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Danbrook brings her ceramics from the market to the Council

Art gets 'juicy' at Daffodil

By: Scott Hayes

  |  Posted: Wednesday, Apr 02, 2014 06:00 am

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  • CLAY DAY – Coalescence features the work of the long-time sculptor, potter and St. Albert Farmers’ Market favourite Brenda Danbrook.
    CLAY DAY – Coalescence features the work of the long-time sculptor, potter and St. Albert Farmers’ Market favourite Brenda Danbrook.
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  • THICK ART – Working in bright acrylics, Samantha Williams-Chapelsky used the prairie landscape and cloud formations as inspirations. She calls it Juicy because there is just so much of the medium in use.
    THICK ART – Working in bright acrylics, Samantha Williams-Chapelsky used the prairie landscape and cloud formations as inspirations. She calls it Juicy because there is just so much of the medium in use.

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One Redwater artist is ready to let her work take the spotlight in an upcoming solo show.

Coalescence features the work of the long-time sculptor, potter and St. Albert Farmers’ Market favourite Brenda Danbrook. She already has a strong practice of beautiful and functional pieces. Her work in this exhibit features some captivating silk-screened prints on ceramic tableware. The imagery, derived from simple and repetitive designs or old photographs, does much to enhance the eye-pleasing nature of each piece.

The catchword that she uses for this collection is “narrative”.

“A ceramic vessel has the opportunity to express a visual experience beyond the very useful and tactile qualities,” she explained in her artist’s statement. She wanted her work to tell a story of a world in flux while adding elements that keep people connected to the ground and their families.

“It’s about coming home from school and finding that my landscape is changing. We’ve got big power lines and industrial plants. The rural farming community is all changing.”

She photographed her surrounding and its creatures over the course of last summer then screened those images onto her ceramic pots. She did the same with specific elements of her photos, turning them into those repetitive patterns “in hopes of having some conversation around the dishes.”

Danbrook added that she is very much looking forward to returning to the farmers’ market when it starts up again in June.

Coalescence opened in the Discovery Gallery last weekend and runs until Saturday, May 3.

The Alberta Craft Council is also featuring a new group show that features the work of renowned local rug hooker Rachelle LeBlanc.

Furnish is a show of contemporary handcrafted home furnishings and accessories from more than 20 of the council’s members. It opens in the ACC Feature Gallery on Saturday, April 5 and runs until Saturday, July 5. The opening reception is on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. Artists will be in attendance.

For more information, call 780-488-6611 or visit www.albertacraft.ab.ca. The Alberta Craft Council is located at 10186 106 Street in downtown Edmonton.

Artist squeezes out lots of paint for new series

One imagines that Samantha Williams-Chapelsky’s hands must be somewhat tired. After all, she’s been painting a new series lately. And she’s been using a lot of paint. Much more than usual.

“Yes, I am!” she stated.

Juicy is a new series of works that started out of her experiences in Toronto last summer. The Golden Artist Colors paint company took her on as its working artist representing Alberta and Saskatchewan. It was a cool opportunity, she said, one that allowed her to offer workshops on how to conserve art, use acrylics and make them last. She also learned a few things along the way.

“They got us trying all different ways of applying paint and not being afraid to use a lot of paint,” she continued. “Oftentimes, as artists, we don’t want to waste a lot of paint. We don’t want to take tons of money out and buy all this paint and then use it on canvases. They inspired this whole series by getting me to use this really rich amounts of paint… and having fun with it.”

Working in bright acrylics, she used the prairie landscape and cloud formations as inspirations. She calls it Juicy because there is just so much of the medium in use.

“I’m really excited about it. It’s a new idea for me, a new approach to painting the landscape. I’ve been using a stone additive with my paint so it basically makes it super thick. I’m able to apply up to about an inch of paint onto the support that I’m using.”

The series of 15 paintings features some smaller canvases but one 0.9 by 1.2-metre work that is approximately 16 kg in weight.

Juicy opened yesterday and runs until Sunday, April 20. An opening reception will be held tomorrow evening from 5 to 8 p.m. Williams-Chapelsky will be in attendance. Entertainment will be provided by local singer-songwriter Jessica Heine.

The Daffodil Gallery is located at 10412 124 Street in Edmonton. Call 780-760-1278 or visit www.daffodilgallery.ca for more information.


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