Kari Lehr Art

Kari Lehr lives and paints in the beautiful Crowsnest Pass, Alberta, Canada.  A graduate of the Alberta College of Art and Design, she spent 20 years illustrating for various agencies, studios and corporations around North America. Today she pursues her own vision, working primarily in acrylic, often incorporating mixed media.

“I am endlessly fascinated by the textures and layers which are found not only in the landscape, but which comprise our relationships with each other and the mental and physical environment in which we live.
In this frenetic society we live in, I cherish the  quiet solitude I often feel in my community which allows room for peaceful contemplation. Through my work, I seek to impart a sense of that stillness which allows us to feel connection to each other and the natural world.”

Artist’s Web Site: www.karilehrart.com
Artist’s Hometown: 
Crowsnest Pass, AB

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Valerie Gilbert

I was born in Edmonton, Alberta and moved to Vancouver in my early teens.  Over the years I have dabbled in various crafts, in fact, I owned a chocolate shop/handcrafted gift store (Como Lake Village) for over 10 years.

While living in Australia, I wanted something to do with my hands that didn’t take a lot of room (that’s a laugh)!

While holidaying back in Canada I found an iris folding kit and the rest is history.   I returned to Canada in 2009 and started card making on an almost full time basis.  I now create a number of my own designs, often from customer requests.  I am able to import papers from around the world and enjoy creating unique, one-of-a-kind cards and framed art.

The cards can easily be framed in a 5×7 with a matte.

I hope you enjoy.

Instagram:  @Art_Cards_Valerie

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Wild Air Photography

Douglas is a Kootenay based nature and aerial photographer.

As a skier, mountaineer, and pilot, he brings back through images a different and unique perspective on the Kootenays.

His photography is available as fine art prints, postcards, and stretched canvas. Beautiful calendars are also available at Village Arts in Invermere, BC.

Artist’s Web Sitehttp://www.wildairphoto.com
Artist’s Hometown: Nelson, BC

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Kyla Brown Photography

Kyla Gent (nee Brown) is a local freelance photographer, artist and writer. A graduate of Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver, British Columbia, Kyla completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography in 2003 and started her photography business Kyla Brown Photography. As an innovative and creative artist, she enjoys traveling and finding inspiration for her artistic creations along the way.

Kyla invites her camera to become an extension of her eye as she connects and celebrates the world before her. In addition to her photographic work, Kyla is also passionate about automatic writing and drawing where she explores her creativity joyfully. ‘Lucent Imagery’ a line that takes her creativity into new and creative realms with her writing and personal artwork. This line brings Kyla’s journal drawings and writings out into the world where she sets them free.

“My intention with this work is to share it with others… I see each piece as a thread that offers a connection.
A place where you might share a moment and feel a stirring that touches or inspires you.
I believe that art is an opportunity to awaken.
I hope that when you look at my work you see something of your own life, your own history and walk away trusting
the profound discovery of every moment…”

Artist’s Web Site for Photography: www.kylabrownphotography.com
Artist’s Web Site for Lucent Imagery: www.gentlydrawn.com

Artist’s Hometown: Invermere, B.C.

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Kendra Dixson (nee Kendra Smith) grew up in a log house in the woods, near Williams Lake, BC. She studied French and Spanish in Quebec and Victoria and graduated in 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts. Rather than take the traditional approach to a career, Kendra’s perspective is that she is “qualified to travel” and for the next five years enjoyed traveling overseas as well as in Canada.

Kendra took her first watercolour workshops in the summer of 1999. She has always been creative and watercolours instantly became a passion. Kendra moved to Fernie, BC where she held her first solo art show in 2001.

In the beginning she sold hand painted cards but quickly graduated to reproduction when she could no longer keep up with the demand. Kendra exhibits her original work in several galleries and gift stores across Canada. Many of her watercolour paintings have made their way into private collections around the world.

A full time artist and workshop instructor, Kendra has an art studio in downtown Kelowna, BC where she continues to enjoy this creative side of life.

“KendraArt Images copyright 2009”

Artist’s Web Sitehttp://kendraart.com/
Artist’s Hometown: Kelowna, B.C.

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Carney Oudendag

Carney Oudendag, B.Ed., ASA, is a mixed media/collage artist and teacher. She loves to teach art, look at art, talk about art and think about the next exciting possibilities lurking in her ‘hoard’ of art materials! Her treasure trove includes: vintage sheet music, old school text books, antique illustrated dictionaries, lace doilies, wasp nests, feathers, field guides, burlap, net onion bags, glitter, old photos, negatives, slides, rusty bike parts …. you get the idea!

With over 25 years of teaching experiences in public, private and community settings, Carney believes that artists must educate themselves for life! Her formal education includes some training at the Alberta College of Art (now ACAD), an education degree with a major in art, and regular attendance at a variety of art workshops.

Carney’s work has been exhibited for over 10 years at the Pynelogs Gallery and Cultural Center and in the themed show, Wings Over the Rockies. Other venues include: The Alcove Gallery, Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, The Kaasa Gallery, Edmonton, NAJA (in conjunction with the Alberta Society of Artists/Alberta Ballet show “Building a Mystery”), Strand’s Old House Restaurant, and the Marion Nicoll Gallery (ACAD) in a collaborative show initiated by friend and fellow artist, Jessica Gowling. Carney has also been involved in “Tour of the Arts” in the Columbia Valley, for 3 years as a volunteer and artist. Her “one of a kind” collaged journals and whimsical cards can be found at Village Arts in Invermere, BC.

The longer Carney is immersed in the “art world” the more she agrees with something Gertrude Stein said, “Art isn’t everything. It’s just about everything.”

Carney is happiest when she is in her tiny studio …. tunes are cranked up, she has a cup of Lemon Zinger tea, and a tantalizing blank canvas is propped up on the easel!

Artist’s Hometown: Calgary, Alberta

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Silk Concepts

With her love for the outdoors, Darcy’s designs often depict themes from nature and exude a distinctly Canadian flavour. Creating irresistible and treasurable pieces, Darcy is currently concentrating in hand-painted silk. Her enthusiastic use of colour is highlighted by the lustrous sheen of the fabric.

Quality and function are emphasized in all her work, from framed art pieces to quilted jackets to scented sachets. Darcy firmly believes that art should not be an isolated experience, it should be part of our everyday lives.

Interested in textiles and fashion from an early age, Darcy graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science degree in home economics. She took additional textile design courses, including an in-depth study at Penland School of Arts and Crafts in North Carolina. Darcy also teaches a variety of textile design techniques.

Artist’s Hometown: Red Deer, Alberta

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