Annora Brown studied art at the Ontario College of Art and was instructed by two Group of Seven painters, Arthur Lismer and J.E.H. MacDonald. The Galt Museum in Lethbridge is exhibiting Brown’s paintings, sketches and illustrations until September. |  MacLeod Gazette Collection

Prairie artist captures nature’s colours on canvas

She was an artist, an author and ahead of her time. Annora Brown (1899-1987) used the southern Alberta prairies as the inspiration for a body of work that illustrated First Nations culture, wildlife and especially native wildflowers. “This was my world,” wrote Brown. “The wailing of wind across an empty prairie, the barking of coyotes […] Read more

Lucille Scott mounts and frames her painted feathers on old barn boards.  |  Karen Morrison photo

Artist selects unique ‘canvas’

Lucille Scott paints what she grew up with but does so on a unique canvas of goose feathers. “I love painting wildlife, scenics,” she said. Her father was a labourer who moved his family from farm to farm before settling into one of their own in 1972 near Big River, Sask. As an adult, the […] Read more

Richard Lamartine and Valerie Martin sell beeswax candles, handmade angels, wreaths, and other Christmas crafts. They support other artists through their gallery, Harvest Moon.  |  Robyn Tocker photo

Artists seek to attract young buyers

MEACHAM, Sask. — Craft shows remain popular in Saskatchewan, but there is a growing concern about the appreciation for handmade items. Ferron Olynyk, member services co-ordinator for the Saskatchewan Craft Council, said sales for their craft shows have been consistent. “But we’re seeing some people who have bought for years and years and years now […] Read more

Stephen Yettaw carves a gargoyle at the Bears and Berries Festival, Fort George Museum, in Elk Point, Alta.  |  Stephen Yettaw photo

Artist enjoys life between a rock and a hard face

Permanence of stone | Sculptor finds satisfaction in knowing his creations could survive for hundreds of years

Most farm kids enlisted for rock picking throw them into the bush, but not stone sculptor Stephen Yettaw. He often sees things in the rocks and turns them into finely chiseled sculptures. “You just need a little imagination.” The 43-year-old’s fascination with sculpting dates back to finding rocks on his family’s market gardens near St. […] Read more

Adeline Halvorson is a Calgary artist who shows at the Calgary Stampede and has been commissioned for numerous works at the Stampede. | Barbara Duckworth photo

Calgary artist celebrated for prairie images

Awards and acclaim | Adeline Halvorson’s 
work regularly features heavy horses

Adeline Halvorson’s home is like walking into a gallery of fine western art with her work displayed in every room. An internationally recognized artist, Halvorson has come a long way from the Kuroki, Sask., farm where she grew up with five siblings, most of whom are still farming in the area. Her most recent success […] Read more

Linda Henye turns old dishes into mosaic creations, making stepping stones and wall art. She begins with a pencil sketch to visualize how to use each piece.  |  Karen Morrison photo

Broken made beautiful

JEDBURGH, Sask. — They are the chipped, cracked and broken remnants of prairie kitchens, but to Linda Henye, old dishes are the beginnings of ornate works of art. She pores over the cups, saucers, plates and serving dishes inside a darkened shed. Some have been donated and some bought at thrift stores. “It’s a treasure […] Read more

Boquist puts the first coat of paint on a gourd that will eventually become art.  |  Shannon Moneo photo

Gussied up gourds

Garden inspiration | Artist grows the canvas she uses to fashion wild and whimsical creations

OTTER POINT, B.C. — Anne Boquist is a serious gourder. At her five-acre home on Vancouver Island, she grows the gourds that will be transformed into unusual and distinctive objects like clocks, containers and conversation pieces. “I love to play around with them, see what works,” said Boquist, 60. She was bitten by the gourd […] Read more

Kendra Reimert won first place in the rural category of the Calgary Stampede youth art competition. | Barbara Duckworth photo

Art scholarship helps pave way for high school student’s college plan

Kendra Reimert always thought of art as a pleasant pastime, but her work shows she is more than a hobbyist. The Bowden Grandview High School student was this year’s first place winner with a coloured pencil drawing entered in the Calgary Stampede youth art competition. She won a $1,000 scholarship in the rural category for […] Read more

Saskatoon artist Adrian Stimson created 101 bison to celebrate the animals and the Calgary Stampede Centennial. Most of Stimson's paintings, sculptures and stage work pay tribute to the bison, which sustained the Blackfoot indians for thousands of years on the Prairies. Each of these bison was hand carved and then cast in bronze. | Barbara Duckworth photos

Bison — and their bones — spark creativity

Animals inspire | Bar U Ranch gives artists ideas for paintings, carvings and jewelry

Take five artists, place them on a working southern Alberta ranch and expose them to some history, archaeology and geology. The result is inspired western art in a variety of media. Since 2008, the Calgary Stampede artist ranch project has challenged artists to explore a ranch and then unveils their creations at the annual exhibition […] Read more