Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Enroll now in Textiles for Artists.

Shanell Papp, Lab (2006-2008), crochet and sewn yarn, lifesized.  Photo: Shanell Papp.

On Tuesday evenings, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, from January 22 through March 26, the Bowman is offering Textiles for Artists with Shanell Papp.  New to the Bowman, this class will show you how to re-blend historical techniques in innovative ways.
Cost: $150.  Call 403-327-2813 to enroll.

Click here for a link to Shanell's site on Etsy.

Name the New Community Arts Centre!

The City of Lethbridge is presently providing the opportunity for the public to participate in submitting names for the building. The Community Arts Centre will be an incubator for arts activities for years to come and the public is encouraged to participate in the naming process by submitting creative names that fit the vision of this iconic civic building.     The criteria that the names are being selected on are as follows: • The name will provide a fresh and exciting identity with a modern and contemporary appeal. • The name will be easy to brand; something that lends itself to graphic interpretation. • The name will be unique to this building; not to be confused with other buildings, parks or locations. • The name will preferably be short, or something that can easily be shortened. • The name will be inclusive of all the arts- not exclusive to one or a few. • The name will be easy to remember, something that attracts interest or attention.     Submission forms are available on the City, Allied Arts Council, and University websites. Submissions are being accepted until noon on Friday December 28th, 2012. Submissions must be kept to one page (including any supporting material that submitters wish to include) and should be sent to lori.harasem@lethbridge.ca. More than one submission per individual will be accepted.     The naming committee will review all submissions over the month of January and will make a recommendation to City Council in early February. City Council will have the final approval of the name. Any questions regarding the Community Arts Centre or the naming process can be directed to the City of Lethbridge Recreation and Culture at 403.320.4716.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Annual Christmas Sale 2012!

It's that time of the year!  From Friday, November 30th (10am - 9pm) through Saturday, December 1st (10am - 4pm), the Bowman Arts Centre is having our annual Lethbridge Artist Societies & Guilds Christmas Sale.
Find the perfect gift for under the tree or treat yourself to something special.  Items featured include pottery, weaving, paintings, drawings, stained glass, textiles & paper arts, and woodturnings.
The pottery sale continues from December 3rd - 8th.
Bowman Arts Centre, 811 - 5th Avenue South, Lethbridge.
Admission is free!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Potemkin Artist-Run Gallery opens on November 10

Don't miss the excitement!  The premier exhibition at the Potemkin Artist-Run Gallery opens at 8pm on Saturday, November 10.  The location is 411 - 3rd Avenue South, right above the Owl Acoustic Lounge.  Everybody is welcome!

The Potemkin Collective is a loosely organized, non-hierarchical group in Lethbridge, Alberta. They are committed to organizing open and inclusive theme exhibitions in alternative and ad hoc spaces in the city. The concept of the collective is to nurture the gallery space as a site for creativity and play, and to break down the schisms and divisions that polarize art-styles and disciplines.

Garden of Spirits Opens November 3rd!

The Bowman Arts Centre is pleased to present "Garden of Spirits" by Marcella Cooper.  This suite of paintings uses the motif of the flower as a metaphor for an individual's ability to grow, blossom and bloom, even when planted amongst adversity.

"Garden of Spirits" takes place in solidarity with Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  A portion from the sale of each art work will be donated to the YWCA Harbour House which has been providing crisis beds for women and children escaping abusive environments since 1981.

The opening reception is Saturday, November 3, from 7pm - 9pm.  
Everyone is welcome. 
The exhibition runs until January 19, 2013.

Saturday, October 27, 2012


Friday Afternoons, January 25 – March 8:
Clay Handbuilding, 1:30 – 3:00, 6 – 9 yrs, $65
Clay Wheel, 3:15 – 5:00, 10 – 13 yrs, $75
Exploring 2D Art, 1:30 – 3:00, 9 – 12 yrs, $60
Exploring 2D Art, 3:15 – 4:45, 6 – 8 yrs, $60

Saturdays, January 26 – March 9:
Clay Wheel, 10:15 – Noon, 10 – 13 yrs, $75
Clay Handbuilding, 1:00 – 3:00, 6 – 9 yrs, $65

Saturdays, Jan 26 – Apr 27, 1:00 – 2:00, $70
For ages 6 and up.


Clay Classes:                        
Tues, JAN 8 – FEB 19              10:30 am – Noon         $25
Tues, JAN 8 – FEB 19              1:00 pm – 2:30 pm      $25
Weds, JAN 9 – FEB 20            1:00 pm – 2:30 pm      $25
Thurs, JAN 10 – FEB 21          1:00 pm – 2:30 pm      $25
Exploring Art:                      
Tues, JAN 8 – FEB 19              1:30 pm – 3:00 pm      $25
Advanced Exploring Art:      
 Tues, JAN 8 – FEB 19             4:00 pm – 5:30 pm      $25        

Clay Classes:                        
Tues, MAR 5 – APR 16            10:30 am – Noon         $25
Tues, MAR 5 – APR 16            1:00 pm – 2:30 pm      $25
Weds, MAR 6 – APR 17          1:00 pm – 2:30 pm      $25
Thurs, MAR 7 – APR 18          1:00 pm – 2:30 pm      $25
Exploring Art:                      
Tues, MAR 5 – APR 16            1:30 pm – 3:00 pm      $25
Advanced Exploring Art:      
 Tues, MAR 5 – APR 16           4:00 pm – 5:30 pm       $25

For more information and to pre-register, please contact the Bowman Arts Centre 403-327-2813

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Classes for Adults, Winter 2013

Starting the week of January 21st! Sign up now. 403-327-2813

  • Acrylic Painting with Donna Gallant: Mondays, Jan 21 – Apr 8, 6:30 – 8:30, $100.
  • Textiles for Artists with Shanell Papp: Tuesdays, Jan 22 – Mar 26, 6:30 – 8:30, $150.  New to the Bowman, this class will show you how to reblend historical techniques in innovative ways. This 10 week course will cover sculptural crochet, knotwork, basic sewing, felting and more.
  • Clay Wheel with Natalie Brewster:Tuesdays, Jan 22 – Mar 12, 6 - 9 pm, $160
  • Clay Wheel with Natalie Brewster: Wednesdays, Jan 23 – Mar 13, 6 – 9 pm, $160
  • Clay Handbuilding with Debra Williams: Thursdays, Jan 24 – Mar 14, 6 – 9 pm, $140
 Starting the week of January 21st! Sign up now. 403-327-2813 

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Summer Clay Camp in Lethbridge Herald

Jonah Navrrow-Bellavance works on a clay dish creation during a youth clay wheel camp at the Bowman Arts Centre this week.

Saturday, July 28, 2012



  Clay Handbuilding • 1:30-3:00 • 6-9 YRS • $65
  Clay Wheel • 3:15-5:00 • 10-12 YRS • $75
  Exploring Art • 1:30-3:00 • 9-12 YRS • $55
  Exploring Art • 3:15-4:45 • 6-8 YRS • $55


  Clay Wheel • 10:15-12:00 • 10-13 YRS • $75
  Clay Handbuilding • 1:00-2:30 • 6-9 YRS • $65


  Watercolour • MON SEPT 24-DEC 3• 6:30-8:30• $100
  Drawing • TUES SEPT 25-NOV 27 • 6:30-8:30 • $120
  Clay Wheel • TUES SEPT 25-NOV 13• 6:30-8:30 • $130
  Clay Wheel • WED SEPT 26-NOV 14• 6:30-8:30 • $130

SEPT 29-DEC 8 • $65.00
 Ages 6 and up: Saturdays, 1:00 - 2:00
 Fall semester starts the week of September 10th. Private 1/2 hour individual or group 
 sessions available on a weekly basis from accredited instructors with the Trinity 
 Conservatory of Speech and the Toronto Conservatory.

For more information, or to register, contact 
the Bowman Arts Centre: 327-2813.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Cabinet of Queer-iosities 2012

Opening reception: July 14, 7pm – 9pm. 
Don’t miss it!

Artists include:
Chad Patterson
Trevor Anderson
C.W. Carson
Rick Gillis
Aaron Hagan
Len Komanac
Trudi Sissons
Heather MacDonald-Sorochan
Pamela Vera
Frater Tham
Pam Evans
Shane Golby
Josephine Mills
Celeste Pryde
Amornthep Jaidee
Cate Currie
Arlene Westen Evans
Madison Reamsbottom
Sonis McAllister
Leila Armstrong
Alexis Bialobzyski
Sarah Christensen

Cabinet of Queer-iosities 2012 is an exhibition of small format works celebrating GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered) history and pride through a diverse range of subject matters and approaches. The exhibition is in the oak display cases at the Bowman Arts Centre from July 14 through September 15, 2012. 

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Paint Chips: Work by Donna Bilyk

April 21 - May 21, 2012
Opening Reception, Saturday, April 21, 7pm - 9pm
Bowman Arts Centre, 811 - 5 Avenue South, Lethbridge
Everyone Welcome!

Prairie Iron: Paintings by Jim Robinson

April 21 - May 21, 2012
Opening Reception, Saturday, April 21, 7pm - 9pm
Bowman Arts Centre, 811 - 5 Avenue South, Lethbridge
Everyone Welcome!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Antonio Miguel Opening.

Opening Reception, January 21, 2012, 7:00 pm - 9:00 Pm Bowman Art Centre's Oak Showcases.

Antonio Miguel was born in Nogales, Sonora, near the Mexican/US border. He was raised in Mexico City and was exposed to art from an early age; his middle class family had an appreciation of music and literature. As a child, Antonio Miguel sought the company of his older cousin, a very talented musician, writer, and painter, who would become a renowned journalist later in his life.

Given the traditions of that time, Antonio Miguel followed the formal education that would allow him to obtain a professional title and a job. He was thus diverted from the arts, his true passion and talent. He joined the science faculty and chose to study physics, one of the few topics that he didn’t mind that was also accepted by his family. Life, however, always ironic and sometimes incomprehensible, took him on a different road.

It was 1963, that fate led him to take a role as an actor in a university play. Soon after, he saw himself involved in the classical plays of Shakespeare and Voltaire. The early success of these performances took him away from the study of physics and math.

He tired had to divide his time and attention into both careers. Before he could finish his university career, however, something happened that would change his life forever. He was called to play a role in a famous soap opera (“Mama Campanita”) produced by Televisa, the largest television network in Mexico. This would be the first TV novella of more than 40 that he would participate in during his career. He also performed in numerous other TV and radio shows, movies, and theatre productions.

More recently, Antonio Miguel has gone back to some of his early passions: painting and ‘pirografia’ (pyrography) – the ancestral art of engraving wood using fire. This ‘therapeutic work,’ as he calls it, has led him to several gatherings among friends in which he has shown the results of his ‘therapies.’

Now living with his lovely wife in the beautiful colonial city of Morelia (Mexico), he makes frequent trips to Canada to visit his two daughters, who have made Lethbridge their home. As a semi-retired actor, he enjoys a fulfilling life, writing short stories, painting, and using pyrography to illustrate the fruit of his reflections.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

"Oldman River Coulee" by Julie Duschenes.

January 21 through February 25, 2012, Bowman Arts Centre Main Gallery.
Julie Duschenes' work is inspired by the Oldman River coulees and surrounding landscape.

Opening Reception: Saturday, January 21, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm.

The work in this exhibition is from an extended body of work made in response to the overpowering impression made on me by the coulees at first sight and continuing to this day.

I first visited Lethbridge in 1988 to present two slide lectures at the University of Lethbridge and, after that visit, kept coming back to work. The earliest coulee work in this exhibition was painted in 1993, shortly before I moved to Lethbridge from Vancouver and, over more than two decades, I have continued my attempts to re-embody the coulee.

I find that my most powerful and enduring experiences of the coulee are apprehended in seeing and hearing, and the images I have made are attempts to transcribe this non-verbal knowledge. To this end, I have made images in drawing and printing media, watercolour, acrylic and oil painting and present some of these to you, here.

"Covers" by Chad Patterson

Don't miss Chad Patterson's "Covers," re-interpretations of well known album covers.
January 21 - February 25, 2012.

Opening Reception: Saturday, January 21, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Bowman Arts Centre Music Room Gallery.

Covers consists of oil paintings that I have produced depicting album cover art. I paint a representation of each album cover while listening to the album. Sometimes the painting is done first, sometimes the album is done first, but when the album is done the painting is done, that's the rule. The resulting paintings are painterly and expressive; thick impasto stabs of tactility and impression left as emotional responses to music and memory. The resulting catalogue unfolds like the snapshots of a photo album, emotional keepsakes that instantly transport us to a specific time and place, not unlike a song, an album, or that album's cover.