Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Marking the Valley: A Juried Exhibition

Elisa Sereno-Janz, "The North Saskatchewan River Through Edmonton (West Side)", oil on panel, 36" x 36"
Marking the Valley is a juried art exhibition celebrating the beauty of the Capital Region river valley. It features 28 Alberta artists from Cold Lake, Athabasca, Calgary, and the Greater Edmonton Region. Presented by Visual Arts Alberta - CARFAC and the River Valley Alliance, Marking the Valley promotes Alberta Art while showcasing the North Saskatchewan River Valley.

Sereno-Janz says of her work: My art practice, which encompasses oil painting, fibre art, and new media, explores personal investigations in spatial, material and philosophical perspective , haptic art, and the juxtaposition of traditional art forms with technology. The intent in all of my work is to provide the viewer not only with an uncommon point of view, but also to initiate a haptic and synaesthetic response in the body.

My serial work, "Rivers of Alberta" is a product of contemporary technology reworked and translated through a traditional creative practice. In Rivers of Alberta, the satellite images inspire the tradition of landscape painting. The intersection between traditional art forms and contemporary technology within my work invites the viewer to reflect on the value of maintaining an awareness of our individual lives within the vast expanse of time and change.

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.

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