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October 23, 2011 Latest No Comments

Saturday, November 5, 2011 Different Strokes Art Gallery is proud to present artist Shannon Lawlor

OPEN HOUSE  1:00 – 7:00 P.M.


 About the Artist

 A native of Canada, Shannon resides in the province of Alberta where traditional bridal horse culture is strong.  Formative years embraced this culture leading to her expertise as an acknowledged horsewoman.  

"Casey", Acrylic on Canvas

As an artist, she developed discipline and ability to capture infinite moments of ranching experiences in depth and detail in her brush strokes.  She is skilled in saddle and at the easel. 

 Shannon combines anatomical accuracy with historical authenticity.  Her images portray the working stock horses and pay tribute to working horsemen and ranching families maintaining old traditions throughout North America.  Shannon Lawlor present western heritage defined.

 Recent recognitions include People’s Choice, President’s Choice, and 1st place awards in numerous invitational art shows.  Shannon’s art is featured on magazine covers, event posters, greeting cards and DVDs.  Commission inquiries are welcome, however projects are only accepted based on selected subject matter and current studio schedule.

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September 28, 2011 Latest No Comments

October 6, 2011 

Different Strokes Art Gallery is proud to present a special evening with artists Barbara Checkryn-Rivers and Betty Caskey

OPEN HOUSE  5:00 – 8:00 P.M.


Barbara Checkryn-Rivers’ Artist Statement

They say, “one picture is worth a thousand words”, as for me, “one picture is worth a thousand moments in time”.  It is that fraction of a second, when the sunlight hits the moss at just the right time, and it takes on a new life with colors that I have not witnessed before.  It is this act in nature that causes me to be humbled by my surroundings and in total awe of what I am viewing.  As an artist, this is my moment in time that I want to create in my paintings, a freeze-dried fraction of a second.

 Since moving to the Eagle Hill area of Alberta, I have traveled from the Rockies surrounding Jasper to southern Alberta, and have captured either with paint, or a camera, the many moments that I have experienced.  To me, there is nothing like going to an area of Alberta that I haven’t been to and finding inspiration; at times there is so much to say, that one little painting can’t hold it all.  Whether I start the piece outdoors, or develop it in my studio in Eagle Hill, my paintings reflect an eclectic collection of frozen in time moments.  I enjoy using a variety of colors and combinations that are based more on the value of the shapes that I see, than on the local color.  I am finding myself moving more and more in the direction of using the interplay of nature’s forms in an abstract manner.  My medium of choice is generally acrylics as they offer me a variety of techniques to play on the canvas.  So if you were to ask me how long it took to do a painting, I would say, “a fraction of a second”.

Betty Caskey’s Artist’s Statement

 I live to create.  For the last 35 years, fiber, paper, dyes, paints, ribbon, and fabric (especially silk) has presented inspirational challenges to me.  The satisfaction gained from manipulating this media is rivalled only by the joy I feel when I share this passion with others.  Colour and texture are the most important ingredients in my work. 

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Different Strokes Art Gallery is committed to broadening the confines of what individuals think of when they hear the term "Gallery". We believe that art is not necessarily meant to be quiet and passive - a gallery should have the same passion for its exhibited artworks that the artists have for their own work. Different Strokes exhibits all forms of art by artists and artisans, mainly from Alberta, focusing on the artist and not just the art work. We welcome all art lovers to come in, be our guest, and appreciate the many different shapes, forms and sizes that art can take.

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