Wednesday, December 31, 2008

New Year = New Ideas
New Blogs- A Painting a Day
by Jeri-Lynn Ing and Erika Schulz.
We will be posting our new work on the blogs and will be showing the new paintings at
Gallery IS for your viewing. And YES, they are for sale.
Jeri Lynn and Erika

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Lauren Cowles 2nd Solo Exhibit at Gallery IS

Gallery IS, is pleased to be showing a second solo collection of works by local artist Lauren Cowles this January. Lauren's work is always interesting and thought provoking. She uses her unique perspective to collage both materials and ideas into her art.

In "Ignorance of Truth", Lauren explores the depth of sin and the hight of virtue. She further asks the question of "How do humans live with good if they dont have evil?". This collection of 14 mixed media works will feature all 7 virtues, and all 7 sins. Each piece will be loaded with layers of ideas and representation.

This show will run from January 5th to January 31st, 2009.
The artist's opening reception will be held Friday, January 9th, from 6-8pm. Everyone is welcome to attend. Food and drink will be served.

Example of Lauren's work.
Will not be shown.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas

Gallery IS hours for the holidays

December 24th
Noon to 3 pm

December 25- 28th Closed

Monday December 29th to Wednesday Jan 31st
11am - 5 pm

Happy New Year
January 1st- 4th 2009

Regular Hours resume Monday January 5th
11am - 5pm

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

There BACK- just in time for Christmas- your favorite artists working small-
affordable and adorable.
Please stop by soon as this is a cash and carry show and sale-
Merry Christmas from all the Artists at Gallery IS.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Gallery IS 3rd Annual Miniatures Exhibit

Dear Friends

Gallery IS, is once again hosting its most exciting Group Show. The Miniatures Exhibit is an annual event in the gallery, featuring small (and even tiny) works of art by over 20 local artists. This year we have an exceptional assortment of one-of-a-kind artworks. From jewellery, to felt, to paintings and mixed media, and even photography, this years show is not to be missed.

The artists participating this year are:
  • Lauren Cowles, Mixed Media
  • Peter Allen, Pastel
  • Margaret Hall, Felt
  • Erika Schulz, Painting and Drawing, ACEO's
  • Jeri-Lynn Ing, Painting
  • Valerie Turbak, Mixed Media
  • Melissa Russel, Jewelery
  • Amor, Jewelery
  • Shiela Wright, Watercolor
  • Sara Dudenhoffer, Watercolor, ACEO's
  • Roberta Murray, Altered Photography
  • Michael Huyzer, Painting
  • Rikki Renard, Painting
  • Elizabeth Ferchuk, Jewelery
  • Donna Herrick, Woven Metal
  • Glenda Ganz, Collage
  • Gillian Best, Mixed Media
  • Norma Barsness, Painting
  • Marie Banville, Encaustic
  • Justina Smith, Painting
  • Kate More, Painting
  • Peter Cameron, Painting

All the artwork is very affordably priced because of its small size (most works will be under $100.00), so Gallery IS will be the perfect place to find that perfect gift for friends and family.

This show and sale runs the entire month of December, from the 1st to the 31st.
It is cash and carry, so first come first served.
Join us this sunday November 30th for a special preview of the show from noon to 3pm.
Gallery IS will be open late on the First Friday December 5th, until 8:00pm. Join us for tea and cookies.

Along with our new miniatures, the Gallery will also have it's selection from our regular represented artists. Be sure to check out all the new works of art!

New this winter ... Fashion Scarves. These unique scarves are not so much for warmth, but are a unique alternative to jewelery. Hand-made, and in a variety of colours. Only $15.00 each! Make a statement at the office, or out on the town.

Gallery IS Holiday Closures. Short hours on Dec 24th, 11am-3pm. The Gallery will be closed on the following dates; Dec 25th, 26th, 27th, and 28th. As well as Jan 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. Regular hours resume Jan 5th.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Now Accepting Submissions For Miniatures Show

Open call to all artists.
We are now accepting submissions to the Gallery IS 3rd Annual Miniatures Exhibit.

This show is our exciting Christmas Sale. We gear these works for people who are buying gifts. 2D submissions must be 50 square inches or smaller. 3D submissions must be 6 inches tall or less. We encourage all media, and are interested in many interpretations. IN the past we have had miniature handmade boxes, many tiny paintings, small pendants on chains (necklaces), and even some works as small as a postage stamp.
All media are acceptable. Professional, emerging, and student work will be considered.

We are only accepting three submissions per artist for this exhibit. There is the possibility for showing more than three once you have been accepted.

The deadline for submissions to the "Miniatures" group show is November 22nd, 08.
Notice of acceptance will be given by November 24th, 08.
Delivery of accepted artwork must be made by Sunday, November 30th/08.

Please review our submission guidelines.

Official show dates are December 1st to December 31st, 2008.
Late night shopping on Friday, December 5th, 08. 6-8m.

All submissions must be made to the Gallery IS.
Submissions can be made via email.
Call us for more info or if you have any questions (403) 341-4641.

Monday, November 10, 2008


Thank you to everyone who made our Gallery IS LIVE event a great success. We had a big turn-out on friday to listen to the great Electrocoustic Jazz of DIG.IN.IT., and watch Susan Woolgar create a beautiful painting on site.

The painting done by Susan is now the object of a silent auction. If you missed your chance to place a bid just call or email the gallery and we will add your name to the list. Bidding is already up to $700.00.

There is a reserve on this piece, so it will not be sold untill that reserve is met. The value of the painting is regularily $2'500.00. This is a chance to bring home an amazing artwork of Susan's with a great story.

Be sure to get involved soon. We will be making regular updates on this blog as to the status of the bidding.
BIDDING IS NOW CLOSED. Congratulations Deb Buffum! :)

Tuesday, October 14, 2008


* ~ Gallery IS LIVE ~ Art and Jazz Night ~ *

Friday November 7th.
7:00 pm to 10:00 pm.
Doors open at 6:30 pm.

Gallery IS is hosting a bigger and better First Friday event. A night of live painting and live music to celebrate the opening of Susan Woolgar's Solo Exhibit "Atmospheric Indulgence". Susan will be creating a brand new, unique painting on the spot, all to the Jazz stylings of local trio DIGINIT.

There will be Food, a Wine Bar, Prizes, and a Raffle in support of the Red Deer SPCA.
Tickets are $10.00 each. They can be purchased at the Gallery, or over the phone via Credit Card (and picked up at the door). There are a limited number of tickets available.
We hope to see many of you come out and show support for Arts and Culture in Downtown Red Deer.
"Atmospheric Indulgence" will be on from,
November 3rd to the 29th.
Check out DIGINIT on their MySpace
Gallery hours on the 7th will be 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
Closed from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Thanksgiving Weekend

Gallery IS wishes everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and we hope you are able to spend some quality time with family and friends.

Hours over the weekend are ...
Saturday, October 11th - Open Noon to 3:00pm.
Sunday - Closed
Monday, October 13th - Closed

The gallery will be open regular hours on Tuesday the 14th.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

2009 Exhibit Schedule

The Gallery will be closed from Jan 1st - 4th.

January 2009
Lauren Cowles - Solo Show
Jan 5th to Jan 31st.
Opening Reception, Friday Jan 9th.

February 2009
Erika Schulz - "Stone Icon's", Solo Show.
Feb 2nd to Feb 28th.
Opening Reception, First Friday, Feb 6th.

March 2009
Jeri-Lynn Ing - Solo Show
March 2nd to March 28th.
Opening Reception, First Friday, March 6th.

April 2009
Justina Smith - Solo Show
March 30th to April 25th.
Opening Reception, First Friday, April 3rd.

May 2009
Brent Felzien - Solo Show
April 27th to May 23rd.
Opening Reception, First Friday, May 1st.

There will be no special exhibits during the summer months.

September 2009
Arlene Westen - Solo Show
Aug 31st to Sept 26th.
Opening Reception, First Friday, Sept 4th.

October 2009
Peter Cameron - Solo Show
Sept 28th to Oct 24th.
Opening Reception, First Friday, Oct 2nd.

November 2009
Norma Barsness - Solo Show
Nov 2nd to Nov 28th.
Opening Reception, First Friday, Nov 6th.

December 2009
3rd Annual Miniatures Exhibit
Nov 30th to Dec 31st.
Opening Reception, TBA.

The Gallery will be closed Dec 25th, 26th, and 27th. Reduced hours on Dec 24th.
This schedule is subject to change.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Special Hours

Gallery IS will be closed Thursday, October 2nd.

The gallery will be open extended hours on the First Friday, October 3rd. Open 10am - 8pm.

Triptich's, Works in Three.

Gallery IS presents it's fall Group Exhibit "Triptych's". "Triptych" means "in three", and the artists chosen to participate have created all their submissions in groups of three. Artworks in mixed media, painting, beading, and drawing have all been done in sets of three, series of three, or one subject seperated onto three panels.

This show features artworks by Red Deer artists. Among them are Jeri-Lynn Ing, Erika Schulz, Elizabeth Ferchuk, Justina Smith, Liba Labek, Matt Gould, and Sara Dudenhoffer.

"The Late Lunch"
Acrylic on canvas.
Justina Smith

This is a very interesting show with much diversity within the theme. Subjects range from illustrative in Sara Dudenhoffer's "Muffin Top" series, to Jeri-Lynn Ing's social commentary in her "Downtown Living" series.

"Heart on my Sleeve"
Mixed media with Silkscreen.
Valerie Turbak
$125.00 each.

Exhibit runs from Now to October 25th, 2008.
Opening reception is First Friday, October 3rd, from 6-8pm.
As part of the First Friday series Gallery IS will be open along with the Harris-Warke and Bilton Contemporary Art.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Currently at Gallery IS

Feature Artist
Peter Cameron

Feature Artist
Lauren Cowles
"Hands Embrace"
Mixed Media
$ 300.00

Featured Artist
Vivian Bennet

Debbie Hunter
Sunset Delight

Jeri-Lynn Ing
Tangle of Trees, Diptych

Monday, September 8, 2008

Gallery IS LIVE

Begining September 15th, Gallery IS will host small studio spaces. These spaces will contain an artist at work. Live artists, producing live artwork. Its so exciting.

The first artists to showcase their process will be Gallery IS owners Erika Schulz and Jeri-Lynn Ing. More Gallery IS artists will be participating as well in the future.

The gallery is always changing and there is always something new to see. Be sure to make Gallery IS a regular destination.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Enchanted By The Seasons ~ September Exhibit

Gallery IS presents its newest solo show, "Enchanted by the Seasons".

This exhibit is the first ever solo by local jewellery designer Elizabeth Ferchuk.

Her work will be featured in the Gallery from September 1st to September 27th, 08.

We hope you will make a point to come and see this unique display of custom made, sculptural beadwork.

This is what Elizabeth has to say about her work ...

"Enchanted by the Seasons
The seasons and all their glorious colours, both in nature and the ones traditionally associated with them, are what provided the inspiration for Elizabeth Ferchuk’s first solo show, Enchanted by the Seasons. From a simple flower in her backyard garden, a shimmering fall landscape, snow-capped trees or the summer skies at midnight, nothing is off limits to providing ideas. She finds that all the wonderful colour combinations provide such inspiration, that it’s quite an enchanting feeling when a design is thought up and begins to come to life. The pieces in the show are a mix, some are simple and eloquently stated and others are quite sculptural and expressive. "

Monday, August 18, 2008

Tryptic's Group Show Submissions

Open call to all artists.
We are now accepting submissions to "Tryptic's", our next group show.

This show is themed for artworks that come in a set of three. It could be three pieces, with a subject running through all, or it could be three pieces with related subjects. We are open to interpretation, but it must be 3 seperate works to be considered a Tryptic.

All media are acceptable.
Professional, emerging, and student work will be considered.
We are only accepting one submission(one set of three) per artist for this exhibit.

The deadline for submissions to the "Tryptic's" group show is September 20th, 08.
Notice of acceptance will be given by September 22nd, 08.
Delivery of accepted artwork must be made by Saturday, September 27th/08.

Please review our submission guidelines.

Official show dates are September 29th to October 25th, 2008.
Opening reception is Friday, October 3rd, 08. 6-8m.

All submissions must be made to the Gallery IS.
Submissions can be made via email.
Call us for more info or if you have any questions (403) 341-4641.

Monday, July 21, 2008

A Week At The Lazy M

Gallery IS presents a group of artists participating in the Red Deer College Summer Series Program, lead by Internationally renowned painter David More.
This exhibit will showcase selected paintings from their time at the Lazy M Ranch. A full week of painting outdoors and experiencing all that Alberta's landscape can offer, will provide viewers with a colourful, energetic, and spontaneous viewing experience.
Visit Gallery IS during the month of August for this unique group exhibit. Satisfaction guaranteed.
This show runs from July 28th - Aug 30th.
Opening reception is August 1st, 6-8pm. Everyone is welcome.

*Call the Gallery for Pricing and Availability*

CenterFest and a Book Signing at Gallery IS

On the weekend of July 26th and 27th, the Downtown will once again be taken over by Center Fest, our yearly street preformers festival. Gallery IS will be open and active in this event.

Our special hours will be:

Saturday, 11am-6pm.

Sunday, Noon -4pm.

On Saturday you will deffinately want to visit our gallery. You will see artist demos, as well as a Book Signing by Local Author and artist Sara Steeves Dudenhoeffer.

This last February, Sara Steeves Dudenhoeffer released the first book of her new series of youth fiction novels. The book is titled "Horse on the Loose" and even as a fiction novel, it incorporates many of her personal experiences. Although this series is mainly written for a younger crowd, it touches upon many issues including growing pains, cultural differences, and environmental issues. Sara grew up in a town just North West of Red Deer called Rimbey. She spent much of her childhood on horseback and finds nature to be her biggest inspiration both as an author and artist.

She will be autographing copies of her novel, "Horse on the Loose" at Gallery IS on Saturday, July 26th from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Please be sure to drop by and get your copy signed.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Local Images Group Show

Gallery IS is once again hosting our annual summer exhibit "Local Images". This is the perfect opportunity to view a unique perspective, by local artists, on our City and our Province.

This exhibit features artworks by many Red Deer and Alberta artists, and is a reflection of their lives and surroundings. You will recognize some Red Deer Landmarks, Famous Local Personalities, and the Classic Alberta Landscape. This exhibit also features works that reflect the Artists more personal Local Images, in the form of Loved Ones and Inner Landscapes.

The show runs from July 2nd to July 26th, 08.
The opening reception is once again part of the First Friday Series on Friday July 4th, 6 - 8 pm. Everyone is welcome.

Be sure to bring your visiting relatives to this show as it is a great tourist destination within Downtown Red Deer.

Justina Smith
"Parking Behind the Hub"
24x24 inches

Kathleen Polson
11x14 inches

Shauna Hulyk
Red Deer CPR Bridge
Oil Painting
3 X 4 feet

Monday, June 23, 2008

Canada Day Weekend Hours

Gallery IS will be closed for the Canada Day Weekend.

Sunday, June 29th.
Monday, June 30th.
Tuesday, July 1st.

Wednesday, July 2nd. 12:00pm - 4:00pm.

Regular hours resume on the 3rd.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Special Hours

Gallery IS, will be open late on Thursday, June 19th from 1pm-9pm.

As part of the Artwalk festival, we shall be open to accomodate their Artwalk Amble Bus Tour.

Feel free to take advantage of these later hours, and pay us a visit.

Monday, May 26, 2008

June Feature Artist

Gallery IS, is pleased to announce its next upcoming solo exhibit by Edmonton sculptor Shumba Ash. "Freedom" is a collection of stone and metal sculptures in Shumba's unique style. This style is influenced by his home country of Zimbabwe, and his new home of Canada, to create his Afro-Canadian experience. We are also very excited that Shumba's life sized wire sculpture of a motocycle will be included in this show.

"Freedom, do we know it, do we appriciate it and after fighting for it do we loose it again; to fight for it again."

Freedom of expression is what many have died for and are fighting for, how blessed am I to have this artistic freedom. Am I, are we taking full advantage of it?


"Freedom" will be on display at Gallery IS from June 2nd - June 28th. The opening reception will be friday June 6th, 6-8pm.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Local Images Submissions

Open call to all artists.
We are now accepting submissions to "Local Images", our second annual summer group show. This show is themed for artworks dealing with Red Deer, and the landscape, buildings, people, animals, and memories we share from our home town. All media are acceptable. Professional, emerging, and student work will be considered.

A maximum of 3 submissions please.
The deadline for submissions to the "Local Images" group show is June 14th, 08.
Notice of acceptance will be given by June 21st, 08.
Delivery of accepted artwork must be made by June 28th, 08.

Please review our submission guidelines.


Official show dates are June 30th to July 26th, 2008.
Opening reception is July 4th, 08. 6-8m.

All submissions must be made to the Gallery IS.
Submissions can be made via email.
Call us for more info or if you have any questions (403) 341-4641.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Recovering Self ~ May exhibit at Gallery IS.

Gallery IS presents our next solo show by artist Tracie Stewart-O'Brien. Tracie is a local artist and this is what she has to say about her collection of works.

" “Recovering Self” depicts the artist’s personal struggle to discover, uncover, and recover her. After wandering both emotionally and physically as a result of painful events which caused her sense of self to become submerged, she entered into a time of rediscovery For her the non-linear process of discovery involves the application and removal layers of meaning as well as paint. As a result, a transformation occurs, which cannot necessarily be controlled either in art or in life, and understanding begins to emerge.
For Tracie the creation of art is one way to create cosmos out of chaos. She believes the process of creation is one way the “inner self” can be explored and what rises to the surface can help us to translate, appreciate and deal with difficult or cloudy issues in our lives. In creating these works the artist uncovers, recovers and discovers herself and shares her visual insights with you in the hope that you can relate and as a result we can engage in meaningful dialogue together

We hope you will join us on Friday May 2nd, for the artists reception. 6-8pm.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Gallery IS at Lacombe Art Show

Hello everyone,

This weekend April 18th, 19th and 20th we will be in attendance at the Lacombe Art Show and Sale in Lacombe Alberta. Artists in attendance will be Marie Banville, Viv Bennett, Beth Ferchuk, Erika Schulz and Jeri-Lynn Ing.

The Hours of the Show are as follows:

Friday- 1- 8pm
Saturday- 11- 6pm
Sunday 11-4pm

Gallery IS will be closed on Friday but will be open on Saturday for your shopping and viewing pleasure.

We are all looking forward to a wonderful weekend of art and we hope that you can join us.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Gallery IS Flora and Fauna

We are please to showcase some of your favorite artists- Vivian Bennett, Kate More, Rikki Renard, Erika Schulz, Jeri-Lynn Ing, Monika Dery and some new artists- Dan Milanese, Mellisa Russell, and others.
Please stop in and see what spring has brought to the Gallery IS-

Jeri-Lynn Ing
"Calgary Cone Flowers "

Mellisa Russell
"Yellow Orchids"
Acrylic on Canvas.

Kate More
"Back Yard Flowers"
Oil on board.

Erika Schulz
"Portia" SOLD, "Ophelia", "Desdamona", and "Cymbaline" SOLD.
Acrylic on canvas.

Monika Dery
"Flower" SOLD
Batik on paper.

Verna Allison
Lily Series
Ceramic and Photography

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

New Work from Vivian Bennett

New Work from Vivian Bennett.
On the Road to Totem Tree
Acrylic on Canvas
30 x 40 inch