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Mixed Media

A single work of art made from multiple materials.

Betty Dean


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


Artist Website:


Val Solash



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.

Sonja Voigt


 Bio of Sonja Voigt
Sonja’s Interest in drawing and painting started at an early age
She studied with various art teachers in Germany, then continued in Canada with Calgary `s painter and illustrator Neil Brown.
After moving to Edmonton she studied with Russ Hogger from the Borealis group.
She also took a workshop with Susan Loutas, which woke, up her love for pastel.
A further workshop with Lewis Lavoie inspired her to produce illustrative work for a book.
She continued her love of art by studding as an apprentice under Frank Haddock, since then she developed her own style in using acrylics.
Her work has included sculpture, illustrative work, fine art and creative assignments.
She has a passion for undertaking new art forms and finding artistic solutions for challenging artwork.
After graduating from the Academy of Realist Art in 2004
She is now a freelance artist, illustrator and available for any art projects.

Her work was exhibited:
Permanent installment on the Old Strathcona electrical box 101 St 82.Ave for Centennial Legacy # 16 Botticelli Dreams,Galileo Knows
At the Galleria of Crafters and Artisans Capilano Shopping Center
at the Gallery Seven at the Artwalk in St. Albert
Annual Art Auction for the Art Gallery of St. Albert   
at W.A.R.E.  Gift shop at St Albert place
Biannually at Painters Guild Shows in St. Albert City Hall  

The mural for the Centennial Celebration of Alberta and Saskatchewan the Buffalo Twins panel # 112
St. Albert Legacy Community Mural panel #
The mural Alberta Bouquet for the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards panel # 59 and # 60
Cultivate life in St. Albert Mural Panel # 3 the Place to be
and # 124 City of Saints for

Illustrating the children book series mike the magic dog

Her latest work is available at:
Art Rental and Sales Gallery

Please contact sonja by email



Peter Gegolick


Hello, here's some quick facts about me and what I do:

Me - I am currently a resident of St. Albert and have been for most of my life. I am introverted 26 years old with the imagination of someone twenty years younger, which I think is a good thing. I would like to think of myself as an artist that has an Engineering hobby. 

Art History - I have only began getting serious about my art in October 2012. Before that, I have dabbled in a number of different mediums and created a number of unorthodox styles and techniques over the last ten years. Some of the things I have worked with are: hand cut vinyl graphics, painting clothing using silkscreen inks, block printing, watercolour and acrylics and their related mediums. Recently, I have started to push into more of an abstract realm and started to incorporate some of my old styles and motifs into my new works.

Inspirations & Directions - A majority of my art centers around girls, specifically their faces, and the colour blue. Don't ask me why, I think it is something about the natural beauty that I find in women and how much you can read from a person's face. As far as the blue thing goes, I just like it. I hope to use more colours in the future.

A lot of my style is derived from pop art, tattoos, skateboard/snowboard graphics, video games and electronic music. I make pieces that are interesting to me, even if they outside the ordinary art tastes. Ordinary things bore me anyways.

Future - Although I have only had a single piece in one art showing (here at VASA during Wet Paint), I am looking to expand my repertoire and hopefully showcase some of my work in a local gallery sometime this year.



David Scott


David Scott spent his childhood roaming the countryside around the town of
Cambridge, New Zealand.  By the time he entered primary school David
showed a natural affinity for the visual arts.  After receiving a bursary
for outstanding artistic achievement in High School, David attended the Waikato
Polytechnic Institute, where he received a degree in Fine Arts-Painting in
1996.  Bitten by the Kiwi travel bug, David spent a few years roaming
around Europe and North America.  While on a working holiday in Canada,
David met his wife.  Precision and attention to detail guide David’s
paintbrush as he attempts to capture vivid landscapes and their inhabitants. 
Not restricted to oil, David also works in acrylic, pencil and water-colour. 

Luise Mendler-Johnson


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


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

St. Albert Painter’s Guild  - 2015-

Stephanie Gruss


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

Karin Bosma


The biography for this artist has not yet been updated.

Artist Website: 

Peg McPherson



Education: Earning a Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of Alberta was the beginning of my formal Art Eduction. Since that time, I have taken many courses in drawing, painting, printmaking, batik, computer and photography. Every exposure to a new medium or other artists becomes a source of inspiration to explore in a new direction.

I have had the pleasure of teaching art to many groups of individuals ranging from Children's to Adult high school and recreation classes. More recently, I taught all of the Art classes in a large urban high school and had the experience of being Department Head to three departments at the same time. The departments included Fine Arts, International Languages, and Career and Technology studies, each day was a new adventure. Teaching others to see and to appreciate the world around them and be part of their discovery has been some of the most rewarding experiences of my life.

Inspiration: I draw my inspirations from the natural world around me. My garden, strolls in the forests and ravines, drives in the surrounding countryside are always a wealth of visual stimuli.  When I visit a new area, I have a need to become failiar with the area through its parks and forests. I am comfortable wandering through the trees studying the effects of light and environmental conditions. The images that I observe make an impression. Occasionally, I sketch but primarily, I explore my reactions to the images with all of the senses.My response is not only to the images but to the touch, sounds and the developmental process of the object or scene. My aim is for the viewer to be drawn into the composition, wonder why and to add their own interpretation.


Rachelle LeBlanc


Rachelle LeBlanc

Contemporary Rug Hooking Artist


My name is Rachelle LeBlanc and I am a fine craft artist that uses rug hooking as an art medium.  I studied fashion at Sheridan College in Ontario and after 20 years in the Montréal garment industry, transformed my extensive knowledge of textiles and started experimenting with traditional rug hooking techniques in 2003.

After many years of working as a fashion designer, I felt a change was needed. During a weekend trip to Shelburne Museum in Vermont that change found its roots. Intrigued by the hand hooked rugs found in the museums collection, I set out to learn everything I could find on their history and how they were made.  What started out as a simple research project quickly grew into a career that I never would have imagined. 

Armed with an antique hook, I started experimenting with different techniques and materials transforming my ideas into rugs.  During those early experiments, I discovered that there was something very soothing and magical happening every time the wool transformed itself into a loop.  The slow and labor intensive nature of this technique quickly gave voice to my imagination and unleashed the creative energy I had hidden for so many years.

My work, described as contemporary figurative works made with strips of wool and cashmere are a testimony to the power of these materials to make an innovative, creative expression with integrity of statement.  My palettes are achieved by dyeing 100% wool and cashmere fabrics using natural and synthetic dyes.  With the help of my old dressmakers scissors given to me by my first boss, the woolen fabric is hand cut into strips 1/8”, ¼” or 3/8”, then hand hooked a 100% linen canvas.  The image is created with thousands of loops of wool and is executed in a manner that the creation of one work can take hundreds of hours.  Each loop is, essentially, a pixel within a dense pile, together forming intricate and subtle imagery. 

Armed with award winning works, I am now regarded as one of the top contemporary rug hooking artists working in Canada.  I am the recipient of this years Alberta Creative Development Initiative Grant to Individuals from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts,  Rug Hooking Magazines 2011 Celebrations Original Design Award, and have been a nominee for the Edmonton's "Mayor's Celebration for the Arts - Sutton Award''.

My work has been exhibited in galleries and museums across Canada and the United States including the Musée des Maître et Artisans du Québec in Montréal, and Shelburne Museum in Vermont and the Alberta Craft Council in Edmonton, Alberta.

I currently have the honor of representing Alberta in the Prairie Excellence Exhibition,an exhibition of the best in Fine Craft from Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Alberta. Traveling to public art galleries throughout the prairie provinces such as the Art Gallery of Regina, Museum of Contemporary Art Calgary, the Anity Gallery in Saskatchewan, and the University of Winnipeg Gallery in Winnipeg.