Fire Art – Shauna Liora

While on a trip to Inuvik in 2015 and I met a First Nations artist who introduced me to the mysteries of fire and ink.  For three years I experimented with it and developed a new method of working with the ink and fire that give it the freedom to express itself in vibrant aurora life effects.  I call it Fire Art.  There is a wildness that I have to allow when working with fire.   I work with each piece over and over again, using different techniques to allow the alchemy of fire to transform the ink until it surprises or moves me.  Once the burning process is complete I get to interpret what the fire and ink has created and hand paint or draw in what I feel its speaking to me. It’s a two-step creative process that allows me to combine my skills as artist and adventurer (as I’ve been guiding in the Canadian Rockies for almost 20 years) to help tell stories through each piece.  This past year was my first year in getting my art out there and it has been an incredible experience!

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Artist’s Hometown: Cochrane, AB

Kate Hale

Kate is a high school student from Invermere, BC and a third generation Columbia Valley artist. Her grandmother is a potter and founding member of Village Arts. For as long as she can remember Kate has loved art and she replicates her original paintings in high quality greeting cards.

“This beautiful place I call home never ceases to amaze me and is the inspiration for much of my art. The natural world fascinates me. The way some things can be so beautiful, you just want to live in that moment for the rest your life. My art is an attempt to savour those moments and capture that beauty”

Village Arts is proud to support and showcase young local artists.

Artist’s Hometown: Invermere, BC

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Michelle Austen

Michelle Austen is a fulltime Calgary artist. Born in Toronto, Ontario, Michelle has called Calgary home since 1979. For over 30 years Michelle has attended numerous formal art classes, workshops and residencies in the pursuit of her highly successful career.

Her focus is on creating artwork that reflects her inner self…an untiring passion to produce colourful and exciting expressions in oil and acrylic that play on our emotions! It’s this artistic inspiration and enthusiasm that led to Michelle being invited by the Calgary School Board to participate in their Artist-in-Residence program to teach art to hundreds of elementary students each year. Additionally, dozens of Calgary youth and adults benefit each year from her private art instruction classes in her home studio.

“I hope my art inspires other to do what they love. I walk my talk and believe in my abilities to do what I am passionate about- creating art. I wish to share my knowledge with likeminded souls and inspire them to follow their dreams. I believe it is possible to create our life, to work hard, to find the tools, to focus and get clear on what we truly want.”

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Artist’s Hometown: Calgary, AB

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Christine Reimer

A professional artist for more than thirty-five years, Christine Reimer is an established British Columbia painter recognized for her bold, colourful interpretation of Canadian landscape. Christine received her Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Arts, 1977) and her Diploma in Education (Visual Arts, 1979) from the University of Victoria. She has resided on Vancouver Island, on the west coast of Canada, all her life.

Christine’s unique and highly collectable paintings are found in corporate and private collections across North America and abroad. She has had more than 40 one-person shows and is currently represented by prestigious galleries in Canada and the USA.

During her years as a professional artist the subject matter of her evocative, acrylic on canvas paintings have included coastal, mountains, vineyards and townscapes in Canada, the U.S.A., France & Italy.

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Artist’s Hometown: Victoria, BC

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Pat Bavin

Pat Bavin was born in 1949 and has lived in Windermere BC most of his life. He graduated from Selkirk College in 1970 with a Regional & Community Planning Diploma. He excelled in drafting and completed a Thesis Study in Alpine Park Planning. A foundation of perspective drawing and topographic mapping was established which helped his career, but more importantly, got him into the mountains a lot.

Pat has always needed creativity in his life and started working in stained glass in the mid 1970s. He did many windows in a Lawren Harris style of flowing landscape themes. drawing and design in stained glass mentally established a simple but powerful style.

In 1981 he attended the highly acclaimed Pilchuck Glass School near Seattle and returned in 1984 and 1994. Aside from developing a career as a glass blower he took courses in figure drawing, collage, composition, colour theory, acrylic painting and oils. Working in glass has developed a unique use and understanding of colour.

Perhaps what has given Bavin a very different outlook on elements, energy and colour was his introduction to Feng Shui in 1991. He also discovered the studies of Theosophy through painters like Lawren Harris and Emily Carr, which gives similar insights to the energy and feelings of nature.

Bavin believes in the ‘en plein air’ approach to painting where the primary designer is nature. His method is quite structured by going on site and doing a pencil sketch to establish tone and form, then a small acrylic colour sketch followed up with photos for reference. Bigger paintings are done in the studio from the above sketches and photos for reference.

His Artsaround juried ‘Basin Best’ entry in 2003 won the ‘Best Emerging Artist’ category for the Kootenays. His first exhibited show was in December 2003 along with his son Ryan, who specializes in black and white photography as well as glassblowing. Bavin presents his paintings in Village Arts and Bavin Glassworks in Invermere and Silver Tree Studio in Canmore, AB.

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Artist’s Hometown: Windermere, BC

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Sharon Parker

In 1995 I left my career in dentistry to become involved in the arts. I crafted professionally for eight years, participating in shows in Calgary, Edmonton and Red Deer.

In 2005 I discovered my passion working with stained glass and mosaic and created in this medium for many years. In 2010 I was awarded the People’s Choice Award by Parks Canada for work entered in the Radium Hot Springs Art Show.

In 2012 I discovered a new passion working with alcohol ink. It has opened up a whole new world of creativity for me and the infinite possibilities of this medium still fascinate me today.

Currently my art work is on display at Village Arts in Invermere, BC, Muk-Luk Magpies in Airdrie, Alberta and Magnolia Handicrafts in Jasper, Alberta.

Artist’s Hometown: Calgary, AB

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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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