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LAC 80th ANNIVERSARY PORTRAIT COMPETITION AWARDS

The August 11, 2016 Awards Ceremony culminated two years of dreaming and doing for the Lethbridge Artists Club. Lynne Dewhirst brought our executive news of a portrait competition being held in Winnipeg for the anniversary of their portrait group, and that inspiration gave us a theme to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Lethbridge Sketch/Artists Club.  Committee members Alex Bakk, Fran Hutton, Anneli Janssens and Linda Richards created the rules and the plan, and Gayle Russell took over Anneli’s position on the committee as the competition emerged.  The club thanks these members for the thousands of hours of work done by the committee members.

When the committee pitched the competition idea to our membership in January of 2015, the membership identified two difficulties regarding doing it: 1. Many members did not paint portraits, and 2. who should they paint? We established a nomination process; 25 honourees who had made remarkable contributions to southwestern Alberta were nominated.  Twenty- two of those nominees modelled for sketching on eleven evenings at Casa.  Portrait skills were honed, biographies of the honourees were shared, and many artists spent evenings at Casa practising sketching and getting to know these worthy honourees.

Alex Bakk and Fran Hutton offered to complete sketches of all of the honourees for inclusion in our commemorative catalogue.  We have a few catalogues available for sale for $25.  They include a history of the club, photos of the portraits and sketches, and biographies of the participants in this competition: the subjects, the honourees, and the artists. On the Awards Evening Fran Hutton and Alex Bakk donated their sketches from those sketching evenings as gifts for the honourees who attended.  Many thanks to Alex and Fran for these wonderful gifts.

Our community responded remarkably to this anniversary of the club and the portrait competition which showcased local subjects. When we approached venues to display the portraits, every place we contacted enthusiastically agreed to host us: Casa, Claresholm Library, Lebel Gallery in Pincher Creek, Remington Carriage Museum at Cardston, Coaldale Library, and the Galt Museum and Archives.  We thank those hosts for allowing us to display in their beautiful facilities.  We thank the Galt Museum and Archives, and Wendy Aitkens, its curator, for the wonderful awards reception August 11.

In September of 2015, twenty-two artists registered their intent to compete in the competition. On January 15, 2016 twenty-one completed portraits were installed on the walls of Casa. The next night an anniversary celebration and Launch was held, and more than 200 people had Casa rocking on the coldest night of the winter as we first displayed our “Faces of Significance.”

Following the party came the first judging. Judging criteria had been established for the competition, and two judging sessions (using the skills of six judges) decided our prize winners.  Our thanks to our judges: Dr. Van Christou, Adrian Cooke, Maria Madacky, David Short, Claire Hatton, Barb Goodman for their skilled consideration.

We also wish to thank our sponsors for their financial encouragement:

Lethbridge Rotary Club (East) –Bev Lanz, Fran Leggett and Glen Coulter,

Mackenzie Investments – Daryll Stevenson,

Smiths Custom Audio Video—Gerard Plattell.

In addition to the judging done by our two panels of judges, we invited viewers of the portraits to ballot for their favorite portrait– the People’s Choice winner. Gerrard Platell of Smith’s Audio chose to sponsor that prize.  Marilyn Gillies counted more than 550 ballots naming their favorite painting from the six venues where we exhibited the portraits.  On behalf of Mr. Gerard Plattell of Smiths Audio, Marilyn Gillies presented the People’s Choice prize to Fran Hutton.

 

Lethbridge Artists Club wishes to express our thanks to the media sources that supported our event, the sponsors, the judges, the venue hosts where we exhibited the portraits, the sketchers who sketched the honourees, the honourees who have contributed so much to our communities, the subjects of the portraits and the artists who painted the portraits.  A special thanks again to the portrait committee members.  Thank you all for participating in this once in a lifetime event.

Winners of the two Honourable Mention prizes are Fran Hutton with her portrait of Charlie Russell named, “Recalling Memories,” and Amy Dodic with her quilt depicting Ron and Joyce Sakamoto named “Ron and Joyce Sakamoto.”

"Recalling Memories" Pastel by Fran Hutton

“Recalling Memories” Pastel by Fran Hutton

"Ron and Joyce Sakamoto" Quilt

“Ron and Joyce Sakamoto” Quilt By Amy Dodic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our winner of the 80th Anniversary Lethbridge Artists Club Portrait Competition is Patricia Sorensen with her portrait of Diane Sumner named, “Diane Sumner.” Congratulations, Patti!

"Diane Sumner" Tinted Charcoal by Patricia Sorensen

“Diane Sumner” Tinted Charcoal by Patricia Sorensen

The Winner of the competition was interviewed by Russell Bowers of CBC Daybreak Alberta.

Thank you for joining us at our 80th anniversary celebration throughout the year. The portraits will remain at the Galt until October.  Please bring friends and family to see them again.

Before and After

The Lethbridge Artists Club’s latest mural painting at the Edith Cavell Care Centre, in the dementia unit is finished. The purpose of the mural is to disguise, or camouflage the exit doors to reduce the chances of wandering patients getting out accidentally. The Lethbridge Artist Club would like to thank all the volunteers for the great job!

Edith Cavell Care Centre

 

Arts in Lethbridge

For updated events from the Allied Arts Council, please CLICK HERE.

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If you are considering the purchase of some original artwork, there are many great choices on our “Artists’ Gallery” page. Please feel free to visit every artist and leave comments…

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Artists Network University – Please click on the link; it is worth checking it out for tips, courses and a whole lot of other useful info…

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The HEALING ARTS PROGRAMMING exhibition

There is presently an exhibition of our paintings in The Lethbridge Regional Hospital, in the cafeteria and the south hallway from the main lobby. The exhibition is hosted by the “HEALING ARTS PROGRAMMING”.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Linda Richards permalink
    April 22, 2014 2:33 pm

    I am so impressed with the website. It is informative, welcoming, well presented.
    Linda Richards

  2. April 29, 2014 6:52 pm

    Thank you Linda. It is a group effort by our members, 🙂

  3. Gayle Russell permalink
    May 22, 2014 4:01 pm

    The exhibit at Waterton National Park is beautiful – we should all be proud of our talented group! Good job putting this all together on short notice Linda and helpers!

    Gayle Russell

  4. Dawn Cooksley permalink
    June 28, 2014 7:59 pm

    Wonderful art everyone and the photos are exceptional…

  5. sue wilkie permalink
    October 30, 2014 11:33 am

    This is a seriously good website, and shows so well our activities and the vigor of this group. We are definitely continuing the tradition of this club established almost 80 yrs ago. Well done everyone, and thank you Alex, you are a wonderful webmaster!

  6. October 30, 2014 1:03 pm

    Thanks Sue, I appreciate it…

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