2020 Online Arts Festival

The 2020 #OnlineArtsFestival has been such a smashing good time that we've decided to keep it up a little bit longer!!!

We are excited to extend the submission period to July 31st!

Art (visual, literary and performing) posts will continue until August 15th!

If you haven't yet submitted something, visit https://www.reddeerartscouncil.ca/online-arts-festival/call-submissions-2020-OAFest to get the submission form and criteria. This show is juried. We pay $50 for the first work, $25 for any 2nd posts we're able to include!

We can't wait to keep sharing our community's creativity!

Huge thank you shout out to our sponsors Kraze 101.3 and X100.7 - Red Deer's Alternative who've been a huge help in getting the message out to artists across Central Alberta who might not otherwise know much about this project. Thank you!!!!!

Local visual, literary and performing artists take to the online stage

The year 2020 has taken quite a unique turn in the past couple of months, but digital communications and the arts have taken a forefront position as people spend more time at home, physical distancing and staying safe and healthy. While the Red Deer Arts Council’s Kiwanis Art Gallery is closed, we are taking the opportunity to share creativity of all genres through our website and social media with the 2020 Online Arts Festival.

With grant funding from the City of Red Deer Culture Services, the arts council is pleased to be able to support participating artists in sharing their work through artist fees for this juried exhibition open to Central Alberta and Red Deer artists of all ages in performing, literary and visual disciplines.

Whether a dancer, actor, writer, singer, painter or poet, artists of all kinds will share their talent and creativity through images and video performances or tutorials on the Red Deer Arts Council’s online platforms.

This unique and exciting exhibition will exist on all arts council social media platforms and our website:
https://www.reddeerartscouncil.ca/online-arts-festival
https://www.facebook.com/reddeerartscouncil/
https://twitter.com/RDArtsCouncil
https://www.instagram.com/rdartscouncil/

Red Deer Arts Council is pleased to present the 2020 Online Arts Festival Juried Exhibition, which runs from May 1st to 31st and July 1st to 31st, 2020, with a pause for a special presentation in June.



To submit your work, find out more here: https://www.reddeerartscouncil.ca/online-arts-festival/call-submissions-2020-OAFest



We're going full-speed ahead to the end of our Online Arts Festival on August 15th! Submissions are closed, but we have plenty of art to share with you!! Keep your eyes peeled as we start to post a little more often to get through as much as possible in the next 12 days!

The Teal Experience
Metallic Plaster and Multimedia on canvas
Brenda Smith
24” x 44” $1056

Artist Statement:
This dramatic color mixture of dark blues and greens is my favorite multi-media piece. My 15 years of experience in applying specialty plaster to walls, allows me to create textural and intriguing contemporary wall canvases. With the use of different color combinations, along with the metallic touches of contrasting metallic oranges and tungsten foils, creates changing light effects as you move around these pieces.

Biography:
Brenda J Smith - www.studiolusso.com
My name is Brenda Jean Smith and I have lived in Alberta, Canada all my life.
Most of my art is self- taught but I have taken courses in Stained Glass, Interior Design, as well as Decorative Painting and Trompe L ‘Oeil. Most of my adult life, I have owned my own business’s and had the pleasure of working with clients in Canada, USA and Germany.
I currently create textured art working with plasters and metallic foils, as well as Acrylic and Oil Fine Art.

Today's #OnlineArtsFestival features work from an RDC student who is studying education and visual art! She also happens to be sister to Lily Freed who shared 'Street Beet' with us a few days ago! Creativity in the genes!

Clarice
Digital Art
Rose Freed, 2020

Rose Freed Biography (courtesy of dad, Mike)
Rose, 19, has been drawing since childhood and really settled in on digital drawings, with a heavy influence from video games and anime.

Rose just completed her first year at Red Deer College majored in teaching and arts and hopes to complete her degree at the University of Lethbridge.



Some functional potter for today's #OnlineArtsFestival post! Enjoy!


Good Gravy
Ceramic
Karen Brodie, May 2020
2 pieces, 6" x 6.33", $90

ARTISTS STATEMENT:
I recently attended a workshop by the Ceramic Artist Steven Hill.His workshop was all about his career, and his journey to where he is now, after years of experimenting with gestural throwing, firing schedules and glazes.His work truly inspired me.He shared his methods and recipes freely, and I have taken them and adapted them to my abilities and preferences.I love Fall colours, and now I am seeing just how rich I can make them for my functional pieces.

We have another theatrical entry for the #OnlineArtsFestival, but this one comes in play-writing format! Read through this duologue scene and enjoy some fantastic Canadian content

Make Me a Rainbow
Play Excerpt
Elena Audrey Mae, 2019

Artist Statement:
MAKE ME A RAINBOW was inspired by Judith Thompson’s play, CRACKWALKER. Judith writes characters that have been marginalized by our society, and portrays the truth of what that means with both a brashness and a tenderness that tears the audience to shreds. Clarinda and Randy are simple people who have grown up in disadvantaged circumstances with few opportunities to discover what it means to have dreams or to want something for their lives other than what they have been inherently subject to. MAKE ME A RAINBOW is about discovery, the human condition of having to hold two truths within us at once, and the loss that accompanies growth at every stage of life.

Today's #OnlineArtsFestival comes after a full day of hanging art in our pop-up gallery, writing letters, applying for Alberta Culture Days funding and all sorts of good fun... so, apologies for the very late post! Today's piece is part street art, part fun photography by a young artist. Lily Freed was sent on a mission and created something awesome. :) Enjoy!

Street Beet
Chalk on Pavement
Lily Freed, 2020

Biography (courtesy of dad, Mike Freed)
Lily is 15, lives in Red Deer, and brings art to whatever she does, including baking, drawing and painting. She sees the world through an artistic lens.

This submission is from when we sent her and a friend with sidewalk chalk and asked Lily to come up with some art. The photo attached, Street Beet, is the result of her work on that day!

Several weeks ago we posted a lovely landscape by this artist, but she's surprising us with a flash fiction submission to go along with it! Here is today's #OnlineArtsFestival post!

"The Leaf"
Flash Fiction
Bobbie Seright Palanuik, 2002

Artist Statement

As an artist, I have always been a keen observer of life around me and particularly, the natural world. My favorite place to play as a child was at the Bow River in Calgary which inspired this short story that allows the reader to glimpse into this amazing world following the personal adventure of a leaf and the river she becomes immersed with.
Although this story was written well before the advent of Covid-19, I feel "The Leaf" has fitting parallels to all that is happening in our lives during this unprecedented period of social distancing and isolation that has arisen since our world came to a shocking and unexpected stop in the wake of this pandemic. It has offered an opportunity for self-reflection, a chance to examine values, to recognize our interdependence with others and this beautiful Earth that are intrinsic to our well-being. The river plays a major role in this story and is the carrier of changes the leaf experiences in her adventure. The element of Water is also a key symbol that represents our emotional state as we go through the grieving process in our sense of loss for the life we once knew. Like the leaf in my story, I feel we cannot help but be changed by this extraordinarily difficult experience. However, it is my hope that each of us will find our way and come through this time to a place of personal acceptance and peace, empowered and emboldened to be all that we aspire to be in this very precious life!

Biography:
Bobbie Seright Palanuik is an Alberta artist, photographer and writer. Her vision for her artwork and photography has always been influenced by her deep love and appreciation for nature.
Born in Calgary Alberta in 1955, Bobbie currently lives in Central Alberta where she has found inspiration in the ever-changing rural landscapes of the Blindman Valley and the lush boreal forests of the David Thompson County.

www.BobbieSerightPalanuik.com
@SeRightArt on Facebook
http://twitter.com/BobbieSerightP
http://www.bobbieserightpalanuik.wordpress.com/

Today's #OnlineArtsFestival post takes us on a journey to New York City! We all miss travel, so thanks, Marianne for taking us on a mini vacation!

'Billy's in the Bronx'
Watercolour
Marianne Harris, 2016
30" x 22" $1200.00 (framed)

Artist Statement:

This piece was one of my most labour-intensive pieces I’ve ever done. After returning from a trip to New York, I wanted to tell the story of its busyness, detail in everything you see everywhere, uniqueness, and largeness of the structures, this location being where the subway comes out overhead just outside of the new Yankee Stadium in The Bronx.

Many layers and much detail was used in recreating this scene, and I would love to return to this amazing city someday.


Today is our first film #OnlineArtsFestival post and it's a locally made documentary. Created by Angel Peterson (a well-known performer with the Central Alberta Theatre) through a Telus StoryHive filmmaker training opportunity, it features local musician and entertainer, Curtis Labelle Music! Check out "The Other Side of the Rainbow via this YouTube link!

Curtis is also still competing on 'The Shot' this summer so please keep following his social media!


'The Other Side Of the Rainbow'
Documentary Film
Angel Peterson, 2019


A digital photography piece for today's #OnlineArtsFestival!

'=theRealONE2='
Digital image Collage
Kiauhmitl Gibbons Hunter Charrier Hooper Junck, October 2012
14 x 38 cm

Inspiration:
I took these photos at a nightclub in Central Alberta, and then collaged them and made the words to give a cool effect. I like the idea that like using your intuition at a psychic level, you might have to look at this for a while before the words appear, or you can read them.
Available in JPEG, BMP or PDF format, $20 apiece.

Biography:
Born at the old Misericordia hospital in downtown Edmonton, across the street from my then Great Grandfather Otho Hunter, and his wife Jenny's place. My Dad is an artist painter and was an Alberta public school art teacher. My Grandma Hooper was from Paris, so I've been there a couple of times to
check out art. I love art. I love making art. I'm an art love maker?

Facebook: @Kiauhmitl Junck (Remote Viewing, Nahuatl, Art posts)
Website: https://www.saatchiart.com/kiauhmitl

In his own words:
Red Deer rocks and always has, way cooler than Edmonton or Calgary in my books.
(We feel the same, Kiau!)

A new poetry entry for today's #OnlineArtsFestival!

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Life (pre COVID-19)
by J Tudor Davies

'Life' is a poem written in 2015, long before COVID-19 was anywhere close to our consciousness. This piece was part of an online course the poet was taking, and it follows a strict verse form.

J Tudor Davies' Biography:
In 1988 I started writing poetry in a class in Wales, in Welsh, mostly in ‘strict meter’ form. After six to seven years of learning, I started competing and still send poems to Wales. In 2014 in Red Deer at Writers Ink I started writing in English.

Thank you for sharing this reflective piece with us...


Today's #OnlineArts Festival Post features a rather intriguing technique with multiple media. What's cool is that it all starts with a photograph, but Roberta added our birdie friend to make up this wild encounter! Enjoy!

The Quail Hitched a Ride
Coloured pencil, acrylic, graphite on toned cyanotype photograph
Roberta Murray, 2020
8" x 10" $200

Unfocused Focus
Although most artists do best when working in isolation, the forced isolation of Covid-19 created such unrest in me that I didn’t do any painting for the first 6 weeks. I couldn’t focus. I didn’t know what to paint. The things that meant the most to me, nature and wildlife, were inaccessible suddenly. Our spring trip to see the bird migration was cancelled, as was our annual trip to the mountains to see the wildlife and deliver artwork to the gallery before the busyness of their summer season. This created a real disconnect between me and painting.
Although I had trouble sleeping, I was starting to have very vivid dreams of birds in surreal situations. Perhaps the birds, migrating through this strangely quiet landscape almost devoid of people, were the catalyst for these dreams.
Wanting to document these dreams, I tried some experimental work combining photography with sketches, and paintings. Unfocused photographs, unfocused mind combined to help me focus my attention back to creating.
These works are mixed media pieces with a photographic base featuring hand sketched, coloured, or painted birds in a somewhat surreal situation.

Bio
Roberta Murray is a photographer, painter and illustrator from Red Deer, Alberta. She has a certificate in professional photography but has self-directed her studies in painting and illustration, working with accomplished artists from across North America. She is a juried member of the Alberta Society of Artists, and associate member of the Federation of Canadian Artists.

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/roberta_murray_art/
Website https://www.robertamurray.ca

It's been an off and on rainy sort of day. Today's #OnlineArtsFestival post includes a work with a rainy window sort of colour scheme. But it's a lovely work that doesn't necessarily have anything to do with rain.... the joy of more abstract pieces! What do you see?

Temple with Boy
Acrylic, Mixed Media on Canvas
Susan Delaney, 2020
48" x 24"

Susan Delaney - Artist’s Statement

I work with an underlying sense that the most interesting art eludes watertight analytical reduction and allows the intuitions of the artist, the viewer and the collective psyche to shape the experience of each, and all.

In recent years the focus of my practice has shifted from abstracting landscape to a long-standing concern for mixed media portraiture, and degrees of abstraction with a heavy emphasis on photo image transfer. In this work, right-brain process takes the lead as I allow intuition unrestricted access to an otherwise invisible inner archive formed of many years of looking at and making art and collecting imagery.

My intent is to challenge the painting, drawing and image-assumption processes in a exploratory, developing relationship with resonance and personal vision. Several years of exploratory reading in contemporary philosophies of being has at once supplemented and driven this search. I am finding that the making process has become an unquestioned fundamental of life.



Today's #OnlineArtsFestival post is a colourful backdrop for the beauty of a tree. We'd be very happy to curl up with a good book at the base of this tree.

Lava Land
Acrylic & Epoxy
Amber Jackson, 2020
12" x 12"

In Amber's own words:
"My name is Amber Jackson. I started painting in 2012 with acrylics and I'm slowly moving into oils. I could not get enough, so I began to work with polymer clay and epoxy, alcohol inks and many other media. I have learned to incorporate many of my media into my paintings with bold and popping colors. I love unrealistic and fantasy works of art, so that the only way to visit, is to look at the creation. I cannot get enough, I always strive to learn more and learn to understand how things can work together. I am not a traditional artist, I learn by trial and error. I love to learn and cannot wait to learn more."

Thank you so much for sharing your vibrant works with us, Mama J's Canvas & Cloth!

Today's #OnlineArtsFestival post features some iconic figures on our prairie landscapes.

Grain Elevators
Hand-Painted Silk
Darcy Gusse Edinga, 2019

Artist Statement:
From my series, Farmlands, I was inspired to capture some of the unique essence of farming and memories of growing up on the prairies.
In getting grain from fields to market, these historical wood-built grain elevators played an integral part of farming. When harvested, grain would be transported by rail to market with storage of grain in granaries and local grain elevators. Often a coffee or two was shared with the grain elevator man! Today, larger cement grain terminals have overtaken the roll of local grain elevator. Many of the older wooden structures that were scattered about our prairie landscape have all but disappeared.

Artist Profile:
Darcy is a Canadian textile artist living in Red Deer, Alberta. Ever since she was young, she has been designing and creating. She fell in love with silk painting while studying textiles at the University of Alberta, furthering her studies at Penland School of Craft in North Carolina and has been working professionally since 1985 as Silk Concepts. Simplicity of line and the bold use of colour are prominent characteristics in her whimsical designs. Her art/fashion is Canadian inspired, depicting themes of nature and cultural history, and are enjoyed by people all over the world.


Today's #OnlineArtsFestival post features the work of a frontline healthcare worker and we are so happy to share it with you. Check out the swirly beauty!

Puff the Magic Dragon
Comb-Wrecked Acrylic Pour with Resin Topcoat
Tamara Crilly, 2020
$125.00 14" x 14"

In Tamara's own words:
I am a Registered Nurse here in Red Deer for over 20 years now and I have lived here all my life. Art is my other, more rowdy passion that I’ve been doing even longer, and I have been teaching myself techniques via books and internet for decades now. I have been inspired by many great artists over the years across many genres! I love to paint with oil and acrylic, I work with mixed/multi media, canvas, wood and I do rock sculptures and resin work as well. If it’s artsy, I’m in. I have about 100 amazing pieces that people rarely see, or have ever seen. Therefore, this is me trying to get into the art scene to share what I have learned over the years.

We have another budding young artist providing a delightfully original moose drawing in full colour for today's #OnlineArtsFestival post!

Wiggly Moose
Pencil Crayons
Sukraat Kaur, age 6

Sukraat and his mom, Arvinder, drew this crazy moose together and then he coloured it in with the full rainbow. Very fun! Thank you for sharing your work with us, Sukraat! Keep colouring and drawing!


This piece speaks to Suzanne right now, seeing as she has an adorable little kitten as a new co-worker. Cuddles are imperative!

'Kitten'
Watercolour
Debby Allan, May 2018
5" x 8"

In Debby Allan's own words:

I've been painting since I was a kid but only started doing watercolours on a regualr basis when theatre roles started drying up for me (2017.) I prefer drawing people (faces) that I know."

Today's #OnlineArtsFestival post is a poem from February. It feels so long ago, and yet just a few months past... a good ponder of then and now.

"Isolation"
Judy Brownlee, February 29, 2020

Artist Biography:
Judy Brownlee, who lives in Red Deer, has loved reading and writing all her life. Last year, she joined Writers' Ink and has become active in poetry writing after many years of jotting poems on scraps of paper and doing nothing with them.

Today's #onlineartsfestival post features some wearable textile art pieces from milliner, Margaret R. Hall!

Can't Get a Haircut, Get a Hat!
7 Hand Wet Felted Wool Hats
Margaret R Hall, May 2020 (May 16th - 22nd to be exact!)
Available for purchase at $80 apiece

Artist Statement:
I made these just for the joy of making hats. They are my doodles of shapes and colour. (Each is made to fit an average head size of 22.5", with various crown heights.)

Biography:
Margaret has been involved in fibre and textile arts since receiving her first pair of knitting needles and yarn at aged three. She continues to develop and combine her skills as a felter, weaver, dyer, spinner, knitter and lace maker.



Today's #OnlineArtsFestival post features another lock image from Sheila Wright, but with a REALLY neat colour palette. Check it out!

'Open Me 1'
Watercolour
Sheila Wright, 2019
10" x 8", $35

Artist Statement: The series “Open Me” of old locks was a challenge I set myself to do some small images with old metal and wood. I found it intriguing and exciting to see all of the different shapes and colors that can be found in these images

Biography of Sheila Wright:
I have spent many years enjoying the process of learning to express myself with my drawing and painting. Red Deer has been a wonderful place to experience this process.



We have another famous face featured in today's #OnlineArtsFestival post! But it's not a self-portrait, as we've often seen. This commission piece was created by local artist Carol Lynn Gilchrist!

Becoming Frida
Oil on canvas
Carol Lynn Gilchrist, 2020
24 x 36

Artist Statement:
This was a commission piece and the client requested a painted illustration of Frida. She didn’t want it to look like all the other portraits of the famous artist. Frida was one of the first “style icons” and she preferred to be photographed from certain angles and rarely smiled. I found some earlier photos of her, and from there I imagined a moment where a halo of flowers settles atop her head as if by magic.

Artist Biography:
Carol Lynn Gilchrist is a Red Deer artist working in watercolour, acrylic and recently has added oils. She enjoys landscape and portrait painting, but will try anything and during the pandemic painted many pets!

Instagram clgilchrist_artist
Website clgilchrist.com.



We have another young artist sharing their great art works, and it rocks!

"Sweet Blossoms"
Coloured Pencils and Graphite
Leah-Mae Hennig, May 2020

Artist Biography:
I am Leah-Mae Hennig and I am 15 years old. I have been drawing for two years and was accepted into the Lacombe art show but sadly it was canceled after the pandemic hit Canada. I am completely self-taught and have been inspired to draw some of the most iconic rock stars of the twentieth century.

We're excited to share this lovely poem, written in November 2019, but quite à propos for our current world.

Fear
Poem
Bryna Figursky, November 2019

Artist Statement: "Fear"
Though I wrote this poem earlier this year and could never have imagined the chaos that would soon follow the turn of 2020, I find this poem very fitting to the current circumstances. It was inspired by the last book of the Bible, Revelation, that details the prophecy of the end times. I found myself surrounded by fear as everywhere I looked, the news of this pandemic was getting worse, but I was able to learn to overcome the fear as I thought of happier days in my life and imagined the happier days yet to come. I hope this poem leaves the message of being able to overcome this fear that is temporary, as brighter days await.

Biography:
I am a 19-year-old student going into my second year at Burman University in Lacombe. Though in the field of education, I am taking my major in English Language Arts, and have always enjoyed writing and hope to bring that same passion for the arts to others when I become a teacher. Being stuck inside for the past two months has allowed me to tap into my creative side and explore writing some poetry to help keep my mind busy and fill my time. I hope that through the use of these poems, I can connect with others through shared experiences and ideas.

For today's #OnlineArtsFestival post, we're going to get our line-dance on! Put on your dancing shoes and learn an original routine, choreographed (and taught) by Kathie Ironside of Country Pride Dance Club! The song it's meant for is "Bring Down the House" by Dean Brody, so pull out your spotify and kick up your heels!

Artist Statement by Rob & Kathie Ironside:
When it comes to choreography it is about choosing how moving to a particular piece of music. Listening to the lyrics, the rhythms, accents, and instrumentals and decided what type of dance fits the music. From a creative standpoint you have a wide range of dances to choose from with a basic step pattern as a base and then deciding about how to use your body to move to the music. This includes your whole body starting with your feet, hips, core, arms, and head. How the choreographer chooses to incorporate everything depends on the difficulty or complexity they choose to make the dance. Some line dances will involve just their feet facing one direction, where others will involve their whole body and include multiple turning components of different types such a pivot turns, spiral turns, chaîné turns, etc. Keeping the steps/patterns to the phrase of the music and making the transitions to match the verse and chorus of the music can be very challenging and an extremely creative process. Transitions, movement, and the feel of the music often directs the choreography of the dance."



Today's #OnlineArtsFestival post features a pup playing in the snow. A lovely pet portrait to celebrate someone's fur-ever friend.

'Sonny's Happy Place'
Acrylic on Canvas
Lori Lane, March 2020



Today we're taking in a landscape from one of our local young adults who's off on adventures for a while, but still calls Red Deer home.

Lily Pad Parade
Acrylic
Christina Oler, 2019

Artist Bio and Statement:
My name is Christina Oler. I am 20 years old and presently serving a mission for my church in the Toronto area for the next year.
I learned to love painting and drawing in late junior high/early high school arts classes. This painting is from a photograph taken on a family trip to Vancouver in 2018. I love to paint nature scenes and am starting to do animals now. Art is an outlet to relieve stress for me and to express my love for beautiful things.

The Poet
Watercolour
Debby Allan, March 2018

Today, we're taking in a visual art piece by one of Red Deer's well-known theatre artists. Multi-talented, Debby Allan has been seen on stage with Red Deer Players, Ignition Theatre & Central Alberta Theatre. She also creates great watercolour portraits like this one. Check her out on Facebook or follow her on Instagram @littledeb_04

Trio
Cardboard, Found Objects, Acrylic
Diane Hermary, May 2020

Artist Statement:
During isolation, I joined friends in a fun cardboard mask making challenge. Using found objects and our imaginations, we crafted, shared and gave away our mask creations, revelling in the creativity and community that eventually became a virtual necessity. It was so much fun that I got carried away, drew upon my love of all things feline, and TRIO was born. Art comes in all shapes and forms, and these colourful cardboard cats exist to elicit smiles!!

Artist Biography:
Diane Hermary was born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario. She is a founding partner of the downtown gem ‘housewarmings’, loves to travel, craft and sit on beaches. She loves live music, the arts and our community and is currently working on writing a novel.

Tipping Craft
Hand-built Ceramic and Glass, low-fire glaze
Suzanne LeBeau 2020
14" x 5"

Artist Statement:
I am interested in sculptural ceramics that have texture and bring an old or primitive feel. Pieces that remind us of another time, or bring a visual story to our thoughts.

Artist Biography:
Suzanne LeBeau is a ceramic artist specializing in low/medium hand-built and slip cast pieces using the occasional glass fused with glaze technique. Building sculptural forms brings her the most joy.
Suzanne's inspirations come from her love of nature and the texture of old weathered country side findings. Her small ceramic workshops is a place she can bring her inspiration and knowledge indoors at her Red Deer home studio.

Follow her on Facebook at Spirit of Clay Ceramics - by Suzanne LeBeau.

Image Credit to Mukesh Khugsal for all photos

Our FIRST THEATRE SUBMISSION!!! YAY! You can join Ash with your classical monologue and share your love of the performing arts too! Ash just won our Emerging Artist Award for such great performances!

This monologue is from the character of Ariel to Alonso, Antonio, and Sebastian in Act 3, Scene 3 of William Shakespeare's 'The Tempest.'

Today we have a lovely street scene from a favourite destination for relaxing in the sun.... Portugal.

Streets of Lagos
Watercolour & Ink
Wendy Meeres, May 2020
8" x 10", $80

Artist Statement:
I’m a traveler, always, I love visiting new places, new people, new cultures. Photography has always been a tool to capture these experiences. When I get home the photographs often become inspiration for my art. My paintings have been inspired by my travels for many years now but I rarely paint when travelling. Until this last trip. We did a long stay in Portugal, three weeks in the beautiful Algarve region. I started painting every other day, 16 little watercolour and ink paintings at the end. Now I continue to paint. This piece is the first slightly larger piece.

Artist Biography:
Wendy Meeres was born and raised in Red Deer, Alberta and has lived in various locations within Alberta and now resides back in Red Deer. Art has always played an important role in her life. She took her first pottery class at the age of 8 and has kept going ever since. In high school, she enrolled in an extensive commercial art program. After one year of Fine Arts at Red Deer College, thinking that graphic design was the practical way to go, she completed a graphic design diploma and worked in the field for a few of years but then found it was not the art focus for her. After completing a degree in Recreation Administration, she move to Slave Lake, Alberta and quickly became involved with the pottery guild there.

In 1990 she moved to Calgary and became more serious about her art. She chose to focus on the pottery and painting, and started taking courses and spending time on both. Her pottery was primarily raku. She did both thrown and sculptural works that were sold in stores in Western Canada.

In 2011 she made a choice to move away from the pottery and focus on the painting. Working in water based media, combining some printmaking processes such as monotype she often uses transfer processes that use either historic images or her own photographs from her travels. Her paintings have progressed from watercolours with conté to monotype prints and mixed media that focus on colour, shape and movement. Her current work is inspired by her travels and may be mixed media or watercolour.

Wendy also creates lampwork beads and jewelry from her beadwork. She has been working in glass since 2003. Lampworking is similar in many ways to work with clay. It involves reactions in the flame, working with both hands simultaneously. Over the years Wendy has experimented with different techniques that have led to the more elaborate work she is currently creating.



Today we're sharing a couple of pieces from another of our young artists! Ha Pham is just 14 and already, she's got a great style in several media!

As Rain Falls
Mixed Media & Watercolour (mainly)
Ha Pham, May 2020

Rat Prince
Digital
Ha Pham, May 2020


A brilliant sky is the focal point of today's post!

"Cox Bay - October Storm"
Acrylic on Canvas
Bobbie Seright Palanuik. 2009
8"x10" Sold

Artist Statement
I have had a life-long love affair with water that was born on the banks of my childhood playground, the beautiful glacier fed waters of the Bow River. However, it wasn't until I was an adult that I had the opportunity to visit our Canadian Pacific Rim and drink in the shear breathtaking energy and power of the ocean. My favorite time to visit was during the October storm season to watch and listen to the giant waves that would come roaring in to crash and spray against the iconic wind-swept rocky outcrop at the south end Cox Bay and to walk along the beach in aftermath of the storms.
The Painting, "Cox Bay-October Storm" was taken from such a storm that came late in the day and ended with a truly magnificent sunset. I wanted to capture the intensity of the aftermath of the storm; to express the drama of the powerful energy I could see in the huge storm clouds still hanging over the bay contrasted by the break of blue sky with the mist rising in the distance and the powerful chop of the whitewaters rolling to the shore. The vibrant colours of the setting sun coming through the light and shadows playing out on the waves and the sandy beach in the wake of the storm was absolutely captivating!

Biograph
Bobbie Seright Palanuik is an Alberta artist, photographer and writer. Her vision for her artwork and photography has always been influenced by her deep love and appreciation for nature.
Born in Calgary Alberta in 1955, Bobbie currently lives in Central Alberta where she has found inspiration in the ever-changing rural landscapes of the Blindman Valley and the lush boreal forests of the David Thompson County.

Website: www.BobbieSerightPalanuik.com
Facebook: @SeRightArt
Twitter: http://twitter.com/BobbieSerightP
Blog: http://www.bobbieserightpalanuik.wordpress.com/

Celebrating our local literary artists as part of the #OnlineArtsFestival! Today we present a poem written by The Hub on Ross' Writer in Residence, Jessica Swainson!

Like Stars
Poetry, May 2020
Jessica Swainson


Today's inspiration for the #OnlineArtsFestival features a unique technique of painting watercolour on canvas. Very intriguing!

Finally Spring Arrives
Watercolour on Canvas, 14" x 11"
Susan Barker, May 2020
$250

Artist Statement of Susan Barker:
This year with the Covid 19 lockdown and everlasting winter, spring seemed to me as if it would never arrive. Unending days with the dreary news reports and equally dreary days outside did nothing to lift my spirits. I continued to do my daily drawing to a word prompt and painted two submissions for an upcoming winter Art Show with the Art Club. I had enough pottery built up ahead for the next, whenever it will happen, sale.
Once spring tentatively arrived and the notice of this Online Arts Festival came it was time to get painting! I normally paint controlled, paintings are well thought out while my pottery is intuitive. I decided this painting would be intuitive, colour splashed on, wet-into-wet and I would see where it would go.
Spring was arriving, both outside, in my heart and in this painting. Hence ‘Finally Spring Arrives’ came to be.

Biography of Susan Barker:
Susan Barker is a photographer, potter and painter in Central Alberta. Art has always been in her life, winning an art contest at an early age definitely spurred her forward and sparked her competitive spirit. After high school she considered taking the Visual Arts Program at RDC but at that age she doubted her skills. She since has taken night classes at the College, classes at the Summer Series Program at the College and numerous day workshops. She is a member of the Red Deer Art Club and the Red Deer Pottery Club. Art will always be in her life.

You can see her work on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/susan.barker.129
or on Instagram, follow: @susanbarker760



And, we're back! Very excited to pick up where we left off in May and start sharing great works of art from members of our creative community! Today's first piece might remind you of a warm winter getaway to the Caribbean.... or yesterday's heat!

The Caribbean Sea
Acrylic on Canvas
Brenda J Smith

Artist Bio:

My name is Brenda Jean Smith and I have lived in Alberta, Canada all my life.
Most of my art is self- taught but I have taken courses in Stained Glass, Interior Design, as well as Decorative Painting and Trompe L ‘Oeil. Most of my adult life, I have owned my own business’s and had the pleasure of working with clients in Canada, USA and Germany.
I currently create textured art working with plasters and metallic foils, as well as Acrylic and Oil Fine Art. www.studiolusso.com

ARTIST STATEMENT:

THE CARRIBEAN SEA
I took a video of this location south of Cancun on our pre-covid holiday. I am drawn to the sea, with it’s hypnotizing sound of the waves. The evening light adds so much beauty to this piece. It is a part of my Sea Series.



Today's #OnlineArtsFestival posting comes from local artist and journalist, Lana Michelin! Multi-talented, to say the least!

Off Spadina 1
Acrylic
Lana Michelin, 2020
24" x 18" NFS

Our next post for the #OnlineArtsFestival is from Amanda Frost, who not only creates wonderful paintings of flowers, but also of wildlife. She'll be teaching an acrylic painting workshop at @A+ Art Gallery and Unique Collections in June! Check it out!

Sunflower
Acrylic on Canvas
Amanda Frost, 2020
16" x 20", $125

Artist Statement
When choosing my subject I tend to pick ones that may be overlooked by the viewer because of its distracting surroundings. Most of my pointilism work is completed in black and white. I strongly believe this brings out the beauty I see. The finer details allow the image, that might otherwise be
clouded by colours, to be appreciated. Each piece of my work is created with one size nib, with no extra or specialized tools. I am able accomplish my techniques using precise control. This leaves you with a greater appreciation of the details. My work dictates a more realistic style, and I prefer to work
with solid subjects.
When I paint with acrylic or use coloured pencils, I tend to play with the colours to challenge the viewer to see the subjects from a different perspective that is typically associated with it.
I would like my audience to see both colours, and subjects in a whole new way…part realism, part through their imagination.
My mission is to enjoy the process, and in turn, hope the viewer will do the same when they see my work.
Amanda Frost

Our next submission is going up late in the evening, but it fits the pieces perfectly! Enjoy these moon-inspired wet-felted wool hats!

Phases of the Moon: Waxie, Moonie and Waynie
Hand Wet-Felted Wool cap, oversized beret and fascinator
Margaret R. Hall, December 2019
Made to fit an average head size of 22.5"

Artist Statement:
The phases that the moon follows fascinate me, and here I speculate on how the moon becomes so big as it changes. Does Waxie consume the stars? There appear fewer when Moonie arrives and more appear as Waynie enters the night sky?

Biography:
Margaret R. Hall has been involved in fibre and textile arts since receiving her first pair of knitting needles and yarn at aged three. She continues to develop and combine her skills as a felter, weaver, dyer, spinner, knitter and lace maker.



Our Wednesday post for the #OnlineArtsFestival features one of our favourite birds! Roberta had a challenge keeping this beauty under wraps for us.

"Peacocks in the Sky"
Coloured Pencil on Pigment Photograph on Watercolour Paper
Roberta Murray, 2020
10.75" x 13.75"

Unfocused Focus
Although most artists do best when working in isolation, the forced isolation of Covid-19 created such unrest in me that I didn’t do any painting for the first 6 weeks. I couldn’t focus. I didn’t know what to paint. The things that meant the most to me, nature and wildlife, were inaccessible suddenly. Our spring trip to see the bird migration was cancelled, as was our annual trip to the mountains to see the wildlife and deliver artwork to the gallery before the busyness of their summer season. This created a real disconnect between me and painting.
Although I had trouble sleeping, I was starting to have very vivid dreams of birds in surreal situations. Perhaps the birds, migrating through this strangely quiet landscape almost devoid of people, were the catalyst for these dreams.
Wanting to document these dreams, I tried some experimental work combining photography with sketches, and paintings. Unfocused photographs, unfocused mind combined to help me focus my attention back to creating.
These works are mixed media pieces with a photographic base featuring hand sketched, coloured, or painted birds in a somewhat surreal situation.

Biography
Roberta Murray is a photographer, painter and illustrator from Red Deer, Alberta. She has a certificate in professional photography but has self-directed her studies in painting and illustration, working with accomplished artists from across North America. She is a juried member of the Alberta Society of Artists, and associate member of the Federation of Canadian Artists.

Check out more of Roberta's works!
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/roberta_murray_art/
Website https://www.robertamurray.ca

Our next work from the #OnlineArtsFestival comes from a young artist, Alirah Trisha! Check out her two pieces! Well done, Alirah! We hope you continue to design and draw!

The Gate Keeper's Desire
Digital Design in Ibis Paint X, May 2020
Alirah Trisha P., age 14

and

As the Leaves Fall
Copic Pens, Markers and Watercolour, May 2020
Alirah Trisha P., age 14

Our next entry in the #OnlineArtsFestival is from the world of ceramics and pottery! Enjoy!

My Eternity
Ceramic
Karen Brodie, October 2019
9" x 6.75" *SOLD*

ARTIST STATEMENT
I recently attended a workshop by the Ceramic Artist Steven Hill. His workshop was all about his career, and his journey to where he is now, after years of experimenting with gestural throwing, firing schedules and glazes. His work truly inspired me. He shared his methods and recipes freely, and I have taken them and adapted them to my abilities and preferences. I love Fall colours, and now I am seeing just how rich I can make them for my functional pieces.

Biography - Karen Brodie
I have been a ceramic artist for many years, starting out taking lessons with the Red Deer College at the “North School” back in the 1970’s. I have taken many courses and workshops over the years, and experimented with different clays, glazes, and alternative firing methods. I make decorative and functional pieces, and am pleased when my pieces feel good in my hands.

We continue to receive visual and literary art submissions, and we're so excited for our last week of May posts, but we're still hoping to share music and theatre posts, too! Check out the submission details available at https://www.reddeerartscouncil.ca/…/call-submissions-2020-O…

Thanks again to our sponsors Kraze 101.3 and X100.7 - Red Deer's Alternative and our grantor City of Red Deer Culture Services!


Huge thank you to our presenting radio sponsors, X 100.8 Red Deer's Alternative and Kraze 101.3 FM radio stations for their continued support of the Online Arts Festival!



Our next literary arts piece in the #OnlineArtsFestival is from multidisciplinary artist Elena Audrey Mae! Enjoy "April, Sometime"


Artist Statement
APRIL, SOMETIME was inspired by being back in my hometown and allowing the familiar sounds
and smells to carry me into a world before time existed, where the listless days of summer
seemed never ending - where the annoyance I now find in interruption was nonexistent
because life carried on –
moment
to moment
to moment –
joyfully.

Artist Biography
Elena Audrey Mae is an emerging actor, writer, and playwright proudly hailing from Red Deer,
Alberta. She is a graduate of the William Esper Studio’s full time acting program in New York
City, and has recently been accepted into the University of Victoria’s Bachelor of Fine Arts
Writing Program for the fall of 2020. Elena’s first book, A Strange Collection of Tiny Profound
Things, is slated to be published in the Fall of 2020 - an array of essays and poems about grief,
love and loss and love, and what happens to a person when the world suddenly begins to sing.




Today's #OnlineArtsFestival installment is a video tutorial with multi-disciplinary visual artist, Wendy Meeres! Wendy creates lampwork glass, raku pottery and watercolour paintings to express her creativity. Check out this quick video and then give it a try yourself! #creativityunderstood #tutorial #video #alwayslearning

Check out more of her works at https://www.facebook.com/WendyMeeresArt/


Spring Findings; Antler and Crocus
Bronze, Sterling Silver
Teena Dickerson, 2019
8.5" x 3" $650.00

Artist Statement
Each spring, I wander through the meadows, fields, trees, and brambles searching for spring offerings revealed in the receding snow cover. Finding the first wild prairie crocus or a shed antler feels like a gift. Finding both is numinous.

Biography
Teena Dickerson is a metal artist specializing in the lost wax casting process. Teena continually finds inspiration in the rolling hills and prairie outside of her studio in Delburne.

Instagram: teenas_art_heart
Facebook: Teena Dickerson Art
Visit her website: teenadickersonart.com



For our first Literary Submission to the Red Deer Arts Council's #OnlineArtsFestival, we are excited to share "Hold On" by J Tudor Davies, a member of Red Deer Writers' Ink. You can find more on that organization at https://reddeerwritersink.wordpress.com/.

Biography of poet Tudor Davies
In 1988 I started writing poetry in a class in Wales, in Welsh, mostly in ‘strict meter’ form. After six to seven years of learning, I started competing and still send poems to Wales. In 2014 in Red Deer at Writers Ink I started writing in English.

Autumn Fields
Wet Felting, 2016
Lynn LeCorre
17" x 14", $250

Artist Statement

Nature is my muse. It inspires me, calms me and awakens my senses. After many years of living in Northern Alberta, I became truly aware of the beauty that surrounds us, especially trees. I did an exhibit on the nature of trees and their many forms, as a resource, as a habitat for wildlife (birds especially) and as a tenacious structure in our brutal Canadian climate. I pondered how to capture the fragility and tenacity of trees through a new medium – stitching. Thread can be fragile in its singular form, easily broken yet when stitched or woven into a textile it gains strength. Stitching trees landscapes and birds created proved to be an ideal approach to conveying the beauty of the form through lines and thread. I started by stitching trees on paper, and collaging them into my mixed media works. Stitching is just another way to make a mark, a line or texture in nature. I then discovered wet felting and I was hooked. Wet felting became another surface on which I could stitch my drawings and build up with fibre rather than paper. I continue to explore this textile medium as another way to layer the textures of nature with felted wool and thread to convey beauty.

Artist Biography

Lynn LeCorre: "I have a Visual Communications diploma and a Bachelor of Education degree in Art. I have taught art for over 30 years in community programs, privately, in the school system and through my own visual art school. My career path as an art educator, lead me into the non-profit world and I have been a gallery and museum educator for almost 20 years. Since moving to Red Deer in 2016 and working as the Education Coordinator at the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery I have immersed myself into my career. I also teach youth painting classes for Culture Services with the City of Red Deer. I have exhibited in many group shows and a few solo shows in Alberta and in northern B.C.I seek to balance my career life with my art practice."

Open Me 3
Watercolour, 2019
Sheila Wright
8" x 10", $35.00

Our next work in the Online Arts Festival is from local artist and member of the Red Deer Art Club, Sheila Wright! Sheila has spent many years enjoying the process of learning to express herself with drawing and painting. "Red Deer has been a wonderful place to experience this process."

Artist Statement
The series “Open Me” of old locks was a challenge I set myself to do some small images with old metal and wood. I found it intriguing and exciting to see all of the different shapes and colors that can be found in these images.



For our first Performing Arts post in the 2020 Online Arts Festival, we are thrilled to share with you the Red Deer Royals' 2017 Show entitled "Elements." These members of the Red Deer Community Band Society competed with this piece at the World Music Contest in Kerkrade, Netherlands. They received a Gold award for this show (and you'll quickly see why!)

The music they chose for their "Elements" show (Earth, Wind, Water and Fire) was:
Fire and Ice by Gary P. Gilroy and Antarctic Glaciers by John King

The Red Deer Royals Marching Show Band from Red Deer, Alberta, Canada is Central Alberta’s world class marching show band. The members of the Royals are between the ages of 12 and 20 and come from several communities surrounding the Red Deer area. Over the past 51 years, the Royals have developed an award-winning program entertaining crowds locally and internationally. In addition to being an accomplished marching band, the Royals have a strong symphonic band tradition and an outstanding colour guard. Music performance is only part of the Royals: a strong leadership program that fosters teamwork, respect and sense of pride is also developed.

Give these musicians a round of applause on their dedication and hard work!

Together Strong (detail)
Digital and Collage
Lorene Runham, 2019
40" x 30"

Artist Statement

This digital artwork represents the strength of all Canadians working together during the covid-19 pandemic.The original photo of stones caught in a grate represents for me the multi-ethnic people groups of Canada each in isolation in 2020.The photo was altered using layers and filters, then collaged additions of the many languages spoken in Canada, all quoting author Carlos Fuentes: “Recognize yourself in he and she who are not like you or me.”I am overwhelmed with the continued help all Canadians are exhibiting towards each other regardless of background and race.We are together strong during these uncertain times!

Calm Waters
Acrylic on Canvas, 2020
Kristina Miko
Diptych, each 12" x 36"


River Fragments with Woman
Acrylic/mixed media on canvas
Susan Delaney, 2020
30x36"

Susan Delaney - Artist’s Statement

I work with an underlying sense that the most interesting art eludes watertight analytical reduction and allows the intuitions of the artist, the viewer and the collective psyche to shape the experience of each, and all.

In recent years the focus of my practice has shifted from abstracting landscape to a long-standing concern for mixed media portraiture, and degrees of abstraction with a heavy emphasis on photo image transfer. In this work, right-brain process takes the lead as I allow intuition unrestricted access to an otherwise invisible inner archive formed of many years of looking at and making art and collecting imagery.

My intent is to challenge the painting, drawing and image-assumption processes in a exploratory, developing relationship with resonance and personal vision. Several years of exploratory reading in contemporary philosophies of being has at once supplemented and driven this search. I am finding that the making process has become an unquestioned fundamental of life.

The Dude
Mixed Media, 2020
Lily Spencer Cook, age 7

Lily is one of our local child artists participating in our 2020 Online Arts Festival! You can too!

Today's visual work is by Gordon Klaassen! More details about how to participate by submitting your visual, literary or performing arts work coming early next week!

Dream Ring
Watercolour, 2020
Gordon Klaassen


We didn't want to let May Day pass without sharing a visual work with lively poppies in bloom.

Field of Hope
Mixed Media, 2020
Margriet Hogue
20" x 20"