Artist List 

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Alexandra 
Haeseker
 

 

 

 

 

 

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Toad

My image is a totemic depiction of one of the small life forms found in the grassland of Fish Creek. In the context of the project I wanted my image to be larger-than-life and invite another way of looking at another species, which lives here with us. My image is a celebration of all small beings, many of which we might not be aware of or see in our travels through the park. However, they are all around us and we are fortunate that they are here.

 

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Amy
Keller-Remp 
 

 

 

 

 


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Autumn Sunset

Once again Summer days grow short, and the crispness of Autumn is in the air. This alert and wise whitetail buck guards his doe as rutting season is now in full swing. Silently and motionless they survey their surroundings as the gorgeous Autumn sun sets, painting their wilderness home with a beautiful palette of colours.

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April 
Larkin
Metis 

 

 

 

 


 
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1850's Octopus Fire Bag Metis Beading Design

Metis people need to be acknowledged for their impact on Aboriginal Art. The Metis were famous for their floral beadwork and were often called the "Flower Beadwork People". As a Metis woman, my goal in this painting is to replicate the floral designs of the 1850's Red River Metis Octopus fire bag design. I am bringing new life to this art form using acrylic paint dots instead of beads, while still recreating the floral designs of yesteryear. Thereby creating a link between the past and the present.

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April 
Mercredi
Metis 

 

 

 


 
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A Simple Prayer

The presence of a prayer sender is worked through with abstract, enmeshed with colour and mixed media. Followed gently by deep shadows and dark tones, depicting the thoughts, feelings and experiences of a past when culture and tradition were simple, raw and old. With each prayer sender, I therefore framed with gratitude of the mind, body and spirit and then left it to inner dreams.

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Audra
Schoblocher
 

 

 

 

 


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"Ring the Bell" :  A sculptural depiction of St. Paul’s Anglican church

Research on St. Paul’s Anglican church revealed that the building served as a school house as well as a place of worship. During the week, the children surrounding the Midnapore Hamlet were known to have walked or ridden their horses for many miles to attend classes at the small church between 1887 and 1891. 
Local Anglican parishioners built St. Paul’s Fish Creek church in 1885 based on a similar church in Calgary, Scotland. The original chaple in Midnapore is known as Calgary’s oldest Anglican church which was declared a historical site in 1977 under the name, St. Paul’s Anglican church.


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Carla 
Pelkey
 

 

 

 


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Owl Leaf
With the Great Horned Owl chosen for it's spiritual symbolism and primarily featured, also included will be the wood frog, squirrel, insects and leaf vegetation, representing interdependent links and biodiversity. The image will be created with actual autumn leaves which will then be digitally captured and reproduced for the final piece. 

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Carmen
Bellingham
 

 

 

 


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Wood Frog

The wood frog is one of the ever present varieties of amphibians native to Fish Creek Park. Its chirps and croaks blend with varied sounds we enjoy experiencing as an integral part of the park's environment. In fact, the 'song' of the frog is our most common encounter with it. This painted image of the wood frog represents the amphibians and reptiles that live in this habitat but are not often visually observed - but they see you!

 

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Craig
Johnson

 

 

 

 


 
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Lone Wolf

The lone wolf is reflected in its natural setting, carved out of cottonwood, embraced between natural fir stumps, deemed to be over 1,000 years old and reclaimed from the Porcupine Hills in Southern Alberta by Kevin Nicholson of The Wood King in Black Diamond Alberta.  Read more...


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Derek 
Besant

 

 

 

 



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Branch of Leaves
My image is a graphic depiction of trembling aspen leaves that grow in groves in the Southern Alberta foothills. The symbol of an element from nature that can be found in this region, speaks of growth and renewal. A sprig with leaves has endless connotations of offering, healing, life and connection. Black and white linear treatment accentuates the lines of the form and underlines the representational nature of the subject matter.


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Diane
Stearne

 

 

 

 


 
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Cycle

Cycle is a celebration of the seasonal beauty found in Fish Creek Park. The rose hips embody the spirit of Spring, the Summer beauty of the Alberta Rose, and the bounty of that beauty found throughout the park in the Fall and Winter.

 

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Dion
Wesley
 

 

 

 

 


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The Purifying Teaching

The practice of prayer through the teachings of spirituality for the local First Nations has been witnessed by these plants and trees of Fish Creek Park. The two ladies are Nakoda Sioux with their children smudging with sage grass for praying to the Great Spirit “Creator”, for good health and guidance. The beauty and peacefulness of the Park was silent enough for the prayers to be heard and witnessed by their children to learn from.


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Eleanor
Lowden Pigeon

 

 

 

 



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Taking Care of Business

Fish Creek is a true gem for the city of Calgary. To have a provincial park within our city limits is pretty special. As an artist the park offers me many seasons of inspiration, as well as a tranquil escape from the nearby chaos of the city. I've painted an image of the original woollen mill that was one of the buildings erected by the Shaw family in the early 1900’s, and one of the many early uses of the land in Fish Creek. In addition to the mill, I've depicted some sheep in the foreground to bring some life to the painting. I worked in acrylic on panel.

 

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Emil
Thiebert

 

 

 

 


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Sun Mask Plaque

This piece was traditionally carved from red cedar from the kuakulith tribe on the west coast of British Columbia. I enjoy doing sun masks because the sun represents the light. It brings life to the world. It is also one of my 'native names' given to me years ago and represents my children whom all have sun names as well (Sunshine, Sunset and Sunrise).


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Jason 
Gogo
 

 

 

 

 


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Earth Heart

 

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Joan 
Cobb-Beaumont

 

 

 

 


 
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Shimmer

Sparkling, vibrant, iridescent.....Silent yet profound, capturing a moment in time...The Rainbow of life
This glass mosaic panel incorporates three sand cast glass creatures of the park. Fish Creek sweeps along as the rainbow trout jumps for its prey. The butterfly and dragonfly are tiny glimmers of life amid the aspen and rolling prairie hills above the creek.


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June 
Hills
 

 

 

 

 


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Trees in the Park

My artwork is a drawing of some of the engaging trees I have encountered in Fish Creek Provincial Park. These images were taken from my plein aire sketchbook of the Park, and illustrate the dynamic life cycle of the Park's trees. The Bow River and Fish Creek meander through their dance in the forest. Both the sketchbook and panel were painted with the waters of Fish Creek.

A signed, limited edition copy of the Fish Creek Watercolour Sketchbook will be provided to the sponsor of this artwork.

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Karin 
Taylor
 

 

 

 


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Mia the "Moosette"

Fish Creek Park was the first place I ever saw a free roaming moose. As an artist they intrigue me. There is no other animal where everything is so out of proportion, hence the nickname 'God's joke' I suppose! These days we are fortunate to have our own moose ('Mia') roaming around our property. Using Mia as a model for this painting was a given! Mia is painted on wild turkey tail feathers and surrounded with wing feathers.

 

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Susan
Kristoferson

 

 

 

 


 
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Prairie Presence

Ken Froese, scientist and photographer and Susan Kristoferson, paper and fiber artist, collaborate to create this unusual sophisticated photo, paper and thread collage.

Their work is a synthesis of a photograph and unique specialty papers collaged with the photograph and enhanced by colorful stitches and occasional small glass seed beads. The stitches and beads bring out the subtle textures within the image.

 

 

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Kimberly
Kiel
 

 

 

 

 


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History Past

Inspired by archival photos of the Bow Valley Ranche, my work is an acknowledgement and celebration of the people and events from its storied past.

 

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Paula
Henchell
 

 

 

 

 


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European Starling

Fish Creek Park is abundant in bird life and has many different species to be seen. I have chosen to depict the European Starling. This bird is a male and is making sure he gets the last of the berries before the Winter really sets in. In the Spring, they shed most of their feathers and are shiny black in colour. In this painting the first snow has just fallen but you can still see the fading colours of the Fall. This beautiful scene can be seen many times over with numerous different bird species and makes walking and enjoying nature in Fish Creek Park so amazing.

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Rocky 
Barstad
Tsuu Tina

 

 

 

 


 
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Two Feathers

This traditional buffalo skull painting was a logo I designed 20 years ago to celebrate the opening of my art gallery, Two Feathers in High River, AB. I received permission to paint on the buffalo skulls through ceremony and since have painted on many over the years. This is a true depiction of my work. 

 

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Roland 
Rollinmud
Stoney/Moreley

 

 

 



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Magpie

The magpie, like all living things, is of significance to the First Nations People.  For my family, the magpie was a messenger.  My father told me that the magpie would tell us if we were to have visitors, and indeed how many visitors would be arriving!  The magpie brought us good news!  It would mean a gathering and a sharing of food and stories.  When I was a young child, our visitors would be family coming from Eden Valley or Nordegg, and they would arrive by horse drawn buggies or wagons, or riding on horses.  Their visits were always a joyful occasion.  As an artist, I admire the magpies' colours, which shimmer in the movement of their feathers.  They are a magical subject for an artist!  In the painting, I would also feature the natural foliage of the area, which has supported my people for centuries.

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Shannon
Lawlor
 

 

 

 


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The Pioneer

Work horses helped build every farm and ranch in our country, including the Historical Bow Valley Ranche. They were the quiet workers, the labourers that broke the soil, cut the hay and helped harvest crops. This is what inspired me to acknowledge their significant contribution to the establishment of the Bow Valley Ranche. This painting titled “The Pioneer” tells of the hard work and level of importance the horse itself played in running of this Historical Ranche.

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Sharon Lynn
Williams
 

 

 

 

 


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The Willans' Barn

Norman Willans was the manager of the Bow Valley Ranche in 1910. In 1918 he built The Willans Beebow Ranch, near the current site of the Environmental Learning Centre in Fish Creek Park, 13 km away from The Bow Valley Ranche. The log barn, constructed from the white spruce that lines the banks of Fish Creek, is all that remains of his ranch. It was once used to house a trail riding outfit, but it is now desolate. I have attempted to retain its image for posterity, before mother nature takes over and the building falls to ruin.


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Shona
Rae
 

 

 

 

 


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The Buffalo Bride and her Lover
(acrylic paint, brass, copper, nikel, repoussed and riveted)

My work is inspired by universal myth, folklore and fairytales. I have been especially moved by the local Blackfoot Nation tales of the Buffalo Bride. It is a classic tragedy that Shakespeare himself would have loved.

A young woman leaves her starving husband, children, family and friends to go become the bride of the Head Buffalo. In turn, he sends his herd over the buffalo jump so her people will not continue to go hungry. Her husband eventually rescues her and overcomes the Head Buffalo but she cries to see her lover dead. She had grown to love him as he was kind to her and her people. Then her husband slays her in a fit of jealousy.

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Tracy 
Burton
 

 

 

 

 


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Big Dog

Many plains tribes called the horse “Big Dog”. They had no words to describe the beautiful and powerful animal brought back to North America by the Spanish, one that would change their culture forever. This museum-style mixed media piece tells how the horse came to the Blackfoot people and of the bonds they shared on the northern plains. It is my privilege to create art that honours the bravery and grace of the horse - and the courage and wisdom of those who lived here before us.

Panel 1 - Big Dog (aged paper and print with paint, bead and feather embellishment) “He put us in mind of a stag that had lost his horns, and we did not know what name to give him. But as he was a slave to man, like the dog, which carried our things, he was named the Big Dog.”  Saukamaupee 
Panel 2 - Origins (paint) The ancestors of Equus Caballus originated in North America over 40 million years ago, spreading to Asia and Europe before becoming extinct here.
Panel 3 - Explorers (plaster and paint with rosary embellishment) Arizona Pictographs document Spanish explorers bringing the horse back to the Americas. 
Panel 4 - Trade Horses (aged map and paint) After a century of Spanish rule, the Pueblo people revolt; Spain’s monopoly of horses ends and Native American horse culture begins. Illustrated with trade map and warrior’s carved horse effigy. 
Panel 5 - Warrior’s Song to His Horse (stitched hide and paint) “My horse be swift in flight even like a bird, my horse be swift in flight, bear me now in safety, far from the enemy’s arrows and you shall be rewarded with streamers and ribbons red.”  Unknown
Panel 6 - War Paint (photography and paint with ribbon embellishment) The Native American war horse was highly regarded by his owner, who honoured and protected him by painting tribal symbols upon the animal's body. The symbols often told of the courageous heart of the horse and even of the horse's affection for the warrior who rode him into battle. This palomino paint horse was given a circle around his eye for alert vision, while feathers braided in his mane counted coup.

 

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Wanda
Whaley
 

 

 

 

 


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Inniiksii

Inniiksii is the plural name for buffalo in the Blackfoot language. Buffalo once roamed this area in the millions, and were brothers to the native people who depended on them for food clothing and shelter. They were here for millenia and were the subject of petroglyphs and pictographs in many regions of the plains. This work depicts Iniiksii on the move once again. The grass is sparse and it is time to move on.

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Yvonne
Jobin
Cree 
 

 

 

 

 


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Porcupine Quilled Story Robe

The Aboriginal people of this area were said to be here 10,000 years ago. Quill work was a significant decorative art form on garments and articles prior to European contact. It is created through a time consuming and meticulous process involving careful selection and dying of porcupine quills. Quills are then flattened and sewn to leather. Quill work fell out of practice with the arrival of European trade goods like embroidery thread and glass beads which were integrated rapidly into Native decorative arts.

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McKenna
Levitt

 

 

 

 

 


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Painted Turtle

I love Fish Creek very much and am honoured to be a part of the Artisan Garden Legacy. As a young artist at seventeen and emerging in art forms, I decided to challenge myself by combining painting with carving. When researching for the project, I discovered the Painted Turtle was indigenous to Fish Creek Park. Varying in size, the fall is the most interesting time as their shells have many different colours simultaneously. They do enjoy the grasslands but prefer to spend their time in the Creek where I have presented them. Enjoy!

 

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Patricia
Lortie Sparks
 

 

 

 

 


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Forest Forager

This piece of art is made of hand sculpted ceramic slab, painted with cement stain and mounted on a wood backing. It is a realistic representation of the most common woodpeckers in the woods of the Calgary region: the Downy Woodpecker with its black and white feathers and red marking and the large Northern Flicker with its earth-tone colours accented with touches of yellow, red and black. Both species are very active in and around Caglary and can be frequently enjoyed by vistiors to the park.

 

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Larry
Wasyliw

 

 

 

 


 
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A young 2 year old Buffalo , representing a symbol of Power and Abundance, It's meal fed the people, skins were used for clothing, coverings for teppe's and drums used for ceremonies and spiritual festivals. These represented the heart beat of the tribe. Bones and Sinew were crafted as survival tools and hooves for glues. 
"Buffalo" meaning...the Indians Sacredness, Life, Great Strength, Abundance and Gratitude.

 

 

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