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Ivens right on the canvas

Peter Ivens plays with paint as an abstract expressionist who uses the natural landscape as his primary inspiration. Compound, seen here, is just one of many of his artworks that can be seen at the Art Gallery of St. Albert for his exhibit, Inside Painting, starting tomorrow.

Peter Ivens has really immersed himself in his work. So much so, in fact, that he actually feels like he’s gotten inside his painting, hence the title of his new show opening tomorrow at the Art Gallery of St. Albert.

“I feel like I’m really inside of the artwork. I’m not looking outside of it and painting something or having a preconceived idea that’s outside of what I’m making. I’m totally involved with what I’m doing. I’m totally present,” he said of Inside Painting, the name of the show.

It’s his first since he participated in the gallery’s Fragile Elements show back in the spring of 2014. Ivens describes himself as a student of the natural world, calling the great outdoors a place for recreation and for creativity. His natural classroom near his Calgary home includes the wild rivers, majestic mountains and big skies of the Bow River Valley.

His artworks are lively and expressive abstract depictions of those incredible landscapes.

The exhibit runs until Sat., Oct. 28. The opening reception will be held this Saturday from 2:30 to 5 p.m. with Ivens in attendance. A special walkthrough tour will be held on Thurs., Oct. 19 starting at 12:05 p.m. Ivens will also conduct a three-day Acrylic Colour Masterclass Workshop at the St. Albert Place Visual Arts Studios on closing weekend. It will run from Fri., Oct. 27 to Sun., Oct. 29 and costs $195 to register. Visit www.stalbert.ca for more details.

The Art Gallery of St. Albert is located at 19 Perron St. Call 780-460-4310 or visit www.artgalleryofstalbert.ca.

VASA packed to the rafters

This is the season for wonderful and strange things to happen. That makes sense why the Visual Arts Studio Association has an exhibit now on with a rare large group of artists contributing works for display.

Mystical, Magical, Fantasy features the paintings and photographic works of Byron McBride, Carroll Charest, Connie Osgood, Rick Rogers, Debbie Lee Miszaniec, Dolly Bolen, Gail Seemann, Helen Rogers, Igor Postash, Jill Watamaniuk, Karen Klassen, Kateryna Young, Michele Ho Lung, Suzan Berwald, and Victoria Armstrong.

The opening reception will be held tomorrow evening from 6 to 9 p.m. Artists will be in attendance. Until Sat., Oct. 28.

A special Halloween party and fundraiser will be held the night before it closes from 7 to 11 p.m. That event will feature a silent art auction, along with some other fun at the gallery.

VASA is located at 25 Sir Winston Churchill Ave. Call 780-460-5990 or visit www.vasa-art.com.

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.