Hilda Oomen & Diana Zasadny: Our Backyards

October 03 - October 21, 2020

Simon Andrew: Interior Nature

October 24 - November 11, 2020

Brent Laycock - The Promised Land:  New Paintings of Southern Alberta

November 14 - December 02, 2020

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Videos

We bring to you an on-line “Walk-Through” of the current exhibition. Hilda Oomen & Diana Zasadny have come together to share their views of “Our Backyards”More...

From East to West & Landscape to Garden, this exhibition bringing together two uniquely wonderful artists that celebrate our land in their unique way. They work both in the studio and in-situ to create different perspectives of our surroundings.

Show continues through to October 21, 2020

(attributes: Music: https://www.bensound.com)

​For our up-coming exhibition, Our Backyards, with Diana Zasadny and Hilda Oomen, Zasadny has put together a short time-lapse video to get a little insight into how she develops a piece of art. In the video you can see how the painting transitions over time and her process…working on the easel, floor, outside, etc… More...

We will have this exhibition opening on Saturday, October 3 from 2pm - 5pm.

With the show preview available to be seen on Oct. 1-2, 2020.

Zasadny’s statement about her inspiration:

In my mind, my backyard is a large geographic range, stretching from Calgary south to the Montana border, from the Cypress Hills to eastern slopes of the Rockies.

In the show OUR BACKYARD, I aim to share my enjoyment experienced in my travels of the southern Alberta region. I love all of it, the prairies, mountains and badlands, it activates my imagination and I create paintings on canvas. I drive to locations to sketch, hike and explore bringing home memories and inspiration. Ideas form on a rainy hike in Waterton Park, a drive through the badlands or under bright blue skies in the coulees near my home in Lethbridge. My paintings are a view from the trail or roadside into an expanse of prairie, grove of trees or fragments of wilderness organized into parks.

Using washes and layers of thinned acrylic paint on canvas, I create complex colors and textures in my artwork. It is a joy exploring different palette schemes to express the places that continue to fascinate me. The style embraces both an impressionistic and abstract style of landscape painting.

My studio is a few kilometers from Lethbridge at the McNally Community Center, a former school which my mother, aunts, uncles and cousins attended. My window looks out to the east at neighboring farmland where time is marked by the harvest and the color of the seasons. - Diana Zasadny (September 2020)

Any questions or if you wish to view the works virtually, Please contact us via email (info@wallacegalleries.com) or phone (403-262-8050). We will be making a video and posting the works on-line.

Hilda Oomen shares a little insight into her work and the lead up to her two-women exhibition this fall, opening Saturday, October 3, 2020 with Diana Zasadny. The show is entitled “Our Backyards.More...

Artist statement: Gardening is central to my paintings. My work flows directly from the experience of working in gardens. When the world changed in March, my creativity stopped and the urge to paint disappeared. By April I found a large piece of land at a farm, large enough to garden without limits. Adjacent to it, a sprawling wheat field changing from pale yellow to golden through the months was a constant calming space and a reminder of the abundance of a farm. In an uncertain time this place felt reliable and purposeful. This new work is not so different from my work of six months ago. The farm garden enabled me to carry on when the world came to a halt and painting felt pointless. Each visit I’m greeted with waving stands of sunflowers, deep chocolate in colour, short ‘teddy bear’ sunflowers nestled in their shadow; security and comfort. Wide flower borders 50 feet long invigorate me and excite my senses. All is forgotten as I am lost in colour and movement under a deep blue sky and cradled by a golden wheat field. As fall rolls in, I worry as I harvest the first squash, about what winter will bring. But there is promise and hope and colour and excitement and it rekindles the urge to paint. I bring home arm loads of flowers and as they slowly droop and wither in the studio, the walls fill up with small painted squares of their presence. There is a restorative power in gardening, I have always felt a need to work with soil and plants but the farm garden during the crisis was about more than inspiration; it gave me purpose and restored my faith to paint. - Oomen


Upcoming Exhibitions

Hilda Oomen & Diana Z...

October 03 - October 21, 2020

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 3, 2020 From East to West and land to garden, this exhibition bringing together two uniquely wonderful artists ...

Simon Andrew: Interior Na...

October 24 - November 11, 2020

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 24 from 2-5pm This exhibition has Simon Andrew focusing on the patterns in nature but also reflecting these out...

Brent Laycock - The Promi...

November 14 - December 02, 2020

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 14 from 2-5pm; Artist in attendance This homeland of southern Alberta is where Laycock was born, raised and spen...


News & Announcements

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 24 from 2-5pm

This exhibition has Simon Andrew focusing on the patterns in nature but also reflecting these outer patterns within a painting. He is not only focusing on the structure and observed components of the environment but how that interplay is expressed within the seeming randomness of form in a piece of art. This internal language or translation of nature in a piece of art can in itself become an expression of nature.

Exhibition On-line Catalog available HERE

preview: Thursday & Friday, Oct 22-23, 2020

It is with profound sadness that we are to announce the sudden passing of friend and artist, Bill Webb.

A remarkable artist and outdoor enthusiast, he will be greatly missed. We want to express our deepest condolences to family and friends.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at the gallery at any time.

News: Nancy Boyd was interviewed by Dorothy Woodend of the Tyee about her views and the impact of the pandemic on her and her practice. In the article “Staving

Off Pandemic Panic, an Artist Turns to Masked Portraits”, Boyd reveals how the pandemic has affected her.

Many artists are contending with the double-edged pandemic sword of unfocused time and existential angst. But the humble act of drawing can offer a way to calm

the mind and chart a path forward.

“Drawing isn’t a panacea, but a discipline. For artist Nancy Boyd, it’s also a way of making sense of the world.Boyd, who taught drawing and painting at Capilano University for more than two decades, works from her home studio in East Vancouver. In the early months of the pandemic she turned her hand to drawing masked people. A few were people she knew, but many more were faces from the news, health-care workers and frontline folk, with only their eyes visible. She has drawn more than 50 masked faces so far, representing a broad range of ages and backgrounds. …”

“I wanted to be a witness to this extraordinary time but in a way that wasn’t fraught with all the complex considerations that plagued my regular practice.”

for the full article please go to The Tyee’s website: https://thetyee.ca/Culture/2020/08/20/Pandemic-Panic-Artist-Masked-Portraits/

New Gallery Hours:

Tuesday - Friday: 10AM - 5:30PM

Saturdays: 11AM - 4PM

Sunday, Monday & Statutory Holidays: CLOSED

HOURS:

SATURDAY, AUGUST 1, 2020: OPEN: 11 - 3pm

MONDAY, AUGUST 3, 2020: CLOSED

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