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Linda Blezard


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Laurena Beirnes


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Marjorie Thomson


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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. 

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Helen Davies


Born and educated in Australia,, I came to Edmonton in 1966  and taught in the Edmonton School District for a total of 30 years.  In 2003 I began painting - an extension of my primary interests in geology, geography and native plants. My instant enthusiasm for watercolour painting soon replaced other interests. I found some training in the U of A Extension Department,  in artists' workshops ( Linda Kemp, Gordon MacKenzie, Graham Flatt, Vern Busby, Karlyn Holman) and in the Edmonton Art Club.Then there were countless hours spent viewing Fine Art on the internet. Contact with the environment on the unbroken land of my recreational property  energizes by painting activities.

The seasonal colour changes and the patterns of light and shadow in rural Alberta fascinate me.  The combinations and gradations of colour and the many textures possible in watercolour painting provide an endless study. I start with many photographs of plants and ground  covers  on my property in the Ukalta Sand Dunes ( County of Laamont) and along the various routes  from Edmonton to this property. I am moving from representational paintings to more abstract ones in order to highlight particular elements of the Prairie Woodland. I want to add my mental " warp" to what I see, sometimes by adding more patterns,  by exaggeration or by adding something from my imagination.

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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.

Teresa Graham


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MaryLou Olsen


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


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.

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