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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.”

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.

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

Artists make time for timelessness

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Artists are “making time for timelessness” in Shaughnessy this weekend, as a three day arts workshop at the Shaugnessy Community Hall is set to go, June 12-14.

Mystic ImagesThere will be a variety of activities taking place including daytime workshops featuring yoga, inner journeys dance, staff spinning, inner consciousness and meditation. There will also be a free store (swap meet/ garage sale) and a Sunday morning market.

In the evening there will be  drum circles, fire spinning and a  DJ line up including Jay Michael, Andreas aka Musk -Oaka as well as  Nate Schilman, Steve Velocity, Emilio Gagliardi and Darvin  Knorr.

Tickets cost $100  for the weekend, $49 for children  and children under age 12 get in for free. The event is  approximately 20 minutes north of Lethbridge.

For more information or tickets go to Mystique Images and Nirvana Energy (1119 A/B 3rd Ave. South Lethbridge. Call (403) 320-2220 or go to Penny Coffee House also has tickets.

— Richard Amery


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