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art out there . . . exhibits & events

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where its all at . . .

on being an artist


the business of art

18 elcome to the first issue of "Art of the Peace". We hope you enjoy this new visual arts magazine that is intended to promote and support the visual arts in the South Peace. Since January, representatives from the many visual arts interests in Grande Prairie have been meeting to discuss and debate issues and opportunities. Topics included promotion, information and financial resources, education, exhibition opportunities and networking.

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the artbox artist profile education & opportunities artists directory

hey . . . an editorial


night prayer


Editor: Jody Farrell Associate Editor: Dymphny Dronyk Design, Layout & Advertising: Image Design Professionals Inc. Contributors: Jody Farrell, Dymphny Dronyk, Catherine McLaughlin, Dan Kameka Publisher: Art of the Peace Visual Arts Group, c/o The Prairie Art Gallery, 10209-99 St. Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2H3; Ph. (780) 532-8111; Printing: Menzies Printers

We are expanding to include the entire Peace Region with the belief that working together on a regional basis will open up many opportunities for artists. Projects to date include the 1st Annual McNaught Festival, the artist directory in this issue, and the ‘Art of the Peace’ - “Painting the Big Picture” Symposium. We are looking for your ideas, critique, and most of all your participation in this exciting endeavor. Lastly, I would like to thank the Peace Region Economic Alliance for their financial support and interest in our work. Trenton Perrott Art of the Peace

©All rights reserved Art of the Peace Reproduction in whole or in part is strictly prohibited. Art of the Peace makes every effort to ensure the accuracy of the information it publishes, but cannot be held responsible for any consequences arising from errors or ommissions.

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art out there . . . awson Creek's first piece of public art (left) did what all good public art does: It caused a controversy. The sculpture, commissioned by the city, the local public employees union, and the Workers Compensation Board, raised the hackles of some city taxpayers who took issue with the medium's potential message. Sculptor Emily Mattson created the piece, which represents the strength and endurance of the Canadian worker, using iron and found objects. Since its installation on City Hall premises though, the artwork is getting more thumbs up than down . . .


obert Guest, along with longtime Grande Prairie artist Bea Collins, were both awarded lifetime achievement honours from The Prairie Art Gallery at its art auction last April. The new awards were the Euphemia McNaught and Evy McBryan awards, respectively. . .


he Tea Room at the Beaverlodge Cultural Centre is really worth a visit, with its beautiful stained glass collage by the late Eric Bask (right) gracing one wall. Bask, a one-time area resident and student of Euphemia McNaught, so appreciated her work and role as mentor, that he recreated her paintings in glass. The collage was transported to Beaverlodge from his retirement home in Victoria after his death . . .


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he Grande Prairie Regional College's Prairie North Creative Artist Residency is scheduled for May 14 to 29, 2004. Last June's workshop, led by Lyndal Osborne and Peter von Tiesenhausen, brought all manner of artist together for a two-week collaboration that resulted in several exhibitions. Winnipeg's Aganetha Dyck and Calgary's Walter May are scheduled for the 2004 program. For more information, visit the website at . .


ast month's Robert Guest Retrospective (right) at Picture Perfect Gallery was the kind of opening artists dream about. The exhibition which featured over 60 oil and acrylic paintings from the last 20 years. Over half sold out in the show's first hour . . .


he Peace Country's reputation as having all-that-andmore dates back 75 years, and the Grande Prairie Museum's Kin Gallery (Centre 2000) has mounted an exhibition detailing the hoopla around the area's 1928 dubbing by the Vancouver Sun as the "Eldorado of the World." Photographs by McDermid Studio in Edmonton portray the heyday during which British noble types and Toronto suits came west to investigate the fuss . . .


t's 20 years ago this month that the Dawson Creek Art Gallery moved into the renovated grain elevator it now calls home. The South Peace Art Society, formed in 1948, was instrumental in obtaining permanent Gallery space, and helped rescue the elevator from a fate that awaited most of its prairie siblings. The birthday takes place October 28 . . .


ganetha Dyck’s ‘Collaboration with the Bees’ exhibition which doubled attendance at The Prairie Art Gallery, throughout its summer stint, will open at the Dawson Creek Art Gallery on January 6, 2004 . . .


he Prairie Art Gallery's second annual ‘Tempt Your Palette’, a fundraiser featuring art and some of the city's finer finger food, put some fun back into the arts scene with its "Painted Attic" portion of the evening. Grande Prairians had donated old and odd items for refurbishing by local artists. One of the highlights included ceramicist Doug Wills turning a binocular case into a Kentucky Fried Bones bucket, replete with dried chicken bones and logo (above right). Wills, who recently started his own graphic artist company Define Design, does installations for The Prairie Art Gallery . . .


Model as Muse: “You have to stay in the moment.” Jessica Shultz hat Jessica Schultz even responded to the want ad for nude models says something about her. She exudes a quiet confidence not many 21-year-olds possess. A good thing too, for, at the start of the three-hour drawing session, when she doffs her bathrobe, it's hard for newcomers not to drop a jaw. "I was a little nervous at first," she concedes. "But I was able to focus, and wound up really enjoying it."


The second year Grande Prairie Regional College student says her theatre background is a big asset for the gig, which sees her do an average of four 2-minute gesture poses and four twenty-five minute sittings in one session. "You have to stay in the moment," Schultz says. "It's a discipline, a focus. I try to not let my mind wander, because then, I'll move." Grande Prairie artist Jim Stokes interviewed Schultz for the job. "He asked if I'd ever modelled before. I hadn't. He wanted to be sure I was comfortable with the idea." Stokes calls Schultz, now in her second season with the non-instructional figure drawing group, an "exceptional model." "She's able to focus and concen-

inally, federal funding for something we can sink our teeth into. You have just until October 31, 2003, to file your own 500-word essay on what you think of any public exhibition hosted locally or elsewhere by a commercial or cityrun gallery or centre. Your review, biting or otherwise, could be worth $1,000. Check the National Gallery of Canada's website at or email for details . . .


rande Cache will host the northern division of the Alberta Community Arts Clubs Associations exhibition in May 2004. For $25, any artist may become a member. Call Crystal Babcook at 780-929-8040 for more information . . .


ews from your region? Let us know and we’ll include it in the art out there feature of this magazine . . .


trate where many cannot. We've all been very pleased with her." Stokes' drawing group uses all manner of media: charcoal, ink, pastel, even watercolour. They use several models whose body types vary. "It's the beauty of the human form that interests us. If you can capture that, it seems everything else just falls into place," he says. The reasons for modelling are as unique as the body type applying for the job. "Some are interested in how they'd be portrayed," Stokes says. "Others are into the discipline involved." Schultz sees her work as an extension of the arts. "I enjoy the subtle interaction between artist and muse," she explains. "I like to see my impact on what is drawn. My expression will be subtly different, I'll try to portray an emotion, and I get to see how these are interpreted." Afterward, it's a combination of relief and excitement, she says. "I feel proud I was able to do it, and completely relaxed." Pen and ink of Jessica Shultz by Ashley Gaboury. The Prairie Figure Drawing Group meets weekly at The Prairie Art Gallery. Call Karen 780-532-8446; Jim 780-532-2375 for information.

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Beaverlodge Cultural Centre


Peace Gallery North

Night of Artists - Show and Sale September 28 - October 31, 2003

Pamela Kane/Arcane - 2 x 2 October 3 - October 31, 2003

Marion Hill - Sand Paintings November 2 - November 28, 2003

Michael Mueller - Mixed Media November 7 - December 31, 20

Christmas Show and Sale - Various Artists November 30 - December 23, 2003

Magical Christmas Market North Peace Art Group - Show and Sale November 16 - December 31, 2003

John Davidson - Photography January 11 - February 6, 2004 Madelon Truax - “A Good Life” February 8 - February 27, 2004 Art Student Exhibition - Grande Prairie Regional College February 29 - March 26, 2004 Quilt Show March 28 - April 30, 2004


Dawson Creek Art Gallery Bee Project - Aganetha Dyck January 6 - February 1, 2004 “The Boat” March 2 - March 28, 2004 Exploring Art - Education Programs of the Dawson Creek Art Gallery March 30 - April 18, 2004 ART AUCTION April 2004 Mixed Media - Students from Middle and Secondary Schools in SD #59 April 20 - May 9, 2004


Fairview Fine Arts It Takes All Kinds - A show of works by Erin Stelmaschuk, Paula Fiorini, Eric Marks and Greg Jones October 25 - November 15, 2003 Opening Gala with wine and appetizers 7 to 10 pm Festival of Trees November 21- 29, 2003 MIDNIGHT MADNESS CRAFT SALE Fine Arts Basement November 28 Christmas Show and Sale by Members December 6 - 23, 2003 December 12 Christmas Open House with Entertainment and Refreshments NEW YEAR OPEN HOUSE January 23, 2004 NIGHT OF ARTISTS March 20, 2004

exhibits & events GRANDE CACHE, ALBERTA PALETTE PALS ANNUAL ART SHOW & SALE Grande Cache Mall November 7 & 8, 2003

Grande Cache Tourism & Interpretive Centre Watercolour Society - Art Show & Sale April 2004 Northern Zone Art Show & Sale - Alberta Community Art Clubs Assoc. - Juried art show for members throughout Northern Alberta.


Centre for Creative Arts MISTLETOE & TEA - SHOW & SALE November 21, 2003 - 11 am - 8 pm November 22, 2003 - 10 am - 5 pm Donna Kroeger - Floral Photography March 2004 Donna Kaut - Oils and Prints April 2004

Courtyard Gallery, Queen Elizabeth II Hospital “Four Painting Ladies” - Donna Kaut, Holly Crichton, Vi Isaac, Evelyn Wolchyn November/December 2003 Artists North January/February, 2004 Jim Stokes - Recent Works April/May 2004

Grande Prairie Regional College VISITOR IN THE ARTS SCHEDULE Fall 2003 All lectures take place at 11:45 - 1:00 p.m. in the Fine Arts Recital Hall. Prairie Tales 5 - Wednesday, November 12, 2003 Gerry Huslak - November 26 , 2003 Digital North - Travelling exhibit of work of GPRC Fine Arts Digital Design students October 2003 - October 2004

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Robert Guest Gallery, Picture Perfect Frame & Gallery Robert Guest - Retrospective October 2003 Marjorie Henn and Euphmemia McNaught November 2003 2004 Exhibits Include Carmen Haakstad and the Peace Watercolour Society

The Prairie Art Gallery Northern Piecemakers Quilt Guild Free Spirits: Betty Louden, Ann Haessel, Vicki Newington, Ilse Anysas-Salkauskas, Raili Wold Lynn Donaghue - Portraits Ashley Gaboury - Assymetrics October 25 - November 30, 2003 Annual Members’ Exhibition Members Art Exchange December 6, 2003 - January 11, 2004 Grande Prairie Guild of Artists - 20th Anniversary Show Audrey Feltham - Newfoundland Printmaker January 17 - February 22, 2004 The Prairie Drawing Club Vision of Wellness - Alberta Foundation for Arts Travelling Exhibition Program February 28 - April 4, 2004

The Ranger’s New Mask Jim Westergard


In Aspen Woods D.H. Mackie

Ocrol Helew Series #1 Whitney Lee Hayes

Alberta Foundation for the Arts Travelling Exhibition Program We are looking for rural hosts for this wonderful touring art program. If you are interested in providing a space, or willing to work with a school, centre or library that hosts such an exhibition in your community, please let us know. We service rural areas throughout the Peace and northwestern Alberta region. For more information, call Sue Cloake Millar at The Prairie Art Gallery, 780-532-8111. art of the Peace 7

Preserving the McNaught Homestead “This could be like an Emma Lake, only year round.” By Catherine McLaughlin

For over 90 years, the McNaught family fostered a flamboyancy and a spirit of hospitality in the Peace Country. The late Euphemia McNaught, renowned artist and pioneer, built a legacy of culture that influenced many artists in the region.

historical site. “None of us could have afforded to do the work on it,” said Peggy Martin, Betty’s niece who is also an active artist and community volunteer living in Beaverlodge.

changed. Martin added. “This way it is safe.” “Euphemia McNaught is an important regional artist. Having that site gives context

Early in 2003, sole heir Noel McNaught, deeded the quarter

Photo by Catherine McLaughlin

Upon her death in 2002, the family debated how to preserve both the McNaught legacy and the homestead that is a unique and important

Family photos courtesy of Margaret Martin

“Her sole purpose, aside from painting, was to foster an environment in the region that promoted the artistic expression of its people. She kept her eye on the big picture of art,” explained her cousin, Marjorie Henn, an accomplished visual artist from Beaverlodge. Eliza McNaught, Euphemia’s Mother Charles McNaught, Euphemia’s Father section of land of the McNaught Homestead, complete with buildings, to The Prairie Art Gallery (PAG) in Grande Prairie. “The transfer of land from Noel McNaught was basically an offer” said Executive Director of PAG, Trenton Perrott. “Her terms were that it be declared an historic site so that the whole homestead could be preserved and be in the public domain. Preserving the homestead will provide a place for artists. It is part of Betty’s growing legacy for promotion of the visual arts in the Peace Region.”

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“I’m grateful that the site is protected from being sold and broken up and, or radically

to her career, her life, her connection with the land, from an artist’s point of view,” stated PAG Curator, John Kerl. “The site enriches the experience of visitors to the area, gives an idea of the artist and how she was a product of this region. And it is valuable to have a place that we can go to, for artists to use for the long term for workshops and retreats.” A working group was formed consisting of representatives from The Prairie Art Gallery, the Beaverlodge Cultural Centre, the Beaverlodge Art Society, the Beaverlodge Historic Society, the Pioneer Museum (Beaverlodge), the County of Grande Prairie, the Town of Beaverlodge and the Alberta Historical Resources (AHR). In the near future this working group plans to form a

Moonlight, McNaught Lake, 1974

Photo by Catherine McLaughlin

Her Horses are Gone

McNaught Barn

Photo by Catherine McLaughlin

The historical interest of the McNaught Homestead lies in its direct association with Euphemia (Betty) McNaught, one of Alberta’s most highly recognized artists who lived there most of her life. The McNaught Homestead, and its immediate environs were featured in many of her paintings and the former Appleton School… functioned as her studio. The natural environmental features of the homestead and surrounding property have remained unaltered over the years and contribute greatly to the integrity of the site.”

most importantly visual art for everyone - the Beaverlodge Cultural Centre would not have happened. Those of us who are not artists, absorbed by osmosis the value of culture and art for our community. Betty’s extraordinary contribution of time, concern and talent will long be remembered and respected.”

Collection of Gary Snell

“The designation and preservation of the McNaught Homestead will have a positive effect on tourism in “It will be a challenge to work Beaverlodge and area.” stated within the parameters of pre- Randy Boettcher, a member of the working committee. “Betty is a local icon; she mul“Betty talked about an artists’ tiplied herself retreat for years . . . Painting and through her teachworking towards an artists retreat ing. We are an was her life-long goal . . .” exceptional community, with so serving the land as an historic many artists, because of Betty, site.” noted Perrott. A profes- because of her selflessness.” sional study of the site will be done in the next year and that For the many friends and relawill become the road map for tives of the McNaughts it is the its preservation and develop- personal significance of the ment. McNaught Homestead that begs to be preserved. The historical significance of the McNaught homestead site “This is serendipity.” stated is outlined in a document from Henn. “Betty talked about an Alberta Community artists’ retreat for years. There Development, Cultural was no one place for artists to Facilities and Historical congregate. Painting and workResources Division. ing towards an artists’ retreat “Architecturally, it is an excel- was her life-long focus. lent collection of early home- Teaching need not only teach stead structures including a log but inspire. If you don’t house, frame pump house, become an artist, then become large log and frame barn, small an art admirer. Betty didn’t log barn, log chicken coop that have a site in mind for the date to the initial settlement retreat but this is her legacy. period of the homestead, The place has roots.” …including the former Appleton Log School that was Doris McFarlane, longtime moved onto the property in the friend of the McNaught family 1930s. ... The integrity of the concluded. “Without Betty’s collection of buildings is very constant concern about culture, high.” society which will allow it to access various types of financial support.

Photo by Catherine McLaughlin

Appleton School/Betty’s Studio

Cooperation and sharing of work and resources are essential ingredients for the longterm job of restoring the

10 years down the road what could occur? We’d like to bring back some of the special activities that took place at the McNaught Homestead the tennis court, Euphemia “Betty” McNaught was born in croquet games, Glenmorrie, Ontario in 1902 and travelled to special seasonal the Beaverlodge area with her family in 1912. p a r t i e s . As a young woman she attended the Ontario Meanwhile, we College of Art in Toronto where she was influknow that some enced by instructors Emmanual Hahn, J.E.H. of the buildings MacDonald and Arthur Lismer. She graduated will have to be in 1929. protected, so that they don’t Teaching art equalled Betty’s love for making deteriorate any art. For her dedication to pioneering art in the further before Peace she was awarded the Alberta they are Achievement Award of Excellence in Art in restored. A spir1977 and the Sir Frederick Haultain Prize in it of coopera1982. Betty painted and taught up to the time tion is very of her death, at 100 years of age, in important in a Beaverlodge, in May 2002. project of this Homestead and for its develop- magnitude.” ment into a permanent home for artists and lovers of the arts But the McNaughts knew all and culture. about pioneering and perseverance as they made their way “This could be like an Emma here so many years ago. Lake in Saskatchewan, only it Perhaps Betty’s most enduring would be year round.” legacy was her faith in the observed Marjorie Taylor, power of community which President of PAG Board of now once again has the opporDirectors and an active visual tunity to live on. artist who lives in Grande Prairie. “It’s a lot of work but Catherine McLaughlin is a poet, freelance writer and photographer who lives in Grande Prairie. She moved to the Peace Country in 1976. Her creative spirit has been deeply touched and nourished by Betty McNaught and her legacy. Catherine is grateful to the people of Beaverlodge and area who share their stories with such generosity.

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Photography as an art form. Brenda Mansfield Debby Sparrow

The street musician in Brenda©s photograph "The Gift" was one such opportunity. The music was in the air and set the scene even before we came upon it. A weathered cobblestone staircase led to a tiny courtyard in which we encountered the cellist. As he played, he indicated with a glance that he was aware of our appreciation and unspoken request for a photograph. He graciously smiled, then delved back into his music. Most pictures were literally taken "on the fly." There simply wasn©t time to wait for shadows to

"The Gift" - Photo by Brenda Mansfield

In some ways, Paris was exactly as we had imagined it. Exquisite architecture, bountiful street markets and avenues lined with artists selling their work to passers-by created an amiable and relaxed atmosphere which made the experience of exploring and photographing the city a true pleasure.

lift or appear, for stronger contrasts, less rain, or for traffic to clear. A certain amount of artistic license became necessary once we were back in the darkroom. There, we endeavoured to push the negative, manipulate the photo from the basic straight print to an evocative one with a message. The cellist shot became an uncluttered image expressing the intimacy and beauty of the moment. A shot is sometimes a mere "jumping off place" for the process that brings about the final print. The photo of La Friterie was taken on an early morning excursion through the hushed streets of Paris. What caught Debby©s eye was a box of bright red geraniums halfway up the storefront©s multi-faceted exterior. Her intent was to emphasize the strong tonal contrasts of the building and to hand-colour the geraniums once the black and white print was developed. In the end, she went with filtering the contrasts, keeping the flowers muted, and maintaining the tonal integrity of the complex surface. Grande Prairie photographers, Brenda Mansfield and Debby Sparrow spent two weeks in Paris in May 2003 with the Grande Prairie Regional College Fine Arts Department. "La Friterie" - Photo by Debby Sparrow

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BEAVERLODGE, ALBERTA Beaverlodge Cultural Centre 512-5 Ave. (780) 354-3600 (phone & fax) Hours: 1:00 - 5:00 pm Tues. - Fri., 1:00 - 4:00 pm Sat. & Sun. Gallery, gift shop and tea room. 1


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2 Picture It 920-102 Ave. Dawson Creek, BC V1G 2B7 (250) 782-4101; fax 250) 782-2256 Gallery, framing and art supplies.

FAIRVIEW, ALBERTA 1 Fairview Fine Arts Centre 10801-103 Ave. Fairview, AB T0H 1L0 (780) 835-2697; fax (780) 835-5561 Hours: 12:00-5:00 pm Tues.-Sat. Gallery, education programs.

GRANDE CACHE, ALBERTA 1 Grande Cache Tourism & Interpretive Centre Home of the Palette Pals Art Club Highway 40 South Box 300 Grande Cache, AB T0E 0Y0 (780) 827-3300 Hours: 1:00-4:00 pm, 7 days/week Wildlife and historical displays, art gallery and gift shop.

GRANDE PRAIRIE, ALBERTA 1 Centre for Creative Arts 9904-101 Ave. Grande Prairie, AB T8V 0X8 (780) 814-6080 Gem Setters, Heather Forbes Fine Art Jewellery, A Piece of the Peace Gift Shop

2 Grande Prairie Regional College, The Glass Gallery Main campus, main floor 10726-106 Ave. Grande Prairie, AB (780)539-2909 Gallery of student and faculty artwork. 3 Outdoor Images Custom Picture Framing & Gallery 104, 10814-100 St. Grande Prairie, AB (780) 532-3701; fax (780) 532-7301 Framing, original artwork & reproductions. 4 Picture Perfect Frame & Gallery 9934-100 Ave. Grande Prairie, AB (780) 439-4091; fax (780) 539-4554 Robert Guest Gallery, main floor gallery, original art, reproductions, framing & art supplies. 5 Queen Elizabeth II Hospital, The Courtyard Gallery - see ad below 6 The Prairie Art Gallery 10209-99 St. Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2H3 (780) 532-8111; fax (780) 539-9522 Class A gallery, education programs. art rental, gift shop. 7 Unique Gallery 9929-100 Ave. Grande Prairie, AB (780) 538-2771; fax (780) 538-2790 Original artwork, pottery, jewellery, glassware, giftware.


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on being an artist and other survival strategies . . .

By Dymphny Dronyk

Conversations with Ted Godwin, Tessa Nunn and Tina Martel, featured artists of “Painting the Big Picture” the first Annual Art Symposium – October 24 & 25, 2003, at The Prairie Art Gallery and the Centre for Creative Arts.

TED GODWIN A native of Calgary, Ted Godwin studied art at the Southern Alberta Provincial Institute of Technology and Art (1951-1955) rising to national prominence with the 1961 National Gallery exhibition “Five Painters from Regina”. Joining the Faculty of the School of Art at Regina in 1964 he remained there until retirement in 1985. Godwin was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy in 1974 and made a Professor Emeritus in 2001. In the same year he was also given the Award of Excellence by the Alberta College of Art in Calgary and granted an honourary degree from the University of Regina. Throughout his time as a Professor, Godwin maintained an active professional career. Over the past 47 years he has had over 100 exhibitions in regional and national venues.

“… the doing of art is only part of the reality one must confront to be successful. In today’s art world you must promote yourself.” Ted Godwin DD: Ted, how important do you think it is for an artist to participate in a symposium like this? Ted Godwin: It isn’t until you go to a symposium that you realize that there are many other artists in the same predicament as you, dying of terminal uniqueness. DD: Do you think it is a handicap for artists to live far away from the mains t r e a m p l a c e s

where art is happening – the proverbial boonies? Ted Godwin: Maybe the boonies used to be more of an issue, but now with the ease of communication I think you’re probably better off to be in the boonies, away from the constant busyness of bigger places. I think it allows an artist to subscribe to and live on a more spiritual plane.

TESSA NUNN Tessa Nunn graduated with a Masters in Fine Art for the New York Academy of Art in 2002. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts as well as a degree in Anthropology from the University of Alberta. She has taught figurative painting and drawing at Red Deer College, Grant MacEwan College and has been a sessional instructor at the University of Alberta since 2002. She has won numerous scholarships and awards and is an Elizabeth Greenshiels recipient. She exhibits regularly and has shown in France, Canada and the United States. Tessa’s work is represented in many corporate and private collections including HRH Prince Charles, Prince of Wales.

DD: You’ve said that your latest book, The Artist’s Handbook, deals with the “nitty gritty street stuff that can make the crucial difference between a winning and losing strategy”. How would you persuade a young artist to give priority to these non-artistic details?

Ted Godwin: Look, I never planned on being that successful. But then you finally start to make a bit of money and income tax comes along and says show me the bills. Then it’s a priority!

TINA MARTEL Tina Martel was born and raised in Saskatchewan, and spent 13 years working and studying in Calgary. She earned a BFA (with honours) in the painting department of the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary and an MFA in painting at the University of Calgary. Martel went on to teach at the University of Calgary and the Leighton Centre and currently teaches as a full time instructor at Grande Prairie Regional College. She has exhibited extensively across Canada and internationally in Germany, New York and Omaha in the U.S. and Tel Aviv, Israel. In 2001 her work was chosen for the Sotheby International Young Art exhibition.

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Martel commonly refers to herself as a “maker of objects” because her work trespasses freely into many different artistic fields. Her current mixed media work combines acrylic paint, silver and copper leaf, printed papers and medium on 3-dimensional cast paper sculptures.

“Art is an experience, a way of life. The energy of the artistic mindset that exists amongst us can change the world.” Tessa Nunn DD: Tessa, what is it that you hope to share when you participate in a symposium? Tessa Nunn: The same thing I try to do in my classes. I want to create a moment, an event, that gets everyone in the room thinking and asking questions. I believe that the artistic way of thinking is what it means to be human, and inherently that is truth. The energy of the artistic mindset that exists amongst us can change the world.” DD: What is this mindset, what is an artist? Tessa Nunn: Artistic thinking will show you the interconnectedness of everything, that everything is related. The spiritual and physical realm is one and the same. After what happened on September 11th, I really believe in deconstruction of space, and question the dimensions we like to categorize the world in. Artistic thinking can be expressed in many ways – in a visual way, or by how we rear our children, or by our teaching or our cooking. You have to ask yourself why you are an artist, what are you interested in communicating, and how effective is your message. You must emphasize the content of your art.

“Focus on the process. Be open to it; allow it to take you in a different direction.” Tina Martel DD: Tina, how did you become an artist? Tina Martel: Somehow I knew all along I had to do art, but instead I did all kinds of other things first. I really get into all kinds of things intensely, but I also get bored real easily. So I had a professional career, I had a flower shop, got a pilot’s license - I was involved with music and dance for years. It was like craving chocolate – somehow I thought I shouldn’t indulge in art, because it would be bad for me. But nothing else has held my interest like art has, there is no limit to it, it is a funhouse of creativity. DD: Why do you teach? How do you balance a full-time job with a commitment to your art? Tina Martel: Teaching allows me to create art from a secure place. After my Masters I wanted to see if I was any good at it, and I’m exhilarated by what I see in my students. It is a knifeedge to balance, but to be a good teacher it is critical to maintain a practice of art. I choose to be exhausted, and make work and be happy instead of being less tired but miserable. DD: What advice would you give a young artist? Tina Martel: I would say if you need a 9-5 job with benefits. If you don’t like the freefall, then this is not the place for you. And know that who you are, what has happened to you, what you think – all those things influence your work.

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or many of us walking that tightrope between making art and making a living, "business" is a dirty word. We are not business people, we are artists. We want to make art that maintains its integrity, that is not compromised by having to determine its marketability.


Yet in order to make a living by making our art, we are plunged into certain harsh realities of the retail environment. Ignoring the basics of selling our work may mean we either starve or have no time for art because we're back to flipping burgers. (Those of you who have a found a loving, gainfully employed spouse or an indulgent patron of the arts to support your endeavours may gleefully skip to the next article now.) Business parameters do apply

to the world of art and learning the basics will allow you to recognize and embrace any opportunity that comes your way. Let us assume that you have mastered the most critical first element - hard work. You have created awesome pieces of art, and your commitment is unflagging. You continually push yourself to create more, learn more, experiment more. You have the work. As you work, get into the habit of documenting, or archiving your "Doing business without advertising is like winking at a girl in the dark . . .

the business of



by Dymphny Dronyk

creations. Invest in a decent

camera or work together with a photographer. Throughout your career, you will be asked for images (slide or digital) of your work. It is a good habit to develop. Take the photos, label them with date, size and description. Now if the opportunity comes up to submit a query, or a grant proposal, the inevitable request for images will not cause massive panic and costly delays. Build a stunning "curriculum vitae" as you grow. A resume should maximize any and all of the wonderful things about you, your career and your art. Get a loyal admirer to write it for you - most of us have a hard time blowing our own horn. The next hurdle is promotion and subsequent sales. In business there is an old saying: "Doing business without advertising is like winking at a girl (guy) in the dark. You know

. . .You know what you're doing, but no-o one else does."

what you're doing, but no-one else does." If you want to make a living by making art, you have to take your art out into the world where the lovers of art can collect it. There is nothing crass about this. It is a purely win/win relationship. The collector feeds his/her love of art, the artist feeds his/her family. The internet has become a common and effective marketing tool. Building and maintaining a striking website is an affordable way to expose your art to the world, and can also serve as a sales venue. Typically though, art is sold in galleries, either private, public, or artist-run. Equally typically, most gallery owners are lovers of art who have had to learn about business in the handson, dog-eat-dog world of retail. If you want to build a close working relationship with your gallery, be organized. When approaching a potential gallery, leave a solid resume with gorgeous photos of your work behind. Show that you are an experienced professional by having sizes, prices, payment expectations and delivery times clearly defined. Once the commitment is made, try to deliver on time. Make sure your pieces are clearly labelled with your name and item number, or name and provide a stock sheet. Gallery owners spend their day dealing with astute customers who


want a good deal and who don't usually understand the nuances of creating art. Networking, that overworked word, is nevertheless also an invaluable element of the business of art. Build relationships with your fellow artists. Together you share a phenomenal amount of information and experience. You can learn all kinds of things; which gallery to avoid because it makes you wait five months for your miserly 50%; a cost-effective, efficient way to ship your work; the last pottery supply place to still stock the secret ingredient for your favourite glaze. Educate yourself about the rudiments of bookkeeping and filing and establish some sort of system to keep track of all the bits of paper required by the bloodhounds at Canada Customs and Revenue. If you can’t afford the services of a gifted office administrator at least pretend to be one once in awhile and tame the clutter into shoeboxes.

Lastly, nurture your support groups. Art grows out of passion, and passion does not exist in a vacuum - it requires like minds and inspired souls. There is a kinship amongst fellow artists that will ignite your imagination and affirm that even though you may have lean times, you are on the righteous path.

the artbox Giclee Printing

by Dan Kameka

iclee (jhee-clay) is derived from the French verb “gicler”, loosely meaning to squirt or spray. It is this spraying of ink, under extremely controlled colour management, that allows the print maker to capture the essence of the original.


The term “Giclee print” typically means that a certain elevation in printmaking technology was employed to make the print. Images are high resolution digital scans printed with archival quality inks onto various substances, attaining better colour accuracy than other means of reproduction. Giclee, also know as Iris prints, are advantageous to artists who do not find it feasible to mass produce their work, but want to reproduce their art as needed. Once the image is archived, additional reproductions can be made with minimal effort and cost, thus eliminating the up-front cost of mass production. Printing can then be done on demand as desired. Another tremendous advantage to Giclee printing is that artwork can be reproduced to almost any size and on various media, giving the artist the ability to customize prints for a specific client. Image permanence is a concern to both artist and collectors. Giclee processed prints have a better than 90% accuracy and depth compared with 50% - 60% from traditional methods of printing. Although this inkjet technology process was developed little more than a decade ago, laboratory simulations of aging have shown that a Giclee print could last for thirty-five years. The technology is advancing rapidly, with Giclee printing becoming readily available and affordable, and these digital prints fetching increasingly higher prices for dealers. In recent years, Giclee reproductions of masterpieces have also become the stars of shows at museums and galleries.

More thoughts on Giclee: Inkjet technology is little more than a decade old. That’s nothing when you consider it was over 500 years ago when Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press and artists began printing engravings. Now artists are turning to the once lowly inkjet for fine art printmaking.

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artist profile


Beaverlodge Cultural Centre Ongoing programs in pottery, stained glass , batik, weaving, acrylic, oil and watercolour painting classes for a variety of ages. Please call Sue at 354-3600 for dates and details. Gallery exhibition and gift shop sales opportunities are available. Please call Sue at (780) 354-3600 for further information


Dawson Creek Art Gallery

Doug Wills

Ongoing programs for all ages in a variety of media. Phone for dates & details for the current month.

You may have your heart set on the bohemian lifestyle, but for the most part, art is what we grasp at between regular stints as a less than artistic something else. Still, there are jobs out there that allow you to be involved in the arts scene, and they're not all teachers' positions requiring the education or master's degree. Doug Wills, printmaker, ceramicist and now, a well-rounded arts technician, came to Grande Prairie having put in 13 years as ceramic technician at The Alberta College of the Arts in Calgary. His first posting here was a rather more general technician for the Grande Prairie Regional College fine arts department. Now, he freelances as a graphic designer - yes, he's got those skills too and installation technician for The Prairie Art Gallery. At 29, Wills had been working at his father's frame shop while pursuing a ceramics career on the side. The Alberta College position allowed him to move into the field without doing the teaching thing. "I was still in a position of instructing, but more indirectly," he says. "I wouldn't show the students how to throw clay. I was in charge of the safe use of the tools involved. It was more physical, which suited me as I am more mechanically inclined."

Pots by Doug Wills

At the GPRC, Wills instructed students in printmaking and framing. "It's a prepare and repair position," he says of the arts technician's trade. The job usually attracts those who possess a variety of skills, and are capable of organizing a space to suit a number of creative activities. Getting used to working with lots of people can be a challenge, but the novelty of the arts and the opportunity to learn on the job are some of the position perks.

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Opportunities for exhibition in the gallery are available. Guidelines for exhibitions can be viewed at


Fairview Fine Arts Drawing for Kids Who Homeshcool November 4 - 25, 2003 Fabric and Quilting Courses November, 2003 Gallery Glass November 15, 2003 Beginner Watercolour Painting November 1 and 2, 2003

GRANDE CACHE, ALBERTA Art Lessons with Esson Gale. To register call 780-827-4702 February/March 2004


Centre for Creative Arts Looking for exposure? The Centre For Creative Arts is an excellent place to display your artwork. High traffic provide good exposure. Call 814-6080 to discuss possible dates. Youth Drawing & Pottery January, February & March 2004 dates available

education & opportunities Adult Drawing January 5 - February 9; February 23 - March 29, 2004 Acrylic Painting January 7 - March 10, 2004 Oil Painting January 6 - February 24, 2004 Pastels, Introduction January 7 - February 11, 2004; February 18 - March 25, 2004 Pastels, Level 2 October 30 - December 4, 2003 January 8 - February 12; February 19 - March 25, 2004

Centre for Creative Arts (continued) Glass Etching January 17; February 7, 2004

Courtyard Gallery, Queen Elizabeth II Hospital For information about showing contact Karen at the QEII Foundation office (780) 538-7583. Display cubes are available for collections or 3-dimensional art.

Grande Prairie Regional College The Fine Arts Department offers students a wide range of career and learning opportunities in the Fine Arts. These include Diploma, University Transfer programs, and courses in Music, Art, and Drama. Students in all GPRC programs may also fulfill their Fine Arts option requirements with FAD credit courses. The Fine Arts Conservatory offers non-credit instruction in music, dance, and the visual arts, to students of all ages and abilities. Visual arts courses include drawing, painting, digital arts, and photography. Educational Part-time Learner Credit Opportunities (Winter 2004) AR1020 Introduction to Art History II AR2830 Canadian Art History II 3(3-0-0)UT 45 Hours WINTER 2830 - Canadian Art History II 3 (3-0-0) T PH1030 Philosophy of Creativity Spring Session in Europe May 2004, 2 weeks Earn University Transfer credit in Music, Art History, or Drawing, in Paris, London, Italy.

Robert Guest Gallery, Picture Perfect Frame & Gallery Robert Guest Workshop - Oils and Acrylics February 2004 (maximum 15 students) Capture the Beauty of the Peace Contest April 2004

Adult Beginner Watercolours October 30 - December 4, 2003 January 8 - February 12; February 19 - March 25, 2004

Robert Guest Gallery is available for exhibitions - call Dan Kameka at (780) 539-4091 for information and dates.

Adult Intermediate Watercolours November 3 - December 8, 2003 February 23 - March 29, 2004

Adult Figure Drawing Class - Beginner Level March 1 - 29, 2004

Photography October 28 - November 18; November 25 - December 9, 2003 January, February & March, 2004 dates available Beginner Pottery January 8 - February 12; February 19 - April 1, 2004 Ceramic Sculpture January 5 - March 15, 2004 Leaded Stain Glass November 8 - 29, 2003 February 21 - March 6, 2004 Stained Glass Stepping Stone November 12 - 26, 2003 January, February & March, 2004 dates available

The Prairie Art Gallery

Demystifying the Masters November 15 and December 13, 2004 Demystifying the Masters of the Renaissance January 19 - February 23, 2004 Have Fun with Fundamentals (of Design) January 17, 2004 Youth Art Classes January, February & March, 2004 classes available The Prairie Art Gallery produces three new shows each year to tour, and is looking for proposals from its regional artists to keep on file. Please submit your artist cv, proposal, and four images of your artwork to: The Prairie Art Gallery, AFA Travelling Exhibition Coordinator, 10209 - 99 Street, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2H3.

Intermediate 3D Stained Glass November 13 - 27, 2003 January, February & March 2004 dates available

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ART CLUBS BEAVERLODGE ARTS SOCIETY Box 569 Beaverlodge, AB T0H 0C0 780-538-1947 Vicki Meet the 1st Tuesday of the month at the Beaverlodge Cultural Centre. Exhibition, education and marketing support for artists. GRANDE PRAIRIE GUILD OF ARTISTS c/o Box 882 Grande Prairie, AB T8V 3Y1 780-532-1629 Yvonne 780-538-9238 Valerie Artists working and exhibiting as a group in a variety of mediums. Meet Tuesdays, 7-10pm Sept.-May at The Prairie Art Gallery. (see ad page 13) PEACE WATERCOLOUR SOCIETY c/o 7601-102 St. Grande Prairie, AB T8W 1Y7 780-539-4046 Dale; 780-568-4124 Suzanne Peace Country artists focusing on transparent watercolours. Semiannual shows throughout the Peace Country. PRAIRIE FIGURE DRAWING GROUP c/o 10209-99 St. Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2H3 780-532-8446 Karen 780-532-2375 Jim Non-instructional, informal group meets weekly at The Prairie Art Gallery, Sept.-May, Thursdays 710pm. Drop-in or monthly fee.

ARTISANS BIBI POTTERY (Bibi Clement) P.O. Box 144 Hythe, AB TOH 2CO 780-356-2424 Studio Potter/Sculptor specializing in wood fire and raku techniques. Artistic Director of BICWA Society, International Residency Program (see ad page 11)

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BROWN, Cheryl 9725-75 Ave. Grande Prairie, AB T8V 4X1 780-538-1248 Wide range of functional pottery and raku.

SMITH, Len 9110-100 St. Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2K5 780-539-4608 Relief wood carving, 3D carving, intarsia, woodburning. Custom artwork and instruction. (ad page 13)

artists directory LUTSENKO, Janice 11815 - 91 A Street Grande Prairie, AB T8X 1J1 780-402-7756 Country scene depictions all done with pressed floral art work. (ad page 13) MCNEIL, Michele J. RR2 Site 13, Box 41 Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z9 780-538-4760 Stained glass with a contemporary twist “Yours is to dream it. Mine is to create it.” NEKO GOLDWORKS (Neil Kolacz) Grande Prairie, AB 780-532-7030 Custom Designed gold and silver jewellery, and original watercolours. (ad page 13) PETERS, Rod 10105-113 Ave. Grande Prairie, AB T8V 1W8 780-532-5688 Relief woodcarvings, pictures in wood.

ARTISTS ASHTON, Ed 7806 - Mission Heights Dr. Grande Prairie, AB T8W 1Y2 780-532-6803 Original artwork in watercolour; Alberta grain elevators, rustic scenes, barns.

CHRISTIAN, Carrie Grande Prairie, AB 780-882-7202 Acrylic and oil on canvas - an assortment of gardens, florals and landscapes. CLOAKE, Sue 9927-86 Park Ave. Grande Prairie, AB T8V 0C9 780-539-7405 Mixed media collage - a combination of mediums creates an intricate abstract textural surface. COCHRANE, Leona 12105-95 A St. Grande Prairie, AB T8V 5C4 780-538-1208 Architectural, botanical and human forms inspire mixed media and oil painting. CORNISH, Calvin #206, 9515-100 Ave. Grande Prairie, AB T8V 0S8 780-539-7055 Limited edition pencil art prints wildlife and aboriginal.

BARRETT (nee White), Donna 9632-91 B Ave. Grande Prairie, AB T8V 0H2 780-538-2151 Artist and curator, using a contemporary approach to traditional mediums. (ad page 13)

COWAN, Corinne RR3, Site 2, Box 6 Grande Prairie, AB T8V 5N3 780-532-6643 Because watercolour lends itself to a wide range of values and freedom of movement on paper, it is my choice of medium.

BROWN, Judy Box 825 Spirit River, AB T0H 3G0 780-864-3608 My paintings reflect the peacefulness and serenity of our landscape.

CRAIPLEY, Sheila Box 569 Sexsmith, AB T0H 3C0 780-568-3754 Landscape, acrylic and oils in local landscapes and historic sites.

BURGER, Steve 10009-86 Ave. Grande Prairie, AB T8V 3L1 780-539-4038 Video production, mixed media drawing, acrylics, digital photgraphy and workshops.

CURRIE, Gordon 1512-113 Ave. Dawson Creek, BC V1G 2Z5 250-782-6388 Watercolour and mixed media artist - scenic nature works of art.

DALE, Tina 9409-Wedgewood Dr. N Grande Prairie, AB T8W 2G5 780-532-3211 I enjoy the challenge of painting a variety of subjects in watercolour. DICKSON, Yvonne 10015-89 Ave. Grande Prairie, AB T8V 0E2 780-532-1629 Watercolours with a Peace Country theme. DRONYK Dymphny 11306 102 B St. Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Y2 780-402-3280 Photography, writing, grants, proposals, screenwriting and video production. (see ad page 13) ENFIELD, Janet Box 815 Wembley, AB T0H 3S0 780-766-2795 Oils/acrylics. Commissions welcome. Perfect gifts for family and friends. FARRELL, Jody 8508-100 A St. Grande Prairie, AB T8V 3C3 780-538-1499 Paintings, oil, acrylic - mostly landscapes, flowers.

GABOURY, Ashley E.M.A. 9549-63 Ave. Grande Prairie, AB T8W 2G1 780-532-5832 “Due to the additive nature of charcoal, I can manipulate the drawing into a visceral organic silhouette.” GREENTREE, Barb Box 41 Grande Prairie, AB T8V 3A1 780-532-6658 Artworks emphasizing the Wild Kakwa and Peace Country in acrylics and watercolour. GUEST, Bob Box 1784 Grande Cache, AB T0E 0Y0 780-827-2346 Painter in the Symbolist Landscape tradition preferring wilderness and nocturnal subject matter. HAAKSTAD, Carmen 8214-102 A St. Grande Prairie, AB T8W 1Z4 780-539-4483 Spiritual and unique hockey images, chalk pastel and coloured pencil. HEIMDAL, Tim 9804-102 St. Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2V2 780-532-1995 Murals (interior and exterior) commissions, portraits. Acrylic on canvas. Impressionistic.

HENN, K. Marjorie Box 262 Beaverlodge, AB T0H 0C0 780-354-2165 Countryside and wilderness themes are my inspiration, watercolour is my main medium.

ISAACS, Vi Box 563 Beaverlodge, AB T0H 0C0 780-354-2085 Primarily landscapes and flowers in watercolour or acrylics.

HOLLER, Colleen Box 363 Wembley, AB T0H 3S0 780-766-2567 A variety of watercolour subjects with a view to contrast, light, colour and form.

JOHNSON, Cherrie Box 57 Woking, AB T0H 3V0 780-774-2291 Realistic landscapes in acrylics.

HOMMY, Barry Box 298 Beaverlodge, AB T0H 0C0 780-354-8117 (w) 780-356-3714 (h) Artist in watercolour - local landscapes. HOTTE, Vicki 11405-97 St. Grande Prairie, AB T8V 4K9 780-538-1947 Acrylic paintings and drawings rural subject matter. HUETTE, Arthur 8608-100 St. Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2K1 780-539-5907 Large airbrushed art work. Will consider commissions.

KAUT, Donna Box 675 Grande Prairie, AB T8V 3A7 780-532-6468 “I focus on oil paintings of wildflowers and berries of Alberta.” KERL, John 9273-112 Ave. Grande Prairie, AB T8V 3G6 780-532-1368 Work consists of painterly landscapes completed on location, primarily in oil. LAURIN, Ray 9637-113 Ave. Grande Prairie, AB T8V 1W4 780-532-5232 With acrylics, I can capture what nature has to offer us.

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LE CORRE, Lynn 11110-95 St. Grande Prairie, AB T8V 1Z7 780-538-4046 Painting in miniature simplifies the landscape to colour and painterly forms. MACKEY, Gordon Box 9, Site 1, RR2 Sexsmith, AB T0H 3C0 780-568-3334 780-568-2926 People and nature in oil and acrylic. Sculpture in clay and wood. MACKEY, Megan Box 9, Site 1, RR2 Sexsmith, AB T0H 3C0 780-568-3334 Watercolour landscapes and florals. MCKENZIE, Cheryl 9102-105 Ave. Grande Prairie, AB T8X 1H7 780-532-7433 Digital design and graphic artist. MULLIGAN, Helena 8709-98 St. Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2C7 780-538-2009 Insights, expressions of everyday life in sculptures, drawings and paintings. Commissions welcomed.

NELSON, Pat 9421-113 Ave. Grande Prairie, AB T8V 1W3 780-539-4481 Pen and ink, watercolour, mixed media, commissions considered, tea leaf readings. PATRICK, Anne RR1 Wembley, AB T0H 3S0 780-766-2445 “My landscapes, florals and berries are done in realism in watercolour, acrylic and oils.” PEARCY, Irene 10505-109 Ave. Grande Prairie, AB T8V 1S4 780-538-1232 “My favorite studies for painting are local landscapes and still life in acrylic and watercolour.” PERRET, Gordon & Holly 9306-71 Ave. Grande Prairie, AB T8V 6E3 780-532-9507 Oil and acrylic paintings; ceramic and mixed media sculptures. (ad page 11) REDWOOD, Lonnie 9505-63 Ave. Grande Prairie, AB T8W 2G1 780-532-3510 “I enjoy painting landscapes and related subject matter in watercolours.”

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ROY, Janet Box 279 Sexsmith, AB T0H 3C0 780-568-3961 Acrylics in various subjects - landscapes, flowers, birds and animals. SANDBOE, Suzanne ASA, PWS Box 28, Site 9, RR1 Sexsmith, AB T0H 3C0 780-568-4124 Realistic landscapes, portraits and scenes from everyday life. Original work and commissions in a variety of mediums. (see ad page 10) SHILKA, Marian #142, 8010-100 St. Grande Prairie, AB T8V 6X4 780-532-7562 Watercolour. “The interplay of pigment, water and light fascinates me each time I bring my inspiration into the physical realm.” STAFFORD, Cathy 8813-102 St. Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2S6 780-402-8860 Abstract/expressionist acrylic paintings. STEFANNSON, Wendy 10509-81 St. Peace River, AB T8S 1M7 780-624-8522 Working conceptually, employing photography, acrylic paints and sculptural techniques. STEINKE, Vi Box 10 Silver Valley, AB T0H 3E0 781-351-2174 “My paintings of scenery and florals are done in oils, acrylics or watercolour.” STOKES, Jim 10417-110 Ave. Grande Prairie, AB T8V 1S8 780-532-2573 Quality, original paintings, drawings and prints. Contemporary representational work. (see ad page 10) STROM, Brenda 10205 - 76 Ave. Grande Prairie, AB T8W 1Y6 780-532-8930 Watercolors, oil, monoprints of florals, intimate landscapes and hockey players. SWANSTON, Nan RR3, Site 4, Box 6 Grande Prairie, AB T8V 5N3 780-532-6745 Close-up views of nature, buildings. people - watercolour and pastel.

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SYROTA, Dale 7601-102 St. Grande Prairie, AB T8W 1Y7 780-539-4046 Traditional transparent watercolour painting rendered in a true and unique style. (see ad page 10) TAYLOR, Marjorie 9506-77 Ave. Grande Prairie, AB T8V 4T3 780-532-0355 Acrylic on canvas/mixed media, abstract paintings, clay sculpture. (see ad page 13) TORBEY, Camille 9634-107 Ave. Grande Prairie, AB T8V 1L1 780-539-3350 Wood carving, pastel, oil, watercolour. UGUR, Rika #202, 10230-106 Ave. Grande Prairie, AB T8V 5G8 780-814-7430 Oil paintings; impressionistic landscapes.

PHOTOGRAPHY ART OF IT ALL, THE Photography by Tanya Sedore 9801-105 Ave. Grande Prairie, AB T8V 1G7 780-513-9650/780-505-1267 Portrait, commercial, wedding, aerial photography in colour and black and white. MCGUINTY, Kristine 12813-92 St. Peace River, AB T8S 1R9 780-624-2605 Harvest Moon Studio: Contemporary photographic images, polaroid emulsion transfers, acrylic paintings and drawings. MCLAUGHLIN, Catherine Grande Prairie, AB 780-402-6211 Photography - informal portraits of people and their pets, landscape. Freelance writing, poetry readings. PETIT, Don Box 823 Dawson Creek, BC V1G 4H8 250-782-1063 or 250-782-6068 1-866-373-8488 Peace Region nature photography, graphic design, publishing, marketing, product development.


This series of images began as a result of hiking and camping in the mountains. I don't know if you have ever sat on a mountain ridge in the dark of night and watched the sky. Meteors streak by and the Milky Way lists across the sky like some galactic cloud of stars, while constellations slowly spin, keeping the hours of the night. As a teenager, I climbed to the top of a mountain with our scout troop and we built a cairn. That cairn was our human mark on the mountain. We had succeeded. Our cairn was also reaching into the sky towards the heavens. Our mark reaching toward God. This drawing depicts a cairn on a mountain top at night. The stars and comets are swirling around the cairn's human form, showing our contemplation of life and the mystery of the universe. The peak on the right is the high ground where God is reaching down to people. We are all caught in the dilemna of sensing an intimacy with God, yet feeling isolated and alone in the universe. Steve Burger Night Prayer, 2002 Mixed Media Drawing, 15" x 15"

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Preserving the McNaught Homestead, On being an artist, The business of art