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The Collector's Gallery - Fine Canadian Art

Steve Coffey   
December 3rd, 2011 - December 31, 2011
2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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Steve Coffey has been an integral part of the western Canadian art and music scene for many
years. He has curated traveling exhibitions, created large-scale public sculptures, taught college,
and conducted many workshops and art residencies. His far-flung travels have taken him to
places such as London, England and he has exhibited in Poznan City, Poland. Of the art in these
major centers (along with favorites Berlin and Amsterdam), he speaks of being "visually
exhausted and spiritually inspired" and he recalls the longing to return to the "intricate nuances
and swirling beauty" of the Canadian landscape. He notes such influences as The Group Of
Seven, Emily Carr and Alex Colville to name a few.

After finishing his formal training in 1990 (University of Regina, Master of Fine Arts.) Steve
practiced formalism as a metal sculptor in Edmonton & Central Alberta. Eventually he gave in to
his love of drawing and representation and was seduced by the immediacy and challenges of oil
paint. He began exploring the medium full time in 1995.
Steve has exhibited extensively and his paintings can be found in numerous private and public
collections throughout North America and Europe.

He is also a well-known western Canadian singer-songwriter with a number of recordings that
have received critical acclaim. He and his band "The Lokels" perform regularly and can be heard
on the radio airwaves from commercial to college to frequencies in between. He has also dabbled
in films, one of which was purchased by the arts and entertainment channel Bravo in 2007.
Steve makes his home in Vulcan, Alberta with his partner Barbara and their two daughters Lydia
and Grace.


Leonard Brooks RCA OSA CGP CPE CSGA   
November 5th, 2011 - November 30th, 2011
Nov. 5th, 2011 Noon - Four
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On Nov. 7th, 2011 Leonard Brooks will be 100 years of age.  This exhibition is in honour of his dedication to creating and supporting the arts.

Leonard has lived in San Miguel del Allende, Mexico since 1947.  As an official Canadian Naval war artist in World War II, Brooks was highly praised for his work.  Recognized worldwide as a premier painter, he has had numerous one-man shows in top commercial galleries and museums in Canada, the U.S., and at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City.

The author of eight books on art, Brooks has been recognized for his clear delineations of various styles of painting and collage.  In Brooks' own words "Art has been my life long passion; a passion that has filled my life with joy and sorrow.  But in the end it is our passions that determine who we are."

How wonderful it is that Brooks as a young boy of eight years old began his journey of creativity, and 92 years later continues to create beautiful collages and paintings in San Miguel de Allende.

Barbara Hirst   
Oct. 8th, 2011 - Oct. 29th, 2011
Reception: Oct. 8th Noon - Four
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Special Announcement:

One of Barbara Hirst's paintings  Floating City is now on display at the LRT Station on the 
north side of the Telus Convention Centre with the City of Calgary Public Art Program.  

The exhibition program OPEN SPACES: Windows to a View
is sponsored by the law firm of
McLennan Ross and will be on display until Oct. 22, 2011.  

Raymond Theriault   
September 10th, 2011 - September 30th, 2011
Reception: September 10th Noon - Four
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Raymond Theriault's  large scale oils of urban landscapes bring to mind more than the actual locations that he paints.  They could be a scene in Calgary or a scene from Winnipeg, yet he brings to mind other places we have been.  He brings order (harmony) to urban disorder.  Theriault has dedicated most of his painting career to paintings these points in history.
This exhibition is just what the doctor ordered! Summer has arrived on our walls with new works by some of our gallery artists as well as historical works.
June 19 - Aug 29, 2011
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Group exhibition featuring new encaustics by Neil McClelland and Shelley McMillan
February 4 - Mar 18, 2011
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