By Diane Klaver
Impressionist artist Graeme Shaw’s newest exhibit Natural Insights was inspired after a summer bike tour through the Canadian Rockies, Colorado and the High Desert in the southwest. His oil- and acyclic-based paintings encapsulate the mood of each location. It runs from Nov 6 – 30 at Webster Galleries. 812 – 11 Ave SW, 403-263-6500.
The idea for artist Bill Laing’s exhibit, Stillness of Things came to him one day while looking out a window. From the combination of the reflective glass, the lace curtains and the bare November trees, he began to mix together domestic itemsand patterns alongside natural elements. The result is a collection of painted backgrounds with super-imposed lace patterns and silk-screened images based on his photography that draw attention to particular items. The exhibit runs Nov 27 – Dec 23 at the Herringer Kiss Gallery. 709A – 11 Ave SW, 403-228-4889.
Sitting outside the entrance of Calgary’s Loch Gallery is an 11-foot bronze sculpture of a mythological bird-man kneeling before visitors. Saskatchewan artist Ivan Eyre spent two-and-a-half years creating the larger-than-life statue entitled “Bird Wrap” as part of a nine-piece installation destined for the new sculpture garden opening at McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Ontario next spring. Until then “Bird Wrap” will be at the Loch Gallery for public viewing.
Located in a turn of the century concrete warehouse, Paul Kuhn Gallery showcases contemporary Canadian art. While wandering through its open floor plan, visitors can take in exhibits like Edward Burtynsky’s Oil series which examines the impact the oil and gas industry has on our environment. Previous exhibits have included black and white photographs of the Canadian Rockies by Albertan photographer Craig Richards and minimalist sculpture installations of Edmontonian scavenger and fabricator Catherine Burgess. 724 -11 Ave, SW. 403-263-1162.