The weather begrudgingly co-operated for our 3rd Annual Outdoor Art Show and Sale. Once everyone was set up it didn’t take long for artists to begin donating artwork to our Silent Auction table, and several also began live painting their contributions! All proceeds from the Silent Auction are going to support the Buttermaker House renovation efforts, one of the historic buildings located in Markerville.
Larry and Russ joined in and entertained everyone with live music. All in all, a good first day of the show. Join us again on Sunday, July 3 for more glorious artwork! And sunshine!
Jean Elliott is a glass artist, residing in Didsbury, Alberta.
She has many years making, crafting and experimenting in assorted media … favourite items are made from glass in her home studio: Mosaics, soldered and fused.
Featured items include garden and plant pot stakes, and framed sparkly glass wall art.
Glass Art by Jean | 403-335-4722
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Marianne Harris was born in Edmonton, Alberta, and developed her talent for art while still in elementary school. She started with a general exposure to various types of art media, but quickly focused her interests on painting–first oils, then watercolours, and now acrylics and mixed water-based media. Over the years, several artists have inspired and influenced her, and a somewhat looser style currently predominates her paintings.
Her works have sold across the country and abroad, being displayed in many art shows, with various art clubs and associations, as well as in private shows. Marianne’s works are available in several galleries as well. Commissioned pieces are done on request.
Marianne has expanded her art business, Paintwerx Studios, to include teaching children and adult workshops, for-fun “Away To Play” paint events, competitions, illustrations, and photography, which makes hers a continuously busy schedule!
SASART was created with a vision in mind: do what you love and love what you do!
The artist, Savannah, does exactly that! Based in Lacombe Alberta, she focuses on selling original creations, working at home or on site for hired commissions, and inbetween it all: teaching art classes & lessons (offered locally in Lacombe, booked privately, or with travel in Central Alberta). That’s as specific as it gets, as beyond that the artist loves to dabble in anything and everything art! You name it!
Completely freehand and self taught, with a background that all started with bic pen illustrations from a young age. You will rarely – if ever – see any drafting or use of pencil unless requested! From there, branching out into as many other mediums, styles, subjects, and areas of art. You will often see in many of the personal works a theme: nature and scenic inspired creations! When working on commissions and teaching all aspects of what will be created for or with the client/student are completely their choice: medium, size, style, theme, subject, and more! One day you may see an abstract splat creation and another day a realistic pen and ink portrait, you just never know! On other days it could be a work made completely of paper. All ages and skill levels welcome!
“Add some SAS to your life!”
SASART | 403-741-7360
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Aims Abson is the self-taught mixed media artist behind Big Blue Barn Designs.
It was her love for “Oh shiny!” that began her jewelry-making journey. Add that to the fact that she doesn’t like to follow the herd and you get Aims’ unique one of a kind pieces.
Bashing metal, playing with torches or wrangling different types of clay are all part of the mystique behind each creation. You can find a number of different materials incorporated in most pieces, right down to twisted silverware or that lone cow’s tooth she found on the side of the river. Aims believes that anything is possible and wants to catch it, put it around your wrist or hang it from your ears.
You won’t meet anyone wearing an identical Big Blue Barn design. That’s the joy of being unique!
Big Blue Barn Designs | firstname.lastname@example.org
I wanted to be an artist at a young age. Like many other artists, I want to create images that inspire emotional response.
My formal education was at the Alberta College of Art, but I feel that the experiences of life and an appreciation of nature have had the most influence on my work. Keeping standards high is what forces me to grow as an artist, something that is ongoing as I attempt to do more with my time and energy.
I find the most satisfaction from working with oil or gouache. I try to use design theory to create a strong composition. It becomes exciting to see it through to completion.
My work has found homes in Europe, the United States, as well as in Canadian corporate and private collections.
My name is Simone Le Sann and I have been an artist all my life. I started drawing as a kid and had many sketch books growing up on the farm in Theodore, Saskatchewan.
Up until 5 years ago I had never picked up a paint brush, but when I suffered a broken elbow injury I decided to give painting a try. Just three months later I found myself entered into an art battle: I was asked to fill the spot when an artist cancelled, and so I did. I got to paint live and be in the company of talented artists, and from there I couldn’t stop painting.
It has always been a dream of mine to be an artist and now I paint everywhere, including across the world, and have paintings in Cuba and many other places. My dream is to paint in Europe with the artists there, and I will follow that passion with my partner, Tani, who is a writer. I plan to do the illustrations for his next book.
Tani Shallari, Author
Tani Shallari worked as a French and English teacher for twelve years. His first book, Gomo, was inspired by his students.
Tani was born on October 24, 1982 in Grevë, Albania. He attended Pandeli Sotiri High School (2003) in Gjirokastër, and Aleksandër Xhuvani University (2007) in Elbasan.
From the Author Q&A: Tell me something not in the synopsis.
“This book is inspired by kids and is made for them. Children can be what they want to be in the future; to achieve their dreams they must believe in themselves, they must believe in their dreams. I hope my book can inspire them and help them. Every kid deserves to be happy.”
Brenda has a solid experience with Still Lifes and Landscapes in Acrylic on canvas, but also creates unique abstracts. Her previous profession in Decorative Painting and specialized wall finishes, has led her into using this vast knowledge of various plasters and metallic products, and applying them on canvas. These pieces mimicking her love of ancient European architecture with their aged and textured facades. She has recently started combining these plaster products with her fine art to push her boundaries even farther.
Along with her decorative painting experience she has done many residential murals and has worked in Canada, the USA, as well as Germany. Her many years crafting stained glass has also given her additional art form experience.
Brenda has also taught for many years, in such classes as stained glass, professional decorative painting and Trompe l Oeil. She also has experience and taught with many other mediums such as resin, chalk and milk paint, and incorporates some of these in her current works.
Her latest gallery exhibition “Escape With Me” was influenced by the world wide covid situation starting in 2020. She wanted her audience to be able to escape to the many travel destinations she painted for this exhibit.
She has her work adorning many businesses and residences in her area, as well as being featured in a popular Alberta magazine and Home and Garden Conde Nast UK.
She resides in Red Deer, Alberta Canada.
I have a love of nature in particular the trees and hills, skies and the feeling they convey to me. I have been called an original druid, by some.
My love of history and change in society is a focus for my art. I enjoy interpreting and as such am more an abstract or impressionist painter.
My hope and dream is to share some of the trails i have travelled with you.
Amanda Frost is a self-taught artist originally from England. “I have seen many places in the world but am proud to call Canada home.”
She got into art at a young age, and found that her father’s work as draftsman led her to use math in art, hence the pointillism and architectural drawings for which she is best known. She is also well known for her love of animals.
“My mission is to have fun trying to do justice to the beauty that surrounds us.” – A.F.
I’ve been a potter for more than 25 years and now, a new resident of Markerville, Alberta. Using a combination of electric, gas kilns, primitive firing and a wood kilns, the pottery produced has a unique style and range. One can never have too many handmade coffee mugs!
The evolution of my pottery has taken me through primitive firing techniques, the fire and dance of Raku and into the functionality of stoneware and porcelain. I have been learning about firing pottery in a wood kiln and have several firings of my pottery completed already. Soon there will be a functional line of pottery using this technique as well.
Inspired by nature and using clay formed by ancient rivers, I create handmade objects that will last for thousands of years.
Otter Pottery | 74 Johnson Avenue, Markerville, AB
403-638-5177 | email@example.com
I live to create. For the last 45 years, fiber, paper, dyes, paints, ribbon, and fabric (especially silk) has presented inspirational challenges to me. The satisfaction gained from manipulating this media is rivaled only by the joy I feel when I share this passion with others. Colour and texture are the most important ingredients in my work.
Besides selling at Markets I also teach what I do. For a list of my classes please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Marlene’s Krafty Korner
• Fiber Art
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• The Kristmas Room
• Antiques & Collectibles
Regular Business Hours: Friday to Sunday 10am – 5pm
• Handmade Log Cabin Bird Feeders
Annette Gray is a Canadian born writer of fiction, nonfiction and poetry. She has numerous published short stories and newspaper articles to her credit as well as eight books: Butterflies In The Dark, Mountains and Moonbeams, Twisted Heart; Twin Hearts; Rearview Mirror; Journey of the Heart–a true story; Westport’s Tarnished Star–in defense of Johnny Behan; and Keep The Peace At All Cost.
“My father, a quiet, unassuming man, was a great mentor. He taught me to believe in myself. ‘You can do anything you set your mind to,’ he used to say. Under his guidance, I became a writer with hundreds of articles and short stories published in the USA and Canada.”
Graytwest Books by Annette Gray
I'll have Frank Sigurdson's book, "Life on Soggy Bottom Ranch" – taken from Frank's articles in the Western Star – at my table, too.
I was born and raised in Alberta and have spent the majority of my life surrounded by the enriching beauty that is our natural backyard. I am compelled to venture to the Rocky Mountains whenever I need a spiritual recharge. I enjoy every moment being in the wilderness, especially when I get the opportunity to sit by a flowing body of water.
My desire to be immersed in nature has made me an avid wildlife enthusiast, particularly when it comes to understanding the impacts people have on wildlife populations. I’ve spent hours and hours mesmerized by the behaviors and antics of other living beings on our planet. Painting animals has been one of my most rewarding subjects, as I love showing the expression of their soul through my art, as well as reminding people that they too, exist.
I’ve been painting professionally for a few years now and always pursue greater excellence as my style emerges and my artistic journey continues.
I gravitated to art very organically through love of nature and observing the beauty of my surroundings. Living as a farmer in Alberta, I developed an appreciation for the changes of seasons, noticing and marvelling at the different hues and impressions of the environment before me. As I travelled to different locations within this picturesque world I was inspired with shades, color, and texture.
I first started as a napkin doodler and then a sketcher, I discovered pleasure of creating. Wanting to capture visions both actual and imaginative, I started painting landscapes. With acrylic paint, scenes of wilderness and rural life turned into a visual on a canvas. Eventually graduating to the use of other techniques also learning how to incorporate these elements into my paintings.
The realistic style was rewarding; however, abstract art grabbed my heart strings as well. Experimenting with techniques, blends of colors became very fulfilling for my soul as had landscapes, doodling, sketching. The reactions of others to my art both surprised and delighted me. People have unique responses and feel connected to certain pieces.
Navigating between and exploring many mediums has brought me closer to achieving what I observe and feel from the natural world and to share it with people through art.
Since its inception in 2000, the West Country Writers’ Ink has provided a forum for writers to share their work with other writers, discuss the experience of writing, and encourage each other to keep writing!
Some members had never written a ‘creative’ word before joining the group, while others were members of various other writing groups or had works accepted in various publications.
“More Selections from West Country Writers’ Ink” is a Centennial edition; both a commemoration of Alberta’s 100th Birthday (1905 – 2005) and a celebration of writing by the members of the West Country Writers’ Ink (2000 – 2005). Includes selections by Brian Bradley, Margaret Corbet, Myrtle Grovet, Helen Hoszouski, Victor Jensen, Betty Murphy, Ron Bradley, Orpha Donnelly, Maria Haubrich, Diamantina Hurren, Evelyn Lewis, and Vivia Oliver.
“Poems” is a collection that includes contributions from Ron Bradley, Brian Bradley, Vic Jensen, Betty Murphy, Myrtle Grovet, Helen Hoszouski, Orpha Donnelly, and Evelyn Lewis.