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Art Walk brightens up downtown

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This is a map of Troy Nickle’s art by the Helen Schuler Nature Centre.This weekend make sure you check out 30 local artists taking part in the sixth annual Art Walk.
 Their works will be on display in numerous local businesses  as well as the Bowman Art Gallery and The Lethbridge Library.
“It’s a free self-guided tour  of over 30  venues mainly in the downtown core exhibiting  works by local artists,” said Allied Arts Council  public relations specialist Lindsay Meli adding the art will mainly be displayed in store windows.
 Maps can be obtained at the Allied Arts council, The Bowman Arts Centre, downtown Lethbridge, the Galt Museum, the Lethbridge Public Library, the Southern Alberta Art Gallery.
“It’s really accessible for a wide variety of people who otherwise may not get down to an art gallery,” she continued adding coincidently Art Walk coincides  with Alberta Art Days, Sept. 18-20.
 “It’s time to celebrate  art in the province. I think it works out great for us,” she said adding Art Walk activities will culminate in a event at Galt Gardens, Saturday beginning at 10:30 a.m. with the Most Vocal Poets. Also performing will be  the Ammena Dance Company, Troyanda Ukrainian Dance  Club, Feel the beat University of Lethbridge  global drummers, the Lethbridge Scottish Country Dancers,  and the University of Lethbridge Faculty Brass, information kiosks  and arts demonstrations.
“There’s a lot going on in Lethbridge,” Meli said.
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Lady Sasquatch at the University of Lethbridge

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Jane Edmundson unpacks some of the Lady Sasquatch exhibit opening at the U of L this week. photo by Richard AmeryThe University  of Lethbridge  art gallery (W600) is opening two major exhibits with a reception, Sept. 18.
The first exhibit, which runs Sept. 11-Oct. 23 features “Head Shots” from the University of Lethbridge Art collection.
 The other is a larger than life exhibition from Ontario artist Allyson Mitchell, who is bringing her exhibition “Lady Sasquatch” to the University of Lethbridge  gallery where it will run until Oct. 30.
“Lady Sasquatch”  features  an interesting take on the traditional male sasquatch. Mitchell, a well known feminist, has used a variety of taxidermy glass eyes, fun fur, found textiles and fake bear parts to create a series of 10 foot tall anatomically correct female sasquatches  as well as sasquatch “familiars” like squirrels and groundhogs.
They have been described as being influenced by a series of Playboy pictures from the 1970s, their fangs are bared and  using a reverse airbrush technique, they appear more “ real , authentic and  and attainable as beast-creatures than they were as human women.”
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New art shows premiere Aug. 15

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Three new art shows begin this week in Lethbridge.
 First off, there is an opening reception for two shows beginning at the Bowman  Art Centre, Aug. 15. A selection of John Macdondald’s  photographs have been compiled into a show called “Letters From the Edge” which runs  Aug. 15-Sept. 14.
Artist Aaron Hagan’s Blues Hues (with a kick)
The opening reception is from 7-9 p.m. in the music room gallery at the Bowman Arts Centre ( 811-5 Ave South). And several artists are “Bridging Divides” at the Bowman Arts Centre from Aug. 15-Sept. 14. Contributing artists include Donna Bilyk, Marilyn Chamberlin, Wayne Dwornik, Julie Duschenes, Aaron Hagan and Mike Hall, Elaine Harrison, John MacDonald, Maria Madacky and Heather Sorochan. The reception for that show is also from 7-9 p.m., Aug. 15.
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New art shows for summer

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The  Bowman Arts Centre has a couple big new month-long shows beginning July 4.
A four-pronged show called Four By Four begins July 4  with Amy Dodic, Linda Hajash, Eric Martens and Blake Wilson  displaying their works until Aug. 8. The opening reception is  Saturday, July 4 from 7-9 p.m. at the Bowman Arts Centre (811-5 Ave South).
 Simultaneously,  another show called Black and White begins July 4 and runs  until Aug. 8. Participating artists include Amy Dodic, Donna Gallant, Linda Hajash, Angela H’Wood, Karina Mak, Eric Martens, Bev Muendel-Atherstone, Jim Palmer, Bob Webb and Blake Wilson.
 The opening reception is also July 4 from 7-9 p.m. at the Bowman Arts Centre.
The Bowman display cases  feature work from  the University of Lethbridge’s  Figure and Life  Drawing (2850 A ) class.
A new display goes up in the Waterfield Gallery, upstairs in the Yates Theatre (10th Street and 4th Avenue).
Drawing  on the Imagination runs July 11-Aug. 8. Numerous artists are involved including Leila Armstrong, Donna Bilyk, Ed Crowe, Amrita Deshpande, Kelaine Devine, Beany Dootjes, Wayne Dwornik, Loralee Edwards, Olive Green, Aaron Hagan, Joanne Kaltenbruner, Katherine Kolpak, John Macdonald, April Matisz, Alex Pavlenko, Lynn Russell and Fr. Tham.
The opening reception is July 11 from 7-9 p.m.
—Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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