2011 AIRdirondack Artists


Cheryl Todd Shergold loves many different subjects and finds it hard to narrow them to any one given theme. She works in acrylics, watercolours and oils and is inspired by nature’s colour palette.   Through many years of experience she is confident in technical and product knowledge.  Cheryl offers an opportunity to look at the world through new eyes and chooses to give back to the earth by caring and conserving.  As a teacher she encourages everyone to “Paint your world many colors.”   www.cheryltoddshergold.com

Tami Hort-Lathwell feels that being artistic is a gift. It is as natural as writing and she believes that anyone can be taught to be an artist.   She teaches art lessons and enjoys watching and discovering who the next fledging young artists will be.   Tami is currently the President of the Artists Guild of Airdrie, Co-ordinator of the Rockyview Art Club, and Active Member and Program Committee and Workshop Co-coordinator of the Calgary Chapter of the Federation of Canadian Artists. www.rockyviewartclub.piczo.com

Gwen LeMay is currently involved in many creative ventures as a member of the Calgary Sketch Club, Airdrie Artists Guild, and is the Treasurer of the Airdrie Regional ARTS Society.  Her watercolours have been exhibited in various venues in Alberta including the Calgary Stampede and she also contributes to the growth of arts and culture in Airdrie in a variety of ways including installing exhibits for the Art Exhibition Program at the Airdrie Public Library.  http://www.calgarysketchclub.com/artists/lemay

Shawn MacPherson feels that she’s one of the lucky ones…..as owner, artisan and instructor of Muk Luk Magpies Stained Glass Emporium she loves to go to work every day.  Early on, she began tole painting and Teaching and custom murals encompassed many days during the 80′s & 90′s. The millennium arrived and she was encouraged to take a class in stained glass at which point many hours of practice went into her first year until at last she felt knowledgeable enough to open a studio in her home.   With the support of Airdrie and the surrounding areas Shawn has been blessed with the daily opportunity to inspire others to be creative! www.muklukmagpies.com

Ken Vickets is a Western Canadian artist.  His lifelong love of artwork has taken him on an exploration of all mediums including combining his woodwork and painting skills into the creation of award winning wildfowl carvings. Focusing on watercolours (while still retaining a secret love for the scent of oil paint) Ken paints Alberta and British Columbia with semi-abstraction, capturing the true brilliance of the West.  He now expands his talents to include his role as President for the Airdrie Regional ARTS Society.   www.westerncanadianart.com

Michelle Pickering believes that community is the basis to grow as a person. As a local art teacher and the Co-ordinator of the Main Street Art Project for Creative Airdrie, she finds that extending oneself in the community aids in the discovery of what one can offer to others by just simply being of service. Stepping out builds confidence, acceptance of personal beauty and the realization of what can be contributed back into the community. Her love and passion for creativity and the arts has come full circle, beginning at Red Deer College and continuing to include her current involvement in the growth of arts & culture in Airdrie.   www.juneberrystudio.ca

HyJinx Airdrie Youth Council is a group of expressive young Airdrie citizens who seek to empower youth in Airdrie and act as the communication gap between youth and the community. This is accomplished by providing advice to the City and local agencies on issues that affect youth. Hyjinx also partners with other groups, agencies, and organizations that also address youth related issues and plan events for youth in Airdrie and is open to anyone between the ages of 13 and 18 at no cost.  http://www.airdrie.ca/social_planning/youth.cfm

Shannon Lengkeek received a scholarship for excelling in Art and Business Management and then decided to instead pursue an education in Criminology because of her interest in studying behaviour.  Her interest and personal interpretation is evident in her creative expression. Shannon believes that art expresses concepts, expressions, emotions and thought provoking insights, and unlike math and science, art is both objective and subjective and values expression that provokes positive emotion.

Kristen Shima values time, family, friends, and lifestyle, and so her photography is soulful, organic and simple.  Because interaction, relationships and connections are important in her work, she was voted as Calgary’s Child Photographer from 2007 until 2010.  As observer, creative and collector she feels that life is simple – happiness, love, and family all a privilege.  Kristen has also had the honour of meeting and photographing many interesting personalities such as Olympic Gold Medal winner Hayley Wickenheiser. www.shimastudios.com

Kristy Reimer began her journey into photography at the Alberta College of Art and Design. It was in college that she fell in love with the photographic medium and began to look at light the way the camera views it, instead of how eyes do. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography and, after working with professional wedding photographers, in 2003 she began her own professional practice harnessing light and working with vibrant colors to create works of art that not only tell a story, but are visually appealing and timeless.   www.kristyreimerphotography.com

Gary Giesbrecht was raised on a mixed farm near Castor, Alberta and rode a pony to a one-room school.  This is what fostered his relationship with horses and the cowboy way of life.  He is a locally known cowboy artist whose images feature day-to-day farm life and his drawings elevate all that is important in rural life.  As both an artist and a musician Gary has been involved in the Calgary Stampede as his subjects tend to focus on pencil or pen and ink images of the western way of life, be it rodeo, horses, cattle or people as well as old buildings.

Char Vanderhorst likes to focus on images that portray international cultures of many nations. When painting she attempts to communicate ancient history and ethnic beauty.  She also enjoys painting nature and attempts to capture its beauty in its purest form.  Char is recognized for her vibrant watercolours as well as her intricately detailed murals.  www.charvanderhorst.com

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