Gallery - October 2018

Maria Pace-Wynters and Mireille Péloquin

Show runs until November 17! Both artists have close connections to the Alberta Avenue community, and we are so happy to feature their work side by side at The Carrot for an extended showing. All work is available for sale at The Carrot.

Maria Pace-Wynters is a mixed media artist who lives in the Alberta Ave. area.  Originally from Victoria, B.C. she has made Edmonton her home for the last twenty years.  Her art is collected around the world through online auctions and her Etsy shop. Maria is also a featured artist at The Carrot where she her sells fine art reproductions.

Mireille Péloquin is the tenth in a family of 13 children, and has lived across Canada in Winnipeg, Montreal, New Brunswick, the high Arctic, and windy Lethbridge. Encaustic art dominates her current work as she is inspired by its ancient roots and her ability to use Alberta beeswax to reflect her own prairie roots and international travel.

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Gallery: July 2018

Kyla Firby

Gallery Reception: Wednesday, July 4th | 7:00 - 9:00 pm | 9351 118 Ave | FREE | Details Here

Artist Bio

Life can be busy, stressful, and overwhelming at times. At least that is how I feel working as an engineer and raising young children, while battling depression. Marking art is my tiny bit of calm in the eye of the storm. A chance for creative expression and to reflect on the beauty in life.

While I have no formal arts training, I have made art since I can remember. I have only recently started to share my artwork with the general public, selling my first piece at the 2017 Kaleido Festival Gallery. I work mainly with ink and watercolours, and have began to experiment with acrylics. My drawing style developed organically from doodling in the margins of my school notebooks and my work as a face painter. I start with a pencil sketch of the image outline. I then start to fill in the spaces with individual shapes. It is like fitting a puzzle together. I love watching the image emerge as each piece falls into place.

I was born in Toronto and studied Environmental Engineering at the University of Guelph. I moved to Edmonton in 2008, where I worked as a professional engineer for ten years. While my post secondary education and career have been largely math and science focused, I have always had the need for creative expression. Drawing and painting allow me to use other parts of my brain and feel more balanced as a person.

Creative expression has been particularly value to me during periods of depression. When life seems overwhelming I retreat to my basement. I shut out the world and surround myself with art. Even when I have lost the ability to do many other things, I can still draw and paint. It makes me feel a little bit better that even if I am feeling down I can create something beautiful.

Check out more of Kyla's art here!

Flowers and Flyers: Artist Statement

Flowers and Flyers is a series of drawings done with ink on paper. These pieces were created in the late summer, when the world feels so alive with flowers blooming and creatures flying by. For me these drawings express feelings of freedom, movement, and a desire to be outside. They reflect not how I felt, but how I wanted to feel; light and imaginative, yet ordered and balanced.

Gallery: June 2018

Karen Bishop & Jared Robinson 

Gallery Reception (Wed, May 30) Details Here.

My work is not intended to be a faithful reproduction of the landscape before me.  Instead I paint by feel.  The paintings that evoke the most emotion are those completed on location where I am able to allow my surroundings and the weather to dictate how I proceed.  I try not to worry about the ending, rather I let the painting unfold and track its own course across my paper.  

For me painting allows that perfect quiet, where I am peaceful and at peace with myself, and my surroundings.  It's an escape from the everyday, a chance to experience the earth more fully, a chance to breathe and know that all is well.
To put it simply, I paint because it makes me happy. My hope is that the viewer can find a similar joy and peace in my work.

I was born in Cheltenham, England, in 1968 and moved to Kingston, Ontario, in the winter of 1992. When I first arrived in Canada I was unable to work while I waited for my papers, so I made use of the time by enrolling in some art classes which I enjoyed very much.  In 2002 I graduated from the University of Alberta's Extension centre with a Fine Arts certificate.  Since 2007 I have been pursuing my art full time and in May of 2011 I opened The Daffodil Gallery in the heart of Edmonton’s Gallery district which sadly closed early 2016.

More of Karen's creations here!

Living on the Land: Artist Statement

About a year ago I began painting bears. I’m not sure why, I think I just woke up one morning and thought I want to paint bears, so I did. As I began to create I became more and more fascinated by the bears - their shapes and how they were so much a part of the landscape that
surrounded them. I decided to explore a technique that was quite different and a little risky. I thought, as the bears and the landscape were so dependant on each other, why not make the bear appear from the background of the painting rather than painting the bear on top or beside it. Using a reductive technique I began to lift the watercolours from the yupo paper (such is the beauty of this synthetic paper) and slowly began to reveal the shape of the bear.

After the first painting I knew I was onto something special. The bears were less obvious, you had to work a little to see them and they took on a mysterious, almost ghostlike quality.
I spoke to a well-respected Cree friend of mine and explained to her how I was feeling when I painted the bears - it had become a spiritual, meditative process. I asked her her thoughts on calling the collection “Spirit Bears”. She encouraged me, telling me it was important to follow
my creative process and my heart. I did a little research on these special bears and discovered that they are neither an albino nor a polar bear, but in face the Spirit Bear is a rare white North American black bear with an unusual recessive gene (similar to the gene that causes red hair in humans) found almost exclusively in the Great Bear Rainforest. Officially named Kermode bears, they were named after Frank Kermode, former director of the Royal B.C. Museum.
In the Tsimshianic languages the Kermode or Spirit Bear is known as moksgm’ol.

Kermode bears hold a prominent place in the oral traditions of the indigenous peoples of the area. There are various telling of how and why the bears became white but the story goes something like this: Raven, The Creator, wanted something to remind him of the Long White
Time, when the earth was covered in snow and ice. Raven chose Black Bear, the keeper of dreams and memory to help him. Black Bear was found, as he always is, as a constellation of the stars in the night sky. Black Bear agreed to let one out of every ten Black Bears turn white to remind Raven of the misery of the great ice age. In return Raven set aside a special area of the world for these bears – now known as the Great Bear Rainforest. It was a remote paradise where the bears were to live in peace forever.

I wanted to thank my friend for her encouragement, Michelle Nieviadomy is an incredible woman with many accolades and well respected in all she does. She is speaks Cree, freely shares her heritage and knowledge only asking for respect and love from those, like me, who now call themselves Canadian. To express my gratitude and bring some awareness to the
roughly 60 distinct indigenous languages I decided I would name each of the Spirit Bear Moksgm’ol, paintings an indigenous word relating to the bear and the painting.
I have since developed the collection and have widened the focus to include other Canadian Wildlife. I wanted to capture many animals in the same way I had the bears and so all the paintings you see are painted in a reductive technique. All the paintings are not intended to be true representations of the animal. I prefer to feel the subject out, creating the animal from the
background. The organic nature of the background allows the colour of each creature to blend into and from the paint, making that animal part of the surroundings, a being that lives in harmony with the land. If only we could learn to do the same...

Jared Robinson 

In 1987 when I was 8 years old, I created my very first paintings named “Pooh Bear on a train track with some honey by a window”. Since then, my art has developed through self-education, some formal education, and life experience. I like to take an idea, whether a moment of connection or a situation felt, and create a time and space around it on the canvas. The inspiration caused by seeing something evolve from nothing, and the effects that it can create, has spurred me on to developing my art.

In moments of inspiration, my best work is developed amidst the pounding beats and rhythms of music, or a movie playing repeatedly in the background. On occasion I have found myself painting in isolation on a mountaintop, while other times I paint in the midst of many others. I enjoy experimenting and getting my ideas out in a way that words may not do justice.

When I experience the world, I know in those moments that I am only experiencing a snapshot of reality. Because of the experience of both that which I can and cannot see, and because of the enormous scope of our world, my faith both informs and interprets my experience. When I consider that scope, I am filled with a deep, inner awe for life. I often find it hard to stop life and think about
it …my hope is that my art will help allow a space for this reflection.

More of Jared's creations here! 

 

Gallery: May 2018

Cindy James & Dilys Kulchitsky

Gallery Reception on Friday, May 18th. Details here. 

Cindy James

Cindy James lives in Edmonton, Alberta, and has worked as a court reporter and television closed captioner since 1992. 

In 2010 Cindy participated in an encaustic painting workshop and fell in love with the vibrant colour and versatility of the medium.  She has learned her craft through various encaustic workshops both online and through travel to the United States.  As her encaustic studio has expanded in size and scope, so has her understanding and appreciation of encaustic painting and the numerous opportunities for discovery that the medium affords inquisitive artists. 

Cindy continues to focus on the exploration of the ancient medium of encaustic wax and all that it offers.

Artist Statement

Encaustic medium is a perfect fit for my inquisitive nature and my passion for learning.  I am as enamoured with the glassy smooth surfaces as I am with the textural capabilities of wax, and the ability to transform a painting into something sculptural is a constant source of wonder and delight.

Encaustic painting lends itself well to abstract depictions, and although my paintings often start with that intention, I am most drawn to emotive, sparse, surreal landscapes.  I search out the joy of small things to be found in a melancholy subject, and I seek inspiration through simplicity in a complex and chaotic world. 

I often use my original photography in my work, and I continue to explore the versatility of encaustic painting and the near limitless potential that the medium offers through mixed media.

Check out more of Cindy's work here! 

Dilys Kulchitsky

Born and raised in Edmonton Alberta, Dilys Kulchitsky, a wife, mother, Registered Nurse and Opera Singer didn't start painting until late 2014.

Photography classes in 2014 was Dilys' first foray into visual arts.  She soon took up painting with acrylics and mixed media until the summer of 2015 when she was introduced to Encaustic Medium her current medium of choice.  

With no formal training Dilys paints intuitively and reactively.  Encaustic medium (bees wax and damar resin)  allows Dilys the opportunity to explore, expand and experiment. Because of the versatility of encaustic medium she paints different styles using various techniques from landscapes and mixed media to photo-encaustic and mono-printing!

Artist Statement

Why I paint with bees wax: Bee's wax and tree resin ( aka encaustic medium) are not what initially came to mind when I thought  of painting pictures but I can't think of anything else I'd rather paint with!

An encaustic painting's final outcome is quite unpredictable as the process of transferring the molten wax onto a cool surface hardens the wax immediately.  It isn't a medium that you can manipulate much once it's on the panel.  Fusing each layer of encaustic medium with a blowtorch provides some ability to manipulate but the medium itself decides  it's final outcome and how it will interact with the previous layers and how it will move when reheated. I love this unpredictability and it is the surprise endings that keep me engaged and enthralled with the art of painting with encaustic medium.

I don't have any formal visual arts training so I paint intuitively.  My experiences and inspirations come from many different aspects of my life- an opera I'm singing in, photographs I've taken on my travels, current events, music, my geographic location, the seasons and nature.

My techniques are as varied - sometimes smooth, sometimes textured, sometimes nature inspired and embedded with dried plants, sometimes abstract and geometrical.

My goal is to continue to discover the many opportunities that using encaustic medium provides and to use and manipulate this medium to express and share my many versions of my world!

My goal is to continue to discover the many opportunities that encaustic medium offers and to use and manipulate this medium to express and share my version of my world!

Check out more of Dilys' work here!

Gallery: April 2018

Amy Sallenbach & Dominika Koziak

Be sure to check out the Gallery Reception on Wednesday, April 4th. Details Here.

Amy Sallenbach

Amy Sallenbach is a multidisciplinary artist and pilot who has frequently left the constraints of gravity behind, one way or another. Reflecting on our world and the nature of time through assemblage mobiles, scientific theory utilizing profuse colour, and observational works balanced by gravitational pull, she seeks a panoptic theory clear of language. Her inspiration is found in outer space, movement of air and water currents, antique technology, trees, flying, and the inner voice. Amy is an Alberta based artist, raised in Lethbridge, and received her BFA in Fibre from ACAD in 2001. She is best known for my playful exploration of astronomy and outer space through kinetic sculpture and installation, as well as acrylic paintings that contemplate the inner environment, and its connection to the conscious via colour and form. 

Artist Statement

Interspace seeks to create an engaging visual environment, one that allows the viewer to experience the harmonies between the natural world and those of the theoretical and intangible. To bring forth a visual language that explores scientific theory and the history of those discoveries. To connect with the origins of the Fibonacci sequence, how it intersects with the Spiral Dynamics model. To explore theories surrounding the structure of the multiverse, patterns of thought, and the formation of neural pathways.

Check out more of Amy's work here.

Dominka Koziak

Dominika Koziak is a Canadian artist with a Ukrainian-Polish cultural background. Born in
1991 at Edmonton, Alberta, Dominika completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the University of Alberta in 2013. Dominika then moved to New York City where she attained her Master of Fine Arts degree at the School of Visual Arts. Dominika also received intensive training at the Rome Art Program in Italy where she focused on painting and drawing from classical architecture and art. In New York City she attended
at the Prosopon School of Iconology, where she studied classical techniques and the
style of Icon writing.

Artist Statement

The icons written in the image of BIGBANG go beyond mere “fan paintings.” While inspired by found imagery, through the icons these images are transcended into a new purpose — to enlightened, sacred, and metaphysical objects of pure devotion and spirituality. It is BIGBANG themselves in a state of pure refinement and awareness, existing in a perfect form. As an icon, they exist as windows between the imagined and reality, giving a spiritual link. As a relic, they are a tangible object with a physical link giving the viewer an audience with BIGBANG. Together they grant the viewer with a metaphysical manifestation of the quintessential version of BIGBANG, existing in the realm of enlightenment and eternity one can personally engage with.

Check out more of Dominka's work here!

Special Gallery & Discussion: Ancestors & Elders

Ancestors and Elders: The Creative Journey

Presented by Shumka

Gallery Reception: March 29th, 7:00 - 9:00 pm | FREE
Gallery on Display: March 25th - 30th

Get your tickets here!

Join the creative team and cast members as they provide a glimpse into the
collaboration and creative process of Shumka’s world premiere production, Ancestors and Elders. Ancestors and Elders features a cast of Shumka Dancers and multidisciplinary Indigenous artists. Together they share the story of the first Ukrainian
newcomers to Canada, exploring the shared values and respected differences between these hopeful settlers and the First Nations people they encounter in a new land. The evening will feature visual art by Lana Whiskeyjack and Svitlana Kravchuk and discussion from members of the creative team.

Details on the event here!

 

 

 

Gallery: March 2018

Jill Thomson

Be sure to check out the Gallery Reception on Wednesday, March 7. Details Here.

Artist Bio

Jill Thomson's artwork evokes her personal history of a small town/prairie childhood, an urban Montreal young adulthood and a settled life as artist and mother of three in Edmonton. Her rich colourful palette and complex compositions celebrate a creative life in cities with generous front porches, cafes, bookstores, bicycle paths, gardens and ravines.

She received her BFA from Concordia University in Montreal. She is represented by Gibson Fine Art in Calgary and AGA Art Rental and Sales in Edmonton. She has work in the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and in international public and private collections.

Thomson’s neighbourhood painting for Premier Rachel Notley depicts the Legislature from a Strathcona neighbourhood perspective, and hangs in the Premier’s Office in the Alberta Legislature. “Edmonton Neighbourhood” was purchased by the Edmonton Arts Council as a gift for their capital campaign and hangs in Edmonton City Hall. Nine of her paintings are featured in a permanent alleyway mural for the Alberta Ave Alley Project, as part of the revitalization of Alberta Avenue. Her painting, “Heritage Quarter” was brought to life as the setting for three operas in a collaborative video projection project with Mercury Opera and Guru Digital and was recently screened in opera festivals in the UK and Ukraine.

Check out more by Jill Thomson here.

Sara Norquay

Artist Bio

Born in Edmonton, raised in Toronto, Sara trained as an artist at the Alberta College of Art and
developed her art career in Santa Barbara, California where she lived for 20 years.
She has been making artist books since 2001. Her books have been made in different mediums including printmaking techniques, drawing and painting, stitching and painting on fabric, mixed media and digital printing. Some books are one-of- a-kind while others have been made in small editions. She also makes fine art prints and works with felt. Moving back to Canada in 2009, she writes short stories and exhibits her work in Edmonton, Calgary, Toronto, and California.

The Coats Project: A coat is a necessity of life in the north. Most of us have several coats to keep us warm and dry from the variety of temperatures we live in throughout the year. The coat can also symbolize or be a metaphor for comfort, protection, public identity, memory, and aspiration. In this series, the coat connects with an earlier series of prints representing the four elements: earth, water, air and fire. These prints are collaged relief prints: woodcuts and linocuts.

Check out more by Sara Norquay here. 

Gallery: February 2018

Keita Kankam

Kicking off The Carrot's annual Black History Month, we welcome Keita Kankam to our gallery. Originally from Ghana, Kankam's art is inspired by the shapes and colours of his hometown.

Be sure to check out the Artist Meet & greet on Wednesday February 7. Details Here.

Artist Bio

I studied at the Ghanatta college of Art and Design in Accra, where in 2006 I obtained a diploma in Art and Design. Often I create what I feel, think and see around me. My favorite genres are abstract compositions, landscapes and village scenes. I prefer using acrylic colors, inks, pastels, and charcoal because they are easy to use once one knows how to manipulate them. Starting to paint on my own as an independent artist has not been easy. There have been times of success and downfalls, but with the passage of time I have seen the beauty, humour, and value in all my work.

Artist Statement

As an artist I strive to develop paintings which express the beauty that exists in the world to myself and to others. Often I create what I feel, think, and see around me. An important part of my process is sketching what i have seen during my daily activities or what I have felt, and then recreating this on canvas. When painting, I want to create something beautiful and expressive, so I put so much of energy and passion into the work to create something unique. At times I have to work on a sketch in order to develop different styles and color schemes. By playing with colors and styles, i hope to create something that is attractive and enjoyable by art lovers, collectors, and newcomer alike. I prefer using acrylic paint, water colours, pastel, ink, and charcoal because once one is familiar with them, they prove to be comfortable and reliable tools. Currently, I am developing a painting style that incorporates a toothbrush and sponge to create an impasto effect in my work. Typically, my preference is for bright colors because color is light and makes the world a better place to live in. Art constitutes an important part of my life as an artist. I hope to bring viewers into a place where they see a reflection of everyday life.

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Gallery: November 2017

Catherine McMillan

Artist Bio

Catherine has always been an artist, a traveller and a night owl. After Art & Design studies at MacEwan University, her desire for travel and her passion for drawing people took her wandering around the world as a street artist. Alongside her travels, Catherine studied fine art and painting for many years under the mentorship of American painter Eileen Raucher Sutton (whose past students also include Brian Selznick—author and illustrator of The Invention of Hugo Cabret). 

When Catherine and her husband Mark finally moved back to Edmonton, her hometown, she started her company called The Quirky Art Cafe and spent many years drawing live at events, teaching art classes, hosting art & wine nights and gallery shows, doing illustration work and serving coffee in her cute little shop conveniently located right across the street from the elementary school that her three children attended. While she thoroughly enjoyed all of the aspects of her creative business, Catherine always knew that her true passion was painting and so in January 2014, she closed her café and began to paint full time.

She approaches her paintings intuitively, beginning the conversation with thick textured gesso followed by layers of fluid acrylic paint repeatedly applied and wiped off until a luminous colour relationship is created. Sometimes she starts with a clear destination in mind, but often her ideas come out of the work itself; an authentic, emotional response to some unplanned creative interaction. 

Catherine is just as inspired by the real people in her life, her daily physical surroundings and the places she travels to as much as she is by the figures, the words and the magical settings in her imagination, thus forming the constitutive elements of her work. With incredible texture, rich colour, and her own unique sense of perspective, she manages to seamlessly consolidate these separate worlds in a way that entices us to accompany her in a new version of reality.