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Last chance for Lady Sasquatch, first chance for Naglfar

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While one art exhibit closes at the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, another is about to open.Lady Sasquatch. Photo by Richard Amery
So if you want to have some big, furry fun, make sure you check out  the last couple days of  “Lady Sasquatch”  in the Gallery, located at W600 in University Hall.
 The exhibit, several impressively large and somewhat frightening sasquatch figures created by Ontario artist Allyson Mitchell,  ends on Friday, Oct. 30.
 it has been running since Sept. 18.
 The exhibit is a unique take on the mythical creatures rumoured to roam the forests of the Pacific Northwest. The exhibit features a half dozen of the towering creatures gathered  around a bonfire in various striking poses. They are made of pieces of shag carpet, textiles and other found, furry objects.
“It’s been really, really well supported,” said University of Lethbridge gallery curatorial researcher and preparator Jane Edmundson adding the exhibit has attracted a conservatively estimated 80 visitors  each day including  a plethora  of classes from local schools
“People have been responding in one of two ways. Usually they’ll say ‘wow, these are pretty scary’ or they’ll say ‘wow, these are pretty large.’ They’re  surprised by the size of them,” she continued adding they are also getting lots of repeat visitors from people who are so impressed with the exhibit that they return with friends in tow.
“We have also done a reception with the on campus women’s centre, so we think that has brought a lot of people who might not ordinarily  visit the gallery,” Edmundson continued, noting she is already busy setting up the next exhibit.

Bad luck? No, just unusual art

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 Mountain climbers is one of the pieces in Fortuna at  the Trianon art gallery. Photo By Richard AmeryBad luck has always fascinated Calgary based artist Stacey Watson, so she made it the subject of her new exhibition, “Fortuna” showing at the Trianon Gallery (104-5 Street South) until Nov. 20.
Her displays, which include an disabled oil well shooting streamers of oil, a wishing well and a mountain with dead mountain climbers at the foot of it along with some dark and disturbing oil paintings, were created in the unusual medium of paper maché. They are a departure from her usual medium of photography. She taught photography at the University of Lethbridge during the summer.
“I just wanted to make fun of the idea of bad luck, fortune and fate,” she said adding the humour is in the use of her materials.
“The mountain climbers have funny gloves on and they look like Halloween dummies,” she said adding her paintings were done with the idea of manipulating the paint as little as possible in order to create art which can be interpreted as to the audience‘s whims. Some of the subjects include a surreal waterfall, drowning sailors and what looks like people holding torches in a dark cave.

Natural art in the coulee

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All things are temporal, including art, so catch Earth, Art,  Walk before it’s gone like the elements it is created from.Artist Troy Nickle examines “A Woman in the Woods.” Photo By Richard Amery
Lethbridge artist Troy Nickle has been making art out of natural objects for many years.
He has several of his pieces in a new outdoor exhibit along the Helen Schuler Nature Centre trails. But nature has already claimed one of them — a mud sculpture of a man’s face coming out of a barkless tree called ‘Populus’ was already decimated by weekend rains.
“I learned bark helps hold it together, it helps it stay attached,” said Nickle, indicating a similar female form attached to a tree with bark, called “ Woman in the Woods,” which is already starting to show signs of wear.
“As I started moulding this lump of Oldman River mud, it evolved organically into a female form,” he said adding he usually uses objects in and around the natural area to create his art rather than bringing in foreign materials, though he did have to haul a pail full of the mud into the site for this particular creation.
“It’s celebrating art in nature. A lot of people will go on a walk and come across the art,” Nickle said adding the new presentation is a unique take on the 100th anniversary of the bridge as it celebrates the elements upon which it was built.
 Darcy Logan from the Bowman Arts Centre came up with the project idea and Nickle ran with it.

Pinhole eye’s view into new exhibits

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The Bowman Arts Centre is opening two new exhibitions this weekend with a Saturday night reception.Darcy Logan holds a picture of a garbage can pinhole camera taken with another pinhole camera. Photo By Richard Amery
The first exhibit, Gallimaufry, features several pieces created out of found objects by Lethbridge artist  Marie Imrie de Gomez.
“It’s a whimsical celebration of objects. Some of it is autobiographical of places she’s seen and places she’s been,” explained curator Darcy Logan.
“The whole thing is done with recycled objects she’s found in alleys and junkyards. It’s not political but there is a message hidden in it,” he continued.
“She’s taking a look at things we throw away. One man’s junk is another man’s treasure.”
The display is located in the music room gallery.

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