Gallery artists create a group show based on the endless inspiration provided by colour, light, and landscape. Whether Quebec or France, that allusive je ne sais quoi is magically captured on canvas by these talented painters. Participating artists include: Aleksandra, Alain Bédard, Claudette Castonguay, Ariane Dubois, Joanne Gauthier, Jean-Gabriel Lambert, Raynald Leclerc, Annabelle Marquis, Guy Roy and Robert Savignac.
The West End Gallery proudly presents the premiere exhibition of British Columbia based artist Dana Irving in Edmonton, AB. Dana Irving will open the exhibition Earth and Sky, Saturday March 3 between 1 – 4 pm. The exhibition continues through March 15.
At once whimsical and serene, Irving’s paintings create a sense of wonder and quiet in the viewer, inviting them to guess at the stories that unfold in her unique landscapes. Her work has been compared to both Emily Carr and Dr. Seuss, and both hold true in her incredibly creative approach to the Canadian landscape.
"There is such a joy, for an artist, to connect with your audience in any art form. For me as a painter, to interpret the inspiring beauty of the Canadian landscape and present it in my own unique language is enjoyable in itself, but to connect with the viewer in that same language is a thrill beyond measure. What a privilege it is.” -Dana Irving
March 17 – 29, 2018 Patricia Johnston Exhibition of New Paintings Patricia Johnston presents her sixth solo exhibition at West End Gallery. Capturing arresting images of the West Coast, Patricia’s paintings are almost photographic in quality while still maintaining a painterly effect. Her mastery and sensitivity to colour is extraordinary and enables her to layer paint in a way no other artist can. Inspired by the poignancy and beauty of a single moment she can hold a vision in her minds eye long enough to translate it to canvas. Dramatic sunsets, crashing waves and miles of sandy West Coast beaches offer magnetic vistas drawing each viewer further into the landscape.
The West End Gallery presents the premiere, solo exhibition by Gerda Marschall in Edmonton, AB Saturday March 24, 2018. Marschall’s floral paintings are alive with light, colour and texture, evoking the sunlit acres of gardens that surround her studio. Using thick layers of oil paint and gestural marks, Marschall manages to capture the sensations of her gardens in full bloom, from vases of cut flowers in joyful profusion to fields of blossoms stretching out into the warmth of a summer afternoon. Drawn in to the masterful handling of paint, the viewer is invited to stop and experience her gorgeous gardens and still lives as Marschall does, full of movement and life.
Please join Gerda Marschall at the opening of her exhibition, Saturday March 24th from between 1-4 pm. Exhibition continues through April 5. All Artwork subject to pre-sale.
The West End Gallery presents a solo exhibition of new work by beloved realist W. H. Webb, opening Saturday April 5. Webb’s views of the often stark Alberta landscape are intensively worked in a manner reminiscent of the traditional school of watercolourists. Fully realized and meticulously crafted, his acrylic paintings express a deep seated admiration for the impressive and rugged vistas of Alberta; Particularly the brilliant beauty of winter’s snow covered open spaces and hard bright skies. Exhibition continues through April 19. All Artwork subject to pre-sale.
“Viewers in front of my paintings most often remark that the first thing to strike them is the emotional impact of the painting. These responses seem to vary from emotional highs, déjà vu, to ‘it looks like a photo’. Regardless, the emotion appears to be the most powerful from what I am told. The second response is to the light in the painting and, of course, my paintings are all about emotion and light. If the viewer has felt the emotion I felt when I painted the piece, then we have clicked. “– W. H. Webb
Born in Victoria, Mary Ann has been painting for over 30 years. She enjoys a variety of mediums to work in, but oils are her favourite. Most of her subjects are bold and colourful renditions sensitively inspired by the landscape of Vancouver Island, but she also enjoys still life work. Her paintings are among collections locally and internationally. A signature member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, her work has been included in many exhibitions locally over the past 25 years.
The West End Gallery is delighted to present a solo exhibition of new work by Victoria artist Blu Smith, opening Saturday May 5. Trained as a realist and a sign painter, Smith came to abstraction late. His early experiments with pure abstraction have given way to paintings influenced by the beautiful surroundings of his studio on Vancouver Island where dapples of light filter their way through the trees and a hint of landscape can be found among the painterly marks on his canvas. Colour, texture, light and space come together in Smith’s abstract landscapes to create an experience of discovery and contemplation in the viewer. Exhibition continues through May 17. All Artwork subject to pre-sale