Motivation and Inspiration

Race Horses In A Field by Edgar Degas (from WikiMedia)

Last week I went to Edmonton with a friend to drop off art work at our respective galleries, but also to visit the new Art Gallery of Alberta. The AGA currently has several world-class exhibitions taking place. Of particular interest to us was the Edgar Degas exhibit. Degas is perhaps most noted for his sculptures and paintings of women, and in particular dancers. I was most taken with his horse sculptures however, with many being in various stages of completion. While his paintings and sculptures of the dancers were well done, I just didn’t have that same kind of connection to them as with the horses. I did enjoy seeing some of the figurative paintings in which facial details were minimal or absent altogether. It makes me want to explore figurative painting again myself – my struggle has always been in facial details. I’m learning to let go of the realist style I’ve always aimed for in the past.

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First Friday’s

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.

Perception at Arts On Atlantic

For group show - Perception
For group show - Perception

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.

You can read more about Exposure 2010 from the festival website or the Galleries West guide.

Exposure 2010

Perception

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.