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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.

Bad luck? No, just unusual art

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 Mountain climbers is one of the pieces in Fortuna at  the Trianon art gallery. Photo By Richard AmeryBad luck has always fascinated Calgary based artist Stacey Watson, so she made it the subject of her new exhibition, “Fortuna” showing at the Trianon Gallery (104-5 Street South) until Nov. 20.
Her displays, which include an disabled oil well shooting streamers of oil, a wishing well and a mountain with dead mountain climbers at the foot of it along with some dark and disturbing oil paintings, were created in the unusual medium of paper maché. They are a departure from her usual medium of photography. She taught photography at the University of Lethbridge during the summer.
“I just wanted to make fun of the idea of bad luck, fortune and fate,” she said adding the humour is in the use of her materials.
“The mountain climbers have funny gloves on and they look like Halloween dummies,” she said adding her paintings were done with the idea of manipulating the paint as little as possible in order to create art which can be interpreted as to the audience‘s whims. Some of the subjects include a surreal waterfall, drowning sailors and what looks like people holding torches in a dark cave.
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