No matter how cold it gets outside, great art will always warm the heart. – Unknown.
We here at Airdrie Public Library (APL) love the warmth our series of art displays bring to the walls, especially when it’s freezing outside – like right now.
For the months of January and February we have two very accomplished local area artists gracing our space, Duane Erickson and Dulcie Sinclair.
Erickson was born and raised in Calgary, and had a diverse career in graphics, scale modelling and design before starting to paint seriously about six years ago.
He calls his artwork “Western Canadian,” and it is, featuring iconic prairie images such as vast skies, emerald lakes hugged by forest and towering grain elevators.
His style is realistic, strong in colour and with enough detail to draw the viewer into the dynamic beauty of the West.
Erickson has had three successful exhibitions and is planning more after this one.
Sinclair is from Quebec but now calls Airdrie home.
She said she began drawing horses and dogs as a child and continues to pull much of her inspiration from the animal kingdom.
Her artwork, ranging from portraits to general scenes – including equestrian and rodeo – are presented in acrylic, charcoal, coloured pencil, oil, pastels and in pen and ink.
The images are colourful and alive with emotion and truthfulness, capturing horses in combat, the calm companionship of dogs and the pastoral beauty of nature.
Sinclair has been sponsored by Two Pine Galleries in Bragg Creek, The Rocky View Hospital Gallery in Calgary, as well as Friends of Fine Art Canadian and American Society, The Calgary Chamber of Commerce, and is presently a member of the Airdrie Arts Society of Alberta.
Yes, it’s cold outside, but here at APL the fireplace is on, the coffee and tea are hot, and the art by Erickson and Sinclair will remind you of the beauty of our world no matter the season.
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