Members and guests are invited to a wonderful evening of art, music and conversation at our 2nd Annual Emerging Artists Showcase on Monday, September 23rd from 5:30-7:30pm.

The event will feature up-and-coming Calgary artists not yet represented through a gallery. There’s no fee for entry, a cash bar for drinks, plus live jazz music. Afterwards, head upstairs for dinner (by chit), which will be by reservation only.

All proceeds from the sale of any art go to the artists!

Confirmed artist bios are below.

We hope you’ll join us as we celebrate a great evening of art and creativity at Pinebrook

Liane Amendy

Liane is a German/Canadian artist. She obtained her MFA in Graphic Design (1978) from the University of Applied Science in Bielefeld/Germany. During her career she has worked for several advertising agencies, an international newspaper as a Creative Director, she has freelanced, and spent 5 years as a Graphic Design Instructor at the University of Calgary. Amendy has donated works to many charities in Alberta.

Liane's passion for live action painting made her one of 6 “Artists in Action” at the Calgary Stampede, making her a great candidate for art gallery openings or other events.

Through portrait painting Amendy aims to capture the soul of the person she paints, which also applies to the color choices she makes. After spending many years traveling through Europe, Amendy was struck by the vast, open, uninhabited space that is unique to Canada’s landscape. She travelled across Canada from coast to coast, taking photographs and finding inspiration from the places she went. Her artwork sold to collectors from Germany, England and Canada. 

The German Expressionist movement and the Impressionists from Europe as well as the Fauvists from France hugely influence Amendy’s painting practice. Utilizing a fast painting process she is interested in exploring light, and color through loose, short brush strokes to express fast movement in painting.

Michelle Austen

Michelle is a full-time Calgary artist. Born in Toronto, Ontario, she has called Calgary home since 1979. For over 30 years Michelle has attended numerous formal art classes, workshops and residencies in the pursuit of her highly successful career.
 
Michelle's focus is on creating artwork that reflects her inner self…an untiring passion to produce colorful and exciting expressions in oil, watercolor and acrylic that play on our emotions. Michelle is a fervent plein-air painter with a focus on Western Canadian landscape and floral subject matter.
 
Michelle’s art work has been featured in numerous private solo exhibitions, Ranchmen’s Club Annual Emerging Artist Event, Calgary Stampede Annual Western Showcase and Leighton Art Center. Recently, Michelle has been accepted into Calgary’s Masters Gallery. Her artwork is owned by several companies and private collectors. Her artistic inspiration and enthusiasm has also led to Michelle being invited by the Calgary School Board to participate in their Artist-in-Residence program to teach art to hundreds of elementary students each year. Additionally, dozens of Calgary youth and adults benefit each year from her private art instruction classes.

Thom Childrey

Capturing the precious moments in nature...
 
I love the fact that my mind compels my memories to flood forward when I’m in front of my paintings. Allowing me to relive that moment, almost like a time machine. Passion.
 
Another adventure begins. I was raised here in Alberta. Always looking at the world through an artist’s eye since I was a young lad. Drawing images in grade school allowed me to escape to a magic realm, one of colour and vibrant energy. I have not ever stopped since then. I had the great fortune of being mentored by many artists as well as attending the Alberta College of Art and Design. From there I traveled and mentored under a Woodsland Cree elder. This brought clarity to my story, my journey, my way of communicating my love for the outdoors.

I work mainly in oil, exploring landscape themes from my Southern Alberta surroundings and capturing those moments on canvas.

Ron Czemeres

Ron Czemeres is a retired petroleum engineer that has been dabbling in painting since Grade 2.  Since Ron’s retirement in 2010 he has been focusing on images that are iconic in the Calgary cityscape. The images are of recognizable buildings, signs and public art works. Ron is essentially a self-taught artist, although he has benefited greatly from demos and critiques at the Federation of Canadian Artists, Calgary Chapter and the Calgary Sketch Club, being members of both organizations. Ron works with light, colour and perspective as he believes that this is key to creating an interesting painting.

Stephen Dozois

Born in Ontario in 1969, Stephen moved with his family to Vancouver in 1978, then onto Calgary in 1984 where he now resides. Stephen was educated at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary and has worked as a professional artist since 1994 as a painter, muralist, and fine art instructor. His art draws on both contemporary and traditional styles, with a special focus on western Canadian themes. 

Part of Stephen’s growth as an artist has come from his travels throughout Canada, the US and Europe. Having resided in various regions of Canada, he is inspired by diverse landscapes, including the western prairies, grasslands and foothills, Canadian Rockies, Pacific Coast, and rugged terrain of Eastern Canada. Stephen has been influenced by many Canadian Artists and has an appreciation of the works of the Group of Seven.

Stephen has had opportunities to work and show in a variety of locations, including Charleston South Carolina and the Calgary Stampede Western Showcase. His original concept development and unique designs for his fine art and murals can be seen in various businesses, private homes and public spaces.  Currently Stephen is showing his work at several local shows, Calyx, Handmade Here, Calgary Stampede Western Showcase, C-Space King Edward, Artmatch, and Wildflower Artist Salon.

Stephen enjoys working primarily in oils, but also works in other mediums, including acrylics and watercolors. In addition to landscape, portraitures and other subject matter of interest to clientele are always considered. Stephen will create custom pieces to client specifications and satisfaction.  

Stephen has also been teaching art in a variety of mediums for over 20 years. He is involved with and teaches at several local art clubs, summer programs at Mount Royal University, Wildflower & North Mount Pleasant Arts Centers, and privately in his home studio. He has also had the pleasure of participating in several ‘Artist in Residence’ at many Calgary Board of Education public schools, community improvement mural projects for the City of Calgary and private clientele.

John Gerrard

My work is meant to evoke an energy and illusion of movement: To be busy but balanced. Sometimes the drawings are maps, maybe variations of a person. Sometimes I am creating a scene. There is something fundamentally human about making art, and the mystery of it all keeps me coming back to explore it again and again. Making images in this way creates a closeness to an instinctual region in the brain that I am fostering and developing.
 
I am particularly interested in the work being metaphorical with respect to the mind. I imagine the mind as a system or grouping - an externalizer of essence. It can manifest in different ways, making things coherent with the conjuring of consciousness. The crowd series in particular, is a celebration of the community of self, and the spirit of interconnection. From far away there is an abstract shape, that can function much like a cloud does. Up close they are personified marks - quick gestures that are each unique, but point to some sort of whole.

Heather Hardie

Heather is an Alberta artist working predominantly as an oil painter. Inspiration has been provided by the beauty of the prairie landscape, the mountains, and the forests of western Canada. Life experiences, from living in a rustic log cabin in northern BC to equestrian riding in Alberta and hiking the mountains, and traveling the world, have greatly influenced artistic endeavours.

Heather was taught the fundamentals by Calgary artist, Betty Macdonald, and attended many painting workshops with great American painter, Joe Abbresscia. Artistic influences are varied and include the early twentieth century illustrators, American painters Richard Diebenkorn and Wolf Kahn, and Canadians Tom Thomson and JEH Macdonald.

Heather Kinahan

Born and raised in Alberta, Heather has been blessed with endless inspiration to create as an acrylic artist. Her motivation to begin painting came from her love of learning. Every painting provides a learning experience, comes with its own story, and is an expression of her creative self.

Heather believes we need to seize the opportunities life affords us; to continually learn and create beyond the edges of our own limits. Stop, pause, and reflect on nature’s beauty and embrace new experiences. She is grateful to share herself and her vision of the world through the art she creates.

Terra Simieritsch

Terra is a Calgary-based artist with a seasonal approach. In the summer she can be found adventuring in the outdoors with her family and a backpack full of sketchbooks, pens and watercolours. These sketches become a treasury of the beautiful memories of time spent canoeing, hiking and camping across Western Canada and the USA.
 
In the colder months, Terra spends time in the studio creating eclectic mixed media pieces on board which build upon the fine art skills and more abstract components she has gained by attending classes and various types of workshops. She also teaches mixed media classes to kids and adults alike.
 
Her inspiration comes from time spent in the natural world and her work can be found in collections across North America and Europe.

Brittany Tough

Brittney Tough, CSPWC, is an international award winning artist who has exhibited work across Canada and the US. Her work was published in Southwest Art Magazine’s feature article 21 Under 31, and the Splash hardcover series of the best in contemporary watercolour. Brittney has exhibited in a variety of international juried exhibitions from CSPWC, Society of Canadian Artists and Federation of Canadian Artists, and has received numerous awards in these competitions. Brittney has a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Painting from Alberta College of Art and Design and continues to develop her painting practice in Calgary.