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Last chance for ArtWalk 2023

St. Albert visual artist Kateryna Young is fascinated with geodes and creates them in her paintings. Young showcases her exciting canvases at ArtWalk on Thursday, Sept. 7 at the Bookstore on Perron. SUPPLIED

There’s a slight chill in the air, a reminder that ArtWalk St. Albert’s final show of the summer takes place on Thursday, Sept. 7. Despite the lower temperatures, the region’s visual artists are still enthusiastic about the works they produce, ranging from beautiful vistas to powerful social-political statements. 

The stroll’s six participating venues are: Art Gallery of St. Albert, Bookstore on Perron, St. Albert Public Library, Musée Heritage Museum, VASA Gallery, and Big Lake Artists’ Studio hosted at St. Albert Curling Club. 

ArtWalk runs from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 

• Art Gallery of St. Albert 

19 Perron St. 

The gallery features two powerful exhibits. In the main gallery, Pakistani Canadian visual artist Riaz Mehmood has created Remember — Resist-Relive, a powerful social-political statement dealing with the murder of 134 school students and 15 staff members in a revenge terrorist attack. 

And on the Staircase Art Gallery, Korean artist Eunju Park presents Hanji, a series of collages made from colourful strips of hanji (mulberry paper). Penned on the collages are messages of hope and joy. 

• Big Lake Artists’ Studio 

At St. Albert Curling Club 

3 Tache St. 

St. Albert Curling Club will once again host members of Big Lake Artists’ Studio: Carol Pylpow, Sandy Dewar and Pearl Der. 

Pylpow’s mixed media paintings often reflect her love of travel and how she views the countries she has visited. Dewar works in multiple visual arts mediums, and her favourite subject is wildlife. On the other hand, Der leans towards organic themes and is inspired by her travels and the beauty of nature she enjoyed while living in Vancouver. 

• Bookstore on Perron 

7 Perron St. 

The revered bookstore showcases three of St. Albert’s most popular visual artists: Barbara Mitchell, Frances Pelletier and Kateryna Young. 

Mitchell’s vibrant paintings are created from acrylics, encaustics, collages and found objects that tell a story or convey a mood or leave an impression. Currently living in Sturgeon County on a farm, Pelletier is influenced by multiple experiences and focuses on realistic paintings of her surroundings. Meanwhile, Young, who was born in Ukraine, creates large abstract canvases painted in acrylic and inspired by geodes and minerals. 

• St. Albert Place Lobby 

St. Anne Street 

St. Albert Paper Guild will set up tables in the rotunda. Visitors can look forward to demonstrations, sales of artwork and artist interactions. 

• St. Albert Public Library 

St. Albert Place 

Cathy Friesen’s love of florals and her neighbourhood is this month’s acrylic inspiration. 

• Musée Heritage Museum 

St. Albert Place 

Tracy Lyn Propp, an award-winning acrylic artist, uses her brushstrokes to capture the beauty and emotions of life with bright, colourful hues. 

• VASA Gallery 

25 Sir Winston Churchill Avenue 

VASA closes the ArtWalk season with Karen Blanchett, a visual artist who has developed a one-of-a-kind neo-mosaic style. 

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