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Artists collaborate with photos and paintings

Roth sees diamonds with new show

By: Scott Hayes

  |  Posted: Wednesday, Jun 04, 2014 06:00 am

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  • SIDE BY SIDE – Artist Father Douglas painted this Quebec scene, left, from a photo taken by Diane Plasse, right. The artists are collaborating by showing their work side by side.
    SIDE BY SIDE – Artist Father Douglas painted this Quebec scene, left, from a photo taken by Diane Plasse, right. The artists are collaborating by showing their work side by side.
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  • SIDE BY SIDE – Artist Father Douglas painted this Quebec scene, left, from a photo taken by Diane Plasse, right. The artists are collaborating by showing their work side by side.
    SIDE BY SIDE – Artist Father Douglas painted this Quebec scene, left, from a photo taken by Diane Plasse, right. The artists are collaborating by showing their work side by side.

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Father Douglas is one of a quartet of artists who are working in harmony for a new art show in Edmonton’s French quarter.

Harmony features him, along with Diane Plasse, Tony Overweel and Maria Sieben, but it’s his work set alongside Plasse’s that really demonstrates the theme.

Plasse, a photographer and painter, started by taking photos of the countryside around the Montreal area. She provided those images to Douglas who then painted them so that the two could be shown side by side.

“I saw some of her photographs a few years back and I said, ‘Can I paint some of those?’ She said, ‘Oh sure!’” he said of the arrangement.

Plasse emailed copies of the images to him for his reference.

“I said that we should do a show together. Quebec has always been one of my favourite provinces. I think it’s one of the most beautiful places.”

Conveniently, she agreed to the collaboration.

Along with Overweel and Sieben, Harmony features 12 of these informal diptychs with her photos and his paintings.

This marks the second time in recent memory that Douglas has had a unique collaboration for an art show. Some of his works from his latest exhibition Two Contrary States of the Human Soul were projected during the live poetry readings of Jocelyne Verret Chiasson during a special event held in conjunction with the Edmonton Poetry Festival.

Harmony opens on Friday with a reception from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Artists will be present and refreshments will be served. The show will run until Tuesday, June 17.

The Centre d’arts visuels de l’Alberta is located at 9103 95 Ave. in Edmonton. Call 780-461-3427 or visit www.savacava.com for more information.

Art from Memory

Local artist Memory Roth is on a golden streak lately. Her painting Boats at Portsoy II was recently voted to be the cover of the newest Night of Artists magazine.

Now, she’s set to celebrate that victory with a month-long art show among the other jewels and gems at Gemport. A Bit of This and That, the artist explained, will contain exactly what it describes.

“I’m showing a variety of all the subjects that I paint,” she began, adding that there will be a number of paintings that she is using to start a new series. “I decided this time to do a few series and try to have a consistent subject for some other types of shows later on. I’m so excited!”

This is her second exhibit at the jewelers. She was first there last year in a joint show along with former city councillor Carol Watamaniuk who had a series of her own jewelry designs on display.

Attendees at Thursday’s event will also get to enjoy homemade sangria and healthy snacks. ArtWalk takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday evening. The artist will be in attendance. Roth said that she would have copies of the magazine to give away at tomorrow’s event as well.

Gemport is located at 11B St. Anne St. Call the store at 780-458-7499 for hours. A Bit of This and That will be on display and offered for sale until Wednesday, July 2.

For more information on this and other ArtWalk events, please visit www.artwalkstalbert.com.


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