Rooted: Perspectives on the Natural World

Rooted III: Perspectives on the Natural World

Sunday, July 19
10 am - 4 pm

Twenty selected artists share their vision of the world in an art show and sale, situated in an idyllic setting beside the Garden's Grebe Pond. 

Artists are responsible for their own sales - if you are considering purchasing art it is recommended that you bring cash or cheque as electronic payment options may be not be available.

Regular admission to the Garden applies. 

Friends of the Garden members and Season Pass holders get free admission.

2015 Rooted Artists

Arnett  Madeleine Arnett's fascination with water and her efforts to capture its complexity and diversity have fueled her artistic drive. Her vibrant acrylic and watercolour paintings often feature garden ponds and rock strewn rivers. Stephen Chan's Edmonton Feng Shui Garden was the inspiration for her "Feng Shui Garden Series" in watercolour and acrylic. She captures not only the visual beauty but also the balance, harmony and energy of the Feng Shui Garden. She will also be showing abstract organic landscapes.

In Oksana Atwood’s interactive installation passersby will be given a crafted mushroom and invited to place it touching other matching mushrooms in the Garden, and will collaborate in the creation of an organic ever-changing sculpture, much like in the world of mycology. Oksana is an interdisciplinary artist using audience interaction, installation, and a variety of mediums to explore the environments around her. She is currently based in Fox Creek in Northern Alberta where she works with youth through art based programming.

Barclay  Four members of the Parkland Potters Guild (Bob Barclay, Helmut Jantz, Tarra Wedman and Jeanette Wright) will exhibit a variety of pieces from single glaze, imprinted, to highly decorated. The four potters have all worked in ceramics for many years, and have exhibited in shows in Alberta and Western Canada.
Bible_Azure  Cathy Bible is a lyrical abstract artist from Edmonton. She is a former elementary teacher and principal. Her artistic beginnings were in oil painting, which were mostly landscape oriented. She also experimented with water colour painting for a few years. Her introduction into abstract art has now allowed her to more freely express her creative passion. Cathy’s paintings are never preconceived. It is the creative process of using acrylics, oils, plaster and mixed media that allows her to express her inner emotions. 
Karen Blanchet’s work explores the mystery of ordered chaos and the intriguing notion that all is floating particles in an open space to which all of creation is connected. She works with random texture, accidental puddles of colour, drippings, and orders the disorder by simplifying the spaces between leaving the final image to the imagination of the viewer. Karen works in watercolours, mixed media and drawing.
Bzdel  Sharon Bzdel has always engaged in creative activity, through quilting, piano, scrapbooking, writing, sewing, crochet and knitting, but never imagined herself as a painter. In 2008, after moving to Devon, she went to a painting workshop at the Devonian Garden. Since then, Sharon has continued her study of painting, and has won first prize for her painting, “Lady Slipper Orchid” at the Orchid Society art show. 
Jeff Collins  Art has always been an important part of Jeff Collins’ life. Jeff has maintained a studio practice in Edmonton since 1995, after completing formal studies in art and design at the University of Alberta and Red Deer College. His work is found in private and public art collections, locally, nationally and internationally. I have participated extensively in group and solo exhibitions and have received prestigious awards, grants and other peer recognitions. In 2008, Jeff received the Edmonton Mayor’s Award for the Arts (Telus Courage to Innovate) and most recently, in 2013, he was selected as Edmonton’s first Artist in Residence.
Commeau  In 2006, Annique Commeau received a diploma in Fine Art from Grant MacEwan College. Afterwards, she continued on to the University of Alberta where I received a Bachelor of Fine Art in 2010. She has been exploring with portraiture and the figure, and her sculptures have been realistic and abstract. She has worked in clay, wood , plaster, concrete and stone. In her recent work, she has hoped to achieve a sense of humanity and physicality; she expects to capture character and animation as well as the underlying innate beauty.
Giguere  Hélène Giguère took up photography a few years ago and combined it with her love of art,travel and the great outdoors. In the summer time, she kayaks on lakes and rivers capturing moments of exceptional beauty. Presently living in Alberta, she calls the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo home and Gregoire Lake Provincial Park/Willow Lake and Christina Lake her favourite playgrounds. Many of her photographs convey the great beauty of the region. With her photography, Hélène wishes to share her countless outings in the great outdoors in the hope of instilling pride, care and respect for the environment.
ElfieHolts  All her life, Elfie Holt has had an interest and passion for art. She began to explore her artistic interests by studying with Professor Sheppy at the National School of Arts, and took watercolour classes at the University of Alberta. She travelled to Europe and discovered the techniques of painting on silk. Her artwork has been shown and sold internationally, and one of her paintings has been presented to Prince Rainier of Monaco. Elfie’s paintings represent a beautiful sense of color balance and serenity.
  Justine Jenkins studied at the Ontario College of Art and Design University, where she received a four-year diploma in Environmental Design. She obtained a diploma in Construction Engineering Technology (Honours) from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and a certificate in Horticulture (Honours) from the University of Guelph. She has a Master Gardener Certificate (Honours) from the Devonian Botanic Garden. Justine is the curator of the Herb and Sensory Gardens at the DBG, and is the coordinator of the Master Gardener Program.
Medford Stephanie Medford is an artist, designer, writer, and traveler fascinated by the art of the everyday. She uses linoleum block printing, collage, and paper mache sculpture to illuminate her understanding of the natural world. Inspired by travel, geography, and natural and medical history, her work layers fragments of maps and other ephemera. Born in Edmonton, Stephanie earned a BA from the U of A with a major in drama and a minor in art, and studied traditional weaving arts under several teachers in Peru, Bolivia, and Argentina.  She blogs about creativity and teaches workshops in printmaking and mixed media.
CharisNg  Charis Ng is a freelance artist and instructor in the Spruce Grove Allied Arts children programs. She works with different media like acrylics, walnut ink, encaustics, printmaking, felting and photography. Charis enjoys expressing her connections with nature and embracing all it has to offer. 
Nunn  Born and raised in Edmonton, Tessa Nunn spends a considerable amount of time painting outside in nature. In 2002, she graduated with a Masters degree in Figurative painting from the New York Academy of Art. She has won numerous scholarships and awards, and her work has been exhibited internationally. Her paintings can be seen in the Alberta Provincial Legislature building, and in several prominent collections including that of HRH The Prince of Wales. A decade ago, Tessa opened the Nunnery, a school dedicated to figurative art. She also remains a part-time sessional instructor for the University of Alberta where she has taught since 2002. 
Osman  Elbagir Osman, a visual artist who moved recently to live in Calgary, was born and studied art in Sudan. He studied painting in The College of Fine Art, (Khartoum, Sudan) and earned a graduate degree in Scenic Design at the Academy of Arts (Cairo, Egypt). His paintings were exhibited in many countries. Elbagir is a winner of many prizes for art and design. Elbagir moved to Canada 1996 as a refugee, and joined the art movement in Ottawa. Elbagir taught art at the Ottawa school of art and many community centers. He has also written about art, art education, cultural rights, and cultural policies. 
Savill  Lucy Savill lives in Sherwood Park. After years of wishing she was an artist, she finally tried. Since then she has illustrated a children’s book, painted some amazing pictures, abandoned a few, and rescued others. Love of nature inspires most of her work. When she takes a photo, she wants to be able to render the work so that the viewer can feel the warmth of the sun or the cold of the snow. 
Sewell  Trish Sewell is a visual artist of mixed Annishnabe, Mi'gmaq and Polish descent. Born and raised in northern Alberta, she currently resides in southern Saskatchewan. Her works are primarily drawings on paper, using a combination of ink and oil pastels. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Native Studies from the University of Alberta. 
Shkolny  David Shkolny was born in 1969 in Pinawa, Manitoba and grew up in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta. He first attended Red Deer College and later obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1992. David works primarily in soft pastels and his creations are in several private collections as well as the Canada Council Art Bank. 
Swanson  Paul Swanson is a recent graduate of the photography program at Ryerson University. He has been the staff photographer for the Devonian Botanic Garden for the last six years and freelances around Edmonton and Toronto, shooting for companies like Red Bull Canada, the University of Alberta and designers for Toronto Fashion Week.
Thysse  Born in Canada and of Dutch ancestry, Adrian Thysse's formative years were influenced by travels with a constantly wandering family, moving throughout Canada and South Africa before finally settling down in Edmonton, Alberta. His photographic interest remained with nature and he specializes in macro photography. Adrian's macro photography has received recognition in publications such as the calendar of the Entomological Society of America and PhotoEd Magazine. His images can be seen at his website and blog 'Splendour Awaits'.