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Our Featured Artists Are on Display

All original artwork is for sale.

Art sales help support The Bow Valley Ranche Historical Society (30% of sales), and, of course, the artist! 

Currently on display at the Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant:

  • Mary Ann Tarini Hews

  • Kelly Curliss

  • Ray Swirsky

Scroll down to view their work or view it on display at the Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant or email to

Mary Ann Tarini Hews  ARTIST

Artist Biography

Mary Ann was born in Northern Ontario of Italian descent, and paints under her maiden name Tarini. Following a career as a translator/ interpreter and a family move to Calgary, she began and continues a serious pursuit of her lifelong love of painting. She attends workshops led by talented artists in Canada, the States and in Italy. She paints in studio and “en plein air.” She is an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, The Calgary Artist Society, and the Leighton Art Centre. Her work has been shown at various venues such as Canyon Meadows Golf and Country Club, Apik Gallery, Art Match and the Federation Gallery in Vancouver.

Mary Ann paints in oil, in a contemporary expressionistic style.

“As an artist, I see the world a little differently. I see color, line, shape, light, and   shadow.  The interplay of these elements is what draws me to paint a particular landscape, still life or street scene. My greatest satisfaction occurs by putting paint on canvas in a way than draws the viewer into my work.

If you are interested in purchasing one of Marry Anne's pieces, please contact*

Kelly Curliss  ARTIST

Artist Biography

I am a Calgary based visual artist and my work is inspired by the beautiful and rugged mountains of Alberta.  It’s a passion I picked up after many months of boredom during the early days of Covid lockdown. I have had the good fortune to work with some wonderful artists and have greatly benefitted from their guidance and knowledge, especially DS. I love to challenge the viewer’s perception of the world around them by using playful colours and abstract styles as a reminder to look at the beauty of the land through new and creative eyes.

If you are interested in purchasing one of Kelly's pieces, please contact*

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Ray Swirsky  ARTIST

Ray Swirsky is a Calgary based artist who began painting as a hobby in the fall of 2014. Now painting full time as a career, he is actively producing works in oil that range between abstract realism to realism. Growing up in the small town of Kimberley, BC, Ray has always had a connection to the great outdoors and this can be seen in his many landscape and bison paintings. Some of these will be dramatic and refined and others less refined and almost whimsical. Some will be completed with brush, some with palette knife, purposely being changed up as means of understanding how paint behaves, always learning so this understanding of oils can be incorporated into future works.

   You will be see a wide variety of subject matter and styles in his portfolio, from landscape, portrait, cityscapes and just about anything that catches his eye. He is always pushing himself to better understand the basic fundamentals of light, value and intensity and how oil paints are used to express that sense of atmosphere and depth into a painting.

   Each work begins by first breaking the composition down to a half a dozen shapes, defining each of these shapes as warm and cool areas, and then working these large shapes against one another to create a sense of depth and atmosphere.

   As a means of advancing his basic fundamental skills he is always challenging himself, purposely incorporating elements in every painting that challenge those skills in the hopes that these skills eventually become intuitive and consistent. Expect to see a variety of subject matter in Ray’s work as he works ever so hard to master those skills that make his works stand out.

If you are interested in purchasing one of Ray's pieces, please contact*

Learn about the artwork in the year-round, outdoor gallery of the Native Gardens, The Artisan Gardens, and The Branded Patio at Bow Valley Ranche!

All original artwork is for sale. Please inquire on site at the Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant or email to

Art sales help support The Bow Valley Ranche Historical Society (30% of sales), and, of course, the artist! Thank you.

Artwork for Sale

If you are interested in purchasing one of their pieces,
please contact*

*please note not all pieces may be available in the artists' present inventory.

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