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Art in full bloom at Daffodil

Words and art come together at ArtsHab

By: Scott Hayes

  |  Posted: Wednesday, Jan 22, 2014 06:00 am

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  • MIXED MEDIA – Botafogo by Rick Rogers is part of his The Emperor's New Clothes exhibit.
    MIXED MEDIA – Botafogo by Rick Rogers is part of his The Emperor's New Clothes exhibit.
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Everything is signed, sealed and ready to deliver. The Society of Western Canadian Artists is preparing to put on its Signature Show at the Daffodil Gallery, starting Thursday. It will feature six distinct artists including St. Albert’s Rick Rogers, co-owner of the gallery and current president of the society.

“There will be an excellent variety of media: watercolour, acrylic, oils and mixed media, and in six very distinct and exciting styles,” he said.

His own work will be from a series entitled The Emperor's New Clothes, featuring primarily white or off-white mixed media panels with abstract compositions.

“More important to me, the real media underlying all of these is light and shadow, not just an illusion of light and shadow,” Rogers said. “I am trying to use actual reflections, shadows, and transparency as elements of these paintings, treading into the territory of sculpture.”

This is the first time that his work will be featured at the Daffodil. The show will also feature the work of Daffodil’s other co-owner Karen Bishop, as well as Teresa B. Graham, Saeed Hojjati, Anne McCartney and Heidi Smith.

Graham is a member of the Visual Arts Studio Association of St. Albert and Hojjati is a former exhibitor at Art Beat when the gallery operated in St. Albert.

The Signature Show opens Thursday and runs until Saturday, Feb. 15. An opening reception will be held on Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. Artists will be in attendance.

The Daffodil Gallery is located at 10412 124 St. in Edmonton. For more information, call 780-760-1278 or visit

Worldwide words and paintings

A unique art show is coming to Arts Habitat One and it will be one of the last such events at the creative live-work space before it shuts its doors later this year.

The visual and written project is called Painting a Book of Edmonton, a multicultural art project that puts words and pictures together, courtesy of a group of local artists all with international origins. The show is being put on by the Multicultural Artists’ Group in co-operation with The Writers Beyond Borders writers’ group and the Borderlines Circles program.

Having come from different countries and cultural backgrounds, the creative people of these groups met in Edmonton, and despite their diverse origins, have found a common passion for artistic creation.

Nataliya Bukhanova, founder of the Multicultural Artists’ Group, explained that attendees could expect an interesting range of work.

“It is a really big project! The idea is not just to show original art but combine it with words of multicultural writers … 12 writers who are taking part in the show. We have about 10 or 12 visual artists. I don’t know if we’ll have enough space!” she laughed.

The list of contributors includes writers Andres Torres Scott, Athiaan Garang, Ella Zeltserman, Jocelyne Verret, Juli Anne McEvers-Gareau, Maitham Salman, Melissa Morelli Lacroix, Monika Igali, Olga Rojas, Sara Borquez, Savithri Machiraju, Therezinha Franca Kennedy, Thuc Cong and Yukari Meldrum.

Joining them are Bukhanova and other visual artists including Edith Rongen, Lorien Maheu, Lynn Daviduk, Maitham Salman, Maria Riedyk, Noemi LoPinto and Ruta Michol.

Painting a Book of Edmonton starts on Friday with an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Artists will be in attendance. The show runs until Friday, Feb. 21.

Arts Habitat One is located at 10217 106 St. in downtown Edmonton. For more information, call Bukhanova at 780-974-7521 or visit


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