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fáilte roimh tOileán Mór (Welcome to Bere Island!)

Meet the Artists: Please join us on Saturday March 9 from 1 to 4 pm.

Artists will be in attendance


Duration of Show: March 5 to March 30, 2013

Gallery Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 10 am to 5 pm

Thursday until 8 pm


Other times: by chance or by appointment 780-460-5990

Images may be sent and interviews given upon request


Four artists, sight unseen, ventured to Bere Island, Ireland to create their own artist residency for the month of September 2012.

Moving into an old stone cottage, Jim's Place in Greenane townland, the artists easily settled into the island way of life. Jim's place did not have a television or radio; no internet. After long days of painting, the artists were able to connect with friends and family by using the "Cultural Centre's" wifi while sitting outside in their car. In the evenings fires made of peat brick and Polish coal warmed the old stone cottage, a skill learned by only two. Over the month they had many opportunities to become acquainted with some of the 200 residents.


 What the artists discovered was a magical island with stunning landscape that still holds the secrets of  previous centuries. Standing stones, wedge tombs, promontory forts, Martello Towers and Napoleonic signal towers.  Abandoned military fortifications scattered about the island reveal a naval and military heritage.


Their interest was captured by stories of the Greeks, Romans, Vikings, British and the Spanish who had in centuries past visited the island. Legends of a Gaelic Chieftain and a Spanish Princess, a wounded King and a fairy princess, of clans and battles, and banshees spurred imaginations. Day trips off the island revealed more of the Irish heritage.


The elements of the rugged landscape juxtaposed with brilliant green pastural land, the constant changing of light and colour and winds off the mighty Atlantic fuelled creativity. The artists hiked and painted daily amongst the sheep, cattle, and ponies, enduring the elements, capturing moments in time.


Bere Island is rich with Irish heritage, long military history, folklore and superstition.  This quaint yet antiquated setting Inspired the paintings and videos that are on display today.This exhibition represents a melding of the charm of historic Ireland with the current vision of  the four artists living in Alberta today.


We welcome you to enjoy our vision.   



Barbara Shore, Eleanor Lowden Pidgeon, Bella Totino and Verne Busby