Past Exhibitions

Jennifer Dawes

Jennifer Dawes

Introducing

Part of Celebrate Canada 150 - March 2017 Feature

Jennifer Dawes


My work comes from a profound passion for pop culture and nerd references. Each vessel is not only a canvas for decoration but also is its own language of form. Utilizing an array of mark-making techniques such as sgraffito, under-glazing, glazing and luster, I create depth and complexity in the surfaces. The vessels relate to the historical form and decoration of 19th C. vessels and Baroque decorative style, which I contextualize within my own spectrum of identity in order to study pop culture themes.

E. Ross Bradley

E. Ross Bradley

Coming One After Another
- Digital Series -


E. Ross Bradley

Part of Celebrate Canada 150 - February 2017 Feature

Photographs in series by an artist who recognizes themes from diverse angles. Whether it is figures, textures or panoramas the artist’s expressive images consider interactions and relationships.

E. Ross Bradley has a long-standing love affair with Banff. Dating back three generations, the town site and surrounding mountains and rivers have played an important part in his family’s life.

Ed Bamiling

Ed Bamiling

Walter J. Phillips RCA

Walter J. Phillips RCA

Annora Brown OCA, CPE

Annora Brown OCA, CPE

New Work for a New Year

Ed Bamiling

Part of Celebrate Canada 150 - January 2017 Feature

Whimsy Cups and Wands - what fun!

Cup & Saucers reference the idea of function and Wands speak to earthly origins; on the other hand the textures and surfaces speak to time, geology and natural forces.

A practicing artist for more than 30 years, at The Banff Centre Ed Bamiling has been a Leadership Development facilitator for ten years, guiding creativity sessions with both public and custom programs, and is the Ceramics Facilitator with Visual Arts, in charge of all aspects of operating the ceramics studio, as well as consulting with and assisting resident artists on their projects. He has exhibited his work widely in solo and group exhibitions, both nationally and internationally.

Prints


***recent update

- Woodblocks by Walter J. Phillips RCA

featuring Fine Art Limited Edition Prints

A limited edition fine art print is not a reproduction of a painting, it is an artwork made to be a print, which offers the opportunity of multiples. It can be an etching, a woodcut, a linoblock, a serigraph, a stencil or a lithograph. Lithographs can be very painterly and all processes can have layers registered to different colours with several blocks or stones.


In the Gallery

featuring Annora Brown OCA, CPE (1899-1987)


The flowers and plants of the Fort MacLeod area, which she commonly used as subject matter, influenced Brown. She tried to paint the feel of the flowers, as opposed to their biological structure. She had extensive knowledge of Alberta's flowers, as she traveled throughout the province, taking long hikes to study different flowers in full bloom, at numerous times of the year.


Jackie Anderson RCA

Jackie Anderson RCA

A Teapot for Christmas?

A Teapot for Christmas?

Historic Photographs

Historic Photographs

Bright & Beautiful

December 1 to 24

Jackie Anderson RCA - Jewellery


Bright and beautiful - her exploration of concept, line, colours and materials result in evocative and whimsical works inspired by the ever evolving visual language of our natural, cultural and urban landscapes.

A Teapot for Christmas?

featuring teapots from five gallery artists


How to make a wonderful cup of tea:

1. gift or get a teapot you will love (make your choice from these beautiful teapots by Sean Kunz, Noriko Masuda, Terry Hildebrand, Dan Murphy and Robin DuPont).

2. "How to make a good pot of tea" from the Banff Tea Company


Historic Photographs

from the late 1800s into the mid-1900s


Handtints and gelatin silver photographs from local as well as itinerant photographers, who explored the mountains with their cameras.

Allan Harding MacKay RCA, Banff Series July #6, 2016, charcoal, chalk pastel, wax, oil pastel, ink jet on paper, 24x24 inches

Allan Harding MacKay RCA, Banff Series July #6, 2016, charcoal, chalk pastel, wax, oil pastel, ink jet on paper, 24x24 inches

October 26 - November 23


Finding The Alpine

Mixed Media Paintings - Allan Harding MacKay RCA

Reception, Saturday, November 5, 3 to 6 pm

Allan Harding MacKay will conduct a walkabout discussion on his FINDING THE ALPINE exhibition (4:30 pm).

Contemporary and historic paintings by a senior Canadian artist that explore transitions, the dramatic moments, and the clash of weather systems; all predicated on the idea of alpine defined by the Swiss Alps and the Canadian Rockies.

It features recent responses to the Canadian Rockies and dramatic events of fire and weather as well as choice works from his earlier Swiss Alps and Source/Derivations Series. A striking, atmospheric collection, which emphasizes Allan’s long-standing interests, that we know will amaze and astonish with their depth and intensity.

part of the Banff Mountain Film & Book Festival & Gallery Hop.

John Chalke RCA, Turned Over - The Other Side - Underneath It All, 2009, multifired, multiglazed ceramic wall piece

John Chalke RCA, Turned Over - The Other Side - Underneath It All, 2009, multifired, multiglazed ceramic wall piece

October 8 - 31


Directions Of His Own

Fine Art Works by John Chalke RCA (1940-2014)

Known for his alchemic ability with both clay and glaze, works are from the artist’s estate and other collections. The array of subject, texture and form span Chalke’s career and provide insight into his distinct interests and directions.

The exhibition involves works from the 1960s through to 2014, encompassing both fine art sculptures as well as function ware. There are large wall chargers, early stoneware sculptures, glaze encrusted plates where the artist explored his ideas on Alberta as well as a number of his test plates – every firing of this artist included glaze tests – called Incredibowls. Chalke was an alchemist with glaze and clay, often singled out for his unusual surfaces. The works in this exhibition, actually the remaining pieces from his estate, offer up incredible color as well as textures and forms that defy your understanding of how they were achieved. He inspires us to think about degrees of understanding and momentary points in our history, about naturalism and theatricality in ceramics, about empathy and collective mindsets – and about extreme measures of communication through visual images and objects and how we relate to them. Whatever one believes, or whatever direction your understanding is coming from, John Chalke’s works have presence. They remain in your mind and in your physical memory.

John Chalke visually and intellectually challenged ceramics for almost 50 years. He excelled in the three-dimensionality of ceramics; he loved material as well as mark, and the push-pull interaction between artistic concept and utilitarian reference. When not making, he was a constant researcher into glazes, clays, kilns, others who work or have worked in clay. John Chalke is considered one of the “most influential and important ceramists” of the last 70 years. His work is found in many private and public collections and is represented in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England (one of only a few Canadians honored in that collection).

Culture Days Tea at the Willock & Sax Gallery

Culture Days' Tea at the Willock & Sax Gallery

Breakfast Reception
for Buffalo Days

Thursday, September 29

10 am to noon


Culture Days' Tea

Friday - Sunday

September 30, October 1 & 2

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

Dwayne Harty

Dwayne Harty

Due to a delay in delivery the exhibition is not taking place

Considering The Wild

wildlife work of Dwayne Harty


Part of the American Bison Society and Bison Treaty Celebration in Banff, September 26-9 as well as Banff’s Buffalo Days/events for Culture Days 2016.

See further for information on the American Bison Society and the Bison Treaty Celebrations in Banff, September 26-29 AND Banff's Buffalo Days - events for Culture Days 2016.

Douglas Haynes (1936-2016), Panajachel Series #15.7, mixed media collage/paper

Douglas Haynes (1936-2016), Panajachel Series #15.7, 2015, mixed media collage/paper

Douglas Haynes (1936-2016)


Panajachel Series

September 14 - 21

New into the gallery, works from the last series of one of the most respected modernist painters in Canada. Douglas Haynes was recognized particularly for his reflective response to historical styles, which he mediated through his own abstract vocabulary.

Arthur Lismer RCA, Fallen Log in the Forest, Galiano, oil/wood panel

Arthur Lismer RCA, Fallen Log in the Forest, Galiano, oil/wood panel



Arthur Lismer RCA

1885-1969


The West Coast - 1951-68


Fascinated by the richness of the west coast of Canada, Arthur Lismer would spend upwards of six weeks each summer painting both the wider ocean views and the inner forests.

In Fallen Log in the Forest, Galiano, Lismer’s bold brush-strokes, insertion of gestural lines and the textural approach in his application of paint emphasize the dense world of the West Coast rain forest. This painting conveys the intensely verdant forest floor with its new and old growth. Lismer commented that “you could get lost in the dense tropical growth.” The work is an exemplar of Lismer’s late career concentration on abundant foregrounds and tightly framed, compact compositions of vegetation, shorelines and forest growth. Splashes of lime and orange animate the surface to draw attention to the regenerative nature of the rain forest; the decomposing log serves as host to bring about new growth.

Dwayne Harty, Boreal Forest - Lynx, 1986, watercolor on watercolor board, 12x9 inches

Dwayne Harty, Boreal Forest - Lynx, 1986, watercolor on watercolor board, 12x9 inches

Leading Up To


Considering the Wild
- wildlife work of Dwayne Harty

NOW September 28 - October 2

we are showcasing 30 delightful watercolors by Dwayne Harty that he produced to illustrate the natural history text MAMMALS IN NORTH AMERICA by Robert E. Wrigley (Manitoba Museum of Man and Nature, 1986). Collaborations between Dwayne Harty and Robert Wrigley extend to "Manitoba's Big Cat: The Story of the Cougar in Manitoba" and the children's book "Large Mammals."

Moraine Lake, Alberta, 1993, serigraph/paper, 10.5 x 14 inches, Note: in 1985 this image was chosen by Canada Post for one of its postage stamps

George Weber, Moraine Lake, Alberta, 1993, serigraph/paper, 10.5 x 14 inches, Note: in 1985 this image was chosen by Canada Post for one of its postage stamps

August Feature of

Serigraphs by


George Weber

CPE


Featuring serigraphs (more nuanced silkscreens) from the 1940s to 1980s - Weber’s body of serigraphs, airbrush stencils and watercolors document Alberta’s transformation from depression-era wild west to urban and industrial growth. His work records wilderness areas as well as the human impact on the variety of landscapes found in Alberta: glaciers and mountains, a Sundance among the Peigan, pumpjacks and grain elevators, wildflowers, and a multitude of views of city life.

Mitchell Fenton, Hot Springs, oil/panel

Mitchell Fenton, Hot Springs, oil/panel

Mitchell Fenton, Hot Springs Postcard

Mitchell Fenton, Hot Springs Postcard

Celebrate 130 Years

1886-2016

Mitchell Fenton - Hot Springs


The Postcards have arrived!

Banff National Park’s Upper Hot Springs (1886-2016) is celebrating 130 years.  This festivity prompted the commissioning of Hot Springs Postcards by Mitchell Fenton, available at the National Historic Site at 1 Mountain Avenue, up Sulphur Mountain here in Banff National Park. 

Here at our gallery we are excited to provide you with the opportunity to “own a piece of history” as we have for sale Mitchell’s original oil paintings from the project.

Roland Gissing, Far Horizon, 1963, oil/panel

Roland Gissing, Far Horizon, 1963, oil/panel

The Sweetgrass Hills


Roland Gissing

1895-1967

Gissing travelled the reach of Alberta to paint the province’s magnificent landscape, from the southern border with Montana, with its striking vistas of the Sweetgrass Hills, to the Peace River Country and along the eastern prairies. Although he is best known for his paintings of the foothills and mountains, which speak to majesty, awe and connectedness, his images of the other, no less dramatic locations, remind us of our roots in the land. Depending on the need, he would go by car, packhorse, or by foot to reach the locations that offered him the best vantage points.

The two paintings by Roland Gissing that have arrived in the gallery are from separate private collections and offer images of the disappearing short-grass prairie as well as early harvesting practices, all with the backdrop of the volcanic Sweetgrass Hills that dominate the southeastern border of Alberta and Montana, east of the Town of Milk River.

Margaret Shelton, Mount Rundle, 1949, 9.5 x 14 inches, watercolor/paper

Margaret Shelton, Mount Rundle, 1949, watercolor/paper

July Online Feature of

Watercolors by


Margaret Shelton

CPE, ASA


The wide range of imagery shows Margaret's insatiable desire to travel and record that travel with her artwork. They also indicate the artist's concern with technique; she searched for appropriate means to communicate what she saw. Not only are there images from Banff, but also the high alpine areas from Yoho and Jasper, out in the foothills and prairies around Calgary, the Red Deer River and Drumheller areas.

Dan Murphy, Large Jar 2, 2015, soda fired porcelaneous stoneware with stone inclusions and wood ash glaze, 24 x 24 x 24 inches

Dan Murphy, Large Jar 1, 2015, soda fired porcelaneous stoneware with stone inclusions and wood ash glaze, 24 x 24 x 24 inches

Robin Dupont, Lidded Jar, 2016, woodfired porcelain with quartz inclusions, natural ash glaze, 12 x 12 inches, fired in DuPont’s anagama for 110 hours.

Robin DuPont, Lidded Jar, woodfired porcelain with quartz inclusions, natural ash glaze, 12 x 12 inches, fired in DuPont’s anagama for 110 hours.

June 4 - 30


FlUX

wood fired vessels - Dan Murphy & Robin Dupont


Reception, Saturday, June 4, 3 to 5 pm
artists in attendance

The Willock & Sax Gallery presents “FLUX,” an exhibition of wood fired vessels by Dan Murphy and Robin DuPont that establishes context as a contributing factor of ceramic practice.

In this exhibition, Murphy and DuPont explore how the circumstance of their respective practices - the clay, the wood, the kiln, the time of year, the weather, the colleagues who help fire – affect the pots that emerge from the kiln. They are motivated by how the specific context of particular firings produces distinctive results.

Both artists are in Banff to conduct a Banff Centre residency (Kiln Raising, May 30 to June 24) on wood firing processes and kiln construction. Their aim is to build and fire The Banff Centre’s first wood fired Train Kiln, named for its elongated rectangular shape suggestive of a rail car.

The Banff Centre Lecture - May 31

Hence, what better time to present their stoneware vessels from prior firings in Robin DuPont’s own anagama kiln as well as Dan Murphy’s studio in Utah and the Red Lodge Clay Center, Montana. Explore the effects of wood firing techniques: ash deposits, flashings, natural glaze surfaces, the tones and textures characteristic of wood fired vessels.

Dan Murphy is an artist and associate professor of art with twenty years of experience firing wood-burning kilns. Robin DuPont specializes in atmospheric wood fired pottery; a process that reveals subtle and inexplicable tones, surfaces, and effects.

Illingworth Kerr RCA

Illingworth Kerr RCA

Mary Kerr

Mary Kerr


A Wonderful Coincidence – the Arizona Paintings


Illingworth Kerr, Near Tortilla Flats, Arizona, Apache Trail, 1977, oil/panel, 16x20 inches

Mary Kerr, Suguaros & Paloverde, Mesa AZ, 1977, oil on panel

Both Mary and Illingworth were born in Saskatchewan. They lived lives filled with art, books and travel. These two paintings were completed during a 1977 trip to Arizona. They are examples of the close working relationship of the Kerr’s during their various and multiple painting trips. Throughout their married life, the artists demonstrated a love to document their travel experiences. Arizona was a frequent destination and the locations of these two works are within one hour of each other, near Scottsdale.

These Arizona paintings arrived in our gallery from two different collections. The works led divergent lives.

By a wonderful coincidence they have come together in our gallery. It is a tremendous opportunity to view them side by side.

Illingworth Kerr applied paint heavily, with broken brushstrokes, across the surface of this painting; this plays with the effects of light and his colour expression, while adhering to a formal structure of the pictorial space.

Mary Kerr’s sense of colour and design was innate; she worked out colour and form across the surface of her paintings in her own way.

In 1947 Illingworth Kerr began his twenty year career as head of the Art Department of the Provincial Institute of Technology and Art (now the Alberta College of Art and Design). With his retirement he concentrated on his art practice, continuing to paint landscapes and wildlife, as well as portraits of political figures. In 1973 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Calgary. In 1983 he received the Order of Canada.

Mary Kerr was considered a natural artist whose favourite subjects included landscapes, flowers, and animals. Although never prolific, there is a solid body of work from this dedicated artist, which occasionally surfaces from long-held collections.

Gerald Faulder, Moraine Lake, oil/paper

Gerald Faulder, Moraine Lake, oil/paper

May 6 & 7


Banff Gallery & Wine Hop

Friday May 6 • 5pm – 8pm
Saturday May 7 • 3pm – 6pm

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!

Participating Venues
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

More information: Banff Lake Louise & Tourism

Axangayuk Shaa, Bird With A Fish, serpentine

Axangayuk Shaa, Bird With A Fish, serpentine

April Feature


Cape Dorset Drawings and Sculpture

weekly updates on our historical and contemporary drawings and sculpture by Cape Dorset artists.

Sculpture
Ashevak Adla
Napachie Ashoona
Ningeosiaq Ashoona
Pootoogook Jaw
Pavinak Petaulassie
Jimmy Pitaloosie
Jamesie Pitseolak
Tuppaungai Qatsija
Palaya Qiatsuq
Kellipalik Qimirpik
Pitseolak Qimirpik
Ottokie Samayualie
Axangayuk Shaa
Toonoo Sharky
Samonie Toonoo

Drawings
Kavavavow Mannomee

We have historical drawings and sculpture by:
Niviaqsi Pitseolak
Napachie Pootoogook
Mary Pudlat
Pudloo Pudlat
Jutai Toonoo

Tom Willock, Lower Bertha Falls, Waterton Lakes National Park

Tom Willock, Lower Bertha Falls, Waterton Lakes National Park

Tom Willock
Immersed in Waterton


Travelling Exhibition

after travelling across Alberta through the TREX Program, this exhibition has been retired. According to Xanthe Isbister, curator, the exhibition was very well received, it was exhibited in 27 host venues with a grand total of 13,000 visitors from across the province.

These photograph are intimate and intuitive records infused with our sense of belonging.

for more information look at the Alberta Foundation for the Arts TREX Program website

F. W. Brander

F. W. Brander

Ed Bamiling

Ed Bamiling

Gerald Faulder

Gerald Faulder

Watercolors, Sculpture, Oils


F. W. Brander


An artist who travelled the world, including here in Banff, Lake Louise and Waterton, yet little is known of this person (considered to be British) who painted charming scenes wherever he/she journeyed.

Ed Bamiling


Sculptural ceramic works - "moist clay is alive and ripe with promise, poised to respond to pressure and suggestion, to become something else."

Gerald Faulder


A new selection of oil on paper paintings, for which Gerald painted plein air around Banff National Park, Lake Louise and the Bow Valley as well as in Jasper National Park.

Peter von Tiesenhausen, Residuum, The Book

Peter von Tiesenhausen, Residuum, The Book, aspen ash watercolor painting on aspen pulp / bound with steel strapping, bolted 3 times.

at The Banff Centre
October 2015 to January 2016


Four Locations and a Line of Text


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. See more plus the catalogue.

Four locations at The Banff Centre:
Paul D. Fleck Library and Archives (note the Library is closed Saturdays)
Kinnear Centre (Lobby)
Max Bell Building (Lobby)
Sally Borden Building (Atrium)

Curated by Susan Sax-Willock.

December 1 - 19


WOOD WATER - a celebration

D. Helen Mackie RCA


- a solo exhibition celebrating the rich oeuvre of D. Helen Mackie, who created worlds of imagination, surprise, interconnectivity, whimsy and joy in her block prints and watercolors.

Reception, Saturday, December 5, 3 to 5 pm, artist in attendance.

Castle Carolers in the gallery at 3:30 pm

Edges & Ledges

paintings by

Georgina Perkins Hunt


Edges & Ledges is a solo exhibition of high alpine paintings by Georgina Perkins Hunt, which represent her past summer’s adventures in the Canadian Rockies and then her winter’s studio work. High ridges and rock fall are seen from the vantage point of an artist who has been there, scrambling, climbing and taking in the vast vistas from the mountain top. Her interest in light and chiaroscuro are evident as dramatic light and shadow touches mountain peaks or deep crevasses.

November

during Banff Mountain Film & Book Festival and Mountain Gallery Hop

Topographic - Bradley Keys

& The Makings VI


Topographic is a ceramic exhibition by Bradley Keys, an artist long interested in what makes the earth work. He considers the rhythms of the landscape, the wind, and gravel under our feet, which he translates into ceramic vessels that encompass the greater scope. Known for his wonderful glazes that contribute to animated vessel forms, the works allow us to relate to prairie sloughs, grain fields, mountain reaches and alpine meadows.

The Makings VI - Sixth Annual Ceramic Group Exhibition.

The Makings VI is our sixth annual exhibition, held during the Banff Mountain Film & Book Festival, which showcases ceramic works by a select group of artists. Imagination and creativity are key to this show with functional and non-functional pieces integrated into an original display. Includes work by: Barb Tipton, Ed Bamiling, Emily Schroeder-Willis, Sarah Pike, Robin DuPont, and more.

Reception: Saturday, November 7, 3 to 5 pm

during Banff Mountain Film & Book Festival and Mountain Gallery Hop

Focus on Paper


Focus on Paper - a feature for the Friends of Dard Hunter Conference at The Banff Centre, their exhibition Wanderlust (October 21-23) at our gallery and the exhibition Four Locations and A Line of Text at The Banff Centre. Expand your ideas on paper works.

We have selected a number of works by gallery artists: shuen paper weavings by Amy Loewan (whose work has promoted peace and understanding for over 20 years), Yuriko Kitamura's mixed media paintings on sekishu white 30 gm kozo paper (works of refined elegance that offer images sensitive to both her Japanese heritage as well as a love of her adopted country). Peter von Tiesenhausen works with ash and pulp to offer intuitive meditations on aspen trees, the collage work of Douglas Haynes brings the light of Crete and Spain into the gallery and Ed Bamiling's clay sculptures literally are made with paper, whereas the paste papers, collages and book structures of Susan Kristoferson are hand dyed, hand marbled and handpainted.

October 21 - 23


Wanderlust


Dard Hunter traveled extensively to various regions of the world in an effort to learn, understand, and educate. Each year the friends get together with the same goals in mind. Wanderlust, the Friends of Dard Hunter’s 2015 Members’ Exhibition celebrates this excitement of travel and new experiences. Etymologically, the word “wanderlust” traces back to the medieval German “journeyman” or “wandergeselle” figure. The wandergeselle is on a pilgrimage of learning, moving from place to place, acquiring new techniques, in order to become master of their craft.

Like Dard Hunter and the wandergeselle, we are all participating in an acquisition of knowledge through independent explorations. For this exhibition, the members of the Friends of Dard Hunter contribute two handmade paper “postcards” as expressions of their own personal journeys. Together these exhibited postcards serve as a visual testament to the experience, history, creativity, and craft brought together each year when the friends meet.

Taking place at the Willock & Sax Gallery during Paper Points North Conference at the Banff Centre.

Alberta Art History


Seeing the province through artist's eyes - we have a number of works in the gallery from the 1970s and 1980s by Alberta artists, many of whom travelled and taught art throughout the province via the Department of Extension, University of Alberta as well as The Banff Centre. Others simply enjoyed the landscape and wanted to communicate their love of place to others.

Here is a selection: Don Frache (1919-94) based out of Lethbridge (remember the Marquis Hotel?); George Weber (1907-2002) who travelled every where to teach printmaking, hence we have works from Lake Louise to the Radway, north to south, east and west; Joan van Belkum (1923-2014), who spent her time in the southeast part of the province; and Murray MacDonald (1898-1989), another extensive traveller, who not only taught in Edmonton but also at the Banff Centre along side A.Y. Jackson.

Don Frache (1919-94)
Murray MacDonald (1898-1989)
Joan van Belkum (1923-2014)
George Weber (1907-2002)

Yuriko Kitamura


– In celebration of the Japanese Film Festival at the Lux Theatre on Friday, September 18, we are featuring the work of Yuriko Kitamura – her works of refined elegance on Japanese paper offer images sensitive to both her Japanese heritage as well as a love of her adopted country. Works of delicate refinement!"

August 27 - September 10


Chris Stoffel Overvoorde
- Fresh from the Studio


- featuring small oils from the artist's August 2015 residency at the Gushul Studio (University of Lethbridge) in Blairmore, AB.

Also see Drawing Workshop with Chris Stoffel Overvoorde

July 24 - 26


John Topelko - The Banff Centre Donation


The Banff Centre Donation - in 2014 John Topelko donated a sizeable number of his works to The Banff Centre in order to support their Artist’s Fund. We are pleased to represent John’s work, on behalf of the Banff Centre, knowing that a portion of every sale will realize this generous artist’s wish.

May 23 - 30



A Few Pots II - John Chalke RCA


A Few Pots II - along with earlier fired works, included is an installment of functional work fired just before and during John's memorial in 2014. An opportunity to see and own some of the final pieces worked on by this tremendous artist.

May 1 - 31


High Tea - May Cup III


High Tea with Sarah Pike, Mindy Andrews, and Lisa McGrath - explore the world of high tea with works by three dynamic, young ceramic artists.

May Cup III - annual ceramic group exhibition of cups with new work by Ed Bamiling, Barb Tipton, Bradley Keys and woodfired pieces from Robin Dupont and Dan Murphy who were faculty at the recent Banff Centre WOOD/SODA/FIRE/BANFF residency.

April 8 - 22


Jean Sheppard - Monotypes and Pastels


Monotypes and Pastels -a selection of subtle monotypes and bold pastels from an artist known for her intimate connection to the landscapes of southwestern Alberta.

Yuriko Kitamura - Japanese Paper Paintings


Japanese Paper Paintings -a painting exhibition of refined elegance with works on japanese paper of delicate flowers, quiet sanctuaries and inspiring mountains.

part of Banff's springstART Festival

February 2015


Allan Harding MacKay - Back to Banff Series


Throughout the month of February, during EXPOSURE Photography Festival and Banff’s SnowDays Festival, discover the mysterious world of Allan Harding MacKay. Back to Banff is a solo exhibition of mixed media works set in Banff, Nelson and Waterton by one of Canada’s esteemed visual artists. This evocative exhibition is on view at the Willock & Sax Gallery in Banff, February 1 to 28, 2015.

Part of Exposure Photography Festival and Banff's SnowDays Festival

January 2015


Cape Dorset Drawings - Online Feature


Tim Pitsiulak

Kavavaow Mannomee
Nicotye Samayualie

Long known for their stone lithographic prints, the artists of Cape Dorset have, over the last number of years, increasingly offered out their drawings. These works are increasingly exclusive pieces that can, on occasion, function as precursor drawings for the annual print collection. Developed with graphite, ink, colored pencil or chalk, the works show variety and versatility in both technique and content. The works are unique pieces, which, as all drawings do, provide us with immediate connection to the thinking and intent of these incredible artists of the north.


November 28 to December 21


Mitchell Fenton - Play on Painting


"Patriotism is not enough" Edith Cavell 1915 - a showcase of Mitchell's playful new series on painting.

Go beyond the frame, with the "Play Button" appearing on some of the paintings, viewers are prompted to go on an adventure in the gallery and view the changing landscapes, a time-lapse of flowers about to bloom or vintage mountain culture in action.

Part of Banff's WinterStart Festival

November 1 to December 30


Thomas Willock Landscapes


at the Banff Public Library


a select exhibition of film based, gelatin silver photographs.

Part of Banff Mountain Film & Book Festival

A Few Pots - John Chalke


part of The Makings V


"The real reason for making art, I think, is because it didn't work out, and then you go back to square one or square three or some square..."
John Chalke (Collins, 9)

During The Makings V, we are pleased to offer a selection of function ware works by John Chalke, who passed away earlier this year, these works have varying histories: some were made a number of years ago, some more recently. They range from his small bottles to bread plates with hand-drawn bird designs, his Alberta Beef Mugs (1970s) and Christmas plates (1980s), as well as a selection of his Early Calgary plates from the 1980s.


November 15 - December 15


Christmas Prints and Drawings


a group exhibition


our annual Christmas Celebration, moved up a bit to a different date, with its wonderful array of historical and contemporary prints and drawings by a number of artists including Jeremy Mayne, E. Ross Bradley, John Topelko, D. Helen Mackie, George Weber, Thelma Manarey, W.J. Phillips, Margaret Shelton, plus others.

Printmaking is the process of making artwork by printing, normally on paper. Printmaking normally covers only the process of creating prints that have an element of originality, rather than just being a photographic reproduction of a painting. Except in the case of monotyping, the process is capable of producing multiples of a same piece, which is called a print. Each print produced is not considered a "copy" but rather is considered an "original". This is because typically each print varies to an extent due to variables intrinsic to the printmaking process, and also because the imagery of a print is typically not simply a reproduction of another work but rather is often a unique image designed from the start to be expressed in a particular printmaking technique. A print may be known as an impression. Printmaking is chosen not only for its ability to produce multiple impressions, but also for the unique qualities that each of the printmaking processes lends itself to.

Prints are created by transferring ink from a matrix or through a prepared screen to a sheet of paper or other material. Common types of matrices include: metal plates, usually copper or zinc, or polymer plates for engraving or etching; stone, aluminum, or polymer for lithography; blocks of wood for woodcuts and wood engravings; and linoleum for linocuts. Screens made of silk or synthetic fabrics are used for the screen-printing process, such as for serigraphs.

Multiple impressions printed from the same matrix form an edition. Since the late 19th century, artists have generally signed individual impressions from an edition and often number the impressions to form a limited edition; the matrix is then destroyed so that no more prints can be produced. Prints may also be printed in book form, such as illustrated books or artist’s books.

Part of Banff's Christmas Market celebration

November 1 - 30


Mountain Studies


a group exhibition


Malcolm Andrews, in his book Landscape and Western Art, talks of how "we privately respond both to our natural environment and to pictures of that environment".

Mountain Studies at the Willock & Sax Gallery showcases the consequences of artists spending time in the mountains. It is a group exhibition of mountain paintings and drawings by seasoned mountain travellers who use brush, pencil and/or camera to express their interpretation of their experience. Included in Mountain Studies exhibition are works by artists who have hiked, painted plein air, produced along the way or brought back materials to ‘work up’ in the studio.

We bring as much to the process, whether we have climbed to the mountain top, looked down the deep valley, wandered the alpine meadows, or looked up from the valley bottom. The works in Mountain Studies were produced out of a need to express; in turn they elicit our response to the dramatic environment that we call the mountain landscape.

featured artists:
Georgina Perkins-Hunt
Dwayne Harty
Gerald Faulder
Linda Tippetts
plus others.

The Makings V - featuring Robin Dupont


celebrating our fifth annual group exhibition of ceramics, featuring the work of Robin Dupont from his newly constructed Anagama Kiln
and
work by:
Sarah Pike
Barb Tipton
Ruth Chambers
Emily Schroeder-Willis
Do-Hee Sung
Ed Bamiling
Bradley Keys
Jeannie Mah

Throughout the month of November discover the panoply of new ceramics at the Willock & Sax Gallery. The gallery is hosting its fifth annual group exhibition of contemporary ceramic works by established senior gallery artists, a selection of innovative mid-career, and a number of emerging ceramicists.

Ceramic artists included are Barb Tipton, Bradley Keys, Sarah Pike, Mindy Andrews, Lisa McGrath, Jeannie Mah, Ed Bamiling, Katrina Chaytor, Ruth Chambers, Emily Schroeder Willis, Do-Hee Sung, Reed Weir, and more.

This year’s feature artist is Robin Dupont, who is excited to show off work from his newly constructed Anagama Kiln. Admired for his surfaces, studio potter Robin DuPont makes fine art ceramic pieces as well as a wide variety of handmade functional pottery. He specializes in wood firing techniques that utilize wood as the sole source of fuel to fire his kiln to extremely hot temperatures, often without glaze, to leave a rich, earthy one-of-a-kind surface on each piece.

Join us to explore the rich artistic contributions by a varied body of artists.

Part of Banff Mountain Film & Book Festival

September 14 - October 5


Rocky Roamings


Robert Sinclair RCA + Joel Sinclair


recent watercolors
and

Drop-In & Draw

- workshop with father and son duo Robert and Joel Sinclair, plus

Sinclair Workshop with Banff Community High School Students sponsored by Willock & Sax Gallery

Part of Culture Days Activities

September 6


A Visit with Chris Stoffel Overvoorde


New watercolors and other works - exploring the edge of the prairie, where the sky, the prairie, and the mountains meet.

Meet the artist, Saturday, September 6, 3 to 5 pm

July Feature


Welcome to Banff Series


Allan Harding MacKay RCA


we are pleased to welcome Allan to the gallery with his new BANFF SERIES - a series of mixed media works: charcoal, chalk pastel, wax, damar, oil pastel, ink jet on paper

Cape Dorset Sculpture


New Arrivals - June 1 to 30


Inuit Sculpture
- traditional and contemporary works by established and emerging artists.

New updates:
Jutai Toonoo
Axangayuk Shaa
Pitseolak Qimirpik
Kellipalik Qimirpik
Palaya Qiatsuq
Ashevak Adla

May 1 - 31


May Cup


Second Annual welcome to spring, a group exhibition celebrating cups and mugs and all things cheerful.

Participating artists
Barbara Tipton
Bradley Keys
Mindy Andrews
Ed Bamiling
Sarah Pike
Emily Schroeder-Willis
Ruth Chambers
Jeannie Mah
Robin DuPont
Lisa McGrath
Do-Hee Sung
Sean Kunz

April 5 - 19


Observe + Distill


Art offers us ways to communicate, react, connect and respond to our environment; this group exhibition of contemporary paintings explores these multiple narratives and refined layers of meaning.

Participating Artists
Les Graff
Douglas Haynes
Jacqueline Stehelin
Carolyn Campbell
Peter Deacon
Linda Craddock
Part of Banff's SpringstART Festival


Roger Olson - New Works


Roger loves wood, which is apparent when you touch and feel the warmth of his pieces. All works are unique - one of a kind.


February 1- 28


E. Ross Bradley - Studies in Motion


Utilizing photography to study physical movement the artist incorporates references to the medium’s history and the world of performance.

Jeannie Mah - Portugal Series


Well-known for her fine porcelain work, in this series Jeannie Mah has produced photo embedded porcelain pieces of supreme delicacy.

Reception, Saturday, February 1, noon - 2 pm
E. Ross Bradley in attendance

Part of Banff's SnowDays Festival and Exposure Photography Festival

January 11 - 25


Cape Dorset: New Generation


Contemporary sculpture and original drawings by Baffin Island artists.

Part of Banff's SnowDays Festival

Sculpture
Ashevak Adla
Toonoo Sharky
Kellipalik Qimirpik
Jutai Toonoo
Axangayuk Shaa
Pitseolak Qimirpik
Samonie Toonoo
Napachie Ashoona
Pavinak Petaulassie

Drawings
Kavavaow Mannomee

The shifting expression of contemporary Inuit artists incorporates representations of daily life – so we see freight canoes and motors; modern parkas and jackets and straight landscapes. Nevertheless, the strength of these works acknowledges rather than denies tradition; this speaks to the continuity of their approach.

Long known for their stone lithographic prints, the artists of Cape Dorset have, over the last number of years, increasingly offered out their drawings. These works are exclusive pieces that sometime function as precursor drawings for the later annual print collection. Developed with graphite, ink, or chalk, the works show variety and versatility in both technique and content. Many works in the gallery are unique pieces, which, as all drawings do, provide us with immediate connection to the thinking and intent of these incredible artists of the north.

Cape Dorset serpentine ranges in color from light yellow-green to black. Although a hard stone, in skilled hands the serpentine offers the opportunity to achieve flowing forms, lines bold and delicate, as well as a glistening, elegant finish. Some of the artists have utilized contrasting textures on the stone to create interest. Sites for finding the stone are many miles east of Dorset. Artistic imagination and dexterity provides for a wonderful, whimsical range of the traditional and contemporary content in this grouping of sculptures by both young and more established artists.

December 1 - 30


Prints and Drawings


Christmas Party 2013

Celebrate the holiday season and find that special gift with our annual exhibition of contemporary and historical prints and drawings.

Saturday, December 7, all day

Castle Carolers at 1 pm

Participating Artists:
Illingworth Kerr
Walter J. Phillips
Margaret Shelton
Jean Sheppard
Garry Berteig
Dwayne Harty
D. Helen Mackie
George Weber
John Topelko
Peter Deacon
Walter Drohan
Ellen Vaughan Grayson
Yuriko Kitamura
Thelma Manarey
Phil (Gaspar) Michaud
Janet (Holly) Middleton
Robert Sinclair RCA
John Snow RCA
Chris Stoffel Overvoorde
George Swinton
Peter von Tiesenhausen
Tom Willock
Harry Wohlfarth

Part of Banff's WinterStart Festival

November 1 - 30


The Makings IV


The Makings IV continues our annual gallery’s focus on ceramics during the month of November. Once again we offer a wide variety of sculptural and functional ceramic works from a wide range of artists from across Alberta and other parts.

Part of Banff's WinterStart Festival

Participating Artists

Ed Bamiling
Robin Dupont
Bradley Keys
Ruth Chambers
Sarah Pike
John Chalke
Barbara Tipton
Walter Drohan
Les Manning
Neil Liske
Do-Hee Sung
Sean Kunz
Emily Schroeder Willis

October 26 - November 16


Mitchell Fenton


Ways of Mountains

The Toronto based artist believes that the land shapes our history and all connect to it, whether that is a lone hiker, a bird, an animal. His large oil/canvas works explore this interaction in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, one of the world’s most magnificent landscapes.

Part of Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival

Saturday, October 26


Dave Sheppard

Why NOT Wilderness?

Booksigning

Part of Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival

Reception, Saturday, October 26, 3 to 5

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.

September 20 - October 6


Robin Dupont


Solo Exhibition

a solo exhibition by Robin Dupont, shortlisted for the RBC Emerging Artist People’s Choice Award, of utilitarian ceramic objects as “conduits for social circumstance.”

Part of Culture Days, September 27-29

Reception, Saturday, September 28, 3 to 5

Robin Dupont

Shortlisted for 2013
RBC Emerging Artist People's Choice Award


"Robin DuPont's pots exude the essence of aesthetic conviction, skillful discernment, clarity of strong form and a master's control of the flame path. He captures the atmosphere and turmoil of a wood or soda kiln to create a brushed magic on the surfaces of his pots; pots that embrace their inherent purpose to enhance daily life, authentic in their role to serve and undeniable in their sensuous beauty." Katrina Chaytor, nominator, Ceramics Faculty, Alberta College of Art + Design, Calgary, Alberta.
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Vote before October 13 - see RBC Emerging Artists

Bradley Keys

This work was on loan from our gallery to the Okotoks Art Gallery for the exhibition 'Art of Fishing', curated by Mary-Beth Laviolette. The show took place during the summer of 2013.
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Tuesday, July 23


Jane Lytton-Gooch

Mount Robson-Spiral Road of Art

Booksigning

Mount Robson: Spiral Road of Art celebrates the centennial of Mount Robson Provincial Park with over a century of remarkable landscape paintings inspired by the Robson region in the Canadian Rockies.

3 to 5 pm

published by Rocky Mountain Books

May Cup


Ring in spring with a good cup for tea or coffee. Find the right one, or why not a set, to fit your hand. This group show is all about cups, to hold or to hang, during the month of May. Fine art mixes with function as we show ceramic wall sculpture and unique cups and saucers alongside delicate porcelain cups and robust stoneware mugs that hold a "good cup of tea".

Ed Bamiling
John Chalke RCA
Robin Dupont
Sean Kunz
Bradley Keys
Neil Liske
Emily Schroeder-Willis
Do-Hee Sung
Barbara Tipton


Her Stories


May 1 - 10

Usher in spring with an exhibition and sale of Irene McCaugherty’s bright, fun, and colorful watercolors telling stories of early times in Southern Alberta.

Irene McCaugherty


Modern Masters
April 1 - 30

Part of Banff's springstART Festival

Showcasing works starting from the late 1930s by artists such as Margaret Shelton, Murray MacDonald, Luke Lindoe, H.G. Glyde, Walter Phillips, Walter Drohan and others.

Reception, Saturday, April 6, 3-5
we are also part of Banff's springstART Culture Crawl, which means we are open until 7 on Saturday April 6, 13, and 20.

Walter Drohan RCA
H.G. Glyde
Luke Lindoe RCA
Murray MacDonald
Thelma Manarey
W.J. Phillips RCA
Michael Pisko
Margaret Shelton
John Snow RCA
John Davenall Turner
Harry Wohlfarth

D. Helen Mackie RCA

D. Helen Mackie, RCA

"Showcasing a wonderful collection of interconnections..."

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