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June 23 - August 24

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Exhibitons run: June 23 - August 24, 2018
Reception: Saturday, June 23, 7:00pmCash bar and refreshments

The Gallery at Casa is pleased to be presenting six new exhibitions opening on June 23, 2018. In these exhibitions, artists discover their unique voices and use them to create connections with others, between concepts and to the greater pop cultural zeitgeist. Their individual experiences become narratives that are broadly resonant. In the Main Gallery, Beloved by Kari Lehr and Karen Tamminga-Paton and Cinematic Imaginings by C. Blake Evernden. In the Concourse Gallery, Lineage by Robert Bechtel, in the Concourse Showcase Monsters in the Peak Support Services Art Classes, on the Digital Gallery screens drawn in by Thorsten Nesch in conjuntion with Lethbridge Independent Film Society and in the Passage Gallery, Don't Touch the Art! curated by Alison Grigg.

In the Main Gallery:
June 23 - August 24, 2018
BELOVEDwork by Kari Lehr & Karen Tamminga-Paton

Artist Statement:And did you get what you wanted from this life, even so?I did.And what did you want?To call myself beloved, to feel myself beloved on the earth.- Late Fragment by Raymond Carver

Displacement and disconnect are familiar themes in our world. We may be disconnected from the land; from close community, from our own family histories. We’ve moved, and moved again. We’ve travelled to places and settled where there is no ancestry, no roots. Some of us have done this by choice, while others have had no choice at all. Even so, there are moments of meaningful connection that remind us of our humanity and create common ground to tell our stories. Within these connections, whether fleeting or on a grand scale, we find a source for regenerative hope. Raymond Carver’s poem, Late Fragment, is the inspiration underlying our work. Picking up the threads of this implied conversation, we offer to you our visual exploration of its significance and impact within our personal dialogues on being, ‘beloved.’ 

Kari Lehr:
Kari Lehr lives and paints in the beautiful Crowsnest Pass, Alberta, Canada. A graduate of the Alberta College of Art and Design, she spent 20 years illustrating for various agencies, studios and corporations around North America. Today she pursues her own vision, working primarily in acrylic, often incorporating mixed media.

"I am endlessly fascinated by the textures and layers which are found not only in the landscape but which comprise our relationships with each other and the mental and physical environment in which we live. In this frenetic society we live in, I cherish the quiet solitude I often feel in my community which allows room for peaceful contemplation. Through my work, I seek to impart a sense of that stillness which allows us to feel connection to each other and the natural world."

Karen Tamminga-Paton:
Karen Tamminga-Paton is an artist and educator living in the Crowsnest Pass. Karen graduated from the University of Waterloo with a major in environmental studies and a minor in Fine Arts, later pursuing an Education degree at Queen's University. Painting took a serious turn after taking summer courses at the Emily Carr College of Art and Design in Vancouver. Numerous solo and group shows later, Karen has a growing art practice. She also enjoys kick-starting the creative process in others and doing workshops particularly geared toward the reluctant artist. Besides painting, Karen divides her time between being mom, teaching high school fine arts, and running the trails behind her house with Bailey, the Wonder-dog.

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