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February 14, 2013

It is with great pride that Different Strokes Art Gallery announces an exclusive arrangement to feature the works of Red Deer artist Peter Wiersma.  Peter is an exceptional artist who manages to capture the warmth of the lovely prairies, the detail in architecture and the icons that at one time marked every small town on the prairies.

Welcome Peter to our family of artists!

More of Peter’s work can be found at  Please come in and see Peter’s work now on display at Different Strokes.


February 10, 2013 – LADIES ONLY!

Jewellery designer Bhawana Clark will be a Different Strokes and will have a number of her unique sterling silver designs for you to try on. Take your pick and fill in the list for your sweetheart or treat yourself to one of her exquisite pieces for Valentine’s Day.

Refreshments and Hors d’oeuvres will be served.


February 13, 2013 – MEN ONLY!

It’s your turn gentlemen!  Wondering what and when to purchase a gift for your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day that will last a lifetime? Different Strokes Art Gallery is offering you a special after hours shopping experience.

6:00-9:00pm.  Refreshments and snacks.

Don’t wait to purchase a gift for your sweetheart until the last day. Surprise them the morning of Valentine’s Day so they know you were thinking about them. Gifts will be wrapped and a card provided.


Friday, December 14th

“Stories and Songs for the Season”

Storyteller – Mary Hayes

Music – Voice Dance (Lorrie Lipski, Kate Chapman and Anja Hamel)

7 pm – 8:30 pm

What a delicious way to start the holiday season!  Stop in for a refreshment and snack while you enjoy these incredible performers. There will be 3 – 20 minute sets starting at 7:00, 7:30, and 8:00.

The CD, “Come Away…with Story, Music and Song” will be available for purchase.  A free gift from the Gallery for the first 36 people who purchase a CD.

Do Stop in and Enjoy!


Friday, November 16th


Join us for in store sales from 10:00am to 12:00pm

Stop in for popcorn and live music.  Roll three dice for sales discounts.

5010 – 50th Avenue, Olds, Alberta

For the month of December a percentage of all sales will be given to the Rotary Club of Olds.


November 2nd, 3rd and 4th, 2012



Opening Reception on Friday, November 2nd, 5:30 – 7:30
Saturday, November 3rd, 10:00 – 4:00
Sunday, November 4th, 12:00 – 4:00


Please plan on stopping in for a visit and a refreshment.  Different Artists will be in attendance on alternating dates.

5010 – 50TH AVENUE


Saturday, June 23, 2012

Different Strokes Art Gallery is proud to present Richard Dixon.

Richard Dixon is a professional fine artist of 32 years experience having exhibited globally for the past 25 years.  He has owned galleries and art publishing enterprises operating on a worldwide scale, currently using these skills to manage art projects related to exhibitions of his own art and that of other talented artists.

Since the fall of 2005, he has been concentrated upon developing as a plein air artist of landscapes, having taken painting expeditions to Northern California, the Superstition Mountains of Arizona, and along the Oregon coast in an effort to experience as many varying forms of light and landscape as possible.

The primary focus of his art is the presentation of images that reflect the history, cultures, landscape and mythology of Western Canada and the Western Arctic regions.  To this end he has for the last 20 years created paintings that are historical dramas of life in Western Canada during the eras of the fur trade and native occupation of the land, many of which hang in major corporate, government, museum and private collections worldwide.  Collection list is available upon request.

His series “The Canadian Spirit Series” were the official gift presentations at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Different Strokes Art Gallery is proud to present Clint Jackson.

Clint Jackson "Eyes on You"Clint was born and raised in the Olds area and became interested in painting at an early age.  He is a self-taught artist who has been able to capture memories in each of his pieces.  His canvas varies from car doors, to barn wood, to windows and windshields.  Always unique, always reminiscent of days gone by and always memorable.  Clint’s work must be seen to be believed.

Friday, December 2, 2011

You are cordially invited to Different Strokes Art Gallery’s Scotch Tasting Event taking place this Friday night from 5-8pm.

We will be joined by award winning weaver Elizabeth Ellis, who will also be weaving at the Gallery on Saturday, December 3.

Be sure to pre-register at or give us a call!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Different Strokes Art Gallery is proud to present artist Marj Vetter

About the Artist

When I was a child, I was always fascinated by cartoons, especially the coloured ones, and I spent many hours trying to copy them.  The lines, colours and patterns intrigued me and they still do.

I lived in cities and towns throughout my childhood (air force brat).  I have lived on a farm most of my married life.  I am influenced by nature, wildlife, natural places and a love of gardening.  To create beauty where it is lacking, is a great joy.



I have been a political cartoonist in my day, but I got tired of politics, so I quit that.  I retired from all my jobs in the spring of 2005, so now I can totally concentrate on art, and gardening.  When creating, I am totally focused, the art is the important thing.  Painting and drawing are very central to my life, the smell of turpentine can set my blood racing.

November 5, 2011

Different Strokes Art Gallery is proud to present artist Shannon Lawlor

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.  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.



October 6, 2011

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

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.

September 8, 2011


Artist Statement

My artistic education has been self-directed relying on greatly on experimentation along with books, magazines, other artists and art related workshops. I paint in acrylic and Acrylic, 48” x 30”mixed media on canvas with large brushes, painting knives and my hands. Sometimes applied thickly and at times poured thinly, my paintings are impressionist, representational or abstract. Creating with paint is my way of investigating the mysteries and patterns of nature. I like to explore silence, chaos, moments of beauty and decay, imagined and real. I enjoy the process of building up and breaking down. I thrive on contrasts, shiny and dull, coarse and smooth, flat and textured, simple and complex, spontaneous or meditated. I love texture and colour.


July 7, 2011


Elsie’s Artist Statement

When asked why she paints, Elsie will say “God put the desire within me, it is just part and parcel of who I am”. Her painting continues to show progress. Teaching art has further encouraged her to experiment. Her painting shows understanding, truthfulness, gentleness, and respect. It is somewhat fanciful, not quite realistic, and a bit whimsical. She regards her successes and failures as building blocks. Her view of life is very apparent in her paintings.

Statement from Maxine Spence’s book “Leaf”

“This time, when the winter winds began to blow, he watched the leaves begin their last dance and knew that holding on couldn’t make anything last forever.”

June 2, 2011

Different Strokes Art Gallery is proud to feature the works of Olds High School Students

Artist Statement by Renu Mathew, OHS Art Teacher

Talent is something that the students of Olds High School do not lack. It is filled with creative and motivated young adults whose effort and skill show in their artwork. Whether it’s charcoal, paint, clay or pencil, the students create pieces that inspire. The work in this show includes art students from grade 10 to 12 at various stages of their artistic capabilities. This is a great opportunity for their work to be featured in the gallery and we hope you enjoy the show.


April 7, 2011

Different Strokes Art Gallery is proud to feature the work of artist Giselle Denis

Artists’ Statement:

My nature-based work is inspired from my childhood spent outdoors & creative art-making. While painting, I enjoy exploring my inner-child. Freedom from making mistakes & trusting the process is what I love most about art. I hope to invoke a feeling of whimsy, cheerfulness and joy through my paintings. Each painting tells a story using color and form. Surrounded by nature, tucked away in the trees, I paint my love of the Alberta countryside.

“Feel the Wind”, 24X60, acrylic on canvass

May 3, 2011 Different Strokes is now selling tickets for the 2011 Olds Community Chorus’ Spring Concert.

March 3, 2011

Alison Philpotts will be our featured artist. Alison is a landscape painter who works with acrylic paint on large canvases. To learn more about Alison please visit her website at

November 13, 2010
Please join us for our grand opening and a celebration and silent auction of six themed works of artist Reg Knelson. Bidding closes Saturday at 5:30pm and winners will have an opporunity to meet Reg on Sunday at the Gallery.

“The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see Nature all ridicule and deformity, and some scare see Nature at all. But to the eyes of the man with imagination, Nature is Imagination itself.”
William Blake, 1799, The Letters

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5010 – 50th Avenue Olds, Alberta 403.556.2233

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What’s Different about Different Strokes?

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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