Suzan Berwald, Visual Artist
Solstice Studio 59

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(posted on 16 Sep 2019)

My solo show season is coming to a close for 2019. I only have one left at the Walterdale Theatre which runs from October 1-12. This show is a bit unique for me as it features my monoprints of the Alberta land and not my pastel works. The work is more abstracted and simplified with a more muted,limited colour palette. My focus was on building up texture, pattern using the colours of our land. The artist reception is held October 1 from 7-8 pm. with an invitation to attend the free preview of the play "Silent Sky." 

(posted on 8 Sep 2019)

Yesterday (September 7) was a good day as I delivered my pastel painting to the Nina Haggerty Centre for Arts (Edmonton) for the upcoming Kaleido Festival which happens September 13-15. I grabbed a quick latte at the Italian Centre Shop and spent the afternoon painting my garden shed. By the end of the afternoon I realized that I should stick with painting on canvases....no sore muscles, no big paint splatters. 

(posted on 29 Aug 2019)

I just received notification that one of my pastel pieces was accepted to the Kaleido festival art exhibition. This festival happens September 13-15 on Alberta Avenue with great family fun opportunities.

 "Sky Spirit"

 

The summer of 2019 is winding down and so are a couple of  my  art shows. There is only one week left (closes September 6) of "Air" at the Alberta Art Gallery. I have a couple of mixed media/prints in this exhibition sponsored by the Alberta Society of Artists. The other show that is closes in less than a week is the Art Walk at The Bookstore on Perron Street, St. Albert. 

One of the pieces at The Bookstore, St. Albert

 

This is the exhibition that is currently at the AGA

So with the weather we are having it is a great time to stop at the Common Ground Community Cafe and grab a latte (my favorite) or a bread pudding (another favorite). I have just put up my show "Wayward Wanderings" at the cafe/bistro. The show features my pastel interpretations of the Alberta landscape. So, stop on by at the Common Ground Cafe in its new location across from the Strathcona Library.

 The Road Home

(posted on 4 Aug 2019)

The summer time is a bit of a slower time for me as I tend to focus on my garden (this year the weeds are definitely winning the battle with all the rain we are getting). I do have a couple group shows happening however. In Sherwood Park, I am one of four artists that has our art work displayed in the Atrium at the Strathcona County building. My works will be there until mid-October.

Thought I would post an image of the finished painting from my summer class at Red Deer College (it was on the easel). I have not named it yet...having a bit of difficulty with this one...

Just as a side note, this is the third interpretation of the same photo...one of a local rural road in my area. (I seem to love roads going off into the horizon)....Reminds me of a watercolour series Robert Sinclair did of Alberta roads/highways 

 

(posted on 28 Jul 2019)

This summer I do have a couple of smaller shows on the go. I have two mixed media pieces that were juried into the "Air" exhibition by the Alberta Society of Artists (A.S.A.). Currently this show is on display at the Alberta Art Gallery and will be there until September 6. The show is in the lower level of the A.G.A. in the Ledcor Theatre Gallery. I also have some pastel works on display in the Atrium of the Strathcona County Hall.

(posted on 21 Jul 2019)

I have not recently posted on this blog because the summer months are my time to take  a variety of classes and learn new techniques/methods etc. So I thought I would write about one of those classes I attended. It was in Red Deer as part of the Series program that runs annually every summer. The class was based on abstracting the landscape and taught by Susan Woolgar, one of my favourite instructors (based out of Red Deer). The class was very intensive and I took copious notes,although I know I missed out on some Susan's many demos. I also participated in a week long glass class (photos will come at a later date)..so here are some images from last week in Red Deer.

(posted on 13 Jun 2019)

Shout out to the St. Albert Gazette and writer Scott Hayes. I am featured as "Artist of the Month" for June and appear in this week's Wednesday paper. The article features my interview with Scott and photos of my fused glass works found at the St. Albert Art Gallery are featured. Thanks so much to Pam G. at the art gallery for recommending me to the paper and Scott for taking my verbal ramblings and making them sound coherent and intelligent.

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