Robert Braun

In the Fensala Hall

Wood turning has been Robert E. Braun’s passion for the past twenty years. Born and raised in a Northern Ontario lumber town, he developed his love of wood early in life. And, inspired by a craftsman he met in Greece who was turning his olive wood vases out of a store front studio, he was intrigued by the whole process of turning.

He prefers to turn while the wood is wet or “green” to allow it to distort and find its own shape. In addition, Robert has made over 90 of his own cutting knives. As the wood turns on the lathe, the grain patterns emerge and the adventure begins. It piques his interest to see what lies within.

Each piece he turns is chosen for its creative potential, making use of such features as burls, spalt, and bark inclusions. This ensures a unique creative result. One of his greatest pleasures is searching for exotic wood on his travels.

Bowls, vases, wall platters, and urns are examples of his work. Carving caricatures is another one of his passions.

abbraun55@gmail.com | bobsworld53@gmail.com



David Todd

74 Johnson Avenue, Markerville (By the Church)

I’m lucky to be able to live in Markerville with my own home studio. This will be our fourth year hosting Artist’s on the Avenue on the front lawns of our homes on Johnson Avenue.

Since moving here, I’ve finally gotten to offer a wide range of functional work in many different styles of pottery. Using electric kilns, a gas kiln and a raku kiln there is bound to be something that you would like to take home.

There is quite a selection of bowls, cups, plates, trays, mugs, and kitchen utility pieces in both high- and mid-fired clays.

To help you remember your visit to our hamlet, Markerville souvenir mugs are offered in several different designs.

Winter offers a great opportunity for the making of my art pottery creations which are displayed in the gallery and yard. Drop in, you never know what you will find!

Otter Pottery | 74 Johnson Avenue, Markerville, AB
403-638-5177 | otter@otterpottery.com



Jean Elliott

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 for this market are cloth market bags, something for children and adults; fused glass pocket hearts and stir sticks.


Glass Art by Jean | 403-335-4722
jmelliott@shaw.ca



Raevyn Berg

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.

raevynberg@gmail.com

Vern Steinbrecker

I was raised on a farm north of Hanna and spent most of my life in Calgary, employed in the agricultural field and construction.

My wood turning started about 17 years ago as a personal hobby. After 7 years of building skills, I eventually began showing my work at the Farmers’ Markets around Calgary.

Upon retiring a few years ago, I moved to Sundre, Alberta where I am continuing to make wooden objects and enjoying the small local farmers markets here. I buy most of my wood, but if I find an interesting piece of wood I try to turn it into someone else’s treasure.

VJS Turning

Michele Brewster

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.



Amanda Frost

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.


akefrost@hotmail.com

West Country Writers’ Ink

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.


Joining the event for 2023 is Susan Glasier – author of “Bend Like The Willow, Tale of an Arab Promise” – with her new novel, “She Was Never The Same.”

Website: susanglasier.ca/


Annette Gray

Unfortunately, Annette won’t be personally attending this year’s art show and sale; her books will still be available on site.

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
janegray@telus.net



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. 

— Annette

SASART

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
savannahseverin@gmail.com

Browse Classes: https://sasart.squarespace.com
Browse social media by typing in SASART on: Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, TikTok, Google, & more!



Marianne Harris

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!

Paintwerx Studios
paintwerx@shaw.ca

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Christina Ekman

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.


christina.ekman2@gmail.com

Doug Taylor

Doug started welding in 1981 at the age of seventeen; by twenty-one he achieved his journeyman status.

Over 30 years of managing and working in the manufacturing and fabrication of various metals has given Doug the skills and abilities to conceive and create a variety of different artistic concepts.


Brenx Artistic Blacksmithing | 403-506-9353
doug@brenxartistic.com

artOTave + Show ‘n Shine

Several artisans returned on August 8 to take part in the Annual Show ‘n Shine and Market event put on by the Markerville Creamery. The Market set up in the Creamery Yard, while Artists on the Avenue set up their tents and tables along Johnson Avenue and on Center Street.

David Todd, Judy Hauge, Jean Elliott, Marlene Potter, Carol Ritten Smith, Ron Bradley, and Annette Gray took part in the impromptu Artists on the Avenue gathering. Pottery, glass works, painted tiles, photo art cards, fiber art, literary works and more were on display.

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Photos from July 4, 2021

It was threatening rain, but many of the artists stayed for day two of our Outdoor Art Show and Sale. It turned out great (rain held off till 5 p.m.), and people kept showing up right to closing. Larry and Russ returned to sing and play guitars, helping to make the day enjoyable both sight and sound.

Thank you to all the artisans who could attend and make Artists on the Avenue possible. And a big thanks to everyone who ventured out to see the show; it was a success, and we’re all looking forward to next year.

Here are some photos from our second day:

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Photos from July 3, 2021

What a great day for the start of the second annual Artists on the Avenue Outdoor Show and Sale! Special thanks to the Markerville Creamery staff who brought some “July 1st Celebration” cake and fresh coffee to share with the artists!

Here are some photos from morning setup and throughout the day.

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