Author Calories

Artist Statement

I have been an artist for as long as I can remember. I feel a visceral connection to what I see
around me, to places, to the land, to the prairies and sky. I am passionate about images
expressed in texture, colour, and line. My work often expresses my love for place in a tactile
way. The viewer is drawn in, drawn to touch the surface, coming close to explore the fine
details and transitions as well as the overall sense of the piece.
I work almost exclusively from my own photographs. Part of each summer is spent with friends
and neighbors driving around their farms and back roads, touring their favorite places.
From oil paint and acrylic to encaustic and mixed media the process of making art fascinates
and engages me completely. My encaustic paintings are made with beeswax, damar resin (a
natural tree sap that acts as a hardening agent), oil paint and other media. I paint in layers,
fusing each layer with heat. Encaustic painting has a long history, dating back to the 5th
Century B.C. The word encaustic means to burn in, which refers to the process of fusing the
paint. Beeswax is impervious to moisture, it will not deteriorate, it will not yellow or darken.
Encaustic paintings do not have to be varnished or protected by glass.

Biography

Diane Larouche Ellard is a painter and mixed media artist living in Biggar, Saskatchewan. She
obtained a BFA from the University of Saskatchewan in 1987. Larouche Ellard exhibits her work
throughout the province and is represented by Collector’s Choice Art Gallery in Saskatoon, and
Grasslands Gallery Online.

dlaroucheellard@gmail.com

dianelarouche.com

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A SASKATCHEWAN GARDEN PARTY

Looking out your back door in Saskatchewan means catching a glimpse of a secret world. At first glance, you might see a butterfly in flight. In the next, you may see a garden in bloom – every flower bursting with colour and personality. You might hear a bird in song, or observe insects buzzing. Perhaps, you see the wind blowing through a distant wheat field. And maybe, your gaze falls upon yourefforts in the garden – ready for plucking, picking or digging. The roots of many vegetables running deep within the soil – a reminder of strength. Each glimpse is different. Each one we’ve tried to capture. After a long winter, these signs of life are welcome. And perhaps this spring, the celebration of life is more poignant than ever. The long, cold winters teach us to appreciate and cherish the beauty of the lives that surround us when spring arrives. We take pleasure in the exquisite sights of creatures and treasures that inhabit the garden each day. So, we celebrate them with colour inspired by their light, optimism, renewal and hope. May this curated collection of our favourite pieces bring you joy – Welcome to the Saskatchewan Garden Party.

Amber Antymniuk

Amber Antymniuk has always loved tocreate. She grew up on an acreage outside Tisdale, Saskatchewan, a place perfectly suited for imaginations to wander. Amber continued learning and creating while she completed a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Regina, where she specialized in Arts
Education, with a major in visual arts and a minor in English. She holds a Fine Arts degree from the same university. Her love for art was shared with students while teaching Arts Education in the
Saskatoon Public School Division for five years before taking parental leave. Amber is a passionate stay-at-home parent who now shares her wandering imagination and love for creating with her two children, Archie and Al. Amber is the author and illustrator of two local children’s books – H is for Home: A Saskatchewan Alphabet and Grandpa’s Garage.

Instagram @amberantymniuk
Blow Creative Arts www.blowcreativearts.ca
For any inquiries please contact: amberantymniuk@gmail.com

MARIA DAGH

Maria is a Swedish/Australian illustrator and Art Director, living and working in Saskatoon with her husband and two young girls. Drawing and painting runs deep in her veins, and growing up in the art mecca that is Europe, she was always surrounded by inspiration to create. She doesn’t feel she has a specific style but likes to think of herself as a forever student of art, always evolving and exploring her
creativity. With that said, her specialities include delicate watercolour paintings as well as a
cartoon children’s book illustration style. Since moving to Canada she has been inspired by Saskatchewan nature and has immersed herself in several projects surrounding this theme. Maria holds a Bachelor of Design in Visual Communications from the University of Technology Sydney, Australia. She is currently a freelance illustrator while also working full-time as an Art Director. She has many creative experiences under her belt including textile and pattern design, photography, animation, book design, typography, and fine art. She has over a decade of experience in advertising where she has created big brand campaigns for local and global clients, making TV commercials, billboards, print and digital.

Instagram @studio_m_illustration
Studio M Illustration www.studiomillustration.com
For any inquiries please contact: mariadagh@studiomillustration.com

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Ukrainian artist Tetiana Hrytsenko immigrated to Canada 15 years ago. In Ukraine she graduated from art school, worked as a designer and has always found a way to be creative and “out of the box” when it came to anything in her day to day life. She put her creative plans aside to focus on her four children, a full-full time job all on its own. Since 2015 she has started waiting again and giving private lessons. In recent years her work has been exhibited in Canada, USA and Ukraine.

Tetiana experiments with various techniques and is always trying to find a new way to create stunning art whether it is landscapes or abstracts and everything in between.

In 2016 she participated in snow sculpting at the Banff Snow Days in Canada which is just one of her many interests. She has used oil, acrylic, and epoxy in her artwork, but now mainly works in Watercolour.

In November of 2021, Tatiana was installing her art in her hometown of Kherson, Ukraine… Before the Russian armed forces resumed their invasion on February 24, 2022. Before the bombs started falling again on the sovereign country of Ukraine. Before the tanks rolled in. Before the soldiers opened fire on civilians. Before Kherson fell under the control of the Russian army.

“In these days independent, Ukraine is facing its darkest hour. At the same time, the Ukrainian people are holding up the torch of freedom for all of us. They are showing immense courage. They are defending their lives but they are also fighting for universal values and they are willing to die for them.”
President of the European Union Ursula von der Leyen.

Our current art installation is a series of watercolors from Tatiana’s hometown and country. The images show a FREE, INDEPENDENT Ukraine in stark contrast to the images flooding the mass and social media these past few weeks. It is how we need to remember it. It is what we need to work towards.

50% of proceeds will go towards assisting Ukrainians affected by the ongoing Russian-Ukrainian war. 

Calories is donating the commission portion from the artwork proceeds.

Tetiana’s contact: gritsiki@gmail.com

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THE FURTIVE FOX
Acrylic on birch panel, 2021
24″ x 24″

ARTIST PROFILE – MIRANDA JONES

Despite her claims that red desert sand still runs deep in her veins, Australian born artist, Miranda Jones has grown to love  Saskatchewan’s wide open skies and abundant wildlife.  Miranda’s art reflects her delight at glimpsing a tiny Goldfinch amongst the leaves, the surprise and joy of spotting a jackrabbit or fox hiding in the shadows or the haunting mystery of owls and coyotes calling at dusk.  She pays homage, and in some cases reverence, to these creatures, many of which were spotted along the Meewasin trail, where she spends many happy hours exploring on her beloved bicycle!

Best known for her signature use of colour and metallic leaf, Miranda moves with ease from tiny iconic paintings to large canvases, art jewelry and even welded steel installations. Her art can shift from realistic to symbolic as she strives to capture the essence of her subject matter. Her work is loved and collected in Canada and abroad and she is widely represented in public, private and corporate collections.

Miranda holds an MFA with great distinction from the  University of Saskatchewan. She is a member of the Studio on 20. Artist Collective in Saskatoon and teaches art and design through the University of Saskatchewan Community Arts Program.

Instagram (mirandajonesart)
Facebook (Miranda Jones or Studio on 20th)
Black Spruce Gallery www.blacksprucegallery.ca
Nouveau Gallery www.nouveaugallery.com

FOR PURCHASE INQUIRIES PLEASE CONTACT: metallic_miranda@hotmail.com
Or text: 306.222.8679


HOLY HARE TRINITY
Metallic leaf and mixed media on hand-built wood icons. 2021
Each measures 5″w x 9″h x 1.5″ d

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SNOW MAGIC

Winter is a season that affects us all.  Cold weather can force you into a state of hibernation or, on the other hand, you can enhance the moods winter has to offer.  Weather conditions dictate how long you can comfortably remain outside before having to go back inside to warm up.

Nature provides marvelous backdrops for the venturous spirit to view and even photograph, recording memories for others to enjoy as well.  Shorter daylight hours result in less time for people to enjoy their favourite outdoor wintertime activities.

If you keep your eyes open, many opportunities can arise for recording the beauty of nature found in our cold climate.  Photography provides opportunities to make stunning images of snow falling, sun dogs, backlit hoar frost, sunsets and many other subject matters.

My photographs incorporate a new style of presentation.  Metallic prints with ultraviolet liquid coating for protection replace the need for heavy glass and mat boards.  Prints are dry-mounted on feather board and a wooden or metal strip frame surrounds the image.    Photos can be viewed from any angle without the glare of reflections often found when viewing through glass.  The images presented here provide a unique approach to viewing winter.  It doesn’t have to be all bad – it can be snow magic!

Biography

Ken’s photography career started as a hobby in 1978.  He worked in the architectural technology profession for 20 years, while at the same time pursuing photography as a second career.   After 30 years of film photography, he produced his first book of photographs entitled, “Light Effects”.  In 2000, two of his photographs were chosen for the Saskatchewan Craft Council’s Dimensions Program.  In 2016, Ken’s digital photograph, “Resplendence” was shortlisted for the Royal Photographic Society’s International Print Competition.  The photograph, “Resplendence” was also purchased in 2016 by the Mann Art Gallery, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, for their permanent collection.  In 2018 he produced both digital and film DVD’s.

Ken is primarily a self-taught photographer.  In 1983 and 1985, he took one week of courses in photography at the Emma Lake Art Camp with Professor Hans Dommasch.  Ken learned a lot about photography through osmosis by being immersed in a natural photographic environment of lakes and forests.  He regularly reads and studies many books and articles on photography as an art form.  He first learned and worked with various types of film cameras, darkroom equipment and related processes, and since 2007 has progressed to digital photography.  He has also attended professional art-related workshops.

Some favorite photographic themes are landscapes, flowers, architecture and capturing the light and shadows in everyday surroundings.  Recently, utilizing digital techniques, Ken has developed an interest in combining parts of photographs into collage representations of reality and fantasy which adds another dimension to the resulting compositions. His work is available in shops and galleries in Saskatchewan or by contacting him directly via his website:

Ken Tickner Photography

Ken resides in Saskatoon, with his wife, Cathy.

 

 

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Artist Statement

The collaboration for this exhibition by Cindy Hergott- Pellerin and Karen Pask-
Thompson is the result of uncovering a similar process and subject in creating their art.
Both artist’s use the land as a muse and respond on a visceral level to the landscape.
Hergott -Pellerin explores the multi -layered surfaces, shapes and calm the landscape
provides whereas Pask -Thompson’s work is narrative and strives to uncover stories
held within the history of the landscape. Hergott-Pellerin uses a bird’s eye view of the
land and Pask-Thompson uses the bird as a metaphor for hidden stories weathered on
the landscape.
Pask-Thompson and Hergott-Pellerin are committed to an authentic process that
explores their internal connections to making art and engaging fully with the materials.
They both push and pull with color, lines, shapes, and texture. Critical to their work is
their commitment to focus on the process of art making, where play and risk is central
rather than the end product. The work is a result of this play; therefore, it is the process
that leads the direction and outcome of the work. The dialogue between the paintings
provides the viewer with information that may help to inform their own experience with
the land.

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Last century Cam graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a
Bachelor of Arts (with Distinction), majoring in Visual Arts. He
subsequently studied Landscape Architecture at the University of Guelph
and Kyoto University, Japan. Cam recently retired after practicing
Landscape Architecture for over 35 years.

Cam had the good fortune to attend Emma Lake Kenderdine Campus for
many year prior to its closure and demolition by the University of
Saskatchewan. There he was able to paint in the forest, surrounded by
nature. He says, “I was drawn to trees as they represent the diversity of
nature.”

In recent years Cam has been painting in various places throughout the
world. These “postcards” or vignettes attempt to convey the essence or
spirit of the place.

Artist contact: 306-250-8224

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Ann Donald – Biography

Ann Donald has lived and taught art in Saskatoon for over 20 years. Ann has been in
numerous exhibitions throughout Canada and Holland.  She has been teaching art in
galleries, museums, high schools, elementary schools and universities for over 30 years.
Ann holds degrees related to creating and teaching art from Mount Alison University,
Concordia University, University of Western, York University and an Art Academy in
Enschede, Holland. She can be reached at 306-281-4477 or anndonaldart@gmail.com.
Her images are on Instagram at ann_donald and www.anndonald.ca.

“Contemplation”

This exhibition focuses on my love of the land that surrounds me.  As I travel
Saskatchewan and Canada, I photograph, draw and paint the beauty of nature that I see. I
work out small sketches and build interpretations of my favorite places and compositions.
I create larger paintings of the images that are particularly meaningful to me. Using
drawing and the elements and principles of design I create interpretations of what I see
and what I feel. I really try to capture the essence of the beauty and joy I feel while
experiencing the land. Light, color, shape, space and line are the major elements I use to
compose my paintings. This exhibition shows experimentation with the use of India ink,
acrylics and oils on either canvas or wood panel.

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Artist’s Statement

Bison, cattle, horses; stop me in my tracks. I may be surrounded by the most beautiful landscape but if there is such an animal in view that is where my eyes are drawn. Although I explore many other subject matter, I often return to this theme. For this exhibition I have painted bison and cattle in herds, in the distance and at closer range. There is one large painting of my horse Siren, grazing peacefully in an autumn field. The large abstract painting of white cows is reminiscent of the smaller framed works in this exhibition. It is interesting to me that these five little pieces are all in shades of red; an unconscious choice on my part. Loose and gestural, they are an expression of the beauty and power of these animals.

Artist Bio

Bridget Aitken paints out of The Studio on 20th as well as her home studio near Pike Lake. She is represented by Nouveau Gallery in Regina as well as Black Spruce Gallery in Waskesieu, Prince Albert National Park. 

http://www.bridgetaitken.ca

Instagram: @aitken.bridget

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Artist Statement
Re-visit, re-new, re-work are all words used to describe this series. Using subject matter the
artist has incorporated into other works, and canvases once used for different paintings, has
allowed her to re-visit the faces she once spent time with learning their features and building
their stories. Like seeing an old friend or reading an old journal, coming back to the faces from
this new point in time remained cathartic. Being able to layer these experiences that are only
attained through the passage of time has enhanced not only the visual journey of each piece
but also the conceptual nature of the work. This series is a manifestation of the body through
time; the body of work, the bodies in the work, the artist body making the work and the
stretched canvas as a body for the work.

Artist Bio
Emily Zdunich is a Saskatoon based interdisciplinary artist who has developed a figurative
practice in painting, installation sculpture, and printmaking. Emily is a recent graduate of the
Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours, and Art History department at the University of Saskatchewan.
Emily investigates the concept of the body though gendered experience, birth, mortality and
time. Her focus is on the human condition and exploring connections between the physical
body and the emotional body. As well as searching for links between human relationship
patterns and patterns found in the natural world, both on a micro and macro scale.

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