D. Helen Mackie RCA
artist in attendance
We will be joined by the Castle Carolers, time TBA
Peter Deacon RCA
October 22 - November 5
artist in attendance, with artist talks at 3, 4 and 5 pm
The Gallery & Wine Hop is your chance to leisurely tour Banff’s galleries and museums while also enjoying different wine tastings from Canadian vineyards and food pairings from local restaurants. Meet local artists, mix and mingle with friends and share stories about what inspires them. Watch the galleries and museums transform as talented performers such as a piano players, acoustic guitarists, DJ’s and stonecarvers inspire crowds.
Chris Stoffel Overvoorde
Chris is Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Art, Calvin College (1966-96) and has been represented in Canada for close to twenty years by the Willock & Sax Gallery. This past August he spent time at the University of Lethbridge Gushul Studio in Blairmore, Alberta.
Fall Drawing Workshop
A partnership between the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies and the Willock & Sax Gallery.
Monday, September 4, 10 am to 12 pm
Tuesday, September 5, 10 am to 12 pm
Artist Chris Stoffel Overvoorde will conduct a drawing workshop at the Cascade No.5 Masonic Lodge (103 Caribou Street) in Banff on September 4 and 5. Learn the basics of drawing. Bring your pencils and paper and be prepared for two sessions of shading, hatching, line, and composition. Chris is Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Art, Calvin College (1966-96) and has been represented in Canada for close to twenty years by the Willock & Sax Gallery.
Artist Reception at the Willock & Sax Gallery
Monday, September 4, 2 to 4 pm
PRESSED: FOUR DECADES OF PRINTS
BY D. HELEN MACKIE, RCA
until Friday, July 28, 2017
In 2017, University of Calgary Alumna and printmaker Helen Mackie gifted Nickle Galleries an outstanding legacy--one of every print series she created over a studio career of more than four decades. PRESSED presents a tantalizing selection of her wonderful gift.
Artist Talk with Robin DuPont
4 to 6 pm
CELEBRATE CANADA 150 – artist talk with Robin DuPont on FLOW – woodfired porcelain vessels that teem with surface texture and pattern.
We know it is short notice, however we are excited to offer a chance to meet and talk with Robin DuPont this coming Friday. He will be in our gallery to discuss his new wood fired natural ash glazed works.
Gallery & Wine Hop
Cost: FREE, Wine tastings for a nominal cost of $1 per 2oz tasting
Seven (7) participating venues in Banff – including the Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum, Canada House Gallery, Carter-Ryan Gallery, Historic Luxton Home, Mountain Galleries at the Fairmont Banff Springs, Willock & Sax Gallery and the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies
The Gallery & Wine Hop is a chance to leisurely tour a handful of galleries and museums while also enjoying different wine tastings from Canadian vineyards and food pairings from local restaurants. Meet local artists, mix and mingle with friends and share stories about what inspires them. Watch as talented performers such as First Nations dancers, a piano player and a stone carver transform the galleries and museums.
Guests will be given a map upon arrival from whichever location they would like to enjoy first. The tour between venues is self-guided so guests can stay as little or as long as they like and visit the venues in the order that suits their day best. The map will also double as a passport. Guests that visit a minimum 5 of the 7 venues will have a chance to be entered into a draw to win an amazing prize package in Banff.
The Willock & Sax Gallery opens our doors to welcome Gallery & Wine Hop visitors interested in historical and contemporary works by artists mainly from across Western Canada. In June, as part of our year-long celebration of Canada 150, we feature - FLOW by Robin DuPont – woodfired porcelain vessels that teem with surface texture and pattern - SPRING REFRESH – new funky jewellery pieces by Jackie Anderson and BLUE SKY pastel paintings by Dean Tatam Reeves who roams the backroads, foothills, coulees, and prairies to paint from vantage points that evoke his sense of freedom. Have a glass of wine and listen to live music by acoustic guitarist Kyle Pullen.
Mountain Gallery Hop
3 to 6 pm
Part of the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival – FREE
Head down to the heart of Banff for some inspiration at local art galleries – indulge in some refreshments and engage with artists in attendance. Participating galleries include: Banff Community Foundation, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Canada House, Gingko & Ink, Banff Public Library and the Willock & Sax Gallery.
Allan Harding MacKay, whose new works are featured at the Willock & Sax Gallery, will conduct a walkabout discussion on his FINDING THE ALPINE exhibition (4:30 pm).
Culture Days' Tea at the Willock & Sax Gallery
10 am to noon
1 to 4 pm daily
During Culture Days enjoy light refreshments and celebrate the return of the Bison to the Panther River Valley of Banff National Park; part of the American Bison Society and the Bison Treaty Celebrations in Banff as well as Banff's Buffalo Days, a Feature Celebration Site, supported by Alberta Culture Days.
Image: Tom Willock, Bull: Buffalo Paddock, Waterton Glacier International Peace Park, 1971, traditional gelatin silver black and white photograph
Take in the exhibition at the Trianon Gallery, Lethbridge
Dan Murphy & Robin DuPont Lecture
at the Jeanne and Peter Lougheed Bldg, 204, The Banff Centre
The Visual Art Lecture Series at The Banff Centre presents talks by leading Canadian and international artists, curators, and academics. Robin DuPont and Dan Murphy are faculty for the Visual + Digital Arts residency: Kiln Raising.
Robin DuPont is a ceramics artist based in British Columbia, Canada. He holds a BFA from the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary, an MFA from Utah State University in Logan, and has studied at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia. DuPont specializes in atmospheric wood fired pottery; a process that reveals subtle and inexplicable tones, surfaces, and effects. Having built several wood kilns, his research and experimentation in wood firing has led him across Canada, to the USA, Australia, and Korea. In 2011, he was the Rawlinson Visiting Artist at the Alberta College of Art & Design in Calgary, and in 2012, visiting faculty at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. DuPont teaches ceramics at the Alberta College of Art and Design and the Kootenay School of the Arts. His exhibitions include the RBC Emerging Artist Exhibition (2013), Gardiner Museum, Toronto; NCECA (National Council on Education for Ceramics) Exhibition (2013), Red Lodge Clay Centre, Houston; Woodfired Invitational (2013), The Clay Studio, Missoula; and Touch (2012), Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Calgary.
Dan Murphy is an artist and associate professor of art with twenty years of experience firing wood-burning kilns. His work has been presented in fifty-five invitational exhibitions, six of which have been in concurrence with the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) annual conferences. His numerous exhibitions include The Melwood Arts Centre, Louisville (2007); Indiana University, New Albany (2007); Zuver Performing Arts Center Gallery, Macon (2006); University of North Texas, Denton (2006); Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery, Cedar City (2006); Tong-In Auction Gallery, Seoul (2005); and the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg (2004). Murphy was the organizer and the Master of Ceremonies for Twenty + One Years of the Tozan Kiln, an international wood fire conference at the Northern Arizona University Art Museum, Flagstaff (2006), and participated in the First International Anagama Seminar at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg (2007). In 2008, he was awarded Researcher of the Year and Artist of the Year in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at Utah State University, where he currently teaches. Other awards include NCECA National Award of Excellence in Wood-fired Ceramic Art (2005), and the Juror’s Award, CERAMICS USA (2003).
Banff Gallery & Wine Hop
Tour galleries at your leisure. Enjoy different Wine Tastings at each venue along with tasty appetizers. Wine Tastings available for a nominal cost of $1 each. Artists will be present at some locations to mix + mingle, share stories and discuss what inspires them. Each guest joining the hop will receive their own Take-home Picnic Wine Glass & Gift Bag.
Visit all 4 participating galleries, pick up your Gallery Hop Postcard at any of the galleries, collect a stamp at each gallery and then enter to win the perfect excuse to come back to Banff - An exclusive dining + accommodation package!
All In The Wild Photography • 105 Banff Avenue
Gingko & Ink Atelier • Harmony Lane, 111 Banff Ave
Canada House Gallery • 201 Bear Street
Willock & Sax Gallery • 210 Bear Street
We are sad to learn of the passing of Douglas Haynes, one of Canada’s foremost modernist abstract painters and long-time educator at the University of Alberta. Tom and I have had the pleasure of representing Doug for close to 20 years and we have known him since our University days. We extend our sincere and heartfelt condolences to the Haynes family.
Peter von Tiesenhausen, Residuum, The Book, aspen ash watercolor painting on aspen pulp / bound with steel strapping, bolted 3 times.
Four locations at The Banff Centre:
Paul D. Fleck Library and Archives (Library Hours)
Kinnear Centre (Lobby)
Max Bell Building (Lobby)
Sally Borden Building (Atrium)
Curated by Susan Sax-Willock.
Four Locations and a Line of Text is a selection of Artists' Bookworks, many from The Banff Centre Library Collection, that consider how their structure, their material, and their content guide their reading. The focus is on Artists' Bookworks by Land Artists, artists whose works are creations on or from the landscape directly. Over the course of more than thirty books, displayed over four locations at The Banff Centre, groupings of bookworks are presented that consider the correlation between the physical action of moving through Landworks with that of reading their Bookworks.
Although the works in the exhibition represent diverse locations where these artists have created, there are common themes and approaches that link them. All of the artists represented in the show are united in their ability to search and explore issues. Their involvement and concern with land is a commonality that binds them, their consideration of their concerns extrapolate and offer means for us to consider how we relate to place.
Artists challenge perceptions of what is real, imagined, and accepted as truth. They urge us to read things differently. One way of doing this is to offer us their experience through the conceptual landscape of Artists' Bookworks. Books designed and authored by artists, are multifaceted and diverse. As Clive Phillpot states there are book works (artworks dependent upon the structure of the book), book objects (art objects which allude to the form of the book) and books by artists that do not differ fundamentally from books by writers and others (Lyons, 106). These avenues of expression afford smaller, intimate experiences, which provide readings of the larger, grander involvement of the landworks.
We all know that the building blocks of knowledge give us the possibility to go into the world with understanding and compassion. Communication is key to community. How we learn and grow is influenced by our 'take on things.' Reading and the directed-ness of our reading informs us of our context, what we are about. The Artists' Bookworks featured in this exhibition link content to form with simple, elegant gestures to encourage us to reconsider time, history, place, and our relationship with the natural world. By bringing these issues to our attention these artists can make us aware of how we can be in the present moment, to observe, consider and affect.
There are groupings of books in each of these four locations on The Banff Centre campus: Paul D. Fleck Library and the lobby areas of the Kinnear, Sally Borden, and Max Bell buildings.
Each book in the exhibition is identified with a quote, its bibliographic information and a short biography of its artist. All books are in the collection of The Paul D. Fleck, Library & Archives, The Banff Centre, unless otherwise noted.
John Chalke RCA (1940-2014),Three Leaning Bottles, 2008, refired 2012, multiglazed, multifired, image courtesy of Barbara Tipton
Organized by Nickle Galleries, curated by Michele Hardy
with catalogue essay by Amy Gogarty.
October 15 to December 19
Opening: Thursday, October 15, 5:00 - 8:00 pm
John Chalke’s ‘clay paintings’ are conceptual ceramic works that dance between sculpture and painting. Inspired by the landscape of southwestern Alberta no less than its local clay, minerals, textures, and fissures, Chalke’s works are richly textured. Surface Tension draws on public and private collections from across Canada to explore the horses and cows, bottles and broken crockery, aerial views and archaeology of Chalke’s personal iconography.
Ron Moppett RCA,Annapolis/Lazy Snow 5, 2002, oil/canvas
Organized by Nickle Galleries, curated by Christine Sowiak
with catalogue essay by Victoria Baster.
September 24 to December 19
As a painter, Ron Moppett is known as a brilliant colourist and highly intellectual painter, one that approaches painting as a series of propositions. Drawing inspiration from diverse sources in history, cultural styles and popular culture, the puzzle like components of Moppett’s works are conversational gambits, each part contributing multiple connotations towards the whole. To pose existential questions about who he is and who we are, Moppett develops a visual vocabulary with a treasury of idioms about childhood, sexuality, working, aging, and mortality. To this he adds references to a sense of place, to relationships with history, culture, and landscape. The meaning of the iconography shifts according to its context, specific style, and treatment in each work.
Sculptur(al) focuses on those works where Moppett blurs the distinction between painting and sculpture and underscores the physical or “real” presence of the painting as an object. Employing a multi-paneled structure first adopted from British painter Francis Bacon in the early 1970s, Moppett has continued to evolve the gambit, often joining two, three, four or six panels to sequence and unify disparate elements. This exhibition revisits Moppett’s work in a retrospective sweep, yet through a lens that looks not only to the conversations hidden in his private lexicon of painted images but also to foreground the commanding role of sculpture throughout his career.
Georgina Perkins Hunt
Break away from the film program at the Banff Mountain Film & Book Festival and head downtown for some quality cultural time at participating mountain art galleries. Meander between galleries, enjoy artwork, indulge in some refreshments and engage with artists in attendance. The Mountain Gallery Hop celebrates art across a wide spectrum of mediums and is open to all Festival Goers. Participating galleries: Canada House, Willock & Sax Gallery, Gingko & Ink, The Wildflour Bakery & Cafe, Banff Public Library, and The Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies.
Amy Loewan, Arche-Textures
August 20 - October 10, 2015
University of Alberta Museums Galleries at Enterprise Square
(10230 Jasper Ave, Edmonton, Alberta)
This large scale art installation is created by Edmonton visual artist Amy Loewan and curated by Dr. Melinda Pinfold. Over the past decade, Amy has dedicated her work to promote peace & human understanding. This large scale installation employs text and icons of peace to create a space in the gallery for quiet contemplation. In 2012, Amy was inducted into the City of Edmonton Art Culture Hall of Fame and she is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.
Allan Harding MacKay
Sunday, July 12, 2015 - Sunday, September 13, 2015
As a visual artist Allan Harding MacKay has served as a war artist with the Canadian Department of National Defense on two occasions, first in Somalia in 1993 and again in July 2002 when he was invited by the Department of National Defence to participate in Operation Apollo, a pilot project for the newly minted Canadian Forces Artists Program in Afghanistan. Once on the ground at Kandahar Airfield he had only four days to gather all his support material only being able to travel in the area surrounding Kandahar and its immediate environs. His movements were restricted to this site and except for a short trip to the Tarnac Farm area where friendly fire by American air crews killed and wounded Canadian troops on the ground, the days were spent observing and capturing on video the activities of the airfield and the surrounding environments as well as flying by Hercules aircraft in and out of Camp Mirage in the United Arab Emirates.
This series of works on paper is derived from video stills chosen from the approximate 4.5 hours of video shot by the artist during the Afghanistan assignment. The content for this exhibition focused on interior images shot within the Hercules aircraft, grotesque monuments of wrecked aircraft from previous conflicts and images of two large exterior wall murals depicting what appear to be Russian aircraft.
The production process for this series is one of layering. The initial computer rendering of the images determines palette and quality of line and contrast. Ink jet digital prints on paper are then layered with a mix of wax and damar varnish, oil pastel and paint thinner.
The resulting body of work was originally displayed at the Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery in 2008 in an exhibition entitled; Transitive Space: Afghanistan Series and subsequently some of these works formed part of the artists two part project entitled Speak Up Speak Out, which was initially enacted on May 10,2012 as a protest on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. The Gift of Conscience, the second part of the project, was initiated on October 30, 2012. Both elements constitute a protest against the Harper Government that continues to abuse and dismantle Canada's position as a progressive and effective liberal democracy.
Writing about the reasoning behind his actions Allan states: “As a war artist previously contracted by the Department of National Defense in Somalia (1993) and Afghanistan (2002), I undertook the destruction of five original works based on these two zone assignments on May 10, 2012 in an event entitled, Speak Up Speak Out. This ‘citizen action’ took place within view of the Parliament Buildings in the Nation’s Capital. The destruction of the art works, constituting aspects of Canada’s contemporary military heritage, symbolized a much larger destruction of Canada’s values relating to national governance. The values of openness, justice, honesty, fairness and unfettered participation by all MP’s is being held hostage by a government that holds the Parliamentary System in deliberate contempt and fashions abusive policies impacting, but not limited to, Veterans Rights, First Nations Rights, Workers Rights, Privacy Rights, Protection of the Environment, Immigration and Foreign Aid/Diplomatic initiatives. Clearly exercising an abuse of parliamentary traditions, this majority government shamelessly utilizes the tactics of stealth, deception, suppression and untruths to further its own minority interests. Recent Supreme Court decisions have pushed back against breaches of the constitution contained in legislation fashioned by the Conservative Government under Stephen Harper’s leadership.
As a follow up to the protest on Parliament Hill, a multiple art work, Gift of Conscience, was distributed to the Prime Minister, the 163 Conservative MP’s in the House of Commons, the Government Leader of the Senate and the Speaker of the House. Designed as a signed and numbered edition, the art work is comprised of a boxed yellow velvet Glove with black text spelling the word Conscience.
Inserted inside the glove is a fragment from the previously destroyed art works of May 10, 2012 depicting aspects of Canada’s military heritage in Somalia and Afghanistan. The Gift of Conscience was given as an artistic talisman to rekindle the individual conscience required to serve the citizens of Canada with honesty, integrity and reason in the service of the common good. The lives and health of many Canadian military veterans and humanitarian workers have been sacrificed in war zones all over the world in the name of Democracy. The past years have shown that the fight for Democracy is also a battle that must be fought on the home front.”
As of the printing of this newsletter he has yet to have receive a single note of acknowledgement from the Prime Minister, the 163 Conservative MP’s in the House of Commons, the Government Leader of the Senate and the Speaker of the House. Local MP’s who were sent the Gift of Conscience in October 2012 include: Dan Albas #42, Ron Cannan #67 and Colin Mayes #114. His award winning video Somalia Yellow has been shown in video festivals internationally and One Yellow Rabbit Performance Theatre in Calgary turned Somalia Yellow into a theater production which they toured to Prague and Glasgow. Additionally a CBC documentary on his Somalia assignment entitled Changing Perspectives was broadcast nationally and garnered much acclaim. In 2003, the Government of Ontario commissioned Allan Mackay to design the Veterans' Memorial, in partnership with PFS Architects and was officially unveiled at Queen's Park, Toronto on Sunday September 17, 2006. Allan continues to live and work from his studio in Banff, Alberta.
Chris Stoffel Overvoorde,Along Highway 3 near Havre, Montana, graphite drawing on paper
Thursday, August 27
10:30 – 12:00, 1:00 – 2:30
Chris Stoffel Overvoorde is in Banff on August 27 to conduct a drawing workshop at the Willock & Sax Gallery. Learn the basics of drawing. Bring your pencils and paper and be prepared for a day of shading, hatching, line, and composition. Chris is Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Art, Calvin College (1966-96).
The Workshop is fully booked, thank you everyone
Peter von Tiesenhausen
Puppeteer extraordinaire, Ronnie Burkett of Toronto, renowned soprano, Frances Ginzer, Calgary, and internationally acclaimed artist Peter von Tiesenhausen of Demmitt, Alberta, will receive Alberta’s highest arts recognition, the 2015 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Distinguished Artist Award.
“These artists are celebrated internationally, yet maintain strong connections to Alberta that continue to feed our local arts culture,” said His Honour Col. (Ret’d) the Honourable Donald S. Ethell. “They are models of creativity, perseverance, and intelligence.”
The three received their award from the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta at a gala celebration hosted by the Lethbridge Allied Arts Council and the City of Lethbridge, June 6, 2015.
Amy Loewan (right side, 2nd down by sign)
May 2015 - we are pleased to report that Amy Loewan was inducted into the Membership of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.
The Royal Canadian Academy of Arts is an honourary organization of over 790 established professional artists and designers from all regions of Canada. Members practice in more than thirty visual arts disciplines including but not limited to painting, print-making, architecture, sculpture, design, photography, ceramics, film, video, and digital art.
With members nominated and elected by their peers the RCA has, since 1880, come to represent many of Canada’s most distinguished visual artists and designers. The objectives of the RCA are to encourage, improve, promote, support and cultivate the visual arts through its many activities.
Bear Street Woonerf
June 5, 2015
Welcome Tea at the Gallery, in conjunction with other events along Bear Street, celebrating the opening of the Woonerf Year 1 Trial for the transformation of Bear Street, between Caribou and Wolf Streets, into a “living street” or “woonerf” (pronounced VONE-erf), a Dutch term to describe shared-use streets that focus on the pedestrian experience.for more information contact the gallery (403.762.2214).
Tom Willock, Lower Bertha Falls, Waterton Lakes National Park
These photograph are intimate and intuitive records infused with our sense of belonging. "
Robin Dupont, Dark Matte Jar
John Chalke RCA, 1940-2014
Saturday, May 3, 2:30 pm
Willock & Sax Gallery
Dave Sheppard, Why NOT Wilderness?
Booksigning was part of the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival
Why NOT Wilderness? A plea for wild places in the Canadian West by Dave Sheppard.
It is a common perception that Canada is mostly wilderness. Perhaps this was true 150 years ago. Perhaps it was true 50 years ago. But today, this is no longer the case. Led by the logging, mining, and oil and gas industries, we are losing the Canadian wilderness at an astonishing rate of which the massive strip mining of the Alberta Tar Sands is the best-known recent example. The Tar Sands gold rush exemplifies a depressing failure of values by Canadian governments, both provincial and federal - a failure to value the protection of wilderness, wildlife, and wild places. Unlike the United States, Canada has no National Wilderness Act and only feeble environmental legislation overall. As a result, some species - woodland caribou, foothills grizzly bears, burrowing owls, and sage grouse come immediately to mind - are on the verge of extirpation in Canada. Why NOT Wilderness? urges Canada and Canadians to legislate a comprehensive program of wilderness protection before it is too late.
Dave Sheppard is a retired ecologist with a Ph.D. in Animal Ecology. He has been active with the Alberta Wilderness Association and the Castle-Crown Wilderness Coalition. He was recipient of a Parks Canada Award in 1996 and the Alberta Wilderness Association’s Wildlife Defenders Award in 2008. With his wife Jean, a painter, he lives in the foothills of southwestern Alberta, where they enjoy wildlife, hiking, and gardening.
published by FriesenPress
Mitchell Fenton, Lake O'Hara, 2012, oil on canvas
at 210 Bear Street
After a wonderful turnout for our grand opening (close to 200 people), we are settling into and enjoying the view from our new space at 210 Bear Street.
Door prize winners (A Delicate Art by Mary-Beth Laviolette, kindly donated by Rocky Mountain Books) are:
1. Andrea Brussa
2. Leslie McCawley
3. Marsha Williams
Getting here was a "puff" as one of our friends says, but we know that we could not have done it without a load of help from many people.
And in particular, Thank you to:
Mike Dobbin, Lori Dowling, Pat Myers, Devin Itterman
Rocky Mountain Tours, Current Electric, Banff Plumbing
Rocky Mountain Telecom, Standish Home Hardware, Canmore Signs
Evans Security, Superior Safety Codes Inc., Unicom Graphics
Independent Systems Solutions, Geyer Heating and Sheet Metal
Yogi's Contract, Tom Dobbin, Restaurant Le Beaujolais
Alberta Municipal Affairs, CIBC, Greenwood General Insurance
A great number of people at the Town of Banff and the Banff Fire Department
McKnight Carpet Cleaning, Millhouse Carpet, Banff Wine Store
Canwest Carpet & Flooring, Clean Sweep, Valley Lumber (Timbertown)
Windsor Plywood, Home Depot, Arctos and Bird, Consolidated Gypsum
Andrew Bonkhoff Painting, Silver Dragon, Ticino Restaurant
Valley Decorating Centre, Rocky Mountain Books.