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Heath McCoy of the Calgary Herald wrote a feature article on the Alberta Society of Artists and the Pulse exhibition on now at the Triangle Gallery. You can read the article from the Calgary Herald website: Artistic differences: Tensions and debates have fueled growth in Alberta Society of Artists for 80 years.
I am told there will be some reviews coming up from different writers. I look forward to what they have to say on the exhibition, which I still haven’t been able to get to. I had hoped to go this week, but have ended up catching the flu virus that was going around in Mexico. I was also supposed to be in Edmonton today, but had to postpone that trip until Wednesday. Maybe next week I’ll get to Calgary.
You’re invited to The Dreams: an exhibition of fine art photography by me (Roberta Murray).
Where: Spruce Grove Art Gallery
When: August 22 – September 10th
Artist’s Reception: August 27th 1-4 pm.
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The opening for the Alberta Society of Artist’s, New Members – New Work art show was held Sunday afternoon at the ASA Gallery at Lougheed House in Calgary, Alberta. The title “new members” referred to artist members who were juried into the association in the spring of 2009, not members who were just juried in the past month. The show was successfully curated by Errol Lee Fullen, who is also one of the new members for 2009. The show was well attended. The work was inspiring and it was a pleasure to have an afternoon to talk art with both the public and other members of the association. It is these kinds of activities which really fuels the creative fires!
The Alberta Society Of Artist’s New Members – New Work show opens today. The official opening is Sunday, April 25th from 1 to 3 PM at Lougheed House, 707 – 13 Ave SW, Calgary. I will be present for the opening and invite you to come down and say hello. I know there will be some absolutely fantastic work by some of Alberta’s top artist’s.
There was a tremendous turnout for Friday nights opening of the new contemporary arts space in Calgary, Endeavor Arts. I was happy to be participating along with fellow artists, Nikki Gour, Lisa Heinricks, and Ron Robinson.
The buzz was electric, as the large crowd was treated to a delicious assortment of appetizers, wines, and great art. It was great to be able to talk to people about my work and explain a bit about the process. Along with the printed pieces were digital displays on monitors. People seemed to enjoy the varied imagery presented in the slideshows.
Endeavor Arts owners, Maria and Shannon Hoover, along with their partners, have worked hard in creating this contemporary arts space in one of Calgary’s heritage buildings. If you are in the city make sure to stop in and say hello, check out my work (maybe even buy a piece!), and sign up for their mailing list for future events.
Images are courtesy of Endeavor Arts
There’s a new kid in town. With town being Calgary, and the kid being a contemporary art gallery. Endeavor Arts is newly opened for business in the historic Victoria Crossing neighborhood in downtown Calgary.
Being more than just a contemporary art gallery, Endeavor Arts is an upscale event space that may be booked for corporate functions, weddings, cocktail parties and other important events where an elegant location is called for.
Along with traditional 2D artwork gracing the walls of the gallery, large LCD screens broadcast digital art from which prints can be ordered, which transform the gallery into a technological leader in the city. Proving they are more than just innovators in the Calgary art scene, Endeavor Arts is also showing they have incredibly good taste as they represent a selection of my work!
A formal opening of this new contemporary Calgary art gallery is scheduled for March 5th. More details will be forthcoming. In the meantime why not stop in and say hello and see some of my work in person!
Endeavor Arts: 200, 1209 First Street SW. Calgary, Alberta
I was pleased to be able to participate in my first, of what I hope is many, First Friday events in Red Deer, with the reception for my Land Of Possibility show at the Harris-Warke gallery. First Friday’s are special openings and events at local arts venues in Red Deer that happen on the first Friday of the month. The Red Deer Advocate’s staff reporter, Randy Fiedler, made the round of gallery events and put together the above video. My work is featured at the end. I am so happy to know most of the people involved in the arts in Red Deer; and often find myself wishing I lived in the city so I could be a more activate participant and take in the events more often.
I am pleased with the turn out for the show and wish to thank everyone for their support. Special thanks go out to the Harris-Warke committee members, especially Paul Boultbee, Janet, Jillian, and Peter; and to the good folks at Sunworks (the best retail shop in the city) – Paul Harris, Terry Warke, Payton, and Leslie.
The Land of Possibility show runs until February 19th.
You are invited to the opening of Perception, a group show at Arts On Atlantic as part of Exposure 2010: the Calgary Banff photography festival. I will be on hand for the opening on February 4th from 5 to 9 pm. Arts On Atlantic is located in Inglewood on 9th Avenue S.E. Calgary. I will be showing a selection of works from my Impressionist Landscapes series, including a one of a kind print on Japanese washi paper. You can also see photography from Jan Boydol, Paul Stack, Ray Van Ness, Arts on Atlantic owner Stephen Murphy, David Scollard, Greg Gerrard, and Michelle Rainey.
For those that asked for pictures of the show at the Harris-Warke gallery in Red Deer. Here you go…. It’s a quick stitch of 3 images from my little point&shoot camera. It’s not well done in a large version, but good enough to give you an idea of what the show looks like. There are 3 more pieces that aren’t shown.
The Land Of Possibility show opens tomorrow morning at the Harris Warke gallery in Red Deer. The show runs for a full month, ending February 19th. The artist’s reception will be February 5th as part of First Friday’s, Red Deer’s monthly gallery crawl event.
We hung the show yesterday and it looked good, if I can say so myself. There were already people poking their heads in and coming in to see the images, so I am encouraged it will be a very successful show. Do stop in if you have a chance.
Perception - A Group Photo Show in conjunction with Exposure 2010 – the Calgary Banff Photography festival, will be running at Arts On Atlantic (1312A 9 Ave. S.E. Calgary, Alberta) from February 4th to 28th, 2010. Join me for the opening on February 4th from 5:00 – 9:00 PM.
I’ll be working the ASA’s Festive Show at Lougheed House Thursday November 19th (tomorrow) from 11 to 2. If you are in the area stop by and say hello. My image Dance Of The Snowflake, seen here, will be part of the show.
Also on at Lougheed House is Christmas All Through The House, which features 18 of Calgary’s top designers from the Calgary Design Group, who have filled the rooms at Lougheed House with magnificent creations reminiscent of Christmas through the decades. Guests will be fascinated by the history, marvel at the breathtaking décor and rejoice in other numerous magical Christmas activities.
The 14th annual Amnesty International Film Festival begins today at Vancity Theater in Vancouver, British Columbia. Along with the film fest is the Demand Dignity Art Exhibition and Auction. I have a piece in this show and auction and wish I could be in Vancouver to attend the opening gala this evening. The bidding for the silent auction closes Sunday November 15th at 5:30 pm.
If you are in Vancouver during the festival do stop by the exhibition. If you aren’t in Vancouver or can’t make it to the exhibition Amnesty International representative Don Wright will accept absentee bids. More details are available on the festival website.
On Thursday, October 22nd, from 6-9pm, Bilton Contemporary Art will be hosting a special gallery event in support of women and children experiencing domestic violence in Central Alberta. ‘The Art of Women’, a fine art fundraiser will feature a collection of art from renowned female Alberta artists. 40% from each piece sold during this event and throughout the week of October 22nd to 31st will support the Central Alberta Women’s Emergency Shelter’s 24 Hour Crisis Helpline.
I will be donating an additional 10% from any of my pieces sold during this Red Deer show. If the weather holds I plan to be in attendance for the opening Thursday night.
A Group Photography Exhibit
August 15 to September 12, 2009
Saturday August 15. 2009 2:00 – 4:00 PM, artists in attendance.
Local, provincial and national professional and emerging photographers showcase this underutilized medium of fine art photography. Eight photographers will show us how they perceive the world around them and of their imagination, in this thought-provoking exhibit. From historical depictions to modern graffiti, this exhibit delves into the choices a photographer makes when choosing their subject matter. What is beauty to one person is ugly to another. But what photographers choose to portray also reveals their personality – or does it? You be the judge!
Bilton Contemporary Art
4B, 5809 51 Ave. Red Deer, AB T4N 4H8
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I’m pleased to announce that both Gateway To Home and Outsider canvas photographs were chosen for the Visual Arts Alberta Open Photo Show. Out of the 231 images submitted to the jury only 63 were selected to be shown at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium. The Open Photo show runs from July 9th to September 30, 2009 in Edmonton, Alberta.
The successful Planet Earth exhibit that was recently shown at the Leighton Arts Centre in Calgary, Alberta, is preparing to open in Edmonton, Alberta. The Alberta Society of Artists show is moving to the Edmonton Public Library at 7 Sir Winston Churchill Square for it’s Edmonton debut. The show opens June 19th and runs until July 1st, 2009. The show opening is Saturday afternoon June 20th. If you are in the Edmonton district please do stop in. I will most likely be in attendence.
I’m pleased to announce that I will once again be participating in the Calgary Stampede’s Western Art show. I have had 5 images chosen for their Western Photo Gallery section. This will be one of the prints available during the 10 days of the Stampede. You can visit the Western Art Gallery in the Round Up Centre starting July 1st, 2009 for their invitational Showcase Stir Up gala; and then from July 3rd – 13th during the regular Stampede hours.
In total I’ll be taking 20 prints down to Calgary. One of the requirements of participating in this show is you have to supply them with 2 framed prints, and 2 matted prints of each image in the show.
I am home from our brief trip up to Edmonton to attend the opening of my Looking Glass show at the Visual Arts Alberta gallery at Harcourt House. The opening went well with a fairly good turnout considering the cold. I need to send a thanks to Scott Hayes at the St. Albert Gazette for his review of the show. (The link is for a pdf of the full paper – a large download. The review is on page 18.)
Looking Glass: Leon Strembitsky & Roberta Murray
February 19 to March 21, 2009
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 26, 2009, 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Photographer Leon Strembitsky works primarily in black and white. Most of his images are manipulated and often times are quite different from what a literal translation of the scene would show. Photographer Roberta Murray created a series of images of a mystical nature where low tech and high tech merge to form a surreal world. Reality and how we perceive our world are questioned.
My image, titled Wind Dancers (pictured at top), was chosen to be published in Cowboys And Indians annual photography showcase. The other magazines are from 2008 publications that featured my work and include (center) Notebook and (bottom) PhotoEd. Thank you to the publishers of these quality magazines.
The Alberta Society Of Artists brings Planet Earth to the Leighton Art Centre from March 14 – April 11, 2009. Planet Earth will showcase artwork that addresses artists concerns about the survival of our planet, as part of the International Year of Planet Earth.
Opening reception March 21, 2009 from 2 – 4 PM.
I have The Sun Never Rises printed on handmade Japanese washi paper in this exhibit. This print was also chosen to be part of the 20 piece traveling exhibition which will tour the province over a 2 year period.
I’ll be participating in Exposure 09 – The Banff Calgary Photography Festival. I’ll be in attendance for the opening of the Arts On Atlantic show on Thursday February 5th from 5 to 8 PM.