connecting places

Paintings by Red Deer artist Galia Kwetny was open from November 19 to December 29, 2012.  Born in the former Soviet Union, Galia arrived in Canada in 2002 having spent some time as an art instructor in Israel. She is a graduate of Moscow Linguistic University (MA in Linguistics), University of Alberta (BFA in Painting), and Emily Carr University of Art + Design (Master of Applied Arts). Galia produces large paintings of “coded landscapes” or imaginary places in which she creates environments that combine almost recognizable features of “place” with the energy and the urgency of feeling evoked by the memory achieved through the use of dramatic colour and gesture.



the beer & pizza fundraiser: an exhibition and silent auction
This year artists were asked to donate a piece of art that would fit inside a Solo beer cup or a 10″ x 10″ pizza box. In addition, several provincially, nationally, and internationally known artists were invited to donate pieces as well.


in the blink of a smile, works by Red Deer artist Andrea Simpson was in the gallery through September,  until October 20.  Known primarily for her stained glass work, Andrea combined some glass pieces as well as works on canvas in this exhibit.  in the blink of a smile came from “the fleeting moments of vulnerability in our daily encounters – a word, a smile, a glance, a smell. Life spins by.  One more moment in time is what we all ask for. It is as radiant as the sunshine – as transparent as the glass I work with – as warm as the paint on the canvas”.



3 from 4
Paintings by Andrea Dillingham, Paula Sommers, Justina Smith and Erin Boake were up in the gallery through August 2012.
Each inspired by different realms of existence, from physical space and beings, to the supernatural and cosmic, this collection of paintings brought together the vitality and uniqueness of personal expression connected through community, friendship and love of paint.



little to wish for

little to wish for, an installation by Aly Bowd was in the gallery from June 25 – July 28, 2012. Aly is a graduate of Red Deer College’s Visual Art program and received her BFA (Ceramics) from Alberta College of Art and Design in 2011. She has exhibited throughout the Prairie provinces as well as in Canberra, Australia. Aly says of her work. “I engage my ceramic work in a demonstration to initiate its memory and personification. The forms are spirited with a lively, whimisical, exaggerated personality.”



made objects/choreographed movements

By Calgary artist, Juliana Rempel.  Born in Medicine Hat, Juliana attended Emily Carr University in Vancouver where she received her BA in Visual Arts and then Cardiff School of Art and Design in Wales, UK where she completed her Masters in Ceramics.

This installation exaggerates and distorts the familiar, reintroducing everyday objects as something other than functional, allowing the viewer to establish new relationships with old objects. Calling attention to these often forgotten objects creates an intimate common ground for a reinterpretation of these objects as the archetypes of our lives.



the 100 encaustic series

Recent paintings by Lloydminster artist, Brandi Hofer.  Brandi, a graduate of Red Deer College’s Visual Arts program, received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2008 and was most recently an Artist-in-Residence at Red Deer College in the spring of 2011. The 100 Encaustic Series is compiled of found objects, thoughts, and intuitions bound together with encaustic paint, an outcome of Brandi’s subconscious environment.



scenes from the domestic

These ceramic works by Red Deer artist, Jenna Turner was in the gallery from Feb 20 – Mar 24, 2012 .  Jenna’s work creates a sense of community and belonging. She says, “The objects I create are like souvenirs of my memories, experiences, and hopes. I want them to illicit a sense of nostalgia and strike a chord with the viewer’s own past.”




pictures from a sick mind,

Our first exhibit of 2012 was works on paper by Ontario artist, Chris Shoust. Through metaphorical imagery, Chris communicates the desperate needs and issues of people with mental illness, the need for shelter, to be counted, to be veiled. “Cursive gestures communicate a language that is incommunicable. Blocks of colour bring a light to the scenario, showing a potential of what these people can do. Overall, the works try to bring the viewer into the environment, into the language of a person with the illness and through the language that a allows a viewer to see just a glimpse of what is possible with them.” This exhibit was funded in part by the Ontario Arts Council.