Promise (Mixed Media: Acrylic on Venetian Plaster)
The investigation of natural objects, processes, textures and shapes allows me to explore themes of mystery, wonder and unpredictability. To me, autumn leaves represent cycles of transformation, decay, and ultimately, renewal. My intention for the Artisan Gardens is to render fall foliage in brilliant colours and textures to represent the mystery of life as an endless cycle of regeneration.
Sponsor: Ken Stephenson & Yvonne Kendrick
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.
A Fish Creek Afternoon
I live right beside Fish Creek Park. It provides me with great inspiration as there is always something new to discover. With the changing seasons and wildlife, the park has been a subject of many of my compositions and a favourite of my collectors.
I am pleased people will see my love of this area and the legacy will live on through the Artisan Gardens.
Sponsor: Gordon & Pat Butcher and Family
Alvise Doglioni Majer
The Building of Dreams
Many ancient myths recall the time when there were no boundaries between humans and animals. I believe that the divine is revealed through Nature. Looking to Animals behavior could be a door to better understanding our
self. They talk to more primordial part of our hearts and souls, they can give guidance.
For my work I chose the Castor Canadensis (Beaver). His natural environment, the water, has long been associated with emotions and with Dreams. Dreams come at Dusk and Night and the full moon shining on the waters is there to remind this magic time of the day. Beaver is an ingenious master builder and is there to remind us that dreams are good but we have to work to make them real! The Artisan Gardens legacy project is itself a dream coming true and I am honored to be able to bring my contribution. I chose the glass to realize my work because is the closest element to water, transparent, shiny, and reflective. Also the coat of Beavers is always shiny and smooth.
Sponsor: Chris, Nicola, Aidan & Cassara Feist
There is a special place within the boundaries of Fish Creek Park that is a sanctuary for the elusive Great Blue Heron. This stealthy predator blends in with the sky when seen through the eyes of a fish, yet to us, their blue-gray plumage offer a striking contrast to its surroundings. It is a treat indeed to happen upon one of these magnificent birds.
Sponsor: Calgary Parkland Community Association
William Roper Hull Home
Bill’s amazing illustration reflects the original home built by W.R. Hull home in 1896. At that time the grand salon extension did not exist and was an addition by Richard Burns in 1960 when he resided at the Ranche.
Sponsor: Andreas and Cheryl Corden
Annie Bannister couldn't have imagined her home being so loved by so many in the future. This little home in what has become Fish Creek Provincial Park has become a delightful cafe which people from all over Calgary and visitors from far flung places have encountered and enjoyed.
Sponsor: Brian & Rick Schultz
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!
Sponsor: Awaiting your sponsorship
The strength and dignity of the Medicine Woman shines through, in this portrait. After a lifetime of learning her nation's oral traditions, she is highly skilled in spiritual healing and natural medicine.
Sponsor: Yoki Nichol
Alberta is the traditional territory of many First Nations, including the tribes of the Blackfoot. This is a depiction of a Siksika warrior wearing his split-buffalo-horn and horse-hair headdress with his breast plate of buffalo rib bones and rifle shells. He carries a buffalo-hump shield, his bow and a quiver of arrows.
Sponsors: Ulrich & Monica Kuenz (Great Events Group)
Seven (Bronze Bull Trout Sculpture)
There is a balance both in esthetics and in symbolism to the number seven. I have chosen to create seven nearly identical Bull Trout in a school for The Ranche at Fish Creek. We chose the Provincial fish of Alberta, the Bull Trout for several reasons: They are native to these waters and have been reintroduced after near extinction. They are now enjoying a comeback with the protection of Wildlife Resources. Anglers can see signs now stating,"No black, put it back," in waters that have been stocked with these handsome fish. The Bull Trout can symbolize the never ending quest for balance. As humans we drastically impact the environment around us, sometimes irreparably. To honour and restore that which has been thrown out of balance is one of our most important tasks. My hope is that our trout remind us all to do our part in protecting and respecting our precious landscape, our sparkling waters and the beautiful province in which we live. Read more...
Sponsor: Audrey McArthur
Memories in Red
..."We never knew where it came from, or ever knew where it went. It was just there. Fish Creek."
I grew up in the community of Canyon Meadows, bordering Fish Creek long before it was a provincial park let alone part of the city. In those days people still homesteaded in the valley. As kids we would wander the valley tossing boulders in the water, spitting off the suspension bridge and gigging frogs. Out on our adventures there was an old barn and other old buildings we would pass by on our treks. Though this painting is not of the actual barn, I seem to pass by many like it often on painting treks south of Calgary. Each time I see it, it brings me back to the place I remember as a child, blazing new trails along the rivers path. I finally got to paint its portrait and share the presence and the memories it evokes in me.
Sponsors: Rick & Fay Luchak
Peigan Chief (with Coup Stick)
In the Blackfoot culture the coup stick is considered an honoured item which signifies the courage the individual warrior had gained during his lifetime. The greater the acts of bravery, the more coup or honour was gained. Striking an appointment without causing harm, was considered the greatest act of bravery. It is clear by the number of eagle feathers on the coupstick and the richness of his headdress, much honour was gained by this warrior. He would have been deeply respective by his tribe. (Sourced from archive photo late 1800's early 1900's)
*recipient of the Artist Choice Award, Juror Choice Award and Honorable mention for theSpirit of 1912 Award at the 2012 Calgary Stampede Western Art Gallery Showcase.
Sponsors: Karl Berg & Peggy Telford
Prey In Sight
The Eagle is indigenous to the Fish Creek area and is also a symbol of great strength, leadership, prestige and sacred status to the aboriginal culture. Its feathers are used in ceremony, art and as part of tribal spiritualism and storytelling. The eagle I have created is on slate stone, enhanced with mixed media. The slate stone is a natural product which comes from the earth's sedimentary layers. The slate tile used for the Artisan Gardens Project, had the eagle image already hidden in the stone, and it was important for me as an artist, to bring the eagle and its story to the foreground. The open distance between this flying eagle and the land below, will be expressed by smaller slate tiles.
Sponsor: Bertha Ann Fisher
The Spirits of Fish Creek
A mother and child sit at waters edge in a river valley that echoes of the spirits of those who have gone before. Their hand made Teepee glows from the warm fire within as they celebrate the aurora together.
Sponsor: Audrey McArthur
Two black bear cubs at play, painted in a direct, playful manner. Painted from instinct and intuition, the work taps into the "wildness" of these animals, and celebrates the joyful energy that we share with them.
Sponsors: Clarence & Bernice Patton & family
The Pouncing Cougar
Intelligent and fearless, the male cougar prepares to pounce on his meal with great confidence, showing his talent of striking his opponent as fast as a lightning bolt. Cougars are from the cat family and their habitat is the Canadian Rockies. They are rarely seen by humans, which is why we enjoy viewing paintings of them in their natural habitat.
Sponsors: Dr. Alan & Mary June Alto
Hand-Crafted Stone Benches
Gernot's hand-sculpted stone benches can be found along the historical walkway of the Bow Valley Ranche.
Each bench is custom-designed and carved from Canadian Limestone to represent the unique vision of their individual donor and takes 2-3 months to create. A total of 10 original limestone benches will complete the Historical Walkway. Read more about how you can participate in this landmark program.
City of Calgary Parks
Peter J. M. Pallesen
5 Hand-Crafted Benches Await Your Sponsorship
The Canadian Bull Moose passing through to taste the wealth of Fish Creek Park, in search of a mate. The clean twigs and plants are worth the trip for the Canadian Moose passing through the Park because he only eats from the finest plants and twigs to keep his appearance noble and strong. The search for a mate is the reason for maintenance of good health and appearance for the Canadian Bull Moose. Fish Creek Park was an eating ground for the finest plants and to be in a beautiful scenery for the him to attract a mate while moving on through the Park.
Sponsor: Pat, Karla & Kennedy McInnis (Foxbrush Ltd.)
Late for Dinner
The Alberta Red Squirrel is a species indigenous to our province. However, the newly arrived Eastern Grey Squirrel has been invading its territory, and very few Red Squirrels are still left. I wanted to raise awareness about this, and present the Alberta Red Squirrel as a valued part of our environment that we should protect.
Sponsors: Lois & Tom Kelly
The Bow Valley Ranche has a strong connection to the past and present- to the people who impacted the landscape whether indigenous or immigrant. The land was the constant that sustained and nurtured humans and animals throughout the centuries. First Nations and European settlers respected the land, understanding what it meant to be a conservator. This tradition of stewardship has followed the Ranche to present day where it is now protected by the province and “The Ranche at Fish Creek Restoration Society”.
People and the icons they built are ever changing but the ranching tradition has become entrenched within prairie culture. Cattle have become a stable fixture in the evolving ever changing Fish Creek Valley. Left behind are fragments of the past, discarded bits that were tossed aside only to be found treasures many years later. These bits of history survived some amazing times and if they could tell the story, what would we learn?
From a distance the painting titled “Secrets” invites the viewer closer- to notice fragments of the past collages onto it’s exterior. The nail that helped to hold the barn together, a hinge from an old cupboard door, coins from the early 1900’s paid for provisions, a key that was there but never needed and so on. When the viewer’s journey is extended to an up close study, all kinds of surprises can be found. Looking deep within the surface one will find names, dates, and written stories embedded into various strata of the image.
Sponsor: Donald L. Bray
Jeff de Boer
A traditional teepee was intended to be a portable, temporary structure with wooden poles. These structures did not survive and for this reason the indigenous people did not leave behind any permanent architecture; nothing like an Egyptian pyramid for sure. A good deal of my work has to do with history and time. I make things to last so that, in the future, people will come across my work as art or even artifact. My deepest ideas deal with past, present and future.
One of the things that artists are always asked when creating outdoor work is, “Will it last?” One of the most durable materials available today is 316L stainless steel. It does not corrode or rust. I think it would be interesting to create a modern teepee sculpture made entirely of 316L that, if not disturbed, could last thousands of years. This teepee will stand at the crossroads of its historical past reference, its contemporary present and the possibility that in a thousand years it could still be standing. Who knows, by then someone may be living in it.
Sponsor: The Ranche at Fish Creek Restoration Society
Dancing in the Sunlight (Pointillist Painting)
Many, many of my paintings are sourced from Fish Creek Provincial Park. I paint in a contemporary pointillist style: mingling layered dots as meditations on the unknowns around us. Nothing on this earth is solitary, everything is connected: pointillism allows me to endlessly explore this harmony. I paint landscapes: natural, intimate spaces we see experience in our daily lives.
*recipient of the 2012 Vivid Arts Award for Excellence in the Arts and Outstanding Career Achievement, presented by Vivid Arts Network & ARTtour International Magazine.
Sponsor: The Morrow Family
You are Here
I am constantly impressed by the interconnectedness of living breathing life forms across boundaries of all types. How do we exist and grow, in the context of our relationship to other living beings? This work considers the balance between strength and vulnerability, appreciating and questioning the glue that holds individuals and ecosystems together.
I have combined human and bird's eye views of our shared local environment - Fish Creek Park, examining connections and barriers that influence the survival of the woodpecker. I have drawn on personal insights relating to my experience of the park, to create a contemplative visual language. In a sense, I am trying to communicate a little of what Fish Creek is to me; a merging of mind, body, spirit and environment.
Sponsor: Heather and Brad Sparkes
View from the Secret Bridge
When I was invited to be part of the Artisan Gardens project I knew instantly that I wanted to create a composite of the flora and fauna of the park. I love flowers, berries and the million shades of green that only Mother Nature can paint on her canvas so well. I went for a bike ride and took pictures of the flowers and greenery that I wanted to include and Googled the plants that were out of season before sketching my version of the perfect spot in the park. Being able to incorporate fused glass (which is my main practice) with traditional mosaic techniques allowed me to express the incredible beauty of the park through a unique impressionistic perspective. Watch how the color of the sky morphs with the changing light.
Sponsors: Keith and Shawn Nutting
Crow Totem Panel - 'The Gathering of the Crows'
The Gathering of Crows totem panel touches on the essence of crow. It is said, wherever there is a gathering of crows a doorway is opened to the realm of possibilities. We have a tendency to close our doors to be safe, which ends up limiting our potential. The open door way, the door ajar, opens us up to the unlimited possibilities in life.
The top of the panel is the crow head which plays with the mystery and the intelligence hidden in the depths and darkness of the crow’s eyes. In the spiral of the mandala is the symbol of the crow’s journey through the past, present, and on into the future. Our connection with crow through story, legend and myth is created with the image of a Man speaking crows in story and prayer. At the bottom of the totem is the crow touching down on the earth, making foot prints, connecting with the ground.
‘Opening a door to mystery, hoping to shed a little dark on all the things we think we know.’
‘Must be the crow in me, opening and closing the doors of the spirit.’ - Charles de Lint
Sponsors: ML & MC Rozsa de Coquet
Swanson Hawks are sometimes spotted in Fish Creek Provincial Park. A truly rare sighting are mating hawks. Larry’s subject matter, coincidently reflecting and symbolizing four generations (hand prints) that will be featured below the art piece of Stepmother Margaret Feist, wife Mitzie, daughter Karla McInnis and granddaughter Kennedy.
Sponsors: Larry & Mitzie Wasyliw
Meadows & Teepees
Many of the same grasses, wild flowers and shrubs were present in Fish Creek's historic past. For this project, I will do a “meadows” landscape, bathed in Alberta's golden light. Imagine that you are child playing in the grasses a hundred years ago, peeking at a teepee village in the background. My painting will be an intimate perspective of “Fish Creek meadow” capturing all its texture and color!
Sponsor: Richlyn Energy Ltd.
Along the Creek Bank
This painting is a stripped down iconography usually found in what is called Western Motif Art. Exacting certain details and streamlining them to their most basic elements, the artist straddles the balance between realism and abstraction. A simple scene such as a wagon wheel leaning against a post beside a creek is given transcendent significance. It is a scene that could inhabit a familiar world, were it not for the violent sky mirroring the jagged earth in their avid orange hue and their potential for tumult. Rather than being a literal landscape or vague impressionism, this is a conceptual piece instead, one open to interpretation.
Sponsors: Anne & Ron Payne
A passion for landscape and nature’s beautiful forms has long inspired my creative process. Living on the ridge of Fish Creek Provincial Park in south Calgary feeds my creative soul. In any season, I venture into the park and immerse my senses in its energy and beauty. The park has been a perfect playground for raising our family of two boys.
This painting, called “Home” draws inspiration from those escapes into Fish Creek. The bold colours convey the energy and vitality of Fish Creek, which has become the home of many species. Trees reveal to me their figure-like forms and gestures, telling their stories. These cottonwoods stand alone along the eastern side of Fish Creek, overlooking the Bow River and the surrounding plains. The cottonwoods’ gnarly trunks tell of harsh living in the valley, yet their strength withstands the elements. In their maturing years, there is still a sense of youthfulness in their leaves while their aging bodies tell another story.
Sponsor: Sheila Roddy
Big Stone Cree
They Danced on the Water
The spirit of the loon is something I have always connected with on a spiritual level. The loon has the ability to walk on water, swim beneath and walk on land. It is these many gifts that I wish to obtain in my life, the gift to adapt and live in many worlds. And just like these two loons who dance together on the water we are never alone - there is always someone guiding us and helping us along our paths.
Sponsors: Clarence & Bernice Patton & family
The male pheasant struts his glorious color and feather type. Yet, he can be the elusive camouflaged stranger in the tall grass. The Ring-necked Pheasant was first introduced to Alberta from Eurasia in 1908. While it is now common in Alberta, the provincial population is continually augmented by hatchery releases.
Sponsors: Arnold and Lynda Nugent
The story starts at the bottom with the EARTH element and prehistoric reference, through a collection of fossils. The element of FIRE is a piece of Alberta Ammonite in the left hand corner. The 2 fish in the WATER element representation the grandparents as they have schooled the generations to come. The WATER element mingles with the tree roots, nourishing the plants and creatures that live in the AIR element.
Sponsors: Robert & Della Petersen
Paul Van Ginkel
Horse Herd I, II, III
My 3 panel “triptych” is called “Horse Herd I, II, III”. The design is to function as a complete, continuous composition when the 3 panels are displayed side by side while each panel is also a complete painting when viewed on its own. Because I specialize in equine paintings and the horse is a big part of many cultures and locations (including Fish Creek Park), it was clear to me from the start that I was going to paint this subject. I enjoy painting all kinds of equine compositions, however, I particularly love designing canvases with many horses because of the aesthetic pattern of the animals and the interactive body language of their personalities.
Sponsors: Suzanne Sorensen & Jim Dawes
The symbol of the wolf is represented in myth, legend and lore worldwide from the beginning of creation. Native Americans greatly respected the wolf, and though they shared the same prey, they lived side by side for thousands of years. A great hunter was said to hunt like a wolf: the power of the wolf was used in healing: the wolf defended his pack against enemy attack, as the Native American defended his tribe: the skill of a wolf was called upon, to bless a hunting party as the wolf had patience and perseverance when hunting - with these skills the hunt was successful and the community was fed. When you hear the call of the wolf, remember those who have hunted and walked here before us.
“The wolf is symbolic of the vast wilderness and mystery of our great country” - Robert Bateman
Sponsors: Guy & Sarah Rogers and Family
Cattle King Burns
Pat Burns became a rancher and a big one. By 1912 he had six huge ranches. He was one of Alberta’s “Big Four” cattlemen who, in that year backed the first ambitious Calgary Stampede and saw it achieve success. Burns liked the cattlemen and was never as much at home as when he was with them
Sponsor: Matthew Burns
Precarious Pete Ponders the Banks of Fish Creek
Passionate about the art of stained glass I was intrigued when ask to create a mosaic of a white pelican for the Artisan Gardens at the Bow Valley Ranche. Capturing the essence of this magnificent bird native to Fish Creek Park, began with a photograph for inspiration. Then one piece of glass at a time, utilizing a mixture of transparent & opalescent stained glass, "Precarious Pete" evolved.
Sponsors: Bryan & Rebecca Fairbanks
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.
Sponsor: Garry & Doreen McKinnon and Family
A mother Coyote and her pups pensively await the summer storm.
Coyotes represent the vital force of restlessness and energy, moving between the categories of human gods-animals, good and evil, while testing the forms and realities of the world. Recognized in the Native spirituality as a trickster deity, the myth “The Star People announce that there must always be three kinds of people, Snake Men, Coyote Men and Star Men......The Snake is the awakening, The Coyote is man's "animality" and the Star is man's "spirituality". The good sits on the coyote's south side and the evil on the north. Coyote sits so that he can ally himself with either side, as it suits there whim. No other animal displays the same adaptability and capacity for survival in the face of great odds. There are few coyotes in Fish Creek Provincial Park, whose territories are endangered by human sprawl.
Sponsor: Carol Mann
Honouring the Sacred Pony
Horses have changed the way of life for the Blackfoot Speaking People. When the Europeans first met the Blackfoot People they saw great magnificant horses mounted with warriors. Both Horse and Warrior where strong and proud and well adorned with sacred paint.
The horse painted tipi represents the spiritual connection between horse and man.
Sponsor: Eleain Earle
Impressionistic painting, acrylic on board, two women (turn of the century) in a boat on a river in an intimate conversation.
Sponsor: Virginia Shyluk
I was inspired to do this piece by a glimpse I had of a red fox in Fishcreek park a couple of years ago. I didn’t know that they were native to the area, so it was a lovely surprise to see one. My piece is done as a relief, sculpted then cast in concrete, painted with acrylics, and mounted with glass and stone accents. My fox is hiding among the leaves, expressing that wild, elusive quality that makes seeing one feel like such a gift.
Sponsor: Audrey Fieger
For the Right to Wear Feathers
The Fish Creek area would have been a good place to earn some feathers. After a respectful ceremony, a warrior waits patiently in a hold covered with a ceiling of sticks and a piece of bait. In this painting, anticipation has turned into reward in an explosion of sticks, feather and flesh.
The shadow image alludes to a spiritual impression. In league with the Great spirit, the high flying golden eagle is lifting his captor out of the hole. The precious cargo is raised to a higher place with 'the right to wear feathers'.
Sponsor: Aloise Fieger
Home on the Range
Fish Creek Provincial Park is like my second home; it is where my passion for the environment was sparked. Fish Creek was where I watched my first beaver build his dam, studied butterflies in the meadow past the “big curve”, was amazed by the cliff swallows and their hundreds of homes in the tall banks of the creek, was speechless as I watched the Great Blue Heron catch frogs and then gracefully swoop back to their huge nests in the poplar trees. I experienced my first trail ride on horse back and these are only a few of the discoveries I had of the vast wildlife, insects and plant life that made this wonderful park their home.
Memories of Fish Creek are imbedded in me and it are now a part of me. As I think back to my childhood, I always recollect the cattle from the Burns Ranche, so I have decided to paint these stately beasts to preserve this historic part of the Bow Valley Ranche.
Sponsor: Steven Spencer
Patricia Lortie Sparks
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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 colors accented with touches of yellow, red and black. Both species are very active in and around Calgary and can be frequently enjoyed by visitors to the park.
Sponsor: Hanna Thai and Cole Hudson Mayert
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.
Sponsor : Virginia Hill
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!
Sponsor: Stan Borowski