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

About the Gallery

We proudly represent a variety of painters, sculptors, and printmakers whose work presents exceptional quality and value. Many of our artists are well-known, some are mid-career and others are notable up-and-comers. This interesting mix of talents ensures an exciting and wide-ranging selection of art in terms of both style and price.

Nothing beats the emotional reaction of seeing a piece of art that moves you. We are here to listen to your needs and finding the right piece of art that will do this.

From young couples decorating their first home to executives charged with building a corporate art collection, visitors to our gallery often look to us for advice and information. We look to develop long-term relationships with our clients for this reason.


Videos

​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

Walter Bachinski has been exhibiting with us for several years now. He is known for his luscious still life pastel works but has been venturing in recent years into landscape painting. Also over the past 25 years, Bachinski has been printing limited edition art books with original prints and poetry by various authors. These books are complex compilations of pochoir prints,linocuts, and woodcuts that have been rendered from years of paintings that Bachinski has worked on for over the years. More...

His influences are Henri Matisse, Paul Cezanne, and Pierre Bonnard. At Wallace Galleries, we have several lovely and intense pastels still lives available. This video foreshadows some of the works that will be available and illustrates the lengthy process in which Bachinski goes through to make the various segments and images to his up-coming book (to be released in 2021) entitled My Landscape. Enjoy and if you have any questions please contact us @wallacegalleries.

“These invented landscapes derive from sketches done on location in Northern Ontario over many decades. This land comprising the LaCloche Mountain range and the Killarney Wilderness Park has become my paradise. The landscape of the south of France was an inspiration to me in earlier years, as it was for the artists who painted there in the late 19th and 20th centuries. Those that know me are well aware of my love for Cezanne, Matisse and Bonnard. Imagine my delight in finding a similar quality of light, foliage and atmosphere right here in Ontario.

I work to please myself and to make something I can live with for a long time. Hopefully people will share the same delight I have in exploring the intricacies of these inventions. These pastels are intended to give the viewer much pleasure and a sense of well-being.” - Bachinski


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

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

Sorry for any inconvenience

COVID-19 - Face Covering Bylaw

With the City of Calgary new temporary By-Law (26M2020) in effect as of August 1, 2020

We will be complying with the requirement in wearing masks.

All persons are required to wear a mask while in the gallery.

People who are exempt from wearing face coverings:

· Children uder 2 years old

· People with underlying medical conditions or disabilities inhibiting their ability to wear a face covering

· People who are unable to place, use or remove a face covering safely without assistance

· People who are eating or drinking at a public premises that offers food or beverage services

· People engaging in an athletic or fitness activity

· People who are care-giving for or accompanying a person with a disability where wearing a face covering would hinder the accommodation of the person’s disability (for example, the ability to lip read)

· People who have temporarily removed their face covering where doing so is necessary to
provide or receive a service (for example, a visit to the dentist)

· Customers do not need proof that they are included in one of the exemptions listed above.

We will be adhering to the AHS and Alberta government guidelines. With no more than 15 people in the gallery at a time andphysical distancing (2m).

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Wallace Galleries ltd.

(Image: pencil drawing my Nancy Boyd: Thank you Medical Workers!)

Known as “the Kid”, Godwin was a professor at the University of Regina in the 50s and 60s, and one of five artists to be exhibited at the National Gallery of Canada in the 60s; where the group was called “The Regina Five” and the name stuck. An innovative and inspiration group of artists and professors that put western Canada on the map of action expressionism at the time.

Godwin embraced his creativity and experimented and grew from his time in Regina and continued to create throughout his career until his passing in 2013. This exhibition will celebrate a man that embodied his art and continually was creating.

The exhibition will span works from his early years in Regina until his later landscape works in the 2000s. HERE is the on-line catalog of the exhibition.