Located on southern Vancouver Island, Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt has been a site of military importance since British colonial times. CFB Esquimalt or dockyard paintings have been an ongoing series since 2017, although inspiration came from just one sunny, September day more than thirty years ago.
My husband is a retired Canadian Forces Marine Engineer. While he was still a serving member on Vancouver Island we spent an afternoon walking in the Esquimalt dockyard. For anyone who has been on southern Vancouver Island its natural beauty is mesmerizing. Historic dockyard buildings seem to have evolved from the topography of the island – some constructed in combinations of red brick and island rock. Arbutus trees majestic with colour and undulating form created a visual tapestry around many of these historic buildings. The seemingly haphazard evolution of period infrastructure to meet evolving military needs added another visual element. It was my intention then to paint from many of the photographs I took that day. Unfortunately, in the days before digital photography and during our move to southern Alberta, the prints and negatives were lost. Happily I came across them.
Interestingly and perhaps because of the distance in time, my perspective as an artist changed. Many subjects became interpreted increasingly as conceptual and abstract.
I want to thank the practice manager of Campbell Clinics in Lethbridge for allowing me to present these paintings together for public display.
Bev Mazurick’s contemporary landscapes, Field Trip at Castle River and Lynch Cabin are included in the upcoming exhibition at Crowsnest Pass Art Gallery.
I am pleased to have two contemporary landscapes accepted for an upcoming group exhibition hosted by Crowsnest Pass Gallery. “No Particular Topic” is the title of the gallery’s annual winter exhibition. This gallery space is one of my favourites and working with Managing Director/Curator, Krisztina Wood is a pleasure. “No Particular Topic” is designed as an inclusive opportunity to showcase a range of work by local and area artists. The exhibition opens January 29, 2022. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Friday 12 to 4 and Saturday 1 – 4. CNP Gallery is located on Highway 3 in Frank, Alberta. Here is a quick link to the gallery website. https://www.crowsnestpasspublicartgallery.com/
The two paintings I selected to include are both contemporary landscapes of area interest. Inspiration for “Field Trip at Castle River” came about when I joined a group of professional biologists and amateur naturalists on an exploratory walk along Castle River. Some of us separated to focus on our particular interests. I looked back across the floodplain to see a group in earnest conversation and snapped several photos which became my studio references. In terms of technique, working on a wood panel instead of canvas enabled me to carve back into the impasto paint. Lynch Cabin is the subject of the second painting. Located in Aspen Parkland at Beauvais Lake Provincial Park is what remains of Lynch Cabin. The colour and contrast of light and shadow created by encroaching Aspen trees were impetus for it. Over a traditionally applied impasto oil paint layer (in the detail seen here) is another layer of graphic accent marks made with oil pen. The combination of techniques gives these paintings their contemporary feel. Both paintings may be viewed in the Contemporary Landscape gallery on this website. https://bevmazurick.com/portfolio/paintings/nggallery/landscape-portfolio/contemporary-landscape
I am pleased to say that a collection of seven of my recent expressive wildflower paintings will be on display as part of “Art on the Wall” an initiative for members at Leighton Art Centre. Work will be on exhibition beginning tomorrow and continuing through August 17, 2021. See them in person if you are in the Foothills area or online through https://shop.leightoncentre.org/collections/all
Heads up that also at the Leighton Art Centre, the G9 (Group of Nine) exhibition “What a Difference a Day Makes” continues until July 25. This exhibit was presented in the Okotoks Art Gallery earlier this year but due to Covid 19 restrictions the gallery was not open to the public. I am looking forward to my first peek tomorrow.
A note about my expressive Canadian wildflower series. . . I have been painting and drawing wildflowers most of my life–on fabric in transparent acrylic wash, on paper as pen & wash, in pencil, sometimes pastel and as simple, traditional watercolours. It is not surprising that they feature as points of departure for painterly abandon in this latest series of mixed media oil paintings. I was attending Red Deer College Summer Series last week in an Open Studies workshop lead by Jean Pederson. I had a chance to focus solely on ideas for new work in the series. It was a fun and productive time. Such a pleasure to interact again with human beings in physical space. I will upload images of that new work soon to my Expressive Wildflower gallery https://bevmazurick.com/portfolio/paintings/nggallery/landscape-portfolio/expressive-wildflowers
A pleasure for sure to share news of the new exhibition of figurative work by my artist friend and mentor Jean Pederson. Jean Pederson and Cindy Bouwers exhibition titled, Of a Certain Age, will be featured at Leighton Art Centre from March 12 to April 17. Leighton Art Centre is an extraordinary rural venue in the foothills just outside of Calgary. Although in person viewing is prohibited now due to Covid-19 restrictions, we are all hopeful the gallery will be open for in-person viewing later this month. In the meantime we have the opportunity to check out Of A Certain Age online through Leighton Art Centre website. https://leightoncentre.org/event/of-a-certain-age/
I had an opportunity to hear from Jean Pederson recently about some of the new mixed media photo manipulation processes she has been using to develop work for Of A Certain Age and I am anxious to see it. My introduction to Jean as an artist happened when I bought one of her art books years ago. I was tired of “same old, same old” and found her attitude toward contemporary painting revitalizing. When the opportunity arose about five years ago I joined one of her mentorship classes in Calgary. I would recommend the experience to anyone.
Although I have never met Cindy Bouwers, I have recently viewed some of her work online and you should too. I was particularly struck by some of her winter landscapes–presumably those from another recent exhibition at Leighton Art Centre. I was impressed by the eloquence in her portrayal of winter stillness and beauty we see in our prairie landscape. You may check out this work too at https://www.cindybouwers.com/
These are two highly accomplished artists we are fortunate to see in southern Alberta.
The paintings and personal images created for this exhibition mirror what Jean and Cindy have gained by reaching “a certain age”. They have richness and depth, complexity, layers, and consider both the dark and the light. Some of the materials and processes incorporated are new for the artists — a homage to their continued personal growth. Many of life’s lessons — letting go, shifting expectations, enduring difficulty, being vulnerable, valuing authenticity, overcoming fears, and laughing much are reflected in the work.
An cxcerpt from Leighton Art Centre’s description of Of A Certain Age
New exhibitions opened throughout Casa on November 7, 2020 among them is a solo exhibition of my landscape paintings in the “Passage” gallery space. This presentation of landscape includes: traditional framed plein air paintings in oil; small, landscape-themed abstract colour studies, also in oil, and four contemporary, mixed-media studio landscapes. Exhibitions continue until December 21st. Casa is located in downtown Lethbridge and is open from 9 am to 10 pm Monday – Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm.
Catwalk Salon is one of my favourite plein air street scenes. I painted it during Art Days several years ago. The act of standing on a street corner each afternoon creating art became my way of connecting with the spirit of Alberta Culture celebrations and usually signalled the end of my plein air painting sessions for the year. Fall colour is at its most splendid so it can be a magical time for painters. Although not entirely because of the Coronavirus pandemic, I opted out of plein air painting entirely this year and I miss it.
I may not have been out painting this year but my artistic focus sure has been on plein air in recent weeks because of my involvement in two exhibitions. A juried group exhibition of plein air paintings is ongoing at Leighton Art Centre until October 31, 2020. (Details about the Leighton Art Centre exhibition were noted in the preceding blog post.) I am also preparing for an upcoming solo exhibition of landscapes at Casa. The Passages gallery exhibition at Casa in Lethbridge is coming up in early November. At Casa I will be exhibiting plein air landscapes together with small, abstracted, landscape-themed colour studies. Probably four of my recent expressive landscapes executed in mixed media oil will also be shown. Details about that exhibition will be in a future post.
A final shout-out here about Mortar and Brick’s exhibition which opened last night in Lethbridge. I made a point of seeing the work yesterday afternoon. If you have an interest in contemporary art, do make time to see the work on display there now. It is well-worth your time. One haunting painting in particular, by local artist Eileen Murray, captured my attention.
In The Open Air is the title of an upcoming exhibition hosted by Leighton Art Centre to honour the practice of painting outdoors or en plein air. As an avid plein air painter, I am delighted to see several of my paintings included in the exhibition. Among them, I painted Foothills Ranch Country, looking southwest alongside Highway 22, a few miles north of Lundbreck Falls.
Leighton Art Centre, which is located just southwest of Calgary, has several special events planned for the weekend of September 12 & 13 to celebrate their launch of In the Open Air and Alberta Culture Days. Check out the Leighton Art Centre website.
Donna Gallant is perhaps the most inherently creative artist I know. In her own words, “painting is as much about the process as it is the final product”. Donna’s generous nature in sharing new processes that excite her is well-known. She will be giving a demonstration of some of her mixed media approaches in Lethbridge next Saturday afternoon at the Allied Arts Council office/gift shop.
Donna Gallant’s mixed media art is both visually appealing and thought-provoking. Detail from, “But this is not all I can do”,a new work is pictured here. She may be reached directly by phone: 403.328.0536 or email: email@example.com
Mixed Media demo by Donna Gallant
Saturday, November 30, 2019 from noon to 4:00 pm Allied Arts Council Gift Shop/Offices 318 7 Street South, Lethbridge
Deanna Beaujot’s,“Spring Graduates”, pictured here was awardedthe Royal Talens Rembrant Award at the New England Watercolor Society’s 2018 Juried North American Open Show. The brilliance of her powerfully saturated colour first captured my attention in 2016 when we attended an artdevelopment class in Calgary. I am very pleased to congratulate Deanna on heracceptance this year as an elected member of Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour. Not surprisingly, Deanna Beaujot also gained accredited last year as an Associate Signature Member of the Federation of Canadian Artists. Visit her website at https://deannabeaujot.com/
Normally held in Toronto, this year’s CSPWC “Open Water” exhibition will be held in Alberta at Leighton Centre, near Calgary. The Opening Reception is next Saturday from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. The exhibition continues until October 27, 2019. For the Leighton Centre address or any additional information go to: https://leightoncentre.org