JOY

Includes Jennifer Annesley, Roger D Arndt, LULU B Designs, Ryan Bavin, Rod Charlesworth, Richard Cole, Floyd Elzinga, Laura Harris, Nikol Haskova, Regan Johnston, Sheila Kernan, Anastasia Kimmett, Susan Kun, Kerry Langlois, Robert Lemay, Sarah Martin, Donna Jo Massie, Steven Nederveen, . NESHKA, Elka Nowicka, Michael O'Toole, Bev Rodin, Leslie Rowe-Israelson, Robert Roy, Dieter Schlatter, Mike Svob, K Neil Swanson, Janice Iniskim-Aki Tanton, Don Toney, Peter Wyse
Saturday, November 24, 2 - 5 pm

Showing Sheila Kernan

JOY

Our glamourous holiday celebration with over 30+ artists attending!

I SPY
I SPY
SHK393
mixed media
48 x 48 in.
$9,750 CAD


Growing up with four brothers and one sister in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, I was taught at a young age to hold onto your dreams - well actually, I was first taught to hold onto my plate and finish eating quickly otherwise my brothers would eat all of my food. My family fostered the arts, my grandmother was a painter and seamstress, my father an artistic woodworker, my uncle a photographer, and the list goes on.

It was no wonder I would seek out a life of an artist. At the tender age of three I began expressing a love of my surroundings through painting and drawing. I would often find myself engaged in creative projects paying no attention to the time or the recess bell as my Kindergarten teacher informed my mother: “She did not even move; she just kept wrapping the end of her pencil with yet anther piece of tissue paper to add to her craft project.” Time flies when you’re having fun! My love of art led me to take art classes from a local wildlife artist, Gail Adams. Gail taught me how to draw.

I became especially interested in monkeys but that is beside the point. I entered high school art not sure that I wanted to devote my life to art until my high school teacher, Mr. Sikorsky, marched me down to the principal's office and stood by my side until I had enrolled in every art class that Marion Graham offered.

After high school I was craving a journey and found myself living in the mountains in Banff where I worked in an art gallery. One day it dawned on me that my work could be on these walls. So I enrolled in art school, completing my B.F.A at the Alberta College of Art and Design. Experiencing the world has become an integral part of my art making process traveling all over Canada, Japan, San Francisco, Vegas. I find beauty in large urban centers as well as on remote mountain tops. I am mesmerized by the energy and excitement of translating my experiences onto canvas. I am attracted to unplanned moments where you stumble upon a pathway that takes you to the top of a tower overlooking downtown San Francisco during sunset. I love hiking up a creek and finding myself completely lost in nature. When I paint I am attempting to share my journeys in a unique and vibrant way utilizing art to express who I am and what I love.

ARTIST STATEMENT:
With an endless array of fascinating subjects and my camera on hand I am eager to experience, explore, and document my surroundings. Observing each unique environment. I pay close attention to the many different characteristics and subtleties. Absorbing the ambiance. Feeling compelled to reflect my love for such moments. I draw upon sketches, memories and photographic references. Taking a moment to reflect upon many whimsical visions. Reacting with a sense of urgency to describe them. It’s pure delight. Stories spill over onto the canvas with simplicity. Nothing is better than paint gliding across the canvas. A multitude of patterns and reflections form from the paint squishing, oozing and blending together. Surfaces become filled with thick impasto marks, brilliant colours, and flat shapes that fuse and meld together to create conversations. Transcending into a mystical realism that inspires us to see the world in a new and exciting way. My work celebrates a connectedness to our physical and spiritual environments. I believe paintings should be alive. Filled with energy and excitement. They should bring a sense of joy and allow you to reflect upon them. I paint to share with you my understandings of the world. I paint to develop a connection to the world. I paint to emulate the calmness of nature. I paint to create a world where you can choose to let your imagination fill in the gaps. I paint to experience life. The world is breathtaking and I just have to capture it. The possibilities are endless!

Education

2003-2006 BFA. Painting, Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, AB
2001-2002 Fine Arts, University College of the Caribou, Kamloops, BC
1998 Emma Lake International Art Conference, Emma Lake, SK
1994-1996 Gail Adams School of Fine Art, Saskatoon, SK

Exhibitions

2018 Just Paint, Assiniboia Gallery, Regina, SK
2017 Featured Artist, Art Toronto (Toronto International Art Fair), Mayberry Fine Art, Booth A28, Toronto, ON
2017 The Stories We Tell, Gibson Fine Art, Calgary, AB
2017 CANADA 150, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2016 Out and About, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2016 Our Calgary, Gibson Fine Art Gallery, Calgary, AB
2016 Prairie, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2015 Your Journey Starts Here, Gibson Fine Art, Calgary, AB
2015 Different Strokes, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2014 Making A Mark, Gibson Fine Art, Calgary, AB
2014 Lights. Camera. Action. , Assiniboia Gallery, Regina, SK
2014 Snow Days, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2014 Love Art Fair, Mayberry Fine Art, Toronto, ON
2013 A Time. A Place. A Connection, Gibson Fine Art, Calgary, AB
2013 Memories and Impressions, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2012 Ground Level, Mayberry Fine Art, Toronto, ON
2012 Between The Lines, Gibson Fine Art, Calgary, AB
2012 Boundless, Assiniboia Gallery, Regina, SK
2012 Dare To Dream, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2011 Free To Imagine, Gibson Fine Art, Calgary, AB
2011 What May Come, Assiniboia Gallery, Regina, SK
2011 Urban Experience: The City as a Sensory Machine, Elevation Gallery, Canmore, AB
2010 On the Edge of It, Gibson Fine Art, Calgary, AB (Solo)
2010 Calgary Stampede Western Showcase Artist, Calgary, AB
2010 Playful Interpretations: People and Places, Elevation Gallery, Canmore, AB
2009 Nowhere Near Ordinary: An Indulgence for Your Senses, Gibson Fine Art, Calgary, AB
2009 A Bird A Stone A Letter, Federation of Canadian Artists Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2009 Calgary Stampede Western Showcase Artist, Calgary, AB
2009 Contrast and Harmony: Adventures in Colour and Motion in the Natural and Urban Setting, Elevation Gallery, Canmore, AB
2008 Vibrations of Colour, Gibson Fine Art, Calgary AB
2008 The Heritage Property Corporation Art Exhibition, The Lougheed Building, Calgary, AB
2008 Stampede Rotary Dream Home, Stampede Grounds, Calgary AB
2008 Calgary Exhibition and Stampede Western Art Gallery, Calgary, AB
2008 Sixth Annual Juried Members Show and Sale, Leighton Art Center, Calgary, AB
2007 The Heritage Property Corporation Art Exhibition, The Lougheed Building, Calgary, AB
2006 Just an Indication, Marion Nicoll Gallery Main Space, ACAD, Calgary, AB
2005 Simply Squared, Marion Nicoll Gallery +15 Window, Epcor Centre for the Performing Arts, Calgary, AB

Collections

ATB Financial
Calgary Health Region
H&R Block
Maxim Group
Calgary Health Region
Pulcinella’s Restaurant
AFA Alberta Foundation for the Arts
Numerous Private Collections
Downtown Dental
Calgary Health Region
Brookfield
Taurus Reality Group
Suncor Energy Centre
International Private Collections

Awards

2017 ACAD Alumni Legacy Award, Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, AB
2016 Public Art Installation, Lido Building Kensington, Calgary, AB
2015-16 City of Calgary Public Art Installation, Bridge Banners, Calgary, AB
2012 Banff Public Art installation, Bear Street Mall Wall, Banff, AB
2010 Calgary Stampede Best New Artist 2010 Western Showcase, Calgary, AB
2008 Awarded Active Membership to the Federation of Canadian Artists
2008 Awarded Full Membership to the Alberta Society of Artists, Calgary, AB
2007-2008 Received second place The Heritage Property Corporation Art Exhibition, Calgary, AB
2005 Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolor (CSPWC), Julius Griffith Memorial Award, Calgary, AB
2005 ACAD Students Association legacy Collection Scholarship, ACAD Students Association, Calgary, AB

Publications

Unknown “New Public Art to enliven walls in Banff” Rocky Mountain Outlook 2013 01 24
Barlow, Larissa “The Art of Banff” Banff Crag and Canyon Saturday, January 26, 2013
Macpherson, Alex J “Sheila Kernan’s Work Bold, Vivid, Boundless” Verb 1 June 2012
Gunn, Andrew Canadianinterviews.com/arts/ Sheila Kernan “Light in The City” 20 July 2011
Seiberling, Irene “Colour her successful” Leader-Post 11 June 2011
Seiberling, Irene “Art Star Grew up in Saskatoon” The Star Phoenix 15 June 2011
White, Richard “9 Artists to Consider Right Now” Galleries West Fall issue 2011
Alexander, Rob “Elevation Showing Evokes Sense of Fun” Rocky Mountain Outlook 2010 04 15
Sea, Lynda “Lights Fantastic” Avenue Magazine 6 June 2009
McLaws, Nicole “Capturing Spring… on Canvas” Décor Magazine Calgary Sun 12 March 2009
Vaive, Nicole “Home is Where Your Art is” Calgary Sun 34 June 2008
Hope, Marty “Artists Works Part of the House, Landscapes Painted for Prize Home” Calgary Herald 14 July 5 2008

Commissions

2013 Town of Banff Public Art Installation

Affiliations

2008 Active Member to the Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, BC
2007 Full Membership to the Alberta Society of Artists, Calgary, AB

Credits


2013-present Ronald McDonald House Charities Southern Alberta, Calgary, AB
2016 Designed and installed a themed home installation for condo show suite with Battistella Developments Inc, Calgary, AB
2015 Guest Juror, Calgary Stampede Western Showcase Applications
2014 Guest Juror, Calgary Stampede Western Showcase Applications
2008 Featured artist of the Stampede Rotary Dream Home 2008, Stampede Grounds, Calgary, AB
2004 Juror, Jury Selection Committee, Marion Nicoll Gallery, Alberta College of Art and Design (ACAD), Calgary, AB
2002 Sales Associate, Canada House Gallery (Member of Professional Art Dealers Association of Canada), Banff, AB
2000 Visiting Artist, Artists at Work Program, Mendel Art Gallery for School Art 2000 Exhibition, Saskatoon, SK
2008 Featured artist of the Stampede Rotary Dream Home 2008, Stampede Grounds, Calgary, AB
2004 Juror, Jury Selection Committee, Marion Nicoll Gallery, Alberta College of Art & Design, Calgary, AB
2002 Sales Associate, Canada House Gallery (Member of Professional Art Dealers Association of Canada), Banff, AB
2000 Visiting Artist, Artists at Work Program, Mendel Art Gallery for School Art 2000, Exhibition, Saskatoon, SK