Artists add elements
Thursday, Feb 16, 2017 06:00 am
Local artist Tony Bloom took on the element of fire for this week’s Fundamental Elements Gallery Tour as part of the Winter Carnival in Canmore.
Volunteers and the artist himself were set up on Main Street on Saturday (Feb. 11) to introduce the public to Raku firing, an ancient Japanese technique of pottery making. With previously made clay bowls, the bowl would be fired, glazed and then blazed once again.
Originally a physicist, Bloom decided to take up pottery because he wanted a challenge. With a focus on metal sculptures, Bloom has been known in the Bow Valley for his art and pottery classes.
Bloom has lived in the Bow Valley for 47 years and is mainly self-taught. After his pottery teacher quit to climb a mountain in Peru, Bloom was left in charge of teaching the class, and was soon after hired by the Banff Centre.
“I do it because I love it, and who doesn’t love clay?” Bloom said. “I get my inspiration from observation – so nature on a small scale, as microbes, elements and molecules.”
Julie DeBoer is another of the artists who were found adding an unusual element to her art. Her interactive snow painting encouraged the public and children to join in and paint on snow.
DeBoer is an acrylic painter whose art can be found in various galleries in Canmore. This being her first time painting on snow, she volunteered to take on the element and inspire people in the courtyard next to the Credit Union on Main Street.
Professional artist, Andrew Kiss, was set up in Avens Gallery doing a demo of his painting. After getting his inspiration from hiking, he returns to his studio in Calgary and has his paintings for sale in various private galleries in the area.
Many other artists could be found in galleries doing demos, speaking to the public and selling their art as part of the Winter Carnival. Passersby were welcomed to engage in conversation with the artists and even make their very own art.