Photography by Olympic Gold Medalist Lori-Ann Muenzer

“I believe in following ALL of your dreams, regardless of your age” – Lori-Ann Muenzer, during an interview with Ron McLean at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

Lori-Ann Muenzer celebrates her gold medal win for sprint cycling at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, winning Canada's first-ever gold medal in cycling (photo by Tom Hanson, courtesy CP Archives).

Lori-Ann Muenzer celebrates her gold medal win for sprint cycling at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, winning Canada’s first-ever gold medal in cycling (photo by Tom Hanson, courtesy CP Archives).

Gold Medalist Lori-Ann Muenzer

One of Canada’s top performers at the 2004 Olympic Games, Lori-Ann Muenzer captured a gold medal in Athens at the age of 38, with her outstanding performance in the women’s Match Sprint finals. With her Olympic victory, Muenzer became the first Canadian to bring home a gold medal in cycling.

At age 38, Lori-Ann Muenzer was the oldest cyclist in the Olympic field at Athens, publicly claiming that her age made her both stronger and wiser. After defeating Anna Meares of Australia, she was pitted against 21-year-old Russian Tamilla Abassova in the finals for the gold medal. Muenzer overtook Abassova late in the first race, and the two raced closely in the second at a speed of just more than 59 km/h, with Muenzer finishing first.

Apart from reaching the top of the podium in Athens, Muenzer has captured several medals on the international stage including two silver and two bronze at the World Track Cycling Championships and a total of one silver and two bronze at the 1998 and 2002 Commonwealth Games. She made her Olympic debut for Canada at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.

A resident of Edmonton for almost 17 years, Muenzer has also accumulated an outstanding 13 National titles and 11 World Cup medals throughout the course of her career.

Muenzer has received honours to date from being named the 2004 Canadian Press & Broadcast News’ Female Athlete of the Year, induction into both the Alberta and Edmonton Sports Hall of Fame, and to receiving the 2005 Tribute to Women of Distinction “Honourable Lois E. Hole Award for Lifetime Achievement” by the YWCA. Muenzer has interests including a cycling program she is starting up for kids, also in public speaking and earning a Diploma in Photography.

Photography by Lori-Ann Muenzer:

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Steens Track Bike by Lori-Ann Muenzer

Steen’s Track Bike

“My bike had been shipped off to France to be repainted in Canadian colours, so in the meantime Steen Madsen (my coach, training partner, and friend) lent me one of his bikes.

I wanted to capture a different perspective of a track bike but I still wanted to make it recognizable to everyone.

A track bicycle is different from a road or a mountain bike:  it has no brakes, only one gear (so you can not stop pedaling and coast!), and you have toe straps which “lock” you into your pedals making it almost impossible to come out of when training or racing.”

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Custom Framing: Vacation Inspiration

Imagine your fondest memories hanging in the den or living room for you to enjoy every day. Souvenirs and mementos from a fun vacation can be displayed in a beautiful shadowbox. Vacation memories can be prominently displayed in your home instead of packed away in a closet or attic. Just come in to our gallery with your items and we will be glad to create a one-of-a-kind memory—custom made just for you.

Lighthouse shadowbox display

Lighthouse shadowbox display

Create a Custom Vacation Shadowbox

Shadowbox frames are different from other frames in that they are deep enough to house not just flat items—like a photograph or print—but three-dimensional objects as well. These objects can be adhered with glue or special hangers, or even placed on a ledge or shelf built inside the frame. Shadowboxes can also be designed to open and close so that the objects are removable. Interesting backgrounds and fabrics can be used to add colour and dimension. Even a single sentimental item can be displayed to make a dramatic presentation.

Much of the fun of creating a shadowbox is in deciding which items to use. Create a vacation-themed display by combining photographs, souvenirs, and special pieces you’ve purchased while away. Or you can focus on one special vacation memory. For example, choose a collection of miniature light- houses or seashells from a beach vacation, poker chips from Las Vegas, or a set of doilies from Europe. A shadowbox can easily become the focal point of a room. What makes a vacation shadowbox special is that it is filled with your unique, special memories and keepsakes.

Vacation memories

Vacation memories

Framing Expertise

We have the technical expertise to frame your treasured items in a way that will preserve them for many years to come. There are certain issues to we will discuss with you, including protecting you items from fading and other environmental hazards, as well as preventing potentially harmful chemical reactions that sometimes occur with metal, wood, or plastic mementos.  We invite you to bring your vacation memories to us; we’ll make them a part of your everyday life. 

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Colourful Originals by Julia Lucich

I found that colour, for its own sake, had the ability to influence the power and impact of a painting. – Julia Lucich

Julia Lucich, colourful art, wildlife art

Party Quackers with Irish Cheddar by    Julia Lucich

Statement from the Artist, Julia Lucich

My approach to art is similar to my approach to life: I relish variety. My formal education was decidedly un-artistic; degrees in sociology and criminology led to years of highly analytical work. Meanwhile, a part of me yearned for something more expressive, and I found myself drawn to painting (in particular, to portraiture), with a nagging certainty that “I can do that”. I was fortunate to come under the tutelage of master portraitist Bob Gerbracht whose instruction was in pastel, a medium that I immediately embraced for its vibrancy and spontaneity.

In 1995 I was working on a painting of giraffes, whose astonishing shapes and contours seemed to lend themselves to an outrageous approach. I chose to introduce colour totally outside the normal range, and the result was one of unexpected whimsy. This painting gave birth to the Party Animal Series, and was selected by USArt magazine as “Editor’s Choice” for wildlife.

Party Challenge by Julia Luchich

Party Challenge by Julia Luchich

Julia Lucich, “The Party Animals”

The Party Animals remain a compelling force, transcending the genre of “wildlife art” and appealing to anyone looking outside the box.

Often my portraits or figurative paintings have a narrative quality, with a focus on dramatic lighting that emphasizes mood and emotion. But no matter what I’m painting, I want the image to convey a positive energy, allowing the viewer to connect with the joy of life. – Julia Lucich

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Original Wildlife Art by Jan Martin McGuire

Jan Martin McGuire

Jan Martin McGuire

Artist Jan Martin McGuire

Jan Martin McGuire is known as an artist and naturalist who paints nature’s diversity. Born in the foothills of the Rockies in Colorado she developed an early love of the out of doors. As an inveterate tomboy she spent her days climbing trees, catching snakes and drawing the animals she loved. This love of nature stayed with her when her parents moved to Oklahoma when she was twelve. Recognizing her art ability, her parents encouraged her to pursue her calling by enrolling her in art classes at the local art museum. She continued her studies by majoring in fine art at the University of Tulsa. The curriculum of totally modern/abstract art soon stifled Jan however, and she quit to follow her own path.

Bear, wildlife art, Jan Martin McGuire

Bear Ferns and Flowers

Since turning professional in 1983 Jan has exclusively depicted the nature and wildlife she holds such a bond with. She depicts Africa, Rainforest, and North American subjects with equal expertise. Studying nature and all its intricacies is a passion of Jan’s. She strongly believes that to depict nature in such a way as to evoke emotion from the viewer, the artist must experience all the nuances of the out-of-doors. To touch the velvety textures of moss, to smell the pungent spruces in a marshy bog, to let the whistling wind of the tundra lift your hair from your forehead – all these things must be inside an artist to be able to come out convincingly from the end of a paint brush.

Jan travels extensively in a constant quest to satisfy the gnawing hunger inside her, which is to learn and experience nature in every way she can. Jan has traveled extensively all over North America including Alaska, British Columbia, Ontario, Yellowstone, Montana, the Everglades and the deserts of the Southwest. To study neo-tropical rainforest Jan has traveled to Guatemala, Peru (where she lead a group for the National Zoo upriver on the Amazon), and Costa Rica. However, Jan is totally hooked on Africa – traveling for ten years to this continent. Her preferred country is Kenya but she has also been to Zimbabwe, Namibia and Tanzania. Jan and her photographer husband James enjoy sharing their experiences there so much they have begun leading groups of artists, collectors and anyone else interested in the natural history of Africa to Kenya with them.

Wolf, wildlife art, Jan Martin McGuire

Wolf Pup Study by Jan Martin McGuire

At home, Jan’s extensive library of natural history books, field guides, and videos help sustain her hunger when she is in her studio. Drawing on all these experiences, in combination with the visual tools of the photos, sketches, study skins etc. she has at her fingertips, Jan sets about creating the art that is her homage to the nature she loves.

Working in Acrylic paint on fine cotton canvas, and once in a while on smooth masonite panels, Jan creates the fine details, textures and lighting that are the hallmarks of her work. Manipulating the paint with her brushes, sponges, saran wrap and fingers, Jan creates lifelike renditions of fur, feathers, mosses and rocks. The surrounding habitat is always scientifically correct, yet an artistic backdrop to the main subject of the wildlife she is depicting. Jan’s goal is for the viewer not to feel as if they are viewing a fine painting, but rather, that they are actually seeing and experiencing the scene itself.

Jan currently lives in the Osage Hills of Oklahoma. She shares her life with her husband James Gary Hines II who is a nature photographer. They share their home with a menagerie of animals including a macaw, cockatoo, boa constrictor, African leopard tortoise and 2 wolves.

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Guy Combes Professional Artist Workshop July 8-10

Internationally acclaimed artist Guy Combes will be at Picture This framing & gallery (map) on July 8-10 for a Professional Artist Workshop.  Space is limited, so if you would like to attend his workshop, contact the gallery as soon as possible – early bird pricing is still available!  Guy will also showcase some of his latest artwork and you can meet him Friday evening, July 8, when the show opens.

Titan II by Guy Combes

Titan II by Guy Combes

I Spy by Guy Combes

I Spy by Guy Combes

 

 

 

The Constant Gardener by Guy Combes

The Constant Gardener by Guy Combes

Artist Guy Combes

Artist Guy Combes

Guy Combes was born in Kenya in 1971, the son of artist Simon Combes. After studying in Kenya for several years he moved to the United Kingdom to continue his education. While in school he developed an interest in visual art. He studied at art college in Cheltenham, then at the Inchbald School of Design.

After a short stint as a consultant, Guy diverted his attentions to the catering and licensing trade while painting commissions and design work. Guy is now based in Kenya, where he manages tourist lodges and continues to paint commissions and works for exhibition. In November 2006 he began a program as artist-in-residence at the Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum in Oradell, New Jersey.

His current interests are the history and culture of the Swahili coast of Africa and the diverse wildlife of Kenya. Throughout 2006 Guy visited Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Europe and the United States and will include observations from these trips in his portfolio.

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John Mullane’s “Spring Robin” Selected by Society of Animal Artists

Spring Robin

Spring Robin

Although Robins winter on the east coast it really feels like Spring when I see them hunting for worms in my front yard. I loved painting the light on the bird and flowers and all of the different textures of rock,mosses and lichens! I paint with acrylics using worn out brushes and sponges to get the effects I’m after.” – John Mullane

Spring Robin has been juried by the Society of Animal Artists for the 56th annual exhibition.  This is an extremely prestigious achievement and an incredible honour for John Mullane.  The exhibition premier is in Houston this September and tours until January of 2017.  For more on the tour itinerary, check out the SAA website.

About John Mullane

John Mullane

John Mullane

As a youth, John Mullane intended to become a portrait artist, but instead pursued a career as a drummer. It was during this time that, by chance, he happened upon a book of Robert Bateman’s art. It inspired him and changed his life. In 1992, Mullane submitted what was his first serious attempt at painting wildlife, entitled Baby Jay, and incredibly, his painting was accepted into the prestigious Birds in Art exhibition at The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum. Displayed in the same exhibition were paintings by some of his artistic heroes, including Bateman and Carl Brenders.

About The Society of Animal Artists

SAA an organization comprised of members who produce the best animal art in the world. The mission of the Society of Animal Artists is to promote excellence in the portrayal of domesticated and wild animals in art. The upshot of this nexus of talent and mission, is that artworks created by members of the Society of Animal Artists have established new standards of excellence in fine art, and that the Annual Exhibition of the Society of Animal Artists and its traveling exhibition, Art and the Animal, have become the standard by which all others are measured.

The Society of Animal Artists has an historical affinity with organizations that grew out of a movement to form associations and clubs dedicated to art in the 19th century. Like the National Academy of Design and other such organizations, the Society of Animal Artists is mandated by its bylaws to organize annual exhibitions to ensure new, strong and fresh artwork and afford its members with ample display opportunities.

It is also worth noting that the Society of Animal Artists was founded in response to an exhibition entitled Animals in the Bronx Zoo, held at Burr Galleries in New York, because this established an historical affinity with the conservation movement, which various members have supported ever since, not only through the ecological message of their artwork but also through generous contributions and sales. David J. Wagner, Ph.D., SAA Tour Director

Here is more information on the Society of Animal Artists. 

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