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FALL 2012



George & Marjorie Henn A COUPLE OF ARTISTS


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At the Centre

Classes for all ages and levels: -Children’s Classes -Crafts -Drawing -Glass -Fibre -Painting -Photography -Pottery -Workshops Monthly Gallery Exhibitions Gift Shop featuring local artists Birthday Parties School and Group bookings Drop In Studio Use

Exhibition Opportunities

The Wall Gallery has several openings during 2013. If you are a Peace Country artist and wish to have an exhibition of your work, please contact the Centre.

Gift Shop

We are looking for high quality art and craft items created by Peace Area artists for our gift shop.

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Upcoming Exhibitions November 30 - December 21 Reception: 7pm on November 30

CFCA Christmas Show and Sale January 4 - 25 Reception: 7pm on January 4

Grande Prairie CFCA Student Show February 1 - 22 Reception: 7pm on February 1

Candace Popik and Lukaz Herba The Wall Gallery Corinne Cowan March 1 - 29 Reception: 7pm on March 1

Tammy Baduk The Wall Gallery Gene Schultz April 5 - 26 Reception: 7pm on April 5

Marcy Horswell The Wall Gallery Megan Rycroft May 3 - 31 Reception: 7pm on May 3 June 7 - 28 Reception: 7pm on June 7

CFCA Invitational Exhibition

9904-101 Avenue, Grande Prairie 780-814-6080

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Artist’s Statement IT COULD BE YOU! BY EILEEN CORISTINE Providing that it has never happened to you before, you could be the cover artist on the 10th Anniversary Issue of Art of the Peace magazine next spring. Imagine the thrill: Seeing your face and work on the cover of the magazine that showcases the best art in the Peace Region. Art of the Peace has a circulation of 1500 readers and is distributed throughout the Peace area and to galleries province wide. There are many worthy and deserving artists in our region. Twice a year the Art of the Peace editorial committee meets to choose the artist for the cover of the next magazine. For our celebratory 10th Anniversary issue we’ve decided to leave that choice to a panel of experts. Three former cover artists will jury the Spring 2013 cover artist. The winning artist will be announced at the 10th Anniversary exhibition on April 11, 2013 at the Kin Gallery in Centre 2000, Grande Prairie. The magazine will feature a four-page article dedicated to the chosen artist’s life and art - it could be yours! Submissions are due by January 31, 2013, and the details for entering are on our website at There will be a selection of the winning artists work plus all submissions will be considered for exhibition in the Art of the Peace 10th Anniversary Exhibition. Becoming a member of Art of the Peace is easy and includes many benefits. To find out more go to or call Art of the Peace president Jim Stokes at 780 532 2573. If you are an art lover please tell your friends about this opportunity to grace the cover of our next magazine. If you are an artist, we hope you’ll join us in our quest to bring the best Peace Region art to our readers.


lives north of Fairview on Rabbit Hill. East, west or south, the Peace River is less than an hour away. Rabbit Hill affords wonderful views of the distant hills across the Peace and Clear Hills. Surrounded by all this beauty, she is inspired to write, paint and mess about with found materials.


has 25 years experience as a news reporter, independent publisher and communications specialist. Storytelling has been the most enjoyable element of all that work.


is an Albertan Photographer with over 10 years experience, combining commercial and artistic photography to create memorable images. Born in Edmonton, and raised across Canada her view of the world around her is unique and ever changing. She loves animals, people and a good red wine.


wrote her first book at the age of five. While certainly not destined for Pulitzer status, Margaret’s Book of Butterflies laid the groundwork for a career in journalism. With degrees in Anthropology and Art History from Vanderbilt University, she has been published in several American and Canadian publications.


has earned degrees in English Lit and Education, as well as a diploma in Visual Arts. She is by turns (or all at the same time) an artist, a writer, a teacher and a mom. She was editor of Art of the Peace magazine from ‘06 to ‘08.

SUSAN THOMPSON has worked as a freelance journalist since 2001 and has written for numerous newspapers and magazines in Canada. When not writing articles, she devotes her time to working on a fantasy novel titled “The Back Door to Hell.” Susan lives south of Peace River with her artist-blacksmith husband and two children. art of the peace


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art out there...

photo by Alana Hall

Shari Robinson officially became manager at Fairview Fine Arts Centre on May 1. “I am most excited by all the wonderful art, the talent, and a different perspective of the world that each artist gives us a glimpse of,” says Robinson. “And I get to see it on a daily basis.”


September 17 marked Kit Fast’s first day in charge of the Dawson Creek Art Gallery as Curator and Head of Public Relations.

“I haven’t been schooled in art but have had a love for it since elementary school,” she explains. “I used to sew, crochet, and do beadwork but have been too busy for that for a couple of years. Working here is so inspiring that I want to make more time for it again, and to learn more things.”

“Since returning to my hometown of Dawson Creek I have worked as a commercial photographer, graphic designer and writer at Peace PhotoGraphics in Dawson Creek,” says Kit. “During that time I attended Northern Lights College studying drawing, painting and sculpture.”

Kit describes his current artwork as “based on sewn canvas photographs combined with sculptural elements.”

photo by Eileen Coristine

“The Dawson Creek Art Gallery will be working to strengthen our ties to the School District and (Northern Lights) College art programs and increase community involvement as we prepare for the 2013 celebration of the 30th anniversary of our current home in the last elevator standing,” Kit explains. “As Dawson Creek expands, we will capture the excitement found in our growing, dynamic community.”

When asked for her vision for the Fairview Fine Arts Centre, Shari replied, “My plan for the centre is to book great shows and have exciting courses that get filled up.”

photo by Jim Stokes



This August, Lynn Dallaire took over the position of Program Director at the Beaverlodge and Area Cultural Centre. Lynn will be planning, promoting and booking art instructors for the centre, as well as seeking new opportunities to bring the public into the centre. “I look forward to expanding school programs to the centre, and offering new programs for children,” she says “Children are our future patrons of the arts; lets get them excited about art when they are young so they can continue to foster their creativity into adulthood.” Lynn studied in fine arts at University of Alberta with a degree in Art Education, and formerly received a diploma in Visual Communications at Grant MacEwan College. “Drawing and painting are my main passions, but I love to explore mixed media,” she explains. “Nature is my muse and painting the landscape ‘en plein aire’ has been a consistent pursuit for the last 10 years. Currently, I have been working on stitched drawings as I explore the possibilities of mixing textile art with drawing. “ art of the peace

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Eight friends filled the walls of the Fairview Fine Arts Centre in August with their show Connie Larsback and Friends.


Every fall, Mitch and Christina Cedar welcome music and art lovers to their farmyard on the banks of the Spirit River. Hill Fest, a one-day party celebrating the arts includes a stage for music and performance, the Art Walk and a potluck meal.

The impressive paintings were all the recent works of Larsback, Jessie Wolski, Malvina James, Del Schischikowsky, Peter Frixel, Barry Warne, Bernie Hoover and Kasie Campbell. The artists ranged from the well-respected Hines Creek painter Jessie Wolski to the relatively new artist on the scene, recent GPRC grad Kasie Campbell.

The artists met through the Northern Lights Artist Association. Their next exhibition will be a one-day show at the Hines Creek Seniors Drop In Centre on November 17th. art of the peace

“Christina and I were very satisfied with the whole event and thought it was the best yet. But they are all so unique and this apparently was the fifth one,” says Mitch. “To me events like this, in addition to having fun with family and friends, are about bridging connections with like-minded folks in this part of the region.” Adding, “I really want to expand the Art Walk.” Christina and Mitch are also the organizers of Matta Fest, an annual early spring event occurring at Historic Dunvegan on the first Sunday of May. Mickey Phone, Leslie Bjur, Hillfest Art Walk

FFAC manager Shari Robinson describes the show, “The Connie Larsback and Friends Show was impressively fantastic! Connie’s abstracts were fabulous. Jessie has a great eye and who knew a rooster could have such attitude. Malvina’s still-lifes are so real: the detail that she sees and shares! My favorite Peter Frixel was Where’s Bob? The water was so black and translucent at the same time. Barry Warne gets a lot of detail into landscapes that are so rich. Bernie’s photos were wonderful; right place, right time and the talent to compose the picture. Del Schischikowsky’s work was also fabulous. All in all a wonderful combination of styles that complimented each other.”

This year, held on September 8th, Hill Fest provided perfect weather, funky music, original art and a chance for those present to enjoy it all in good company.


In a move to encourage interest in a small rural school and library located southwest of Beaverlodge, Alberta, Elmworth Community Library members hosted an art show last spring, featuring the works of Czech artist Josef Lang. About 60 visitors of all ages attended the May 12 exhibition which showed 50 of Lang’s mainly watercolour landscapes and pastoral scenes which are owned by several local collectors. It also included a display on Czechoslovakia and its culture, as well as music by violinist Elizabeth Barta. Astride Wenigerova-Noga (pictured) gave a history of Lang, who is in his 90s and still resides in his homeland. She spoke of the spiritual element of the artist’s images and called him ‘The master of peace-saturated silence.’ “The school and library sits truly in the middle of nowhere, and people had to make an effort to come,” says Wenigerova-Noga, who lives in the area and is also an artist. “We hope that, encouraged by this success, local artists might get interested in presenting their works in the Elmworth Library in the future,” she adds.


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Over the summer two trees on the grounds of the Centre for Creative Arts in Grande Prairie were treated to a colourful layer of repurposed doilies. The first, was created by Lesley Duggan, pictured below. A second, was covered with hand-dyed doilies by Kiren Niki Sangra, both employees at the centre. Although a new genre to this area, Wikipedia defines “yarn bombing” as a type of graffiti or street art that has been documented since 2002. Centre director Candace Hook explains, “It truly has become a worldwide movement with installations popping up in communities everywhere. The Centre for Creative Arts has been involved with community beautification projects in the past and this seemed like a project that was particularly reflective of our organization.” “Almost every day I witness a passerby going out of their way to take a closer look or a photo of one of the trees. It always brings a smile to their face. Doilies are such nostalgic objects, I think for almost everyone they conjure memories of family and times past,” says Hook.

Members of the Peace Country Spinners and Weavers demonstrated their art to attendees at the Historic Dunvegan Fresh Air Market on Heritage Day Weekend.


Complete with helicopters, a burning bus and a deadly biological outbreak, a quiet country road became a bustling film set this summer. “We had a 5-ton truck full of gear and a fantastic script,” says the film’s producer Terry Scerbak. The project, called Shoot for Real, is a collaborative effort involving the Reel Shorts Film Festival (under the Grande Prairie Live Theatre), Grande Prairie Regional College, and Ricebrain Media, the production company formed by former Grande Prairie filmmaker Scott Belyea and his partner Dave Rice. “Shoot for Reel is the next step towards creating a filmmaking community in the Peace Region. Step One was creating Reel Shorts Film Festival... Step Two was developing the Youth Filmmaking Challenge workshops. And now we’ve taken Step Three,” says Scerbak.

“The Fresh Air Market has been running for almost two decades at Historic Dunvegan Provincial Park. The Dunvegan area has been a place of gathering and trade for well over two hundred years and the Fresh Air Market continues these traditional practices,” says Stephanie McLachlan, Program Coordinator at Historic Dunvegan Provincial Park. “People are invited to come together on the Sunday of every August long weekend to support local artisans who handcraft their unique treasures,” explains McLachlan. “This year’s Fresh Air Market was a great success with an excellent turnout of vendors selling a wide variety of products such as watercolour art, alpaca wool products, restored antique clocks, honey products, and jewellery. Approximately three hundred people visited the site to shop at the market and enjoy Historic Dunvegan’s rich history.” For anyone interested in vending next year, contact the Historic Dunvegan staff at 780-835-7150 or historic. after May 15th, 2013.

Shoot for Reel was a two week unpaid internship for eleven interns, seven of whom are under 22 years of age. One of those interns, Chillton Alstad is heading up the Grande Prairie Youth Film Club starting this fall. The club is open to anyone under age 25 and can be accessed on Facebook or by calling 780-897-7178. art of the peace

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Art Gallery of Grande Prairie Grand Opening A SEQUENCE OF ARCHITECTURAL EXPERIENCES BY EILEEN CORISTINE In the dying light of a stunning autumn evening, the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie was officially opened on September 28, 2012. That evening the community was welcomed to a Block Party and a chance to see the additional galleries created through the restoration of the historic 1929 Grande Prairie High School. Originally called the Prairie Gallery, the old school opened as an art venue in 1975. Then in 1993, the name was changed to Prairie Art Gallery. Earlier this year the facility was renamed Art Gallery of Grande Prairie and a new logo was unveiled. LEFT

Art Gallery of Grande Prairie Photo by Teeple Architects Inc.


Gallery Two Photo by Prairie Ranger Photography


Rise Again: The Restoration of the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie with artist Kim Scott

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“This Block Party is meant to celebrate all of the major changes that have been made and to mark the significance of the expanded gallery,” says Executive Director/Curator Robert Steven. “This is not revolution but evolution. It’s not just about the last five years but everything that’s happened


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in the last 37 years, and everyone who has been involved, even just to visit the gallery, should take pride.” At 20,200 square feet, the seven-gallery space is now double in size. Construction included many challenges, particularly since there was a desire to include the aged and damaged school in the project. The resulting combination of galleries ranging from small and intimate to large and expansive, with a glass bridge that connects the school to the Montrose Cultural Centre, is itself a work of art. “What we have created is sculptural within, “says Steven Teeple of Teeple Architects Inc. “Architecture begins with what needs to be done. We invented spaces to fit the purpose, but they had to be expressive and had to be experiential.” Pam French has been president of the board of the AGGP since July 1, 2012 “I have been involved with the gallery for nine years and have always had a passion for its mission. We are a public art gallery and our mission is to share the art experience with the whole community,” she says. “The Art Gallery of Grande Prairie is the second largest public art gallery in Alberta and for a city our size across Canada, we will be in the top five,” explains past president, Grant Berg. “But more important than size, the seven new gallery spaces will allow us to show a wide variety of exhibitions. Being designated a category “A” gallery, we are equipped to show virtually any art exhibition in Canada.”

“For me personally, five and a half years after the collapse of the roof of the school building, I simply look forward to regular art exhibitions again. I am also happy for Robert Steven and his staff that they finally can transition into the jobs they were originally hired to do, running and programming an art gallery.” Guests at the Block Party included many regional artists as well as representatives of all levels of government, including the Honourable Donald Ethell, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta who performed the ribbon cutting. “The past and the future of our region come together at the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie,” said Grande Prairie Mayor Bill Given. “Retaining the historic character of the original facade demonstrates our community’s commitment to remembering those who came before us and the cutting-edge interior provides an unrivalled space that will inspire generations of Peace Country residents.” Celebrations continued the following day with a Family Festival. Exhibits on view over the weekend celebration included Narrative Quest, Jon Sasaki: Good Intentions, Catherine Hamel: 6 points of resilience, Robert Guest: Winter on the Wapiti, an installation called Rock Paper River by Faye Heavyshield and a series of photographs of the reconstructions of the gallery by Kim Scott.

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Elaine Zaichowsky is a glass artist who also runs an interior design business out of Sexsmith called MadeOver Spaces. Rather than exhibiting her work in galleries, she works with her interior design clients to create custom pieces of glass art for their homes.


“This is my form of art. I’d done watercolour, oils, acrylics, and this was like, I found my sweet spot,” Zaichkowsky said. “You know how a painter will often use a photo for a reference and do their impression? I was able to do that with stained glass.” Zaichowsky also combines mosaic and stained glass into wall art, or sometimes in 3D such as a fountain. However, she added, “It’s not always the physical place. With the galaxies I’ve made, that was just a whole born inspiration. The fracture of light on the glass and using iridized glass, the tesserae (a technical term for an individual tile or piece in mosaic), even glass beads and stuff that have refractive qualities so it refracts light as well as colour, it brings a dimensional aspect to it. The glass beads in the rose galaxy piece give it a sparkle like stars.” Zaichkowsky would like to do it as a whole gallery show featuring an array of her glass mosaic galaxies. LEFT

Rose Galaxy Elaine Zachkowsky

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Elevator Diana Lowther


Gazing Ball Heather McNair Photo by Kit Fast.


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Diana Lowther used to be a quilter. She still makes beautiful new objects from scraps, but now she pieces together glass and broken ceramics to create heirlooms. “I started my career in stained glass making three-dimensional angels from stained glass and lead, then having them electroplated in either nickel or gold,” the self-taught artist explained. “From there I moved on to doing the Tiffany method of stained glass which involves using copper foil and solder.” She also became known for her popular series of pieces depicting the iconic forms of prairie grain elevators. The series began with a grain elevator panel commissioned by the Dawson Creek Art Gallery and continued from there. Lowther has gone on to try different methods of working with glass, such as fused glass pieces made from recycled materials. “I have always enjoyed working with my hands and especially enjoy making something unique and beautiful from small pieces of glass, whether I solder them together or fuse them together. I enjoy the surprise at the end of the process when the piece is cleaned and I can see the final product. No matter how many different pieces I make I can never really envision what the final product will look like until it hangs in the window. Glass has a way of surprising you, depending on what colour, texture or shape is used as well as in what type of lighting it is hung.” These days, Lowther often uses the same techniques she originally applied to stained glass to create unique angels from broken heirloom china, such as a pair of delicate earrings made from shards of a violet pattern. “People bring me their mother’s or grandmother’s broken china, and you hear the stories behind the china.” Lowther’s pieces can be found at the North Peace Gallery in Fort St. John and the Dawson Creek Art Gallery.


Heather McNair is a self-taught glass artist who has been working with the medium for over 28 years, and although her work still appears in galleries, she now mainly teaches in Fairview and Fort St. John. “I think stained glass was the first thing that was really the jump to art from craft. Unless you’re making your own patterns, stained glass is just like following a knitting pattern - you cut the piece and match it to the pattern. I prefer the more artistic end. I’ve always tried to stay away from the picture things, because I don’t want to follow a pattern. I find it boring.” In her work, McNair also actually prefers less colour. “I like the texture more and the pale tones, like the old antique stuff, the panels with geometric patterns but in different textures of glass.” Her drive to create original art has led her to use stained glass techniques to create mosaics such as garden globes, and she has more recently shifted her focus to pottery. “But you’ve got to pull the glass in there somewhere, and glass does really cool things because it shrinks at a different rate than clay when it’s cooling. The glass shrinks quicker and tighter but it’s still attached to the clay so it’ll crackle right on top.” art of the peace

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The Alberta Foundation for the Arts Travelling Exhibition Program

For the 2012/2013 Travelling Season the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie Presents Three New Exhibitions: 30 Miles Before Breakfast Elizabeth Verhagen

The Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA) has supported a provincial travelling exhibition program since 1981. The mandate of the AFA Travelling Exhibition Program is to provide every Albertan with the opportunity to enjoy visual art exhibitions in their community.

View From Athabasca Hotel in Jasper

Three regional galleries and one arts organization coordinate the program for the AFA: Northwest Alberta: Art Gallery of Grande Prairie Northeast and North Central Alberta: Art Gallery of Alberta Southwest Alberta: The Alberta Society of Artists Southeast Alberta: Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre

6 Points of Resilience Catherine Hamel

Re-stitching the Red Cocoon

Ether and Procession

Peter von Tiesenhausen Icarus IV from the Ether Series


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George Henn has never promoted himself as an artist, despite having created many fine tapestries proving that he is one. Weaving has been a major creative outlet for him for some thirty years, and many of George’s tapestries hang in the home he shares with wife Marjorie just outside Beaverlodge. While weaving always demands concise process, when designing a tapestry he enjoys applying a natural, simplistic Grandma Moses style, George says. George’s earliest exposure to weaving was in the American southwest where he saw Navajo people weaving. After a course he took in 1979 in Beaverlodge, he knew weaving was his line, and his interest in learning and mastering varied techniques in what he calls a demanding discipline only grew. While his studio work space was under construction for most of 2011 with a move to a new house, the last thing George has been working on is a life motif, broken into scenes of seven to 10 year periods in his life. Early on, most of his weaving was flat weaving, creating patterned tableware, towels, runners, and blankets. While weaving always demands concise process, designing a tapestry is where he enjoys applying a natural, simplistic Grandma Moses style, George said. One of few tapestries he ever entered in a juried show, a transparency he created after taking a workshop on the technique, is a work he likes for the subtle interaction within it. The tapestry, called A Prairie Moment, is an impression of a buffalo and coyote on a prairie plain.

LEFT George & Marjorie Henn at home.

“They were looking at each other with dubious intent. That is just the way it is on the prairies; that quite often, all you have is some rather not very defined statements,” said George. art of the peace

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“They said someone stopped dead and said ‘who did that,’” George said. “That’s when you know you have something.” George’s reluctance to promote his work hasn’t stopped him from needing and enjoying the creative outlet it has provided for him over the years.

A tapestry George titled Where Hope Meets Help was a major piece, taking some 200 hours to complete, and the only work he has done for commission. Done for the County of Grande Prairie, Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) centennial, it incorporates scenes of family and community life, woven through a Peace Country landscape. “The emphasis I was putting on was the strong ties and support, in the early days between neighbours, friends, and families,” said George. A strong connection to Alberta’s landscape has been the focus of most of his creative work, and a major influence in his art education was Euphemia McNaught. “I might have been her blackish sheep, because I never did anything (with drawing),” says George. “But, she taught you how to see. One of her most significant contributions to my education was to learn how to look at things and see.” The fine perception he developed is well applied in a work called Rock Lake completed around 2003 using various techniques of shading to recreate the light as the sun goes down. The piece hangs in their home, but has been on display and garnered some recognition at an exhibit at the Beaverlodge Cultural Centre. art of the peace

“When I am weaving, and get totally immersed in what I am doing; and you lose yourself in technique and the job at hand; that is criteria you apply more to artistry,” said George. Marjorie, who has drawn since childhood, knows exactly what George means. From joyful summers at her family’s Halcourt area farm doing pen and ink, through a successful career as a commercial and fine artist, and later a teacher, Marjorie’s need to do art has always been there. “Art to me, if everything else fell away in my life, as long as I had a table to work on and something to draw with, I could survive. That’s kind of the bottom line,” Marjorie said. Early drawings earned top awards in County Fair contests, and Marjorie knew in her teen years she wanted to make a living doing art. After high school she attended the Alberta School of Art in Calgary, completing a General Art Diploma in 1962 and a Commercial Art Major in 1963. Staying at the top of her class for three years to maintain a scholarship, Marjorie became involved in the student union as social committee chair, and started down another path that has both diverted and supported her career since. Her contribution as the social committee chair won her an award in her last year of college, and early in her marriage, while raising a child and freelance illustrating in Parksville, B.C., she spearheaded a wildly successful series of Theatre by the Sea performances that kept her very busy.


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TOP LEFT Where Hope Meets Help TOP MIDDLE Rock Lake TOP RIGHT George Henn at his loom

BOTTOM LEFT Saskatoon Mountain BOTTOM RIGHT Marjorie Henn at work

A commissioned piece, a pen and ink drawing of a historical marine building in Vancouver, was an opportunity that helped her branch further into fine art. The piece was published on the cover of Heritage West Magazine, in Victoria, B.C., and has been recognized in juried shows, exhibited and sold in limited edition prints. “I do see a common thread when I look back in life,” Marjorie admits. “I remember one girl friend in Vancouver saying to me ‘every time you really get going in your artwork, you get involved in something you have to organize and then you lose time away from your art,’ and that is absolutely true.” The business and organizational skills she developed, along with her tenacity to initiate and guide a project to success did help her make a living with her art though. When given advice to just ‘go knock on doors until someone gives you a chance,’ that’s exactly what she did. From the first 30 calls she made, she got 17 jobs. The work through those years gave her a strong background in perspective drawing and draftsmanship. “There wasn’t a thing that I didn’t figure out how to illustrate in just pen and ink,” Marjorie said. It was also during those years that pushed by a friend, she entered her first juried show, the 1982 Juried Regional Show, in Port Alberni. B.C.. Marjorie wasn’t expecting much, and hadn’t even gone to the opening, but got an excited call from her friend when her entry, a brown ink drawing of a house she shared with roommates in Vancouver, was selected as a Most Popular Work.

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“It was a real branch out. I could put my own stamp on it. I did it as I see it. It was one of the first non-commercial pieces that wasn’t a design and it lead to more work in that area.” “It is probably one of the best pieces I did in pen and ink. That was 1983 – 30 years ago, and I haven’t tackled as major a piece as that one since.” Returning to Beaverlodge in 1993, Marjorie turned a residence into a studio/gallery, delved heavily into watercolour work, and began teaching at the Centre for Creative Arts and Grande Prairie Regional College. Teaching was new, but she quickly discovered she loved it, and like her other passions, immersed herself in study and practice to offer the best courses she could. “It just enlarged my scope,” said Marjorie who taught all levels of drawing and watercolour from 1994 to 2005. Her return to the Peace Country also drew her back to landscapes and horizons that hold a special power for her.

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“Landscape is the thing that draws me the most. We’d be out on a camping trip and I’d say – oh George you have to stop here. I would see something and it would just light a fire and I would have to stop and sketch it,” Marjorie said. While she never painted a tree, bay or island while living on the coast, driving through the mountains in Alberta before she moved back, she couldn’t wait to paint that landscape. “Who could ignore the blues; who could ignore the shifts of pink,” Marjorie said. Applying coloured pencil lines and glazing in her watercolour work are techniques Marjorie has explored in many works. The line work is a technique she developed while teaching. “I learned to paint almost dry, and I do it over top of paint. It is different if you do it first.” “It has a wonderful effect, a daintiness, a fineness,” Marjorie said. Glazing took a long time to master, Marjorie said, but she has enjoyed the results. “I do washes and washes, it builds up in layers. I think I perfected it here,” Marjorie says, showing a piece called Saskatoon Mountain, a watercolour she did in 2003, and one of three signatures piece she submitted to become a member of the Federation of Canadian Artists.

but I didn’t have time to do the experiment,” Marjorie said. People have often encouraged her to hold more art shows, Marjorie says, but as always, finding the time to complete a body of work for a solo show has been daunting. The first time she held a show at Picture Perfect in Grande Prairie, she finished a painting for it just hours before the show opened. After taking a sabbatical from teaching in 2005, art was to be her primary focus again, but community ties pulled her into a busy role establishing a historic society to restore the McNaught Homestead. Marjorie has turned those responsibilities over to new volunteers, and with a new house she and George started building in 2010 finished, she is looking forward to more focus on her painting again, hopefully without any deadlines for a year or two. “My dream is still to get in that studio, lose myself for hours on end and spend more time painting what I have been curious about but haven’t taken time to go into more detail: to take one subject or composition and just explore it further,” Marjorie said.


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Pressed for something unique to offer for a cultural centre fundraiser, a sudden idea to draw saskatoons took her watercolour work to a new level too. “It was a piece that broke from my expected level of watercolour then. There has to be a highlight on every berry, a round reflective light – it makes them come alive,” she said. “I did them in all kinds of sizes and formats and sold every saskatoon I ever did.” Encouraged by George, she expanded further into a set of cards of Saskatoon’s, crab apples, crocuses and blue bells, and still sees more to explore. “I did realistic drawings with the berries, but I saw them as an abstract design too. I nearly started off on that path…,

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Lost, Found & Bound in Art BY DEB GUERRETTE What brings people together is different for every couple, and for George and Marjorie Henn, what it is to want and need to do art is the tie that binds.

mon denominator, the thing that convinced us it might be possible to consider a serious relationship, is that we came to the conclusion art comes first,” he said.

George first noticed Marjorie after he settled in the Beaverlodge area in the late 1950’s, but Marjorie was still in high school and too young to date.

Allowing each other solitude to be with their work is an important support they have always provided each other.

When they encountered each other again in the mid-90s, after both had married, raised children and divorced, it was art that drew them together. Appreciating and caring for each other’s passion for it has seen them grow ever closer since. “Art was an outlet for George too… and the meaning of it in our lives was probably the reason I even took the time to see him,” said Marjorie, who was busy teaching, painting and caring for elderly parents at the time. The only thing they talked about the first time they visited was her passion for painting, Marjorie said, and his support for her work was already evident. “He said, don’t come up until you are ready to take a break, I don’t want to interfere with your painting.”

“When Marjorie goes in and paints, and is totally immersed and not interested in anything else, I do what I can to take away distractions,” George said. And when she was working frantically to some deadline, Marjorie recalls, “he would basically feed me and shove me back in there.” While Marjorie does the same for George when he is immersed in weaving, she also pushes a little for his work to be recognized. “I said many times he should have a show all his own, and I still think he should,” she said.

“That was in contrast to my previous marriage, which was, ‘why are you doing it?’”

Favourite works they have both completed are hung throughout the home they finished building in 2011 on the outskirts of Beaverlodge.

“There was no particular support for what we did, or that side of our passion or life force that made us tick,” Marjorie says. “Deep down what we really are, my (first) spouse didn’t understand that.”

A new home is an ambitious endeavour at their age, George admits, but the daylight and open countryside view they now enjoy pouring in through almost panoramic windows, has made it worthwhile.

A second marriage is a chance to make sure you get the important things right, George says.

“It is something we both appreciate,” George said. “That is part of what this place is all about, just appreciation and awareness of art and what is around us.”

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Whether she’s capturing the light-drenched local landscape on canvas through her signature, color-focused style, illustrating the splendor of the changing seasons in the Peace River country or running a custom framing business out of her home, Cindy Vincent juggles her numerous roles with confidence and aplomb. A true self-taught artist, Vincent’s love of drawing and painting manifested itself at an early age. “I don’t have a formal art education, but when I was younger I knew that’s what I wanted to do,” she says. “When you find yourself doing something all the time and you want to keep doing it, you know instinctively that that’s where you’re heading.” Working primarily in oil, drawn to its richness and vibrancy, it’s only been within the last six or seven years that she’s begun to hone her craft, enrolling in independent studies at Northern Lights College in Dawson Creek, focusing on printmaking, glazing and oil, as well as completing several area workshops, including a recent three-day seminar instructed by Suzanne Northcott. Like most Peace River artists, Vincent derives inspiration from nature itself, and the local landscape is a subject she finds herself returning to in her paintings. Take, for instance, her work Aspens, an austere depiction of trees in the fall. “I’ve always liked walking through the forest in the fall, hearing the crunch of the leaves and smelling the smells,” she art of the peace

says. “Those trees are so stark.” Channeling aspects of Jackson Pollock, the spindly, wiry branches of the aspen trees look almost splashed upon the canvas, as if Vincent took a paintbrush dipped in black paint and flung it at the canvas with brute force, then constructed the rest of the painting from there. In a powerful play of dynamics, Aspens looks structured and very haphazard at the same time, a testament to Vincent’s skills as an artist. A quick study of Vincent’s body of work reveals that light is one of the most important elements in her pieces. “You can take a picture or look at something and it looks drab and dreary, but when the sun hits it, it turns into something beautiful,” she says. “It’s the way nature changes all the time, it’s never the same. You can look at nature 100 times and every time you look you see something new, it’s fascinating.” And when nature changes, she’s always there, waiting to record the process with paint and paper. After an invigorating hike streamside at the Beatton River, she unexpectedly found inspiration. “It’s very muddy and kind of drab, but when the light came over the hill, it just lit those rocks up,” she says. “The difference the light made was incredible.” Appropriately titled Phos, which is Greek for “to shine,” the light and warmth of this painting is palpable, the canvas displaying a luster that is often hard to come by in two dimen-


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sional works. The thick, impasto painting technique on the rocks accentuates the light that bounces off their smooth, flat surfaces. Another piece inspired by nature is Winter Jewels, a painting so dynamic and striking in its contrasting colors and textures that it practically emanates both cold and warmth from the canvas. During a particularly cold yet sunny winter day, Vincent snapped a few photographs of her front yard, inspired by the duality of red and blue, cold and warm. “It was a very cold day and the warmth of the sun streaming over the yard contrasted the cold, blue day,” she says. As it’s splashed over nearly three-fourths of the canvas, the dark, bluish hues of the snow seems to be the main focus, but the sunlight filtering through the trees and streaming over the snow appears fire-like and incandescent, causing the snow and twigs to glisten and gleam like rare gems. What’s even more impressive, however, is when asked how she captures the light, Vincent has a hard time articulating just how it appears in her work. “I don’t know if I can explain that,” she says. “I see it, it inspires me and somehow it just ends up being there. I guess it’s something inside me that comes out on the board.” But don’t mistake her reticence for ignorance. Admittedly not a fan of interviews, Vincent comes off as a humble, quiet type who truly enjoys what she does and has a genuine, natural talent for it. And un-

like many modern artists who explain away non substantive work with rhetoric and lofty art history terms, Vincent displays a sincerity and earnestness in her work and physical presence. Things don’t seem to be slowing down one bit for Vincent, who’s got several projects in the works, including a few commissioned pieces. She’s also working on illustrating another book by close friend, author and wildlife biologist Diane Culling, entitled Winter Birds, a follow up to the stunning Autumn Bear, which the pair hopes to have finished and ready for publication in a year and a half or so. Ending our conversation, Vincent muses about her life and career thus far, humbly noting that certain events have brought to light the fact that she truly is accomplishing her goals. “I think sometimes we’re given talents and we’re supposed to use them, and if we’re not we never feel settled or things aren’t in sync,” she says. “I’d encourage people to pursue finding what they’re supposed to do and doing it. It’s always nice to think that I don’t have too many regrets, just pursue the things you were meant to do.” And through her painting, she’s doing just that.

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Sometimes you have to go a long way to see what’s been happening close to home. Such has been the case, for me, with the art of Fort St. John artist, Brian Jungen. In 2011, I stumbled upon his show at the Art Gallery of Ontario quite by chance. Amidst the gallery’s extensive collection of Henry Moore’s massive marbles, Jungen showed sculptures made from deer and moose hides stretched over car fenders like skin over bones, all elbows and knees. Mounted atop pristine white freezer chests as on pedestals, Jungen’s works spoke of bodies and of surfaces, in contrast to Moore’s geologies. Of the post-apocalyptic, in contrast to the timeless. Then this July, I found myself within a few hundred kilometres of dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel, Germany and decided to brave the crowds. Held only once every five years, dOCUMENTA is widely regarded as the world’s most important international contemporary art event. Presenting the work of hundreds of artists in 32 venues over a period of 100 days, the sheer scale of the event is staggering. And at the farthest corner of the farthest venue, the vast Karlsaue Park, was a work by Brian Jungen.

steel legs, stripped of their expensive leather cushions, instead supported thick wooden slabs. Configured in a number of ways, these chairs formed jumps and hurdles. In addition, there were ramps and platforms supported by metal letters spelling indecipherable words; and a feature where dogs jumped over a “leash” strung between a steel cut-out of a human leg, and another one of a dog’s hind section. Jungen has long made an art practice of disassembling and recombining pieces of mass-marketed consumer goods. In Dog Run, he uses this approach to subvert our expectations of an art exhibit, taking apart art to make something functional. He also turns on its head our anthropocentric world view. He imagines and creates a world in which the four-footed ones are central, and humans are marginal. He goes so far as to restrict access to the work solely to people accompanied by dogs. Dog Run begs the question: what would the world look like if we humans no longer regarded ourselves as the centre of the universe? What if we valued living beings as much as we value our commodities? Our art? Would that shift in thinking alter the world as we know it beyond recognition? Would it, essentially, be apocalyptic?

Touted as “a sculpture park for dogs” by dOCUMENTA (13) curator, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Jungen’s outdoor installation was simply called Dog Run. Quietly waiting for canines with human companions, it was an obstacle course composed of what appeared to be deconstructed Barcelona Chairs (of Mies van der Rohe fame). Elegant, curving art of the peace


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Our stereotypical cultural idea of the isolated, tormented “Artiste” often overlooks one of the best sources of inspiration for an artist – other artists. Yes, it is necessary to be able to work alone, but what stokes the fires of the drive we all need to keep pushing ourselves to learn new skills, to improve, to try new techniques, or just to create something new? In many cases it’s contact with peers, artists who share the same passions


It is a shared love of all things made of fibre, for example, that brings together the Peace Country Spinners and Weavers, a group with several member clubs across the Peace. President Marion Walker joined the Lake Saskatoon club of the Peace Country Spinners and Weavers back around 2000 simply to find something to do with all of the wool she was spinning from her alpacas. Now she is almost finished a six year program to become a Master Spinner. At least three other members of Spinners and Weavers are working on earning the Master Spinner designation as well. Education has always been a major part of the Spinners and Weavers, and workshops are hosted twice a year in different communities in order for members to learn new skills.

learn next,” Walker explained. “Our groups all take turns hosting it and getting the workshop together.” “I think people need to see how it’s done right from the basics. Sure they have clothes, but they don’t even realize how their clothes are made. Most of us walking around are wearing woven clothing but don’t know it,” Walker said. It is this appeal of creating something new from start to finish, completely by hand, that keeps Walker spinning and weaving. “It’s very satisfying. I can take a raw fleece, be it wool or whatever - I can take it off the animal, I can go through all the steps of washing the wool, carding the wool, spinning, and I can knit a garment or crochet.” As for what keeps bringing members together twice a year, Walker highlighted the way a group can help increase an individual artist’s drive. “It’s the comaraderie between the ladies and the love of the craft. I think you just learn more when you get together with someone.” “I think when you meet with people and see what they’re doing, it inspires you to do more. It’s just something about getting together and seeing what they’re doing that drives you to keep going.” Or, as Treasurer Loretta Skaley put it, “It’s just exciting when other people get as excited about fondling fuzzy fibres as you do!” For more information or to join the Peace Country Spinners and Weavers, contact Treasurer Loretta Skaley at 780765-2175 or President Marion Walker at 780-833-7177, or read the Peace Country Spinners and Weavers’ newsletter, Threads Along the Peace, online.

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THIS PAGE LEFT Graffiti art created by Scott Kyca in Peace River. RIGHT Cole Pardy at Fairview Fine Arts Centre. Photo by Chris Eakin for Fairview Post.

During the last weekend of September Peace Country residents had more opportunities than ever to explore and expand regional art. From the much-anticipated opening of the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie to the streets of Alberta’s Cultureville (also know as Peace River) regional artists and performers presented a dazzling array of painting, dancing and partying. Town of Peace River residents won the honour of being designated as the cultural capital of the province in the fall of 2011. They chose to use Culture Days to celebrate their achievement by holding dance lessons on Main Street, an exhibition at the library and a concert in the evening. Their neighbor to the north, Manning, held a Night of the Arts to showcase regional artists and musicians. Just down the highway at Fairview, the Fairview Fine Arts Centre was the host of free art lessons and demonstrations of quilting, weaving and tai chi. As in most communities, the Alberta Culture Days events were free of charge and family oriented. A small but dedicated group of Sexsmith and area artists held an art and craft market at the Sexsmith Community Centre on Saturday, September 29. Their plan is to grow their group and hold monthly markets at Sexsmith throughout the winter. An Evening with the Artist is a special oneon-one experience that the group is planning to offer soon.

Art of the Peace kicked off the Grande Prairie celebrations with a coffee party at the Montrose Cultural Centre and the launch of the Art of the Peace Cover Artist Competition. Spring 2013 will mark the tenth anniversary of Art of the Peace Magazine and to celebrate regional artists are asked to submit applications to be the featured artist of this landmark issue. The Centre for Creative Arts in Grande Prairie offered a whole slate of visual art events over the Culture Days weekend. The Third Annual Wearable Art Show once again dazzled with two shows. Five Alarm Photography Competition and Exhibition, described as a friendly competition between five Grande Prairie photographers included shots by Al Gervais, Chris Beauchamp, Chris Fox, Doreen Altman and Nicky Heminson. At the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie, Alberta Culture Days provided a perfect opportunity to invite visitors to get to know the newly restored, seven-gallery facility. The festivities began with a ribbon cutting ceremony and Block Party on September 29 and continued the next day with a Family Festival including guided tours of the galleries, four new exhibits and family activities for all ages. Alberta Culture Days is an annual province-wide celebration and is part of national Culture Days, a pan-Canadian movement to raise the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of all Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities. art of the peace

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Art of the Peace EXHIBITS & EVENTS Art of the Peace Travelling Show: Grande Prairie Public Library Showing until November 26th Harris-Warke Gallery, Red Deer, January 7th – February 9th Opening reception February 1st 10th Anniversary Exhibition Kin Gallery, Centre 2000, Grande Prairie Opening Reception and announcement of Cover Competition winner: April 11th, 7pm Exhibition showing until May 31st

Beaverlodge Art Society Miniature Show & Sale October 27th – November 21st Gord Mackey Show & Sale November 24th – December 19th PROGRAMS Exploring Mixed Media Beginner Level with Marian Jacoba Shilka October 20th, 10am – 5pm Cost: $75 Paverpol Sculptures Instructor: Janet Enfield October 27th, 10am – 5pm Cost: $100 (supplies included)

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Beaverlodge, AB BEAVERLODGE CULTURAL CENTRE EXHIBITS & EVENTS Beaverlodge Craft Club Annual Art and Craft Sale October 19th – 20th Eileen Coristine & Melanie Hellum November 25th – December 20th Grande Prairie Regional College Art Students Show February 3rd – 28th Koreen Deheus & Chris Deheus Show & Sale March 3rd – 28th 20th Annual Quilt Show March 31st – April 25th Canadian Federation of Artists – Peace Area Show & Sale April 28th – May 23rd

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Fort St. John, BC NORTH PEACE CULTURAL CENTRE EXHIBITS & EVENTS Power of the Land Garry Oker October 12th – November 9th Magical Christmas Market November 18th – December 22nd Chocolate Festival February 10th 30th Annual Art Auction April 28th

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No matter what medium I use my subjects are always very simple. I don’t intend to send a particular message along with my paintings, there is nothing mysterious about it, no hidden philosophy in them. All I do is show off all the beautiful things I encounter in my everyday life. As an organic cattle farmer and avid hiker, there is not a single day that I don’t stop and look, feel, listen and taste the unique places and beautiful things in an otherwise crazy world. These moments are a very important part of my life. I have a personal and intimate connection to all of my artwork. Kamisak Sun brings all those feelings back to life; the warmth of the long summer evening, the sweet smell of the reeds, the sensation of the light breeze, the sound of the loon in the distance. Through my paintings I share my life with people.

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10th Anniversary Exhibition Kin Gallery, Centre 2000, Grande Prairie Featuring past cover artists and the Spring 2013 cover artist, plus a sample of artwork submitted in the Juried Cover Competition. Opening Reception and announcement of winner: April 11th, 2013 at 7 pm Exhibition showing until June 27th, 2013

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05/10/2012 3:00:33 PM

art of the Peace | Issue #19  

George & Marjorie Henn - A Couple of Artists, AGGP Grand Opening, 3 Stained Glass Artists, Alberta Culture Days

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