Save the Date: Thursday October 17th 2019

IN EDMONTON

October 8, 2019 – November 25, 2019  

Shaping Alberta

Partnership between CARFAC Alberta and the Friends of the Alberta Jubilee Auditoria Society

Shaping Alberta shares 10 Alberta artists’ visual perspective on life and creativity.

This juried exhibition, which travels to both Calgary and Edmonton, reminds us how significant our environment/personal landscape is to us all & what we see and do everyday shapes us personally.
The work we as creatives do, also shapes our communities and our cultural identity. 

Ilse Anysas-Salkauskas . Norman Burnham White . Jennifer Conneely . Margriet Hogue . Debbie.lee Miszaniec . Tatianna O’Donnell . Sherry Richardson . David Scott . Rene Thibault

Reception:  Friday, October 17th, 7 to 9pm.    
Location: Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium in the Kaasa Gallery (11455 — 87 Avenue).

Parking & Directions
http://www.jubileeauditorium.com/GuestServices/ParkingDirections

SAVE THE DATE: Shaping Alberta, September 6th 2019

IN CALGARY 

August 26, 2019 – October 4, 2019 

Shaping Alberta

Partnership between CARFAC Alberta and the Friends of the Alberta Jubilee Auditoria Society

Shaping Alberta shares 10 Alberta artists’ visual perspective on life and creativity.

This juried exhibition, which travels to both Calgary and Edmonton, reminds us how significant our environment/personal landscape is to us all & what we see and do everyday shapes us personally.
The work we as creatives do, also shapes our communities and our cultural identity. 

Ilse Anysas-Salkauskas . Norman Burnham White . Jennifer Conneely . Margriet Hogue . Debbie.lee Miszaniec . Tatianna O’Donnell . Sherry Richardson . David Scott . Rene Thibault

Reception: Friday, September 6th, 7 to 9pm.
Location: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, Jubilee Gallery Lower Lobby (1415 – 14th Avenue NW).

Parking & Directions
http://www.jubileeauditorium.com/GuestServices/ParkingDirections

IN EDMONTON

October 8, 2019 – November 25, 2019  

Shaping Alberta

Partnership between CARFAC Alberta and the Friends of the Alberta Jubilee Auditoria Society

Shaping Alberta shares 10 Alberta artists’ visual perspective on life and creativity.

This juried exhibition, which travels to both Calgary and Edmonton, reminds us how significant our environment/personal landscape is to us all & what we see and do everyday shapes us personally.
The work we as creatives do, also shapes our communities and our cultural identity. 

Ilse Anysas-Salkauskas . Norman Burnham White . Jennifer Conneely . Margriet Hogue . Debbie.lee Miszaniec . Tatianna O’Donnell . Sherry Richardson . David Scott . Rene Thibault

Reception:  Friday, October 17th, 7 to 9pm.    
Location: Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium in the Kaasa Gallery (11455 — 87 Avenue).

Parking & Directions
http://www.jubileeauditorium.com/GuestServices/ParkingDirections

Sunflower Project: Community Collaborations

So last week I told you about the new painted utility box I contributed to the Marlborough community. I also mentioned the references to the sunflower project that I included in the design. Here would now be a good place to include some images of a couple of the other boxes from the project. These artists agreed to let me contribute a sunflower seed to the designs of their boxes, symbolically taking part in the project and growing it further to take root in the Marlborough community. Thanks Sharon Fortowsky and Ashley Oshiro for hosting the Sunflower Project in your projects. Hopefully we can collaborate again soon!

City of Calgary Painted Utility Box
Ashley Oshiro
(Detail with Sunflower seed by Debbie.lee Miszaniec)
City of Calgary Painted Utility Box
Ashley Oshiro
City of Calgary Painted Utility Box
Sharon Fortowsky
(Detail with Sunflower seed by Debbie.lee Miszaniec)
City of Calgary Painted Utility Box
Sharon Fortowsky

Did I Mention? New Painted City Utility Box.

Hi,

It appears I am so behind on keeping the blog up to date!

SO last spring I was given the opportunity to participate in a program bringing a suite of new painted utility boxes to the Marlborough Community in Calgary. I jumped at the chance, having spent nearly a decade of my formative years in the neighbourhood. Each artist created a design concept responding to the overall theme of home,  and to information gathered during an extensive phase of community engagement.

Here was my contribution to the Curb appeal in the Marlborough Community:

Home
Painted Utility Box
City of Calgary
Marlborough Community
Debbie.lee Miszaniec
Home
Painted Utility Box
City of Calgary
Marlborough Community
Debbie.lee Miszaniec
Home
Painted Utility Box
City of Calgary
Marlborough Community
Debbie.lee Miszaniec
Home
Painted Utility Box
City of Calgary
Marlborough Community
Debbie.lee Miszaniec

You may notice the retro colour scheme and styling. Marlborough is a 1970’s community and in talking to residents it impressed me how many people had bought when Marlborough was new and still lived there. It was also impressive to me how many people said it was their community and their neighbours that meant the most to them when they thought about their experience of living in Marlborough.  So I decided to create a design that was an ode to the 70’s roots of the area, and that focused on the points in our homes where we interact with our neighbours.  The theme of community was also a natural fit for the sunflower project, and you will see that I included copious references to it in the design.

Art In Transit: Installed! (plus bonus Inglewood art)

You may recall I posted last spring that the City of Calgary was interested in reproducing my little painting,  Pancake Breakfast, in the large, on glass for the 17th Avenue BRT project. Well here is the finished project!

Pancake Breakfast, Reproduction of glass, Installed

I really like where it was situated, close to the Blackfoot Diner in Inglewood. When the former owner, Edna, was alive, she was known to give free meals to the homeless on occasion, so the placement of this symbol of Calgary hospitality seems appropriate. What do you think?

Speaking of Inglewood and the Blackfoot Diner, (two, or rather one in another, places which meant a lot to me growing up in Calgary,) here are a couple paintings I did a few years ago expressing my love of Inglewood:

Blackfoot Diner
10″ x 11″
Acrylic on canvas and repurposed candy box.
Debbie.lee Miszaniec
Inglewood Food Mart
10″ x 11″
Acrylic on canvas and repurposed candy box
Debbie.lee Miszaniec

Both of these paintings were shown at the Edge Gallery YYC in the I Love Inglewood show.

The Motion of Shopping : Opening Tomorrow!

Opening April 25th 6 – 9 PM

Women’s Art Museum of Canada, AB Chapter, Edmonton

My painting, Security ( 20″ x 24″ oil on canvas), will be on view for the first time to the public for the duration of this show. If you are in Edmonton don’t miss this opportunity to see the real deal up close and personal.

Security
oil on canvas
20″ x 40″
Debbie.lee Miszaniec

Talking About: Buffalo Bill

Example of a header from an early Buffalo Bill Dime Novel

This is a quick announcement: I will be giving a talk emerging from my new series of paintings exploring Buffalo Bill in the context of the fictionalization of history. The talk will take place at Heritage Park Historical Village & Museum. It is scheduled  for Thursday November 22nd 2018 at 2pm. Stay tuned for further updates as the time draws near!

Art in Transit: Pancake Breakfast

Pancake Breakfast

9 x 12 O/C

by Debbie.lee Miszaniec

Last week I was contacted by the City of Calgary, regarding the selection of one of my paintings to be enlarged and reproduced permanently on one of the transit shelters for the 17th Ave SE BRT public transit development. I am super excited to be working with the City on this and can’t wait to see what Pancake Breakfast looks like enlarged and in the public space! I will make sure to take and post pictures when this goes ahead.

Building Bridges: The Sunflower Project & the 2019 Multifaith Calendar

Wish150 Alberta Mosaic
Detail
Acrylic on Panel

I am pleased to say that the Sunflower Project is growing yet again!

The wish 150 Alberta Mosaic Sunflower has been selected by the Multifaith Action Society for inclusion in their 2019 Multifaith Calendar. The 2019 theme is Coming Together: Exploring New Connections. As the  aim of the sunflower project is to create bridges of good will and the growth of positive action, I felt that the Sunflower Project would be a great fit for the Multifaith Calendar. I am also honoured to be recognized and included as an artist of no faith (by choice), by the inclusion of my work in the calendar.

” Founded in 1972, the Multifaith Action Society (MAS) is a Canadian registered charity dedicated to the facilitation of interfaith education and dialogue. For over forty years, MAS has worked to build bridges between the myriad cultural and spiritual communities that characterize British Columbia, and has collaborated on a wide variety of public education campaigns and initiatives that have affected positive social change while raising awareness of multicultural issues.”

I believe that the effort to promote understanding between cultures and faiths is a good and worthy one. Therefore I am happy to have the Sunflower Project featured in a fundraising initiative which will be supported by individuals who also believe in affecting positive social change across cultures and faiths.

I will make sure to let you know when the calendars become available for purchase!