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Maureen Woolley

Biography: 

I have lived in Alberta for most of my life and have always had an interest in art. In 1986 I took a watercolor class through continuing education and I was hooked!  After early retirement from teaching, I have been able to spend many hours painting.  Alberta's diverse landscape and the interplay of color and light through all the seasons continues to fascinate me.  I hope to inspire a memory to viewers with my paintings - whether it is a rural scene or a cityscape.  I currently work with both fluid acrylic and watercolor in an effort to show the play of light on a variety of subjects ....some real, but many are just my imaginings.

 

I was an active member of the ASSC (Sherwood Park) from 1989 - 1994. Since 2011, I have been a member of the Edmonton Art Club. For the past 3 years I have taken part in group painting with the Ottewell Neighbours group.  In addition to hosting a semi-annual homeshow, I have been part of group shows with the Edmonton Art Club at various venues throughout Edmonton. For the most part my artwork is in private collections throughout Alberta and southern Ontario.

Betty Dean

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While completing my Bachelor of Education at the University of Alberta, I majored in fine arts and loved the time spent in the studio. After many years focusing on my career, I have returned to painting and print making. My work is influenced by the Group of Seven, particularly the landscapes of Varley and Thomson, by Emily Carr and Walter Phillips, Georgia O’Keeffe, and countless local artists. I have always loved the Impressionists, particularly Monet and Cezanne, and the remarkable ways light permeates their work. 

I have studied at the Banff Centre, with several local artists, with Linda Kemp, Gordon MacKenzie and Karlyn Holman. I am a member of the Edmonton Art Club and the Visual Arts Studio Association of St. Albert. 

I have always been awed by the beauty of nature, and have been absorbed by the challenges of capturing that beauty in water color, acrylic or mixed media. 

You can view my work at art-by-bett.com

 

Artist Website: 

art-by-betty.com

 

Val Solash

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When I retired twelve years ago, I decided to get serious about art. I enrolled with the U of A Extension and eventually got my certification in Fine Arts in both the painting and drawing streams. Since then, I have really enjoyed this wonderful pastime.

I have dabbled in many mediums, but tend to go back to acrylic and I still do a bit of monotyping.  I have enjoyed all my artist friends and look forward to a few more years at the easel.

Sharon Abrams

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Sandy Allen

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I was born and raised in New York City and grew up immersed in the arts.  Theatre, ballet, the symphony, fine art, photography were part of my life… the great museums were not just places to go once a year on a rainy Sunday afternoon… they were the places of dreams, and peace, and fitting in and where I’d be after school.

From that place in childhood, there was also a place of safety where the sunlight filtered through the trees making dappled patterns on the earth, and the world was quiet save for the birds singing. Here, I would study the beautiful details in nature and my heart would come to rest on happiness.

Later….

I was married to a Canadian, living in Ottawa, and my BFA was stalled…  ‘heart-seeing block’…  the vision and that place of happiness where one creates art was lost.  Instead graduated with an Honours B.A. in Psychology and a Masters Degree in Health Services Administration.  Worked in health care; retired this year as a national Director with the Mental Health Commission of Canada and former Director of Innovation with the Alberta Mental Health Board.

All along…

I meditated on that place of quiet safety, the dappled sunlight, the detail in nature that brought me back to my childhood.  This is what I paint; this is what I photograph.

Recent.... 

Started studying botanical and scientific art/illustration... graphite. watercolour, coloured pencil.

 

MaryLou Olsen

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My love of painting began in the 1960’s taking my first art course with Harry Savage at the University of Alberta. Since then, I have had the wonderful opportunity of living in many diverse areas of Alberta that have inspired and enabled me to draw on those experiences of the natural and urban world. It has also allowed me to participate in many workshops and courses at the University of Alberta, Red Deer College, Calgary Continuing Education and through the honored mentoring of gifted and inspirational artists.

Capturing the excitement and discovery that initially drew me to the subject matter is the primary goal of my art. Hopefully in the course of portraying the beauty of dramatic light and color, it will enable the viewer to achieve that same joy of amazement and wonderment I initially felt. Paintings of the old masters and impressionists have influenced my style of painting; layering paint and attention to light and color. Watercolor painting is also a passion for me as it lends itself to the ethereal beauty of flowers; a favorite subject.

To date my artworks are mostly held in private collections with the exception of “Pine Along the St. Lawrence River” which is held by the City of St. Albert. This painting was painted from my photograph taken along a boat cruise among the Thousand Islands of the St. Lawrence River, Ontario, Canada.

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Luise Mendler-Johnson

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Obsessed with art since high school,  I have taken countless art classes and workshops to develop my artistic ability and experiment with new media, tools, and methods.

Creating colour and light filled landscapes and still lifes is my passion. I derive joy from capturing the beauty hidden in plain sight in our everyday surroundings throughout the changing seasons – no exotic locales required. I hope this joy translates to you, the viewer!

Art shows/Contests:

Art Gallery of St. Albert: Further Education Student Exhibit – 1993-94

Hidden Talent Student shows at Spotlight Gallery (1999-2012)

“Live, Work and Play” Juried Art Exhibition  (April 7-10, 2011, in conjunction with the 2011 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Art Awards, hosted by the City of St. Albert)

VASA Member shows – since 2012, juried since Fall 2015

Art Walk St. Albert (location: St. Albert Public Library):

SAPL’s got Talent show  - May 2013 (realistic oil paintings)

Staff Art – May 2014 & May 2015 (acrylic impressions)

St. Albert Painters Guild Shows – since Fall 2015

Fall 2014: Winner,  Art for Thank you card for Partners in Parks, City of St. Albert

Participation in Mural Mosaic projects:

Lois Hole Rose Mural

City of St. Albert Centennial Mural

Superhero Mural

Canada 150 Mural Mosaic

Memberships:

VASA (Visual Arts Studio Association of St. Albert) – 2012-

St. Albert Painter’s Guild  - 2015-

Stephanie Gruss

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has studied from 1983-1990 with Yael Niemeyer at Musik-und Kunstschule Bielefeld painting, drawing, sculpture and performance, which founded the basis for her multidimensional expression. After learning dressmaking, she took different apprentices in theatre ateliers and with a theatre designer in Germany. Her main motivation has always been learning by doing.

During her study at the Hogeschool for beeldende Kunsten Theatre Design from
1991-1993, it became clear that her strength is in art and space design with a therapeutic or trans-formational purpose.
Projects like Meditation Wonderland followed between 1992-1993 initiated by Mariet Wijnen of the Humaniversity in Egmond aan Zee, Netherlands, in which she created art rooms that supported Self Therapy Procedures-the beginning of meditation influenced art.

During 1990-1999 her paintings were marking different stages of experimenting with meditation and expressing the findings of her inner world on paper, the medium mainly oil crayon and drawing.

When she discovered the ancient art of Feng Shui in Amsterdam at the Kushi Institute from 1995-1997, she realized that she wanted to create art that supports the chi flow in a space. She got invited to join the Vogelfei `99 Project, that was initiated by two Galleries of Darmstadt. The purpose of this project was, to bring art out of the museum into people`s private space open to the public. Each artist choose a garden of a private home, for which he or she would create something. In this project Nanda Stephanie Gruss brought for the first time all the elements of her different studies of theatre, art, Feng Shui and performance together and participated with Wildnis- Wandlung ins Nichts des Herzens. This project had 1000 of visitors from around Germany.

Two moderations of this Installation were done in 2000, when she participated in an old ruin at the rheinart 2000 Exposition and in 2001 at the Ausstellung Kaller Künstler when she placed the Installation in the entrance of a school building.

In 2003 she started her own business with Transformational art like paintings as well as objects for spaces, Feng Shui Consultation and Space clearing. Her way of working is that she has inner visions of certain structures and forms while meditating in a specific space and these become the basis of what she expresses than on canvas, paper or trevira voile.

Watching and listening to the movements of nature and invisible energy forms is a major aspect of her motivation. She is emotional sensitive and expressive. Her purpose is to balance energies in herself and the surrounding. Structures that appear are plants, flowers, animals, energetic patterns and colours. She works in a way very translucent with different layers over each other. Watercolours, acrylic and oil crayon have been her main medium.

For more information and interest of purchase call 780-297-8975

Memory Roth

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Memory Roth  - Biography

 

Memory Roth was born in BC and adopted by a family who moved to Red Deer, AB when she was almost 5. This is where she spent the majority of her childhood and where she met her future husband, Bernie, at the age of 16.  When Bernie and Memory were both 21 they got married; a few years later they had a son, and eventually moved to St. Albert, AB, where their next son and daughter were born.  After the birth of their youngest child they were transferred due to her husband's work.  Four moves in five years took them away from St. Albert, but brought them back twice, and this is where they call home.

As a stay at home mom and later a school volunteer Memory kept busy with her children and their activities.  Her family has always been a priority to her; although she knew that one day she would want to pursue a career outside the home, once her youngest graduated. Before the time came Memory tried a number of different things.

In September of 2006, on a whim, Memory joined a good friend for an art class. They had talked about taking a class together but had not decided on what.  When her friend told her that she was taking a class that very night, Memory didn't really care what it was and she signed up the day the class started.

All Memory’s life she have been creative and artistic, but she never pursued art, her interests since she was young, were sewing and photography.  To her surprise, she fell in love with oil painting.  Memory continued her weekly class for two years at Hidden Talent Art Studio in St. Albert, AB with instructor and artist Laura Watmough.

Things quickly took off for Memory.  She stayed at the studio until January of 2009, just after she won an award in the International Gamblin Torrit Grey contest; the first contest she entered.  After Memory left the studio she continued painting on her own and with a few friends from time to time. Things were going well but she felt the need to strengthen her drawing skills.  She took some classes at Artra Art School in Edmonton, AB; a couple classes with Susanne Lamoureux, and a three month drawing class with Frank Haddock.  

Memory was excited about this new found passion, and her career as an artist was starting to gain momentum when tragedy unexpectedly struck her family.  In early 2012 Bernie became very ill.  She took time off from her art and everything else to take care of him, but sadly, he passed away that August.

Not quite sure if she would be able to carry on with her art, but knowing her husband was her biggest supporter she knew that if she gave it up she would be doing both him and herself a disservice.  As she was struggling with the motivation to return to her painting Memory and her kids went to Hawaii with family in November.  They went snorkeling and she had the most profound experience swimming with a turtle.  It was as if Bernie had sent the turtle to tell her to get back to the easel.  It wasn't until January of 2013 that she was able to pick up the paint brush once again, but it was the turtle that gave her the inspiration she needed.  

Memory’s subject matter is diverse, but she finds herself drawn to the portrait or that of a single subject for many of her pieces. She finds inspiration from many things and many people, but mostly, her inspiration comes from what she sees through the lens of her camera.  Painting and her lifelong love of photography have worked in perfect combination for composition and reference material for her work. 

Memory prefers working in oil and paints in a method similar to the old masters.  First painting a monochromatic underpainting and then adding colour.  In the past couple years Memory has been glazing the colours onto the painting which takes many layers and a lot of time for each painting.  For some paintings, if she has started out in black and white she may leave it that way.  She is especially drawn to detailed realism.

Memory’s family is her life and art her passion.  Going through all that she have gone through to get to this place, this moment, has given her a huge appreciation for the gifts and the strength that God has given her. Memory looks forward to the future, not knowing where it will take her, but knowing that God is guiding her, her kids are supporting her decision to pursue this career as an artist, and she knows her husband is looking down from heaven cheering her on.

Gail Seemann

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For three decades Gail Seemann used her creativity to style hair, teach cosmetology, and make occasional forays into painting classes. While her two sons attended college she completed an apprenticeship program through Artra Art School and was delighted to find a world of subjects to paint! She continues to take workshops from artists she admires to stimulate development of new ideas and techniques. She experiments with many mediums, but her strongest preference is for oils.

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