2014

Harris-Warke Gallery's photo.

Dawn Saunders-Dahl

Prairie Circus
November 30 – December 31

Prairie Circus, a new body of work by Edmonton based, RDC alumnae, Dawn Saunders Dahl.  Saunders Dahl’s work is influenced by childhood memories of sparkly candy wrappers, glittery costumes of Solid Gold dancers, cartoons and prairie skies and stars. Prairie Circus aims to decipher what it was like growing up in rural Alberta in the 70s and 80s.

Harris-Warke Gallery's photo. 

Fund Raiser – Open Season
October 19 – November 22
Emily Sculpture Main copy
in place
an installation by Emily Neufeld
Layers of memory and traces of psychic history accumulate in particular domestic spaces, and Emily’s work investigates that lived history through the dialogue between the materials she uses and the spaces she creates. The materials are building materials: concrete, drywall, wood, insulation and glass, as well as dirt. The way the materials interact — the interplay of different physical textures as well as the associations they precipitate in the viewer’s mind — is very important to the work. Emily is also uses photographs in her artwork, often physically manipulating them to add a sculptural element to an otherwise two-dimensional object.
The work begs the questions: Can a space ever be empty? What fills the spaces between the walls? Where does the content of a house end? At the doorway? In the yard? In the prairie itself? Do some spaces look in while others look out?
Emily was born and raised in Alberta, but now lives and works in Vancouver. Her prairie roots run deep, though the West Coast seems better suited to her ideologie

A reception was held on Friday, September 5, 2014 as part of Red Deer’s First Fridays.

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Paul Holowack
channels
August 1 – 30, 2014
Paul Holowack graduated from the University of Alberta in 2012 where he specialized in Printmaking and Painting. Shortly afterwards, he completed a self-directed residency at the Banff Center for the Arts where he was able to expand his knowledge in printmaking and print-related technologies. “Channels” was the resulting body of work undertaken during this two-month residency. Concepts of layering and impressions are judiciously built up within the images to emulate the memories and experiences that are imposed in an individual over their lives. The viewer is confronted with large visceral collages and small intimate prints which serve to as vehicles to evoke their own interpretations through the abstract imagery. channels was in the gallery from August 1 – 30, 2014.
x marks the spot 
X marks the spot, an exhibit by a group of young artists who explored art with their instructor E. M. Alysse Bowd.  June 13 – July 26, 2014.

Erika aviary

an alberta aviary, an exhibition by Erika Schulz was in the gallery May 11 – June 14, 2014.      

 

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somewhere in the hills, large-scale mixed media paintings by Samantha Williams-Chapelsky, were in the gallery March 30 – May 3, 2014. These paintings explored the concept of narrative. The idea of the narrative often forms distorted reality or dreamlike states for the artist Samantha Williams-Chapelsky.  She references images, sketches and memories of her travels with a focus on natural environment.  Williams-Chapelsky believes land speaks of its history and traditions, and for this series of works she referenced the Scottish Highland landscape as well as the Rocky Mountains in British Columbia and Alberta. These two natural spaces coexist in a similar, lonely and untouched state for the artist and somewhere in the hills examined these feelings from her own perspective.

 

 

Tiny Moments  Akkermans 2

institute of morphoid research, an installation by artist Jennifer Akkermans was in the gallery until February 22 - March 22,  2014.  “The Institute of Morphoid Research invites you to learn about the Morphoids, fantastical creatures recently discovered within Alberta.”      tiny moments The first exhibit of 2014 by Red Deer artist, Paul Boultbee was in the gallery  January 6 - February 15.    The 365 paintings that constitute the show were displayed as a calendar year, a “Book of Days” that filled the entire gallery.  Each daily painting was supplemented by an item from the newspaper reflecting the best, the most bizarre, or the worst of society.  tiny moments is an unusual diary of a year – an odd amalgam of the personal and the societal.