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The Works kicks off with bread baskets large and small

Olga Duk one of the highlights at Art in the Park (Allen)

By: Scott Hayes

  |  Posted: Wednesday, Jun 18, 2014 06:00 am

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  • PUTTIN' ON THE WORKS – Allison Argy-Burgess is one of several St. Albert artists whose works will be displayed at The Works.
    PUTTIN' ON THE WORKS – Allison Argy-Burgess is one of several St. Albert artists whose works will be displayed at The Works.
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  • OLGA DUK  Olga Duk's Two Advisors will be part of her Art in the Park (Allen) show on Saturday.
    OLGA DUK Olga Duk's Two Advisors will be part of her Art in the Park (Allen) show on Saturday.

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Larger than a Bread Basket and Smaller than a Bread Basket
Opening reception Thursday from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m.
Artists will be in attendance
Show runs until Friday, Aug. 1
Gallery A features the juried exhibition
Gallery B features the non-juried exhibition
Visual Arts Alberta – CARFAC
Third floor, 10215 112 St. in downtown Edmonton
Call 780-421-1731 or visit for more information

When it comes to its participation in The Works Arts and Design Festival, the Visual Arts Alberta Association has two options for the arts-loving audiences, and only one is larger than a bread basket.

There are two members' exhibitions set to start Thursday. Works Larger than a Bread Basket is the juried show in Gallery A featuring one larger painting from each of nine artists, which includes St. Albert painters Allison Argy-Burgess, Carroll Charest and Miles Constable.

“They're selected not only for their power and their scale but also because they show a wonderful range of excellence and competency that exists in our membership,” explained Sharon Moore-Foster, the organization's program and development co-ordinator.

Other artists in the show include Richard Borowski, Byron McBride, Misa Nikolic and Renee Thibault.

Gallery B will house a salon-style non-juried show of smaller works entitled Smaller Than a Bread Basket. The art comes from the association's general membership throughout the province, including St. Albert, Morinville and Sturgeon County.

Moore-Foster called it a “wonderful, wonderful, vital show,” one that thoroughly shows the wealth of talent out there.

“That's pretty amazing for St. Albert artists to be on top of their form. We're really pleased. They hold their own so well. The front room is filled with dramatic viewpoints and unusual media… evocative in their expression.”

Polymer clay artist Kristin Anderson will be one of the participants in this non-juried show. She is also represented at the Harcourt House Artist Run Centre's exhibit called Flight. Its opening reception is tomorrow night as well. That exhibit runs until Friday, July 4.

Thursday's opening reception will also feature the announcement of the winner of the third annual Eldon + Anne Foote Edmonton Visual Arts Prize. This year's finalists are Allen Ball, co-nominees Sean Caulfield and Royden Mills, and Brenda Draney.

The Works Art and Design Festival runs Thursday through to Tuesday, July 1.

Olga (Duk) goes to the Park (Allen)

Art in the Park (Allen) is a one-day-only outdoor gallery and marketplace set for action on what organizers hope will be a sunny Saturday this weekend. St. Albert Painters' Guild member Olga Duk will be one of the 50 or so visual artists who will be exhibiting their works while musicians and other performers keep the crowd entertained.

“It will have an art walk and there will be music and food from local restaurants. Lots of fun and everyone is welcome to bring their family,” she said. “I'm very excited! I think it'll be very interesting.”

The event is organized by Art Trends magazine, the same magazine that awarded Duk the Artist of the Year title just last year.

The arts and music festival will also feature the work of familiar names like Igor Postash, Susanne Lamoureux and Muhammed Salayi. Some of the entertainers include Souljah Fyah, Mae Anderson, Daisy Blue Groff and Wilf Kozub. Allison Balcetis will perform improv sax as part of Allison et le paresseux. Happy Garden Restaurant and Buns and Roses gluten-free bakery will be some of the food vendors on site.


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