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New casa exhibits put nature to paper

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Eight new exhibitions featuring beloved local artists exploring a variety of themes through ink on paper, open at casa tonight, Friday, Nov. 10.


 Usually  the opening receptions for new exhibits are on Saturday, but this one has been moved to today because of Remembrance Day.


Darcy Logan examines some of Corinne Thiessen’s exhibit “Post -Traumatic Playdate.” Photo By Richard Amery

“They’re usually on Saturdays, but because Remembrance Day is on a Saturday this year, out of respect for our veterans, the reception has been moved to Friday, ” said casa curator Darcy Logan.


 Half of the main gallery features Corinne  Thiessen’s exhibit “Post -Traumatic playdate.”


“Corinne has taken advertising imagery and printed it out and overpainted it to evoke a cult like  sensibility of corporations,” Logan described.

 The other half of the main gallery features Lethbridge born artist and Grande Prairie, Northwestern Polytechnic art history, drawing and digital media professor Ed Bader’s “ Drawing Conclusions.”

“They are high quality  cotton rag properties marked with images of nature. They come from a very recent residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts,” Logan said.


Outside the main gallery, local artist Leila Armstrong combines  her love of nature with  statistics with her exhibition  “ Backyard Wilderness II: Data Portraits in the  project space.


“ She’s combined urban wildlife with data and statistics,” Logan said.

 The University of Lethbridge Platform Gallery bears the fruits of a class project  involving tarot cards from Material Girls.

“It’s the result of a class project that explores   imagery and symbolism,” Logan summarized.


The Textile  Surface Design   Guild features new works in  their “Tall Tales” exhibition.


 The Passage Gallery  features  Christian Gomes’ “Grassland” which explores  nature through darkroom photography .

“It is darkroom work  that explores nature in Southern Alberta,” Logan said.


 There are several exhibits on the second floor.

The Saokitapi Gallery features Paapaitapiksi (Dream Beings) by Áísínai'pi Stamiksiipokai.

 Throughout casa are pieces from Julie Duschenes’ “ Erickson’s Building in the Landscape.”

The opening reception for the new exhibits is tonight, Friday, Nov. 120 from 7-9 p.m.

They exhibits run until Jan. 13.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

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