Bad­lands Artists As­so­ci­a­tion hits the road

Lo­cal works se­lected for trav­el­ling gallery

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Patrick Ko­lafa

Mem­bers of the Bad­lands Artists As­so­ci­a­tion will have their work seen by thou­sands through­out the prov­ince as it goes on tour next spring.

Xan­the Is­bis­ter, Al­berta Trav­el­ling Ex­hi­bi­tions (TREX) man­ager/cu­ra­tor was at the Bad­lands Artist As­so­ci­a­tion gallery on Fri­day af­ter­noon, Fe­bru­ary 10 to se­lect works by the lo­cal artists to be used in the trav­el­ling ex­hi­bi­tion. She ex­plains it has been some time since the artists have been part of TREX.

“Seven years ago the Bad­lands Artists As­so­ci­a­tion had an ex­hi­bi­tion with the Al­berta Foun­da­tion for the Arts Trav­el­ling Ex­hi­bi­tion Pro­gram, which is cel­e­brat­ing its 30th year,” she ex­plains.

She said the Bad­lands Artists As­so­ci­a­tion reached out about a year and half ago about the pos­si­bil­ity of do­ing an­other ex­hi­bi­tion They met about a year ago and dis­cussed rather than just com­ing in and se­lect­ing works off the wall, they should work to­wards a theme.

“What I do as cu­ra­tor, with my cu­ra­to­rial process with a group ex­hi­bi­tion, I pose a theme to that group,” she ex­plains. “Seven years ago the name of the ex­hi­bi­tion was “Out of the Bad­lands.”

She said this time, rather than opt­ing for the more com­mon land­scapes Bad­lands style work, they agreed to work more on the per­sonal.

“Let’s call the show “Into the Bad­lands.” What they did over the year was cre­ate works in re­sponse to that theme,” she said. “A chal­leng­ing thing, be­cause they all have their prac­tices and what their in­ter­ests and sub­ject mat­ter is, so it is chal­leng­ing artists to go be­yond that, and go out of their com­fort zone to cre­ate work that is new to them, so they rose to the chal­lenge.”

In to­tal, she se­lected 21 works from mem­bers in­clud­ing Jim Carl­son, Bob Hamil­ton, Ellen No­bel, Carrie Mashon, Lind­sey Stead, Jan­ice Rus­sell and Dianne Faulter.

“When there is a theme there is a ty­ing thread that gives unity to the works, but at the same time it is not a solo ex­hi­bi­tion,” she said.

Mashon is vice pres­i­dent of the Bad­lands Artists As­so­ci­a­tion and is ex­cited to have their work in the ex­hi­bi­tion.

“It is a big op­por­tu­nity for us, up to 50,000 peo­ple could see this show,” said Mashon.

The works will be on the road for two and half years and be dis­played in non­tra­di­tional gal­leries in ru­ral Al­berta.

The man­date is to get con­tem­po­rary Al­berta made art into ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties that wouldn’t nec­es­sar­ily get the op­por­tu­nity to see con­tem­po­rary art shows,” Is­bis­ter said.

The ex­hi­bi­tion will be­gin to tour in Septem­ber of 2017, and wrap up in Fe­bru­ary 2020. The ex­hi­bi­tion will come home to Drumheller in March 2018 at the West­ern GM Gallery. There will be a re­cep­tion.

The Bad­lands Artists As­so­ci­a­tion’s works have been se­lected for a trav­el­ling ex­hi­bi­tion that will tour the prov­ince. At the se­lec­tion of works are (back; l-r) artists Jim Carl­son and Bob Hamil­ton, with (front; l-r) Lind­sey Stead, Carrie Mashon, Trav­el­ling Ex­hi­bi­tion cu­ra­tor Xan­the Is­bis­ter and Dianne Faulter.

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