Office Art Archives

The Red Deer Arts Council is pleased to present Sheila Wright in the office from June 30 to October 17, 2016.

Night Driving, Watercolour, 2012, Sheila Wright

Night Driving, Watercolour, 2012, Sheila Wright

Sheila Wright Artist Statement

Art has been a big part of my life. My mother and grandmother were always creating wonderful things. I have early memories of a multitude of colours, textures and patterns. I was encouraged to explore on my own. In 1994, I took a watercolour course and found a medium I fell in love with. I realized the amount of freedom you had in creating colour, texture and value in watercolour. I added other media to my paintings and each one leads me to explore. I am drawn to colour, texture, pattern and form. Early on I became intrigued with the way you could paint metal and reflective objects.

Sheila Wright Biography

Sheila has been a member of the Red Deer Art Club since 1994 and a member of the Alberta Arts Clubs Association (ACACA) since 1999. She has attended Red Deer College evening and Series courses, as well as a variety of one day workshops in a variety of media. Sheila has exhibited with the ACACA in both Regional and Alberta Wide shows, as well as with The Westerner, Gallery IS, Red Deer and District Allied Arts Council Gallery, Kiwanis Gallery of the Red Deer Arts Council, Marjory Wood Gallery, Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery, Corridor Gallery and Harris Warke Gallery.

Celebration of the Arts exhibits, Red Deer Art Club shows and many other displays, Some were juried shows and some were not. Sheila works mainly in watercolour, ink and coloured pencil, but will include other media in her work.

She has been entering mail art calls for several years and enjoys the variety and styles and media that artists use in these exhibits. Sheila has now been trading Artist Trading Cards for several years and has embraced this art form.


The Red Deer Arts Council is pleased to present Wendy Meeres from February 26, 2016 to May 8, 2016     

– extended to June 28, 2016

Wendy Meeres Biography: 

The Colour of Travel II, Mixed Media by Wendy Meeres

The Colour of Travel II, Mixed Media by Wendy Meeres

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 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.

Her recent painting have progressed from watercolours with conté to monotype prints and mixed media that focus on colour, shape and movement. Many of these pieces incorporate photographic imagery.

Wendy has developed an interest in lampworking. Currently she uses these lampworked beads to create distinctive jewelry including a popular line of beads built onto antique keys. She is also combining the lampwork with her images to create mixed media jewelry pieces often with repurposed components.

Artist Statement – Wendy Meeres

Art is an opportunity for exploration and expression. My work often focuses on colour and texture. I enjoy exploring processes that have an element of unpredictability and chance. To understand the potential, and then let the medium play its role makes it more exciting and opens doors to artistic potential and possibilities.

To be able to make art that generates intrigue, appreciation, enjoyment and potentially provoke thought in others is a privilege and source of satisfaction in my life.


The Red Deer Arts Council is pleased to present Sherry La Rose from May 21, 2015 to December 12, 2016

Mudslide, Watercolour, Sherry LaRose

Mudslide, Watercolour, Sherry LaRose

Sherry La Rose Artist Statement:

For my viewers to get lost in my work, either by knowing the subject I have painted, or by simply admiring my art, I find myself lost in my work while creating it.

Expression in watercolour captured my interest, many, many years ago, because of how one portrays light while leaving so much more to the appreciative observer’s imagination. At present, a little more personal time has allowed me to pick up my paintbrush to put to paper the myriad of ideas long-stored and already painted in my mind’s eye.

Artist Biography:

I find every opportunity to take extra classes or workshops to enhance my talent and to grow my ability with watercolours, which I love.

I grew up on a Central Alberta farm and continue to be an area resident. I am married and the mother of three sons. I have also expressed my creative side the last nineteen years as a florist.

I am an avid traveller, and have visited England, Greece, Mexico, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, France, Ital, Scotland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Panama, Belize, Honduras, the United States and much of Canada.

I have artwork in private collections in Canada, the United States including Hawaii, and Holland.


The Red Deer Arts Council is pleased to present David Flewwelling from December 8, 2014 to February 22, 2015

The Ghost of Hiram “Hank” Williams Sr. (Hank Williams III), Photograph, 2009, David Flewwelling

The Ghost of Hiram “Hank” Williams Sr. (Hank Williams III), Photograph, 2009, David Flewwelling

David Flewwelling Artist Statement:

In modern English usage, “Moloich” can refer derivatively to any person or thing which demands or requires costly sacrifices.

Moloich representing Semitic מלך m-l-k, (a root which occurs in various Hebrew and Arabic words related to kings) is either the name of a god or the name of a particular kind of sacrifice associated with fire.

On a mountain of skulls, in a castle of pain, on a throne of blood sat the king, at his right hand controlled by the pains and dealings of futile man sat the Moloich.

Like some other gods and demons found in the Bible, Moloich appears as part of medieval demonology, as a Prince of Hell.

Moloich Photography Ltd. has its roots cemented in artistic integrity and respect for the artist first and foremost. We understand that the musician / photographer relationship can at times be very fragile; we take great pains to ensure all musicians are represented as the professionals they are. We will not settle for second best photography.

Our company mandate is clear “Firstly for the artist – Always for the artist”. Simply defined that means we are there to accommodate and serve the musician and the industry. We are not in this venture to become wealthy; our mission is to provide exemplary service where others have failed and compromised for the sake of earning a dollar or at the expense of the artist.

Our reviews and testimonials below are the payment for a job well done. We will not settle to be amateur, we will strive for perfection on each assignment and will represent our client as masters in their domain. We welcome your business and opportunity to showcase your talent on a previously unattainable plane.

Dave Flewwelling, Owner / Operator, Moloich Photography Ltd.

Edmonton – Calgary – Vancouver

403 352 8086 cellular,

Dave Flewwelling Biography

Dave Flewwelling has been a long time resident of the Red Deer area for most of his life. Born in November 1974, he was raised by his parents Morris and Hazel Flewwelling. At any early age, both Dave and his older brother Mike were involved in the arts and culture community on many levels. With both parents actively involved in the community and supporters of local arts initiatives it wasn’t long before these traits would manifest themselves in each of the younger generation. While Dave and Mike pursued varied interests between them, they seldom crossed paths; one key interest drew the two brothers together and in doing shared a passion for growth, development and interest in the community. Aside from Mike being a large musical influence on Dave, there was another significant influence which few would ever suspect. At an early age Dave received a vinyl copy of KISS Destroyer from his all too cool Grandmother, Marjory Flewwelling. Through years ahead, Marjory fed both boys insatiable appetite for musical exploration and celebrated the diversity within.

Dave attended school in Red Deer at G.W. Smith, Eastview Jr. High, finally graduating from Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School in 1992. Throughout his years of learning, he was continually focused on arts and theatre classes and the joy from being an active participant. Following high school Dave embarked on a one of kind journey as he moved to Peace River, AB to begin to pursue his dream job of being an Embalmer/Funeral Director. In 1997, he completed his licensing and was actively employed in the industry. This industry was a interesting combination of the theatrical elements he so enjoyed, the celebratory event of service and the general mystique of the position itself. After approximately 10 years in the business and several moves around the Province, it was time to move on and pursue more dreams and adventures. 

Following his next career choice, Dave began to work as a general laborer and then graduated to site foreman while working as a landscaper in the Red Deer area. This sudden career change sprang from a career in “death” and now was all about “life” – he began to learn about getting back to his roots and learning the true value of a hard day’s work. He began a Journeyman Apprenticeship for Landscape Gardener through Olds College and graduated four years later. With these credentials under his belt, Dave was yet again unsatisfied and seeking further direction and guidance as he applied his new skills in search of a new challenge.

The inevitable calling of the oil patch made its mark in 2004. Dave began working as a Safety Supervisor on drilling and servicing operations in AB, BC and SK. Through many miles travelled on the road in the dark of night, Dave’s sole companion was his music. From icons like Johnny Cash, Hank Williams Sr, Roy Orbison, Stompin Tom Connors, Johnny Horton and many, many more, Dave kept his mind on task but needed some way to document his travels as to him, it seemed too good a memory to let slip away.

Early in 2004, after a pay cheque deposit, he headed to the local McBain Camera Store in Red Deer and purchased his first Canon Rebel xTi. With little knowledge of DSLR cameras, Dave set out to understand his new toy and road companion. As days turned to weeks and then into months and years, Dave not only became skilled at documenting nature’s raw beauty on the jobs he was dispatched to, but the fun events in between. With several local bands surging below the surface in Red Deer, Edmonton and Calgary, Dave began to position himself for a systematic integration into the music scene. Soon after – it happened.

With a pending Motorhead appearance coming to Edmonton, AB, Dave sent the management an email with his request for a media pass and his intentions, therein. To his surprise, the request was acknowledged and approved. Nervously, he made his way to the media pit prior to the Motorhead show, and in a statuesque blackened silhouette with a cherry red cigarette coal burning idly, stood Lemmy Kilmeister.

“We Are Motorhead and We Play Rock n’ Roll!” – with the end of that phrase he spit the cigarette at my camera as we danced our shadows back and forth…

Those words were the beginning. From that day forward began the adventure as a concert and venue photographer.

Photography is the outlet, just as the music and instrument are the outlets for the musician. The ability to document passion on stage with passionate imagery is nothing short of inspirational and is likened to living a dream with few regrets.


The Red Deer Arts Council was pleased to present Janice Williams from May 12 to December 7, 2014

Janice Williams Artist’s Statement

 Using the landscape and quality of light, I am working from an emotional reaction to light as opposed to shadow. Light cannot exist without shadow (yin and yang), and as we naturally gravitate towards the light, the shadows provide a foreboding or a quietness, while the light provides contrast to it with renewal, life and joy.

May 2014

 Janice Williams Biography

I was born in 1954 in Lashburn, Saskatchewan were I was raised. I moved to Saskatoon in 1972 and took the first year of my BFA. The following summer I attended the Banff School of Fine Arts Summer Program, sponsored by the Lashburn Art Club. I then married and had three boys, continuing to take drawing classes offered by University of Saskatchewan through Lakeland College in Lloydminster (three years in all). I moved to Red Deer in 1987 with my three sons. We are all still in Red Deer and I now have two young granddaughters.

I graduated from the Art & Design Transfer Program at Red Deer College in 1989. Having always been involved with painting and drawing, I was introduced to clay during my studies, and continue to work in both. In 1990 and 1991 I went back to Red Deer College and enrolled in Independent Studies in clay. I have attended two Artists in Residence programs at the College. My interests have expanded into glass, with two classes by James Lavoi studying fused glass. I have taken in photography as an art form. I have also spent the last ten years painting for Fire and Emergency Services.

 I am on the Red Deer Art Walk Festival Committee. I am a member of P’Artisan Artists Network, supporting Central Alberta Artists.  I have been a member at large on the  Board of the Red Deer Allied Arts Council for a number of years. I have been involved with the Cultural Charter Partners and with the Cultural Advisory Committee. I have volunteered at the Red Deer Museum where I worked closely with the exhibits department. I have taught classes in painting, drawing, and clay, for Red Deer College (Continuing Education), the City of Red Deer, Art Sparks in Red Deer, as well as private classes.

In recent years I have ventured out onto the field of Interior Design. My past interests have included several years of training in Tai Chi and Kung Fu, and I have dabbled in yoga, skydiving, scuba, belly dance, and kayaking.

Janice’s CV can be accessed through the office.


The Red Deer Arts Council was pleased to present Kristin Guttridge from January 15 to May 11, 2014

The Girl Effect, Oil, Kristin Guttridge

The Girl Effect, Oil, Kristin Guttridge

Kristin Guttridge Artist Statement:  

I am a Creator.  In the beginning of my awakening as an Artist, I claimed, as many do, that Art is all about the journey of creation.  The process of creation was the Art in itself.  Now, my methods, discoveries, views, principles, and products have evolved so much, that I realize the process is an essential part of my Art; however, it is by no means the definitive aspect of my Art.  You see, no artist can truthfully claim that the finished work is less important than the journey to the finished piece.  Deep down inside, an artist desires the effect of their work. My experiences and growth as an artist have given me this revelation: I create art to affect people.  

Art is a powerful political, social, and emotional tool.  My art is primarily an emotional tool.  This is the consistent theme I have, regardless of the series.  I strive to create strong emotional response to my works in many ways.  Through colours, the use of humanity, lighting, and perspective, I hope to subject the viewer to layers of surprising emotional complexities.  My series, entitled ‘The Talkers,’ uses the subject matter of international faces to provoke introspection on our position as citizens of the most resourcefully rich area of the planet.  I graciously accept most of the subject matter for this series from my cousin, Dayle Prowse, whose photographs of the world prove she too, has an artistic core.  She is, therefore, an invaluable asset to this series. 

Overall, I hope to bring attention to our first world society’s evolving sense of beauty.  I expect to awaken in my viewers, a renewed sense of respect and understanding in the relativity of Humanity. My series’ explore the grey area in what is considered a “finished work.”  If we can appreciate the struggles which have shaped each individual, and understand that each wrinkle and blemish is earned, each stroke of the paintbrush can then represent the steps to creating a person. Each of us is that person.  We have each undergone a process to become who we are, and each of my paintings will represent the path to our current perception.  This is why I keep my finished paintings from looking too polished; I hope to give a sense of the incomplete.  Our process is not over. Finally, even the ‘ugly’ can be representative of something amazing.  Our perceptions of beauty are a choice, and we of free will can change our ideas of what is beautiful.  Do so. 

Since the day I discovered oil paint in the spring of 2010, I have become addicted to its versatility to my methods.  I am a self-educated artist, having the most experience in pencil, charcoal, acrylic, chalk pastel, and oil.  I currently study and employ glazing techniques similar to those used by Renoir and Rembrandt.  I hope to master the “glowing countenance” that these Artists were able to perfect.  Since beginning my company Thousand Words Artistry in 2010, I have averaged four shows, and over four new paintings a year.  This year, I hope to continue teaching private classes in Innisfail, and expand my current series. 

Kristin Guttridge Biography:

So while it may not be a standard format, my biography is going to include some basic facts, and a general overview of events in my life that I feel are the contributing factors in shaping who I am today.  I will even add brief explanations as to how these events modified my objectives into the artist I am today.   I’m going to tell you the short and relevant version of my story.  Why not?   

Here goes:  I was born in August 1982, in Calgary, Alberta (thankfully, as my folks were actually living in Saudi Arabia at the time). Then I spent my childhood jumping around from country to country until 2000.  An outline to reduce confusion, if you will:  Saudi Arabia, to Alaska, to Alberta. . .  then to Dubai in 1991, Kuwait in 1992, Abu Dhabi after that, then back to Alberta, Cairo in 1999, and finally, homeward bound to Red Deer.  In between these countries, I luckily got to visit Amsterdam, London, Scotland, Thailand, Oman, Florida, Germany, and other Emirates.  

I started drawing and painting with zeal when I was eight, mostly animals. My family graciously entered my work into fairs and children’s contests. Not a single blue ribbon, I might add. But I digress. . . to clarify, I have no formal education in art.  I took an Advanced Placement art class in high school, but I spent most of the curriculum on medical exception.  I had a habit of breaking my wrists and fingers playing Judo in Egypt.  The series I began in 1999 was my first attempt at capturing emotion through non-emotional subject matter using acrylics and pencil (as well as I could with mangled digits).     

 I was diagnosed as a type 1 diabetic in Dubai, in 1991, at the tail end of the Gulf War, at a hospital full of doctors and nurses who didn’t speak English.  So, in retrospect, I believe I became an artist for the first time during that month-long hospital stay.  You see, as fearful, frustrated and confused as my seven year old self was, I escaped into art projects, losing my tan and quite possibly my childhood.  Then we moved to post war Kuwait. 

Before the plane landed, we stared at the desert from the plane. It was full of choking smoke from burning oil: lakes of crude oil so big you couldn’t see the other side, dead, blackened animals, mine fields, burning and skeletal convoys, and a whole lot of guns.  I stood in the ocean a few days later, an inch thick layer of the crude floating on everything that was my world.   I am confident in my understanding of surrealism.  Thank you Kuwait.    

Growing up, there were very few certainties for me. (Exciting, right?) I was always certain about this though: I would never be a professional artist, but I was good at school. So like most kids good at school, I was aiming high. I took biology and chemistry to be a doctor but ended up illustrating dissection/anatomy booklets; then sociology in Red Deer. But I was a good bartender and enjoyed the work, so I quit school. Sorry about that Mom and Dad!  I did a few murals then, and met some artists who took it upon themselves to critique my sketchbooks.  Thank you weird artist types, I learned a lot.   

I married the love of my life and became a stepmother in 2003 during a lovely tiny shotgun wedding on Sylvan Lake and then my daughter was born in 2004. This substantial year in my life helped me decide that I can’t help but be an artist. I started creating art for the first time, for me.   I discovered new levels of joy that only a happy family can provide.  Happiness brought my optimistic nature to a whole new level. I found confidence in my art, enough to consider it my career.  My son was born in 2008, shortly before I began my company, Thousand Words Artistry, as a small business venture, out of my home in Innisfail.  I teach classes occasionally, and my home is licensed as a gallery. 

 I began working with oil paint in the spring of 2010, and feel that now I have found a medium with which I can successfully express my artistic intent.  Every painting is a lesson. I learn more with each painting than I could have in school. But if I can divulge a big secret, the truth is, most of my art feels like luck.  I’ll take it any way I can get it, however, so the paintings keep pouring out of me.  I hope through the diversity of my art, there will be a little something everyone can like. 


The Red Deer Arts Council is pleased to present Susan Barker from October 15, 2013 to January 5, 2014

Robin 1, Watercolour, Sue Barker

Robin 1, Watercolour, Sue Barker

Artist Statement of Susan Barker 

I love watercolour!  I love the thought process, thinking backwards, and leaving the whites.  I want my paintings to glow, to let the light shine through.  I love backlighting, streams of light gleaming onto something special and lots of dark darks for contrast.  Someone asked me if painting was relaxing for me.  I first answered “yes” and then thought about it and changed my mind.  It’s exhilarating! There is nothing better than to be working on a piece and realizing that four hours have gone by in just a flash and you were having a great time.  

I like to challenge myself with my work.  I enjoy choosing a hard topic from my reference material and seeing if I can produce something beautiful on paper.  Can I do it; can I make something work on this piece of paper?  I want to continue to get more skilled and produce subsequent work that is better than the last.  I want to grab your eye and have you say, “Isn’t that interesting”, “I never would have looked at that like that” or “who knew that subject matter would make a good/great painting”?  I want to show other people what I see as wonderful, interesting, unique bits of our world.

Biography of Susan Barker 

Susan Rae Barker was born in Claresholm, Alberta on February 14, 1956. Her father was in the Air Force and they were transferred to Greenwood, Nova Scotia where they lived until she was 8.  A subsequent move brought them back to Alberta. They settled at Raven and she was schooled at Spruce View. After high school, she lived in Calgary, went to college in Red Deer, moved to Caroline, married, moved to Brooks and in 1985 moved back to Red Deer. She and her husband John have three children; Dylan, Beau and Regan. 

Art has always been a major part of Susan’s life. Winning an art contest at an early age definitely spurred her forward and sparked a competitive nature. She received art instruction in high school and tried all mediums in 2D art and with clay in 3D art. She seriously considered enrolling in the art program in college but had reservations about her abilities, so took secretarial science instead. She continued to paint in oils and acrylics and took and taught pottery until the birth of her first child. With space concerns, the paints were put into storage but she still worked with pastels, some watercolour, and pottery and branched out into photography. Another creative outlet during the child raising years was being a seamstress. In the winter of 2000 she took an 8 week evening college course in watercolour with Susan Woolgar. She then put away her sewing machine and let watercolour take over her life. She takes courses at the college and at various workshops. Susan belongs to the Red Deer Art Club, the Alberta Community Art Club Association (ACACA), the Red Deer Arts Council, the Red Deer Pottery Club and P’Artisans Artist Network. She loves to enter juried shows and the fair, believing that competition and critiquing helps you to hone your skills. She goes to work with her husband in the oil patch and spends lots of time painting at the rig site. All her paintings are done in watercolour and she likes realistic work. She paints a variety of subjects and topics; still life, small snippets of landscapes, animals and portraits.

Susan Barker’s Curriculum Vitae is available through the office.


The Red Deer Arts Council is pleased to present Robert Alspach from July 31 to October 14, 2013.

 ARTIST STATEMENT of Robert Alspach
After School . . . Deliveries Done, Acrylic/Collage, 2012, Robert Alspach

After School . . . Deliveries Done, Acrylic/Collage, 2012, Robert Alspach

RDAC Shoebox Gallery!  July-August 2013   “Snapshots -A tiny retrospective”

Watercolour paints were the first paints of most of us in our early days. My interest in them lies in their immediacy and their extreme difficulty. My earlier works in that medium are few but greatly appreciated as recollections of early days on the prairies. Later, I found that acrylics were also very immediate, unlike watercolours & oils, and with the advent of digital imagery, I was attracted to the mixtures of the media. 

I slowly became more acutely aware of how the world was subject to such powerful forces of change in the name of progress, that I began to reflect upon how my heritage was part of the disappearance of social and environmental “norms” of my childhood and during my early days as an artist. Hence the three landscape watercolours followed by the mixed media images depicting reflections of our continuing loss of times and cultures.

My latest work freezes in time that naivete and love for the times I remember while my ignorance of the forces of change we’re advancing. I lament our (my) role in the damage inflicted upon our indigenous peoples and the planet. Yet I remember my ancestors who sought a better life in this part of the world and their struggles to live in harmony with their culture as they saw it. 


I was born February 5th, 1941 at the Waddell Hospital in Canora, Saskatchewan. As a child of the prairies and with largely rural family roots in Saskatchewan, I was naturally drawn to nature and all that it offers and to what the lands had already witnessed. Even though my parents were initially farmers, I grew up in Regina and took all of my education there. I had wonderful teachers, even though I was not a great scholar. The visual arts were an important element in my elementary and secondary education. My Art School and University days were a joy which I had never expected.

I had Miss Freethy for art class, in both grade five and again in grade seven. I thought she was pretty, she always smelled so nice but more importantly, would help and encourage us with our art. Then I was fortunate to have Central Collegiate High School art teachers Mac Hone and Helmut Becker to provide me with early direction and exposure to the unfolding world of art. A favourite after school hangout was at the Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery, which was nearby in those days and where I gained a lasting love for many forms of art.

Later and during my nine years with the University of Saskatchewan, first in Art School, then for my Bachelors Degree where I completed my major and minors in painting and art history respectively.  I had many memorable and fine instructors who included Jeff Pocklen, Beth Hone, Marilyn Levine, Rick Gomez, Allan Wienstien, Jack Sures, Ronald Bloore, Theodore Heinrich and my mentor Ted Godwin.  Art McKay, Ken Lockheed, and John Nugent rounded out my being influenced by the “Regina Five” by being in close proximity throughout those years. 

My wife and I were privileged at that time to witness the casting of John Nugent’s maquette for his statue of Louis Riel at his foundry in Lumsden, Saskatchewan. It was later a gift to Pierre Trudeau. Doug Morton’s major work at the Regina Public Library and Ted Godwin’s huge pieces at the new Regina campus blew me away. I was awarded a Reeves Prize in Art in 1965, which I used in part to attend an invitation to the Emma Lake workshop for artists from across the prairies. Lawrence Alloway and John Cage were New York guest artists invited to share their expertise with the many participants. It was indeed an incredible eye-opening experience for a prairie artist to have and one I would never trade for the help and advice I received and the insights I acquired.

I was married to my wife Audrey in 1963 and we have three children. Now grown and residing near and far away, our oldest in Victoria with her two daughters (our granddaughters) and our youngest daughter in Singapore. Our son, a dependent adult and to whom we are legal guardians, resides in Red Deer.

We moved to Red Deer in the fall of 1970 where I taught Art for 24 years at Eastview Junior High School and in 1994 as the first Art Teacher for the inaugural year at Hunting Hills High School. I took my retirement from the school district in 1998 although I did a further two years part-time and substitute taught art for a couple more years until 2002. 

A fellow art educator, artist and lifelong friend from Regina and I had a two man show entitled “A Coming Together” in Regina in 1978 which subsequently travelled to Weyburn, Saskatchewan. Then at Easter of 1985, I was invited to chaperone with his Regina High School Art Tour to England and my first experience at flying!  We visited Stonehenge, Tintern Abbey, Warwick House, Stratford and London. The British Museum, National Gallery and the Tate were major awakenings to my experiences beyond the textbook art of my university days. Of course the local galleries back in Regina, Saskatoon and later Victoria and Vancouver, along with many places in between, had their most pleasant charm and impact!  But in England, most notable were the paintings of Rembrandt, daVinci and Renoir, the Elgin Marbles, the Rosetta Stone and the original versions of “Cats” and “Mousetrap!” Also, Stonehenge couldn’t fail to impress!

I retired from full time teaching to devote more time to my own Art.  In 2005, I also found a need to involve myself again with the Red Deer Allied Arts Council, having been a board member back in 1998 when we applied for and had the Old Court House designated a provincial historic site and where we had our gallery. In 2009, I was the acting chair of the Allied Arts Council and its representative to form the new Red Deer Arts Council when the merger between Culture Charter Partners and Culture Link and ourselves occurred. I continue to volunteer with the operations of the Kiwanis Gallery operated by the Council. In 1998 and again in 2004 I had occasion to travel to Singapore and to Malacca, Malaysia where I was able to absorb many exciting examples of their art, architecture, culture and traditions.

I now devote more time to my own art but also teach evening classes on a seasonal basis for the City of Red Deer through their Culture and Recreation Division.


The Red Deer Arts Council is pleased to present Marj Vetter from April 23 to July 1, 2013.

Gonna Buy Me a Mercury, Oil by Marj Vetter

Gonna Buy Me a Mercury, Oil by Marj Vetter


When I was a child, I was always fascinated by cartoons, especially the coloured ones, and I spent many hours trying to copy them.  The lines, colours and patterns intrigued me and they still do. When I was in grade one, my teacher Miss Barkley told me I’d grow up to be an artist.  Was she psychic, or did the idea get implanted in my brain, I’ve often wondered.

I lived in cities and towns through-out my childhood (air force brat) I have lived on a farm most of my married life.  I am influenced by nature, wildlife, natural places and a love of gardening.  To create beauty where it was lacking, is a great joy. I have been a political cartoonist in my day, but I got tired of politics, so quit that.  I retired from all my jobs in the spring of 2005, so now I can totally concentrate on art, and gardening.

Some of my happiest times have been with my artist friends painting or just talking.  I have made and kept some very dear friends over the years through the art world.

When creating, I am totally focused, the art is the important thing.  Painting and drawing is very central to my life, the smell of turpentine can set my blood racing.


Born in Saskatchewan, the oldest child, of whom we became eleven eventually.  We hit the road with my airforce father when I was about 5.  Lived in cities and towns from Saskatchewan to Ontario, finally settling in Alberta.

I married Bob, who being a farmer provided a permanent  address.  Besides farming, I’ve been in retail, real estate, political cartooning, and a stint in local politics. I’m also very lucky that I came from a very artistic family, of musicians, actors, poets, writers and singers.  So its definitely in the genes.

I was lucky to get involved in the early extension courses sponsored by the University of Alberta.  Harry Wolfarth, Myrtle Ireland, Donna McLean were some of our teachers.  The camping courses, usually lead by Paul Braid, were a joy.  Doug Barry, Robert Carmichael and Harry Savage assisted on occasion.  I was also fortunate to learn drawing from Dick van de Hoogen, cartooning from Bill Longstaff.  The past few years I  had the privilege of being mentored by Joe Abbrescia, who passed away February 2005.

I have belonged to the ACACA since the late 1980‘s and many other professional organizations. I am a premium artist on

I have been involved in group shows at the Red Deer Museum, plus two one women shows held there, Landscapes and Living Creatures, 1997, and When in Doubt, Use Red, 2004/05.  Art has been good to me.

m.d. vetter aka Marjorie Vetter


Marj Vetter’s Curriculum Vitae is available through the office.


The Red Deer Arts Council is pleased to present Carol Nault from January 15 to March 31, 2013.

Eco Village, Monoprint, Carol Nault

Eco Village, Monoprint, Carol Nault

Artist Statement of Carol Nault: 

Some of my work reflects my concern for the global environment, and my place within. Some of it reflects my feelings about motherhood and the way women cope with the changes that children bring to their lives. Some are just because I saw something beautiful and wished to reflect upon it.

I like to think of my work as being containers for the thing contained. What they contain comes out of my life experiences, but what the viewer sees in them comes out of that viewer’s experiences. So we are having a conversation without even being in the same room. I hope to convey in my work those reflections, my passionate conversation with you, the viewer.

Biography of Carol Nault: 

I started doing clay when I was five years old. I don’t think that a single piece has survived that time but the love of the medium has stayed with me. When my family and I moved here from Winnipeg, some twenty five years ago, I was a young mother at home who knew no one here. I began taking pottery courses at the city’s Recreation Center and went on to taking courses with the Red Deer college Series courses and anything I could afford that would advance my knowledge base.

I became very involved in Red Deer’s Arts scene and strongly believe that Art and artists are a vital part of every community they live in. And I have worked as a volunteer, to make that difference. During the last twenty five years, I have served on the boards of the RD Pottery Club, P’Artisan Artist Network, LTCHS Music Parents and the Red Deer and District Allied Arts.  I am currently on the Red Deer Arts Council board as the Visual Arts committee chair.

I am a member of the musical group The Eclectics and have sung at various venues around town and sometimes busk with the group at the Red Deer Farmer’s Market. I play piano and am learning guitar, slowly, since there are never enough hours in the day. I often have music playing while I’m working with clay and paper. I have a very eclectic taste in music but especially enjoy jazz and classical standards when working on artwork. It certainly seems to put me in a creative space.

Although I have been doing clay for almost twenty years, I still know I have more to learn and of course I have only been doing printmaking for less than five. Currently my work can be found at the Gallery on Main in Lacombe and Comforts the Sole in downtown Red Deer.

Carol Nault’s Curriculum Vitae is available through the office.


The Red Deer Arts Council was proud to host Roberta Murray in our office from February 8 to April 10, 2011

Downdraft by Roberta Murray

Downdraft by Roberta Murray

Roberta Murray: Biography

Roberta Murray was born in Calgary, Alberta. Although raised in the city, she spent as many of her weekends and holidays as was possible with relatives in the ranching areas of southwestern Alberta where a deep love for western living and nature developed. Art was a major part of her life then, and it was rare to see her without a sketchbook or camera.

Roberta spent her teenage years working in camera stores and developing labs trying to learn as much as possible about the craft. In 1990 she completed the New York Institute of Photography’s certificate program. Shortly after this she moved, with her family, to a farm southwest of Rocky Mountain House and sold all her professional photography equipment. She spent the next 14 years working as a fibre artist.

It is her work with textiles that lead her to pick up the camera again; first to document her textile work, then as a form of meditation. It is also Roberta’s textile work, specifically that of color and form, that lead her to a new way of thinking about photography. The impressionistic pictorialist style she is known for today resulted, and by 2007 she was once again practicing photography professionally.

In 2009, Roberta was juried in as a full member of the Alberta Society of Artists. Her contemporary pictorialist photography hangs in private and public collections around the world, and is shown in many prominent gallery shows. She still lives on the family farm near Rocky Mountain House, Alberta.

 Artist’s Statement: I am a picture maker. I think I’ve always been one. I am also a dreamer. I grew up with utopian stories of frontier life that instilled in me a deep love of western lifestyles and the history behind it. Wildlife and birds, the western landscape, plants, and people all play a part in the bigger story. From as far back as I can remember I’ve occupied my time with making pictures as an escape from a sometimes harsh world; pictures that often represented a bygone era or way of life far removed from reality.

I spent 14 years working with textiles which created an awareness of how texture and colour can represent mood and feeling. The theories learned there eventually found their way into my photographs, which lead me to discover the work of Pictorialist photographers and their expressive images reminiscent of the great paintings at that time. It is with a combination of traditional techniques, historical ideas and contemporary tools that I approach photography, using the camera more as a paintbrush than a mechanical device.

Truth and reality are constantly manipulated to suit the agendas of the individual. In my images, I am manipulating the truth as an escape from reality to express my dreams and personal visions of the world. It isn’t based so much on what exists, as it is on what I wish existed – a constructed representation. There is a romanticized feeling of a world that is at once full of joy and deep sadness, like something found is easily lost; a nostalgic longing for a simpler time when the world was full of innocence. I am not interested in documenting reality. What is reality anyway? I leave that interpretation for the viewer to decide.

Pictorialism is the name given to a photographic movement in vogue from around 1885 following the widespread introduction of the dry-plate process. It reached its height in the early years of the 20th century, and declined rapidly after 1914 after the widespread emergence of Modernism. The terms “Pictorialism” and “Pictorialist” entered common use only after 1900.

Pictorialism largely subscribed to the idea that art photography needed to emulate the painting and etching of the time. Most of these pictures were black & white or sepia-toned. Among the methods used were soft focus, special filters and lens coatings, heavy manipulation in the darkroom, and exotic printing processes. From 1898 rough-surface printing papers were added to the repertoire, to further break up a picture’s sharpness. Some artists “etched” the surface of their prints using fine needles. The aim of such techniques was to achieve what the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica termed, in discussing Pictorialism, “personal artistic expression”.

Despite the aim of artistic expression, the best of such photographs paralleled the impressionist style then current in painting. Looking back from the present day, we can also see close parallel between the composition and picturesque subject of genre paintings and the bulk of pictorialist photography.


The Red Deer Arts Council was proud to host Heidi Taylor in our office from April 12 to June 19, 2011

Basking Belles by Heidi Taylor

Basking Belles by Heidi Taylor

Biography of Heidi Taylor:I was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1939 and spent my early years in AY Jackson territory in northern Ontario mining towns. I lived in Winnipeg from 1955 to 1958 and joined the RCAF in 1958 as an accounting clerk. I met and married Arn in Northern Quebec at RCAF Station Bagotville in 1961. We have two wonderful children who presently reside in Edmonton.In 1964, we were transferred to Zweibruchen, Germany,and we travelled extensively throughout Europe. I was inspired to capture this on canvas and took oil painting classes, which were less than successful, so I decided to sketch instead.

In 1969, we transferred to Winnipeg and a busy family life took precedence over painting, although I did garden and sketch. In 1979, another transfer took us to Edmonton, Alberta. Here we fell in love with the mountains and the western way of life, and, of course, the scenery.

In 1986, we transferred to Regina. In 1991, I took my first watercolour class and was hooked on this media.  I retired from the military in 1993 and moved, in 1995, to Withrow, Alberta, to be near family and the Rockies.

In 1996, I entered a David Thompson Days art show (juried by Dell Collins) and came in second where I received a decent critique and sold the painting! In 1998, after joining a Christian art group, we participated in Red Deer’s Artwalk.  In 1998, I took my first Summer Series at Red Deer College with a fellow from England, who was replacing Isobel Johnson who was ill. I have continued studies there as well. In 2000, I started entering works in the Tamarack Motor Inn Art shows in both the fall and spring, selling some pieces, mostly still life and elevators. The above relationship with the Tamarack lasted until 2006 as by this time had other goals to pursue.

In 2002, I was encouraged to apply for a Lillian Nunn Grant by a fellow-painter, Marilyn McKnight.  The stipulation was, I had to be a member of Alberta Community Art Clubs Association, so I joined, entered the competition and won a $400 Lillian Nunn Grant, which pleased me immensely.

From 2002 to present time, I participate in Leslieville’s Antique Days , at a booth set up for demonstrating  arts and crafts; my work is mainly florals.  From2004 to 2011, I have given watercolour instruction to seniors at an Eckville manor. In 2005, I joined the Red Deer Art Club because I felt the need to associate with other painters, and I have taken various workshops through them.

I presently reside in Eckville, AB and am continuing my studies through the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Extension, in Edmonton, AB.

Artist Statement: Encouraged by art teachers in junior high school, I spent my early years drawing with some attempts at painting in oils – I made mud! This disappointment led to may years of sketching only, especially florals from our gardens. I discovered watercolour in 1991, while taking eight courses at our local community centre, in Regina, SK.

Michelangelo is quoted as saying in his 87th year, “I am still learning.” This sums up my creative journey throughout my life. I believe it is not so much about arriving as it is about travelling towards a destination, using my chosen media with passion! Inspiration and courage are drawn from my Creator to stretch and grow as I journey on . . .

Heidi’s full curriculum vitae is available in the Arts Council office.


The Red Deer Arts Council was pleased to host Bryce Evans in our office from June 21 to August 28, 2011.

Ride by Bryce Evans

Ride Bryce Evans

Bryce Evans Artist’s Statement: I have always been told that I  see things differently than most people, and I believe this to be true.
Photography has allowed me to take advantage of my unique perspective and sense of humour towards the world. I incorporate humour into my photography through the images and my choice of titles. The world is full of humorous moments and we can always use a little more laughter.

Many of my photos include small details in our surroundings that I feel many people do not notice in the fast paced society in which we live; a few fallen red petals against black rocks on the side of a creek, birds stealing peanuts from an elephant or the way city lights flicker through a layer of trees. I bring these moments to the attention of those who have missed out to remind them to appreciate the world around us. I achieve this mainly through a vibrant colour palette and black & white photography. I have always found vibrant colours to give off energy and wake up the viewer, which makes them appealing in my eyes.

I change my perspective in order to sway the viewer’s thoughts on a photo. In “Ride”, my cousin is wake surfing behind our boat in Sylvan Lake; nothing special, but by taking the photo just off of water level to hide the horizon I have skewed the reality of the photo. Now the calm waters of Sylvan turn into large oceanic waves crashing in on you from both sides and a surfer heading straight at you; there is nowhere to go.

Bryce Evans Biography:

I was born in Edmonton, AB, Canada, in 1992. During my childhood, I was privileged enough to be able to travel throughout the world on our family vacations. Being exposed to a wide variety of cultures including Japanese, Australian, and American, I developed a desire to learn more about the world outside of Canada.

In 2005, I started at Parkview Junior High School in Edmonton; not my favourite memories, but spending hours in the dark room in Industrial Arts class was always something to look forward to. In 2007, I moved to Red Deer because of a job opportunity for my father, and began my education at Hunting Hills High School. In the next three years, I learned the magic of Photoshop and continued to learn about digital photography. In April of 2010, I purchased my first ever camera, a digital SLR (single lens reflex) camera made by Panasonic, the Panasonic GF-1. I immediately fell in love and found myself taking photos of anything and everything around me. I finally had the freedom to take professional quality photographs outside of school. It didn’t take long to realize that photography was my true passion in life.

In October of 2010, I won an Honorable Mention in the People category in the Edmonton Photographic Trade Show Photo Contest. I am a member and the Webmaster of the Central Alberta Photographic Society, as well as a member of the Red Deer Arts Council. In April of 2011, I took part in my first group exhibition at the Lacombe Art Exhibit and Sale in Lacombe, Alberta. Then in May of 2011, I won Second Place in the Amateur Black and White category and an Honorable Mention in the Amateur Colour category in the Central Alberta Photographic Society (CAPS) Spring Competition. Now, at nineteen years of age, I plan on starting my own freelance photography business specializing in fine art photography.

Bryce’s curriculum vitae is available from the office.


The Red Deer Arts Council was pleased to host Shirley Flinn in the office from August 29 to November 17, 2011.

Ballerina I by Shirley Flinn

Ballerina I by Shirley Flinn

Artist Statement of Shirley Flinn:

Why I paint, well, it makes me feel good, the satisfaction of a job done to the best of my ability.  That’s not to say I don’t struggle because I do.  Working through the struggle and achieving success, is part of the pleasure.

My medium of choice at this time is oil.  I find it is a good friend; it can be thin or fat, have a forgiving nature and be a joy to spend time with even when it’s being difficult.  I enjoy doing portraits, documenting a moment in an individual’s life for all time.  Still life it also a favorite way for me to work, I enjoy composing the set up, the drama of the lighting, finally creating the painting.

I like to think that a small piece of my soul goes into each composition, which I hope will give viewers pleasure long after I’m gone.

Biography of Shirley Flinn:

Shirley Flinn was born in Hamilton Ontario, in 1947. She was raised in Vancouver, British Columbia. Shirley moved to Dawson Creek, BC to work as a Telephone Operator for BC Tel. in 1971.  There, she met and married Les Flinn.  The family moved to Lacombe, Alberta in 1978, where they started a new career, working together selling real estate and operating an Alberta Registries office.

Family time was spent fishing and hunting which included having sporting dogs as family pets. Their training was taken on by Shirley; this led to many years of training and showing her beloved Wirehaired Pointing Griffons.  Now retired, she devotes her time to working on her art.  Naturally, portraits of dogs are one of her passions.

Shirley started painting in 1999, where she has been exploring art through workshops and extension programs at the University of Alberta and the Red Deer College, as a means of becoming a proficient artist.

Shirley’s interests are diverse and this is reflected in her varied subject matter.  Presently, Shirley holds memberships with the Lacombe Art Society, Alberta Community Art Clubs Association, the Red Deer Arts Council and the Portrait Society of Canada.

Shirley’s cv is available upon request from the RDAC Office.


The Red Deer Arts Council was pleased to present Sandra Buck in the office from November 18 to January 8,2012.


The First Day by Sandra Buck

The First Day by Sandra Buck

Sandra Buck: Artist Statement:

For as long as I can remember I have been involved in some form of art, whether it be drawing, ink, charcoal, pastels, or painting. I became involved in photography through my mother in law; one visit to a photography club and I was hooked, I loved it. When people get excited from seeing my work or they like what I have photographed; for example: “I love the mood, the soft light, and great detail” “I feel the impact, gorgeous color, great composition.” One of my greatest moments; that I will always remember; came, when a judge remembered my photograph a year later, found me and wanted to purchase the photo.  I personally enjoy the stimulating adventures in creating a beautiful photograph. When I look at a photo I want to see and feel an emotion that exists in that present photo, captured and frozen from the past . Memories fade, time fly’s, yet the instant the shutter clicks an emotion is frozen into that photograph.  I love the freedom of being out and about capturing a moment that you might not ever get back. I love being alone with the elements; Gods light and me, which can be most inspiring.Over the last three years I’ve been finding a pattern in my work. It’s the love of the early morning dawn of a new day; or an evening’s embrace, while  out exploring Alberta’s landscapes. It’s really wonderful to see the rising of the new day, and the loving glow at evenings end, the promise of a new tomorrow. So I’m always looking for new locations to capture the sun in a beautiful spot. This new found passion takes me all around our area. Seeing has become richer and more meaningful. I pay more attention to light, shadows, color, textures and even the small details. There is nothing like being in the right place at the right time, at the right angle of light, to freeze a moment that you will never get back. The color and warmth that is captured in the photo, the meaning of those colors is what I want people to see and feel when they look at my photos; joy, a vitality and creativeness, a desire, a sense of peace or spirituality.

In the last three years, I feel I have grown a lot as a photographer, but I like to keep my own personality in my work. You can’t always follow what the books tell you, you must try different things and experiment with your equipment and god’s light. I truly hope that the people who see my work enjoy it as much as I do taking them.

Sandra Buck Biography:
Born: May 2 1962, Swift Current, SK
Media: Landscape/Nature PhotographyEducation:2000   Pembina Educational Consortium Grade 12 Diploma

Sandra’s full cv is available from the office upon request.


The Red Deer Arts Council was pleased to present Marianne Harris (Vanderkley) in the office from January 17 to March 18, 2012.

Abandonded by Marianne Harris

Abandoned by Marianne Harris

Artist Statement:

Most of my early work was of landscapes in watercolour, tending to be fairly detailed and realistic. Much of my work has been inspired from my own photographs, and in turn I try to capture these memories in paint.  Experimenting more recently with acrylics, sometimes mixed with watercolour, different styles and art media, makes this an exciting learning process along the way and keeps me one step ahead in teaching my students!

Although I am inspired by a variety of subject matter, my travels and children have given rise to my favourite subject, “people and their activities”, both in my photography and paintings.  People are always fascinating subjects the world over, and I strive to tell their story and emotions with paint on paper.  Unusual subject matter catches my attention as well, and interpreting that in paint fascinates me.

My artwork is a result of my personal impression of nature and the activities people do. I trust it will evoke a personal feeling in the viewer also, and through the pieces be able to catch a glimpse of where I’ve been and what I’ve seen.

Artist Biography:

Marianne Harris was born in Edmonton, Alberta, and developed her interest in art while still in elementary school.  An elementary school principal recommended taking art training, after which she got a general exposure to various types of art media, but quickly focused her interests on painting–first oils, then watercolours, and now acrylics as well.  Over the years, several artists have inspired and influenced her, and a mostly-realistic style currently predominate her paintings, with constant changes evolving in her art.

Her works have made their way 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 also.

Marianne has expanded her art business, Paintwerx Studios, to include metal framing, adult and children’s workshops, photography and complementary craft lines, which makes hers a continuously busy schedule!


The Red Deer Arts Council was pleased to present Troy Young from March 20 to June 3, 2012.
Troy Young, Photographer
Venice Canal by Troy Young

Venice Canal by Troy Young


I started playing with photography back in high school about 25 years ago. But around seven years ago I decided to go fulltime and try to make a living doing what I love. I shadowed many photographers for a couple years, took several small courses on lighting and techniques from private teachers and from Ritz University in Utah. I just started a new semester with the Art Institute of Pittsburgh online division in March. My goal is to attain my Bachelors Degree in photography. My current studies are that of Studio Photography, Lighting, Advertising photography and photo journalism.

I moved to Red Deer in 2010 to try a new area with my photography and I had heard there was a strong wedding industry here as well. I have already started to establish my name as a strong wedding photographer and did over 40 weddings last year alone, shooting over 50,000 images. I love Nikon and I am looking to move into their newest camera that was just released, the D4.

I joined Central Alberta Photographic Society in 2011 and in my first year, I received two awards from C.A.P.S.; Best in Show and 1st place in Digital Manipulation.

Artist Statement:

My thought on photography is that I love capturing moments in time and I want to show people through my images, what I see; to tell a story with a picture.


The Red Deer Arts Council was pleased to present Jan Howden-Paul from June 5 to August 12, 2012.

Horses on the Move, Giglee Print by Jan Howden-Paul

Horses on the Move, Giglee Print by Jan Howden-Paul

Jan Howden-Paul Artist Statement:

Calgary, Alberta, was my birthplace and Alberta is still my home.  I absolutely love Alberta.  It is where my roots are and will always be.  It shows in my paintings with a strong connection of Rodeo and country life.  The excitement in my paintings is incorporated through color; contrasting colors of all values. There are not too many paintings created from my pallet that don’t have excitement and color, as I’m ready to create anything from the wildest rodeo ride to the colorful Alberta landscape, even abstracts.

Thanks to the many accredited instructors who have given me the foundation to develop my artwork.  Watercolor was my first passion, to which I incorporated mixed media and now acrylic is on my pallet, but remember, I’m ready to switch at the drop of a hat because, commission work is part of my forte. You dream it…I’ll create it!  Thank you for being part of my art world.

Jan Howden-Paul   ….

Jan Howden-Paul Biography:

It all started back in the Calgary General Hospital on April 21, 1946, when Janette Louise was born into the creative family of Bruce and Eileen Howden and siblings, Ellen, Bert, George and Aileen.  In early childhood, Jan (known back then as Janette) was never far away from paper, pencils, crayons, and animals, including dogs, cats, chickens, cows, and horses.  She even had Bantam Roosters as pets, which used to ride on her bicycle handlebars, and her brothers raised pigeons.  This was all in the Howden back yard of Southeast Calgary’s Ogden district; except for the horses, which she would ride from a local riding stable or relative’s farm. Jan would ride saddle or bareback, just as fast as the horses would go.  Maybe that’s where the saying ‘No Fear’ came from.  And, there was always the Calgary Stampede with the wild rides and chuck wagon races; excitement was always a part of Jan’s life.

Jan and her husband, Lou Paul, met in Calgary back in the early 1970’s, where he performed as a singer/guitarist in Country Nightspots six nights a week, and worked for AGT (now Telus) five days a week.  Red Deer eventually became their home where they were married on July 1st, 1983.  Jan received a Red Deer College Secretarial degree, which was followed by a twenty-two year career with CKGY/Z99 Radio as a Writer and Sales Consultant until she retired in 2002.  Lou retired in 1992 after thirty six years with AGT, and they bought their Sage Brush Hills quarter just off Highway 11 East, half way between Red Deer and Stettler, Alberta, where they now reside in their present home surrounded by trees, hills, wildlife, cattle, horses, and to the north of them on the next quarter, three hundred head of Buffalo!  It includes Jan’s 575 sq. ft. art studio, and a Lou’s 615 sq. ft. workshop where he makes any size of frame Jan needs for her original paintings.

Together for many years, they love the sport of rodeo, not just as spectators, but getting to know the sport from the inside out.  That explains how Jan can transfer the rodeo excitement from her heart onto the canvas.  But there’s more to it than just rodeo.  90% of Lou and Jan’s relatives and friends are tied to the country way of life through rodeo, ranching, and country music.  Lou continues to entertain folks with his musical ability and has recently released two new CD albums.

For seven consecutive years, Jan displayed her artwork in November at the Canadian Rodeo Finals Art Gallery in Edmonton.  Right after that, Lou and Jan usually head south to winter in Mazatlan, Mexico where Lou entertains in night clubs.  They both say winter is great in Mexico, but there’s nothing better than returning home to Alberta in the spring where there’s exciting rodeo action, great country music, and more ideas for Jan’s original paintings.

Jan Howden-Paul paints with watercolour, acrylic, or mixed media in a variety of subjects, including Rodeo excitement, Flowers, Portraits, Country Scenes, and Abstracts.

Jan’s cv will be available from the office upon request.


The Red Deer Arts Council was pleased to present Wendy Meeres from August 21 to October 21, 2012.

Underground I, Mixed Media by Wendy Meeres

Underground I, Mixed Media by Wendy Meeres

Artist Statement: Wendy Meeres

Art is an opportunity for exploration and expression. My work often focuses on colour and texture. I enjoy exploring processes that have an element of unpredictability and chance. To understand the potential, and then let the medium play its role makes it more exciting and opens doors to artistic potential and possibilities.

To be able to make art that generates intrigue, appreciation, enjoyment and potentially provoke thought in others is a privilege and source of satisfaction in my life.

Biography: Wendy Meeres

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 couple 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 watercolours, and starting taking courses and spending time on both. Her pottery is primarily raku. She does both thrown and sculptural works that are sold in stores in Western Canada.

Her watercolours are colourful views of landscapes and flowers. Her recent work has expanded to monotype prints and mixed media that focus on colour, shape and movement.  Many of these pieces incorporate photographic imagery.

Over the last 6 years Wendy has developed an interest in lampworking.  Currently she uses these lampworked beads to create distinctive jewelry including a popular line of beads built onto antique keys.  She is also combining the lampwork with mixed media paintings on wood to create some joyful clocks.

Wendy’s Curriculum Vitae is available through the office.


The Red Deer Arts Council was pleased to present Jeri Lynn Ing from October 23, 2012 to January 13, 2013.

Mackenzie Ponds II, Acrylic on Canvas, Jeri Lynn Ing

Mackenzie Ponds II, Acrylic on Canvas, Jeri Lynn Ing

Artist Statement:  Spirit of Alberta

The spirit of Alberta is found in her landscapes and in her weather that changes hourly.  Peaceful sunny afternoons turn to cool, rainy storms in a heartbeat.

Plein air painting in Central Alberta is both inspiring and full of challenges.  Paintings often need to be done quickly; therefore resulting in a naturally fresh, uncluttered composition with loose brushwork.

Studio work then includes the strong elements of abstraction and colour that intrigues in the plein air work. The studio paintings take on the feel of the landscape by using the expressive brush work, interesting compositions and complimentary colours from the plein air sketches.

This is a process that allows for both play and sustained study of the nuances found in the shapes and colors of the Alberta landscape.  Using both approaches to painting allows the work to emerge and captivate in an honest and flattering depiction of the ever changing Spirit of Alberta.

“Art is not what you see- it is what you make others see“  – Edgar Degas

Biography of Jeri Lynn Ing:

Jeri Lynn Ing is an artist living and working in Central Alberta.  Jeri Lynn received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta and has practiced her art for the past 16 years in Red Deer, Alberta.  During that time Jeri Lynn has owned and operated Gallery IS in Red Deer and most recently has opened her studio in the historic downtown of Red Deer where she continues to develop and explore landscapes and abstraction.

Jeri Lynn’s most recent solo show at the end of 2011 “Shift” was developed to help her explore and develop abstraction in her work. Her current work embodies acrylic mediums, acrylic paints, transparent to opaque layers and the continued exploration of abstraction found in the Alberta landscapes.

Besides Gallery IS, Jeri Lynn is also represented at the Bluerock Gallery in Black Diamond Alberta.

Jeri Lynn’s Curriculum Vitae is available through the office.


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