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Calgary Hot Art

Hot Art: Natural Artist

Butterfly Locket

Calgary artist, and owner of Franny E. Adornment Gallery in Art Central, 22-year-old Frances Strathern, accents her handcrafted jewellery line with materials like semi-precious stones, local stained glassand objects found in nature. One of her favourite pieces is an oversized metal locket inscribed with the quote, “I only ask to be free, the butterflies are free,” by Charles Dickens. Adorned with a yellow, hand-blown glass stone and accented by real butterfly wings, the locket was made while Strathern attended the Alberta College of Art and Design. While the piece is not for sale due to its sentimental value, Strathern carries other pieces featuring this accent like her set of long chains with colourful butterfly-wing pendants incased in glass. Prices range from $75 – $200. 100 – 7 Ave SW. -Allison Onyett

Hot Art: Pop Art

John Hall’s larger-than-life acrylics of brightly glazed doughnuts and licorice allsorts will make your mouth water. The realism artist’s “Sweetness and Light” series is part of My Still Life World, an exhibit spanning Hall’s career from the 1970s to present day, as well as never-before-seen paintings from his private collection. It runs Apr 28 to May 28 at Loch Gallery, 1516 – 4 St SW. – Allison Onyett

Zoom! by John Hall

Q&A With Local Artist Frances Strathern

At the age of 14 Frances Strathern fell in love with lamp-work while visiting an art show in Edmonton with her family. Eight years later the artist has her own vibrant gallery space, Franny E. Adornment Gallery, in Calgary’s Art Central–selling one-of-a-kind hand-crafted jewellery accented with semi-precious stones, glass and objects found in nature like butterfly wings, twigs and recycled glass. We chatted with Strathern about her career, her art and her hopes for the future. (more…)

Hot Art

by Allison Onyett

Business to Pleasure

Quebec-born artist, Ysabel Le May began her career in advertising. While working for her own ad firm, she simultaneously studied art at The Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver. It was at this point in her life that she realized her true passion: painting. Since then, she has become an artist full time, and has shown her work internationally. Her oil pieces are recognized for evoking beauty, while leaving viewers room for interpretation. On display at Wallace Galleries Apr 28 – May 4, 500 – 5 Ave SW.

Ruby Day 48" x 48" oil and resin on board

Eye Candy

Visual artist John E. Bannon’s Eye Candy, is a steel sculpture shaped like an oversized piece of hard candy filled with flashing neon lights and wrapped in holographic radiant light film. The almost hypnotic effect produces vivid multi-coloured reflections of pinks, yellows, purples and blues. In the Truck Gallery’s Plus-15 window display Apr 8 – May 27, 205 – 8 Ave SE.

8' x 15' x 8'

Editor’s Pick: Pretty Pictures

Cathy Daley’s flirty, fun drawings are inspired by the stereotypes and unrealistic images of women perpetuated by the fashion industry and vintage Hollywood sex symbols. While the black oil pastel pieces are a critique, they still manage to create a sense of grace and nostalgia—so much so, that they’ve caught the attention of the media, collectors and galleries across North America and Europe. Drawings runs Mar 5 – Apr 9 at Newzones Gallery, 730 – 11 Ave SW.

Untitled 761 24" x 19" black oil pastels on white vellum

Artist Enclave

Art 4 Five is a collective gallery that provides over 30 studio spaces to artists working in a range of mediums, including painting, sculpture, ceramics, fashion design, video photography and textile art. Also, unique to this studio is the residency program “St[art] 4Five,” developed in 2006. The program gives emerging Canadian artists and designers the opportunity to work and exhibit in a studio. Located in a historic warehouse building downtown, the gallery’s hours vary based on artists’ schedules. Call 403-540-2051 for more information, 319 – 10 Ave SW.

Studio at Art 4 Five