Biennial Guilded show salutes the river

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Public art installation complete after a month; Duk takes top prize

When people say that there’s a river running through the gallery, it might be best to check that one out personally. It turns out that ‘A River Runs Through’ is the theme of the new installment of Guilded, the biennial exhibit featuring works by all five member guilds of the St. Albert Place Visual Arts Council. There’s the St. Albert Potters’ Guild, the painters’ guild, the Floral Arts Society, the quilters’ guild and the paper arts guild to round things out.

This is the first time making it to the big show for both painter Luise Mendler-Johnson and potter Elene Hartman. Mendler-Johnson only joined the painters’ guild this last year and had three of her works accepted into this exhibit, including one that made the cover of the invitation handbill, a scene that appropriately depicts the theme.

“I was thrilled about that,” she remarked. “Ironically, it was one I hesitated to put in because it was just a sketch. I felt it was very appropriate because it was done with other people from the painters’ guild. We went out to do an en plein air session by the Sturgeon River this spring. It was one of the first ones I did that day, just a fearless, spontaneous sketch. That turned out to be one of the best things I came up with.”

As for Hartman, the potter created a series of clay boat pieces that are undoubtedly not seaworthy but are delightful and fun in appearance.

“I am so excited,” she enthused. “To put myself out there is a little nerve-wracking. It was such an inspiring theme that I just wanted to get involved and put a little bit of a different spin on it. It’s going to be a great thing, I think.”

Other participating artists include Madeleine Arnett, Margaret Belec, Suzan Berwald, Nanette Booth, Selena Elniski, Kyla Fischer, Carol Johnson, Gina Joys, Rachelle LeBlanc, Peg McPherson, Elizabeth Meetsma, Andrew Raczynski, Carol Rose, Nell Sadee, Susan Klinefelter Scott, Tom Steele, Cynthia Tang-Yeh, Elizabeth Faith Tessier, Carol Thomas, Rena Whistance-Smith, and Linda Willard.

An opening reception will be held tomorrow from 6 to 8:30 p.m. with artists in attendance. The exhibit runs until Saturday, Nov. 26. The Art Gallery of St. Albert is located at 19 Perron St. Call 780-460-4310 for more information.

New public art install finally complete

The second piece of public art assigned to the St. Albert Seniors Association’s new home at Red Willow Place was finally installed above the door yesterday, a month after the first.

Sturgeon River Roundel completes the two large ceramic works by the Red Deer artist team of Dawn Detarando and Brian McArthur. It joins Quilter’s Garden inside the foyer of the recently reopened centre.

Duk a winner last weekend

The St. Albert Painters’ Guild held its annual fall show and sale last weekend at St. Albert Place. Artist Olga Duk received the coveted red ribbon for the People’s Choice Award for her painting of a seated woman with flowers in her hair and holding a lute. This is the second year in a row that she has been given the prize.

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Scott Hayes

Scott Hayes joined the St. Albert Gazette in 2008. Scott writes about the arts, entertainment, movies, culture, community groups, and charities. He also writes general news, features, columns and profiles on people.