February 18- March 17
Backroads and Beyond
Artworks by Michelle Austen.
February 18 - March 17
Winchester Galleries looks forward to displaying works by Calgary artist Michelle Austen in our next exhibition, Backroads and Beyond, which features a collection of Plein-air paintings inspired by Austen’s travels on the backroads of British Columbia and Alberta. Working en Plein air allows Austen to capture the essence of the Canadian landscapes she depicts in her paintings. She aims to create colourful pieces that reflect her inner self and play on our emotions.
Austen fell in love with painting at a young age with the help of one of her art teachers who helped her realize her passion for art. Over the course of her career, Austen’s works have been featured in many solo exhibitions including Ranchmen’s Club Annual Emerging Artist Event, Calgary Stampede Annual Western Showcase, and Leighton Art Centre.
In addition to having her works showcased in numerous exhibitions and owned by companies and private collectors, Austen dedicates much of her time to instructing both youth and adult art classes in Calgary.
"This exhibition of paintings is a result of several plein air painting trips and hikes that I experienced over a few years in Alberta and British Columbia, Canada. The paintings represent moments in time and place that inspired me to capture the beauty and character of particularly memorable locations.
From May to November, I’d head out of the city for the great outdoors toward the prairies and mountains with my paint box, road snacks and faithful art dog, Cooper. I am always excited to drive to somewhere new… to experience a road I’ve never driven down before. It sparks my curiosity about what’s around the bend, over the hill and, through the trees. This ensures l take notice of subtle atmospheric changes, leaves dancing in the wind, the fragrance of wildflowers, the sounds of birds chirping and, the soft ground under foot. Finding a memorable location is the first step in creating a painting. It allows me to receive inspiration... to look, listen, smell, to feel. It’s the Backroads and Beyond that ignites my senses, stirs my soul and, allows me to be in the moment.
I hope this collection of artwork inspires you to occasionally stray off the beaten path, get curious, breathe deeply and, expand your horizons… "
In creative spirit,
To join our Zoom artist talk with Michelle Austen on Saturday, February 27 at 3:00 pm, please follow the link below:
Lake Louise First Snowfall
oil on canvas
30 x 24 x 1.5 inches
Oak Bay Beach Hotel Art collection: Lesley Finlayson
New Art Collection, November 2020
Winchester Galleries is pleased to announce a new art exhibition at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel in November 2020 composed of works by local artist Lesley Finlayson. Finlayson’s enchanting works depict the diverse natural beauty of Canada’s West Coast.
Spending time surrounded by the natural landscapes of Vancouver Island allows Finlayson to fully experience the elegance of the scenery that she portrays in her works. Finlayson begins her artistic process by creating drawings while she is outdoors. While working in her Victoria studio, she alters her paintings from memory and with the help of her drawings, but without the use of photographs. Although Finlayson begins her works on-site, she does not aim to create realistic depictions of the natural environment. Rather, she strives to achieve somewhat abstract, elegant interpretations of her surroundings through her use of colour, light, and texture.
Bellewood Park Art Collection
Winchester Galleries is pleased to announce a new art collection at Bellewood Park Presentation Centre. This collection is a selection of abstract works by well-known Canadian artists, William Perehudoff and Greg Murdock. William Perehudoff is best known for his colour-field works that rely on vibrant colours and simplicity.
William Perehudoff is recognized internationally for his moving, expressive works. In his time at the Emma Lake Artist Workshops, he met several other influential colour-field artists including Kenneth Noland and Jules Olitsky. Over the course of his prolific career, he was awarded the Saskatchewan Order of Merit, the Order of Canada, an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws from the University of Regina, and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Greg Murdock is widely acclaimed for his mixed-media works. Having studied ceramics, sculpture, drawing, and bronze while in art school, Murdock has created a wide variety of works using an array of mediums. Perhaps some of his most captivating pieces are his polyhedron sculptures made of oil, encaustic, pigment, and graphite on composite wood.