|Deltra Powney, "River Valley", oil on canvas, 24" x 35.5"|
Powney comments on her work:
Location of inspiration: North bank of North Saskatchewan River, South end of RR 275, West of Edmonton.
No sound of traffic. Quiet dead still vastness. A sense that there is more to this place than what is in the immediate space surrounding me. The echoing of a woodpecker knocking on a tree possibly across the river on the opposite bank left me feeling like I was not alone. Delicate tangles of dead grass punctuated by the white snow lingering in the underbrush. Just above that a pink mauve hued haze created by masses of spring's bear dogwood. Only the branched close to me reach out with their scarlet tinged fingers.
I long to live by the river. Till then I will hold what it gives me in my collections, dreaming.
Marking the Valley is at the Kaasa Gallery in the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium (11455 87 Ave NW in Edmonton) from August 28 to October 7, 2014 and at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium ( 1415 14 Ave NW in Calgary) from October 17 to November 30, 2014.