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Painters take their positions for live art gala

St. Albert studio plays host to Edmonton Art Club show

By: Scott Hayes

  |  Posted: Saturday, Jan 25, 2014 06:00 am

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  • PERFORMING LIVE – Artist Doris Charest, the creator of this piece, will be live painting at the fundraiser for Galerie PAVA.
    PERFORMING LIVE – Artist Doris Charest, the creator of this piece, will be live painting at the fundraiser for Galerie PAVA.
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  • VARIETY – Orange Poppies in a Copper Pot by Marsha Thornton will be one of about 100 works displayed at the Points of View exhibit.
    VARIETY – Orange Poppies in a Copper Pot by Marsha Thornton will be one of about 100 works displayed at the Points of View exhibit.

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There’s a party set to go on in the French Quarter Saturday night and one St. Albert visual artist is going to be there to help out with some brushstrokes.

Jazz’Art is the annual fundraiser for Galerie PAVA. Doris Charest hopes the live art gala will draw a huge crowd. She will be painting up a storm in advance of the event’s open auction and she won’t be alone.

“There’s five artists that paint to the music. Some of us will paint the musicians. The others paint whatever inspires them. It’s pretty nerve-wracking actually,” she laughed. “I’ve gotten better at ignoring the people that are watching me. I think I’ll be OK.”

There will be six musicians performing live as well to entertain the crowd and keep spirits light. Joining her in the spotlight and in front of their fresh canvases will be artists Jacques Martel, Nathalie Shewchuck-Paré, Sylvia Grist and Curtis Johnson.

Jazz’Art will also have a silent auction to keep the action and the excitement going.

The event starts at 7:30 p.m. in the theatre of La Cité francophone, 8627 Rue Marie-Anne Gaboury (91 Street). Tickets are $20 each or $140 for a group of eight.

Galerie PAVA is located at 9524 87 St. Its current exhibit features St. Albert Painters’ Guild member Father Douglas. The Two Contrary States of the Human Soul runs until Tuesday, Feb. 4.

For more information about the event or the exhibit, call 780-461-3427 or visit www.savacava.com.

A new view to VASA

An Edmonton group of artists is hoping to bring a new perspective with its art exhibit opening in St. Albert next week.

Points of View is a compilation of works created by members of the Edmonton Art Club. When it opens at the Visual Arts Studio Association (VASA), visitors to the gallery space will see a lot of the perspectives of the club’s 17 members, as approximately 100 works will fill the walls.

“You’ll get a wide variety,” said Betty Dean, current president of the club and a new member to VASA. “I think you’ll see a real cross section of work.”

She referred to the title of the exhibit as a telling point about the diversity of artistic output between artists even when working from the same model or subject.

“The purpose of that theme is to just give us something to reflect on when we look at our work. Points of View is pretty broad so you might say, ‘Well, what does that mean?’ For every artist when you start working on anything, you work on it from your point of view, from your perspective. Two people working on exactly the same subject would come out with very different work, depending on their points of view.”

Points of View will be on display from Tuesday, Jan. 28 to Friday, Feb. 28. An opening reception will be held on Feb. 1 from 1 to 4 p.m. Artists will be in attendance.

VASA is located at 25 Sir Winston Churchill Ave. Call 780-460-5990 or visit www.vasa.ca for more information.


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