November 2017 Welcome to my new and more mature (not older) collectors and friends. It has been a wonderful fall and although there have been some changes in my personal life… (sometimes what we think will be a devastating change turns out to be for the best), I am feeling pretty good right now... In the early spring, I had a dream… Not of equality for all (but that would be good too). No, I had a real live dream! My art muse made his or her presence known with a vengeance. Sometimes in my dreams, I see a completed art work, either a painting or a glass piece. Other times, I just feel drawn or pushed into a certain direction. In this case, I woke up from a deep sleep with a very clear remembrance of four full sized glass horse legs walking across a sheet of glass. It soon became apparent that this was not just a suggestion by my muse nor was it a strongly worded suggestion…. It was a “demand”, “a must do”. It even became a “can’t get it out of my mind”. So over the last 4 months, I have been working on fulfilling the promise of that dream… Ideas and techniques have been explored, attempted and then discarded until finally my vision is coming to life. I am beyond excited about this… But I can’t let the cat out of the bag too soon. Stay tuned to see the on-line reveal coming in late December on my website- Robynfeluchart :)
Fourteen artists from the Foothills and Calgary will get face to face with viewers in an informal three-day art show this weekend.
Artists with skills in paintings, photography, woodwork, jewelry, leather, slate art, glasswork, wearable art, pottery and sculptures will be featured at Art Works Art Show and Sale at the DeWinton Community Hall Oct. 13 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Oct. 14-15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“We have a certain number of artists who keep coming back,” said Edith VanderKloot, event organizer and Millarville artist. “We give them first choice but there is always some people who leave and then we have new artists coming in. It gives a little variety to not only what the art works are but also the camaraderie.”
The free event will have attendees visiting with Kim Berlie, Ann Beswick, Cam Colclough, Elisabeth Ellis-Bassett, Robyn Feluch, Cathie Johnson, Bea Lefevre, Efrain Perdomo, Fran Porter, Evonne Smulders, Edith VanderKloot, Lynda Vowell, Allen Wiebe and Tina Winistok in this annual event.
“It’s a lovely outing and there’s so much variety and communication between the public and artists,” said VanderKloot.
In some cases, VanderKloot said those in attendance bring their own ideas to the artists based on what they see and their experiences.
“It’s a two-way conversation,” she said. “That’s most of the fun. We like to sell, of course, but you also want to show to the public why you’re doing this and what’s the meaning of it and what does it do for you.”
Some artists who are not displaying work in the show sometimes will attend for inspiration, VanderKloot said.
Southern Alberta artists have experienced a lag during the economic downturn in recent years. VanderKloot said things are picking up.
“There’s shows all over Calgary and everybody is doing very well this year,” she said. “We had a little bit of a setback last year and the year before, but we’re extremely happy with sales all over in the Foothills and in Calgary.”
VanderKloot said she will display photography and slate work inspired by her trip to Africa.
“The stone itself tells me a story and I enhance that with different media and bring out the story within the stone,” she said. “For each stone it’s different. I use acrylic, pastel, oil and other pieces of slate to build upon the stone itself. Often a story comes out that is not expected.”
DeWinton glass blower Robyn Feluch expects to draw some attention with her unique creations. This year will be her second at Art Works.
“It’s really interesting to bring an ancient medium in for the public to see,” she said.
“There’s actually quite a glass blowing hub here in Alberta, in Calgary in particular there is six shops that I know of just off the top of my head.”
Feluch said she began as an oil painter, but her recent studies at the Alberta College of Art and Design has her working on a bachelors degree in glasswork.
“I do blown work, sculptural work, sometimes I combine my drawings with glass,” she said.
Among the pieces she will bring to the show are glass jewelry, Christmas ornaments and functional vessels.
She said her glass creations got the most attention at last year’s show.
“There is some sort of magic connection with glass,” she said. “There is a mystery with glass that always really intrigues people.”
Attending Art Works has helped Feluch connect both with other artists and the public.
“I am really trying to have the artwork help supplement my life,” she said. “It’s like a full-time job on top of everything. As much as people think it’s about creating art it’s also about making connections and talking with the collectors and seeing what people like and what brings joy into their lives.”
The Calgary Stampede is one of the greatest outdoor shows on earth, and this year is extra special. We will be celebrating Canada's 150th Birthday! Stay tuned for another blog post of the ideas behind the bison themed work.
link to the gallery page
Robyn Feluch is one of four Foothills artists who are displaying their work at the Calgary Stampede's Western Showcase.
This is the third year the 21-year-old artist has been part of the showcase and her work can be found in the New West Student Gallery Section in the BMO Centre.
Feluch works with two different mediums: glass blowing and oil painting. Her pieces depict the western heritage, which she's no stranger to with her background in working with horses and has been riding for 17 years.
Feluch says being a part of the Stampede is a great opportunity.
"This is a really big deal because you're lucky to be seen by people all over the world that are travelling to see the Calgary Stampede and it's also a great stepping stone to be around other big name artists while showing your work."
Feluch says the student gallery section her work is displayed in is open to those continuing their education who specialize in the arts.
"This particular student gallery section is for people that are registered in post secondary schools that are taking art degrees so we have people from the Alberta College of Art and Design, University of Calgary, University of Lethbridge... it's a really great opportunity to get your feet wet in a gallery setting without a huge overhead and while you're still developing as an artist."
On the 16th Feluch will be doing a live demo at the showcase from 5:00- 8:00 p.m.
Other Foothills artists to visit at the Western Art Showcase are Maryanne Jespersen, Virgini Senden, and Shirley Paradis.
Robyn Feluch takes painting classes at Swinton's with Michelle Grant (2012 Outstanding Artist Achievement Award) and is making great strides toward greatness. We are always very proud when our students achieve something great.
Here is a bit of the Western Wheel article:
When a DeWinton teen set to work painting a buffalo resting comfortably in the snow last winter she didn't dream it would be admired by thousands from around the world.
Seventeen-year-old Robyn Feluch's buffalo captivated a panel of five judges with a history in art. The painting, titled "The Story Begins Here" placed second out of 16 entries from 13 communities in the rural category for the Calgary Stampede Western Art Auction's Grade 12 Western Art Scholarship competition.
Feluch said it was purely coincidental she was already working on a painting representing western Canada when she learned about the contest.
She took a picture of a buffalo resting in the snow at the Calgary Zoo and was looking forward to putting it on canvas.
“I was just wanting to paint a buffalo,” she said. “I’ve always admired them. They are wonderful creatures and it was on my bucket list to paint them.”
The animal she spotted at the zoo was the perfect subject.
“He just has this look like he has a story to tell,” she said. “This buffalo was in this beautiful position. I changed the lighting a little bit and it turned out to be this beautiful painting.”
Western Art Auction vice-chairperson Pat Guillemaud said the competition has taken place for more than two decades and showcases the artistic talent of Grade 12 students from across southern Alberta while depicting the western heritage of the province.
“Western art can be many different things,” said Guillemaud. “Western art is not just cowboys and Indians it could be the mountains or it could be an old church or old barn. It promotes western values and our western heritage.”
The competition includes entries from across southern Alberta and Guillemaud said they can always count on quality entries from the foothills.
“We always get entries from that area and we usually get a winner also,” she said.
Feluch’s painting will hang in Hall D of the BMO Centre along with the other entries for the duration of the Calgary Stampede from July 5 to 14.
“I’m very excited,” said Feluch. “Just like any artist we like to get our art out there. When you get a prestigious award like this it gets your name out there and it’s really fantastic.”