Gallery@501 Art Exhibits

Current Exhibit

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I Like to Believe I am Telling the Truth

by Chris Saruk Reid

This exhibit has been postponed due to the Community Centre and Gallery@501 closure. Details on the new exhibit dates and opening reception to be announced once confirmed.

Reid’s work is loosely derived from her Ukrainian Canadian heritage with a mix of her husband’s African American heritage, to create stories of modern day survival laden with angst, the fear of paying bills, need for adequate food, housing, etc.  A focal point for this exhibit will be the folklore that Reid uses, in particular Ukrainian folklore.  
Reid originates from Lamont, Alberta and currently lives in Brandon, Manitoba.


Past Exhibits

  • 1. 2018 Gallery@501 Exhibits

    Passages
    by Vincent Roper

    July 5 – August 26

    Roper’s art practice draws inspiration form the fields and structures in and around his home here in Strathcona County.  He sketches in pastel en plein air whenever possible and his landscape paintings in oil and acrylic emphasize colour. Roper’s artwork explores colour as descriptors, opposed to creating work that describes nature.

    Inspired by Nature at Summer Camp
    by Youth photographers

    June 14 – July 30, 2018

    The Gallery@501 and the Strathcona Wilderness Centre are pleased to present the exhibit Inspired by Nature @ Summer Camp by youth photographers who attended the Adventure Photography camp last summer. This exhibit opens on June 14 and is on display in the Artrium (Community Centre) until July 30, 2018. 

    Photographers aged 12 to 15 worked alongside professional photographer Nadine Burdon to learn about photography, the environment and how it relates to our biodiversity. The photographic display fusing art with nature and nature with art was captured at the Strathcona Wilderness Centre-based camp.

    The following photographers will be recognized for their work on June 14 at 4:30 p.m. The public is welcome to attend the reception at Gallery@501.

    •    First place diamond winner: “Resting” by Samara Mikaluk 

    •    First place sapphire winner: “Just Bee-Cause” by Markus Henze

    •    First place ruby winner: “Damaged Beauty” by Rayne Dzioba

    •    Honourable mention: “Closet Monster” by Keegan ArndtThe exhibit was part of the Dr. Roberta Bondar 2017 Summer Camp Challenge, where campers/photographers used the camera as a tool for learning about the environment, science and art. Dr. Bondar is Canada’s first female astronaut and first neurologist in space. 

     

    Strathcona Salon Series
    featuring Local Artists

    May 15 – June 23

    The Strathcona Salon Series is an opportunity to showcase Strathcona County's local artistic talent. This is an annual exhibit which includes artwork that has been submitted for consideration for purchase or loan into the County's Art Collection. From May 15 to June 6, visitors to the Gallery@501 can vote for their favourite artwork showcased in the Strathcona Salon Series. A special unveiling reception will happen on June 7 at 7 p.m. where the public will find out whose juried work has been selected for the Collection. At that time, the "People's Choice Award" will be given out based on the highest number of votes.

    The Art of Truth and Reconciliation
    by George Littlechild

    March 9 – April 29, 2018

    George Littlechild, through his art-practice discusses identity displacement and cultural genocide from his own personal experience. George was part of a large-scale scoop where aboriginal children were taken from their home communities and placed into white adoptive or foster families in the 1950s and ’60s. It wasn’t until George was in his twenties that he reconnected with the Maskwacis (formerly known as Hobbema)  community where his birth family were from and met aunts, uncles, and siblings he never knew he had.  Unfortunately, George’s birth parents had passed away before he had a chance to meet them. George’s mother had attended a residential school, as did both his Grandparents.  George delivers his work to audiences to create a dialogue between both the Aboriginal communities and the Colonial communities as a method of healing through shared experience.

    Gallery@501: Members Show & Sale

    January 11 – February 25, 2018

    The Gallery@501 is pleased to present its annual Member Show and Sale, featuring work by local artists. The exhibit opens on January 11 and is on display until February 25, 2018.

    The public is invited to attend the exhibit’s opening reception on January 11 at 7 p.m. at Gallery@501 (501 Festival Avenue, Sherwood Park).

    The annual show and sale provides Gallery@501 members an opportunity to display and sell their artworks. All proceeds of the sale go directly to the local artist.

  • 2. 2017 Gallery@501 Exhibits

    Light in the Land – the Nature of Canada
    by Dr. Roberta Bondar

    Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Bondar's flight!

    November 10 – December 21, 2017

    The photographic portraits of land and seas in this exhibition are artistic interpretations of the unique and important landscape that is Canada. Appropriate in Canada's sesquicentennial year, these images present extraordinary landscapes across the country, encouraging a love and respect for the natural environment in its complexity. The collection is a consistent view of one artist, Dr. Roberta Bondar, Canada's first woman in space, exploring the varied landscape in the singular light that is Canada.

    Enhancing the sesquicentennial celebrations, Gallery@501 in partnership with the Strathcona Wilderness Centre will be exhibiting the winning photographs from the 2013-2016 Summer Camp Bondar Challenge. To date, two Strathcona Wilderness Centre, Adventure Photography camp participants, have been given awards in this challenge, Honourable Mention – "Dragon Fly Sitting on a Stick" by Emil Murray (2013) and Third Place Diamond – "Blue Dots" by Jade Fontana (2014).

    Winning entries from the national Camp Bondar Challenge include three winners from the Strathcona Wilderness Centre Summer Camp. The Strathcona Wilderness Centre is located in the UNESCO Beaver Hills Biosphere. These photographs will be on display in the gallery from November 10 – 14, then on display in the Artrium (Community Centre) from November 15 – January 12, 2018.

     

    Quiet Stories from Canadian Places
    by Heather M. Cline

    September 9 – October 22, 2017

    In 2016, Heather Cline visited Strathcona County to work with schools in our community. During the week long residency, Cline interviewed local persons for their "stories from Canadian places" which she is using to create the audio component that complements the paintings in this exhibit. "Quiet Stories from Canadian Places" engages artists, audiences, students, teachers, seniors, craft-persons, singers, and musicians while embracing Albertan/Canadian historical and contemporary culture. Check out the 'Quiet Stories from Canadian Places' opening reception here. To view the exhibition online visit ‘Quiet Stories from Canadian Places'

     

    Joe Fafard : Retailles 
    by Joe Fafard

    July 7 – August 27, 2017

    Internationally renowned, Joe Fafard is one of Canada's most recognized and prolific artists. Retailles offers an insight into Fafard's exploration of the laser-cut process featuring laser-cut and welded metal sculptures along with embossed and woodcut prints. French for scraps or trimmings, "that which is cut away,' Retailles not only references the act of removing the negative from positive space to create form, but also refers to the act of recycling these "off-cuts" to create new works. Drawing features prominently in this exhibition, from the reduction of form to line in both three-dimensional and two-dimensional spaces to the Matisse-like cut-outs and the creation of recycled sculptural collage.

     

    Strathcona Salon Series

    May 6 – June 25, 2017

    This exhibition features Strathcona County’s amazing artistic talent! The work in the show has been submitted for consideration for purchase, loan or donation to the Strathcona County Art Collection (est. 1987). Both adult and high school artists are eligible to submit. All of the work will be juried and artworks selected for the collection will hang in the Artrium in the Community Centre for one year, prior to being distributed to public spaces in Strathcona County.

     

    "O Canada (I'm sorry)" by Diana Thorneycroft

    March 3 to April 30, 2017 

    Selections of two bodies of work will be exhibited: Group of Seven Awkward Moments and A People's History. The works found in the series Group of Seven Awkward Moments investigates the relationship between the Canadian landscape and national identity. A People's History explores examples of Canadian society that exemplify the word "awkward". In the words of Thorneycroft, "Canadian history is full of awkward moments and that is more of a reality than this heroic landscape that the Group of Seven portrayed."

  • 3. 2016 Gallery@501 Exhibits

    “Reflections” by Richard Borowski

    November 4 – December 18, 2016
    Public Opening Reception: Friday, November 4 at 7 p.m.
    Artist will be in attendance.

    Borowski’s prints and paintings of reflections found on building windows create a disjointed reality that is distorted, and fragmented. Reflections are in a constant flux of distortion, inherent in their appearance; causing us to question our self-reflections and their accuracy or distortion.

     

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    “The Wild Party” by Jason Carter

    September 1 to October 23, 2016
    Public Opening Reception: Thursday, September 1 at 7 p.m.

    Artist will be in attendance.

    Jason Carter is an Aboriginal man from the Little Red River Cree Nation as well as a successful painter and stone carver. Carter’s painting art-practice focuses on animals from the wild that now find themselves living in an urban world. These animals have been forced from their natural habitat and have adjusted to man-made urbanization, demonstrating resilience and adaptability. Carter’s large canvasses present animals (moose, deer, bear, beavers, etc) surrounded by colour and pattern. These digitized patterned backdrops create a contrast that charges his work with added tension between the painted animal and the background.

    Donations are gratefully accepted for admission but are not required. 

     

    “A Question of Faith” by Paul Bernhardt

    July 8 to August 28, 2016
    Opening Reception: Friday, July 8 at 7 p.m. 
    Artist will be in attendance.

    Over the past two years, Paul Bernhardt has been creating paintings that are sourced from found images, either through his own personal experience or images from the web; images that explore technology’s role as mediator. Bernhardt’s work investigates the relationship between churches and cell phone tower; religion and technology. Bernhardt’s paintings focus on machines, both historic and contemporary in relation to communication. 

    Images of churches with cell phone towers are layered with camouflage patterns, scratched in tree’s and muted references of sky & spaces. Machines/equipment as a communications tool historically and contemporary are manipulated painted surfaces creating a question of re-engaging with the uses of these machines/equipment. Where they an enabler for today’s society or not and from who’s perspective, and what are the ethical implications.

    The Gallery will be closed to the public in between exhibits for installation.

     

    Strathcona Salon Series

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    May 14 – June 26, 2016
    Unveiling Reception Thursday, June 9 at 7 p.m.

    This exhibition features Strathcona County’s amazing artistic talent! The work in the show has been submitted for consideration for purchase, loan or donation to the Strathcona County Art Collection (est. 1987). Both adult and high school artists are eligible to submit. All of the work will be juried and artworks selected for the collection will hang in the Artrium in the Community Centre for one year, prior to being distributed to public spaces in Strathcona County.

     

    “Members Show and Sale”

    April 1 – May 1, 2016
    Opening Reception: Friday, April 8 at 6:30 p.m.
    Local artists in attendence.  

    Members of Gallery@501 will be showcasing their artworks at Gallery@501. This is an opportunity for our local artists to present their work in a professional gallery. Shows such as the Members Show allow participating artists to include this exhibit on the Curriculum Vitae, adding to their professional development as an artist. Be a part of history, come share a story.

    Artist Heather Cline will be audio recording short stories from gallery visitors at the Opening Reception for the Members Show & Sale.  Stories will become part of the exhibit “Quiet Stories from Canadian Places” in 2017.  For more information please visit http://www.heathercline.ca/projects/quiet-stories

     

    “Interpretations” by Corrie Side, Claire Uhlick and Marie Winters

    January 8 to February 21, 2016
    Opening Reception: Friday, January 8 at 7 p.m.
    Artists in attendence. 

    Three emerging artists: A painter, A printmaker and A photographer. All working on the subject of portraits with unique perspectives, observations and psychological twists. 

     

  • 4. 2015 Gallery@501 Exhibits

    Lake, Land & Sky by Annette Sicotte

    November 6 – December 20, 2015 
    Unveiling Reception: November 6 at 7 p.m.
    Artist in attendance.

    Local artist Annnette Sicotte, paints landscapes depicting the geographical area of Cooking Lake.  Sicotte’s works examines details of the land as well as an overbridged view of weather, sky and light.  Sicotte’s paintings reference the use of light know as Chiaroscuro founded in the Romanticism period.

     

    “Un:” by Walter Jule

    September 11 – October 25, 2015 
    Unveiling reception on September 11 at 7 p.m.
    Artist in attendance.

    An internationally recognized printmaker, Walter Jule’s new sculptural works are constructed with Plexiglas, wood, and metal, creating installations of light, line, and tension. 

    His interest in the act of meditation has led him to explore the twenty-first century desire to find an objective and scientific answer to every aspect of the human experience. His artworks resist this temptation through the use of words such as “Ungraspable and Unknowable,” and invite the viewer to rest and enter a state of contemplation. 

     

     

     

    _after by Laara Cassells

    July 10 to August 30, 2015
    Unveiling reception on July 10 at 7 p.m.
    Artist will be in attendance.

    In _after, Laara Cassells integrates icons of historical portraiture with contemporary subjects in a series of double portrait paintings based on diverse sources from El Greco to Rogier van der Weyden and Charles Sprague Peirce.

    Each is staged and painted in the manner of the original source, with the insertion into the picture of a contemporary young person uncannily resembling the historical, aristocratic subject and the substitution of the signifying prop of the original subject (books, instruments etc.) with electronic devices such as ipods, ipads, and cellphones.

    In collaboration with Esplanade Art Gallery, Medicine Hat, AB and The Thames Art Gallery, Chatham, Ontario.

     

    Inspired by Nature at Summer Camp

    June 5 to August 23, 2015
    Unveiling reception on June 6 at 2 p.m. 
    Artists will be in attendance.

    Inspired by Nature at Summer Camp is a photographic display showcasing photos taken in the 2014 Adventure Photography summer camp offered by the Strathcona Wilderness Centre in partnership with Gallery@501. All photos were taken by campers aged 12 to 16 years old.

     

    Strathcona Salon Series Acquisitions and Loans

    May 15 to June 28
    Unveiling Reception: June 12 at 7 p.m. 

    The Strathcona Salon Series exhibition showcases Strathcona County’s amazing local artistic talent! The work in the show has been submitted for consideration for purchase, loan or donation to the Strathcona County Public Art Collection (est. 1987). Both adult and high school artists are eligible to submit. All of the work will be juried and items selected for the Collection will hang in the Artrium in the Community Centre for one year, prior to being distributed to public spaces in Strathcona County.

    In addition, a “People’s Choice” award will be given out. Please visit the show and cast your vote (deadline June 11). 

    Acquisitions & Loans will be announced along with the People’s Choice at the Unveiling Reception, Friday, June 12 at 7 p.m.

     

    Gallery@501 Member’s Show & Sale

    Gallery@501 Member's Show & Sale

    February 27 to March 15
    Artwork by Gallery@501 members.

    Members of Gallery@501 will be showcasing their artworks in this exhibit. This is an opportunity for our local artists to present their work in a professional gallery. Shows such as the Members Show, allow participating artists to include this exhibit on the Curriculum Vitae, adding to their professional development as an artist.

     

    Elsewhere

    Elsewhere

    January 9 – February 22
    Sydney Lancaster & Brenda Danbrook
    Opening Reception: January 9 at 7 p.m.
    Artists will be in attendance.

    Danbrook and Lancaster both work with memory and identity in their art practices. Memory based art-practice and the experience of memory is multi-sensual, enveloped in spatial ways of understanding our surroundings and the world around us. Memory engages us in an understanding of site, social and body memory and the role of place in memory.

     

  • 5. 2014 Gallery@501 Exhibits

    The Blue Hour

    Waiting Silently For Me

    November 7 – December 21, 2014
    Megan Hahn – Professional local artist
    Reception: November 7 at 7 p.m.
    Artist will be in attendance.

    The photo transparencies found in the The Blue Hour by Sherwood Park artist Megan Hahn, bring to life a past history of family and gardens, communication and sustenance. Families are centres of identity and nurture; gardens are places of shelter. Hahn’s images transform landscape into dreamscapes capturing a presence of nostalgia informed by family, in particular her grandparent’s garden and home.


    A Gulf so Dark

    Perceptual Disorders

    September 12 – October 26, 2014
    Julian Forrest
    Opening Reception on September 12 at 7 p.m.

    Alberta painter working with imagery that combines social & political references of modern society with Alberta’s historic images; souvenir and kitsch. Julian Forrest’s large scale paintings through the use of pop culture narrative raises the issues related to masculinity, dislocation and place. Using traditional Western representations of identity and history, Forrest’s paintings challenge the viewer to question imagery that can be either symbolic or emblematic; questioning the role now played in contemporary media such as advertisements, television, film and the internet.


    Art, Objet de Sport

    Art: Objet de Sport, Front Showcase & Artrium

    July 7 – September 6, 2014

    Art: Objet De Sport is an exhibit of sports related artworks from artists and artisans from across Canada. Artifacts courtesy of the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and the Canada Sports Hall of Fame.

    Front Showcase will showcase Canadian Olympians who participate in the 1992 Olymics in Barcelona, Spain. Digital images are courtesy of Museu Olimpic i de l’Esport, Barcelona, Spain & International Olympic Committee in Lusanne Switzerland.

    Artrium Venue will showcase 1992 Olympic posters courtesy of Museu Olimpic i de l’Esport, Barcelona, Spain.


    Inspired by nautre

    Inspired by Nature at Summer Camp

    July 7 – September 6, 2014
    Photographers: Azlan Belcourt, Cale Coffey, Michael Frank, Emily Murray, Paul Hannah, Evan Vik
    Award: Honourable Mention, Roberta Bondar Foundation

    In partnership with the Strathcona Wilderness Centre, Gallery@501 will be presenting the photographic display Inspired by Nature at Summer Camp in our front showcase window from June 2 – 27.

    Inspired by Nature at Summer Camp is a group exhibit of photography by six youth who attended a week long “Adventure Photography” summer camp at the Strathcona Wilderness Centre, summer of 2013. Led by SWC instructors and professional photographers Jamie and Nadine Burdon, the 12 – 15 year old campers explored a variety of compositional and technical topics with both their eyes and lens. Inspired by Nature at Summer Camp is part of the “Summer Camp Bondar Challenge” where the young photographers submitted their photographs to the Roberta Bondar Foundation jury for prizes and awards.

     

    Strathcona Salon Series

    May 20 – June 29, 2014
    Local Artists

    The Strathcona Salon Series exhibition will showcase Strathcona County’s amazing local artistic talent! Adult and Youth artists submitted artworks to be juried into Strathcona County’s Permanent Art Collection.

    In 1987, Council established the Permanent Art Collection and the Committee that oversees the Collection. The purpose of our Committee is to encourage and support local artists, collect works of art by Strathcona County artists, display those works in municipal buildings, and foster an awareness & enjoyment of our Collections.


    Duality in a Diaphanous Landscape

    Duality in a Diaphanous Landscape

    March 14 – April 27, 2014
    Manola Borrajo-Giner & Susan Rankin

    Local glass artist Manola Borrajo-Giner will be partnered with Ontario glass artist, Susan Rankin. Manola’s kiln formed glass pieces offer a contrast in form to Rankin’s blown glass pieces. Both glass artists works have an edge of landscape / living space that is intriguing and from a different perspective.


    The Beat Generation

    The Beat Generation & Beatnik Café featuring the Jim Findlay Band & Guests

    January 10 – February 16, 2014

    A selection of artworks on loan from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts (Frank Stella, Jean-Paul Riopelle, Jules Olitski, Toni Onley, Marion Nicoll, Ted Godwin, etc) that were created in the 1950 – 60’s during the Beatnik Counter Culture movement; Gallery @ 501 will host a Beatnik café/poetry readings, gallery space will be designed as a 1950’s public and private space.

    In Partnership with Festival Place we present P.J. Perry Quartet, January 24, 7:30 pm and Brendan McLeod, February 1, 7:30 pm – Festival Place.

     

  • 6. 2013 Gallery@501 Exhibits

    Landmarks on the Studio Wall

    Landmarks on the Studio Wall

    November 1 – December 20, 2013
    Robert Dmytruk, Les Graff, and Paddy Lamb
    Curated by Brenda Barry Byrne

    Landmarks on the Studio Wall is a group exhibit of artworks by three prominent Alberta landscape painters; Robert Dmytruk, Les Graff, and Paddy Lamb. The investigation of process as art-practice is integral in their representation of the land and our place within it.



    Rules of Play

    Rules of Play

    September 13 – October 27, 2013
    Margaret Witschl
    Curated by Brenda Barry Byrne

    Witschl’s work explores the legacies of the Surrealist movement, producing a body of work which explores the expression of anxiety within the context of contemporary Surrealism. The work focuses on two aspects of Surrealist interest – collage and games.


    Surface Tension

    Surface Tension

    June 21 – August 11, 2013
    Sean Caulfield and Royden Mills
    Curated by Brenda Barry Byrne

    Collaboratively, this body of work explores the complex legal, ethical and social issues with advancements made in life science technologies (stem cell research, cloning, genetic testing).

     


 

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