Sala now works as a sessional instructor at U of A. She says that the constant interaction in a shared studio encourages productivity and artistic growth. Sala graduated in 2009 with her show Soundscapes, a series of abstract paintings inspired by music. Her current process-oriented works are built with layers of “creation and destruction,” resulting in an interplay of mark-making and evidence of the removal of marks.
Marla Schole was born in Edmonton in 1962. She attended the University of Alberta and received a BFA degree with distinction in the spring of 1984. Her major area of study was in painting. Other areas of study included drawing and sculpture.
The major emphasis of Schole’s work has been on the depiction of the landscape. Much of her inspiration is derived from out of the way places along mountain roads and hiking trails as well as the well known scenes in the national parks in Alberta. She strives to depict the brilliancy of colour and the detail of nature. It is her belief that the beauty of the Alberta landscape should be cherished as a natural resource and she hopes that this beauty can remain unspoiled for generations to come. As the world becomes a smaller and busier place, she believes that the ability to find a solitary moment with nature is a thing to be truly treasured.
Schole has been exhibiting her work since 1984. Her work is included in the collections of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and the University of Alberta Hospital as well as in numerous private collections in Canada and the United States.
JEWEL SHAW, Nêhiyawak (Cree)/Métis, was born and raised in High Prairie, Alberta. She earned a Masters of Fine Art in Printmaking from the University of Alberta, Edmonton (2008). Her work has been shown in various group exhibitions, most recent include: Li Salay, Edmonton Art Gallery (2018), Novosibirsk International Triennial, State Art Museum, Novosibirsk, Russia (2018), New Impressions: Experiments in Contemporary Native American Printmaking, IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Albuquerque, New Mexico (2017), Kyoto Hanga 2016: The International Print Exhibition Canada & Japan, Kyoto Municiple Museum of Art, Kyoto, Japan (2016), Weaving the Past into the Present, Contemporary Native American Printmaking, International Print Centre New York, Chelsea Gallery, New York (2015), Six Artists Etching, Shoestring Press, Brooklyn (2015); LandMarks: Indigenous Communities Connect, Tamarind Institute, Albuquerque (2014); The View From Here: Alberta Biennial for Contemporary Art, Alberta Gallery of Art, Edmonton (2013). Recently, her solo show, Memory Bones was exhibited at the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery (2017).
She has attended artist residencies in Canada, the United States, and Australia; has been the recipient of many grants and awards; and her work can be found in various publications, and collections in Canada and abroad. Her practice combines traditional printmaking, drawing and digital media. Compositions trace themes of identity, memory, loss, and reference the personal, political, and social.
Heather Shillinglaw, an Appetogasan, Cree/Dene, Salteaux Chipewyan & Scots/French looked to her Awas Nohkom’s (Grandmothers before) for guidance by contemplating the bush for healing, life and sustainability. Paramount to her practice is sharing knowledge through art in workshops and school programs. Using land based philosophies and narration to help students create their masterpiece. She pulls on the hearts and minds of her students as she conveys how art can convey a voice beyond the bush.
Peter Shostak was born and raised on a farm in northeastern Alberta. His early interest in art inspired him to major in art at the University of Alberta. In 1969, he obtained a graduate degree in art education and then took a teaching position at the University of Victoria. He remained there as associate professor of art education until 1979, when he decided to leave teaching and pursue a career as an artist, devoting all of his time to painting and silkscreen printing.
Katherine Sicotte started her career in the 1980’s. Her work is directly inspired by our Canadian landscape. As a mature artist, her life and work has largely been affected by our country’s global awareness. The problems and realities of the world’s cultures, especially how our contemporary society affects women, are where her interest mainly lies. As a sculptor, her main interest has always been in making aesthetically pleasing objects. This belief incorporates not only formal notions of what is inherent to sculpture but acts as a reflection of contemporary society.
Marc Siegner is an artist living and working in Edmonton. His print and installation works have been exhibited across Canada and internationally (Brazil, China, Czech Republic, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Slovenia, Thailand and the UK). He was co-founder of the Society of Northern Alberta Print-Artists (SNAP) and remains an important contributor to the arts community of Alberta. The Alberta Foundation for the Arts has collected his work as well as the Canada Council Art Bank and several corporate and private collections both in Canada and internationally.