Get ready for the 7th annual exhibit of 12 artworks by 12 artists making work no bigger than 12 x 12 inches! This is a favourite holiday tradition at the shop. Back when I painted, I loved having my work in this show! It’s a great opportunity for artists to put together a small collection of work, explore a new idea, or simply to set a reasonable goal to exhibit. One of the best things about this exhibit during the holiday season is that because the work is small it is affordable for those who wish to give original artwork as a gift to someone special. There are so many pieces to choose from and find a connection with.
Among the artists exhibited you will find delightfully colourful paintings by Serena Wilson Stubs, and Tannis Ross’s vibrant prints speckled with encouraging written reflections. Using a similarly vibrant palette, check out some of Dany Reede’s honest expressions of therapeutic approaches to confronting disconnect.
For those on your list who prefer a rustic aesthetic, you can find work by Oh Wanderer. Their work is made with a wood burning or pyrography technique, with an illustrative style burned onto natural wood slices.
Visitors to Tara’s shop may remember the husband and wife duo, who are biologists and also printmakers working in woodcut? Meg Hainstock and Stephan Petersen will be showing their gorgeous prints of flora and fauna. With a more whimsical approach to depicting flora and fauna, visitors can discover Kathleen Shellrude’s world of brightly coloured rabbits, owls, cats, and birds often starring back at the viewer.
Included this year is work by multidisciplinary artist Frank Livingstone who has created a series of artworks which in his words are, “a compilation of related memories viewed as if through curtains and windows, distanced by both space and time. The subject is almost undetectable, veiled behind patterns and dots, that on closer inspection reveal bits of stories shrouded beneath the layers. This work is meant to be viewed with attention to the ways that things can be present but also obscured and hidden behind something else. “
Be sure to come by and see the work of all these artists and more! The 12 x 12 x 12 exhibit will be up in the shop by December 1st, with an opening reception on December 7th from 5-10 pm as part of First Fridays in the Exchange! Each piece is a wonderful gift idea, and for folks who are dreaming about treating themselves to an original artwork, 12 x 12 x 12 will be up until February 15th!
Written by Kelly Ruth
Displaced Pegger, now learning to navigate inclines in her new home of Edmonton, AB