Friday, July 10, 2009

Local artists showcase their work on LRT platform

OPEN SPACES: Window to a View - The City of Calgary Public Art Program that provides local artists with the opportunity to exhibit their work in a highly visible downtown location. Ten artists have been chosen to provide an installation for the windows to enliven and add interest to this busy transportation hub.

The first artists to share their work are Mandy Stobo and Christine Nagel from now until August 21, 2009. A total of 10 artists will showcase their work in the windows in eight-week blocks until April.
Mandy Stobo is an emerging Calgary-based artist who has shown throughout western Canada. She works mainly with the concept of visually creating images that reflect our reality and the subtext within each realm. Her constant experimentation with colour, composition and its relative subject matter has become a visual signature for the young artist. Aside from her personal painting work, she also has been bringing art to many in the city with her corporate painting parties, live painting events and various charity events in and around the city.

Christine Nagel was born in England and immigrated to Canada to teach in 1957. She admits her “love of the landscape was slow in coming but when [she] began to really ‘see’ it, [she] started painting.” Nagel’s images are representational, and while they may not fit “the modern scene”, she enjoys the pleasure they bring to people and hopes they not only provide an interesting contrast to the more modern artists showcased in the windows, but also bring back good memories for some passersby.

Open Spaces Art Display from The City of Calgary on Vimeo.

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