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November 1st to 29th, 2019

Centre for Creative Arts Grande Prairie, AB

A World of CONTRAST It is Sunday, October 20th, 2019, and I am writing this as President of the Peace Chapter of the Federation of Canadian Artists. It’s the day before the Federal election and I am disturbed by the tone that has crept into this and other recent elections. Quite frankly I am tired of listening to the shallow comments of people vying for power and privilege in our flawed democratic process. We have had a steady diet of debate, put downs, deceit and propaganda supported by the expenditure of large amounts of money. In the Fall of 1974, facing the hard news that my eldest daughter Joanna had an inoperable brain tumor, I would often sit at the piano and play the song Turn, Turn, Turn. The words, drawn from the Old Testament, would be sifted through my mind like they were in a cement mixer: A time to be born, a time to die A time to plant, a time to reap A time to kill, a time to heal A time to laugh, a time to weep A time to build up, a time to break down A time to dance, a time to mourn A time to cast away stones, a time to gather stones together A time of love, a time of hate A time of war, a time of peace A time you may embrace, a time to refrain from embracing A time to gain, a time to lose A time to rend, a time to sew A time for love, a time for hate A time for peace, I swear it's not too late To everything (turn, turn, turn) There is a season (turn, turn, turn) And a time to every purpose, under heaven What a set of contrasting pictures is painted by these words. I find myself yearning for a better season for discourse in our politics. Just like I was yearning for my daughter to be returned to a healthy condition I am hoping that the culture of politics can turn. Another set of images, that contrast sharply from the combative, demeaning and adversarial nature of our time, is captured by one of the most important prayers I have found – The Prayer of St Francis of Assisi: Lord, make me an instrument of your peace: where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. As artists we have the opportunity to inject beauty, intrigue, moods and messages that stand as a sharp contrast to the tone and messaging of our time. Art evokes a response. Art causes reflection. Art can focus the mind on things that are beautiful, that build, that are life giving, that honour, that need to be nurtured and preserved. For each piece of art in this show one might ask what is captured in the image and what social, and natural issues does it highlight in this world of contrast? Charlie Parslow


Award of Excellence



Suzanne Sandboe

16 x 40" Acrylic on Canvas $2250

A kaleidoscope of colors plays across the evening sky as the evening sun settles in the West.


Moonlit Wind Braid

Elizabeth Hutchinson

24 x 36" Oil on Canvas $1600 ‘Moonlit Wind Braid’ portrays light and wind dancing through the mane of a horse. The inanimate strands glitter and move as if they have a spirit of their own. Equine enthusiasts of various cultures have passed down tales crediting these braids to spirits riding our horses in our absence. They leave the wind whipped braids behind as evidence of their visit.

Different Stripes

Tannis Trydal


8 x 10" Graphite on Stonehenge $175 The world is made up of people of all different stripes; gender, color, sexual orientation, politics etc. The acceptance of contrasting views makes life more interesting and elevates us.


Mary Parslow

12 x 9" Two Plate linocut on mixed media paper $225 "Burn Out” a two plate linocut showing the sharp contrast between a bright, windswept, smoke free sky and two recently burned, charred trees after a forest fire. The contrast not only lies in the colour choices but the lines and forms used to accentuate the differences.

In Transition Sandy Troudt

20 x 20" Acrylic on canvas $900 I found this palette irresistible after the full colour of autumn and before winter finally sets in. Neutrals can be truly beautiful.

Autumn Gaze Caily Oldershaw 12 x 6" Oil on Canvas $285 “Intense sunlight streams across her face on a late fall afternoon. The warmth of the sun is contrasted with the cool breeze of the winter ahead”

Qualifying Entries Some Beach, Somewhere Donna Bozarth

20 x 16" Linocut $250 Just another day at the beach.

Melting Down

Carol Bromley Meeres 10 x 8" Encaustic, Copper leaf, Asian paper on wood $100 Melted wax and disintegrating copper leaf are metaphors for threats to ecosystems, the climate, and social systems. The contrasting colours and materials reflect contrasting views on dealing with these perils.

Natural Gas ProductionClean Energy Miep Burgerjon

12 x 12" Two Plate Linocut Hand Pulled Print $190 Human Nature versus Mother Nature in the Peace Country and (mis) representation of ‘Clean Energy’ is manifested in this two-plate linocut, handpulled print.


Angela Fehr 29 x 21" Watercolor on panel


What can an artist do when visiting some of the most beautiful places in BC but try to paint them? I love that in this painting of Christina Falls, in the Muskwa-Kechika back country, I can see not only the wild beauty of the region, but my own hand as an artist, showing my heart through my environment.


Elizabeth Hutchinson 40 x 30" Oil on canvas


When prompted to create an image exploring contrast, a black crow against a white cloud came to mind. Yet when I explored my theme in paint I was enthralled by how little of the light refracted in a cloud is truly white, and how much of the color in the environment is reflected on the bird’s feathers. I hope you enjoy the contrast of land and sky, animal and environment, dark and light.’ As the crow flies’ is a term that indicates a straight path. I titled this piece ‘Wander’ as, like our own lives, a crow’s path is rarely straight.

Promise of Spring Donna Kaut

6 x 8" Oil on Canvas $400 Right after the snow melts this little wildflower appears in meadows and pastures across North America. Also known as the "Pasque Flower" or "Lion's Beard", crocuses are a promise that spring is soon to arrive. Their annual arrival near my home inspired me to capture their freshness and beauty in this little painting.


Donna Kaut 16 x 20" Oil on Canvas $900

A familiar scene across the prairies. canola fields are an integral part of Alberta's farming community. The bright yellow flowers under a cloudy sky were a beautiful combination that moved me to paint this scene near my home. I find it amazing that even common, everyday sights are subjects too wonderful to overlook and must be applied onto canvas!

Legacy of Dreams

Kenneth Lane

14 x 18" Acrylic on Canvas $384

I have always been fascinated with old farm buildings and the stories that they tell of past dreams and hard work. I chose a monochromatic approach to highlight the shapes and textures created by the passage of time.

Peace Country Summer Kenneth Lane

16 x 20" Acrylic on Canvas $432 I love the way that the local farm fields burst with vibrant colours during the summer. The amazing skies add highlights to the overall show to create endless inspiration.

Peace Hills Kenneth Lane

16 x 20" Acrylic on Canvas $472 The turnings of the seasons awaken new hope, new sights and sounds, and we gain another year to remember.

Nature's Energy Emily Lozeron

42 x 42" Acrylic on Canvas $3800 The world is full of contrasts. The contrast between light and dark, with the lightning during the night making it as bright as mid day. The contrast of the 2 types of energy. The dynamic unharnessed power of lightning and the highly sought-after oil from deep within the earth. No matter what the thoughts are of oil, there is no denying that we are highly dependant on it.

Seasons End Emily Lozeron 30 x15" Acrylic on canvas


Walking through nature, we see many types of contrast. The trees that have died many years ago and the bark is faded and whitened from exposure to the elements. Contrasted to the bright living plants that are changing color during the fall. The land preparing for the inevitable arrival of winter. The temperature falling and the chill in the air compared to the warmth of the summer. However without the change in seasons you lose the appreciation for the warmth if you never have the cold.

Mountain Metis Gary Lowe

16 x 20" Pastel on paper $1600 A small group of Metis have lived in the mountains since the time of David Thompson (CERCA 1750) About 1912 the government decided to establish Jasper National Park for the anglo tourists. The first thing they did was disarm the Metis at Jasper House and tell them to leave. After 200 years they still called this area home. They had nowhere to go as the prairie Metis met their demise at Batoche. It was decided to drive their cattle and horses through the mountains to another familiar location...the Grande Cache. Here they established themselves as guides and outfitters and continued to survive the European invasion. About 1950 they petitioned to protect their hunting area and Willmore Wilderness Park was created. In Grande Cache I bought a DVD showing their return to Jasper via horseback through the mountains with their young children... An attempt to educate and heal the newer generation. From the DVD I compiled several images that eventually created this pastel painting.

Peace Country Snowbird Gary Lowe

24 x 36" Acrylic on Panel $1600 I have lived in the Peace for close to 40 years. A few severe winters have happened which expanded the Snowy Owl population dramatically. The lovely creatures generally live further north but will head south when the food supply diminishes.

Reflextion Tranquil Gary Lowe

24 x 30" Acrylic on Panel $1200

Since our moose population is in distress, I decided not to hunt moose last fall, but to spend time painting one. At Imperial Creek, south of Tumbler a few falls ago I got several photos of a cow moose and calf standing in a small backwater. It was so calm that I even had time to do some sketches on the spot. She grew some antlers and lost her calf in the painting but the sense of tranquility remains.

Tribute to Pioneer Women Gary Lowe

24 x 36" Acrylic on Panel $2200 My 90 year old neighbour, Oliver Wertz told me how the Peace was initially settled by Steamwheeler. At the end of the first world war, veterans were offered land in the area. The Peace was flooded with young lonely men. Mail order brides were common and many young women arrived at the Fort St.John landing only to get back on board and return to civilization. The painting concerns the women who stayed at that time, the importance of strong family bonds and the hardships of survival.

A Lily a Day Katherine Moe

36 x 24" Acrylic on canvas $350 This piece reminds me of the love song, I’ll give you a Lily a day dear, I’ll give you a Lily a Day, I’ll love you until the rivers run still, And the four winds we know blow away.

Fantasy Island Still Waters Katherine Moe

40 x 30" Acrylic on canvas $400

Light and shadow create contrasting patterns as they dance across this magical landscape.

Before Electricity Karl Musgrove

24 x 30" Oil on canvas $750

This winter scene is reminiscent of Karl’s teenage years of feeding cattle by horse and sleigh with his brother.

Sudden Encounter Karl Musgrove

24 x 48" Oil on Canvas $950 Anything can happen when you’re guiding in the backcountry and a close encounter can get everyone’s adrenaline up.

Breeding Season

Karl Musgrove 30 x 48" Oil on Canvas $975

There a number of resident elk around Karl’s home and the bugle of a bull elk is a common sound in the fall.

Old Fort Hills Alison Newth

20 x 20" Acrylic on Wrapped Canvas $595

My work often features local landscapes; the Peace River valley is one of my favourite local landscapes to paint. The community of Old Fort is nestled on the banks of the stunning Peace River, just downstream from the construction of the controversial Site C dam. This painting was inspired by a photo taken on a family hiking trip in this area.

Williston Lake Sunset Alison Newth

24 x 24" Acrylic on Wrapped Canvas $695

My work often tries to capture the beauty and colour of local landscapes; this is no exception. Williston Lake has been a favourite gathering place for my family over the years, with the many cousins often spending the day climbing the sandy bluffs or collecting driftwood that has washed up. In this painting, I tried to capture the dramatic sunset at the end of one of these such days.

Into the Unknown Caily Oldershaw

36 x 24" Oil on Canvas $925 “Stepping slowly and carefully along the once clear path now completely overgrown with sweet clover.�

Away From It All Charlie Parslow

6 x 8" Linocut with hand colouring on Japanese paper $175 The solitude of a remote home represents a sharp contrast to the frantic existence of those who live in a city.

Swan Lake-Fall Impressions Charlie Parslow

8 x 6" Linocut with hand colouring on Japanese paper $175 Contrast in colour and mood abound. A time and a place of beauty, yet a herald to a season of comparative emptiness.

Old Granary Charlie Parslow

6 x 6" Linocut with Chine Colle $175 The simplicity of the old granary is a representation of an age of farming that contrasts sharply with the highly mechanized farming industry of our age.

Snowshoe Shuffle Mary Parslow

10 x 10" Two Plate Linocut on Mixed Media paper $225 A two plate linocut in which a snowshoe hare is buried in some grasses and sits quietly in front of two neighbours who are shuffling by trying not to be seen. The buried hare’s darkness in contrast to his two lighter buddies helps him hidehe hopes.

On Shrek Ridge Caribou Mountains Suzanne Sandboe 16 x 40" Acrylic on canvas $2250 In the Cariboo Mountains near Valemount, some 8000 feet high atop Shrek Ridge, the change of weather rolls across the distant mountain tops soon to descend on our safe grassy knoll.

Still Waters Royston Wrecks Suzanne Sandboe 18.5 x 25.5" Acrylic on canvas $1900 Sitting in the still waters of the Bay along the Island Highway are the Royston Wrecks, submerged since the end of WWII, now a time capsule telling the ghostly stories of long ago.

Showing Off Sandy Troudt

36 x 18" Acrylic on Canvas $1460 Seeing these deep purple irises in my garden in luscious, full bloom amidst all of the green hues this summer proved to me that these two colours are truly nature’s lovers.

Over the Threshold Sandy Troudt

36 x 24" Acrylic on Canvas $1945 This composition was begun without knowing what the final outcome might become. It became an intriguing and emerging “mark-making” journey as the image almost painted itself.

Sweet and Sour Tannis Trydal

11 x 14" Color Pencil on Stonehenge $300 Mingled opposites such as light and dark, sweet and sour, soft and hard, smooth and textured, warm and cool enrich our lives. These contrasts make life pungent,

Water and Sky

Christina Wallwork 24 x 24" Acrylic on Canvas $500 This conceptual landscape was created through the use of abstract lines and sporadic paint drips. In this deconstructed imagery, contrast is created from the stark rigid landscape splitting the tranquility and flow of the water and the sky.

Ecological Community Christina Wallwork

24 x 24" Acrylic on Canvas $500 This conceptual landscape was created through the use of abstract lines and sporadic paint drips. The lines represent the destruction of wetlands due to expanding human infrastructure. Contrast is created through the idea of natural versus unnatural, and through the use of bold colours.

Footprints in the Snow Shirley Weiss 20 x 16" Acrylic on Canvas Board $1300 This painting is not only a contrast in light & dark, but also a contrast between water & snow.

Changing Seasons Shirley Weiss

11 x 14" Acrylic on Canvas Board $500 A contrast in black & white of a quiet lake scene.


Mimi Zhang-Mackie 15 x 10.5" Watercolour on paper $450 A cluster of crabapple bathing in bright sunlight. The pinkish-red fruit emerges above golden green foliage, create a vibrant contrast.

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