March 4 to April 23, 2017
Thurston feels fortunate to live near the shores of a prairie lake, but for most people, going to “the lake” means a short time of respite from the stresses of work and city life. This exhibit hopes to replicates the restful experience of being at the shore side and to provides viewers a kind of sanctuary, a venue for engaging with the solace that can be inspirational. The subject matter is imbued with the respect felt for the mysteries of nature and it expresses a presence beyond physical form. The paintings speak of reverence for life; a joy ironically felt much more strongly when we are touched by loss.
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March 11 to April 1, 2017
Join us Saturday March 11 from 1 – 4 pm for the opening reception of Pamela Thurston’s latest exhibition Land Lines. The work in this exhibition is part of Thurston’s on-going exploration of paint, with the prairie landscape as her inspiration.
The title refers to the human traverse through a landscape that is prairie because it is agricultural too. Many of the paintings are of windbreaks, cut lines and small woodlands; vestiges or border areas of an older order of things.
“My paintings are the work of a dispassionate observer who has been struck in a moment of solitude by the awareness of connection. Influenced by my reverence for the natural world, by the love of form and subtlety of colour, I cling to realism with the clear understanding that the physical world holds mystery if only I remain still enough to feel it.” Pamela Thurston
Images (clockwise from top left):
Pamela Thurston “Canola” oil on panel 5 x 7 inches
Pamela Thurston “Wolf Moon” oil on panel 5 x 7 inches
Pamela Thurston “Land Shadows” oil on panel 5 x 7 inches
Pamela Thurston “Dark Spruce” oil on panel 5 x 7 inches
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Pam Thurston, Time Heals, oil on canvas, 28 x 22 in
The exhibition …rattled to the bone presents the art works of Jean-René Leblanc, Lesley Roy, Caroline Stanley, Pamela Thurston and Lisa Turner. Whether dealing with the natural world or
focusing on more domestic environments, these artists combine formal and emotive concerns with sound theoretical opinions to discern beauty in subjects either overlooked or entirely unexpected.
Going against the common and the clichéd, through their works they invite viewers to question personal perceptions of beauty and rattle us to the bone by exploring the world in intriguing
and ultimately humbling ways.
The exhibition …rattled to the bone was curated by Shane Golby and organized by the Art Gallery of Alberta for the Alberta Foundation for the Arts Travelling Exhibition Program. The AFA Travelling Exhibition program is supported by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.
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Pamela Thurston | A Personal Phytopia
Visual Arts Alberta – CARFAC
May 8 to June 14, 2014
April 12 – May 3, 2014 with an Opening Reception on April 12 from 1 – 5 pm
I am happiest when I have stone in my hands. I am driven to seek it out, touch it, explore it, carve it. I believe that stone is as essential to our lives as water and air. Stone teaches patience, to think before acting or speaking. Its hardness slows me down, grounds me. The birds and other creatures represent every human emotion from absolute revulsion to utter awe. I enjoy freeing them from blocks of stone. – Loretta Kyle
Throughout the past year, a year in which my mother became very sick and then finally succumbed in December, my mid-morning walks along the shore of the lake which is my neighbourhood provided me with not only solace but focus. With smartphone in hand I recorded each nuance of light and subtlety of weather on sky, water and ice. The results provided me with an opportunity to push beyond my usual practice of diligent description. While painting from these images, I felt a strong pull towards the abstract although, like my mother, I insisted on keeping my feet on the ground, with the horizon acting as balance. The paintings became about the relationship between the concrete and the abstract, form and the formless – the view and the experience. Although they are rooted in the view, I have encouraged them to speak in mystical tones. – Pamela Thurston
Scott Gallery is pleased to present the work of Loretta Kyle and Pamela Thurston in a two-person show titled, Lake’s Edge. We feel the artists’ works, sculptures and paintings respectively, come about through extended contemplation of their subjects and great sensitivity to material. This is an important commonality of these otherwise distinct bodies of work.
The steady contemplation of a subject (the surface of a lake seen from shore or the essential, physical aspect of a bird) rewards both the artist and the viewer with fully realized, independent art objects.
OPENING: Saturday April 12, 2014
TIME: 1:00 to 5:00 pm
EXHIBITION: April 12 – May 3, 2014
10-5 pm Tuesday – Saturday
Image (left to right):
Loretta Kyle “Introspection” chlorite 5.5 x 6 x 6″
Pamela Thurston “Cloud” oil on canvas 20 x 20″