Thursday, December 31, 2009


Gallery IS, is once again pleased to be presenting a collection of new work by Red Deer artist Lauren Cowles.

"Today I dream of......." is the second solo exhibit by Cowles at Gallery IS. This show features her unique mixed media and collage work. The themes in this show are from dreams. Each "dream box" will be a representation of a dream that is either personal to the artist or a dream that was shared with her.

Cowles will be blogging about her progress, charting the creation of these works and also the daily life of an artist. This exhibit features the beginning of a journey. The 30 works in the series will be the first, with many more to come.
"Today I Dream Of ..." will be on display from Jan 4th to 30th.
The opening reception is Jan 8th, First Friday, from 6-9pm.
The artist will be in attendance. Everyone is welcome.
See you soon.
Lauren's website:

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Gallery IS 4th Annual Miniatures Exhibit is in full swing. Make sure you pay us a visit during the holidays.

There are many, many artworks in all sizes by all of your favorite artists.
The Mini's exhibit runs until the end of December.

Rikki Renard is having an excellent sale of her artwork. 20% to 50% off of a great selection of her work.
Visit the gallery to see these pieces or visit her website.

Happy Holidays to all our friends.
We hope you have a great one.

The Gallery's hours over the season will be as follows ...
Dec 21, Monday - 11:30 to 5:00 pm
Dec 22, Tuesday - 11:30 to 5:00 pm
Dec 23, Wednesday - 11:30 to 5:00 pm
Dec 24, Thursday - 10:00 to 1:00 pm
Dec 25, 26, 27 - Closed

Dec 28, Monday - 11:30 to 5:00 pm
Dec 29, Tuesday - 11:30 to 5:00 pm
Dec 30, Wednesday - 11:30 to 5:00 pm
Dec 31, Thursday - 10:00 to 1:00 pm
Jan 1, 2, 3, 4 - Closed

Regular Hours resume on the 5th of January.
Happy New Year!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Submissions for the 4th Gallery IS Miniatures Show

Hi everyone! Its that time of year again and we are so excited about our 4th Annual Miniatures Exhibit and Sale. Our 4th year! Can you believe it.

Many of our artists have already been hard at work creating dozens of tiny treasures, but we are looking for many more artists to submit even more mini masterpieces.

This show is our exciting Christmas Sale. We gear these pieces for people who are looking for that special gift. 2D works must be 50 square inches or smaller, and 3D works must be 6 inches tall or less. We encourage all media and are interested in different interpretations. In the past we have had tiny felt shoes, handmade necklace pendants and bracelets, paintings as small as postage stamps, and small handmade boxes.

All media are acceptable.
Professional, emerging and student work will be considered.

We are only accepting 3 submissions per artist for this exhibit. If your work is chosen to be included there is the possibility to show more than three (so get busy).

*Submission guidelines are outlined on the right hand side of this blog.*

The deadline for submissions is Monday, November 23rd.
Notice of acceptance will be given on November 24th.
Delivery of accepted work must be made by Monday November 30th.

Official show dates are December 1st, 2009 to January 2nd, 2010.
Please send all submissions to our email address. Digital images are required.
If you have any questions please feel free to email or call us.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Norma Barsness Solo Show

Norma Barsness is having a solo show with Gallery Is for the month of November 2009.
The show titled "Art and Soul" is full of Norma's familiar bold rich colours and local landscapes that are sure to warm your soul.
Artist Statement: “Celebrate each of life’s moments by viewing nature and simple everyday life experiences. Turn commonplace into something special.”
Please join us in celebrating with Norma for the First Friday event- November 6- 6pm to 9pm when the artist will be in attendance. The Gallery Hours are 11:30 to 9pm on Friday.

Hope to see you there.

Monday, October 19, 2009


This is a HUGE SALE everyone.
From October 19th to the 30th only.

This is an excerpt from Erika's Blog
"My studio is about to go through some renovations, so instead of trying to pack these pieces away, I would rather you take them home and enjoy them. So, I am offering them at seriously reduced prices. Some of them are 40, 50, 60 and 75 percent off!

If these selected works have not sold by the 30th, I will be painting over them and recycling them into new artworks. They will not exist anymore. SAVE THEM!"

Visit her blog for the complete list of pieces. Seriously discounted stuff in there.

She will accept Paypal, which means you can pay however your heart desires.
She will ship to you if you live outside Red Deer.

If you are in Red Deer you can come into the Gallery and pick up your piece. We can accept Visa, Mastercard, AMEX, or Debit or Check.

Contact Erika to reserve your new artwork.
Remember to tell all your friends too.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Special for Halloween

New for Halloween 2009.

$5.00 each.
Great for a Halloween display for just for fun. Each decoration is 2 inches and made from felt by Erika Schulz.
Each one is unique, and they are only available untill the end of the month.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

New New New

In case you are a fan, we want to pass on some important info.

Rikki Renard has started up her first website. You can see a large collection of her work, both past and new.

Lauren Cowles has created a blog featureing the Gallery and the Collective of artists working in it.

She has also updated her website, so be sure to check that out too.

Have you been paying attention to the blog of Erika Schulz and the website of Jeri-Lynn Ing? Well, if you want to keep up with their artwork-a-day project, they are the places to visit for the most current additions to the challenge.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

One Week Only / Feature Artist Liba Labik

Gallery IS, is pleased to be featureing a collection of outstanding paintings by Calgary artist Liba Labik.

"Decoration With Hands" is an ongoing series of oil and mixed media works for Liba. The subject of hands is for Liba a way to show the greatest untapped potential in all humans. They are one of the greatest symbols of humanity and something we can all relate to. They portray emotion and age.

This is a must see exhibit! It is only on display at Gallery IS for one week from the 29th to the 3rd.

Artists reception is First Friday, October 2nd from 6-9pm. Everyone is welcome. The artist will be in attendance.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Alexander Way Festival

Join us for the Alexander Way Festival on Saturday the 19th. Gallery IS shall have a booth on the street with many new artworks, and we will also have the Gallery open for your viewing pleasure.

You can also take advantage of our special attraction, Henna Tattoo's!

Erika Schulz will be creating this temporary body art between Noon and 4:00pm.
You can get $5.00 small tattoo's, or larger designs for $10 and $15 dollars.

Alexander Way Festival will be happening right beside the gallery, so make sure you pay us a visit.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

September Exhibit Fifty-50

Gallery IS, is pleased to present the work of Artist Arlene Westen Evans.

Arlene Westen Evans combines personal narrative with a unique visual lexicon to depict her life journey in this series of fifty artworks.

“There is always a gentle ‘push’ and ‘pull’ to the process - discovering places where strange ambiguities emerge, where a figure might awkwardly melt into a background or a combination of elements becomes something symbolic or unexpected, strange and new.”

An indefatigable artist and instructor with over 25 years experience in the arts, Westen Evans graduated BFA Honours (Distinction) from the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary. She has conducted numerous workshops throughout western Canada including Summer Series at Red Deer College in Alberta.

Please join us on First Friday, September 4th from 6-9pm, to celebrate the opening of this unique collection of work.

The artist will be in attendance and also the Gallery IS open studio artists will be at work in their spaces.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

August Feature Artist Alison Philpotts

Gallery IS, is pleased to present the work of Alison Philpotts.

"My main concern with my palette of acrylic colour is to paint, primarily,
southern Alberta landscapes. I choose scenes that resonate with me on a
personal level both emotionally and spiritually. The emotive nature of my
focus is an unending passion for me. With each large canvas, time stands
still for me, as I delight in creating intense colour combined with the
subtleties of light and shadow in each composition. In turn, the paintings
themselves, evolve beyond the mere reality of what the naked eye
perceives. This is my joy.
When I reflect on my work, there are several concepts involved. On one
level, it is simply to invite the viewer to participate in a brief meditation on
the intricate beauty of our natural environment, to show that our shared
landscape is neither dormant nor neutral. On the other hand, another
conceptual message is that landscape as such with its sheer vitality and the
profundity of its silent energy can offer an attentive person solace, peace
and a sense of belonging, an anchor, if you will, in this world in
which we live."
Alison's work is on display from August 3rd to August 15th. All works are for sale.
Opening Reception and Gallery IS Open Studios are First Friday August 7th, 6-9pm.
Artist's will be attending.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Introducing Fran Ding

Look what's new- Fran Ding is now selling her wonderful, whimsical pottery at Gallery IS- just a sneak peak at some of the artwork available for purchase.
Fran is a Red Deer Potter working in hand built clay- each piece is unique and the glazes used are food safe.
You will love this artwork.

Monday, June 8, 2009

pictures of miniature show

There Here- Don't Miss Out
One a Day Show and Sale
on until July 2009

Friday, June 5, 2009

Thank You Red Deer

Gallery IS, Jeri-Lynn and Erika, would like to thank everyone who voted in the Best Of Red Deer survey through the Red Deer Express. We are so happy to be the recipients of 2009's Best Art Gallery award.

This really means a lot to us, and we hope to continue to be the great space you believe us to be. :)


Wednesday, June 3, 2009

One A Day Paintings By Erika and Jeri-Lynn

Come and pay a visit to Gallery IS in June and July to see the progress of The One a Day Painting Project. This challenge was taken up by Gallery owners Erika Schulz and Jeri-Lynn Ing beginning January first of 2009. By visiting the gallery in June you will get to see 6 months worth of artwork! An achievement all on its own and the year is only half over.
35th street. Number 84, by Jeri-Lynn Ing
Jeri-Lynn's inspiration is drawn from daily walks in her neibourhood, and around Red Deer. You may recognize a street, or tree, or some familiar landmark from the area.
Face Off 3: Parrot. April 24th, by Erika Schulz.
Erika works in series of 7. Each week she chooses a subject that interests her and works away on 7 pieces that vary that theme. Its whatever is interesting to her at the time.
"One A Days" will be on display in the gallery from Friday June 5th, to July 31st, 2009. The show will be updated as pieces are created by the artists, so there will be something new to see every week. Each piece of artwork is for sale, and its first to come, first to own.
Artists reception is on First Friday, June 5th. From 6-9 pm, everyone is welcome.

Friday, May 15, 2009

New Digs for Gallery IS

Take a look at our new space- just in case you have not been by
or you just can't get enough....

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Best Of Red Deer

Please follow this link ...


... and fill out the survey to vote Gallery IS as Red Deer's best Art Gallery for 2009. You will find the "Art Gallery" section at the top of the 4th page.

The deadline for voting is Friday, May 15th.
It would be very special for us to be included in this years winners. :)

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Basement Beauties: Solo Show by Brent Felzien

Gallery IS, is pleased to present a new exhibit by Edmonton based artist, and Red Deer College graduate, Brent Felzien.
"Basement Beauties" is Brent's first solo show.

This exhibit will present a series of portraits in Brent's unique mixed media style. Using a variety of materials from wood, to plexi-glass, scrap metal, cardboard, and of course paint and pastel, these works are meditations on texture and construction. His art is rooted in the presence and process of real objects. Brent looks to connect the viewer to his artwork through the gritty nature of an unrefined surface.

On exhibit from April 27th to May 23rd, 2009.
Opening reception on First Friday, May 1st. From 6-9pm.
Everyone is welcome.
To see more of Brent's work please visit his Deviant Art Gallery @
Mixed Media
*Click on the image to Magnify.*

Saturday, April 4, 2009

April 3rd, 2009

Gallery IS Grand Re-Opening and
First Friday featuring Justina Smith's Exhibit,
"A Canadian Clothesline"
*Click on the image to enlarge.*

Friday, March 20, 2009

First Solo Show by Justina Smith

Gallery IS, is very pleased to be hosting the first solo gallery exhibit by Red Deer artist Justina Smith. We have been watching Justina's growth over the last few years and we are so happy to be representing her and her work on a more permanent basis.

"Canadian Clothesline: A Brief Look At Our Intimates" will be the first exhibit in the new Gallery IS space on Alexander Way.
This solo show is a pictorial journey of the artists journey across Canada in 2008. Starting in BC in September and ending in a round trip, winter driving, expedition from Red Deer, AB to Moncton, NB. "I took a lot of photos along the way, and I thought it would be neat to document the trip in a manner that was fluid and simple. Watercolor and pen are great mediums to capture moments quickly, so I thought this would be the best way to express these pictures. And since they are little paintings, it’s just a brief look."

Brief, intimate and extremely diverse describes this show and the journey of the artist. Justina takes the viewer along with her on her journey sharing the various places through her intimate perspective and sense of whimsy.

Exhibit runs from March 30th to April 25th.
Opening artists reception is Frist Friday, April 3rd from 6-8pm.
Live music, food, and drink plus the artist will be in attendance.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Hours, Moves, and Floods

Dear Friends

We have to thank you in advance for your patience. There are many things happening at Gallery IS.

First, we would like to apologize for the erratic hours of late. With the cold weather, the low numbers of visitors, and recently a burst pipe, we haven't been able to keep regular hours. If you need to view some artwork and we are not at the Gallery, we encourage you to arrange for an appointment, and we will be glad to meet you.

You read that right, we have had a flood. Unfortunately this has created a myriad of problems, and we are very sorry for this. Fortunately we escaped without any damages to anything other than the space itself.

With all the goings on our plans to move on the 28th of March, to our new space on Alexander Way, might be happening a little sooner than expected. Keep an eye here for more information, or you can always just give us a call too.

Stay tuned, and see you very soon.
Erika Schulz and Jeri-Lynn Ing. Owners.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

New Solo Show From Jeri-Lynn Ing

Gallery IS, is pleased to be showing a second solo collection of works by Red Deer artist Jeri-Lynn Ing this March.

"Painterly Paintings" is a journey along the highway 1A, between Banff and Lac Louise. Jeri-Lynn made two trips, one in the fall and one in the winter, to gain the inspiration for this exhibit. Her paintings of these amazing landscapes observes the mountains, the trees and all the splendour of Alberta's nature scapes. This show will feature 10 large paintings in oil and acrylic.

Escape the last breath of winter at Gallery IS.
This show will run from March 1 to March 28, 2009.
The artist's opening reception will be held Friday, March 6th, from 6-8pm. Artist in attendance. Everyone is welcome

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Stone Icons: Revisited

A new exhibit of original paintings by Erika Schulz is now on display at Gallery IS.

This show runs from Feb 2nd to Feb 28th.
Please visit the gallery on First Friday to speak with the artist about her newest artworks.
February 6th, from 6:00 to 8:00pm.

"Stone Icon" is an ongoing series. This theme will be re-explored in her largest group of these paintings. Since 2006 she has been exploring the mythology encapsulated in gargoyles, burial mounds, ancient statues, and wall carvings, all of which were meant to carry a message through time.

They were meant to scare us, inspire us, record history, and immortalize the dead. Today we still marvel at their ability to convey a message, and admire the decorative beauty.

After travelling to England in the spring of 2008, Erika was inspired once again to capture the strength and mystery of these carvings, large and small, in her unique "drawing with paint" technique. Stone Henge, Ancient Rome, Mythology, Castles, Churches and Mausoleums all inspired these works.

Stone Icon: Hungry Bear
Stone Icon: Wise Goat

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Gallery IS Moving

Gallery IS
Moving to Alexander Way
This spring we will be moving to a new location on Alexander Way. We are very excited about the new Gallery IS space and all the great events we will be able to host there. Please keep your
eye on our blog for important updates, solo show annoucements and First Friday events.
Erika Schulz- Solo Show- Opens Feb 2 and runs through the month. First Friday will be on Feb
6th from 6 to 8pm at our Current Local.
Hope to see you there.

One a day paintings are online at for viewing only