Community Art Program

In 2017, we officially launched the Shaw Conference Centre Community Art Program. It all started with an open call to local artists, and in 2018, we received over 200 submission from 70 artists. The submissions were evaluated by a panel of members from Edmonton Economic Development Corporation and total of 15 pieces from six local artists were selected. These pieces represented the spirit of Edmonton and showcased important aspects of our city’s vibrant arts culture. These pieces from six local arts are currently being exhibited and will hang in our venue over the next year.  They were officially unveiled during the second annual Art Night at the Shaw Conference Centre, where all artists who made submissions were also welcomed back to sell their work. Edmonton’s convention centre was transformed into an art gallery for an evening, and hundreds of guests took in a fabulous evening of art, food and cocktails in the heart of Edmonton’s River Valley. Learn more about our 2018-19 featured artists below.

Why You Should Be Killed – Red Buffalo, Blue Wolf, Green Fox by Joel Gajdos

 

Why You Should Be Killed is inspired by artist Joel Gajdos’ childhood, where his father’s faith and Métis heritage taught him to respect life and land. Joel learned animals were gifts to be used responsibly and out of necessity. Each animal in this series symbolizes an event in history where animals were sacrificed for human motives. With colours from natural landscapes, each pigment represents the animal and its environment. Joel layered brushstrokes with sweeping gestures to connect each animal with its sacred relationship to those lands. Each animal purposefully blends into its habitat, causing the viewer to look closer. This act of looking is a form of remembrance.

Emerging Edmonton artist Joel Gajdos works with abstract paintings, drawings, prints and digital illustrations. He focuses on abstract compositions incorporating shifting planes, form, depth, space and elaborate movements. Joel recently worked as an Outreach Program Assistant for Gallery@501. He has shown various works for four consecutive years in the President’s Gallery. This series, Why You Should Be Killed, was displayed for Trinity Western University’s graduate show in March 2017. Joel is inspired by his experiences with nature and love for geometric, organic shapes. He hopes his art raises important questions about society.

These pieces were selected as a part of the Shaw Conference centre’s 2018 Community Art Program and are available for sale through the artist. For more information, contact sccinfo@edmonton.com.

Ode to Yeg in String by Maren Kathleen Elliot

 

 

Ode to Yeg in String by Maren Kathleen Elliott is one of the first pieces Maren created using mixed media, specifically string, as a physical manifestation of mark-making. Maren asked her network of friends in Edmonton which architecture immediately came to mind when they thought of “home.” The Muttart, AGA, clock tower on Whyte Avenue and others were then combined into a collage of architecture recognizable in shape, but shifted in scale, location and colour.

Maren Kathleen Elliott is a visual artist and musician born in Edmonton. Maren was raised immersed in the arts, training in classical viola and dance, while she voraciously explored visual and written expression. Maren graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Arts with distinction, majoring in Psychology and Music. In 2017, she was awarded the position of artist-in-residence at the University of Alberta’s Arts-Based Research Studio and received an individual project grant from the Edmonton Arts Council for her unique work in mixed media. Maren has been actively involved in the Edmonton arts community, volunteering with the Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts and a variety of art and music therapy groups. As an artist, she often combines images and seemingly ordinary materials into new artistic meditations. She currently bridges her passions for social sciences, human connection and the arts through a series of portraits in non-traditional mediums. As an artist, she follows a process of observation for human relationships and the connection between self and place.

This piece was selected as a part of the Shaw Conference Centre’s 2018 Community Art Program and is available for sale through the artist. For more information, contact sccinfo@edmonton.com.

Window in Time by Shane Turgeon

“As I was taking this shot, I couldn’t help but wonder just how many sleepless nights were spent at this second story window, watching the aurora dance amongst the stars in the long years before this house was abandoned. And I wondered, given the decrepit state of the floor beneath my feet, if maybe, just maybe, I might be the last to enjoy this view,” says artist Shane Turgeon. This shot was taken with a Canon 1DX and printed on bright white-hot press cotton rag fine art paper. The piece was custom framed using high-quality archival materials and UltraVue UV glass.

Shane Turgeon is an Edmonton-based business owner, event promoter, author, photographer, appraiser and avid collector of pop culture memorabilia. He owns Shades of Grey: Tattoos, Toys and Comics, he is the co-founder of the Edmonton Comic and Entertainment Expo and he is the founder and director of the Edmonton Collector Con. Shane discovered his passion for photography during a severe depression. While on his frequent dog walks, he realized that it was the simple things along the way that helped brighten his mood: sunsets, flowers and being under the stars. Nature helped him feel at peace. When he shared his images, he noticed they helped others feel the same way. He bought his first camera in late 2015, and with mentorship, he has spent the last two years reconnecting with nature – and himself – through photography.

This piece was selected as a part of the Shaw Conference Centre’s 2018 Community Art Program and is available for sale through the artist. For more information, contact sccinfo@edmonton.com.

 

Artwork – Fury, Siege, Rupture, Judgement by Jon Havelock

Fury is a harvested canola field in Alberta (2014) combined with a stormy sky shot in Utah (2015). The field is a favorite of Jon’s with its rolling terrain and changing crops.

Siege is one of Jon’s favorite canola fields (2011), coupled with a menacing storm (2011). Both were taken in Alberta. He “chased” the sky for an afternoon, until it erupted.

Rupture is a wheat field on Highway 28 (2012) with a sky shot near Consort (2011). Both were taken in Alberta. The sky was particularly interesting and constantly changing.

Judgement is a canola field (2012) combined with threatening clouds (2014). Both were taken in Alberta, with the sky originating for the Drumheller area.

Jon is a self-taught photographer who began to exhibit in 2009. His photography captures his love for the outdoors with everyday images, highlighting the extraordinary found within the ordinary to draw appreciation and awareness for communities and people. Jon intends to have the viewer first explore the medium of the piece, and then enjoy it as a reflection of our natural world. He works exclusively with digital imaging to capture the essence of the subject. Using various exposures, angles and techniques, he achieves a unique photographic detail with the primary components of depth, colour and light found in oil painting. Jon has exhibited in numerous Alberta locations, including the Calgary Stampede from 2010-2012, Edmonton’s Capital Ex from 2009-2011, the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie, Keyano College in Fort McMurray, The Muttart Conservatory in 2014 and in 2016 and other Alberta locations. He recently opened his own gallery in Edmonton.

These pieces were selected as a part of the Shaw Conference Centre’s 2018 Community Art Program and are available for sale through the artist. For more information, contact sccinfo@edmonton.com.

 Nostalgia by Jon Havelock

Nostalgia features Edmonton’s Neon Sign Museum, taken just as the sun disappeared (2016).

Jon is a self-taught photographer who began to exhibit in 2009. His photography captures his love for the outdoors with everyday images, highlighting the extraordinary found within the ordinary to draw appreciation and awareness for communities and people. Jon intends to have the viewer first explore the medium of the piece, and then enjoy it as a reflection of our natural world. He works exclusively with digital imaging to capture the essence of the subject. Using various exposures, angles and techniques, he achieves a unique photographic detail with the primary components of depth, colour and light found in oil painting. Jon has exhibited in numerous Alberta locations, including the Calgary Stampede from 2010-2012, Edmonton’s Capital Ex from 2009-2011, the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie, Keyano College in Fort McMurray, The Muttart Conservatory in 2014 and in 2016 and other Alberta locations. He recently opened his own gallery in Edmonton.

This piece was selected as a part of the Shaw Conference Centre’s 2018 Community Art Program and is available for sale through the artist. For more information, contact sccinfo@edmonton.com.

Artwork – A Clear Night in Edmonton, The Muttart Conservatory at Night, The High Level Bridge Lit Up, Sunset over the Legislature by Bronwyn Vick

A Clear Night in Edmonton is a unique take on the spectacular skyline of Edmonton at night. Made using various tools from professional brushes and knives to retired plastic gift cards, this painting was a joy for Bronwyn to create! Primarily a painter of landscapes and nature scenes, this metropolitan piece was a challenge and a pleasure for her. Bronwyn wanted to portray Edmonton in her favourite setting, which is the exquisite beauty and that feeling of excitement when she sees the city skyline at night.

The Muttart Conservatory at Night is possibly Bronwyn’s favorite structure in Edmonton as it’s always held a place in her heart. Visiting the conservatory, surrounded by the beauty of nature, instantly refreshes and calms Bronwyn’s mind on a stressful day. Painted lovingly with brushes, knives and her hands for blending, this piece was a delight to create.

The High Level Bridge Lit Up is one of the more challenging paintings Bronwyn has ever completed, and is held in the highest regard. It is where she first fell in love with her husband to be. It represents that you can’t simply give up on something when it seems difficult at times. The High Level Bridge will always mean the world to Bronwyn.

Sunset over the Legislature is a piece that required layer after layer. As a novice painter in an urban setting, Bronwyn was concerned that she would not be successful. She was more well versed with nature and landscapes, but the end result was very rewarding. Even when the task seemed impossible, Bronwyn remembered that anything is better than not trying at all.

Bronwyn Vick is a self-taught artist with over a decade of experience in acrylic painting. With this exhibit, Bronwyn challenged herself to paint an industrious setting using unique techniques with any item as a tool – knives, her own hands, sponges, and shredded plastic cards – she believes there are no mistakes that can’t be fixed. She successfully pushed her limits beyond her comfort zone which she found to be a rewarding experience. As a nature enthusiast who enjoys challenging projects, she specializes in painting nature, landscapes and still life scenes. Her grandmother, Jean Vick, taught Bronwyn the importance of seeing beauty in life’s little moments. Jean’s influence greatly impacted Bronwyn’s art with an appreciation for the elegance and simplicity of life. Instead of rushing through all this world offers, Bronwyn’s art appreciates our constructs and architecture.

These pieces were selected as a part of the Shaw Conference Centre’s 2018 Community Art Program and are available for sale through the artist. For more information, contact sccinfo@edmonton.com.

Our Hip City by Jozé Olvera

Our Hip City was inspired by a newspaper article from the Edmonton Journal titled “Our Hip City” which spoke to the many great features our city offers. The artwork presents a skyline image of Edmonton from the viewpoint of Cloverdale Footbridge, which has since been removed. Jozé spent many hours walking or biking Edmonton’s peaceful, scenic River Valley. Edmonton is a beautiful city to live in and to experience; this artwork image reflects just that.

Jozé is a local Edmonton artist, registered nurse, wife and mother of two. With multifaceted ideas and continuous inspiration, Jozé Olvera’s artwork expresses the serenity found in her surroundings. After choosing “dependable” career as a young adult, Jozé decided to answer her artist calling. She enjoys turning a blank canvas into something of her own. Jozé appreciates the freedom to create from her own thoughts, ideas and inspirations. This is where she feels at peace. Using a variety of mediums – acrylics, water, pencil, ink, pastels, fabric and paper – she allows the expression of different ideas. There are no limits to the colors, flows or patterns. Jozé’s artwork consists of multi-layering techniques. Jozé’s recent works are combinations of mixed media and photographic transfers inspired by Alberta sceneries. Jozé participated in art shows for the first time in 2013. She is inspired to join more exhibitions as she develops as an artist.

This piece was selected as a part of the Shaw Conference Centre’s 2018 Community Art Program and is available for sale through the artist. For more information, contact sccinfo@edmonton.com.

 

Art in Unconventional Spaces

An iconic Edmonton venue, the Shaw Conference Centre has supported local artists by displaying their work both in and outside the venue for over 30 years. Over 70 pieces of art are now on display. From the Paskwamostos (Bison) that stands guard over the River Valley and gigantic murals by Clay Ellis in the Hall D foyer to the pARTnership Gallery featuring the work of grade 1 to 12 students, locals and visitors from around the world can be seen stopping to snap a photo or pose for a memento in front of these works. Learn more by reading Art in Unconventional Places. We also encourage you to stop by, grab a walking tour booklet from our administration office and explore Edmonton’s convention centre.