“Trouble” by Bonnie Marris

Wolf art, Trouble, Bonnie Marris

Trouble by Bonnie Marris

Trouble – Winner of the 2016 Masters of the American West Patrons’ Choice Award

In a family where Dad can strike instant regret with just his glare, this child knows it’s in big trouble. Mom is very satisfied to take a break and watch the fireworks.

A Bonnie Marris canvas is a private moment with the untamed, an intimate glimpse of the elusive side of the wilderness. And to many, the wolf personifies a wilderness complete. Without it there, there is no balance. For Bonnie, getting into a natural environment and seeing the animals on their own terms is as important as knowing the animals themselves.

In Marris’ Fine Art Edition Giclée Canvas “Trouble”, it is easy to see that passion for her subject is only eclipsed by her mastery of the elements of colour, composition, light and emotion. Artist, subject and art each aligned in magnificent perfection.

About the Artist, Bonnie Marris

Artist Bonnie Marris, wildlife, wolves

Bonnie Marris

Beyond academic training and emotional involvement, art requires another element for which there is no substitute: experience. Each year, Bonnie makes two major trips, and countless smaller ones, to observe and learn about the wildlife she loves. In 1980, one such voyage took her to Alaska, where she lived in the wilderness for six months.

In the artists words:  “For instance, gray wolves on the tundra—the vast, vast tundra with the wind and other forces of nature at their most extreme—that’s what makes them what they are. To stand not far from a grizzly that is so overpowering, so beautiful and so large . . . to watch it pull up a small tree with a swipe of its paw and just a few minutes later see it delicately picking blueberries with its black lips. . . Alaska changed me; it gave me the biggest incentive to paint and increased my interest in the predators: the cats, bears, coyotes, wolves and foxes. They exist on so many levels. Their moods show in their eyes and we can learn so much from them.”

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A Prayer For My Brother by William S. Phillips (9/11 Tribute)

Murray Phillips, 9/11, World Trade Center

A Prayer For My Brother

Fifteen years ago the attack on the World Trade Center heightened our awareness of many important things but it was the first responders’ selfless commitment to saving the lives of others, at risk to their own, that stood apart. Their actions drove home to the country at large that first responders live and work in every community with the same, but often unrecognized, commitment. William S. Phillips is intimately familiar with this level of dedication; he was a firefighter before he became an artist. The events on 9/11 shook him to his core.

“You become a firefighter because you are driven by a sense of community and purpose,” Phillips relates. “Firefighters always have, and always will be, walking into that burning building looking to save lives.”

Bill’s approach to “A Prayer for My Brother” was that of a fellow firefighter from Oregon paying homage not only to those that died in service in New York City, but to firefighters throughout America, He wanted this work to commemorate and support firefighters nationwide.

National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Since its initial release, “A Prayer for My Brother” has provided funds to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (www.firehero.org) in fulfillment of that goal. The organization’s mission is to honour and remember America’s fallen fire heroes and to provide resources to assist their survivors in rebuilding their lives.

“The self sacrifice continues in every corner of this country and beyond,” says Phillips.”Some of those men and women rushing into buildings today may have been only a child when 9/11 occurred. Still, it is the same spirit of community and purpose that drives these firefighters today as it did that fateful day in New York City ten years ago.”

When “A Prayer for My Brother” was released, no one was sure what the reaction to the image would be. Phillips’ art not only embraced by the firefighting community, but by the communities in which those firefighters lived. Galleries and individual citizens from across North America purchased and donated the image to local firehouses. Some organized fund-raisers, auctioning off the privilege of donating the image to the local firehouse to raise funds for that town’s first response needs.

If you are looking for a way to honour the sacrifice and loss through art, we encourage you to take the opportunity to let your local firefighters know you are a community that recognizes their commitment to the well being and safety of others by presenting them with a print or canvas of William S. Phillips’ “A Prayer for My Brother.

About William S. Phillips

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William S. Phillips

“Aviation was my first artistic love,” says William S. Phillips, “but my true, enduring love remains my Christian faith, home and family. So it is my pleasure to combine all of it in my work. The historical aviation subjects, I research; the contemporary and nostalgic subjects, I live.”  Phillips grew up loving art but never thought he could make it his livelihood. At college he majored in criminology, and he had been accepted into law school when four of his paintings were sold at an airport restaurant. That was all the incentive he needed to begin his work as a fine art painter.

Bill Phillips is now the aviation artist of choice for many American heroes and the nostalgic landscape artist of choice for many collectors. Bill’s strengths as a landscape painter are what gave him an edge in the aviation field: respect and reverence for a time and place. When one sees his aviation pieces, thoughts are about the courageous individuals who risked their lives for our freedom. In Bill’s nostalgic works, the viewer understands fully what that freedom is . . . the precious values that make life worth living.

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Fishing for Mermaids by James C. Christensen

“Ideas are like fish. If you want to catch little fish, you can stay in the shallow water. But if you want to catch the big fish, you’ve got to go deeper. Down deep, the fish are more powerful and more pure. They’re huge and abstract. And they’re very beautiful.” – David Lynch

mermaids, boat, fishing, fantasy art

Fishing For Mermaids by James Christensen

Fishing For Mermaids

Where do you fish for ideas? When you’re idea-fishing with artist James C. Christensen, you’re baiting your hook for something magical. And what’s more magical than a mermaid? Now, there’s an idea!

“Ideas aren’t conjured up on demand,” says the artist. “The quest for the next fun idea requires patience. But that patience is truly rewarded when—Eureka!—the excitement of the fresh idea arrives.”

In “Fishing for Mermaids,” Christensen muses on the creative process of finding ideas. Our fisherman is William Shakespeare, and he’s fishing for a muse in the form of a mermaid. He’s come prepared, and knows that using a hand mirror as a lure will appeal to the vanity of a mermaid, bringing his catch to the surface so he can get a closer look. For the moment, he sits patiently, knowing his catch will be well worth the wait.

Much like Shakespeare’s mirror, James C. Christensen’s “Fishing for Mermaids” is your invitation to a world of imagination and the infinite possibilities of ideas…

About James C. Christensen

Artist James C. Christensen

Artist James C. Christensen

Inspired by the world’s myths, fables and tales of imagination, James C. Christensen wants his work to add up to more than a beautiful–if sometimes ‘curious’ looking work of art.  Having taught art professionally for over 20 years, he likes to think of the world as his classroom.  His hope is that through whatever he creates–be it a porcelain, fine art print or book–he can convey a message, inspiration or a simple laugh.  He believes that teaching people to use their imagination helps us find solutions to sooth the stresses of everyday life–or get a little lift to help us keep going.  In short:  all things are possible when you share Christensen’s philosophy that “Believing is Seeing.”

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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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