE ART GALLERY 2nd level, Bow Valley Square III, 251, 255 - 5 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 3G6 T. 403-261-1602 F. 403-261-2981 Established since 1979, the gallery features an extensive portfolio of distinguished Canadian artists offering fine original paintings, glass, ceramics and sculptures in traditional and contemporary genres. Ongoing solo and group exhibitions welcome everyone from browsers to experienced collectors. Personalized corporate and residential consulting. Mon to Sat 10 am - 5 pm. (Free Sat parking) NEW Second location at West Market Square. SWIRL FINE ART & DESIGN 104-100 7 Ave SW, Art Central, Calgary, AB T2P 0W4 T. 403-266-5337 Swirl Fine Art and Design showcases fine art originals from local and regional artists. The gallery focuses on art to beautify the home with a wide selection of paintings and sculptures from aspiring and well-established artists. New shows on the first Thursday of every month, coincide with Art Cen-

tral’s First Thursday festivities. Encaustic workshops twice monthly. Mon to Fri 10 am - 5 pm, Sat 11 am - 4 pm. THE COLLECTORS’ GALLERY OF ART 1332 9 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0T3 T. 403-245-8300 F. 403-245-8315 Specializing in important Canadian art from the 19th to the 21st century including early topographical paintings, Canadian impressionists and Group of Seven. The Collectors’ Gallery represents over 30 prominent Canadian contemporary artists. Tues to Fri 10 am - 5:30 pm, Sat 10 am - 5 pm. THE WEISS GALLERY 1021 6 St SW (corner 11 Ave), Calgary, AB T2R 1R2 T. 403-262-1880 A showcase for craft-intensive, descriptive art, The Weiss Gallery represents a dynamic group of artists whose approaches to painting, drawing, photography and sculpture, pay respect to timehonoured methods of artmaking. With an eye on history and old world aesthetics, these artists have found beautiful expression within a contemporary vision and context. Tues to Sat 10 am - 5 pm or by appointment. TRÉPANIERBAER 105, 999 8 St SW, Calgary, AB T2R 1J5 T. 403-244-2066 F. 403-244-2094 A progressive and friendly commercial gallery spe-

cializing in the exhibition and sale of Canadian and international art. In addition to representing wellknown senior and mid-career artists, the gallery also maintains an active and successful program for the presentation of younger emerging Canadian artists’ work. Tues to Sat 11 am - 5 pm and by appointment. VIRGINIA CHRISTOPHER FINE ART 816 11 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0E5 T. 403-263-4346 Established in 1980, the gallery has earned a national reputation among discerning collectors of contemporary Canadian art. Exhibitions change monthly, showcasing museum-calibre, original paintings, sculpture and ceramics by artists with well-established reputations. Representing the Estate of Luke O Lindoe (1913-1999). Gallery open Tues to Sat 11 am - 5:30 pm. The Vue Café serves lunch 11 am - 4 pm. Inquiries invited for private functions. WALLACE GALLERIES LTD 500 5 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 3L5 T. 403-262-8050 F. 403-264-7112 In the heart of downtown Calgary, Wallace Galleries Ltd. has been a part of the art community since 1986. With regular group and solo shows the gallery is proud to represent some of Canada’s most accomplished and upcoming contemporary artists working in oils, acrylics, mixed media and watercolor as well sculpture and pottery. There is always something visually stimulating to see at Wallace Galleries Ltd. Mon to Sat 10 am - 5:30 pm.

New owner Brigitte Strand looks forward to welcoming both old and new friends

Neil McClelland, Family Stories, January 6 to March 23, Epcor Centre for the Performing Arts Window Galleries, Calgary

There are several layers of nostalgia worked into Neil McClelland’s show Family Stories. Each small painting is based on a family photograph, and the collection is grouped into an amateur-salon-style display, as if the viewer had come across the dining room wall in McClelland’s mother’s house. The rough brushstrokes and monochromatic tones in McClelland’s work belie the emotional impact of his portraits. This series, in oil painted on Mylar, is a departure from his previous, boldly coloured work based on domestic family scenes (as memorable as our own vacation snapshots), but the familiarity is still there. The blurring between public and private moments is intentional. “I hope to engage viewers in an exploration of the tensions between domestic and gallery spaces, and to stimulate a dialogue around the role of visual representation in visual storytelling,” he says. Originally from the Gatineau region outside Ottawa, McClelland has been in Alberta since 1997, where he currently lives and works in Edmonton. He was recently the artist in residence at that city’s Harcourt House arts centre. — Jill Sawyer ABOVE: Neil McClelland, The Apple Trees Were All in Bloom, oil on Mylar.

Tinyan, Winter Wonderland, oil on canvas, 24” x 30”

26 St. Anne Street St. Albert, AB (780) 459-3679 Fine Art & Professional Custom Framing Galleries West Spring 2012 57

senior/students - $2; family - $8; members - free; free general admission on Thurs. Tues to Fri 11 am - 5 pm, Sat noon - 4 pm. CAMROSE Commercial Galleries CANDLER ART GALLERY 5002 50 St, Camrose, AB T4V 1R2 T. 780-672-8401 F. 780-679-4121 Toll Free: 1-888-672-8401 Fresh, vibrant and alive describe both the artwork and the experience when you visit this recently restored gallery. You will discover a diverse group of both emerging and established artists including J. Brager, B. Cheng, R. Chow, H. deJager, K. Duke, J. Kamikura, E. Lower Pidgeon, J. Peters, A. Pfannmuller, K. Ritcher, D. Zasadny — all well priced. Mon to Fri 9 am - 5:30 pm, Sat 9:30 am - 5 pm. Or by appt. CANMORE Commercial Galleries CARTER-RYAN GALLERY AND LIVE ART VENUE 705 Main St, Canmore, AB T1W 2B2 T. 403-621-1000 Carter-Ryan Gallery is home to one of Canada’s most prolific contemporary Aboriginal artists, Jason Carter. Both a painter and soapstone carver, Carter illustrated “WHO IS BOO: The Curious Tales of One Trickster Rabbit”. And 21 of his 66 illustrations, on 30” x 40” canvases are now on display. Musical and theatrical acts change weekly in the back half of this 1700 sq ft gallery. Tues to Sat 10 am - 5:30 pm, Sun noon - 4 pm.

Edward Poitras, 13 Coyotes, January 21 to April 22, MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina

Coyote, the Trickster, has been part of Edward Poitras for decades — in early works a symbol of survival and renewal, more recently a strategic mask allowing concealment and contradiction. In this new work, Poitras combines elements of his practice — sculpture, primary cultural documents, found objects and installation. “The 13 coyotes in this exhibition speak to Poitras’ concerns with community and how we define and experience connectedness,” says curator Michelle LaVallee. “Throughout his life and art, Poitras has contemplated structures of inclusion and exclusion within communities, whether geographically determined or across established boundaries. For him, concepts of community and connectedness, including nationalism and religious beliefs, simultaneously operate as agents of division. His work questions these structures of community, and asks how we move beyond the continuous construction of division.” Noted for his powerful installations, Poitras represented Canada at the 1995 Venice Biennale, and he received a 2002 Governor General’s Award in Media and Visual Arts. He’s a member of the George Gordon First Nation, and resident of Treaty Four Territory. — Margaret Bessai ABOVE: Edward Poitras, 13 Coyotes, installation (detail), photograph, 2011. WEBSTER GALLERIES 812 - 11 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0E5 T. 403-263-6500 F. 403-263-6501 Established in 1979, the gallery exhibits an extensive collection of original oil and acrylic paintings, bronze, ceramic, stone sculptures and Inuit art in a 10,000 square foot space. Webster Galleries Inc also houses a complete frame design and workshop facility. Free parking at the rear of the gallery for customer convenience. Tues to Sat 10 am - 6 pm. Cooperative Galleries ALBERTA SOCIETY OF ARTISTS GALLERY AT LOUGHEED HOUSE 703 13 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0K8 T. 403-244-6333 Representing members of the society’s juried professional contemporary Alberta artists, the gallery strives to increase public awareness and appreciation of the visual arts through exhibition and education. Located in the lower level ballroom of historic Lougheed House. Wed to Fri 11 am - 4 pm, Sat and Sun 10 am - 4 pm. ARTPOINT GALLERY AND STUDIOS 1139 - 11 St SE, Calgary, AB T2G 3G1 T. 403-265-6867 F. 403-265-6867

58 Galleries West Spring 2012 Two galleries and 23 onsite-artist studios. The 50+ artist members and invited artists show and sell their works in monthly changing exhibitions —from painting to sculpture; photography to textiles. Located next to the CPR tracks in Ramsay. Turn E from 8 St onto 11 Ave SE and follow the gravel road. Thurs & Fri 1 pm - 5 pm, Sat 11 am to 5 pm, or by appointment. Public Galleries ART GALLERY OF CALGARY 117 - 8 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 1B4 T. 403-770-1350 F. 403-264-8077 The Art Gallery of Calgary is an interactive and dynamic forum for contemporary art exhibitions and activities that foster appreciation and understanding of visual culture. Tues to Sat 10 am - 5 pm. To 10 pm every first Thursday of the month. GLENBOW MUSEUM 130 - 9 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0P3 T. 403-268-4100 F. 403-262-4045 Located in the heart of downtown Calgary - visitors experience Glenbow Museum’s diverse exhibits, special programs and vast collections including Asian, Contemporary, Modernist and Historical Art. Daily 9 am - 5 pm, Sun noon - 5 pm. Adult $14, Sen $10, Stu $9, Family $28.00; Members

and under 6 free. Glenbow Shop open daily 10 am - 5:30 pm. LEIGHTON ART CENTRE Box 9, Site 31, R.R. 8 Site 31, Comp. #9., RR 8 By Millarville, 16 km south of Calgary off Hwy 22 west, Calgary, AB T2J 2T9 T. 403-931-3633 F. 403-931-3673 The Leighton Art Centre is situated on 80 acres of spectacular landscape in the Alberta foothills, 15 minutes southwest of Calgary. This Alberta Historic Resource houses the former home of landscape painter A.C. Leighton. They offer changing exhibitions, art sales, art workshops and children’s programming. Check website for full visitor’s information. Tues to Sat 10 am - 4 pm. MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART - CALGARY 104-800 Macleod Tr SE, Calgary, AB T2G 2M3 T. 403-262-1737 F. 403-262-1764 www.mocacalgary,org Dedicated to the presentation of contemporary Canadian visual arts, architecture and design within a context of international art, the gallery is engaged in the advancement of knowledge and understanding of contemporary art practices through a balanced program of visual art exhibitions to the public of Calgary and visitors. Admission: adults - $4;

THE AVENS GALLERY 104-709 Main St, Canmore, AB T1W 2B2 T. 403-678-4471 Established in 1980, the Avens Gallery features original works by both established and up-andcoming artists from the local area and across the West. The gallery prides itself on highlighting outstanding, and frequently changing, displays of paintings, glass sculpture, clay, wood, metal and bronze. Open daily 11 am - 5 pm with extended summer and Christmas hours. THE EDGE GALLERY 612 Spring Creek Drive, Canmore, AB T1W 0C7 T. 403-675-8300 In the gallery: ongoing exhibitions of historical paintings and prints to contemporary, abstract works. In the frame shop: experienced staff with 25 years experience offers a wide selection of frames for mirrors, objects, needlework, paintings and prints, specializing in the handling and care of original artwork. Tues to Sat 10 am -5:30 pm or by appointment. Public Gallery CANMORE LIBRARY GALLERY 950 8 Ave, Canmore, AB T1W 2T1 This gallery, run by the Canmore Artists and Artisans Guild, has been in existence since 1980. There are seven CAAG member shows, seven private shows and several community and local schools shows per year. All media are represented in the gallery including fine arts, photography, textiles and sculpture. Mon to Thu 11 am - 8 pm, Fri to Sun 11 am - 5 pm. COCHRANE Commercial Galleries JUST IMAJAN ART GALLERY/STUDIO 3-320 1 St West,, Cochrane, AB T4C 1X8 T. 403-932-7040 This gallery features the work of Alberta artist Janet B. Armstrong and other local artisans. Visitors also enjoy the ambience of a cherrywood bar, fireplace and vintage memorabilia. Commissions and special events welcome. Tues 1:30 pm - 5 pm; Wed to Fri 11 am - 5 pm; Sat 10 am - 5 pm; Sun noon - 4 pm. RUSTICA ART GALLERY #4-123 2 Ave West, PO Box 1267, Rustic Market Square, Cochrane, AB T4C 1B3 T. 403-851-5181 Toll Free: 1-866-915-5181 Housed in a rustic log building in downtown Cochrane this inviting gallery specializes in original artwork, sculpture and jewelry by local and Western Canadian artists including the Western Lights Group. Appraisal, framing, cleaning and restoration services available. Wed to Fri 10:30 am - 5:30 pm, Sat 10:30 am - 5 pm. DRUMHELLER Commercial Galleries ATELIERO VERDA Box 1708, 40 3 Ave W, Drumheller, AB T0J 0Y0 T. 403-823-2455 The resident artist, Jacqueline Sveda is originally from Magog, Quebec, but has lived in Western Canada for the last 30 years. Her work is inspired by her surroundings, in which imagination plays a big role. She works in acrylic and mixed media flat art, as well as stone and wood carving. Guest artists participate in periodic exhibitions. Thurs to Sun 1:30 pm - 5 pm. @galleries_west

Bridget Ryan and artist Jason Carter have opened Carter-Ryan Gallery and Live Art Venue as gallery/ performace space, on Main St in Canmore. FINE PHOTOGRAPHY GALLERY Box 338, 20 3 Ave West, Drumheller, AB T0J 0Y0 T. 403-823-3686 Toll Free: 1-866-823-3686 Owned and operated by Michael Todor, the gallery features pottery, watercolours, pen and ink sketches, pencil sketches and ammolite fine jewellery by Alberta artists — along with a permanent rotating display of Todor photographs. New shows with guest artists open on the second Saturday of each month. 10 am - 5:30 pm (May to Sep: Daily) (Sep to May: Mon to Sat). GREATER EDMONTON Artist-run Galleries HARCOURT HOUSE GALLERY 10215 112 St - 3rd Flr, Edmonton, AB T5K 1M7 T. 780-426-4180 F. 780-425-5523 The Arts Centre delivers a variety of services to both artists and the community, and acts as an essential alternative site for the presentation, distribution and promotion of contemporary art. The gallery presents 10 five-week exhibitions, from local, provincial and national artists, collectives and arts organizations as well as an annual members’ show. Mon to Fri 10 am - 5 pm, Sat noon - 4 pm. SNAP GALLERY 10123 121 St, Edmonton, AB T5N 3W9 T. 780-423-1492 F. 780-424-9117 Established in 1982 as an independent, cooperatively-run fine art printshop, the SNAP (Society of Northern Alberta Print-artists) mandate is to promote, facilitate and communicate print and printrelated contemporary production. A complete print shop and related equipment are available to members. Ten exhibitions are scheduled each year. Tues to Sat noon - 5 pm. Commercial Galleries AGNES BUGERA GALLERY 12310 Jasper Ave, Edmonton, AB T5N 3K5 T. 780-482-2854 F. 780-482-2591 Agnes Bugera has been in the art gallery business since 1975, and is pleased to continue representing an excellent group of established and emerging Canadian artists. Spring and Fall exhibitions offer a rich variety of quality fine art including landscape, still life, and abstract paintings as well as sculpture and photography. New works by gallery artists are featured throughout the year. Tues to Sat 10 am - 5 pm and by appointment. ART BEAT GALLERY 26 St Anne St, St Albert, AB T8N 1E9

T. 780-459-3679 F. 780-459-3677 Located in the Arts and Heritage District of St. Albert, this is a family-owned business. New owner, Brigitte Strand continues to specialize in original artwork by Western Canadian artists. Paintings in all media, sculpture, pottery, and art glass. Home and corporate consulting. Certified picture framer. Part of St. Albert Artwalk - May through August. Tues to Fri 10 am - 6 pm, Thur to 8 pm, Sat 10 am - 5 pm. BEARCLAW GALLERY 10403 124 St, Edmonton, AB T5N 3Z5 T. 780-482-1204 F. 780-488-0928 Specializing in Canadian First Nations and Inuit art since 1975 from artists including Daphne Odjig, Norval Morrisseau, Roy Thomas, Maxine Noel, Jim Logan, George Littlechild, Jane Ash Poitras, Alex Janvier and Aaron Paquette. A wide variety of paintings, jade and Inuit soapstone carvings, and Navajo and Northwest coast jewellery. Mon to Sat 10 am - 5:30 pm.

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CHRISTL BERGSTROM’S RED GALLERY 9621 Whyte (82) Ave , Edmonton, AB T6C 0Z9 T. 780-439-8210 F. 780-435-0429 This storefront gallery and studio, in the Mill Creek area of Old Strathcona, features the work of Edmonton artist Christl Bergstrom, both recent and past work including still lifes, portraits, nudes and landscapes. Mon to Fri 11 am - 5 pm, Sat by appt. DAFFODIL GALLERY 10412 124 St, Edmonton, AB T5N 1R5 T. 780-760-1278 “From England, with love� is the theme of Daffodil Gallery, fulfilling a dream of Karen Bishop and partner Rick Rogers to create an unpretentious gallery, welcoming to both experienced and new art collectors. It features established and emerging Canadian artists, representing a wide range of artistic styles — from traditional to contemporary. Tues to Sat 10:30 am - 5 pm. DOUGLAS UDELL GALLERY 10332 124 St, Edmonton, AB T5N 1R2 T. 780-488-4445 F. 780-488-8335 In the art business in Edmonton since 1967 and Vancouver since 1986, Douglas Udell Gallery represents many of Canada’s leading contemporary artists as well as some of the leading young artists gaining momentum in the international playing field. The gallery also buys and sells in the secondary market in Canadian historical as well as international. Tues to Sat 9:30 am - 5:30 pm, Mon by appt.



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Inspired during his short visit to Newfoundland as a Canadian war artist, George Campbell Tinning returned to paint the island in 1949, just two months after the colony voted to join Confederation. That summer, he created watercolours documenting a community perched on the rocks — brightly painted clapboard houses, laundry lines splashed by the ocean, small wooden boats. It was a breakthrough in painting for Tinning, and in retrospect, has become an unsentimental record of Newfoundland before the loss of the cod fisheries and subsequent industrialization. Curator Heather Smith contextualizes Binning’s large-scale Newfoundland paintings with a selection of his works from 1926 to 1978, and a full-colour exhibition catalogue which reproduces previously unpublished sketchbook pages, and wonderfully descriptive diary excerpts. Striving to find his voice in paint, Tinning writes “At last I am beginning to see the place — the colours are deeper, the tones are deeper — I am beginning to see grey.” Born in Saskatoon in 1910, Tinning studied locally at Regina Collage, and internationally at the Art Students’ League in New York. An early member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour, his colleagues included Frank Carmichael, Arthur Lismer, and CW Jeffries, and he made his home in Montreal until his death in 1996. — Margaret Bessai ABOVE: Campbell Tinning, St. Luke’s Churchyard, Port de Grave, watercolour on paper, 1949, 22.5" X 29.5". centre of Edmonton was established as Lando Fine Art in 1990 by private art dealer Brent Luebke. It continues to provide superior quality Canadian and international fine art, fine crafts, custom framing, art leasing, appraisals and collection management. The gallery also buys and sells Canadian and international secondary market fine art. Mon to Fri 10 am - 5:30 pm, Sat 10 am - 4:30 pm, or by appt. PETER ROBERTSON GALLERY 12304 Jasper Ave, Edmonton, AB T5N 3K5 T. 780-455-7479 Representing a roster of over 40 emerging, mid-career, and senior Canadian artists, this contemporary gallery space features a wide range of media and subject matter. Whether working with established collectors, or with those looking to purchase their first piece, Peter Robertson Gallery strives to inform, challenge, and retain relevance within the broader art community. Tues to Sat 11 am - 5 pm. PICTURE THIS! 959 Ordze Road, Sherwood Park, AB T8A 4L7 T. 780-467-3038 F. 780-464-1493 Toll Free: 1-800-528-4278 Picture This! framing & gallery have been helping clients proudly display their life treasures and assisting them to discover the beauty of the world through fine art since 1981. Now representing the Western Lights Artists Group and offering a diverse selection of originals by national and international artists. Mon to Fri 10 am - 6 pm, Thurs till 9 pm, Sat till 5 pm. ROWLES & COMPANY LTD 108 LeMarchand Mansion, 11523 100 Ave, Edmonton, AB T5K 0J8 T. 780-426-4035 F. 780-429-2787 Relocated to LeMarchand Mansion. Features over 100 western Canadian artists in original paintings, bronze, blown glass, metal, moose antler, marble and soapstone. Specializing in supplying the corporate marketplace, the gallery offers consultation for Service Award Programs, and complete fulfillment

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for a wide variety of corporate projects. Open to the public. Mon to Fri 9 am - 5 pm, Sat - by appt. RR GALLERY 10219 106 St, Edmonton, AB T5J 1H5 T. 780-757-3463 F. 780-757-3463 RR Gallery offers original paintings, pastels and photography by such artists as Anna Bereza-Piorkowska, Jonathan Havelock and, from Brazil, Litza Cohen. Partners Richard Lajczak and Robert Thomas also have more than twenty years experience in museum-grade printing, limited edition prints, drymounting and laminating, canvas stretching and custom picture framing. Mon to Fri 9 am - 5:30 pm, Thurs till 7 pm and Sat 10 am - 5 pm. SCOTT GALLERY 10411 124 St, Edmonton, AB T5N 3Z5 T. 780-488-3619 F. 780-488-4826 Established in 1986, the Scott Gallery features Canadian contemporary art representing over thirty established and emerging Canadian artists. Exhibits include paintings, works on paper including handpulled prints and photography, ceramics and sculpture. Tues to Sat 10 am - 5 pm. WEST END GALLERY 12308 Jasper Ave, Edmonton, AB T5N 3K5 T. 780-488-4892 F. 780-488-4893 Established in 1975, this fine art gallery is known for representing leading artists from across Canada — paintings, sculpture and glass art in traditional and contemporary styles. Exhibitions via e-mail available by request. Second location in Victoria. Tues to Sat 10 am - 5 pm. Public Galleries ALBERTA CRAFT COUNCIL GALLERY 10186-106 St, Edmonton, AB T5J 1H4 T. 780-488-5900 F. 780-488-8855 Alberta’s only public gallery dedicated to fine craft presents four exhibitions in the main gallery each

ART GALLERY OF ALBERTA 2 Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton, AB T5J 2C1 T. 780-422-6223 F. 780-426-3105 Founded in 1924, the Art Gallery of Alberta is an 85,000 square foot premier presentation venue for international and Canadian art, education and scholarship. The AGA is a centre of excellence for the visual arts in Western Canada, expressing the creative spirit of Alberta and connecting people, art and ideas. Tues to Fri 11 am - 7 pm, Sat & Sun 10 am - 5 pm. ART GALLERY OF ST ALBERT 19 Perron St, St Albert, AB T8N 1E5 T. 780-460-4310 F. 780-460-9537 Located in the historic Banque d’Hochelaga in St. Albert, the gallery features contemporary art, usually by Alberta artists, who show their painting, sulpture, video, quilts, glass and ceramics at both the provincial and national level. Monthly exhibitions, adult lectures and workshops, “Looking at Art” school tours, art rental and sales plus a gallery gift shop. Tues to Sat 10 am - 5 pm, Thurs till 8 pm. CENTRE D’ARTS VISUELS D’ALBERTA (CAVA) 9103 95 Ave, Edmonton, AB T6C 1Z4 T. 780-461-3427 F. 780-461-4053 The Centre is an eclectic mix of fine art and craft from the Société’s 165 members. These Albertabased artists work in a variety of media including painting, sculpture, woodworking and other fine crafts including pottery, jewellery, woven and quilted fabric and much more. The ‘galerie’ exhibitions change twice monthly. Mon to Fri 10 am - 6 pm, Sat 10 am - 5 pm. VAAA GALLERY 10215 112 St, 3rd Flr, Edmonton, AB T5K 1M7 T. 780-421-1731 F. 780-421-1857 Toll Free: 1-866-421-1731 Visual Arts Alberta Association is a non-profit Provincial Arts Service Organization (PASO) for the visual arts which celebrates, supports and develops Alberta’s visual culture. The gallery hosts an ongoing exhibition schedule. Wed to Fri 10 am - 4 pm, Sat noon - 4 pm. GRANDE PRAIRIE Public Galleries PRAIRIE ART GALLERY 103-9839 103 Ave, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 6M7 T. 780-532-8111 Now partially open in the new, award-winning, Montrose Cultural Centre, the Prairie Art Gallery currently offers innovative programming in limited space. Construction is now underway that will complete the Gallery’s facility in late 2011. Mon to Sat 11 am - 6 pm, Sun 1 pm - 5 pm. HIGH RIVER Commercial Galleries EVANESCENCE GALLERY AND ART STUDIO 61 Veterans Way, 8 Ave SE, High River, AB T1V 1E8 T. 403-796-4873 A welcome and stimulating destination, Evanescence offers art services, classes and original art and fine craft including pottery, painting and sculpture. Features changing exhibits by professional emerging and mid-career Alberta artists. Artist’s reception first Friday of each month. Tues to Thurs 10 am - 5 pm, Fri and Sat 10 am - 4:30 pm and (Labour Day to Victoria Day) Sun noon - 4:30 pm. PIKE STUDIOS AND GALLERY 70 9 Ave SE, High River, AB T1V 1L4 T. 403-652-5255 From their studios Bob and Connie Pike produce a wide range of art and fine craft. Bob works in metal, making gates, art boxes, tables and assorted architectural accents. Connie makes high temperature, reduction-fired porcelain — from one-of-akind pieces to an extensive selection of functional pottery for everyday use. Studio tours available by appointment. JASPER Commercial Gallery MOUNTAIN GALLERIES AT THE FAIRMONT Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, #1 Old Lodge Rd, Jasper, AB T0E 1E0 T. 780-852-5378 F. 780-852-7292 Toll Free: 1-888-310-9726 Located in The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Mountain Galleries is a favourite stop for collectors of Canadian art, featuring museum-quality paintings, sculpture and unique Inuit carvings. With three galleries, a combined total of 6080 square feet of exhibition space, and a state of the art warehouse/ studio in Jasper, they frequently host exhibitions, artist demonstrations and workshops. Daily 8 am - 10 pm. Cooperative Gallery BRUSHFIRE GALLERY JASPER ARTISTS GUILD Box 867, 414 Patricia (at Elm), Jasper, AB T0E 1E0 T. 780-852-1994 Since opening in 2003 as a collective of more than 30 artists, Brushfire Gallery ignites the senses with a compelling presentation of local and regional art — an ‘incendiary’ collection of oils, acrylics, watercolours, drawings, photo-based works, clay and metal sculptures. Located in the historic Old Firehall. May long wknd to Oct long wknd: daily noon - 8 pm; Jan to Apr: wknds only, noon - 5 pm. LACOMBE Commercial Gallery THE GALLERY ON MAIN 4910 50 Ave, 2nd Flr, Lacombe, AB T4L 1Y1 T. 403-782-3402 F. 403-782-3405 Located just off Hwy. 2 in the heart of Historic Downtown Lacombe, this gallery boasts the largest selection of original art in central Alberta. Representing over 60 Alberta artists, the gallery’s selection covers a wide variety of media. Tues to Sat 10 am - 5 pm. Public Gallery LACOMBE MEMORIAL CENTRE ART GALLERY 5214 50 Ave, Lacombe, AB T. 403-782-1266 In 2008 the Town of Lacombe initiated a public art collection with many local artists donating works representative of local culture. All pieces are submitted to a selection panel for curatorial guidance. Formal and informal invitations to submit pieces will be extended. The collection has now exceeded 100 pieces and is continuing to grow. Mon to Sat 9 am - 8 pm. LETHBRIDGE Commercial Gallery TRIANON GALLERY 104 5 St S - Upstairs, Lethbridge, AB T1J 2B2 T. 403-380-2787 F. 403-329-1654 Toll Free: 1-866-380-2787 Formerly the Trianon Ballroom (1930s-1960s), the gallery is an informal mix between a gallery and an architectural office. Its open space and philosophy allows for creative community responses. Exhibitions range from nationally-renowned artists to aspiring students. A second exhibition space, Le Petit Trianon is now open downstairs. Public Galleries GALT MUSEUM & ARCHIVES 502 1 St S ( 5 Ave S & Scenic Dr), Lethbridge, AB T1J 0P6 T. 403-320-3898 F. 403-329-4958 Toll Free: 1-866-320-3898 A vibrant gathering place meeting historical, cultural and educational needs, the Galt engages and


year. The Discovery Gallery features new works by ACC members. The gallery shop offers contemporary and traditional fine crafts including pottery, blown glass, jewelry, woven and quilted fabrics, home accessories, furniture and much more. All are hand-made by Alberta and Canadian craft artists. Mon to Sat 10 am - 5 pm; closed Sun.

George Campbell Tinning, The Newfoundland Paintings, January 1 to February 28, Chapel Gallery, North Battleford

educates its communities in the human history of southwestern Alberta by preserving and sharing collections, stories and memories that define collective identity and guide the future. Award-winning exhibits, events, programs. (May 15 - Aug 31) Mon to Sat 10 am - 6 pm; (Sep 1 - May 14) Mon to Sat 10 am - 4:30 pm; (year-round) Sun 1 - 4:30 pm. Admission charge. SOUTHERN ALBERTA ART GALLERY 601 3 Ave S, Lethbridge, AB T1J 0H4 T. 403-327-8770 F. 403-328-3913 One of Canada’s foremost public galleries, SAAG fosters the work of contemporary visual artists who push the boundaries of their medium. Regularly changing exhibitions are featured in three distinct gallery spaces. Learning programs, film screenings and special events further contribute to local culture. Gift Shop and a Resource Library. Tues to Sat 10 am - 5 pm, Sun 1 pm - 5 pm. UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE ART GALLERY W600, Centre for the Arts, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, AB T1K 3M4 T. 403-329-2666 F. 403-382-7115 The gallery serves the campus community and general public with a permanent collection of more than 13,000 works; by presenting local and touring exhibitions; and by supporting research at all levels through publications and an on-line database. Main Gallery Mon to Fri 10 am - 4:30 pm, Thur till 8:30 pm. Helen Christou Gallery - Level 9 LINC, Daily 8 am - 9 pm. Special activities on website. MEDICINE HAT Public Gallery ESPLANADE ART GALLERY 401 First St SE, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 8W2 T. 403-502-8580 F. 403-502-8589 This is a new home for the Medicine Hat Museum, Art Gallery and Archives, as well as a 700-seat theatre. The gallery accommodates a wide range of art exhibitions, including contemporary and historical, regional, national and international art. Exhibitions are often accompanied by receptions, talks and tours. Adults - $4, Youth and Student - $3, 6 & Under - Free, Family - $12, Thur Free for all ages. Mon to Fri 10 am - 5 pm; Sat, Sun and Hol noon - 5 pm. OKOTOKS Public Gallery OKOTOKS ART GALLERY | AT THE STATION PO Bag 20, 53 North Railway St, Okotoks, AB T1S 1K1 T. 403-938-3204 F. 403-938-8963 Themed exhibitions change monthly and feature local and regional artistic expression in a range of themes and mediums. Exhibiting artist members range from accomplished artists to the emerging beginner, offering a diverse look at artmaking in southern Alberta. Mon to Fri 10 am - 5 pm, Sat and Sun noon - 5 pm. RED DEER Public Gallery RED DEER MUSEUM + ART GALLERY 4525 47A Ave, Red Deer, AB T4N 6Z6 T. 403-309-8405 F. 403-342-6644 After a year-long renovation project, the transformed Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery has reopened with spacious galleries, inspiring history and art exhibitions, innovative programs and engaging social events for families and adults. The renovated galleries have a contemporary, open look, providing new opportunities for exhibitions and programs. Mon to Sat 9 am - 5 pm, Sun noon - 5 pm, First Fri till 9 pm.


Assiniboia, SK S0H 0B0 T. 306-642-5292 F. 306-642-4541 Established in 2005, and located one hour south of Moose Jaw, the gallery houses the founder’s diverse private collection of Canadian and international paintings, sculptures and artifacts including several Group of Seven pieces. Periodic recitals, readings, lectures and touring exhibits. Tea room facilities. Tues to Sat 10 am - 4:30 pm, Sun 1 pm - 5 pm, closed public holidays and holiday weekends unless otherwise posted. ESTEVAN Public Gallery ESTEVAN ART GALLERY & MUSEUM 118 4 St, Estevan, SK S4A 0T4 T. 306-634-7644 F. 306-634-2940 This public gallery offers a free exchange of ideas and perspectives to reflect the rapidly expanding social and cultural diversity. With the collaboration of provincial and national institutions, the gallery seeks to make contemporary art accessible, meaningful, and vital to diverse audiences of all ages. Tues to Fri 8:30 am - 6 pm, Sat 1 pm - 4 pm.

Organized by the National Gallery of Canada in collaboration with Dorset Fine Arts

January 14 – April 1, 2012

MOOSE JAW Commercial Gallery YVETTE MOORE FINE ART GALLERY 76 Fairford St W, Moose Jaw, SK S6H 1V1 T. 306-693-7600 F. 306-693-7602 Showcasing the award-winning works of Yvette Moore, her gallery features her original artwork, limited edition prints, framed artcards and art plaques along with the works of other artisans, shown amid the copper grandeur of the former 1910 Land Titles Office. Food service. Corner Fairford and 1 Ave. Mon to Sat 10 am - 5 pm. @galleries_west

Amber Andersen is the new curator of the Estevan Art Gallery and Museum.

Image: Mayureak Ashoona: Tuulirjuaq (Great Big Loon) 2009. Collection of Dorset Fine Arts. Photo credit: Dorset Fine Arts.

Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery 4525 - 47A Avenue Red Deer, AB T4N 6Z6 403.309.8405

NORTH BATTLEFORD Public Gallery CHAPEL GALLERY 1-891 99 St, North Battleford, SK S9A 2Y6 T. 306-445-1757 F. 306-445-1009 The Chapel Gallery is a public gallery with special emphases on contemporary, regional and Aboriginal art in all media. It facilitates workshops, mentorship programs and supports the thoughtful reception of art. Proposals from artists, curators and collectives are accepted on an ongoing basis. Jun to Aug: daily noon - 4 pm; Sep to May: Wed to Sun noon - 4 pm. PRINCE ALBERT Public Gallery THE MANN ART GALLERY 142 12 St W, Prince Albert, SK S6V 3B8 T. 306-763-7080 F. 306-953-4814 The Mann Art Gallery features a varied exhibition schedule promoting local, provincial and national artists, as well as curated exhibitions, lectures and workshops. It also houses a permanent collection of over 600 individual works from well-known provincial artists. Their education and professional development initiatives encourage public awareness and appreciation of the visual arts. Mon to Sat noon - 5 pm. REGINA Artist-run Gallery NEUTRAL GROUND 203-1856 Scarth St, Regina, SK S4P 2G3 T. 306-522-7166 F. 306-522-5075 Neutral Ground supports contemporary art practices through both presentation and production activities. Its curatorial vision is responsive to its regional milieu in a translocal context. Programming emphasizes the contribution to new and experimental processes and supports inclusion and

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T. 306-569-0199 Traditions exhibits the work of professional craft artisans who have successfully completed the exacting jury process of the Saskatchewan Craft Council. The gallery carries a full range of fine craft media, including ceramics, wood, fibre, metal, glass, and jewellery. Mon to Sat 10 am - 5:30 pm. Public Galleries ART GALLERY OF REGINA Neil Balkwill Civic Arts Centre, 2420 Elphinstone St, Regina, SK S4T 3N9 T. 306-522-5940 F. 306-522-5944 Features contemporary art with an emphasis on Saskatchewan artists. Exhibitions change frequently. Access via 15 Ave and McTavish St. Mon to Thur 1 pm - 5 pm and 6:30 pm - 9 pm. Fri to Sun 1 pm - 5 pm. MACKENZIE ART GALLERY T C Douglas Building, 3475 Albert St, Regina, SK S4S 6X6 T. 306-584-4250 F. 306-569-8191 Excellent collection of art from historical to contemporary works by Canadian, American and international artists. Major touring exhibits. Gallery Shop, 175-seat Theatre, Learning Centre and Resource Centre. Corner of Albert St and 23rd Ave, SW corner of Wascana Centre. Mon to Fri 10 am - 5:30 pm, Fri till 9 pm; Sun and hol noon - 5:30 pm. SASKATOON

Michael Dumontier, A Moon or a Button, January 28 to March 25, Plug In ICA, Winnipeg

A Moon or a Button, new works by Michael Dumontier, is similar to a haiku by Basho or a zinger from Groucho Marx — a few well-chosen words and the world drops away from beneath you. Suddenly falling. Or flying. Or laughing. One experiences a flash of understanding that gives way to joy. This exhibition of drawings created with materials normally found in a hardware store, is elegant, minimalist trompe-l’oeil in sculpture and collage. Curator Micah Lexier describes Dumontier’s process in the studio with a quote from Albert Einstein, “Make things as simple as possible, but not simpler.” For example, an illusion of an envelope, drawn in wood with the cut of a saw. Like a Zen koan, the exhibition title was chosen in homage to the curious children’s book by Ruth Krauss, A Moon or a Button: A collection of first picture ideas published in 1959 with provocatively scribbled illustrations by Remy Charlip. Michael Dumontier is an artist well-known for collaboration. A founding member of the now disbanded Royal Art Lodge, he has also created Sound Machines with Tom Elliott and doll-works with Drue Langlois. This solo exhibition presents five years of Dumontier’s independent work for the first time in a public gallery, and shows concurrently with Like-Minded, a companion exhibition curated by Micah Lexier — works by 36 artists, including Michael Snow and Roula Parthenou, contextualizing Dumontier’s aesthetic and wit. — Margaret Bessai ABOVE: Michael Dumontier, Untitled (clock), paper, staple, and map pin on wall, 2009. diversity. Tues to Sat 11 am - 5 pm and designated evening performances, openings, screenings. Commercial Galleries ASSINIBOIA GALLERY 2266 Smith St, Regina, SK S4P 2P4 T. 306-522-0997 F. 306-522-5624 Opened in the late 1970s with the goal of establishing a gallery with a strong representation of regionally and nationally recognized artists reflecting a variety of style, subject and medium. The main focus is professional Canadian artists including Allen Sapp, Ted Godwin, W. H. Webb, Brent Laycock, Louise Cook and many more. Tues to Sat 9:30 am 5:30 pm. MYSTERIA GALLERY 2706 13 Ave, Regina, SK S4T 1N3 T. 306-522-0080 F. 306-522-5410

62 Galleries West Spring 2012 Mysteria Gallery is an artist-owned venue for established and emerging local artists. Explore diverse media in a modern context. Experience fine art and fine jewelry in a fresh atmosphere. Mon to Sat noon - 5:30 pm or by appt. NOUVEAU GALLERY 2146 Albert St, Regina, SK S4P 2T9 T. 306-569-9279 At Nouveau Gallery, formerly the Susan Whitney Gallery, look forward to works by many of Saskatchewan’s most recognized artists, the continuation of the Whitney Gallery’s vision plus a few surprises as Meagan Perreault puts her personal stamp on the new gallery. Tues to Sat 10 am - 5 pm, and by appt. TRADITIONS HANDCRAFT GALLERY 2714 13 Ave, Regina, SK S4T 1N3

Commercial Galleries ART PLACEMENT INC 228 3 Ave S, Saskatoon, SK S7K 1L9 T. 306-664-3385 F. 306-933-2521 Established in 1978, the gallery’s primary emphasis is on senior and mid-career Saskatchewan artists while also representing several established western Canadian painters and overseeing a number of artist estates. Presents a year round exhibition schedule alternating solo and group exhibitions. Centrally located downtown in the Traveller’s Block Annex. Tues to Sat 10 am - 4 pm. COLLECTOR’S CHOICE ART GALLERY 625D 1 Ave N, Saskatoon, SK S7K 1X7 T. 306-665-8300 F. 306-664-4094 Represents Saskatchewan and Canadian artists including Lou Chrones, Malaika Z Charbonneau, Julie Gutek, Cecelia Jurgens, Paul Jacoby, Valerie Munch, Jon Einnersen, Don Hefner, Reg Parsons, Bill Schwarz. The gallery offers a variety of contemporary paintings in watercolour, acrylic, oil, and mixed media and sculpture in bronze, stone and metal plus a collection of estate art. Tues - Fri 9:30 am - 5:30 pm, Sat 9:30 - 5 pm. DARRELL BELL GALLERY 317-220 3 Ave S, Saskatoon, SK S7K 1M1 T. 306-955-5701 Exhibiting contemporary Canadian art with an emphasis on professional Saskatchewan artists, including David Alexander, Darrell Bell, Lee Brady, Megan Courtney Broner, Inger deCoursey, Kaija Sanelma Harris, Hans Herold, Ian Rawlinson and various Inuit artists. Media include painting, sculpture, textiles, jewellery, glass and ceramics. Rotating solo and group shows year-round. Tues to Sat noon - 4 pm or by appointment. ROUGE GALLERY 200-245 3 Ave S, Saskatoon, SK S7K 1M4 T. 306-955-8882 Now located in the Glengarry Building in the heart of downtown. Rouge Gallery is dedicated to the presentation and promotion of emerging as well as established Canadian artists. Tues to Fri 10 am - 5 pm, Sat noon - 5 pm. Public Gallery MENDEL ART GALLERY 950 Spadina Cres E, Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A8 T. 306-975-7610 F. 306-975-7670 The gallery is charged with collecting, exhibiting, and maintaining works of art and the development of public understanding and appreciation of

art. Exhibitions of contemporary and historical art by local, national and international artists include those organised by Mendel curators and curatorial consortium members, as well as major touring exhibitions from other Canadian galleries. Daily 9 am - 9 pm. Admission free. SWIFT CURRENT Public Gallery ART GALLERY OF SWIFT CURRENT 411 Herbert St E, Swift Current, SK S9H 1M5 T. 306-778-2736 F. 306-773-8769 AGSC is a public art gallery featuring exhibitions of regional, provincial, and national works of visual art. Contact the gallery to arrange guided tours. See something to think about — visit your public art gallery. Mon to Wed 1 - 5 pm and 7 - 9 pm, Thurs to Sun 1 - 5 pm. Closed between exhibitions, statutory holidays, and Sundays in Jul and Aug. Admission free. VAL MARIE Commercial Gallery GRASSLANDS GALLERY Centre St and 1 Ave N, PO Box 145, Val Marie, SK S0N 2T0 T. 306-298-7782 Located at the gateway to Grasslands National Park in a land of rolling hills, rugged coulees and steep ravines centred on the Frenchman River Valley, Grasslands Gallery shows original art and craft by some of Saskatchewan’s finest artists, inspired by the Grasslands experience. May to Sept: Tues to Thurs 11 am - 5 pm, Fri - Sat noon - 5 pm; see website or call for seasonal hours.

MANITOBA GALLERIES BRANDON Public Gallery ART GALLERY OF SOUTHWESTERN MANITOBA 710 Rosser Ave, Suite 2, Brandon, MB R7A 0K9 T. 204-727-1036 F. 204-726-8139 Tracing its roots back to 1890, the gallery’s mission is to lead in visual art production, presentation, promotion and education in western Manitoba. Its focus is on contemporary art while respecting local heritage and culture. Mon to Sat 10 am - 6 pm, Thurs till 9 pm. GIMLI Commercial Gallery MERMAID’S KISS GALLERY PO Box 509, 85 Fourth Ave, Gimli, MB R0C 1B0 T. 204-642-7453 Just an hour’s scenic drive north from Winnipeg the gallery presents an eclectic mix of original art in painting, pottery, photography, raku, fibre and jewellery. Established and emerging artists take their inspiration from the lake and surrounding areas. Also offering archival giclée printing, photo restoration, certified custom conservation framing. Mon, Thur to Sat 10 am - 5 pm, Sun noon - 4 pm. PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE Public Gallery PORTAGE & DISTRICT ARTS CENTRE GALLERY & GIFT SHOP 11 2 St NE, Portage la Prairie, MB R1N 1R8 T. 204-239-6029 The gallery features a schedule of diverse exhibitions showcasing the works of local, regional and national artists. The gift shop offers art supplies as well as a mix of original art including pottery, stained glass, photography, wood turning, books and paintings by local and regional artists. Located within the William Glesby Centre. Tues to Sat 11 am - 5 pm. WINNIPEG Public Gallery PLUG IN INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART 460 Portage Ave, Winnipeg, MB R3C 0E8

Commercial Galleries BIRCHWOOD ART GALLERY 6-1170 Taylor Ave, Grant Park Festival, Winnipeg, MB R3M 3Z4 T. 204-888-5840 F. 204-888-5604 Toll Free: 1-800-822-5840 Specializing in originals, prints, sculptures and bronzes, featuring a large selection of Manitoba and international artists. They also provide conservation custom framing, art restoration and cleaning, and home and office art consultation. Original commissions available on request. Mon to Thurs 10 am - 6 pm, Fri 10 am - 5 pm, Sat 10 am - 4 pm or by appointment. @galleries_west

Jeremy Morgan becomes Interim Exec Dir at MacKenzie, as Stuart Reid returns to Ont as Director/ Curator of Rodman Hall at Brock University. CRE8ERY GALLERY 2-125 Adelaide St (cor William), Winnipeg, MB R3A 0W4 T. 204-944-0809 Nestled in the heart of Winnipeg’s Arts District, cre8ery gallery is committed to the celebration of emerging as well as established artists. cre8ery takes pride in uncovering artistic gems of all media and genres and invites patrons of the arts to come discover their next art treasure. Tues to Sat noon - 6 pm; Mon & Thurs 6 pm - 10 pm. LOCH GALLERY 306 St. Mary’s Road, Winnipeg, MB R2H 1J8 T. 204-235-1033 F. 204-235-1036 Established in 1972, the Loch Gallery specializes in building collections of quality Canadian, American, British and European paintings and sculpture. It represents original 19th and 20th century artwork of collectable and historic interest, as well as a select group of gifted professional artists from across Canada including Ivan Eyre, Leo Mol, Peter Sawatzky, Anna Wiechec, Philip Craig and Carol Stewart. Mon to Fri 9 am - 5:30 pm, Sat 9 am - 5 pm. MARTHA STREET STUDIO 11 Martha St, Winnipeg, MB R3B 1A2 T. 204-779-6253 F. 204-944-1804 Martha Street Studio is a community-based printmaking facility offering equipment, facilities and support to produce, exhibit, and disseminate cutting-edge, print-based works. There are classes in both traditional and digital printing processes, and ongoing outreach programs. The gallery facility offers visual artwork from emerging and master artists. Mon to Fri 10 am - 5 pm. MAYBERRY FINE ART 212 McDermot Ave, Winnipeg, MB R3B 0S3 T. 204-255-5690 Located in Winnipeg’s historic Exchange District, the gallery represents a select group of gifted Canadian artists including Joe Fafard, Wanda Koop, John MacDonald and Robert Genn. With over 30 years experience, they also specialize in historic Canadian and European works of collectible interest. Regular exhibitions feature important early Canadian art as well as gallery artists. Tues to Fri 10 am - 6 pm, Sat 10 am - 5 pm. WAREHOUSE ARTWORKS 222 McDermot Ave, Winnipeg, MB R3B 0S3 T. 204-943-1681 F. 204-942-2847 A Winnipeg fixture for more than 25 years, the gallery presents original art, in a variety of media, mainly from Manitoba artists. They also offer limited edition prints and reproductions along with a major framing facility. Mon to Thur 9 am - 5:30 pm, Sat to 5 pm. WAYNE ARTHUR GALLERY 186 Provencher Blvd, Winnipeg, MB R2H 0G3 T. 204-477-5249 Artist Wayne Arthur and wife Bev Morton opened the Wayne Arthur Sculpture & Craft Gallery in 1995. After Wayne passed away, Bev moved the gallery to Winnipeg and together with new husband, Robert MacLellan, has run the Wayne Arthur Gallery since 2002. Some of Wayne’s drawings are available for purchase as well as the creations of more than 60 Manitoba artists, working in painting, print-making, mixed media, sculpture, pottery, jewellery, glass and photography. Tues to Sat 11 am - 5 pm. WOODLANDS GALLERY 535 Academy Road, Winnipeg, MB R3N 0E2 T. 204-947-0700 Located among the boutiques and restaurants of Academy Road, Woodlands Gallery represents an engaging selection of contemporary works by emerging and established Canadian artists. In addition to original paintings, the gallery offers handmade jewellery, ceramics, blown glass and monoprints as well as professional custom framing. Tues to Fri 10 am - 5:30 pm, Sat 10 am - 5 pm. Cooperative Galleries GWEN FOX GALLERY 101-250 Manitoba Ave, Selkirk, MB R1A 0Y5 T. 204-482-4359 Built in 1907 and twice rescued from demolition, the ‘old Post Office’ is now the Selkirk Community Arts Centre and home to the Gwen Fox Gallery witn over 100 members. The gallery exibits the works of individual members monthly through the year with June and September reserved for member group shows. Tues to Sat 11 am - 4 pm. MEDEA GALLERY 132 Osborne St in The Village, Winnipeg, MB R3L 1Y3 T. 204-453-1115 This artist-run cooperative was established in 1976, and features traditional and contemporary original fine art by Manitoba artists, including oils, watercolors, acrylics, pastels, mixed media, intaglio and serigraph prints, ceramics, sculpture and photography. Rental plan and gift certificates available. Open Mon to Sat 10:30 am - 5 pm, Sun 1 pm 4pm.

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T. 204-942-1043 F. 204-944-8663 Manitoba’s premiere contemporary art gallery and the first ICA in Canada. Since 1972, Plug In has exhibited the very best local and international art work in all media. Renowned globally for its prizewinning representation of Canada at the 49th Venice Biennale (2001). Also an important publisher of art editions. Tues to Sat 11 am - 5 pm, Thur til 9 pm during summer.

NORTHERN TERRITORIES GALLERIES WHITEHORSE Commercial Gallery COPPER MOON GALLERY 3 Glacier Rd, Whitehorse, YT Y1A 5S7 T. 867-633-6677 Just off the beaten path in a setting high on the banks of the Yukon River, Copper Moon Gallery boosts over 3500 sq ft of original Northern art — paintings to pottery, jewellery, carvings and beading. Monthly exhibitions in the solo show room. In winter there are regular music events. Check website for details. Only ten min south of town on the Alaska Hwy. (Summer)Daily noon - 7 pm, (Winter) Fri to Sun noon - 7 pm.

An outstanding collec�on of Canadian and Interna�onal art. Rota�ng exhibi�ons by Saskatchewan ar�sts. ADMISSION FREE: Tues to Sat: 10 – 4:30 pm; Sun (Apr – Dec) 1 – 5 pm Call for holiday hours 122 – 3RD Ave West, ASSINIBOIA, SK • (306) 642-5292 • Located one hour south of Moose Jaw.

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MISA NIKOLIC Edmonton, AB Misa Nikolic is an artist and writer based in Edmonton. Misa’s painting and photography address the historied nature of architecture. First known for his hard-edge style, he began to pursue realism in his post-graduate work. In recent years, he has also made the switch to oils from acrylics. View his work online. IRMA SOLTONOVICH URBANART STUDIO Victoria, BC T. 250-812-2705 This Victoria artist specializes in abstract landscapes and seascapes. Her acrylic works may be seen at Grey Area Gallery, Chilliwack; Greater Victoria Art Gallery and Gallery at Mattick’s Farm, Victoria. She welcomes commissions and also offers art classes for both teens and adults at Art School Victoria (website of same name). For more information contact her directly and arrange to visit her home studio. KAMILA & NEL ART GALLERY 768 Menawood Pl, Victoria, BC V8Y 2Z6 T. 250-294-5711 Interested in commissioning an experienced and internationally-recognized artist to create an ageless fine art gift? Portraits, architecture, animals, landscapes and any other subject of interest to you could be captured and transformed in a creative way. Paintings can be done from photos or a session arranged at the studio.

ARTISTS REPRESENTATIVE NEW LOCATION (right next door) more space, more products, same great customer service 130 - 10 Street NW Calgary, AB T2N 1V3 403-283-2288

Hours: Mon - Thurs 10-8 Fri - Sat 10-6 Sun & Hol 11-5

EMOTESART Winnipeg, MB T. 204-294-6324 Representing select contemporary Canadian artists including Shirley Elias and Victoria Block.


13TH ANNUAL LACOMBE ART EXHIBIT AND SALE APRIL 20 - 22, 2012 Lacombe Memorial Centre, 5214 50 Ave, Lacombe, AB T. 403-782-1258 ntent&task=view&id=695&Itemid=183 This juried show is a landmark on the Central Alberta cultural scene, with the works of more than 70 artists, featuring Marcia Schmidt. Artists are encouraged to download the “CALL TO ENTRY” form on the website — before Mar 1, 2012 — to participate in this unique opportunity to show their work. Fine food and music. Admission $4/person, 12 & Under Free. Fri 1 pm - 8 pm; Sat 11 am - 5 pm; Sun 11 am - 4 pm.


GALLERY WALK OF EDMONTON April 21 and 22, 2012; October 20 and 21, 2012, Edmonton, AB The first gallery walk of its kind in Canada was formed in 1981 to promote both art and artists of merit within the community, focusing especially on work by Canadian artists. The eight member galleries are easily accessible within a nine block walking distance. There are two self-guided events presented per year. Unique exhibitions are planned for gallery walks. Details on website.

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HODGINS ART AUCTIONS LTD 5240 1A St SE, Calgary, AB T2H 1J1 T. 403-252-4362 F. 403-259-3682 Hodgins is one of western Canada’s largest and longest running auction companies dedicated to quality fine art. They hold catalogued auctions of Canadian and international fine art every May and November. In addition, appraisal services are offered for estate settlement, insurance, matrimonial division and other purposes. Individual and corporate consignments of artworks for sale are always welcome. LANDO ART AUCTIONS 11130 105 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5H 0L5 T. 780-990-1161 F. 780-990-1153 They hold a minimum of three catalogued auctions a year of Canadian and international fine art. Individual and corporate consignments welcome. Appraisals for insurance, donation, estate settlement, family division and other purposes. Call or email for a confidential appointment. Mon to Fri 10 am 5:30 pm, Sat 10 am - 4:30 pm, or by appt.


UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY PRESS 2500 University Dr NW, Calgary, AB T2N 1N4 T. 403-220-3979 The University of Calgary Press publishes peerreviewed books that explore a sense of place in western Canada and its impact on the world. Their “Art in Profile” series showcases the contributions of Canadian artists and architects whose innovative and creative imaginations make a difference ñ and make us think.


VEVEX CORPORATION 955 East Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1R9 T. 604-254-1002 F. 604-677-5709 Vevex produces made-to-order crates for shipping and storing fine art. Computer-generated estimates and engineered manufacturing ensure fast quotes and prompt delivery. A range of designs offers choice for commercial, collector and institutional needs. Certified for worldwide export. Supplier of museum-quality crates to the Vancouver Art Gallery.


ART EFFECTS CREATIVE FRAMING 1-938 Centre St SE, High River, AB T1V 1E7 T. 403-652-4550 Established in 1998, Art Effects offers a combined 30+ years of experience in custom framing and art consultations. Owners MJ Getkate and Barry Deines take pride in their creative design, craftsmanship and attention to detail. In addition to state-of-theart equipment and over 1000 mouldings to choose from, they now offer a ‘virtual’ preview of framing options on a large screen TV monitor. Wed to Fri 9 am - 5 pm, Sat 9 am - 3 pm or by appointment. JARVIS HALL FINE FRAMES 617 11 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0E1 T. 403-206-9942 Jarvis Hall Fine Frames is a full service frame shop offering all levels of custom framing from conservation to museum grade. Frames can be chosen from a wide variety of manufacturers or can be designed, carved and gilded by hand. They also offer a variety

of gallery frames for artists. Tues to Sat 10 am - 5 pm and by appointment.

Mon to Thur 9 am - 6 pm, Fri til 9 pm, Sat 9 am - 6 pm, Sun noon - 4 pm.


CLASSIC GALLERY FRAMING INC 3376 Sexsmith Road, Kelowna, BC V1X 7S5 T. 250-765-6116 F. 250-765-6117 Toll Free: 1-800-892-8855 High quality mouldings, liners and liner profiles are produced by utilizing the most efficient manufacturing processes combined with the care and detail that comes with creating handcrafted products. All steps of production are done inside their factory. The full range of products may be previewed on-line and are available through most fine art dealers and framers.

ART IN CANADA T. 403-336-1313 For artists who know they need a website, but don’t know where to start, Art In Canada -- a professional web consulting and design company -- has been marketing artists and art galleries online since 1999. Websites are designed for easy self-administration by artists themselves. Call Lynda Baxter to learn more and get started.


ON THE LEVEL ART INSTALLATIONS T. 403-263-7226 A fully insured, full service fine arts handling company with 24 years experience providing consulting, design and installation service throughout western Canada.


MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART - CALGARY - RENTAL SERVICES T. 403-874-9685 Rent and/or purchase artwork by more than 35 emerging and established professional artists from Calgary and region. Art ranges from realist to abstract style with a wide selection of sizes and media. View and choose directly on the Art Rental Services website. Artists are encouraged to apply. Organized by Friends of Triangle Gallery in support of the gallery’s exhibition and education programs.


ART-MASTERS.NET 1608 29 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2T 1M5 T. 403-229-2953 Specializing in professional, archival, custom giclÈe printing for more than 14 years with complete inhouse service, they cater to over 300 discriminating artists, galleries, and art publishers locally and around the world. Expertise in colour correction creates the rich colours, textures and high definition of original artwork, and printing is done with special UV inhibiting inks and varnishes.


ARMSTRONG FINE ART SERVICES LTD. 630 Secretariat Court, Mississauga, ON L5S 2A5 T. 905-670-3600 F. 905-670-0764 Toll Free: 1-866-670-3600 Armstrong Fine Art Services Ltd. is part of the Armstrong Group of Companies, with over 40 years of professional experience in packing, crating, storing and shipping fine art, antiques and antiquities across Canada and around the world. They have the people, services and facilities to assure the handling of a single piece of art, or an entire collection. Email for details about their cross-country and inter-USA shuttles.

INGLEWOOD ART SUPPLIES 1006 9 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0S7 T. 403-265-8961 Store claims best selection and prices in Calgary on pre-stretched canvas and canvas on the roll. Golden Acrylics and Mediums with everyday prices below retail. Volume discounts on the complete selection of Stevenson Oils, Acrylics and Mediums. Other namebrand materials, brushes, drawing supplies, easels, an extensive selection of paper and more. Mon to Fri 9 am - 6 pm, Sat 10 am - 5 pm, Sun noon - 5 pm. KENSINGTON ART SUPPLY 130 10 St NW, Calgary, AB T2N 1V3 T. 403-283-2288 Now in a new, bigger space featuring an expanded selection of quality fine art supplies including more paints, brushes, easels, paper and canvas. Also carry over 500 titles of art instruction books, encaustic paints, and an enhanced airbrush section. Friendly, knowledgeable staff. Art classes next door. Discounts available. Mon to Thurs 10 am - 8 pm, Fri, Sat 10 am - 6 pm, Sun & Hol 11 am - 5 pm. MONA LISA ARTISTS’ MATERIALS 1518 7 St SW, Calgary, AB T2R 1A7 T. 403-228-3618 Welcome to one of Western Canada’s largest fine art supply retailers. Established in 1959, Mona Lisa provides excellent customer service combined with a broad spectrum of products and technical knowledge. Clients from beginner to professional, find everything they need to achieve their artistic goals. Volume discounts and full-time student and senior discounts available. Mon - Fri 8 am - 5:30 pm, Sat 9 am - 5 pm.


OPUS FRAMING & ART SUPPLIES T. 604-435-9991 F. 604-435-9941 Toll Free: 1-800-663-6953 Opus has stores in Vancouver, Victoria, Kelowna, North Vancouver, and Langley, plus online shopping and mail order service. They offer an extensive selection of fine art materials and quality framing supplies. Check them out online, or drop by for some inspiration. They also produce an e-newsletter full of sales, art news and articles, and provide ëhow to’ handouts and artist demos. Western Canada’s favourite artists’ resource.


SKETCH ARTIST SUPPLIES (FORMERLY STUDIO TODOROVIC) 1713 - 2 St NW, Calgary, AB T2M 2W4 T. 403-450-1917 Sketch offers framing and carries Copic sketch markers (full selection), sketchbooks, J. Herbin calligraphy inks, Brause nibs, Faber-Castell products, Moleskine, Rhodia, Golden acrylics & mediums, M. Graham oils & watercolours, Gotrick canvas and more. Student and senior discounts. Just north of TransCanada in Mount Pleasant opposite Balmoral School. Free parking. Mon to Fri 10 am - 6 pm, Sat 11 am - 6 pm.

LEVIS FINE ART AUCTIONS, APPRAISALS & ART STORAGE 1739 10 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T3C 0K1 T. 403-541-9099 From a single item to a complete collection, Levis can safely store artwork. The company offers professional and knowledgeable staff, a safe and confidential environment, a thorough security system, controlled temperature and constant on-site presence. Costs are based on a rate of $10.00 per cubic foot per month. For larger collections volume rates are available. ARTISTS EMPORIUM 1610 St James St, Winnipeg, MB R3H 0L2 T. 204-772-2421 A Canadian based company supplying highest quality products since 1977 with over 100,000 items offered in a 12,000 square feet retail space. The fun-friendly atmosphere extends from the free Saturday morning art classes, through the extensive art library and spinning the roulette wheel at their annual Artists Open House. They are committed to maintaining a high level of inventory at competitive prices while continually expanding product lines.

Henry George Glyde ALASKA HIGHWAY, LOOKING TOWARD ST. ELIAS RANGE; 1943 watercolour 10.75 x 14.75 in. Estimate $3,000 / 4,000 November 2011 Sold at $9,775

THE GALLERY/ART PLACEMENT INC. 228 3 Ave S (back lane entrance), Saskatoon, SK S7K 1L9 T. 306-664-3931 Professional artists, University art students, art educators and weekend artists rely on The Gallery/Art Placement’s art supply store for fine quality materials and equipment at reasonable prices. A constantly expanding range of materials from acrylics, oils and watercolours, to canvas, brushes, specialty paper, soapstone and accessories. Mon to Sat 9 am - 5:30 pm.

Roland Gissing HARVEST IN THE FOOTHILLS oil on canvas 20 x 27 in. Estimate $5,000 / 7,000 November 2011 Sold at $9,775

Quality Consignments Always Welcome Ongoing Auctions, Live and Online. Enquire about our gallery referral program.

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LUCIAN FREUD (1922 – 2011)

Lucian Freud, Woman Holding Foot, etching, 1985. 36" x 29",


othing hides in Lucian Freud’s portraiture. When his painting Benefits Supervisor Sleeping broke auction records in 2008 for the highest price paid for a work by a living artist (sold at just over $33 million), much of the commentary was about the “ugliness” of

its subject. A meticulous oil, Freud spent months working on the nude portrait of a friend, Sue Tilley, an author and employee at a London job centre. Her graypink flesh is curled on a tattered couch, face mottled and pressed into the cushions. It’s remarkably bare and stark, in all ways, at the same time a true representation of life and the human form. Freud sought nakedness in many of his subjects, or at least a certain unguardedness and repose. He painted friends and dignitaries — Queen Elizabeth II, Kate Moss, famously, the larger-than-life fetish artist Leigh Bowery. He painted stables of horses, and his beloved whippet dogs. He painted himself wearing only a pair of hobnail boots, sparing nothing for the loosening skin of his chest, and a face like a creased old turnip. A grandson of Sigmund Freud, the painter is definitively considered one of the great artists of the 20th century. He lived most of his life in London, collecting wives and children, and existing eccentrically and prolifically within the swirl of intelligent high life in the city. In the unfashionable world of representational portrait painting, Freud became intensely sought after, if controversial. His portrait of Elizabeth II in thick impasto and extreme close-

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up was widely considered to be undignified, but it remains in the Queen’s own collection at Buckingham Palace. Much of the power of his paintings came through in the intense observations he made of his subjects. His gaze was described as “omnivorous” by one of his sitters, and Tilley herself describes the months she spent in Freud’s studio, subject and painter both facing the canvas. Freud would turn around and look intently at her, turning back to the canvas to paint. He worked the same way in etching. For a large retrospective of his etching works at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 2008, his process was described as being much like his approach to portrait painting — he would prop the copper plate up on his easel and work from a live sitting. Edmonton-based gallerist Doug Udell (he also has a gallery in Vancouver) was first introduced to Freud’s etchings in 1985 by a client, and this work, Woman Holding Foot, is one of the first he acquired. Created in small editions (of no more than 50), 25 years ago the etchings were an easy entry point for Freud collectors. In the intervening years, and especially since the artist’s death in July, they have risen dramatically in price — expect to pay around $100,000 for one. But Udell still handles Freud etchings occasionally, and cites Woman Holding Foot as one that has come back to the gallery. Though non-figurative works are rarer and more sought-after, the large size of this makes it highly collectible. — Jill Sawyer


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Frederic Marlett Bell-Smith PRCA, OSA (1846-1923) “Old and New London-Staples Inn, Holborn”, Oil on Canvas, 35” x 50.5”, 1910



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