Connie Farrell was born in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. Farrell works predominantly in oil and acrylic pants and printmaking. She completed a BFA through Grenfell College in 1997. Followed by an Education Degree through MUN in 1998 and her Maters in Educational Leadership from the University of Calgary in 2013. For the last 17 years she has made Alberta her home, working as a teacher, consultant and as a Vice-Principal in Fort McMurray. Since moving to Edmonton she has been busy with painting and printmaking. Traditional themes of floral and fauna are made contemporary through her bold use of colours and expressive brush strokes. She has shown her work previously at Art in Motion and at The Art Foundry in Fort McMurray.
These works tell the story of fishing and walking along Alberta streams. This always leads me to observe my environment and see a story in clay. The structures of the cliff faces, the surroiuding waters, even surprises which lie beneath the waters intrigue me. Patterns, movements, colour variations and textures of structures whether soft or hard ca me to invoke simpllified details in these clay snapshots.
Waters move and change. Cliff-sides and wall rock stratus glimmer from light reflections, water vegetations move and sway in the current. It is my home the viewer interacts with these visual snapshots in time to see their own story. There is alway a story.
“I recently heard the short statement “Reverent Wonder” and I immediately loved it. Paul Strisak in his book titled, “The Art of Landscape Painting” says a few things that will help you understand why I like this quote.
Firstly, the artist’s real contribution is the expression of his/her own reaction to the world around them. Secondly, what you have to say is the most important thing. More than subject, matter or technique. And thirdly, your eyes don’t tell you what to paint, your mind and feelings do.
When I look at the created world around me, whether I am seeing people, nature or man-made structures I sense a wonder at the beauty of it all. I paint to express what makes me love this world.
Brenda Malkinson has sustained a dedicated studio practice for over forty years. Her travels and research include Europe, Japan, Korea, Alaska, as well as the Canadian north, prairies, and west coast. She has executed major architectural commissions and her work is in many public and private collections including Alberta Foundation for the Arts; Massey Foundation Museum of Man, University of Alberta; Stanley Milner Public Library. Her recent exhibitions include Chicago Printmakers’ 3rd Annual International Print Exhibition (award shortlist); Galerie d’Art Stewart Hall, Pointe-Claire, Quebec; International Print Exhibition, Canada and Japan, Kyoto, Japan; Municipal Museum of Art, Christies, New York; International Print Centre, New York and The Surface of Things: Chasing Light, (solo exhibition), ACC Discovery Gallery, Edmonton, AB. Malkinson is a recipient of the 2013 Edmonton Artists Trust Fund Award and the 2018 ACAD Alumni Legacy Award.
Jeannette Miller enjoys painting; especially close ups of big, bright, bold ,beautiful flowers. She graduated from University many years ago and was a teacher with Fort McMurray Catholic Schools for 32 years, until her retirement in 2014. During that time she taught a diverse range of subjects and grades. Grade 3 and junior high and high school Art and almost all junior high subjects. For the last 15years of her career she was exclusively an Art teacher at Father Mercredi High School, a job she loved. She and her husband are now country folk, living out near Pigeon Lake. She can be found most days in her home studio “up to something.”
“The point of this show is to create a vibrant sensory experience, one that is enjoyable and , I hope, slightly overwhelming.”