Kiwanis Art Gallery

2021 Members Exhibition

Art in the Time of COVID

'Down in the Deep'
Mixed Media with Cold Wax Finish, 8" x 8"
Margriet Hogue, 2020
$175

ARTIST STATEMENT

I am always fascinated by being out in nature whether it's in the mountains, in the country or by the ocean. The contours of the land, the distressed surfaces and the colours of the different seasons are beautiful and I try to bring these into my art.

When I start a piece I generally don’t have a preconceived idea as to the end result but work intuitively, about the only thing I have made a decision on is the colours to be used and those could change. I build up layers of paper and paint and these get sanded, gouged and scraped into and I’m responding to what shows up from below. Since the lock down earlier last year I’ve been adding and or joining together different sized and depths of panels to add another dimension, and from time to time adding discarded objects found while out and about. These pieces are all part of my Sanctuary Series. I have also been experimenting with applying paint using different objects.

BIOGRAPHY

Margriet Hogue is a mixed media abstract artist. She spent my formative years in Venezuela and the Netherlands before immigrating to Canada with her parents, initially to the east coast and a few years later out west.

Margriet has always been interested in working with textiles and studied textile and design at Old College and weaving at The Banff Centre of the Arts. In 1989 she established her own needlework business that specializes in reproductions of museum samplers from Europe and North America as well as teaching workshops. Her involvement in the arts has extended into painting and she been taking workshops and courses over the past number of years.

Margriet’s work has been accepted into a number of juried shows, both in Canada and the US and has been featured in Creative Quarterly Magazine.

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'Covid Bubbles'
Mixed Media, 16" x 24"
Lorene Runham, 2020
NFS

ARTIST STATEMENT
I chose an abstract style of mark making in this artwork to express the whole social distancing aspect of life as we know it in this time of covid.

The covid bubbles are keeping us underwater for now but soon we will be able to reach for the confetti of a free, bright, and much more fun future! Six-feet, six-feet please! Stand in line and mind the circle; remember to only get together with your bubble buddies!

BIOGRAPHY
Lorene Runham was born in BC and is now a full-time artist living in Olds, Alberta with her husband of 43 years.

By the age of 12, Lorene knew she wanted to go to art school. So, after High School Lorene finished her formal training in Art & Design at Red Deer College. Her career has allowed her the ability to fully develop skills in pastel, watercolour, and mixed-media/collage.

Lorene’s most recent works, however, have evolved into using photography to create digital collages. The camera’s viewfinder is a tool in seeing the Canadian landscape.

Lorene has developed a lifelong loyalty to place: rural Canada! “I strongly believe artists are the keepers of our culture. Everything around us is important to our success and survival as a culture.”

In 2010, Lorene was drafted into a battle she did not want to fight – cancer. As a survivor she turns to her art making as an expression of praise and gratitude!

The Ferryman's Burden
Watercolour, 24 x 36"
Gordon Klaassen, December 2020
$800

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ARTIST STATEMENT

The Ferryman’s Burden is meant to suggest that we need not fear that journey to the other side. The Ferryman will receive us with compassion and understanding. He will take our hand and guide our way across.

BIOGRAPHY

Gordon Klaassen is a self-taught visual artist living in Red Deer, Alberta. He focuses on creating highly detailed watercolor paintings that are expressive with color and light. He has developed a distinctive personal style that tells a highly imaginative story in a surreal or whimsical way.

Though Gordon had an interest in creating art from a young age, he only began seriously pursuing this career after retiring several years ago. He was born into a large family where he grew up with 7 siblings. There was always something exciting going on and Gordon credits this with nurturing his highly active imagination. His children added to that by always being willing to participate in many real and imagined adventures.

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Drifting
Carol Lynn Gilchrist
Oil on Canvas, 2020
40" x 16", $1080

landscapes and cARTography
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ARTIST STATEMENT

There were times during the lockdown that nothing seemed to generate enough interest in me to paint, especially when the news was dark and troubling. Other times when I retreated to my studio and to my private thoughts, my typical energy and spirit lifted me up and I had weeks of creative outputs. This rollercoaster pattern of highs and lows was repeated over and over in 2020.

The summer mood was lighter as we started planning outdoor activities and gatherings with family and friends. I was seeking normalcy and so I signed up for Open Studio during Series at Red Deer Collage and it felt wonderful to be part of a small but determined art community, during which I worked independently on a number of cloud paintings. Both "Drifting" and "Floating Upwards" were inspired by the luminous summer skies of Alberta. The mere act of tilting your gaze to the sky dissolved my worries and were replaced by hope and calm. Often my goal is to depict the common scene as a sacred place and to capture the light and spirit of the prairie landscape.

BIOGRAPHY

She has been a supporter and active member of numerous arts organizations and has been featured in many group shows, both locally and provincially. She was an active member of the Alberta Community Art Clubs Association (ACACA) and in 2012 she received the Lillian Nunn Award (Intermediate category) for her painting Japanese Tea Set. Her embossed watercolour painting called Water was selected in a juried art exhibition titled "Rooted in the Arts", as part of the 2013 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Distinguished Artists Awards, which was hosted at the Harris-Warke Gallery in Red Deer.

From 2013 to 2018 she focused on en plein air style of watercolour painting and had numerous solo shows in this medium, namely Life of a River: Maps and Landscapes, which was shown at two galleries in Alberta. Her softly painted landscapes were often described as luminous and in this sense she depicts the common scene as a sacred place – capturing the light and spirit of the landscape. Currently she paints with acrylics or oils and often plays with emotion and the memory of place to convey her emotional attachment to the land. She enjoys camping, hiking and backpacking and often paints on her travels. She continues to explore themes of land, water, and the impact of human development in her art.

Carol Lynn was born in Estevan, Saskatchewan, but in 1962 the family moved to Red Deer, Alberta, which is still her home today.

Although she was always drawing as a child, her first interest was in architectural design and drafting, which led to a 25 year career in community planning. In 2007 she started painting with watercolours on her summer vacations, learning from library books and the odd weekend art course. Retirement came in 2011, and she pursued her art with focus, which culminated in her first solo show in 2013, titled "Nature in the City".

She has been a supporter and active member of numerous arts organizations and has been featured in many group shows, both locally and provincially. She was an active member of the Alberta Community Art Clubs Association (ACACA) and in 2012 she received the Lillian Nunn Award (Intermediate category) for her painting Japanese Tea Set. Her embossed watercolour painting called Water was selected in a juried art exhibition titled "Rooted in the Arts", as part of the 2013 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Distinguished Artists Awards, which was hosted at the Harris-Warke Gallery in Red Deer.

From 2013 to 2018 she focused on en plein air style of watercolour painting and had numerous solo shows in this medium, namely Life of a River: Maps and Landscapes, which was shown at two galleries in Alberta. Her softly painted landscapes were often described as luminous and in this sense she depicts the common scene as a sacred place – capturing the light and spirit of the landscape. Currently she paints with acrylics or oils and often plays with emotion and the memory of place to convey her emotional attachment to the land. She enjoys camping, hiking and backpacking and often paints on her travels. She continues to explore themes of land, water, and the impact of human development in her art.

Pandemic Aesthetics:

art in response to COVID-19

When disasters strike, scientists and emergency workers are at the front of the response. But when the world needs to record, memorialize, and interpret the emotions of the experience, it turns to artists.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, artists have been producing inspired work that interprets their reactions to the fear, loneliness, and frustration of coping with the isolation, powerlessness, sickness, and death that have accompanied the global crisis.

These interpretations are reflected in this special Arts Council’s Visual Arts Members juried exhibit, In the Time of Covid, February 25 to April 18, 2021 being held online through our social media pages and website.The works range from literal representations of loneliness in Marlene Kallstrom-Barritt’s works about a young girl seeking companionship, to abstract, emotive pieces such as Covid Bubbles by Lorene Runham, or Gordon Klassen’s fantasy work, The Ferryman’s Burden, responding to the deaths caused by COVID. All 21 works in this exhibit reveal that, one way or another, this pandemic has struck close to home.

Whether through musicians holding online concerts or virtual visual art exhibitions, we believe artists have shown their strength to help their communities through this time. We hope the community will respond by visiting the gallery and supporting our local artists. (Safe health restrictions apply.)

Red Deer Arts Council is pleased to present In the Time of COVID: Works by Members of the Red Deer Arts Council Visual Arts Members. If AHS pandemic safety restrictions allow for the reopening of the Kiwanis Gallery inside the downtown branch of the Red Deer Public Library, we will install and host the exhibit in person as well. More information will be communicated if this installation is able to take place.

Dates for the exhibit are February 25 to April 18, 2021.

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