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Artist's exhibit bound up in a book

Photographer Dave Belcher takes big pictures to market

By: Scott Hayes

  |  Posted: Saturday, Mar 22, 2014 06:00 am

GETTING CONNECTED – Connections/Célébrons les liens by Karen Blanchet.
GETTING CONNECTED – Connections/Célébrons les liens by Karen Blanchet.
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Connections/célébrons les liens
Solo exhibit of works by Karen Blanchet

Galerie PAVA
9524 87 St. in Edmonton
Saturday, March 22 to Tuesday, April 29
Opening reception Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m.
Visit for more information.

Local artist Karen Blanchet is offering her fans a chance to own her work at a great fraction of the cost of a single painting. She has published a catalogue of all 22 images of the paintings from her new show, opening Saturday.

“It feels great! I’m very pleased. It’s basically a memento of the show. For those who can’t afford the $2,000 paintings, they can still buy a book,” she said.

Connections/célébrons les liens is her new solo exhibition at Galerie PAVA, the professional gallery whose acronym stands for Professionnels francophones en arts visuels de l'Alberta. It’s associated with the Société francophone des arts visuels de l'Alberta, or SAVA, which is where she usually participates in group shows.

This solo effort is so momentous in her view that she decided to mark the occasion with a self-published book showcasing the collection. Each copy of the limited printing edition is $60.

“It was an idea that came to me,” she explained.

A new laptop and playing around with iPhoto was enough to spark her imagination.

“I thought immediately that this would be wonderful for the show. People kept saying, ‘when are you going to get it together?’ ‘As soon as I get every one of them painted!’” she responded to her critics.

“I did manage to get them all done at the end of February, which was a bit of a shock to me because I was struggling at the beginning of February. I was into the second week tearing my hair out.”

The collection is a series of abstract works that are about “inner workings,” she said. She made it a conscious effort to relate to other people’s souls.

“I wanted them to see themselves in [the paintings]. That means I have to be fairly open with what I produce. It can’t be totally done. It’s intriguing to me that we’re floating particles and there’s more space than there is matter. That’s what it’s about. I take these particles, which are basically chaotic, and I put some order to them. I create an atmosphere that induces peace and contemplation.”

The big giga show

Photographer Dave Belcher has what he calls a “big showing” of his works at Wetaskiwin’s annual Art Walk this weekend.

The emphasis is on the word big. Belcher’s GigaPan photos are gigapixel panoramas, meaning they are digital images comprised of billions of pixels. The technology works with a special tripod that he calls “the robot.” It scans across the subject – usually landscapes or buildings in Belcher’s oeuvre – and takes a series of individual photographs, each about 10 megabytes in size.

Later, a computer program compiles them together into one much, much larger image. There’s an incredible amount of detail in each of the finished products.

The show opened Friday and runs from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The venue, 1st Dibbs Antiques and Collectibles Vendor Flea Market, is located at 6501 47 St. in Wetaskiwin, one hour southeast of St. Albert. Call 780-361-7318 for more information.


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