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DID Art at the Lethbridge Centre

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Ten University of Lethbridge art students, under the advisement  of their professor, are taking their art careers into their own hands  by setting up their own show at the Lethbridge Centre Mall this week.
DID,  or distortion, intervention and disturbance, takes place Dec. 4-6 at the Lethbridge Centre next to the Blackfoot Gallery, by the Bay. The opening reception for the show is Dec. 4, from 7-9 p.m.
“It’s just a collection of our works,” said artist Arianna Richardson adding the show  was a project from professor Denton Frederickson.
“He told us  we should think about putting on a show ourselves and find the space, so we did,” she added easy.
“There is every medium— video, sculpture, paining, photographs,” she said adding all of  the artists, AJ Appel, Andrea Kowalchuk, Deanna Kerr, Jarrett Duncan, Karen Davis, Matt Stewart, Miranda Towells, Naomi Husband, Shawn Bell and Richard designed their works with the themes in mind of  distortion, intervention and disturbance.

Tiny Bill Cody to be inspired by the atrium

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There is an unusual concert happening this week in the University of Lethbridge atrium.
Hamilton based visual artist and writer Tiny Bill Cody, aka Tor Lukasik-Foss is visiting Lethbridge, Nov. 18-21, taking part in a special concert series called “Unlikely Concerts.”' The idea behind it is  “Unearth  the hidden narrative potentials of  the overlooked Maria Madacky has an exhibition at the Yates beginning this week.features of the public  landscape.”
Tiny Bill is a seven foot tall performer who incorporates  jazz, latin, country and rock and even yodeling into original music about  everything from electricity to the University of Lethbridge atrium. With that in mind, Tiny Bill is looking  for local artists,  musicians, instrumentalists and poets to help out with the performance to perform their original works inspired by the university atrium this week.
Tiny Bill Cody’s music from his four CDs  has been featured on CBC’s “GO!” program and he has performed  at numeorus festivals and galleries.
It takes place  from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. each day in the university atrium.
Participants should  just show up or e-mail Jane Edmundson at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . or calling 403-329-2161 for more information.

In other art news, check out  a unique display at the Yates gallery, where Maria Madacky has a stand alone installation piece which viewersa re invited to walk through.

— by Richard Amery, L.A Beat Editor

New art exhibits open at Bowman and Waterfield Galleries

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Go on an art walk this weekend as two new art exhibitions are officially opening, Saturday, Nov. 14.
 First of all, an exhibit named  “Reverie” is opening at the  Waterfield Gallery in the Yates Theatre. It features the work of Coaldale artist Maria Z Madacky.Maria Madacky’s ”Ornament”
 Maria works in mixed media, ink and oil, exploring  themes of spirituality and materialism.  Her website notes her most recent works are the result of  the search for  visual structures epitomizing unity and wholeness which intend  to transcend the physical sense of  seeing and move towards a mediative experience of another time and space.  Check out some of her work at
In another place, ie the Bowman Art Gallery, an exhibit featuring the work of Bob Webb also begins.
The exhibit, called “Gardens and More,” features some of Webb’s  paintings.
The opening receptions for both exhibits are  7-9 p.m., Nov. 14. Both exhibits run until Jan. 9, 2010
— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last chance for Lady Sasquatch, first chance for Naglfar

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While one art exhibit closes at the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, another is about to open.Lady Sasquatch. Photo by Richard Amery
So if you want to have some big, furry fun, make sure you check out  the last couple days of  “Lady Sasquatch”  in the Gallery, located at W600 in University Hall.
 The exhibit, several impressively large and somewhat frightening sasquatch figures created by Ontario artist Allyson Mitchell,  ends on Friday, Oct. 30.
 it has been running since Sept. 18.
 The exhibit is a unique take on the mythical creatures rumoured to roam the forests of the Pacific Northwest. The exhibit features a half dozen of the towering creatures gathered  around a bonfire in various striking poses. They are made of pieces of shag carpet, textiles and other found, furry objects.
“It’s been really, really well supported,” said University of Lethbridge gallery curatorial researcher and preparator Jane Edmundson adding the exhibit has attracted a conservatively estimated 80 visitors  each day including  a plethora  of classes from local schools
“People have been responding in one of two ways. Usually they’ll say ‘wow, these are pretty scary’ or they’ll say ‘wow, these are pretty large.’ They’re  surprised by the size of them,” she continued adding they are also getting lots of repeat visitors from people who are so impressed with the exhibit that they return with friends in tow.
“We have also done a reception with the on campus women’s centre, so we think that has brought a lot of people who might not ordinarily  visit the gallery,” Edmundson continued, noting she is already busy setting up the next exhibit.
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