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David Thauberger, At Home, 1983 (detail), screenprint on paper, 55.9 x 38.1 cm. Collection of the Mendel Art Gallery. Gift of Gordon Kushner, 1986.

C O N T E N T S Summer 2015 Vol. 14 No. 2




Future Station lays down the line


Will the work in this year’s Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art stand the test of time?

First Impressions News and events; Jeffrey Spalding visits Cuba.

Feature Previews Mia Feuer ................................... 16

By Diana Sherlock

Stephen Foster ........................... 18 Levine Flexhaug .......................... 20 Taras Polataiko ........................... 22



Reviews Attila Richard Lukacs .................. 24 Mindy Yan Miller ........................ 24 Clay Ellis ..................................... 25 Shine a Light ............................... 25 Althea Thauberger ....................... 26 Bobbie Burgers ........................... 26


Take Them Home Linda Wilder .............................. 28 Jeff Nachtigall ............................ 28 Robert Lemay ............................. 29 David Tycho ................................ 30 Lynne Graham ............................ 30


Tom Lovatt ................................. 31


Previews Julia Dault; Suzo Hickey; Jane Kidd;


Kevin Boyle; Laura Widmer; David

Coast Salish Revival

Newkirk and Jennifer Hornyak; Mak-

Thanks to mentors like the late Simon Charlie, the timeless elegance of Coast Salish art is drawing new attention.

ing a Scene: Victoria’s Artists in the

By Suzanne Fournier

Gabriela Jolowicz; Diana Un-Jin Cho;

Sixties; Elizabeth Barnes; POP SHOW! Dazzled by the Everyday; Blake Ward; Seth; Heather Benning; Ron Mueck; Angela Morgan; Ludolf Grollé; Libby


Hague; Skeena Reece; Lori Zébière.

Breaking barriers Western Canadian artists are pushing the boundaries of ceramics in exciting new directions. By Sarah Swan



Gallery Sources Fine art galleries in the West British Columbia ......................... 46 Alberta ....................................... 52 Saskatchewan ............................ 60 Manitoba ................................... 62


Northern Territories .................... 64

Back Room


Brian Fisher opens space for contemplation at Winchester Modern in Victoria. By Portia Priegert

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It’s wonderful when readers take time to respond to something in these pages. For instance, Saskatoon artist Monique Martin emailed after I mused in this space about why artists keep working in the face of so many obstacles, not the least of which is financial survival. Her note bears the mark of a thoughtful and spacious soul. “The pure love of creation keeps me going night and day,” she writes. “I am fairly obsessive about creating, and work on my art more than I should. I do, however, also believe that if even one person finds joy, meaning or significance in my work it is worth it, and that motivates me as well.” But the art world is a diverse place. Calgary painter Paul Van Ginkel, who counts himself among the so-called one-per-centers – which he puts at earnings of more than $250,000 a year – also wrote recently. “As you can tell, simply by virtue of forwarding this data, I’m assertive (aggressive, relentless?) with my approach to business and my place in the market (clearly, this has served me well).” We wrote about Van Ginkel’s Western-themed paintings in 2012, so it’s too soon to revisit his work. But it’s certainly tempting to get his take for a tell-all story on marketing, a weak skill for many artists. I mention these letters to underline the many ways there are to think about art. Is it a spiritual path? A business? A conversation? An intellectual pursuit? In truth, art is a blend of all of this, and more. This issue tries to reflect some of that complexity. The cover story, by longtime Vancouver journalist Suzanne Fournier, looks at the cultural resurgence of Coast Salish artists. We are privileged to work with Fournier, who recently published a wonderful book, Shore to Shore: The Art of Ts’uts’umutl Luke Marston. Meanwhile, Winnipeg arts writer Sarah Swan explores the current renaissance in ceramics, and Diana Sherlock, an independent curator in Calgary, offers her analysis of Future Station, the latest version of the Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art. We try to offer something for everyone. You may like some of it, and some, not so much. Either way, I look forward to hearing from you.

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NEWS IN THE VISUAL ARTS Film documents modern-day bid to locate Northern Ontario vistas painted by Group of Seven

or the last several years, art historian Michael Burtch, along with two friends, Joanie and Gary McGuffin, have been exploring picturesque spots in Northern Ontario, trying to retrace trips that artists from the Group of Seven made almost a century ago. Some of Canada’s most famous landscape paintings were done along the north shore of Lake Superior and in the Algoma region, but the exact locations for hundreds of small panels executed quickly on site – and even some of the large works completed back in Toronto – have been open for debate. Burtch, a former director of the Art Gallery of Algoma in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., became so curious after his first exploratory trips that the project began taking on a life of its own – even spawning a documentary film. The help of the McGuffins, well-known authors and wilderness photographers, was critical. “I’d have been lost the first day,” says Burtch. The trio has located some 300 sites where Lawren Harris, A.Y. Jackson and other members of the Group of Seven painted between 1918 and 1928, he says. The biggest thrill for Burtch is standing where the artists once stood, gazing at the same scene. “It’s like a time machine, a portal into another time,” he says. “That was just amazing.” Usually the view hasn’t changed that much. Sometimes, though, the forest has grown up, or receded, or water levels are different. Still, the search is rarely easy. Their usual approach is to scour archival materials – old letters, for instance – for clues about where the artists camped. Once a base is located, they scout the area on foot and by canoe, assuming most painting sites will be reasonably 10 Galleries West Summer 2015

Joanie McGuffin holds a copy of a Lawren Harris painting, Island Lake Superior, that shows the entrance to Peninsula Harbour, west of Marathon, Ont., where Harris camped with A.Y. Jackson in 1921.

close, as the artists would have wanted to maximize painting time in the field. Their quest attracted the attention of White Pine Pictures in Toronto, which has previously produced films about Emily Carr and Tom Thomson. This film, Spirit Land: In Search of the Group of Seven, was developed in association with TVOntario, and produced by Peter Raymont and Nancy Lang. Billed as part mystery, part history and part adventure, it will be launched on television and then tour nationally on the film-festival circuit. An advance screening for select guests is planned for Calgary in conjunction with a show of Group of Seven paintings at Masters Gallery, one of the film’s investors. The exhibition, which runs from June 11 to June 20, will feature some 30 paintings from private collectors in Calgary. Many of the works haven’t been shown publicly in years. “There’s some really wonderful things,” says gallery owner Ryan Green. “A lot will be as good as museum quality.” The film compares historic paintings with current landscapes, features archival photographs and other materials, and even recreates the boxcar (the original burned in 1920) that was home to Harris, Jackson, J.E.H. MacDonald and Frank Johnston in Agawa Canyon in the summers of 1918 and 1919. – Portia Priegert





Western Canadian artists win Governor General’s Awards Several Western Canadian artists recently received Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts. The awards, which carry a $25,000 prize, recognize outstanding career achievement. ■ Sandra Miegs, a Victoria painter who has exhibited widely across Canada, creates vivid and enigmatic paintings that combine dense narratives with comic elements. She has taught visual arts at the University of Victoria since 1993. ■ Reva Stone, a Winnipeg artist, was one of the first Canadian women to embrace new media. Her work examines the impact of biotechnology and robotics on human existence. She has exhibited across Canada, and in the United States and Europe, and also writes about video and newmedia work. ■ Robert Houle, an Anishnaabe Saulteaux artist and a member of Sandy Bay First Nation in Manitoba, has helped define contemporary indigenous identity. He has exhibited for more than 40 years, was the first curator of contemporary aboriginal art at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, and taught at the Ontario College of Art and Design University for 20 years. He is based in Toronto. Other winners are Micah Lexier, who studied at the University of Manitoba and is now based in Toronto; Paul McClure, a Toronto jewelry artist; and three Montrealers – curator Louise

Déry, media artist Rafael LozanoHemmer, and Rober Racine, a visual artist, writer and composer. First-time art fair gets underway in Vancouver Art! Vancouver, which organizers are billing as Vancouver’s first international art fair, runs May 21 to May 24 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. With more than 85 booths and some 100 artists, organizers say it will be one of the largest art shows in Western Canada, allowing local and international artists and galleries to display their work and connect with buyers. Artists include Tom McPhee, a sculptor and carver from Salt Spring Island; Robert Bradford, a British sculptor; Ingrid Goldbloom Bloch, an American mixed-media sculptor and jeweler; Brian Goodman, an American photographer; and Giuliana Mottin, a Brazilian painter. For information, go to Cultural institutions take advantage of new technologies Three cultural institutions – the Royal BC Museum in Victoria, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg and the Vancouver Art Gallery – are taking advantage of new digital technologies to improve public access.

See the new summer exhibition at the

C.M. Russell Museum May 16–September 13, 2015

Charles M. Russell (1864–1926), Crippled but Still Coming, 1913. Oil on fabric support. Courtesy of the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Indianapolis.

“Harmless Hunter” is the first ever compilation of Charles M. Russell’s many takes on the animal kingdom. Visit for more information and for the summer 2015 schedule of events.

Reva Stone, Imaginal Expression, 2004, custom 3D-software program and computer-visioning system, video camera and four video projectors Rebecca Belmore

Charles M. Russell (1864–1926), Pablo’s Buffalo Hunt, c.1909, watercolor, 8 7/8 x 11 7/8 inches, C.M. Russell Museum, museum purchase.

Harmless Hunter: The Wildlife Work of Charles M. Russell is organized by the National Museum of Wildlife Art in collaboration with the Charles M. Russell Center, University of Oklahoma, and is guest curated by B. Byron Price, Director of the Charles M. Russell Center and University of Oklahoma Press.

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dith Kirk was more than “a quiet little English lady” who spent her final decades painting the Alberta landscape. “She sought adventure and she had courage,” says Wendy Aitkens, who organized an exhibition about Kirk for the Galt Museum and Archives in Lethbridge. Kirk was born to a middle-class family in Sheffield in 1858. When she came to Canada in 1905, she was already an accomplished watercolour painter and had spent time at artist colonies in Britain and France. In Canada, she sought out isolated places to live, including Atlin, B.C. To support herself, she worked as Edith Fanny Kirk, Mount Sir a nurse’s helper, a governess and a teacher. After returning to Britain Donald, circa 1920s, watercolour for a year, she settled in Lethbridge in 1918. on paper, 18” x 12” “She came back for more adventures,” says Aitkens, the Galt’s curator. “She fell in love with the Prairies, and was within easy access to Banff and Jasper.” Kirk joined the Alpine Club of Canada, and went on many painting excursions in the Rocky Mountains. She also taught art; some of her students’ paintings are included in A Legacy of Adventure and Art: The Life of Miss Edith Fanny Kirk, which runs June 6 to Oct. 12. “I am also a watercolour artist and a traveler, so I found many personal connections with her life,” says Aitkens, who has written Kirk’s biography. “I hope visitors will be inspired to search for adventure in their own life.” – Janet Nicol At the Royal BC Museum, it will be easier to explore collections, archives and research thanks to a new website, called the learning portal. It allows children and adults to access images, stories, videos, recordings and more. Meanwhile, the human rights museum has launched a mobile app that includes a self-guided audio tour. Using Bluetooth iBeacons, the app communicates with more than 120 access points in the museum. The app was created in cooperation with Acoustiguide, a global company that has done similar work for the Louvre, the Guggenheim and the Smithsonian. And the Vancouver Art Gallery’s recent exhibition, Douglas Coupland: everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything, is now available to a global audience through the Google Art Project. Online visitors can browse 74 works debuted at the Vancouver gallery last year as part of the first major survey of Coupland’s prolific output over the last 14 years. 12 Galleries West Summer 2015

Visual arts news in brief ■ Aboriginal artist Alex Janvier will create a circular floor mosaic for Edmonton’s new downtown arena. The $700,000 piece is one of the largest public works commissioned in the city. Inspired by the sun, sky, hills and rivers, the colourful mosaic will be located in the entrance and walkway to Rogers Place Winter Garden. ■ The Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary is launching its first graduate program, an MFA in craft media. The college, which has facilities for ceramics, glass, metal, jewelry and fibre arts, says the program will offer

a collaborative, cross-disciplinary environment. For information, go to ■ A mural that blends historical and everyday scenes by Indian graphic artist Orijit Sen will be displayed at the Surrey Art Gallery for six months. From Punjab, With Love is a digital reproduction of Sen’s popular fibreglass and acrylic mural at the Virasat-e-Khalsa Museum in Anandpur Sahib, India. ■ Victoria-based photographer Orijit Sen discusses his mural, From Punjab, With Love, last year at the Surrey campus of Simon Fraser University.

John Taylor is one of 12 artists across Canada to be inducted this year into the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. Taylor’s focus is architecture. His work includes conceptual images that describe new ways of seeing existing spaces, and autobiographical pieces that place personal experiences in symbolic and surrealist contexts. ■ The Audain Prize for Lifetime Achievement in the Visual Arts, one of B.C.’s most prestigious honours, has been awarded to Michael Morris, a key figure in the West Coast art scene since the 1960s. The VIVA Award went to mid-career Vancouver artist Elizabeth Zvonar, while Cate Rimmer, curator at the Charles H. Scott Gallery, picked up the Alvin Balkind Curator's Prize. ■ Popular artist Ted Harrison, whose colorful paintings of the Yukon brought him to national acclaim, died in January at age 88 at his home in Victoria. A member of the Order of Canada, he received honorary doctorates from several Canadian universities. Arts people on the move ■ Beth Carter is the new curator at the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art in Vancouver. Her most recent post was at the Nikkei National Museum in Burnaby, B.C. ■ Seema Hollenberg, formerly the senior exhibitions manager at the National Gallery of Canada, has been appointed the head of curatorial at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, where she will oversee collections and exhibitions. ■ Darrin Martens has been appointed chief curator at Whistler’s Audain Art Museum, slated to open this fall. Martens was previously director of the Nisga’a Museum in Northern B.C. ■ Sheila Perry is the new executive director and Laura Schneider the new curator at The Reach in Abbotsford, B.C. ■ Haema Sivanesan has been appointed to a new curatorial position at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.


Lethbridge’s Galt Museum explores life of early artist


IN MY OPINION Cuba seeks a chronicler and a champion

By Jeffrey Spalding


t was something of happenstance that I travelled to Cuba at the very moment President Barrack Obama declared his desire to lift the 1962 U.S. trade embargo on the island nation. True, an intended action is not as momentous as, say, the actual fall of the Berlin Wall. It was, nevertheless, a privilege to witness firsthand such a poignant historic moment. I shared the euphoria of Cubans: perhaps now there would be a chance to rectify the crippling infrastructure decay that challenges daily domestic and public existence. Would Cuba actually be better for it? The basic political, financial and social reality had not changed. Was the prize at hand solely the imminent appearance of Starbucks, KFC, 7-Eleven and Best Buy? To be honest, I went to Cuba with the same prosaic motivations of most northern winter travelers. To be sure, I fantasized a Ry Cooder-worthy encounter, the discovery of the visual art equivalent of the Buena Vista Social Club. That quest dominated my short stay there. In some respects, I probably did find exactly that: a rich vein of underexposed, extraordinary artistic talent. In other regards, maybe I experienced something more significant. Irrespective of sanctions on commercial products, the flow of ideas about contemporary art is vibrant. The principal artists pride themselves on their connectedness to contemporary art in Europe, rather than Latin America. Many have travelled, lived and exhibited abroad. Cuban contemporary art encompasses a broad range of expression: from hyper-realism to works within a Dadaist-surrealist legacy to minimalism and clever, hip post-conceptualism and installation projects. Regardless, much art of great power aligns with the Latin expressionist legacy, quickly and too simply described as the spirit, texture and touch of Cuban artist Wilfredo Lam. It may be the blessing – and curse – of a fine, privileged educational system. Many leading Cuban artists have attended graduate programs at Havana’s Instituto Superior de Arte. The architecturally stunning facility is housed in what was originally an exclusive country club and is now under consideration for UNESCO’s list of world heritage sites. Faculty legend recounts that the club infamously denied entry to Cuba’s fierce dictator Fulgencio Batista, because he was of mixed race. Following the 1959 revolution, as the story contends, Fidel Castro and Che Guevara met there for a photo shoot. On the spot, they declared it ought to be an art school. Go figure? A priority of guerilla fighters was to train artists? Although I could find no corroborating evidence, endearingly, this folklore factors into the institutional body language. Castro proclaimed “our enemies are capitalists and imperialists, not abstract art.” Advanced art and Communism hand in hand: “Within the

revolution, everything; against the revolution, nothing.” The school is a remarkable place; it tells a great deal about art in Cuba. It offers a four-year graduate program. There are no tuition fees, but entry is extremely competitive with only 15 students admitted each year. The school insists on exacting standards of achievement, highly developed craftsmanship, and dedication to traditional art skills. It often does not accept a full quota of students. How different is this to the customary practice of Canadian and American art schools, which elect to be puppy mills to benefit from economies of scale? Much work at the institute, like Cuban art generally, is grounded in the earth: ceramics, strong calligraphy, narration and expression prevail. Like their cannibalized, pieced-together 1950s autos, much of the most powerful art is an engaging anachronism. Thank God. It brings us urgent, humane work that reflects primal Afro-Cuban experiences by artists such as José Bedia, Santiago Rodríguez Olazábal and Ana Mendieta. In the wake of embargo discussions, Canadians may be exposed to more of the country’s art – shows like Without Masks: Contemporary Afro-Cuban Art, exhibited last year at Vancouver’s Museum of Anthropology; ¡Cuba! Art and History from 1868 to Today at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in 2008; or further residencies for leading Cuban artists at the Banff Centre. However, there’s more at stake. Cuba is a unique cultural reality. Its way of life is poised precariously on the verge of massive transformation. Some alterations will be welcomed as overdue; others perhaps regretted. Nevertheless, it is achingly real. Since, unhappily, trash is a visual constant in Cuba, you might expect more examples of found-object art, bricolage and graffiti. However, on balance, and perhaps appropriately, Cuban artists are not at total ease bringing attention to societal collapse. As ironically implied by the Rolling Stones song Already Over Me, poverty is not picturesque. So maybe it comes down to this: an opportunity for artists from elsewhere to reflect upon Cuba and the human condition. Cubans revere Ernest Hemingway for his 1952 novel The Old Man and the Sea. But is this only the domain of literature? Fine films chronicle the spirit and texture of Cuba today. Yet, powerful social forces of this magnitude also call for visual artists to come forth. Cuba will alter imminently and irrevocably. Reform is desperately needed and desired. Yet, something remarkable and irreplaceable will be lost. Cuba seeks a chronicler and a champion.

“Within the revolution, everything; against the revolution, nothing.” — Fidel Castro

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Jeffrey Spalding, recently appointed as senior curator at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton, is an artist and a member of the Order of Canada. He has worked as a museum director and is past-president of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. Images from Cuba may be viewed at

Tim Pitsiulak: Midnight Run, 44 x 44

Nicholas Bott: Evening Golden Ears, 20 x 24

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Boreal (detail), 2013, mixed-media installation, dimensions variable

MIA FEUER Mia Feuer is highly regarded in the United States, much better known there than in Canada, and has garnered awards and exhibited widely since 2009, including a show last year at the former Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. A provocative artist, the Winnipeg-raised Feuer, who is now based in California, has taken aim at the oil and gas industry in recent shows, and this, her first major exhibition in Canada, is no exception. It’s not without irony as the Esker Foundation is supported largely by private oil money. Still, Naomi Potter, the gallery’s curator and director, says founder Jim Hill, a Calgary oilman, acknowledged the role of art in opening conversations when she first mentioned Feuer. “As long as you are not hitting people over the head, and there are no pickets out on the front street, I am fine with that,” she recalls Hill saying. Still, Feuer’s art can be loud, brash and unforgettable. “She is a woman thinking about the landscape, not in a female romantic way, but in a powerful feminist way, which I think is an interesting shift in terms of a post-natural landscape,” says Potter. “Her work is gutsy and aggressive and dirty and dangerous – and there is a power there.” Feuer is no armchair idealist or environmental tourist. Her projects are ambitious, involving years of research, and have taken her around the world. She says she’s not an activist, but cares deeply about the planet, and also readily acknowledges her own reliance on petroleum products. The Esker is presenting four works from the Corcoran show, as well as two new pieces, both inspired by Feuer’s recent research in the ravaged bayous of Louisiana. One of Feuer’s best-known works, An Unkindness, was made after visiting an Alberta oilsands reclamation site, where wheat planted to leach toxins from the soil was attracting mice. To combat the infestation, trees were embedded upside down so winged predators could roost on the exposed roots. This bizarre landscape haunted Feuer, prompting her to suspend a surreal mass of entwined black objects from the gallery’s ceiling. It includes recognizable elements – oil drums, shredded tires, feathers and a tree – and becomes an ominous, seemingly gravity-defying apparition. But the installation is actually quite light. It was mostly constructed from plastic foam, a material Feuer finds seductive for its material versatility, even if she worries about its environmental consequences. Below the suspended mass is an iceless skating rink. The surface is black plastic, a deliberate subversion of winter white, and visitors are invited to put on skates. The rink recalls Feuer’s childhood, when her father would skate by himself at night, focused on his own thoughts. “By using a hockey rink, which is such a symbol of the Canadian landscape of winter, I wanted to give the viewer of the show a similar space where they could perhaps try to access those same kind of feelings,” says Feuer. Thus, an installation that engages complex and difficult dichotomies ultimately becomes a space for contemplation. 16 Galleries West Summer 2015


ALBERTA: Synthetic Seasons, Esker Foundation, Calgary, May 23 to Sept. 6

May 30-August 23

June 27–October 4

Jack Bush, Orange Center, 1964, Oil on canvas, © Estate of Jack Bush / SODRAC (2015), Art Gallery of Alberta Collection, purchased in 1979 with funds donated by the Women’s Society of The Edmonton Art Gallery and the Winspear Foundation. Organized by the National Gallery of Canada as part of the NGC@AGA exhibition series.

Luca Giordano (Italian 1634 – 1705), Suicide of Cato (detail), c. 1660, Oil on canvas Art Gallery of Hamilton, Ontario, The Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Collection, 2002. Organized by the Art Gallery of Hamilton. Presented at the Art Gallery of Alberta with the support of Capital Powered Art, an exhibition series sponsored by Capital Power. This project is generously funded by the Canadian Government through the Department of Canadian Heritage Museum’s Assistance Program.

Reflect. Discuss. Engage. The Gun Sculpture

MAY 23–SEPTEMBER 27, 2015


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STEPHEN FOSTER Stephen Foster is known for work that considers the sources of cultural images, internalized stereotypes and stories about indigenous peoples. He encourages viewers to become aware that their own preconceptions, what they are imagining, may be based on stories they have heard, not on any reality. For Foster, an artist of Haida and European heritage, and a professor at UBC Okanagan in Kelowna, the American photographer Edward S. Curtis is the source for many of these stories. Curtis spent the early 1900s photographing indigenous peoples across the West. His legacy is mixed; his portraits are evocative and beautiful, but not ethnographically reliable. Known for manipulating context, he produced both dramatic narratives and indelible stereotypes. Foster explores Curtis’ vision throughout this two-part exhibition. The main gallery features a series of compelling, large-format portraits of indigenous subjects presented in anaglyph 3D technology. Foster emulates Curtis’ romantic pictorialism to convey a haunting intimacy. But, surprise! The subjects are toys, store-bought dolls, icons of indigeneity dreamed up in a German toy factory. And those dreams, Foster explains, have origins in Curtis’ images. An adjacent installation presents a multi-layered interactive experience of collaged and changing image and sound, again in 3D. Viewers create their experience, triggering motion sensors to change video and audio sequences with the wave of a hand, or by interacting with objects installed in the space. Bare-chested Hollywood warriors (Anthony Quinn, Charles Bronson, Rock Hudson, even Johnny Depp), greet visitors in overlapping incarnations, interspersed with Foster’s video and bits of the infamous 1914 Curtis film, In the Land of the Head Hunters. In this context, familiar images create new questions. Foster credits Curtis as the source for pervasive ‘sexy savage’ stereotypes. (Depp has said he based the look of his Tonto character on a 2006 painting likely informed by a 1908 Curtis photo.) The installation’s visual and psychological backbone is Foster’s 3D re-creation of the longhouse built for the Curtis film. It’s a projected image with the heft of an anchor: Curtis’ set was constructed by Kwakwaka’wakw people working on a film that glorified the very activities banned at the time by the Canadian government. Foster isn’t heavy handed; his work and his meanings are gracefully layered and unfixed. His goal: “To create a space for revealing and decoding pervasive ideology. In decoding, you can disempower those notions. If the work is successful, it can break down barriers, open dialogue.” — Barbara Tyner

ABOVE: Stephen Foster, production still for Remediating Curtis: Toy Portraits, 2013 RIGHT: In the Land of The Headhunters: Potlatch Dancers, 2013, inkjet print for backlit light box, 48” x 60”

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BRITISH COLUMBIA: Remediating Curtis – Imagining Indigeneity, Surrey Art Gallery, continuing to June 14

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LEVINE FLEXHAUG date, oil-based house paint on beaver board, 9.6” x 14”

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SASKATCHEWAN: A Sublime Vernacular: The Landscape Paintings of Levine Flexhaug, MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, May 23 to Aug. 9

Paintings by Levine Flexhaug are easy to forget. They look like something from a learn-to-paint television show – quick, folksy, feel-good landscapes. Flexhaug is known for reproducing the same image, with minor differences, thousands of times. A cabin beside a tranquil mountain lake, for instance, or a deer silhouetted in a verdant meadow. So why is Flexhaug the subject of a major touring exhibition organized by the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie? And why, in spite of the stereotypical content, are Saskatchewan artists David Thauberger and Wilf Perreault among the many collectors of Flexhaug’s work? Is an inside joke at work here? The show’s curators, Peter White and Nancy Tousley, are respected in the art world, but still expect to field some tough questions about their Flexhaug tribute. After all, nothing separates Flexhaug’s repetitive, overly crisp outdoor fantasies from third-rate calendar art. In some circles, his paintings are not considered art at all. But challenging definitions seems to be the point of this exercise. White is quick to describe the show, which includes some 460 of Flexhaug’s paintings, as an opportunity to raise questions about how art is understood. By placing populist above-the-couch landscapes in a public gallery, the curators hope to stimulate discussions about how – and why – art is categorized into so-called high art, versus low or popular art. A room full of Flexhaug paintings is also likely to prompt conversations about issues of taste, serial production, and the Canadian landscape tradition. Flexhaug, affectionately known as Flexie, was born in Climax, Sask., in 1918, and worked as an itinerant painter, selling his work in resorts, bars, national parks and department stores from the late 1930s to the early 1960s in order to support his family. He died in 1974. Works were contributed by 32 Flexie collectors, many of them from Regina, where the show launches in May. “It made sense,” says Griffith Baker, director of the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie, which will host the show in 2016. The exhibition will travel to several other Western galleries, including the Illingworth Kerr Gallery at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary and Vancouver’s Contemporary Art Gallery, serious venues for contemporary art. A website and book are part of the project, and Calgary filmmaker Gary Burns is creating a feature-length documentary about Flexhaug that will be launched in Regina. — Sarah Ferguson


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TARAS POLATAIKO ALBERTA: War 11. Portraits, Barbara Edwards Contemporary, Calgary, May 15 to June 27

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War 11. Portraits by Ukrainian-Canadian artist Taras Polataiko is a powerful installation that has been shown internationally. A professor at the University of Lethbridge, Polataiko travelled last year to Kyiv amidst the raging Ukrainian-Russian conflict. There, he visited the surgical department of the Central Military Clinical Hospital, the agency that treats seriously wounded soldiers. He selected 11 patients and crafted portraits comprised of two components. Polataiko had Pavlo Terekhov create photographic portraits; all are the same size, over-scale, blackand-white and unframed. The stories of the soldier’s relationships and experiences with the war were recorded in audio interviews by Polataiko. The result is an installation that pairs each photograph with its respective Ukrainianlanguage interview via headsets. The exhibition opened the National Art Museum of Ukraine’s charity fundraising initiative to help wounded soldiers. It was subsequently displayed at the Centre for Contemporary Art in Odessa; Art Toronto; the Ukrainian Institute of America in New York; the Chernivtsi Museum of Art in Ukraine; and the Ukrainian Embassy in Ottawa. At Barbara Edwards Contemporary in Calgary, printed Englishlanguage translations of the interviews will be available. (All are online at Visions of Ukraine, a volunteer news project at What do these portraits tell us about the individuals, the war, or the human condition? In large part, the artist has left us to judge for ourselves. The photos depict the subjects, most of them frightfully young men, from the chest up. Importantly, none reveal any visible physical wounds, and even more curious, the interviews hardly, if ever, touch on the nature, severity, circumstances or causes of the injuries. One needs to remark on this since, unquestionably, other patients suffered various disfiguring and traumatic afflictions. Polataiko’s work keeps us focused on strength, reclamation and recovery. So how does this stack up as a true journalistic document of a factual situation? Perhaps this doesn’t matter to Polataiko. The Ukrainian exhibiting institutions have, understandably, lavished praise on the work. Clearly, they view it as a commendable spiritual boost, a patriotic rallying cry. How this blatant partisan pitch will play out in the context of a Calgary commercial gallery remains to be seen. Polataiko came to Canada in 1989. He received a Master’s degree in fine arts in 1993 from the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon and has participated in artist residencies at the Banff Centre. His successful career has landed him solo exhibitions across Europe and throughout Canada. His controversial projects demand that audiences take stands on contentious current issues. Often they blur the line between documentary reportage and aesthetic fictions. — Jeffrey Spalding

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Attila Richard Lukacs, Macaulay and Co. Fine Art, Vancouver, Oct. 30 to Dec. 15

A whorl of paint containing various tones of brown efficiently carves out the flat slice of a tree stump. Twisting and unfurling brushstrokes describe the density of ackee trees and begonia bushes. These latest paintings give the impression that Attila Richard Lukacs, who divides his time between Maui and Vancouver, now finds everything he needs in his yard – the one in Hawaii, that is. Many of these works take the viewer right to the corner of a backyard dense with growth. In some, such as Coloured Laundry on Hibiscus, clothes are ambushed by greenery. Leaves are densely painted, so vibrant and vital that this work recalls the theosophical leanings of Emily Carr, made evident in her paintings of

so prominent in other works. Of these, Coral is the most abstract – a massive fungus ripples out from the base of a tree. By contrast, A Stump is the most readable composition; in it a single stump is placed in the centre, with a small tree sitting directly above it, hemmed in from the top by a row of logs. But the subject matter is abstruse. Lukacs appears to be looking not for beauty in nature, but comfort. Focusing on this specific and familiar location allows a liberating process of investigation, a way of finding more where there is less – so much of the vitality in the microcosm of a domestic garden could easily go unnoticed in the greater – Helena Wadsley wilderness beyond the fence. Mindy Yan Miller, Feed, Art Gallery of Swift Current, Jan. 10 to March 1

Attila Richard Lukacs, Coloured Laundry on Hibiscus Tree, 2014, oil on canvas, 24” x 30”

the same subject, trees. For the theosophist, nature emanates with energy and light; it is a single organic entity. In contrast to Carr, Lukacs is less concerned with spirituality in nature, but does impart its raw energy, even in a cultivated setting. Painted branches seem to sway, the sense of motion achieved with wellpracticed turns of a brush loaded with a range of greens. Lukacs seems both spare and exuberant in his paint application. Brighter hues in hanging clothes or begonia flowers are thinly applied, but the earthy greens are generous. Textures are scratched in, intensifying the surface play. Although known for overtly homoerotic figurative paintings, scenes of lounging nude male skinheads, for example, Lukacs seems to shun human company in these works, indicating its presence only by the sparse application of paint in the hanging laundry, and in a single portrait, Fred. Isolated in a separate room, the painting shows Fred sitting regally, shirtless and in cut-off jeans, with his hand around a rooster’s neck. It lacks the emotion 24 Galleries West Summer 2015

This is one of the most ambitious and impressive installations I have encountered in many years. Kudos to the curators, Heather Smith, of the Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery, and Kim Houghtaling, of the Art Gallery of Swift Current, two members of an informal association of small city art museums in Western Canada. The exhibition will be circulated to other spaces, including the Saskatoon branch of the Western Development Museum, where it is showing until June 30. To my mind, it would play well most anywhere, large or small, in Canada or internationally. The topics raised are ubiquitous and the experience of an encounter with impressive objects of great physical beauty is universally transferable. We are presented with five imposing bales of clothing, amassed from thrift stores, encased by bale netting, each five feet in height. Their sheer scale and apparent colossal weight align them with post-minimal sculpture rather than textile art: homespun modernism. Dramatically and sensitively lit, they repose like hay bales under a prairie sunset. The landscape punctuated by these forms is a visual touchstone for Western Canada, and other agrarian societies. Artists continue to be compelled by them and grapple to incorporate them into their art. Mindy Yan Miller has made something special. You are struck immediately by the grandness of the gesture, her manic labour and obsessive accumulation. Given the work’s Saskatchewan roots, you want to think with reverence for the hand-built folk traditions of patchwork crazy quilts. Instead, you are propelled elsewhere – to the quilts of Gee’s Bend, Alabama, the woven-trash wall works of Ghana’s El Anatsui, the foundmaterial sculptures of Robert Rauschenberg, or the forays into flayed fabric by Calgary artist Mary Scott in the 1980s. Yan Miller’s component garments are left intact, not cut into decorative squares. The vast majority of the material is buried, invisible to the eye, only available to be contemplated: cue Marcel Duchamp’s With Hidden Noise (1916). These works wish to comport themselves as nonchalant, casual and constructed in



a matter-of-fact way without premeditation. Their final outside layer tells another tale. They are relational ‘paintings’ sporting considered pairings of colours and textures in the spirit of abstract collage, whilst logos and printed words send us in the direction of American painter Stuart Davis and the legacy of Pop. These are clothes absent bodies. Thereby, some may think they signal lament for time’s passing, obsolescence or loss. Sorry, they are just too beautiful; take Christian Boltanski out of the equation. The articulate, well-reasoned and helpful catalogue essay by Lisa Baldissera dresses the work in an entirely different suit. We are reassured to relax: this is not merely good art, it is art that is good for you. It’s fortunate the exhibition is showcased in a gallery conjoined with a library since the essay’s references send us scurrying to contemplate Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, Tommy Douglas’ socialism, Soviet realism and more. Although it’s perfect grant-writing

Mindy Yan Miller, Feed, 2014, used textiles and bale netting, installation view

fodder, perhaps we can place in a lock box for the next decade phrases and references to late capitalism, anti-consumerism, diaspora and the émigré experience. There are two options – the library stacks for Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-Tung, or the gallery to have an unmediated encounter with marvelous, curious objects. My preference is for visitors to be left to marvel and discern for themselves. What do these fascinating objects permit us to legitimately reflect upon? To me, that’s more than enough. But, what the heck, some prefer their Arte Povera served up with hefty dollops of whipping cream, – Jeffrey Spalding ice cream plus Devon cream. Clay Ellis, in the we manner, Peter Robertson Gallery, Edmonton, Sept. 11 to Sept. 30

Shine a Light: Canadian Biennial 2014, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Oct. 17 to March 8

Remember, not so long ago, when Vancouver photo-conceptualists Geoffrey Farmer, Leaves of Grass, Stan Douglas, Jeff Wall, Ian Wallace and Rodney 2012, mixed-media installation, dimensions variable Graham dominated most contemporary exhibitions of Canada’s best artists? But they are all absent in the third biennial of recent acquisitions at the National Gallery. A new group of ambitious Vancouver artists now reigns: Geoffrey Farmer, Althea Thauberger and Luke Parnell, who were given spacious individual rooms for this five-month exhibition of 80 works – Paul Gessell by 26 artists from across Canada. Find full reviews and more images at

While Clay Ellis often titles his sculptural paintings after personal encounters with the ranchland of his youth in Medicine Hat, Alta., a central irony is that they actually look nothing like nature. Oddly, his art reminds one of art itself, nostalgically early-wave modern. It’s created in no straightforward, traditional fashion, either – polyurethane is stencilled, melted and painted on both translucent sides, then affixed and painted into a larger canvas. Moulds create what looks like huge squeezes of paint – another reference to art. And Ellis doesn’t even have a name for the invention – essentially a behemoth spirograph – that he uses to carve shapes and paint giant ovals on his canvas “skins.” To be fair, the 58-year-old jovially says he’s not trying to impose a certain time or Alberta panorama on viewers. Each work is almost comically confident and self-contained, although there is a familiar alphabet of curves, polka dots and microscopic patterns. Led by Ellis’ clues, it’s easy to imagine farms, rivers, poultry and animal carcasses amid great canvases that at first glance look more like edible condiments enlarged under a microscope. But while his blood reds and radioactive greens are linked to his memory, this leads to a key point: despite opining that the narrative is unnecesGalleries West Summer 2015 25

REVIEWS Can the work function as merely decorative? Surely. Are we richer or diminished by supplied meanings? This is the wonderfully – Fish Griwkowsky dizzying factor with Ellis – it’s up to you. Althea Thauberger, Preuzmimo Benc˘i´c, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Oct. 22 to Feb. 5

A massive industrial building known as Rikard Benc˘i´c was built in 1793 in the Croatian port city of Rijeka. Over the centuries the building served many functions, producing sugar, cigarettes, machine parts and other goods. It was abandoned in the 1990s, its workers dismissed, and it has been a political football since. Enter Vancouver artist Althea Thauberger. For two months, Thauberger, a film crew and 67 Rijeka children, aged six to 13, occupied the factory with the blessing of local authorities. In largely ad lib performances, the children assumed the roles of both municipal officials and former factory workers, heatedly Clay Ellis, petit déjeuner, 2013, acrylic on canvas, 71” x 90”

Bobbie Burgers, The Lure of Magical Thinking, BauXi Gallery, Vancouver, Dec. 11 to Dec. 24,

Known for her still life and landscape paintings, Bobbie Burgers includes works that are a departure from her signature canvases Bobbie Burgers, Time is a Conin this latest exhibition. tinuum, 2014, acrylic on canvas, She has forayed into new 36” x 36” terrain, building on her nearly two-decades-long exploration of expressionistic and abstracted flowers with mixed-media pieces and three bronze sculptures. As Burgers explains in her artist statement, she wants to “depict the beauty of life and its inherent complexities, without chaining it to the canvas’ surface.” – Beverly Cramp Find full reviews and more images at 26 Galleries West Summer 2015

Althea Thauberger, Preuzmimo Benc˘i´c, 2014, digital film, 57:14 min.

debating possible futures for the building. The resulting 57-minute digital film – its title translates as Take Back Benc˘i´c – is the latest collaborative effort between Thauberger and actors, either professional or amateur, to plumb particular social issues. Earlier films made in Germany, Italy and the Czech Republic explored attitudes towards mental illness, the fragility of minority languages and citizens’ civic duties. Here we are asked who should decide the fate of a building that was an integral part of a community for more than two centuries: Industrialists, government, the factory’s former workers or all citizens. Watching the children passionately debate this question is thought provoking and sometimes humorous. They pantomime the repetitive movements of factory workers. They write poems and make drawings about possible futures for the building. The film suggests they feel a strong bond to the structure. “We have given it life,” says one girl, portraying a former employee. Do the children really feel this bond or are they parroting the dinnertable conversations of their parents? Whatever the case, they declare the building part of their heritage and part of their future, whether that future means an art gallery, as the city wants, or, as one boy gleefully suggests, an airport offering free plane rides. Viewers of Preuzmimo Benc˘i´c, as with other Thauberger films, are given only minimal background about what’s happening on screen. This can mean moments of frustration and bewilderment. Nevertheless, the trip is profound and should encourage viewers to “take back” the disintegrating landmarks of their own towns. – Paul Gessell


sary, Ellis will supply it as if he has just stepped out of the barn that electrified him in his youth. As with his techniques, the more you learn, the more you like. Take the delicious Bunkhouse Wall / Weather Report, inspired by memories of painting large-scale 1970’s album covers on walls with his siblings – a nascent moment of rural graffiti that clicks with the adult’s modern street palette. One of his least complicated pieces, the three-foot-square Banty, beams the best of Ellis’ techniques of stencil, lace and warped plastic. Endearingly, the lumps, monochromes and allusions to feathers almost let us hear the chicken clucking in its pen. Representational? Only if you concentrate. And his giant, six-panel opus The Last Oxbow – moved here from an installation-heavy conceptual show of video loops and steel structures earlier this year at the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie – summons an impossible mash of conflicting visions: Gothic church arches and McDonald’s; a river snaking along a landscape of dried blood; the peace of lying in the hay under a blue sky.

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Linda Wilder, Rundle Magic, 2014, acrylic on canvas, 48” x 60”

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LINDA WILDER An air-force brat, Calgary artist Linda Wilder moved around the country – and through 10 schools – as she was growing up. Eventually, she settled in Alberta and, starting in the late 1970s, studied art at Red Deer College and the University of Calgary. But she has been painting full time only for the last decade or so. “Life gets in the way,” she says. “You have children and you move around. Art took a back seat for a while. Now, I’m back full time, with a vengeance.” Wilder mostly does landscapes, often mountains, using intuitive energy, bold strokes and texture to provide visual interest. She works with a variety of palette knives, but also uses her fingers, rags and other tools, seeking to create paintings that look realistic from a distance, but increasingly abstract as viewers approach. She photographs landscapes while hiking, then retreats to her basement studio. “I like being moody with my mountains,” she says. “I really like the clouds and the atmosphere. It makes for a more interesting painting, for one thing. And I just like the mystery that the mountains evoke. I like people to be able to see that and feel that.”

Wilder’s next solo show runs May 23 to May 30 at Mountain Galleries in Banff. And if you’re at the Calgary Stampede this summer, you may bump into her – she’ll have a booth at the Stampede’s western art show. Linda Wilder is represented by Mountain Galleries in Banff, Jasper and Whistler. Her work sells for $400 to $8,000.

JEFF NACHTIGALL In Jeff Nachtigall’s view, male artists peak around Grade Seven. “There’s a wonderful awkward quality of guys shooting each other with guns and stabbing each other with knives,” he says. “There’s a strange sort of ugliness to some of that work that I think is really beautiful.” Nachtigall, who places himself in the outsider camp, somewhere between Kafka and Don Quixote, explores that aesthetic in his recent body of work, Wild Men, using the raw energy, comic-book flair and faux wood-grain veneers that muscle his work into the so-weird-it’s-good category. While they are crudely executed, reflecting Nachtigall’s interest in folk art, he says the pieces are essentially


portraits. He works without preliminary sketches, simply by making marks and responding to them, and compares his process to playing with action figures. “I create these little narratives, or these glimpses into a narrative, where it’s a snapshot of something happening, even though I’m completely unsure as to what it is, exactly, that’s happening,” he says. “I like that ambiguity.” Nachtigall, born in 1970 in Yorkton, Sask., studied art at the University of Regina, but dropped out of graduate school at Illinois State University. He spent years working a menial night job so he could paint by day, and often had so little cash he would dumpster dive for boards, wallpaper and other materials he could use to make art. Always prolific, he eventually became frustrated his career wasn’t taking off, and started to explore communitybased art by providing art-making opportunities to residents in long-term care. That led to what he calls his “open studio” concept, which he markets as a way to reconnect marginalized people with their creativity. After getting involved in the community, he says his exhibition career started to take on a new life. Jeff Nachtigall is represented by Newzones in Calgary. His work sells for $4,400 to $18,000.

ROBERT LEMAY George Clooney may be ensconced in the arms of his new wife, Amal, a leading human rights lawyer, but that doesn’t mean you can’t pursue a more fleeting encounter of the artistic kind with one of Hollywood’s most famous leading men. And yes, Robert Lemay’s oil painting of the handsome, and once oh-so-eligible superstar (sigh!) is a copy of a copy, but it’s still easy to sink deep into the actor’s captivating eyes. Part of a new series depicting magazine covers, the painting will be featured as part of Lemay’s 30th-anniversary show this June at the Douglas Udell Gallery in Edmonton. Lemay has painted still lifes since earning a Bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the University of Alberta in 1984. His subjects have included flowers, crushed Coke cans and the covers of books. He became interested in magazines last fall, with a star-studded roster that also features Rihanna, Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Moss. The Clooney painting, copied from the December 2013 cover of W, a New York fashion magazine, is an eye-catching medley of high-contrast polka-dots, both on the actor’s customized Giorgio Armani suit and on the backdrop, a design devised by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, who is known for her obsession with dots. “It was so goofy,” says Lemay. “That’s what interested me.” Challenges abounded – the lack of colour as well as creating depth in Clooney’s body. “I wasn’t sure,” he adds, “if I could even get a likeness.”

ABOVE: Jeff Nachtigall, Wild Man 1, 2014, acrylic on paper, 49” x 38” LEFT: Robert Lemay, Mythology 11, George Clooney, 2015, oil on canvas, 40” x 30”

Robert Lemay is represented by the Douglas Udell Gallery in Edmonton, Wallace Galleries in Calgary and Canada House Gallery in Banff. His work sells for $1,000 to $7,500.

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oil pastel and oil stick on matboard, 10.5” x 13.5” ABOVE RIGHT: David Tycho, Urban Composition #4, 2015, acrylic on canvas, 48” x 30” RIGHT: Tom Lovatt, Infante with a Blue Hand, 2010, oil on canvas, 48” x 48”

DAVID TYCHO David Tycho’s gritty urban scenes occupy a hovering space. It’s easy to see the influence of expressionism, both abstract and figurative. But he says his work also appeals to a younger generation that interprets it as a form of cyberpunk. The term, which Tycho, 55, had to look up, refers to the aesthetics of dystopian futurism (think of the sci-fi movie Blade Runner, for instance). Tycho’s interest in the urban environment, a change from earlier landscape-based work, came after he started thinking about living in Asia when he was younger. Paintings in his most recent series, Urban Matrix, depict the deep gorges between highrises with a noir sensibility, as if seen through the rain at night. Typically, a slivered light 30 Galleries West Summer 2015

David Tycho is represented by the Rouge Gallery in Saskatoon. His work sells for $500 to $8,000.

LYNNE GRAHAM The sensitively rendered still-life drawings in Saskatoon artist Lynne Graham’s most recent series, Tracings, have as their generative impulse her late mother’s struggles with memory loss. Graham grew up making art with her mother, and watched sadly as the woman she knew slipped behind the blank canvas of Alzheimer’s disease. One day, Graham gave her mom some drawing paper and set up a still life, hoping to revive a creative spark. “She stared at it a long time,” says Graham. “Then, all of a sudden, she picked up an apple and she just put it on her paper and she traced around and around and around it.


adds depth and contrast, providing welcome relief for the eye. These latest works are less colourful than earlier pieces. “Living in a big city – I lived in Tokyo for three years – it can be, at the same time, wonderful and full of vitality and optimism, and at the same time it can be very alienating and very isolating,” he says. “I think I’m exploring that side of it now a little bit more than I was before.” Tycho has called Vancouver home most of his life, but has no gallery there, saying he earns more selling through his extensive personal network. He markets his work online at, and will have a booth at Art! Vancouver, which runs May 21 to May 24 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

ABOVE: Lynne Graham, Where Would I Find It?, 2014,


And then she did it with some of the other fruit. And I thought: ‘Well, she still can problem solve a bit.’ ” As Graham continued with her own practice, she noticed one night that a drawing she was working on just wasn’t coming together. She began to trace objects from the array before her, just as her mother had. “It just became a practice that I started to use,” she says. Graham, who attended the University of Saskatchewan as a mature student, graduating in 1990, employs a range of drawing tools such as oil sticks, oil pastels and graphite. Engaging the visual languages of both drawing and painting, her work features a tentative line and assertive colour that acknowledges form, but with a looseness that belies the classical tradition. Her surfaces are worked heavily, adding to the richness of expression. Graham’s drawings, essentially, are tactile memories – whether the glow of sunshine on a bowl of fruit or the warmth of a mother’s embrace. Lynne Graham is represented by The Gallery, Art Placement, in Saskatoon. Her work sells for $100 to $1,000.

TOM LOVATT To contemporary eyes, there’s something sad about the intense and serious gaze of Margarita Teresa, the royal Spanish child or infanta portrayed in several famous court paintings by 17th-century artist Diego Velázquez. In one, the eight-year-old infanta is pale, perfectly coiffed and posed in a voluminous blue dress replete with crinoline, elegant silver borders and a large lace collar that’s at sharp odds with current views about appropriate childhood attire. It’s a painting – along with others by Velázquez – that holds a mysterious attraction for Winnipeg painter Tom Lovatt. The infanta’s image can be found in Lovatt’s latest body of work, showing May 1 to May 30 at the Gurevich Gallery in Winnipeg, as he morphs carefully rendered passages that echo classic paintings with more diffuse passages in which the visual language is thoroughly contemporary. The juxtapositions are powerful and Lovatt struggles to discuss his work, fearful of being reductive, of putting into words what he hopes will be a complex personal response on the part of viewers.

As much as he will allow is that the work is about the process of making art, what it means to be an artist and what art might be. “I don’t like to be too descriptive,” he says. Lovatt has long been interested in art history, and used various masterpieces as educational tools after graduating in 1974 from the University of Manitoba, where he says he received little training in traditional painting techniques. But along with how artists painted, he’s also interested in how they created meaning, and how that meeaning has changed over time. “In some ways, it’s like taking an image apart to see how it works, as if it were a clock,” he says. His previous series have explored themes such as crucifixion, and often refer to paintings by artists such as El Greco and Antonio López García. Lovatt’s last show at Gurevich was two years ago. It featured boxers and considered rituals of violence and perceptions of masculinity, punching outside his usual concerns. Tom Lovatt is represented by Gurevich Fine Art in Winnipeg. His work sells for $1,500 to $5,000.

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Trees Heeft een Canadees Dutch War Brides by Beverley Tosh

Ron Thom and the Allied Arts

May 5 to August 16, 2015

June 4 to July 27, 2015

Trees Heeft een Canadees, (Teresa Has A Canadian) is a popular Dutch song telling the story of Dutch women who fell in love with Canadian soldiers during the Second World War.

Ron Thom is the legendary west-coast architect of Massey College and Trent University. The exhibition examines a selection of his masterpieces as well as his lesser-known works of art and interior design. It draws on the archival holdings of several public and private collections, including those of the Canadian Architectural Archives at the University of Calgary.

Trees Heeft een Canadees shares the stories of romance, hardship, and harsh realities of the Dutch war brides who travelled to Canada and conveys the deep personal connections between Canadian soldiers and the people of Holland.

Organized by West Vancouver Museum, curated by Adele Weder. Presented at Nickle Galleries with support from the Canada Council. gallery-founders Beverley Tosh, installation detail. Ron Thom drawing (circa 1964). Courtesy Adam Thom.

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e have arrived at Future Station, second floor of the Art Gallery of Alberta. Curated by Kristy Trinier, this ninth iteration of the Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art, organized by the gallery with intermittent partners since 1996, takes its name from an incomplete 30-year-old transit station under Edmonton’s civic centre. Like its namesake, the exhibition is speculative in nature, posing questions about present realities by contemplating future possibilities for which we remain in a constant state of anticipation. With work produced in the last five years by some 42 Alberta artists from 10 geographically disparate communities, it signals an everchanging transition from one moment in the province’s history to another. With few exceptions, the artists are under 40 and map a direction for the next generation of contemporary art in Alberta. In her catalogue essay, Trinier says she chose to work as the gallery’s curator because she liked the “dystopic, modernist urban feel of the northern city” and found the “edge between vacancy and opportunity was incredibly compelling.” The works in the show exude the same tensions, contradictions and ambivalence. Galleries West Summer 2015 33

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subject of the landscape and our view of it. Its companion image, in reverse, is installed on a billboard along the highway near Jasper National Park, at the place the photograph was taken. Interestingly, Trinier invited Brenda Draney, an Edmonton painter originally from the Lesser Slave Lake region, to accompany her as she visited northern artists. Draney’s series, Missive from the North, includes eight en plein air landscapes painted from the back of a freezing van. They could be read as a parallel text to Trinier’s curatorial exploration. The Calgary-based Arbour Lake Sghool is one of many informal artist collectives in the province, and its new multi-channel video installation, Hamptons, is akin to Jackass for (boy) artists. Filmed by drones in the style of reality TV, the artists and their friends stage a guerilla-type war on a vacant lot in Calgary’s Hamptons neighbourhood. Accompanied by a discordant soundtrack, Hamptons transgresses the mediatization of war through reenactment and irreverent play. Machismo is taken to pathetic lengths in Giulliano Palladino’s looping video, Myro, in which a young skateboarder awakens in the urban bush, shotguns beers and traverses the landscape until exhaustion: the cycle repeats. Palladino and the Arbour Lake Sghool are part of a socially networked culture, a generation more dispersed and connected than earlier generations, but ironically, even more


Trinier argues optimistically that the region’s formative art history affords artists a “true Alberta advantage” rather than limiting their horizons to fit a dominant art historical paradigm. Perhaps so, but new art histories are shaped, in part, by the past, as Edmonton’s lingering formalist legacy attests. Trinier outlines the biennial’s themes – “psychology as a creative methodology and means to audience effect, natural forces confronting the artist, detritus as a working material and austerity as an aesthetic” – but the works often do not seem to bear out this text. The installation is strong visually, but a satellite show at the University of Alberta’s Enterprise Square venue lacks installation finesse, and the curatorial relationships between works are weaker; it feels like a secondary space. Future Station is full of ideas, but some pieces lack staying power and depth, leaving one wondering what the future might bring to these maturing practices. Contemporary landscapes, particularly those mediated by commerce and technology, reappear throughout the exhibition. Most prominently, Tyler Los-Jones’ commission, A panorama protects its view, is part of the biennial, but will remain installed for a year in the gallery’s Manning Hall. This gigantic vinyl photographic mural flips one’s attention from the materiality of the photographic object – here cut, pieced and wound into a three-dimensional ribbon form and re-flattened by re-photographing the sculptural object – to the

OPPOSITE: Wil Murray, Die Welt in Farben – Tafel 41: Trisannaviadukt der Arlbergbahn, 2014, handcoloured silver gelatin print, 15” x 17.4” x 1” LEFT: Brenda Draney, Missive from the North (detail), 2014, oil on canvas, 20” x 25” BELLOW: Kyle Beal, Funtown: Electrical Fire Extravaganza, 2014, charcoal on paper, 36” x 60” BOTTOM: Jude Griebel, Accident Mouth, 2014, papier-mâché,


epoxy resin, foam, wood, glass and oil paint, 15” x 39” x 48”

closely knit and isolated within its own constructed reality. A return to formalism and realism underwritten by illusion, artifice and popular references also peppers Future Station. Kyle Beal and Erin Schwab meticulously render the landscape in charcoal drawings; Beal’s colourful kitschy-framed Funtown series reproduces the spectacle of YouTube video stills that capture a New Jersey amusement park devastated by hurricane Sandy, while Schwab’s Flood series isolates detritus from Alberta’s Hangingstone River as another sign of nature’s ominous force. Wil Murray investigates authorship using found imagery in Die Welt in Farben, a 1910 portfolio of 42 hand-coloured silver gelatin prints of grand European sites by Johannes Emmer that have been collaged onto and painted into by Murray. These collages were then re-photographed and hand-coloured in the method of the original portfolio and reinserted on the portfolio pages in lieu of the original images, but with the photographic negative documenting this reproductive process. Tinged with nostalgia, and evoking empathy and pathos, Hannah Doerksen mimics a funeral home’s reception area using found domestic objects, faux finishing and découpage foliage in And We Have Now Place to Leave and Nowhere to Come to. Doerksen’s practice reflects the growing importance of material culture, evinced by concerns for the way materials and the crafting of handmade objects carry meaning. Perhaps the quirkiest example of this is ceramicist Jude Griebel’s fantastically surreal, reclining (or, in some cases, melting) figurative sculptures crafted from myriad materials, including cast resin and papier-mâché painted to look like compost or dioramic landscapes. Griebel’s site-specific work, one of three in the exhibition, can be seen at the nearby Gibson Block Building. Is Steven Cottingham’s black wall mural with the gold-leafed phrase, The future might not be bright enough, a sardonic comment on both the show and Alberta’s cultural prospects? Do subtle black fissures between these thin sheets of gold reveal our tar-soaked, boom-bust reality regardless of the optimistic forward-looking tone of Future Station? Perhaps. What the biennial consistently demonstrates, however, is that Alberta is home to a lot of really good – and diverse – artists, and that Albertans enthusiastically engage with contemporary art. What

may be less clear is what ongoing, significant support there will be here, in the richest Canadian province, for art institutions and the growing community of artists who continue to light the way for contemporary art. Future Station: 2015 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art was exhibited at the Art Gallery of Alberta in Edmonton from Jan. 24 to May 3. Galleries West Summer 2015 35

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n Vancouver’s Stanley Park, at a spot that receives some nine million visitors a year, Coast Salish master carver Ts’uts’umutl Luke Marston’s magnificent new sculpture, Shore to Shore, celebrates the union of his great-great-grandparents, a Portuguese-born whaler named Joe Silvey and Kwatleematt, a Coast Salish woman from the Sechelt Nation on B.C.’s Sunshine Coast. The couple raised 11 children, including two daughters that Silvey had with his first wife, the Musqueam-born and buried Khaltinaht, who died tragically young. Their life-sized figures stand below a three-pronged cod lure topped with an eagle head that also represents a Portuguese raptor called the açor. Unveiled in April, the bronze sculpture faces the skyline of downtown Vancouver. Located near three cedar portals carved by pioneering Musqueam artist Susan Point, Marston’s sculpture is a powerful symbol of Coast Salish ascendance. Stanley Park, like much of British Columbia, is unceded territory, a fact formally recognized by the City of Vancouver, and its parks board, which both consult closely with the area’s three Coast Salish nations – the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh. The Coast Salish, whose traditional territory also includes the south end of Vancouver Island and parts of Washington and Oregon, have a complex history. Some 23 lanaguages once flourished, and 10 are still considered extant. While the different nations have always had cultural, trade and family ties, and ranged freely along the south coast, that diversity indicates a lengthy history. Their designs evolved over time and became, some say, as refined as traditional Japanese aesthetics. The work of northern coast artists, particularly from the Haida, Tlingit, Kwakwaka’wakw and Tsimshian nations, has been recognized worldwide since the 1800s. While the bold Northwest Coast designs in saturated blacks, reds and blues were coveted by collectors, the timeless, elegant minimalism of traditional Coast Salish art was less feted. Sometimes misunderstood, it was even denigrated for its simplicity.

But things are changing. Coast Salish artists are gaining recognition in galleries and creating numerous public art projects. Among them is the Cowichan artist lessLIE (his birth name is Leslie Robert Sam, but he adopted his artistic moniker, citing a Picasso quote that “art is a lie that tells the truth.”) A curator and contemporary artist whose designs are very much in Salish style, his work has been celebrated in galleries and even at Canada House in London, where his bold black-andwhite graphics adorn a striking carpet. Another notable artist, Sinámkin Jody Broomfield, of the Squamish Nation, has provided designs to the Royal Canadian Mint and the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, which showcased Coast Salish art and culture. In Washington, Qwalsius Shaun Peterson is a prolific producer of public art, and has set out the principles of Coast Salish design in a helpful YouTube video. On the Capilano reserve in North Vancouver, Aaron Nelson-Moody, who carries the name Tawx’sin Yexwulla, or Splashing Eagle, creates exquisite silver and gold repoussé jewelry with double-headed serpents and graceful abstract swirls reminiscent of traditional spindle whorls. Nelson-Moody, who was mentored by Squamish artist Xwalacktun Rick Harry, has researched Salish art in museums around the world, sometimes even holding rare pieces so he can appreciate their spirit and design secrets. His work graced several 2010 Olympic venues, and he completed four house boards for the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre in Whistler. Maynard Johnny Jr., a Penelakut artist who has made art since he was 17, created a large salmon sculpture donated to the World Trade Centre site in New York to honour those who died on 9/11. LEFT: Ts’uts’umutl Luke Marston poses with his sculpture, Shore to Shore, in Vancouver’s Stanley Park. RIGHT: Maynard Johnny Jr., Great Blue Heron Paddle, 2014, yellow cedar, 66” x 7” x 1” Galleries West Summer 2015 37

ABOVE: Hwunumetse’ Simon Charlie, Wolf Killer Whale Transformation Headdress, 1980, wood, 13” x 10” x 16” LEFT: Hwunumetse’ Simon Charlie (right) with

RIGHT: lessLIE, Salmon Drum, 2010, deer hide, sinew and acrylic paint, 20” x 20” x 3” FAR RIGHT: Joe Wilson, Life and Light, 2009, serigraph (edition of 200), 22.5” x 22.5”

Marston’s younger brother, Qap’u’luq John Marston, has work at the UBC Museum of Anthropology, the Vancouver International Airport and the Vancouver Convention Centre. He recently completed a sculpture, Honouring Our Cedar, a unique red-cedar pole with a curving aluminum top, at an upscale North Vancouver condominium. It rests on a base of black granite submerged in a fountain, appearing to float above the water’s surface. The brothers, 38 Galleries West Summer 2015

members of the artistic family of Jane and David Marston, command the prices once reserved for Northwest Coast legends Bill Reid and Robert Davidson. Vancouver gallerist Douglas Reynolds says Luke Marston is “in the top 10 per cent of West Coast artists – and his prices reflect that.” The resurgence of Coast Salish art is all the more remarkable given the intense pressure for acculturation in a densely populated


Ts’uts’umutl Luke Marston


gion with a long colonial history. The Marston brothers, along with Maynard Johnny Jr. and Cowichan carver and graphic artist Joe Wilson, credit forebears such as Hwunumetse’ Simon Charlie, Susan Point, Tsartlip elder Charles Elliott, and Jane Marston, an artist and educator, for forging links between the ancient art forms and the legends and stories that inform them. Another hugely influential figure is Stan Greene, who is based near Chilliwack. Like many key artists, he pored over books and museum pieces, recreating designs even when many elders, due to cultural loss from the residential school experience, could no longer explain their meaning. Cultural revival occurred hand-in-hand with the resurgence of interest in specific tribal traditions. “A pan-coastal identity was more common before the 1970s,” says lessLIE, who is working on a Master’s degree on Coast Salish art at the University of Victoria. “But throughout that decade, people began to reclaim a true ancestral coastal style, reconnecting with their own cultural heritage.” Some say Coast Salish traditions, paradoxically, were hiding in plain sight all along. Privacy was integral to spiritual practices in the longhouses, even if ceremonies had to become more clandestine after 1885, when federal anti-potlatch laws banned all forms of cultural expression. Unlike the showy masks and regalia of the northern cultures, Coast Salish masks were never created for sale nor paraded in public. Although much significant Coast Salish art was undoubtedly confiscated, missionaries and collectors mostly swarmed north to scoop up totem poles, button blankets and bentwood boxes. Despite the anti-potlatch laws, in effect until 1951, ethnographers were allowed to observe and film northern ceremonies – and retain artifacts as souvenirs – to an extent rarely seen in Coast Salish societies. As well, Coast Salish design was lavished on everyday objects such as ladles, adzes, bowls and spindle whorls, which largely escaped attention. The extraordinary Salish ceremonial Sxwayxwey masks, quite unlike any other North American indigenous art form, were never sanctioned for sale. Artifacts such as rattles, dance staffs or shaman’s bowls may be replicated in design, but do not transition from ceremony to a public offering. “We never stopped dancing, we never stopped singing, we never stopped practising our cultural ways,” says Musqueam weaver

Debra Sparrow, whose bold geometric weavings can be seen at UBC, the Vancouver International Airport, the Burke museum in Seattle, and even the Smithsonian. Historical Salish textiles made from the wool of domesticated animals rivaled those of the Incas in their design complexity, though many were lost to the wet coastal climate. Sparrow, who considers herself a person who lives and practises traditional ways rather than an artist creating work for sale, spent many years studying old patterns and textiles. She had a close connection to her grandfather, Ed Sparrow, who remembered the Musqueams’ forced departure from Stanley Park. She took to heart his words – to always know who she was and where she came from – and found her path to cultural knowledge through traditional weaving. The installation of Shore to Shore left her feeling a deep kinship. She is a descendent of Khaltinaht and says the sculpture’s female figures in traditional Salish robes “look as if they walked out of the mist of times gone by. The spirit of our

ancestors stands with them.” The Coast Salish relied purely on oral history and their art, which often featured animals both real and symbolic, typically illustrated stories handed down over the generations, connecting ancestors, elders and youth. “I am always inspired as I work by the legacy of my ancestors,” says Luke Marston, whose art often draws on stories he heard from elders. At ceremonies and important events, witnesses were chosen to remember and pass on those stories, a tradition that enabled Simon Charlie to hand them down to others, even if he had to resort to museums or books to learn some design elements. Charlie, who died in 2005, was able to bridge a gap of a generation or two of disconnected cultural ties by relating those stories. “He was a very humble, generous person, a generous and patient teacher who always encouraged me – and every carver who came to his shop – to do the best work you could do,” says John Marston. Despite the cultural losses caused by colonialism, including the so-called Sixties’ Scoop, which saw aboriginal children placed in white adoptive or foster families, the contemporary wave of Coast Salish artists was fortunate to have strong, reliable

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TOP: Qap’u’luq John Marston, Sun Mask, 2014, yellow cedar and cedar bark, 11” x 11” x 3.5” ABOVE: Debra Sparrow, Untitled (weaving commissioned by the CBC), 2009, hand-spun sheep’s wool, 4’ x 20’

Some of Charlie’s work – a carved totem pole and a striking eagle mask – can be found at the Pegasus Gallery of Canadian Art on Salt Spring Island. Owner Ian Sigvaldason says Charlie often struggled financially. “He did a lot of his work with unsharpened


tors. Charlie, who received the Order of Canada in 2003, was a prolific artist. He once estimated he had carved the equivalent of 22 logging truckloads of cedar into ceremonial form. Curators Andrea Walsh and Cathi Charles Wherry, in their book accompanying the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria’s 2007 show Transporters: Contemporary Salish Art, noted his contribution: “Once the laws prohibiting cultural expression were lifted, artists like Cowichan elder Simon Charlie worked tirelessly, and often in obscurity, to keep the classical Salish forms alive and to share them with younger artists.”

knives and second-hand house paint, whatever was available,” says Sigvaldason. “In trying to rebuild the culture, you do it with what’s at hand.” Charlie’s vigorous realistic carvings have a primitive style and he was influenced by the Northwest Coast artists with whom he had apprenticed, particularly with totem poles, not part of the Coast Salish tradition. Jane Marston, a creator of exquisite painted paddles, masks and doll-like figures, worked closely with Charlie in his workshop. “I would say to Simon: ‘Why should we use this style or that, when we have our own Coast Salish art?’ ” she recalls. Outside Charlie’s workshop, near Duncan on Vancouver Island, massive old-growth cedars sit abandoned, never to be carved. A mossy totem pole with a thunderbird’s wings above a bear decays on an old cedar deck, all of it gradually returning to the earth. A triangular lift for big logs stands near a curious model of a Salish loom. Inside the workshop, Charlie’s tools sit on a bench and halfcarved figures rest unfinished, as if he had left just the day before. “It’s out of respect, for Simon and his legacy that no artist is going to step in there and take over,” says Joe Wilson, who is related to Charlie. “It should be a museum.” This is where the Marstons worked under Charlie’s watchful eye. “Simon would be talking and laughing, joking around, and sometimes he’d just kind of launch into a story,” says Wilson. “He had all the time in the world for the Marston family, and the boys really blossomed under his instruction. If he thought you weren’t serious about your art, he could speak pretty sharply.” Wilson, though he says he did not receive the same close tutelage from Charlie, is an acclaimed and accomplished artist, producing designs used by aboriginal groups and on products ranging from T-shirts, prints and art cards to cars – not always with his permission or to his benefit. He draws mirror-image designs freehand, using a light table, and makes masks and bowls from old-growth cedar. His greatest triumph is a stunning out-


SWIRLING, FLUID DESIGNS OCCUPY NEGATIVE SPACE Coast Salish art, unlike most northern-style indigenous art, is not based on the formline, in which a boldly outlined perimeter contains images in positive space. Instead, it features the creative use of negative space, somewhat like a cutout design that pierces through paper. A subtle and stylized technique, it features circles, ovals, crescents and trigons, curving triangular shapes that resemble arrowheads. Much extant Coast Salish design comes from utilitarian objects, such as spindle whorls and paddles, which were carved in low relief. Crescents, which look like ripples spreading out from a pebble hitting calm water, are often incised around the eyes or mouth of a human or a creature. They also help move the eye around abstract designs. Used together, these elements can produce raised ridges that create curvilinear effects. The overall result is a swirling, fluid design that perhaps reflects the coastal peoples’ close spiritual and economic ties to rivers and the ocean. Identifying Salish designs can be challenging because artists of all First Nations – including many with intermingled heritages – create stylized images, in which rigid design traditions

door fountain at a Victoria shopping centre. While Charlie’s influence, and his many accolades and honours, are indisputable, it’s hard to link the refined minimalist designs of artists like Luke and John Marston, or Maynard Johnny Jr., to Charlie’s more primitive carving style and the bright paint that spills over his edges and lines. It’s something lessLIE says he often ponders, along with the criticism Charlie faced in his lifetime for reproducing for sale the sacred Sxwayxwey masks. Barbara Brotherton, author of the seminal 2008 book S’abadeb / The Gifts: Pacific Coast Salish Art and Artists, suggests that Charlie’s artistry “issued from his deep knowledge of the language, history, oral traditions and ceremonial practices of his Cowichan people rather than from copying older examples of the art forms.” Luke Marston has produced many works with a modern aesthetic, including Being Mindful, masks that depict a tranquil face in unpainted yellow cedar. Yet he immediately credits Charlie’s influence in many of his works, as he does with the intricate transformation mask, Raven Stealing the Light from Seagull, which features a burst of orange and yellow rays. “That is Simon, that is his legend of how Raven tricked Seagull into sharing his hidden box of light with the rest of the world,” says Luke. “He passed on to us directly so many of the old legends and stories, and the art forms ... I recall his words all the time when I’m working. “He was a total expressionist and didn’t work in a refined style like the artists of today, but all the Salish art forms are there, the crescent, the trigons, the incised lines, circles and ovals. He was our inspiration, and he lives on in the work that all Coast Salish artists do today … the younger up-and-coming artists, they need to go back and do their research before they break out into their own style. Our art is a discipline, and yet it’s not going to stand still. It has to evolve, and that’s what the world is seeing with Coast Salish art today. It’s our time.”

are hard to discern. As well, Coast Salish art continues to evolve in the hands of emerging artists who create ever more abstract and colloquial images. Yet both Coast Salish carver Luke Marston and his mentor, Robert Davidson, the internationally renowned Haida artist, emphasize the importance of understanding a tradition before bending the rules. Ts’uts’umutl Luke Marston’s Mink Bowl is carved from alder and features trigons, circles and crescents.

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LEFT: Jeannie Mah, I am Blue Mikado, 2007, porcelain with photocopy transfer and underglazes, 9.4” x 4.3” x 3.5” (Blue Mikado dinnerware digitally altered by Jo Anne Lauder) BELOW: Grace Nickel with three porcelain



columns from Arbor Vitae, 2015.

n a wintry Winnipeg day last year, Monica Mercedes Martinez knelt in the snow, squeezing red clay around the bars of an iron fence near her Main Street studio. The effect was transformative; the barrier became sculpture. She called the piece Softening the Line. The yard behind the fence had become a popular place for homeless people to sit or sleep, and she’d begun to resent the fence’s formal significance – a hard, cold metal line that separated the dispossessed from the rest of society. Martinez was born in Chile, but grew up on the Prairies. She is a gutsy artist, preferring to work with clay in its extreme forms, either completely raw or fired beyond all recognition. In her ongoing series, One Man’s Garbage, she takes kitschy, mass-produced figurines and exposes them to extreme temperatures. Some survive, but most morph into new art objects, strange and luminous forms fused to bricks in the kiln. When Martinez was an undergraduate at the Alberta College of Art and Design, a sculpture teacher warned that she would get bored with clay. “I’m still waiting for that to happen,” says Martinez, who graduated in 2010 and then completed a Master’s degree at the University of Manitoba. “I think I’ll run out of life before I run out of ideas of new ways to interact with this material.” Martinez exemplifies what’s happening in ceramics these days – old attitudes are giving way to fresh, vibrant voices. Ceramics is experiencing a renaissance. Chief among the reasons for the renewed critical interest in Winnipeg is the strong programming of Tammy Sutherland at the Manitoba Craft Council, as well as the leadership of Grace Nickel, a ceramics professor at the University of Manitoba, and forwardthinking curators like Sigrid Dahle. This summer, from July 30 to Aug. 22, Martinez will be part of the craft council’s exhibition, Play, Precarity and Survival. Ace Art in Winnipeg is lending its exhibition space for the show, curated by Dahle. It will include five other Western Canadian artists: Jeannie Mah, Marcel Dzama, Brendan Tang, Seema Goel and Rachael Kroeker. According to Dahle, each artist resists or expands on customary ways of approaching discourses about ceramics. These are artists who have done away with the troublesome binaries that have dogged the field for decades. Gone, for example, are the old

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debates on art versus craft, functional versus conceptual, and traditional versus technological. Regina-born Jeannie Mah, for example, has been creating delicate porcelain cups and vases for decades. But she has insisted on pulling what’s typically regarded as a decorative art into the conceptual sphere by inscribing the work with images that carry personal or historical weight. For this show, the critically acclaimed Mah will make a multimedia installation in which ceramic objects are transformed via video projections. Meanwhile, Vancouver-based artist Brendan Tang, best known for anachronistic hybrid sculptures, will exhibit a series of drawings. Titled Swimmers, it portrays exquisitely detailed blue-andwhite china tableware. But each Spode, Ming or Royal Delft pattern dissolves into a rippling pool of water. Small groups of swimmers, usually parents with their children, splash and play inside these intricate historical motifs. Though Tang’s hybrids have a large, charismatic presence, these drawings are quiet. They feel almost weightless, a comment, perhaps, on our lack of connection to the traditions that surround us. Rachael Kroeker is an emerging artist and the youngest member of the Stoneware Gallery, Winnipeg’s highly respected potters’ co-operative. Her sculptural work, though, is made by slip casting moulds made from various sizes of rubber balls. Once fused together, they resemble conglomerates of molecules. But it just

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might be her towers of stacked bowls and cups that steal the show. Her marbled series is the perfect marriage of organic form, function and beauty. Evocative of earth and sky, they demonstrate ceramics’ seductive power. Seema Goel, an interdisciplinary artist from Saskatchewan, has engaged a wide range of processes, from taxidermy to spinning wool to architectural design. But she frequently turns back to clay. “Clay,” she says, “is generous, forgiving, teaches patience, involves alchemy and happenstance, requires trust, is the fruitand-cheese plate of diversity and contradictions.” In 2003, Goel made thousands of hand-thrown ceramic cups for an ambitious installation called Altared Images. The cups covered the floor in an irregular, organic form reminiscent of cell growth. For the craft council show, Goel will use commercially produced porcelains and her own imagery. She is pursuing a Master’s degree that seeks to connect aesthetics with environmental engineering, so is mindful of ecology and the permanence of the fired object. “I often wistfully admire musicians for the ephemeral nature of their material,” she says. “If that note was off, it will eventually fade into the air. It won’t end up in your ‘and-this-pot-is-for-my-dentist’ list because, crap, I fired it.” Goel’s observation may be lighthearted, but it touches on several ideas important to Dahle’s research. “There is a lot of humour and playfulness in this show, something that ceramics

is really good at,” says Dahle. “I’ve been wondering if ceramics’ ability to deploy humour is related to the fact that fired clay, in skilled hands, can mimic virtually any kind of natural or synthetic material.” Apparently, clay can even mimic snow. And Winnipeg-born artist Marcel Dzama’s Melting Snowmen Canisters are certainly humorous. They elicit feelings of pity and, if you’re a Winnipegger tired of never-ending winter, perverse joy. Produced in 2005 in an edition of 2,500, the trio of sad snowmen were designed by Dzama, but manufactured in China. The choice to include factory-made objects in a ceramics show can be seen as a challenge to the handcrafted, care-in-making aesthetic so integral to many pottery practices. But it could also be taken as a tip of the hat to Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain, the massproduced porcelain urinal he controversially labelled ‘art’ in 1917. Dahle has begun to favour a revised version of art history in which seminal pieces of Western art, like Fountain and Judy Chicago’s The Dinner Party, are rightfully described primarily as ceramic art. This is why words like ‘renaissance’ or even ‘revolution’ don’t feel like hyperbole when describing the current state of ceramics. Not only is art history being rewritten, but according to artist and professor Grace Nickel, ceramics has finally caught up with the post-modern movement. The meta-narratives and strict compartments of material and medium have finally broken down. And, she says, while technologies like prototyping and mould making were long shunned by the ceramics community, a new generation of students is taking such new ways of working to heart. Still, traditional influences have not vanished. “It isn’t all or nothing,” says Nickel. “The old feeds the new and vice versa. If there is an overall trend, it’s in embracing diversity and versatility in material and process with an open mind.” Nickel herself recently completed a breathtaking body of work called Arbor Vitae. Her large-scale sculptures are the result of two years of intensive study in China, where she learned from traditional masters how to work with Jingdezhen porcelain. But she also uses a new architectural technology called fabric formwork, which uses flexible fabric membranes to create sensual curvatures. Her sculptures combine the natural beauty of trees with the strength of classical columns. They embody the old and the new, the past and the present, and are emblematic of the categorybusting ceramics movement she is helping propel. Galleries West Summer 2015 45

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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 preserving and sharing the stories of our rich and diverse cultural heritage and showcasing the best in visual arts. Exhibitions include local history, local, regional and national visual artists and Canadian travelling exhibitions. Tue to Fri 10 am - 5 pm, Thurs till 9 pm, Sat, Sun noon - 5 pm. CAMPBELL RIVER Public Gallery CAMPBELL RIVER ART GALLERY 1235 Shopper’s Row, Campbell River, BC V9W 2C7 T. 250-287-2261 Situated on northern Vancouver Island, Campbell River Art Gallery opened in 1994 and remains the region’s sole public gallery, serving surrounding districts and islands. The Gallery has two exhibition spaces featuring professional contemporary artists, four lobby satellite cases featuring local and emerging artists and a studio offering classes for children and adults. Summer: Mon to Sat 10 am - 5 pm; Winter: Tues to Sat noon - 5 pm. ENDERBY, BC Cooperative Gallery COURTYARD GALLERY 907 Belvedere St, Enderby, BC V0E 1V0 T. 250-832-8898 Recently opened with support from the Enderby and District Arts Council, the gallery shows the work of more than twenty artists – paintings, fibre art, sculpture, stained glass, woodwork, and more. Guests can meet the creators of the works who staff the gallery. Offers art classes and workshops. Tues to Sat 11 am - 4 pm. GRAND FORKS Public Gallery GALLERY 2 ART AND HERITAGE CENTRE 524 Central Ave, PO Box 2140, Grand Forks, BC V0H 1H0 T. 250-442-2211 F. 250-442-0099

BRITISH COLUMBIA INDEX Abbotsford ............................................................ 46 Campbell River ....................................................... 46 Enderby ................................................................. 46 Grand Forks ........................................................... 46 Kamloops............................................................... 46 Kelowna................................................................. 46 Nanaimo ................................................................ 47 Penticton ............................................................... 47 Qualicum Bay/Beach ............................................... 47 Salmon Arm........................................................... 47 Salt Spring Island ................................................... 47 Sidney .................................................................... 47 Silver Star Mountain ............................................... 48 Vancouver (Greater) ............................................... 48 Vernon................................................................... 51

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Summer 2015 Established in 1984 the gallery is committed to the idea that the visual arts play a fundamental role in forming and fostering the regional and national cultural heritage. To do so, the gallery presents a balanced exhibition and educational program representing historical and contemporary works by established and emerging regional, national and international artists. Tues to Fri 10 am - 4 pm, Sat till 3 pm. KAMLOOPS Commercial Gallery CHAZOU GALLERY 791 Victoria St, Kamloops, BC V2C 2B5 T. 250-374-0488 Chazou Gallery is an exhibition and project space that caters to contemporary Canadian and international visual artists. The solo, group or collaborative exhibitions are curated, and change five times a year. The space consists of three exhibition rooms that can be transformed into a single gallery. Usually Wed to Fri 11 am - 4 pm, or by appointment. Public Gallery KAMLOOPS ART GALLERY 101-465 Victoria St, Kamloops, BC V2C 2A9 T. 250-377-2400 F. 250-828-0662 The Kamloops Art Gallery is the principal gallery in the southern interior of British Columbia, supporting contemporary and historical visual art on a local, national and international level as well as hosting ongoing public and educational programs. The KAG is also home to a permanent collection and The Gallery Store. Mon to Sat 10 am - 5 pm; Thurs till 9 pm with free admission sponsored by BCLC. 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

Victoria (Greater).................................................... 51 Whistler ................................................................. 52 ALBERTA INDEX Banff...................................................................... 52 Black Diamond ....................................................... 52 Bragg Creek ........................................................... 52 Calgary .................................................................. 52 Camrose ................................................................ 55 Canmore ................................................................ 55 Cochrane ............................................................... 56 Cold Lake ............................................................... 56 Drumheller ............................................................. 56 Edmonton (Greater) ............................................... 57 Fort McMurray ....................................................... 58 Grande Prairie ........................................................ 58

Blame It On the Rain, an exhibition by Toronto-born Julia Dault, shows her efforts to balance spontaneous gesture with rules, logic and material constraints. The show features both textured paintings and improvised sculptures. Dault, who is based in New York, is interested in how making embodies thinking, and reinserts the artist’s hand into a minimal aesthetic that often involves industrial materials. May 1 to June 28 at the Contemporary Art Gallery in Vancouver Julia Dault, Twizzler, 2014, acrylic on wood panel in painted wood frame, 20” x 16”

Jasper .................................................................... 58 Lethbridge ............................................................. 58 Longview ............................................................... 59 Medicine Hat ......................................................... 59 Okotoks ................................................................. 59 Pigeon Lake............................................................ 60 Ponoka .................................................................. 60 Red Deer ................................................................ 60 Waterton ............................................................... 60 Wetaskiwin ............................................................ 60 SASKATCHEWAN INDEX Assiniboia .............................................................. 60 Estevan .................................................................. 60 Meacham............................................................... 60 Melfort .................................................................. 60 Moose Jaw............................................................. 60

North Battleford ..................................................... 60 Prince Albert .......................................................... 60 Regina ................................................................... 60 Saskatoon .............................................................. 61 Swift Current.......................................................... 62 Yorkton .................................................................. 62 MANITOBA INDEX Brandon................................................................. 62 Morden ................................................................. 62 Portage La Prairie ................................................... 63 Selkirk .................................................................... 63 Winnipeg ............................................................... 63 NORTHERN TERRITORIES INDEX Yellowknife ............................................................ 64

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). 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.


NANAIMO Cooperative Gallery ART 10 GALLERY 123-4750 Rutherford Rd, Nanaimo North Town Centre, Nanaimo, BC V9T 4K6 T. 250-756-6136 Established in 1982 by 10 artists, Art 10 Gallery now features the work of more than 20 artists plus a jeweller from Central Vancouver Island. This popular artist-run gallery offers unique pottery and a range of painting styles to suit varied tastes. Open daily during regular Nanaimo North Town Centre mall hours. Public Gallery NANAIMO ART GALLERY 900 Fifth St, Nanaimo, BC V9R 5S5 T. 250-754-6350 Nanaimo Art Gallery is the region’s public art gallery and offers contemporary exhibitions, and art education programs for all ages. The Gallery has two locations: the Campus Gallery at Vancouver Island University (Mon to Fri 10 am - 5 pm, Sat noon - 4 pm) and the Downtown Gallery at 150 Commercial Street (250-754-1750) in Nanaimo’s Arts District (Tues to Sat 10 am - 5 pm). PENTICTON Commercial Gallery 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.

Public Gallery PENTICTON ART GALLERY 199 Marina Way, Penticton, BC V2A 1H3 T. 250-493-2928 F. 250-493-3992 A place of inquiry, interest and enjoyment, the Penticton Art Gallery presents contemporary and historical exhibitions of both established and emerging artists. Visit website for current exhibition, program and event listings. Admission: Adults $2, weekends by donation; Students and children free. Tues to Fri 10 am - 5 pm, Sat and Sun noon - 5 pm. QUALICUM BEACH 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). SALMON ARM Public Gallery SALMON ARM ART GALLERY 70 Hudson Ave NE, PO Box 1181, Salmon Arm, BC V1E 4P6 T. 250-832-1170 Built in 1937 as Salmon Arm’s first post office, the Salmon Arm Arts Centre has presented visual arts exhibitions and community arts events since 1994. Exhibitions feature contemporary local, regional and international artists in a variety of media. Admission by donation. Tues to Sat 11 am - 4 pm. SALT SPRING ISLAND

Da y Sl eeper K evin Boy le

nocturnal portraits of the disappearing prairies M a y 1 – 23 , 2015 op eni ng recept ion | Fr id a y e ve n i ng M a y 1 | 6 – 9 pm

Commercial Galleries 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. 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. 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 pm, Sun 11 am - 4 pm. Cooperative Gallery COMMUNITY ARTS COUNCIL OF THE SAANICH PENINSULA Box 2221, 9565 Fifth St, Sidney, BC V8L 3S8 The CACSP encourages, supports and promotes local arts activities throughout the year including

Robert Davidson: Progression of Form May 22 - August 29, 2015 Opening Reception & Panel Discussion: May 22, 6pm 2121 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver


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In her exhibition, Like the back of my hand, Suzo Hickey documents 22nd Avenue in Vancouver, where she has lived since 1990. Hickey graduated from the Emily Carr University of Art and Design in 1994 and has exhibited work that deals with themes ranging from queer mothering to the urban landscape. Aug. 13 to Sept. 25 at the Campbell River Art Gallery Suzo Hickey, 22nd Avenue Bike Crossing, 2015, acrylic on canvas, 29.5” x 59”

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14th AVE 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.


COASTAL PEOPLES FINE ARTS GALLERY 312 Water St (Gastown), Vancouver, BC V6B 1B6 T. 604-684-9222 Toll Free: 1-888-686-9298 Specializing in contemporary museum-quality Northwest Coast First Nations and Inuit artwork, the gallery showcases works by internationally-acclaimed master artisans and is known for discovering emerging talent. An excellent collection of fine jewellery, ceremonial masks, totem poles, basketry, bentwood boxes, pottery, sculptures, glassworks, original paintings and serigraphs, miniatures and reference materials. Professional appraisal services available. Daily 10 am - 6 pm; till 7 pm in summer.

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. SKIDEGATE


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MASTERS GALLERY 604.558.4244

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Artisans Shows and Sales at Tulista Park waterfront Gallery; Spring and Fall Studio Tours; ‘Arts in the School’ program and Children’s Summer Art program; the Sidney Literary and ArtSea Festivals; and the annual three-day Sidney Fine Art Show. 10 am - 4 pm.

Public Gallery HAIDA GWAII MUSEUM #2 Second Beach Rd, Skidegate, Haida Gwaii, BC V0T 1S1 T. 250-559-4643 F. 250-559-4643 The Haida Gwaii Museum continues to build an international reputation for its outstanding collection of Haida historical objects, contemporary art, archives and natural history collections. The Museum believes culture, art and history have positive effects in the community, encouraging creativity, dialogue and promoting new ways of thinking about the world. Winter: Tues - Sat 10 am - 5 pm; Summer: Daily 10 am - 6 pm. GREATER VANCOUVER Commercial Galleries 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 29 years in business, Art Works offers one of the largest selections of original art in Western Canada. Providing installation services, largescale commissions, digital editing and customframing of artwork and mirrors. Delivers locally and ships 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. BUCKLAND SOUTHERST GALLERY 2460 Marine Drive, West Vancouver, BC V7C 1L1 T. 604-922-1915

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. Tues - Fri 11 am - 6 pm, Sat noon - 5 pm. KIMOTO GALLERY 1525 West 6 Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 1R1 T. 604-428-0903 A contemporary gallery space exhibiting original artwork by regional & national Canadian artists. Mon to Sat 10 am - 6 pm.

Long an admirer of African stone sculpture, Janine Vertone has recently opened her specialty gallery UKAMA Arts, on Granville Island. 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,



MASTERS GALLERY VANCOUVER 2245 Granville St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3G1 T. 778-628-7486 Celebrating 35 years as dealers of top quality Canadian historical and contemporary art from its base in Calgary, Masters Gallery recently opened this second location on trendy South Granville with returning Vancouverite, Peter Ohler Jr as Director. Tues to Sat 10 am - 5 pm. MONNY’S GALLERY 2675 W 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6K 1P8 T. 604-733-2082 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 and others working in a variety of media. Mon to Sat 10 am - 6 pm.

Coastal Peoples Fine Arts Gallery in Vancouver's Gastown at 312 Water St marks 20 years of representing First Nations' master carvers. PACIFIC WAVE GLASS ART (FORMERLY PACIFIC HOME AND ART CENTRE) 1560 West 6th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6J 1R2 T. 604-566-9889

Inspired by cabinets of curiosities as well as natural history museums, Jane Kidd experiments with different weaving techniques to explore the relationships and contradictions between art and science, imagination and knowledge, decoration and display. May 14 to June 25 at the Craft Council of BC in Vancouver Jane Kidd, Pairing #1, 2013, woven tapestry, 26” x 22” Pacific Wave Glass Art features a wide selection of mouth blown glass from local and international artists including Murano Glass Artists from Italy: A.Tagliapietra, M.Gambaro, L. Vidal, Oscar Zanetti and Arnaldo Zanella. The gallery also presents contemporary paintings from local artists. Only 5 min from Granville Island. Mon & Sat 10 am - 5 pm, Tue to Fri 10 am - 6 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 and appraisals. Around the corner from former Granville location. Mon to Sat 10 am - 6 pm. POUSETTE GALLERY 403 and 404-1529 West 6 Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 1R1 T. 604-837-2716 Recently opened on the rooftop of the W-Six building in South Granville’s Gallery Row, Pousette Gallery offers contemporary art with flare from Canadian and international artists. The view alone from the twin galleries is worth the brief elevator ride. Director Maryann Pousette Gebauer brings an international sensibility to her selection of artists and their works. International shipping. Tues to Sat noon - 6 pm or by appointment. Consult website for extended hours during exhibitions. RENDEZVOUS ART GALLERY 323 Howe St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 3N2 T. 604-687-7466 F. 604-687-7466 Toll Free: 1-877-787-7466 Located on the bright southwest corner of Howe and Cordova, this vibrant gallery represents more than 40 talented Canadian artists, some of whom are exclusive to Rendezvous. Contemporary and post-impressionist paintings and sculptures are displayed in an atmosphere conducive to viewing fine works of art. Tue to Sat 10 am - 5:30 pm, Sun & Mon by appointment. ROBERT LYNDS GALLERY 1639 West 3 Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 1K1 T. 604-558-3806 Established in 2012, Robert Lynds Gallery specializes in contemporary art. It is an artist-friendly gallery dedicated to emerging and established artists who embrace new media and contemporary art practice - resulting in new artistic languages and experiences. They aspire to make Canadian art accessible to both the new and established collector across the country. Tues to Fri 10 am - 6 pm, Sat 11 am - 5 pm or by appointment. UKAMA ARTS 1802 Maritime Mews (Granville Island), Vancouver, BC V6H 3X2 T. 778-379-0666 Ukama Gallery features a wide selection of contemporary stone sculpture by world-renowned African artists including Dominic Benhura, Joe Mutasa, and Sylvester Mubayi. Complementing this extensive collection, various exhibitions are held throughout the year showcasing both local and international artists working in a variety of media. Daily 11 am - 6 pm. 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. Tues to Sat 10 am - 5:30 pm, Sun variable (call ahead). Closed holiday long weekends. Public Galleries ART GALLERY AT EVERGREEN CULTURAL CENTRE 1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, BC V3B 7Y3

Signal Hill, St. John, NFLD, oil, 31” x 31”




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Urban Composition #3, 2015, acrylic on canvas, 48” x 36”

steam bent boxes, masks, totem poles and more. Mon to Sat 10 am - 6 pm, Sun & Hol noon - 5 pm.

May 21 - 24 Vancouver Convention Centre or by appointment anytime #430 - 1000 Parker Street, Vancouver | ph: 604.401.1833 | email:

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Shannon Ford, Horse of Curiosity, 79” X 79”, Acrylic on Canvas with pipestone, red jasper, azurite, quartz, diamond dust

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Opening Reception Saturday, May 30, 6 pm – 9pm Horses have piqued the imagination of countless artists throughout art history. Twelve contemporary artists examine the image of the horse through paintings, drawings, printmaking, sculpture and video.

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Opening Reception Saturday, July 18, 6 pm – 9 pm Tricia Sellmer investigates Alexander Forbes poetic words, “A Garden is the floor of the sky.”

791 Victoria St Kamloops, BC, V2C 2B5 250-374-0488

T. 604-927-6550 F. 604-927-6559 Art+Gallery/default.htm This public gallery features seven exhibitions each year showcasing international, national and local artists. Educational programs emphasize and encourage literacy in the visual arts and are available for groups of all ages from September - June. Mon to Sat noon - 5 pm. BILL REID GALLERY OF NORTHWEST COAST ART 639 Hornby St, Vancouver, BC V6C 2G3 T. 604-682-3455 F. 604-682-3310 A public gallery for contemporary aboriginal art of the Northwest Coast named after the acclaimed Haida artist Bill Reid (1920 - 1998). The gallery showcases the permanent collection of Bill Reid alongside changing exhibitions of contemporary Northwest Coast art. Highlights include stunning gold and silver jewellery, monumental sculptures and a towering totem pole by James Hart of Haida Gwaii. Wed to Sun 11 am - 5 pm. GORDON SMITH GALLERY OF CANADIAN ART 2121 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver, BC V7M 2K6 T. 604-998-8563 The recently-opened 4000 square foot gallery houses an outstanding collection of Canadian art amassed from 50 artists including Gordon Smith, Jack Shadbolt, Bill Reid, Robert Davidson, Angela Grossman, E.J. Hughes, Kenojuak Ashevak, Rodney Graham, Guido Molinari, Etienne Zack, Douglas Coupland and Toni Onley. Tues to Sat noon - 5 pm. MAPLE RIDGE ART GALLERY 11944 Haney Place - in The ACT, Maple Ridge, BC V2X 6G1 T. 604-467-5855 2166/0/-1 Founded in 1982, the Maple Ridge Art Gallery promotes the visual arts and educates through ongoing exhibitions, educational tours, workshops, artist’s talks, art rental programs, and a gallery shop. The gallery provides a facility for both amateur and professional artists of all ages. Tues to Sat 11 am - 4 pm.


MORRIS AND HELEN BELKIN ART GALLERY 1825 Main Mall, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2 T. 604-822-2759 F. 604-822-6689 Mandated to exhibit, collect, research, publish and educate, the Belkin Art Gallery is one of BC’s premier showcases for contemporary art. Visit website for program information and to download the selfguided UBC Outdoor Art Tour. Tues to Fri 10 am - 5 pm, Sat and Sun noon - 5 pm. 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. Daily 10 am - 5 pm, Tues 10 am - 9 pm.

April White Thúu Jaad - Canoe Woman serigraph, 30” x 30” on cradled board

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Shannon Ford Pride 24” x 24” Acrylic on Canvas with pipestone and Diamond dust

Nadines 3101 - 31st Ave, Vernon P. 250.542.8544 • C. 250.308.0758

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Fine Art & Frames

In DaySleeper, Kevin Boyle captures vignettes of small towns on the Prairies, paying homage to once-vibrant communities. “As a child if I wanted to play with a friend, I didn’t plug into a game,” says Boyle. “I walked down the street and knocked on their door. I have vivid memories of growing up in the Canadian Prairies, playing ball hockey, riding my bike for hours and sitting by the river with my friends – things I think a kid should remember.” May 1 to May 25 at Kimoto Gallery in Vancouver Kevin Boyle, Cadillac Elevator & Big Dipper, 2014, archival ink on metallic paper face-mounted on Plexiglas with aluminum/Sintra backing, dimensions variable

T. 778-432-4777 As the name invokes, couch* is a casual and welcoming place to explore and enjoy one’ s connection to the arts. A couch, a coffee machine, surrounded by art and good company! Good to go. Tues to Sat 10 am - 6 pm.

VERNON Commercial Galleries HEADBONES GALLERY - THE DRAWERS 6700 Old Kamloops Road, Vernon, BC V1H 1P8 T. 250-542-8987 Located only minutes from downtown Vernon, Headbones Gallery is moving forward with a group of artists under the aesthetic of NeoPriest, an acronym for New Pop Realists Intellectually Engaged in Story Telling. At the same time, The Drawers specializes in drawing and contemporary works on paper with a small component of sculpture. Tues to Sat noon - 6 pm.


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 Commercial Galleries COUCH* A TANYA HORN GALLERY 1010 Broad St, Victoria, BC V8W 1Z9

The Ephemeral Landscape May 30 to August 15, 2015

OUT OF THE MIST GALLERY 740 Douglas St, Victoria, BC V8W 3M6 T. 250-480-4930 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 2249 Oak Bay Ave, Victoria, BC V8R 1G4 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 Tues to Sat 11 am - 5 pm. THE 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 - 5:30 pm, Sun 11 am - 5 pm.

A group of Victoria artists recently opened the Gage Gallery as a cooperative gallery at 2031 Oak Bay Ave. THE GALLERY AT MATTICK’S FARM 109-5325 Cordova Bay Rd, Victoria, BC V8Y 2L3 T. 250-658-8333 The Gallery at Mattick’s Farm takes pride in sourcing and promoting original art work by a variety of Canadian and international artists. Each month the gallery features the work of a different artist. Daily 10 am - 5:30 pm. 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 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.

Three, 2015, watercolour, 29 x 44 cm

gallery 2 524 Central Avenue, Grand Forks, BC

We are a warm and welcoming contemporary art gallery in the heart of downtown Victoria. Carrying painting, mixed media, sculpture, basketry, jewellery & prints by local and international artists.

Yared Nigussu, Showering ll, O/C, 18” x 24”

Laura Widmer received first prize in 2010 at the Open Studio National Printmaking Awards, one of Canada’s most prestigious printmaking contests. Last year, her print, Pearls, was shortlisted for the same prize. Widmer, who lives in Kelowna, B.C., views her commitment to printmaking as “a quiet act of defiance in a digital age.” To June 8 at the Burnaby Art Gallery’s offsite space in the McGill Library Laura Widmer, Pearls, 2013, linocut, 29” x 29”

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.

Richard Reid

1010 Broad St, Victoria, BC V8W 1Z9 email: Tel: 778.432.4777

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WHISTLER Commercial Gallery 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, 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.

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.

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.

Public Galleries ART GALLERY OF GREATER VICTORIA 1040 Moss Street, Victoria, BC V8V 4P1 T. 250-384-4171 F. 250-361-3995 Engaging, challenging and inspiring! Victoria’s public art museum presents a variety of visual art experiences, media and cultures through historical to contemporary art from Asia, Europe and Canada – including the work of BC’s premiere landscape artist, Emily Carr, portrayed through paintings, writings and photographs. Tues to Sat 10 am - 5 pm, Thurs till 9 pm; Sun noon - 5 pm.

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 at Winchester Modern, downtown at 758 Humboldt St. Tues to Sat 10 am - 5:30 pm.

LEGACY DOWNTOWN 630 Yates St, Victoria, BC V8W 1K9 T. 250-721-6562 F. 250-721-6607 The Legacy Downtown is the primary gallery space for the University of Victoria and features paintings, drawings and sculptures by some of the bestknown 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. Wed to Sat 10 am - 4 pm.

Cooperative Gallery GAGE GALLERY 2031 Oak Bay Ave, Victoria, BC V8R 1E5 T. 250-592-2760 Gage Gallery is a creative enterprise with artists who have a mission to relate to each other and the community through visual, verbal and tangible media. Together the group finds stimulation and inspiration through encouragement and positive critiques. They engage the public with artist talks, workshops, musical events, poetry readings, and public school visits. Tues to Sat 11 am - 5 pm.

LEGACY MALTWOOD AT MCPHERSON LIBRARY Box 3025 Stn CSC, McPherson Library, Room 027 Finnerty Road, Victoria, BC V8W 3P2 T. 250-721-6562 F. 250-721-6607 The Legacy Maltwood, 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.

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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. Daily 10 am - 6 pm, Thurs till 9 pm. BRAGG CREEK Commercial Gallery SUNCATCHER’S DESIGN STUDIO PO Box 840, Bragg Creek, AB T0L 0K0 T. 403-949-4332 F. 403-278-6299 The gallery boutique, at the corner of White Ave and Burntall Dr, offers an eclectic mix of original art, antiques, jewellery and artistic clothing. Suncatcher’s continues to provide Calgary and area with custom and pre-made stained glass as they have since 1979. Wed to Sun 11 am - 6 pm. CALGARY Artist-run Galleries THE NEW GALLERY 208 Centre St SE, Calgary, AB T2G 2B6 T. 403-233-2399 F. 403-290-1714

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, 210 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

In Making a Scene: Victoria’s Artists in the Sixties, curator Emerald Johnstone-Bedell demonstrates the spontaneous activity and networks that brought contemporary art to the forefront in the British Columbia capital. The show includes work by Maxwell Bates, Henry Hunt, Myfanwy Pavelic, Margaret Peterson, Carole Sabiston, Herbert Siebner, Robin Skelton and Ina D.D. Uhthoff. To June 27 at the Legacy Art Gallery in Victoria Robin Skelton, The Hot Line, circa 1956-1968, collage on paper, 8.5” x 5”


David Newkirk strives to synthesize various modernist ideas with personal concerns and recent research on human memory in large abstract canvases. “I am interested in balancing the contradictions between orderly and expressive elements, methodical and intuitive processes, flat and implied three-dimensional space,” he says. This two-person exhibition also features work by Jennifer Hornyak. May 21 to June 3 at Wallace Galleries in Calgary David Newkirk, Shebang 5, 2014, acrylic on canvas, 60” x 48”

Banff townsite; and exhibition tours of the galleries. Admission by donation. Summer (Jun 1 - Sep 15) 9:30 am - 6 pm; Winter (Sep 16 - May 31) 10 am - 5 pm, closed Dec 25 and Jan 1.

exhibiting contemporary art of high calibre on the Canadian stage. The gallery represents a selection of the best Canadian and international artists and estates including the work of Eric Fischl, Jessica Stockholder, Betty Goodwin, Ray Mead, Tim Zuck, and April Gornik. Tues to Sat 11 am - 6 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.

Vancouver-based Elizabeth Barnes developed an interest in post-painterly abstraction at the prestigious Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. Her work investigates human perception and consciousness as contemporary life becomes increasingly technological. “I like to think of repetition and permutation as a way for colour and form to work together in harmony,”she says. May 9 to May 30 at the Herringer Kiss Gallery in Calgary Elizabeth Barnes, Mountain, 2015, acrylic on canvas, 24” x 18” From its new location in Chinatown, 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. Second location at John Snow House 915 18 Ave SW (by appointment only). Tues to Sat noon - 6 pm. TRUCK CONTEMPORARY ART IN CALGARY 2009 10 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2C 0K4 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 BARBARA EDWARDS CONTEMPORARY 1114 11 St SW, Calgary, AB T2R 1P1 T. 587-349-2014 F. 587-349-2015 Barbara Edwards Contemporary is committed to

CKG / CHRISTINE KLASSEN GALLERY 321 50 Ave, Calgary, AB T2G 2B3 T. 403-262-1880 CKG / Christine Klassen Gallery, an evolution of The Weiss Gallery, represents a dynamic group of artists united by their craft-intensive approach to artmaking. CKG endeavours to stimulate gallery visitors through innovative projects and exhibitions of painting, drawing, photography and sculpture. Tues - Sat 10 am - 5 pm or by appointment. 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.

Boasting a storied history, artist-run centre The New Gallery in Calgary turns 40 this year with special celebration programming.

Opening May 2015 in Calgary’s Historical Devenish Centre

• Representing Canadian Artists • • Art Consulting and Appraisals • • Custom Picture Framing • (403) 475-6410 112, 908 - 17 AVENUE SW, CALGARY, AB THE DEVENISH

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. 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, Dorothy Chisholm, “Duncan” MacKinnon Crockford, Anne Gallant, 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. 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

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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 - 5:30 pm. MASTERS GALLERY 2115 4 St SW, Calgary, AB T2S 1W8 T. 403-245-2064 F. 403-244-1636 Celebrating more than 35 years of quality Canadian historical and contemporary art. Tues to Sat 10 am - 5:30 pm. MICHELANGELO FINE ART 112-908 17 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2T 0A3 T. 403-475-6410 F. 403-475-6447 Michelangelo Gallery of Fine Art and Framing has recently opened in Calgary’s historical Devenish Building featuring a variety of Canadian contemporary artists. The Coast Collective in Victoria is a strategic partner. The gallery also offers custom picture framing as well as art consulting and appraisals. Tues to Sat 10 am - 6 pm, Sun noon - 5 pm.

The Art Gallery of Alberta presents POP SHOW! Dazzled by the Everyday, featuring work by international art stars Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, Richard Hamilton and David Hockney, along with Canadians Joyce Wieland, Greg Curnoe and Michael Snow. Many of the works are drawn from what curator Laura Ritchie calls “a rare gem of a collection” at the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery. To June 7 at the Art Gallery of Alberta in Edmonton Tom Wesselmann, Still Life with Liz, 1993, screenprint on board, 60” x 57” 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 ranging from abstract oil paintings, glass sculpture and photography to historic works by Roland Gissing. The stylish Gallery includes an art deco bar, modern lounge furniture and catering facilities perfect for corporate and private events. Tues to Sat 10:30 am - 5:30 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. Tues to Fri 10 am - 5:30 pm, Sat 11 am - 5 pm. JARVIS HALL FINE ART 617 11 Ave SW (lower level), Calgary, AB T2R 0E1 T. 403-206-9942 Jarvis Hall Fine Art is committed to supporting the practice of contemporary art by emerging, midcareer and established Canadian artists. Currently representing Mark Dicey, Carl White, Jeffrey Spalding, John Will, Larissa Tiggelers, Herald Nix, Billy McCarroll and more. Various works of art are also available throughout the year by historical and contemporary Canadian and international artists. Tues to Sat 10 am - 5 pm. 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 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

MIDTOWNE GALLERY 9250 Macleod Tr SE, Calgary, AB T2J 0P5 T. 403-252-7063 Specializing in original representational painting and sculpture from emerging and established Canadian artists, this contemporary space was designed for showcasing art. Each month the gallery features group, or solo exhibitions, in celebration of the artist’s artwork. Located within It’s Worth Framing (ample free parking) on Macleod Trail. Mon to Sat 10 am - 4 pm; Tues to Thurs till 6 pm. MOONSTONE CREATION NATIVE GALLERY 1219 10 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0W6 T. 403-261-2650 F. 403-261-2654 Along with showcasing the traditional artwork of owner Yvonne Jobin, the gallery represents many First Nations and Metis artists. Fine art, pottery, carvings, turquoise and Westcoast jewellery, beadwork, leatherwork and authentic, locally-made gifts can be found in this unique gallery. Tues to Sat 10:30 am - 6 pm, Sun 11 am - 4 pm. NEWZONES GALLERY OF CONTEMPORARY ART 730 - 11 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0E4 T. 403-266-1972 F. 403-266-1987 Opened in 1992, Newzones is one of Canada’s leading contemporary art galleries, promoting prominent Albertan, Canadian and international artists as well as young, up-and-coming artists both at home in Calgary, and internationally. The Gallery’s program has an emphasis on process-orientated artwork that challenges both the traditional

use of materials and formal aesthetics. Tues to Fri 10:30 am - 5:30 pm, Sat 11 am - 5 pm. 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. Wed to Sat 12:30 pm - 5 pm, Thurs till 9 pm. 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 and West Market Square 509-1851 Sirocco Dr SW Calgary, AB T3H 4R5 Established since 1979, and now with two locations, 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).

Barbara La Pointe has opened Michelangelo Fine Art gallery on 17th Ave at 8 St in Calgary's historic Devenish Building. 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.

Sculptor Blake Ward is featured in the first show at the Front Gallery’s new venue in Edmonton. Ward’s exhibition, Silent Metaphors, continues his exploration of the human form. In Angel Tahere, for instance, he pays tribute to Fatimah Baraghani, a 19th-century poet and theologian of the Bahá’í faith in Iran. May 2 to May 25 at the Front Gallery in Edmonton Blake Ward, Angel Tahere, 2013, bronze, 27.2” x 8.3” x 6.3”

TRÉPANIERBAER 105, 999 8 St SW, Calgary, AB T2R 1J5 T. 403-244-2066 F. 403-244-2094 A progressive and friendly commercial gallery specializing 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. VAN GINKEL ART GALLERY & STUDIO 1312A 9 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0T3 T. 403-830-0061 Recently opened, Calgary artist Paul Van Ginkel paints in oils and watercolours while specializing in Western and Dance themes. He also does custom (commission) pieces and has limited edition paper and giclee prints available. “In the heart of Inglewood” Check website for hours. 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. 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 Gallery ARTPOINT GALLERY AND STUDIOS 1139 - 11 St SE, Calgary, AB T2G 3G1 T. 403-265-6867 F. 403-265-6867 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.

Elevation Gallery on Canmore's Main St will be celebrating its 15th anniversary this summer with several special exhibitions. Public Galleries CONTEMPORARY CALGARY C2 AT CITY HALL 104-800 Macleod Tr SE, Calgary, AB T2G 2M3 T. 403-262-1737 F. 403-262-1764 Contemporary Calgary, a merger of The Art Gallery of Calgary (AGC), the Museum of Contemporary Art Calgary (MOCA) and the Institute for Modern and Contemporary Art (IMCA) is 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. Thurs to Sun noon - 6 pm. ESKER FOUNDATION GALLERY 444-1011 9 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0H7 T. 403-930-2490 Opened in June 2012, the Esker Foundation, an initiative of Calgary philanthropists and art patrons Jim and Susan Hill, is the largest privately-funded, non-commercial gallery in Calgary. Featuring over 15,000 square feet of environmentally-controlled, purpose-built exhibition space, it’s a cultural platform for innovative and exceptional contemporary art exhibitions and educational events. Tues to Sat 10 am - 5 pm, Thurs & Fri till 8 pm, Sun noon - 5 pm. 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. Tues to Thurs 9 am - 5 pm; Fri 11:30 am - 7:30 pm; Sat 9 am - 5 pm; Sun noon - 5 pm. Adult $14, Seniors $10, Students $9, Family $32; Members and under 6, free. Glenbow Shop open Mon to Sat 11 am - 6 pm; Sun noon - 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 Centre is a public art gallery, museum and shop located just outside Calgary, overlooking the Alberta Foothills and Rocky Mountains. It is open to the public year round and offers a wide range of art exhibitions, museum displays, programming, art sales and special events. A not-for-profit organization, it strives to promote artistic community, and to sustain a setting for art and the creative process. Tues to Sun 10 am - 4 pm. NICKLE GALLERIES Taylor Family Digital Library, University of Calgary, 410 University Court NW, Calgary, AB T2N 1N4 T. 403-220-7234 Now reopened in a landmark location on campus, the Nickle Galleries showcases the best of Alberta artists, currently featuring Marion Nicoll and Arthur Nishimura. Mon to Fri 10 am - 5 pm, Thurs till 7 pm, Sat noon - 5 pm, closed Sun. FREE admission. THE MILITARY MUSEUMS – FOUNDERS’ GALLERY 4520 Crowchild Tr SW, Calgary, AB T2T 5J4 T. 403-974-2847 F. 403-974-2858 Officially opened in 2009, and under The University of Calgary administration since 2012, The Founders’ Gallery contributes to Canadians’ understanding of military experience by displaying historic and contemporary works of art and related artifacts. The gallery hosts local, national, and international exhibitions, which change every few months. Mon to Fri 9 am - 5 pm, Sat and Sun 9:30 am - 4 pm. CAMROSE Commercial Gallery 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 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

The Works Art & Design Festival

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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. ELEVATION GALLERY 100-729 Main St, Canmore, AB T1W 2B2 T. 403-609-3324 With a street-front location housing the works of more than 20 visual artists, the Elevation Gallery exhibits a constantly changing array of painting, jewellery, printmaking, sculpture, drawing, ceramic and glass. Artists range from emerging to established, all working with some elements of contemporary style. Daily 10 am - 6 pm. (Closed Mon in shoulder seasons.)

Featuring Parkland Prairie Artists 5002 - 50 Street Camrose, AB T4V 1R2 1-888-672-8401

Krista Hamilton, Cosmic View, acrylic, 30” x 24”

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THE AVENS GALLERY 104-709 Main St, Canmore, AB T1W 2B2 T. 403-678-4471 Established in 1986, the Avens Gallery is a fixture in the town of Canmore. Their mandate is to showcase high quality western Canadian artists and they take an understandable pride in their eclectic collection of original paintings and sculpture. Daily 10 am - 6 pm with extended wknd/hol 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.

Society of Canadian Artists


Call for Submissions Submissions due: May 22, 2015

47th Open National Juried Show July 25th - August 8th, 2015 Gainsborough Galleries Calgary Alberta

Check out our 2015 Open National Juried Online Exhibition April 1st - July 15th

Public Gallery CANMORE ART GUILD GALLERY Box 8023, 102-700 Railway Ave, (Elevation Place), Canmore, AB T1W 2T8 Located in the new Elevation Place, this friendly gallery shows the works of local Bow Valley artists. Established in 1980, the Canmore Art Guild runs the gallery on volunteer power. Exhibitions include paintings, photography, sculpture, stained glass, fabric art, woodwork and more. Group and solo shows are usually 3 weeks long. Thurs to Tues 11 am - 5 pm (closed Wed).

COCHRANE Commercial Gallery JUST IMAJAN ART GALLERY/STUDIO 3-320 1 St West,, Cochrane, AB T4C 1X8 T. 403-932-7040 Artist-owned gallery representing 40 Canadian artists with paintings, sculpture, glass, wood-turning and metalsmith designs. Antiques add to the ambience. Thurs, Fri noon - 5 pm, Sat 10 am - 5 pm; usually Sun noon - 4 pm. Call ahead. COLD LAKE Commercial Gallery JANVIER GALLERY Cold Lake First Nations 149B (Box 8130), Cold Lake, AB T9M 1N1 T. 780-639-4545 Janvier Gallery, formerly located across from the Marina in the city of Cold Lake, has re-opened in a purpose-built, Douglas Cardinal designed building in Cold Lake First Nations 149B (also known as English Bay) about ten minutes north of Cold Lake on 25 Street/English Bay Road. The gallery holds many Alex Janvier originals, with exhibitions changing often. Currently open BY APPOINTMENT.

The Edge Gallery in Canmore will be moving its exhibition and framing business this summer to the Inglewood district in Calgary. DRUMHELLER Commercial Galleries 3RD AVENUE ARTS Box 338, 20 3 Ave West, Drumheller, AB T0J 0Y0 T. 403-823-3686 Quality Western Canadian art. Featuring the works of over 30 artisans. Unique selection of photography, fine art originals, prints, pottery, glass objects and jewellery. Owned and operated by visual artist Michael Todor. Mon to Sat 10 am - 5:30 pm; Daily Jul, Aug. ATELIERO VERDA Box 1708, 40 3 Ave W, Drumheller, AB T0J 0Y0 T. 403-823-2455

In Present Density, German artist Gabriela Jolowicz uses traditional woodcut prints to depict scenes of contemporary life – such as people chatting in cafes and clubs. Each work displays impeccable detail, engaging proportions and distorted perspectives that invite a closer look. June 4 to July 18 at the Society of Northern Alberta Printmakers Gallery in Edmonton Gabriela Jolowicz, Laptop, 2010, woodcut print, 18” x 24”

Working studio/gallery featuring Alberta Artist Therese Dalë-Kunicky Art work created with hand ground paints made from Natural Earth Pigments

Sundance Grandmothers, oil on canvas, 36” x 36” 56 Galleries West Summer 2015

45 McRae ST OKOTOKS, AB T1S 1B3 403-601-0348 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. 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 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. BUGERA MATHESON GALLERY 10435 124 St, Edmonton, AB T5N 1R1 T. 780-482-2854 With a brand new location, designed from the ground up to suit the needs of clients and artists, the Bugera Matheson Gallery continues a 20-year tradition of serving Edmonton’s art-loving community. Experience a rich variety of unique fine art including abstract, landscape, still life and figurative painting, and sculpture. Mon to Sat 10 am - 5:30 pm, Thurs till 7 pm. 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. GALERIE PAVA 9524 87 ST, Edmonton, AB T6C 3J1 T. 780-461-3234 F. 780-461-4053

Created in 2011 by the SociÊtÊ francophone des arts visuels de l’Alberta, PAVA is committed to the promotion of contemporary art by emerging and established artists from the local, provincial and national art scenes. Artists are encouraged to research projects reflecting cultural and social diversity. Juried themed exhibitions change monthly. Tues to Sat 10 am - 4 pm or by appointment at 780-461-3427. LANDO GALLERY 103-10310 124 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5N 1R2 T. 780-990-1161 Edmonton’s largest commercial art gallery is located on the corner of 103 Avenue and 124 Street. Lando Gallery continues to offer superior quality Canadian and International fine art and fine objects, expert custom picture framing, fine art appraisals and many other art related services. Open Mon to Fri 10 am - 5:30 pm, Sat 10 am - 5 pm, or by appointment. PETER ROBERTSON GALLERY 12323 104 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5N 0V4 T. 780-455-7479 NEW LOCATION 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, Sun noon - 4 pm.

Formerly side-by-side on Jasper, Peter Robertson, West End, Bugera Matheson and The Front have re-located nearby to 124 St and 104 Ave. 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.

Gallery @ 501 Exhibitions

Vincent Roper, Late Summer Afternoon, Oil on Canvas, 36� x 48�

Laara Cassells, Stephanie and a Portrait of a Lady Wearing a Flowered Shawl, (after Salomon Guillaume Counis), 2012, Acrylic on Dibond panel, 27.5� x 37�



Recent works by

Group exhibit of local artists

Laara Cassells

Acquisitions & Loans May 15 – June 28, 2015 Unveiling Reception: June 12th @ 7:00 pm Artists in Attendance Further information contact: Brenda Barry Byrne, Curator #120 – 501 Festival Avenue Sherwood Park, AB T8A 4X3 780-410-8585

July 10 – August 30, 2015 Opening Reception: July 10th @ 7:00 pm Artist in attendance

gallery 501 Scan here to go to the Art Gallery website

Celebrating 40 Years janvier - odjig - morrisseau - beardy - ray cobiness - sanchez - kakegamic - poitras beam - tookoome - logan - noel - thomas robinson - paquette - barnabus - carter woods - goulet - iqaluq - among others

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 for a wide variety of corporate projects. Open to the public. Mon to Fri 9 am - 5 pm, Sat - by appt. 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. THE FRONT GALLERY 12323 104 Ave, Edmonton, AB T5N 0V4 T. 780-488-2952 F. 780-452-6240 NEW LOCATION still in Edmonton’s gallery walk district. Since opening in 1979 the gallery has specialized in exhibiting fine art and craft by Alberta artists, with exhibitions changing every three weeks. Tues to Fri 11 am - 5 pm, Sat 10 am - 5 pm.

JANE ASH POITRAS Bearclaw Gallery 10403-124 Street Edmonton, Alberta Canada T5N 3Z5


Tel: 1+(780) 482-1204 Fax: 1+(780) 488-0928

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Strathcona County opened the doors on March 10, 2011 to Gallery @ 501 located in the Community Centre in Sherwood Park, AB. The gallery will be exhibiting contemporary artwork from regional, provincial, national and international artists and is currently accepting exhibition proposals from artists and curators. Mon to Fri 10 am - 6 pm, Tues and Thurs 10 am - 8 pm, Sat 10 am - 4 pm, Sun noon - 4 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. FORT MCMURRAY

In Small Joys, Calgary fibre artist Diana Un-Jin Cho has created small needlework tapestries and paper collages inspired by the Korean textile called jogakbo, a form of patchwork that originated in the 14th century. First introduced to the textile at her grandparents’ house, she continued to study it at workshops and exhibitions in Seoul and Wonju. “I learned that Korean women often used jogakbo for wrapping gifts, with the belief it would bring good luck and happiness to the receiver,” she says. “In the same respect, I wish my pieces will delight and bring joy to each viewer.” May 30 to July 11 at the Alberta Craft Council in Edmonton Diana Un-Jin Cho, Mini Chogak 24, 2015, hanji and silk thread, 6.8” x 6.6”

Cooperative Gallery LOFT GALLERY AT A. J. OTTEWELL COMMUNITY CENTRE 590 Broadmoor Blvd, Sherwood Park, AB T8A 4V8 T. 780-449-4443 With artwork changing approximately every eight weeks, the Loft Gallery features the work of Art Society of Strathcona County members. Local artists and group shows are presented throughout the year in a variety of media, sizes and prices. Located in the A. J. Ottewell Art Centre. Sat, Sun noon - 4pm. 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 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, Thurs till 6 pm; closed Sun. ART GALLERY OF ALBERTA 2 Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton, AB T5J 2C1

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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 Sun 11 am - 5 pm, Wed till 9 pm.

GRANDE PRAIRIE Public Gallery ART GALLERY OF GRANDE PRAIRIE 103-9839 103 Ave, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 6M7 T. 780-532-8111 F. 780-539-9522 The Prairie Art Gallery has been renamed the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie in celebration of its major expansion into the restored 1929 Grande Prairie High School building. It is a public, non-commercial environment dedicated to assisting in the enjoyment of visual arts. It maintains the largest public art collection in the Peace Region. Mon to Thurs 10 am - 9 pm, Fri 10 am - 6 pm, Sat 10 am - 5 pm, Sun 1 pm - 5 pm.

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. 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.

Mother/daughter team Florence and Jessica Weber have doubled their space and re-named their Fort McMurray gallery as Points North Gallery. Public Galleries CASA GALLERY 230 8 St S, Lethbridge, AB T1J 5H2 T. 403-327-2272 The Casa Gallery exhibits the works of local, regional and provincial artists, with its primary focus on community art i.e. without restriction of style, medium or approach, but representing work being produced by artists in Lethbridge. One can expect

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, sculpture, 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 DE L’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. STRATHCONA COUNTY ART GALLERY @ 501 120-501 Festival Ave, Sherwood Park, AB T8A 4X3 T. 780-410-8585 F. 780-410-8580

Dominion is an elaborate work-in-progress by the cartoonist known as Seth. A model of a Canadian town with some 70 buildings constructed from cardboard boxes and house paint, it reflects the optimism of an earlier idealized era. Curated by Andrew Hunter and circulated by the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, it is supported by a detailed history and infused with melancholy, ambiguous nostalgia and cynical humour. To July 5 at the Dunlop Art Gallery in Regina Seth, Dominion, ongoing, mixed-media installation, dimensions variable


WEST END GALLERY 10337 124 St, Edmonton, AB T5N 1R1 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. Note new location. Second location in Victoria since 1994. Tues to Sat 10 am - 5 pm.

Commercial Gallery POINTS NORTH GALLERY B3-10015 Centennial Dr, Fort McMurray, AB T9H 1X8 T. 780-790-1777 Established in 1991 as Frames & More, the gallery still offers custom picture framing and high-quality artisan gifts. However with a doubling of space and a new name, Points North now represents more than two dozen Canadian artists with a special focus on local and regional. They host regular exhibitions with featured artists in attendance as well as ‘Saturday at the Gallery’ art demo events. Mon to Fri 9 am - 5 pm, Thurs till 7:30 pm; Sat 10 am - 4 pm.


In Rural Attractions, Heather Benning presents photographs of her newest site-specific project, Kil(n) Hand, in southwestern Ontario. Benning explored the loss of rural culture by placing 600 resin casts of hands, mainly of local tobacco workers, in a century-old kiln where tobacco leaves were once dried. June 11 to July 11 at the Slate Fine Art Gallery in Regina Heather Benning, Kil(n) Hand, Interior Detail (Interior #1), 2014, digital C-print, dimensions variable

to see drawing, painting, fine craft, installation, sculpture, photography, new media and video art. Mon to Sat 9 am - 10 pm, Sun 10 am - 6 pm. 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 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) Thurs till 9 pm, Sun 1 - 4:30 pm. Admission charge.

Happy Barlow and Bob Caywood recently opened The Lost American Art Gallery in Longview just south of Calgary.


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.

LONGVIEW Commercial Gallery THE LOST AMERICAN ART GALLERY AND MUSEUM Box 45, 122 Morrison Rd, Longview, AB T0L 1H0 T. 403-558-3693 In addition to the artwork of Alberta artists, the gallery specializes in turquoise jewellery, Navajo rugs, vintage photographs of North American First Nations people by Edward S. Curtis, and various Pendleton products. The museum features rare Southwest pottery, historically significant baskets from many tribes, and artifacts relating to the North American lifestyle of days gone by. Thurs to Sat 11 am - 5 pm. (Call ahead Jan - Mar.) MEDICINE HAT Public Galleries ESPLANADE ART GALLERY 401 First St SE, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 8W2 T. 403-502-8580 F. 403-502-8589 This is home to 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 - $4.30, Youth and Student - $3.20, 6 & Under - Free, Family - $12.90, Thur Free for all ages. Mon to Fri 9 am - 5 pm, Sat noon - 5 pm. MEDALTA IN THE HISTORIC CLAY DISTRICT 713 Medalta Ave SE, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 3K9 T. 403-529-1070 Medalta is a century-old factory which has been converted into an industrial museum, working pottery and contemporary ceramic arts centre. The Yuill Family Gallery features contemporary artwork from the Medalta International Artists in Residence program and travelling art exhibitions. (Summer) Victoria Day to Labour Day - Daily 9:30 am - 5 pm; (Winter) Tues to Sat 10 am - 4 pm. OKOTOKS Commercial Galleries DAL” GALLERY 45 McRae St, Okotoks, AB T. 403-601-0348 The gallery is a working studio featuring the work of Alberta artist Therese Dal”-Kunicky. One can view her artwork in progress and see the unique

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Ron Mueck’s realistic sculptures – either monumental or undersized – portray people at various stages in life, from birth through to death. Mueck, who is based in Britain, uses fibreglass resin as a way to explore the human condition, often evoking states of loneliness, vulnerability and alienation. June 6 to Sept. 6 at the Winnipeg Art Gallery Ron Mueck, A Girl, 2006, mixed media, 43.5” x 197.3” x 53”

pigments used to create the images. Many of the paintings are meditation pieces. Visitors are welcome to sit, relax and have a gazing meditation with a favourite piece. Located in the heart of ‘Olde Towne Okotoks’ across from the town plaza. Tues to Sat 11 am - 5 pm. RABBIT HOLE GALLERY 109-21 North Railway St (lower level), Okotoks, AB T1S 1B6 T. 587-364-1001 The Rabbit Hole is, as the name suggests, “underground” below the Emporium of Impossible Things Shoppe in downtown Okotoks. Artist and teacher Cheryl Taylor and shop owner Melody Enman run a welcoming, inclusive and affordable art gallery and workshop space supporting emerging and mid-career artists. Local, original art in a variety of styles and media are hung salon style in themed group shows which change regularly. Tues to Sat 11 am - 5 pm. Public Gallery OKOTOKS ART GALLERY | AT THE STATION PO Box 20, 53 North Railway St, Okotoks, AB T1S 1K1 T. 403-938-3204 F. 403-938-8963 The OAG reflects the creativity and dynamic energy of both the Town of Okotoks and the Foothills region. It presents an ongoing series of contemporary and historical art exhibitions. Recent exhibits include “Alberta and the Group of Seven”, Lou Lynn’s “Retro-active”, and “Celebrity Icons” which featured six works by Andy Warhol. (Summer) Mon to Sat 10 am - 5 pm; Sun and hols noon - 5 pm; (Fall & Winter) Tues to Sat 10 am - 5 pm. (closed statutory holidays) PIGEON LAKE Commercial Gallery BAY 12 GALLERY 12 Village Drive (Village at Pigeon Lake), Pigeon Lake, AB T. 780-586-2999 Owned by fine art photographer, Leon Strembitsky, and painter/musician, Colleen McGinnis, Bay 12 Gallery brings original fine art by more than 40 Alberta-based artists to The Village at Pigeon Lake. Painting, photography, pottery, glass, wood, jewellery, art cards and more. Twenty min west on Highway 13 from QE 2, Exit 482B. Mon - Sat 10 am - 5:30 pm, Sun & hols 11 am - 5 pm; (Extended Summer hours) Fri, Sat open till 8 pm. PONOKA Commercial Gallery SIDING 14 GALLERY 5214 50 St, PO Box 4403, Ponoka, AB T4J 1S1 T. 403-790-5387 Siding 14 Gallery takes its name from early CPR

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days when Ponoka was a waterstop on the Edmonton-Calgary mainline. Today it features artwork from Western Canada, across the country and beyond. At its core is the studio of Mary MacArthur and Danny Lineham (“Those Great Little Books”) who are proud to showcase not only their own work in the ‘ancient book arts’, but that of other fine artists and artisans. Mon to Sat 10 am - 5:30 pm, and by appointment. 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 The MAG combines elements of a museum and art gallery to inspire a passion for history and art while creating memorable experiences for visitors of all ages. The rotating exhibit schedule showcases Red Deer’s historical and contemporary life, and brings world-class exhibitions to the city. Mon to Fri 10 am - 4:30 pm, wknd noon - 4:30 pm. WATERTON Commercial Gallery GUST GALLERY 112A Waterton Ave, Waterton Lakes, AB T0K 2M0 T. 403-859-2535 The Gust Gallery embraces the art and landscapes of Southern Alberta reflected by the extraordinary talents of artists working in 2 and 3 dimensional mediums. Open daily mid-May to end-September. WETASKIWIN Commercial Gallery CAELIN ARTWORKS 4728 50 Ave, Wetaskiwin, AB T9A 0R7 T. 780-352-3519 Toll Free: 1-888-352-3519 Owned by fine art photographer, Leon Strembitsky, and painter/musician, Colleen McGinnis, Caelin Artworks has been in operation since 1988. Located in an historic home in downtown Wetaskiwin, this studio/gallery showcases primarily their own work, and also puts the “fine” into the art of picture framing. Mon to Fri 9:30 am - 5:30 pm, Sat noon - 4 pm. Celebrating 10 years of bringing the arts to the community in 2015, the gallery features its founder’s private collection of paintings, sculptures, and artifacts from around the world. Rotating exhibitions by invited artists. Fresh Start TeaRoom on premises. Admission free. Tues to Sat 10 am - 4:30 pm, Sun (Apr - Dec) 1 pm - 5 pm, call ahead for holiday hours.

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 Sept: daily noon - 4 pm; Sept to May: Wed to Sun noon - 4 pm.

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.

Public Gallery THE MANN ART GALLERY 142 12 St W, Prince Albert, SK S6V 3B5 T. 306-763-7080 F. 306-763-7838 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 1500 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 10 am - 5 pm.



Commercial Gallery THE HAND WAVE GALLERY Box 145, 409 3 Ave N, Meacham, SK S0K 2V0 T. 306-376-2221 Presenting the works of 60 Saskatchewan artists and artisans for 33 years – with changing gallery exhibitions during April through December. Works in fibre, glass, metal, wood and a large selection of clay including ceramists Anita Rocamora, Mel Bolen, Jack Sures and Zane Wilcox; Paul LaPointe painter/printmaker and fibre artist June Jacobs. 55 km east of Saskatoon. (Summer hours) Thurs to Mon 11 am - 6 pm; (Oct to Dec) 1 pm - 6 pm; (Jan to May) by appointment.

Commercial Galleries ASSINIBOIA GALLERY 2266 Smith St, Regina, SK S4P 2P4 T. 306-522-0997 Established in 1977, the Assiniboia Gallery showcases contemporary and traditional works of art by established and emerging visual artists. The main focus is professional Canadian artists including Sheila Kernan, Robert Genn, Kimberly Kiel, Rick Bond, Angela Morgan and many more. Tues to Fri 10 am - 5:30 pm, Sat 10 an -5 pm.

MELFORT Public Gallery SHERVEN-SMITH ART GALLERY 206 Bemister Ave East, Box 310, Melfort, SK S0E 1A0 T. 306-752-4177 F. 306-752-5556 Located 2 hours north of Saskatoon, the gallery is dedicated to the presentation and promotion of emerging local and provincial artists. Since opening in 2010, the gallery has held an eclectic mix of exhibits With new exhibits each month, the gallery is always looking for artists interested in showcasing their work.Admission free. Mon to Fri 9 am - 5:30 pm.

MATA GALLERY 106-2300 Broad St (at 15 Ave), Regina, SK S4P 1Y8 T. 306-522-0080 Mata Gallery is a curated venue promoting professional Saskatchewan artists including Heather M. Cline, David Garneau, Martha Cole, Anita Rocamora, Martin Tagseth, Rob Froese, Zane Wilcox and Melody Armstrong – along with fine studio jewellery. The gallery is dedicated to relevant, passionate, thoughtful visual art as well as innovative use of materials and techniques.

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. NORTH BATTLEFORD


Public Galleries ALLEN SAPP GALLERY 1-Railway Ave, PO Box 460, North Battleford, SK S9A 2Y6 T. 306-445-1760 F. 306-445-1694 Allen Sapp is the recipient of the Order of Canada among many honours for his paintings depicting the everyday lives of Northern Plains Cree at mid 20th century. Housed in the historic Carnegie Library building, the gallery attracts people from around the world who are passionate about art and First Nations culture. Spring and Summer Daily 11 am - 5 pm; Fall and Winter Wed to Sun noon - 4 pm.

Public Gallery SHURNIAK ART GALLERY 122 3 Ave W, PO Box 1178, Assiniboia, SK S0H 0B0 T. 306-642-5292 F. 306-642-4541

CHAPEL GALLERY 1-891 99 St, North Battleford, SK S9A 2Y6 T. 306-445-1757 F. 306-445-1009



The cheery paintings of Angela Morgan, who lives in Fernie, B.C., play with whimsy and popular conventions, presenting women in the landscape in a loosely impressionistic style. May 22 to June 13 at the Assiniboia Gallery in Regina Angela Morgan, Time to Bloom, 2015, oil on canvas, 40” x 30”


Ludolf Grollé presents Il y a cinq ans, his latest abstract paintings. “I feel it necessary to hone in on massive colour detail,” says Grollé. “But in a vague abstractness – a haze of colour, thought, smoke, passion.” July 3 to July 20 at Grollé Fine Art in Winnipeg Ludolf Grollé, Larees, 2012, acrylic on canvas, 40” x 40”

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.

Randall Kehrig has opened Kehrig Fine Art located on the 8th floor of the Bessborough Hotel in Saskatoon. SLATE FINE ART GALLERY 2078 Halifax St, Regina, SK S4P 1T7 T. 306-775-0300 Located in Regina’s Heritage neighbourhood, SLATE Gallery features works from iconic and contemporary Canadian artists. SLATE owners Gina Fafard and Kimberley Fyfe offer advice and support for new and experienced buyers, assistance with acquisition and investment of artworks for private, corporate and public collections. Tues to Fri 10 am - 6 pm, Sat 10 am - 5 pm. TRADITIONS HAND CRAFT GALLERY 2714 13 Ave, Regina, SK S4T 1N3 T. 306-569-0199 Traditions features fine craft of over 100 Saskatchewan artisans in a full range of media: clay, fiber, glass, wood, metal, jewellery and photography. Tues to Sat 10 am to 5:30 pm. Follow them on Facebook. 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, Sun and holidays noon - 5:30 pm. SASKATOON 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 10:30 am - 5:30 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 405-105 21 St E, Saskatoon, SK S7K 0B3 T. 306-955-5701



Galleries West Summer 2015 61 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. Thurs to Sat noon - 5 pm, Sun noon - 4 pm. KEHRIG FINE ART 807-601 Spadina Cres E (Bessborough Hotel), Saskatoon, SK S7K 3G8 T. 306-292-9683 Presenting bronze sculpture installations, oil paintings, portraits and mixed media work by artists Adrian Golban, Dean and Fran Francis, Steven W. Young, Heather Shillinglaw, Dr. Peter Wasilewski, William Prettie, Tom Schultz, Michel Anthony, Andre Durand and Tim Johnson. Elevator access direct to 8th floor. Wed 5 pm - 8 pm, Thurs to Sat 1 pm - 5 pm.

M Y H I S TO R Y, M Y T R A D I T I O N Catherine Blackburn and Katherine Boyer June 26—August 22, 2015


Mon-Fri: 10AM - 6PM | Thurs 10AM - 9PM|Sat: 1PM –4PM Produced and Circulated by the Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils IMAGE͗ 'ƌĂŶĚƉĂ, Catherine Blackburn, Acrylic on Canvas, 29” x 29.5”, 2011

118 - 4th Street, Estevan, SK (P) 306 634 7644。

Public Galleries AFFINITY GALLERY - SASKATCHEWAN CRAFT COUNCIL 813 Broadway Ave, Saskatoon, SK S7N 1B5 T. 306-653-3616 F. 306-244-2711 The only public Saskatchewan gallery dedicated to exhibiting fine craft through solo, group, juried, curated or touring shows. Up to eight dynamic and diverse exhibitions each year. Free admission. Mon to Sat 10 - 5 pm, Thurs till 8 pm (closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Remembrance Day). MENDEL ART GALLERY 950 Spadina Cres E, Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A8 T. 306-975-7610 F. 306-975-7670 Overlooking the South Saskatchewan River, the Mendel Art Gallery has been Saskatoon’s premier destination for contemporary and historical art since it opened in 1964. The Mendel has Saskatchewan’s largest permanent collection in the public trust, with more than 7,500 works. The gallery has four annual exhibition periods, and is open 9 am 9 pm daily except Christmas Day. 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

April 3 to June 7, 2015 Tribe Inc. presents:

The FIFTH World

Sonny Assu, Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory, Scott Benesiinaabandan, Jordan Bennett, Nicholas Galanin, Ursula Johnson, Sonya Kelliher-Combs, Meryl McMaster, Skeena Reece, Travis Shilling, Charlene Vickers Curated by Wanda Nanibush to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of TRIBE INC.

Meryl McMaster, Aphoristic Currents, 2013, Digital Chromogenic Print, 36” x 50”

Saskatoon, SK

62 Galleries West Summer 2015 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. YORKTON Public Gallery GODFREY DEAN ART GALLERY 49 Smith St E, Yorkton, SK S3N 0H4 T. 306-786-2992 F. 306-786-7667 As the only professionally-operated public art gallery within a 150 km radius of Yorkton, the Dean curates, exhibits and promotes the work of local, provincial and national contemporary artists who address issues affecting the Yorkton region. Artwork is chosen based on its relevance to the community and its ability to contribute to the Saskatchewan art scene. Exhibits in both galleries change every five to six weeks. Mon to Fri 1 pm - 5 pm, Sat 1 pm - 4 pm.

MANITOBA GALLERIES BRANDON Public Galleries 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. Tues to Fri 10 am - 5 pm, Thurs till 9 pm, Sat noon - 5 pm (Sat closed Jul/ Aug). MORDEN Public Galleries PEMBINA HILLS ARTS COUNCIL 352 Stephen St, Morden, MB R6M 1T5 T. 204-822-6026 Founded in 1992, the Pembina Hills Arts Council facilitates and encourages the growth and diversity of arts and culture for the Pembina Valley Region by providing an environment which stimulates artistic expression and awareness through education, pro-

Toronto artist Libby Hague creates a print installation that evokes an abstracted forest with a variety of creatures and shapes, some hidden and some emerging from the underbrush. The show, We’re not out of the woods yet, encourages visitors to consider childhood stories as well as the ambiguities and complexities they accept as they grow older. May 1 to June 19 at the Martha Street Studio in Winnipeg Libby Hague, woods 1, 2013, woodcut, papier-mâché, laminated paper, cord and upholstery tacks, dimensions variable

sq ft located at the edge of Winnipeg’s historic Exchange District. Their commitment to diverse art forms features selected professional emerging, mid-career and senior artists both in permanent or touring exhibitions, and temporary curated shows reflecting the vibrancy of the contemporary art scene. Tues to Sat noon - 5 pm, or by appointment. 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. CRE8ERY GALLERY & STUDIO 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 and established artists. cre8ery takes pride in uncovering artistic gems of all media and genres and invites patrons of the arts to discover their next art treasure. Tues to Fri Noon - 6 pm; Sat noon - 5 pm. May change for special events. GROLLÉ FINE ART Studio 24 at 81 Garry St (Fort Garry Place), Winnipeg, MB R3C 4J9 T. 204-691-6112 This gallery represents a limited number of diverse Canadian and International artists. Consulting for artists and art lovers alike, Grollé Fine Art manages collections for both seasoned and burgeoning collectors. On Garry, just off Broadway, minutes from The Forks and the Canadian Museum of Human Rights. Artist submissions welcomed. Tue to Sat 11 am - 4 pm and by appointment.

gramming and provision of administrative support. Tues to Sat Noon - 5 pm. PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE 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. SELKIRK, MB 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 with over 100 members. The gallery exhibits 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.


WINNIPEG Commercial Galleries ACTUAL CONTEMPORARY 300 Ross Ave, Winnipeg, MB R3A 0L4 T. 204-415-5540 Actual Contemporary is a dynamic art platform in a purpose-designed space of more than 2000


GUREVICH FINE ART 200-62 Albert St, Winnipeg, MB R3B 1E9 T. 204-488-0662 Toll Free: 1-888-488-0662 Gurevich Fine Art represents contemporary painting, photography, prints and sculpture. They provide art consulting and framing services. Mon to Sat 11 am - 5 pm, Thurs, Fri till 6 pm or by appointment.

GUTS'ENI - Our Relations

Dennis Shorty, Yukon Kaska artist June 24 to August 19, 2015

Dennis Shorty, The Eagle has Landed - 2014, moose antler, bison hair, polar bear hair, musk ox horn, 37 x 30 x 20"

Skeena Reece, from Tsimshian territory and of Metis/Cree and Tsimshian/Gitksan descent, studied media arts at Emily Carr University, but found her voice in performance art, where she uses her skills as a writer, singer and humorist to reflect on race, class, politics and more. June 1 to July 11 at Urban Shaman in Winnipeg Skeena Reece, Raven: On the Colonial Fleet (detail), 2010

An outstanding collection of Canadian and International art. Rotating exhibitions by established/emerging artists. Celebrating 10 years of bringing art to the community. 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.

“Powerful and sensitive images of the Northern Plains Cree”

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. MAYBERRY FINE ART 212 McDermot Ave, Winnipeg, MB R3B 0S3 T. 204-255-5690 Located in Winnipeg’s historic Exchange District, Mayberry Fine Art represents a select group of gifted Canadian artists including Joe Fafard, Andrew Valko, and Robert Genn. With almost 40 years experience, the gallery also specializes in historic Canadian and European works of collectible interest. A second location was opened in Toronto in 2010. Regular exhibitions feature important early Canadian art as well as gallery artists. Tues to Fri 10 am - 6 pm, Sat 10 am - 5 pm. PULSE GALLERY 25 Forks Market Rd (Johnston Terminal), Winnipeg, MB R3C 4S8 T. 204-957-7140 Located in the historic Johnston Terminal at the

Celebrating more than 25 years as Canada’s only public gallery named after a living artist.

#1 Railway Ave E. North Battleford, SK 306-445-1760

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DAVID TYCHO FINE ART 430-1000 Parker St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2H2 T. 604-401-1833 Studio-gallery in the famed 1000 Parker building. A variety of abstract and expressionist paintings, collages and mixed media works. Now showing the Urban Rhapsody paintings, as well as works from the Japan, Vital Gesture, River, and Black Tusk series. By appointment only.

Artist Lori Zébière likes to paint animals, especially dogs. The paintings in Rescue Rx were inspired by the stories of people who rescue and rehabilitate animals. Zébière says she wants to focus on the positive experiences of this work. Aug. 2 to Aug. 26 at the Wayne Arthur Gallery in Winnipeg Lori Zébière, Watcher, 2014, acrylic on canvas, 10” x 10”

Forks Development in the heart of Winnipeg, Pulse Gallery showcases the diversity of Manitoba’s talented artists – with a modern twist. Colour is the star in this gallery. Art can stimulate; art can inspire; art can ignite. Daily 11 am - 6 pm. SOUL GALLERY 163 Clare Ave, Winnipeg, MB R3L 1R5 T. 204-781-8259 Soul Gallery is an ‘art gallery in a home’ – offering paintings, bronze and wood sculpture, photography and fine collectables from around the world with six exhibitions in the year. The concept of viewing art in context can give clients a clearer sense of how specific artworks will appear in their own home or office setting. First Sat of the month 11 am - 4 pm or by appointment. 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.

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Public Galleries SCHOOL OF ART GALLERY 180 Dafoe Road, 255 ARTlab, University of Manitoba, Fort Garry Campus, Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 T. 204-474-9322 Formerly Gallery One One One, the expanded School of Art Gallery exhibits and collects contemporary and historical art, maintaining, researching and developing collections in the School of Art’s Permanent Collection and the FitzGerald Study Centre collection. This fully equipped, state-of-theart contemporary artspace, is wired to present all forms of contemporary and historical art, including work that makes use of newer technologies. Mon to Fri 9 am - 4 pm. WINNIPEG ART GALLERY 300 Memorial Blvd, Winnipeg, MB R3C 1V1 T. 204-786-6641 Manitoba’s premiere public gallery founded in 1912, has nine galleries of contemporary and historical art with an emphasis on work by Manitoba artists. Rooftop restaurant, gift shop. Tues to Sun 11 am - 5 pm, Thurs til 9 pm.

NORTHERN TERRITORIES GALLERIES YELLOWKNIFE Cooperative Gallery NORTHERN IMAGES YELLOWKNIFE Box 935, 4801 Franklin Avenue , Yellowknife, NT X1A 2N7 T. 867-873-5944 F. 867-873-9224 Owned and operated by Arctic Cooperatives Ltd, the gallery features one of Canada’s largest selection of Inuit and Dene art and crafts, and custom framing services. The collection includes Inuit prints and sculpture in stone, antler, bone and ivory along with wall hangings, Dene crafts, apparel and jewellery. Located in the heart of downtown Yellowknife at Franklin Ave and 48 St. Mon to Fri 10 am - 6 pm, Sat noon - 6 pm.

SWIRL FINE ART & DESIGN Calgary, AB T. 403-266-5337 Founder Tracy Proctor is an established artist specializing in the encaustic medium. She teaches encaustic workshops at her Calgary studio, hosts corporate team building events and shows in exhibits throughout Alberta. For more information, or to book an event, visit her on-line gallery.


FIRST BIENNIAL SALT SPRING NATIONAL ART PRIZE 114 Rainbow Road (Mahon Hall), Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 2V5 T. 250-931-1144 Internationally renowned for its strong arts and crafts movement and creative enterprise, the island has established a national, juried, biennial competition open to artists residing in Canada. The intent is to recognize and publicize the accomplishments of Canadian talent in the realms of 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional art. Entries accepted between Jan 15 and May 31, 2015. Information and entry details on website. SOCIETY OF CANADIAN ARTISTS 47th SCA Open National Juried Show, Jul 28 - Aug 5, 2015 Gainsborough Galleries, Calgary, AB The SCA is a national, non-profit artists’ organization dedicated to expanding visual arts within Canada. It is committed to strengthening its national presence by promoting excellence in traditional forms of artistic expression, and by encouraging acceptance and growth of contemporary and experimental forms of visual art.

C.M. RUSSELL MUSEUM 400 13 St North, Great Falls, MT 59401 The museum is one of the finest museums of American Western art in the USA and the home of the most complete collection of Russell art and memorabilia in the world. The permanent collection of more than 12,000 objects also includes the works of many other well-known artists. The Browning Firearms Collection and The Bison: American Icon, Heart of Plains Indian Culture round out the museum’s outstanding offerings. Summer: Tues to Sun 10 am - 5 pm; Winter: Wed to Sun 10 am - 5 pm. WELLSPRING VISUAL ARTNETWORK T. 403-227-4046 www. Begun in 2007 the Wellspring Visual ArtNetwork (WVANA) is an association of artists from Central Alberta which is presenting its 9th Annual ArtWalk during July and August hosted by participating businesses in Carstairs, Sundre, Didsbury, Olds & Innisfail. More information and details are available on the WVANA website.


ARTISTS IN CANADA 803 Brightsand Terrace, Saskatoon, SK S7J 4X9 T. 306-229-6204 Artists In Canada was formed in 2000 as a freefor-use online visual arts directory. Canadian artists and art galleries are invited to list their websites for free and reach the ever-expanding online market of patrons, educators and art lovers. Offers a free art Notice Board and includes articles, gallery exhibits and reviews. Subscriptions are available for artists and galleries seeking premium exposure.


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.



THE WORKS ART & DESIGN FESTIVAL – JUNE 18- JULY 1, 2015 Downtown Edmonton, AB T. 780-426-2122 Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2015, The Works is the largest FREE outdoor Art & Design Festival in North America, showcasing over 500 artists at more than 30 sites taking over one square mile of Edmonton’s downtown core. There are workshops, demonstrations, lectures and exhibits.

VEVEX CORPORATION 3-525 North Skeena Ave, Vancouver, BC V5K 3P5 T. 604-254-1002 F. 866-883-3899 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.



CASTLEGAR SCULPTUREWALK PO Box 3586, Castlegar, BC V1N 3W3 Featuring 33 original outdoor sculptures from international artists, Castlegar Sculpturewalk (trademarked “The Sculpture Capital of Canada”) has rapidly become one of the premier arts events in BC. Viewers can vote for their favourite piece via ballot, with the “People’s Choice” winner purchased for permanent display. All sculptures are available for sale or lease. Check website for map and brochure.

POSTMA FINE ART Calgary, AB T. 403-478-0718 Private Fine Art Dealer of notable Canadian art. Member of International Society of Appraisers (ISA), providing USPAP-compliant fine art appraisals.


FRAMED ON FIFTH 1207 5 Ave NW, Calgary, AB T2N 0S1 T. 403-244-3688 Owner Hannah White is an experienced custom picture framer – and an artist in her own right. Her specialized frame shop offers original art framing at reasonable prices for artists, collectors and the general public. Located in eclectic Kensington with ample on-street parking. Tues to Fri 10 am - 6 pm, Sat 10 am - 5 pm. 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. PEACOCK COPY AND RESTORATION 521 Canada Ave, Duncan, BC V9L 1T8 T. 250-748-9923 Now offering custom framing in addition to cameras and camera repairs; photo enlargements either to photo paper or giclee printing to canvas/art paper with stretching; custom image copying and restoration; passport photos; portrait and commercial photography. Located in the plaza with Coffee on the Moon. Mon to Thurs 9 am - 5 pm; Fri 9 am 4:30 pm. Closed Sat & Sun.


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.


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 temp erature 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. Now located in new, much bigger space near Deerfoot Meadows Shopping Centre featuring an expanded selection of quality fine art supplies and one of Canada’s largest selections of Golden Acrylic paints. Lots of free parking with the same friendly, knowledgeable staff. Art classes right on site. Check website for upcoming classes, workshops and demos – and possible extended hours. 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 8:30 am - 6 pm, Sat 9 am - 5 pm.

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. Mon to Thur 9 am - 6 pm, Fri til 9 pm, Sat 9 am - 6 pm, Sun noon - 4 pm. 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 name-brand 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 6999 11 St SE (north of Deerfoot Meadows Shopping Centre), Calgary, AB T2H 2S1 T. 403-283-2288

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. SUNNYSIDE ART SUPPLIES 132 10 ST, Calgary, AB T2N 1V3 T. 403-475-0608 Owned and operated by Patrick and Shirl Rowsome, the tradition of art supplies in Sunnyside lives on – offering quality materials and sound advice from a friendly and experienced staff of artists. Art materials, accessories, workshops and an ever-changing book selection covering art and design techniques. Student, senior and instructor discounts. Mon to Fri 10 am - 7 pm; Sat 10 am - 6 pm; Sun 11 am - 5 pm. 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.


BUSINESS/PROFESSIONAL WELCOME WAGON T. 780-476-9130 This Welcome Wagon greeting service offers orientation information and gifts of congratulations, without obligation and by appointment only, to new business owners/executives at the time of their appointment. Visit request forms available online.


Triple the space • Lots of FREE parking Two large classrooms • Same great customer service CALGARY’S PREMIER ART CENTRE

120, 6999 – 11 Street SE

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403-283-2288 • Calgary, AB

Check our website for promotions and happenings Monday to Thursday 9-8, Friday & Saturday 9-6, Sunday & Holidays 11-5

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Over 50 Years of Integrity, Knowledge & Customer Service • quality service and materials for the beginner & professional • post-secondary student discounts with current card

• 10% discount to teachers with a valid ATA card • volume discounts available • senior citizen discount (65+) • out-of-town shipping

403-228-3618 1518 - 7 Street SW, Calgary, AB ½ block off 17 Avenue SW Galleries West Summer 2015 65


BRIAN FISHER (1939 – 2012)

Brian Fisher, Visitation,


rian Fisher’s painting, Visitation, seems to evoke the vortex of a sorcerer’s ball or, perhaps, a sci-fi portal into a faraway galaxy. Colours swirl and blend, candy-floss pinks mixing with red, white, violet and ochre, all with a sedimentary quality suggesting the drift and flow of water. Fisher created the marbled core by pouring acrylic paint on a wet canvas and letting the colours run together as the entire substrate spun on a wheel. Once dry, he added a series of precise concentric rings, making a mandala of sorts. Peter Redpath, a manager at the Winchester Modern in Victoria, thinks no one has made similar work in Canada, and perhaps beyond. “I’m convinced his art is unique,” he says. Redpath has been researching Fisher, active in the Canadian art scene from the late 1960s to the early 1980s, since last year. That’s when the gallery obtained a dozen or so paintings Fisher had entrusted to an old friend after moving to Australia in 1983 with his second wife. Fisher, who grew up in Regina, first gained national attention as part of the Canadian pavilion at Expo 67 in Montreal. He was included in several other national shows, won important commissions and taught for a time at the University of Regina. 66 Galleries West Summer 2015

1985, acrylic on canvas, 28” x 28”

Notable enough to be one of 24 artists profiled in William Withrow’s 1972 book, Contemporary Canadian Painting, Fisher has fallen from public awareness, perhaps because he remained in Australia until his death in 2012. Withrow, a former director of the Art Gallery of Ontario, offered unstinting praise. “In the same way that the solution to a complex mathematical problem has connotations of beauty, the intricacy of Fisher’s work fascinates the viewer,” he wrote. “Not surprisingly, he is himself interested in avant-garde theories in both mathematics and sciences, as well as in Zen and the occult.” Withrow traced Fisher’s genesis through instructors at the University of Saskatchewan, including Art McKay, Ronald Bloore and Roy Kiyooka, who awakened Fisher’s interest in Eastern spirituality. Some of Fisher’s work shares formal affinities with Op Art, particularly that of British painter Bridget Riley, who’s now enjoying a resurgence of interest amongst a younger generation of artists. Fisher recommended spending at least half an hour with one of his paintings to focus the mind and enter a reflective state. Thus, his work is less about optical play and more about art as a path to open spaciousness within. – Portia Priegert

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