22 October 2012

Gardens in Art

Yesterday and the day before I posted some photos of the autumn splendour in central/northern Alberta as taken during a walk near the downtown core in Edmonton.  In pursuit of galleries partaking in the annual Gallery Walk, we discovered many glorious examples of the brilliance that dots the landscape this time of year.

Today, I thought I'd share some photos of some of the art gracing the walls of a few of the galleries we visited.  Some of the landscapes were breathtaking, some were muted and relaxing, and some mesmerizing.  Won't you come along for the tour?

 "The Atlantic Coastline" by Gail Seeman was actually spotted in a showing in St. Albert earlier in the afternoon Saturday.  I do love an ocean view!

Saeed Hojatti's work caught my eye the first time I saw it in a small booth at the Taste of Edmonton earlier this summer.  I love the vibrancy of it!  It just draws me in.  Critics may say it is too colourful, lacking a place for the eye to rest, but I love it just the same.  Perhaps not pieces conducive to a bedroom but in an entrance or hallway where they will be viewed in passing?  As Kim would say, if you love the piece you find a place for it, not the other way around.  

This last piece of Saeed's is titled Take My Breath Away for good reason!

In another gallery I was drawn to this painting by J Lucas of a lone wolf howling atop a hill with the aurora borealis dancing overhead!  Done in shades of green and black, this panoramic piece would be welcome anywhere.

Artist:  Colin Smith.  As we ascended the stairs to the second floor of the Peter Robinson Gallery, this piece, above, was hung just above the top landing, giving the illusion of having climbed a path to the mountains.  It couldn't have been better placed!  In this piece and the following three works of art, Colin Smith overlays two pieces, one inverted upon the other, creating this remarkable effect of a reflection within solid objects.  They are mesmerizing and I know my stepfather will enjoy the second one here with the inverted grain elevator!

I didn't catch the artist's name on this painting but wanted to share it just the same.  There's an element here that draws me in.  I'm not sure if it's the city life, the trees in autumn dress, or the people on the streets, or maybe all of the above.  At any rate, I hope you enjoy it too!

 My apologies for not having the artist's names for these pieces.  They are so beautiful, aren't they?

 The above three pieces created a feeling of calm for me.  Painted in serene shades of ocean green and muted tones of beige, they would be perfect for my master bedroom!

I do seem to be drawn to oranges and blues, as Kim pointed out to me yesterday.  Perhaps it's the season?  The skies seem to be so much more blue and the trees are arrayed in shades of orange, red and yellow.  Could that be the influence in what draws my attention in several of these landscapes?  I don't know, but it is entirely possible.  Don't you like to mimic indoors, what you find so exquisitely beautiful outdoors?  I do.


Sheila said...

I'm so glad I stopped by today. I've been on an Art Walk but only in the spring. Your last 3 posts were so interesting and i enjoyed strolling along with you and your friend. I've wanted to take a fall walk and photograph some of the old homes you captured for years but i've never managed to be in the city in the autumn with the time to do that. Wonderful pictures Shirley. Thank you for sharing them !

Karen said...

So many glorious artworks here, I am in awe of the talented people who created them. I, too, am drawn to color, the more vibrant the better! But the fall scenes are so peaceful, too, so I guess I love 'em all.

Thank you for sharing your adventure with us all.

Shirley said...

Sheila, it was truly fun to gallivant from gallery to gallery! I'm just glad the weather held so we could enjoy the scenery in between!

I should do more of this because so many enjoy it, especially me! I'm glad you joined me for the trip!

Shirley said...

Karen, the galleries were full of so much talent and it was impossible to photograph all of it! There was one high end gallery with rather odd art, very contemporary, that I didn't photograph. Objects like spinal columns just don't appeal as an art form to me!

This was a lot of fun for me and I'm glad you enjoyed it too!

Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

Wow! Your post encourages me to join our local Gallery walk! very inspiring images! Thank you SO much, Shirley!


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