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KARI DUKE - THE HERITAGE COLLECTION
JANUARY 2018
In the alleys and backyards of Edmonton’s Post-War Canadian neighborhoods, Alberta based artist Kari Duke captures a world infused with a sense of familiarity and comfort. Duke’s painterly canvases burst with warmth that generates a feeling of returning home, regardless of where that may be. At the same time she is surely documenting a slowly decaying sense of community, rapidly giving way to pristine landscaping behind the isolating walls of urban development.
Kari explores a landscape that is as familiar to people as their own backyards but is nonetheless surprising in its ability to show us the beauty of what we take for granted. In her work Duke’s nature and civilization exist in gentle opposition to one another, as our local communities give way to the inevitable change that takes place.
STEVE COFFEY - FALLEN STAR CARS & NEW OILS - FEBRUARY 2018
Steve’s landscapes are loaded with visual intricacies. Throughout his travels, Steve has found that there is simply no light like that of the Canadian prairies, a challenge to describe especially on canvas. Steve’s hope is that his work triggers the feeling of familiarity, that somewhere at sometime the viewer has seen or felt this, a familiar mystery that lives on the tip of the tongue. His work is accessible for simply what it is; a painting or a song left to the viewer’s interpretation with no tricks.  
ROBERT LEMAY - BIG SCREEN TV 
MARCH 2018
Robert Lemay paints square by square, row by row. The painting may appear digitized but is meticulously hand painted. He's always used the grid to scale up his photos, but leaving traces of the process creates a tension between the image and the squares of tone and colour which are reassembled by the eye. This highlights the digital, as well as the playful reality that this series imparts - these days oil paintings often compete for wall space with a big screen TV.
DAVE & ALLAN THOMAS - CONNECTIVITY
APRIL 2018
​Brothers Allan and Dave Thomas, share The Front Gallery exhibition space to each give us a different view on connectivity in our time.

With exquisite detail, Allan invites us to study the characteristics of the architecture that surrounds us and the conversation of the community that they take on.

Dave brings sensitivity to his work that continuously questions our current level of connectivity, and how this strong urge to disconnect through various forms of circuitry and stimulus ironically has us hooked into the web, yet pushes us further from the world around us.

WELCOME TO THE FRONT GALLERY:  KRISTA HAMILTON
​​ Krista's inspiration comes from her community. Equally close proximity to the University of Alberta Farm and the river valley offers access to varied landscapes, some lush and detailed, some spacious and quiet. The palette changes with the seasons.



TONY SCHERMAN - PICTURES FROM ROME
PROLOGUE - JUNE 2018
​​Tony Scherman's encaustic paintings have a timeless quality that embodies the psychological struggles of human existence, fear, hope, moods, and passions that have never failed to keep the world in perpetual motion. 
   
Born in 1950, Scherman received an M. Art postgraduate degree from the Royal College of Art in London in 1974. Since then he has lived and worked in Toronto. His paintings have been widely exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in North America and Europe.  Scherman’s virtuosic use of encaustic sets him apart because these monumental images call into question their own subject. Tony Scherman’s work confirms the concept of history expressed by Heidegger when he wrote that history is not a succession of eras, but a unique demonstration of sameness.
WOMEN IN ART- AUGUST 2018
​​In collaboration with Heather Hamel and Angie Bugera Matheson, I’m proud to present this exhibit devoted exclusively to women artists.

Whether social constructs had a significant influence on the awareness, or the process by which these women became artists, there is no question that the message that “Women in Art” brings, is one of women promoting women.

Celebrating the work of Jennifer Berkenbosch, Karen Chaisson, Kari Duke, Lesley Finlayson, Krista Hamilton, Ira Hoffecker, Maryanne Jespersen, Carol Ljuden, Oksana Movchan, Michelle Neumann, Jennifer Poburan, and Verna Vogel.


Articulating what they need to say through a profound investigation that is unique to each of them, the exhibition reveals terrible secrets, hidden pasts, the love of nature, and community, paralleled by an exploration of peripheral senses.

WELCOME TO THE FRONT GALLERY:
OKSANA MOVCHAN

Visually and conceptually, Oksana's new voice  allows her to merge her artistic identity as a Ukrainian soul, with contemporary aesthetics. Her cultural code is a mix of iconography, Ukrainian folk ballads, formal European art school training and a modern painting practice. Oksana aims to establish a harmonic balance between the abstract nature in her paintings with a storytelling and narrative component. The use of colour as a symbol or as a visual guide that delivers a certain message is one of the key elements that describes her “new voice”. The juxtaposition between three-dimensional painting techniques and flat (decorative) and graphical shapes allows her to tell a story in an indirect manner. Striving to create a dialogue with the viewer to stimulate their imagination to enter the subject matter where they can process and formulate their own unique story about the work.

OCCUPIED PEOPLE- SEPTEMBER 2018
​​In this gallery shot we see the work of Tony Scherman and David Bolduc, two of Canada’s most revered painters. You may view these pieces and many others at Occupied People, a group exhibition featuring work by gallery represented artists Tom Gale, Kari Duke, Krista Hamilton, Michelle Neumann, Paddy Lamb, Jeff Sylvester, Ira Hoffecker, Steve Coffey, Jennifer Poburan, Robert Lemay and Mimmo Paladino.​
ART OFF THE WALL- OCTOBER 2018
​​A group show featuring artists Daniel Richter, Tal R, Mimmo Paladino, Sandro Chia, Francesco Clemente, David Bolduc, David Urban, Luis Azaceta, Robert Zandvliet.
WELCOME TO THE FRONT GALLERY:
CRAIG LE BLANC
​​Craig Le Blanc’s art practice reveals a long-standing interest in vulnerability, bravado, ego, loss and façade. In 1996 he began an extended focus on masculinity, work that examined the burden of socially constructed ideals upon what it means to be male. In recent years Le Blanc has redirected this investigation to explore identity politics more broadly, using confessional narratives that both parody and celebrate the perpetual reshaping of subjectivity as seen in his 2016 series She Loves Me. He Loves Me Not.

Le Blanc’s works negotiate the tension between protective veneer and blatant exposure. He creates robust and structured forms that mirror the gendered stereotypes they allude to such as aggressivity, virility, competitiveness, while simultaneously inverting those assumptions.


Known for craftsmanship and execution, he employs many mediums and technologies in the search for the appropriate creative solution. He has worked within post-secondary design education for two decades, exposing him to methodologies that forever influence his artwork.