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New art shows for summer

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The  Bowman Arts Centre has a couple big new month-long shows beginning July 4.
A four-pronged show called Four By Four begins July 4  with Amy Dodic, Linda Hajash, Eric Martens and Blake Wilson  displaying their works until Aug. 8. The opening reception is  Saturday, July 4 from 7-9 p.m. at the Bowman Arts Centre (811-5 Ave South).
 Simultaneously,  another show called Black and White begins July 4 and runs  until Aug. 8. Participating artists include Amy Dodic, Donna Gallant, Linda Hajash, Angela H’Wood, Karina Mak, Eric Martens, Bev Muendel-Atherstone, Jim Palmer, Bob Webb and Blake Wilson.
 The opening reception is also July 4 from 7-9 p.m. at the Bowman Arts Centre.
The Bowman display cases  feature work from  the University of Lethbridge’s  Figure and Life  Drawing (2850 A ) class.
A new display goes up in the Waterfield Gallery, upstairs in the Yates Theatre (10th Street and 4th Avenue).
Drawing  on the Imagination runs July 11-Aug. 8. Numerous artists are involved including Leila Armstrong, Donna Bilyk, Ed Crowe, Amrita Deshpande, Kelaine Devine, Beany Dootjes, Wayne Dwornik, Loralee Edwards, Olive Green, Aaron Hagan, Joanne Kaltenbruner, Katherine Kolpak, John Macdonald, April Matisz, Alex Pavlenko, Lynn Russell and Fr. Tham.
The opening reception is July 11 from 7-9 p.m.
—Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Artists make time for timelessness

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Artists are “making time for timelessness” in Shaughnessy this weekend, as a three day arts workshop at the Shaugnessy Community Hall is set to go, June 12-14.

Mystic ImagesThere will be a variety of activities taking place including daytime workshops featuring yoga, inner journeys dance, staff spinning, inner consciousness and meditation. There will also be a free store (swap meet/ garage sale) and a Sunday morning market.

In the evening there will be  drum circles, fire spinning and a  DJ line up including Jay Michael, Andreas aka Musk -Oaka as well as  Nate Schilman, Steve Velocity, Emilio Gagliardi and Darvin  Knorr.

Tickets cost $100  for the weekend, $49 for children  and children under age 12 get in for free. The event is  approximately 20 minutes north of Lethbridge.

For more information or tickets go to Mystique Images and Nirvana Energy (1119 A/B 3rd Ave. South Lethbridge. Call (403) 320-2220 or go to Penny Coffee House also has tickets.

— Richard Amery



New site supports local artists

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An Edmonton based website is helping put Albertan artists directly in touch with prospective customers, not to mention other artists. The site,, allows artists of any medium to sign up for free, post a biography as well as a gallery of 10 of their favourite pieces. The site’s mission is to “create a network of fine artists supporting themselves and each other through the promotion of a united online gallery.”

Support Local ArtIt presents buyers with an easy to search, fun to browse, colourfully unprecedented selection of quality artwork at artist set pieces.

The purpose of the site is to raise awareness of local artists and create direct contact between them and buyers. Whether the pieces are for sale is up to the artist, but the most important thing is to increase exposure to their works.

Several activities are available are available on the site including  jigsaw puzzles you can download of original art as well as free desktop images.

Artists who wish to get involved are to e-mail four images of original art which will be peer juries. More details are available in the FAQ section of the site.

—Richard Amery



Artists reclaim abandoned spaces

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 L.A. Beat Photo by Richard Amery  Rick Gillis shows one of his works.Several southern Albertan artists have proved you can reclaim and beautify abandoned buildings with a new show called ‘Ruin And Reclamation.’

The show, featuring pieces from 37 different southern Alberta artists, includes variety of mediums, some really innovative works and a few rather disturbing ones like an old artistically soiled mattress scrawled with felt marked statements about love, lust and sex, which was amplified by a black light and an incense candle burning while Barry White‘s music played.

The show is in the old Leo Singer building, the site of a popular old clothing store, located  on 5th Street South, next to Express Coffee.

“This  building has been dead for  the past 10-12 years. So this show is about breathing life into dead urban spaces,” explained artist Rick Gillis during the grand opening, May 30.

Gillis is a member of the Potemkin Collective which is hosting the show from noon until  5 p.m. June 4-6 and 11-13 as well in the next couple weeks.

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