Art Gallery of Alberta

Soapstone Carving

BMO All Day Sunday: Northern Narratives

Featuring Soapstone Carving Workshop with Loretta Kyle

Sunday, October 27
All Day Sunday Activities | 12-4 pm
Soapstone Carving | 1 pm
Free with Gallery Admission

Stop by the Gallery at 1 pm to learn basic soapstone carving techniques with local artist Loretta Kyle. Taking advantage of this unique art-making opportunity, participants can experiment with actual soapstone, carving materials and tools.

Learn more about the new exhibition Angakkuq: Between Two Worlds at this BMO All Day Sunday. Take part in an interactive story circle that ends in a fun book binding session! Explore different art-making techniques including printmaking and subtractive sculpture.

Loretta Kyle is an Edmonton-based sculptor who has worked with different types of stone, including Chlorite, Prophyllite, British Columbia soapstone, Brazilian soapstone, African Kisii stone and Quebec Serpentine. Kyle has been sculpting since 1987, and has been practicing full time since 1997. She has exhibited across Canada and has works available for purchase across Alberta.

Artist Statement

I am happiest when I have stone in my hands. I am driven to seek it out, touch it, explore it, carve it. I believe that stone is as essential to our lives as water and air. Stone teaches patience, to think before acting or speaking. Its hardness slows me down, grounds me. Birds represent every human emotion from absolute revulsion to utter awe. I enjoy freeing them from blocks of stone.

As a medium, the beauty of each stone compels the viewer to look closer. The emotion of the form leads to self-exploration, which I believe to be the purpose of art. When my sculpture elicits a spontaneous reaction, I know I have used my life well.