The Prairies, the Maritimes and a Few Lakes

Ken HouseGo

September 7 – 30, 2017

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 7, 6 – 9pm
Patron’s Prize Draw: 8:30pm

Walkthrough tour: Thursday, September 21, 12:05 – 12:45pm

Grande Prairie art veteran Ken HouseGo articulates the many places he calls “home” in a rich and colourful exhibition that connects place, home and geography. The Prairies, the Maritimes and a Few Lakes is an artistic survey spanning many years. A celebration of the artist’s experiences, achievements and memories, it chronicles the wide geography of Canada with sentimental, yet thoughtful prose.

HouesGo’s distinct and instantly distinguishable style combines a variety of elements. He uses many mediums to create his vignettes: wood, paint, metal and pastel. Compelling and enigmatic stories unfold through this skilled craftsman and artist’s creation, which are juxtaposed with found and altered objects.

The artifacts of his practice become profoundly personal signifiers to him. They are emotive, yet charged with collective meaning, to viewers who bring their own interpretations to the works.

HouseGo can spend many years on a single work. He often sacrifices unresolved pieces to the creation of new compositions that require “a special something”: a suitable base, a certain entity or object. Not only do we learn about HouseGo through his works, we also learn about ourselves, our place in history and the heritage and habits of our nation.

This potent and inspiring exhibition journals a lifetime of fascinating stories in a distinctly Canadian voice. Each work forms a new passage from HouseGo’s suspenseful and intriguing tone.

Patron’s Prize Draw: Attend the opening reception on September 7 for your chance to take home this original piece by Ken HouseGo, valued at $1300. Only attendees at the opening can enter. Every entry will go into a ‘hat’, draw will be at 8:30pm. You must be present to win. Names will be called three times, after which the next name will be called if no one comes forward. Art goes home that night.

Congratulations to Al Henry, winner of Basilica (2009), the Patron’s Prize, presented by artist Ken HouseGo.

Registration now open!

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Art Nook: Sense of Place–Collaborative Book Project

September 5 – 28

Contribute to our collaborative book project and create pages that define your sense of place. The Gallery is asking participants of all ages and experience levels to send us small drawings, prints, poems, paintings, photos, or collages. We will be taking all of the works that are sent for this project, and binding them into a series of small hand-made art books, which will be exhibited in the Gallery throughout Alberta Culture Days 2019. Why not create yours in the Gallery’s Art Nook? Using a variety of two-dimensional media, create a 5×7” piece to contribute to the project.

All materials provided.

Cost: Free (donations welcome)

Time: Gallery Hours


2019 Catalogue

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