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Hi! I’m Allyson

I am an abstract acrylic and mixed-media artist from Calgary, AB.

I love art. I love to look at it, I love to touch it, I love to create it.

I grew up in a small village in rural Alberta surrounded by many artistic people. One of them was my mom. Her “studio” was an easel behind the sofa in the living room where she painted with oils. To this day, the smell of turpentine reminds me of my childhood.

As far back as I can remember, I have always been drawn to abstracts – the pictures, and the feelings they evoke are truly individual for each person.

Since hanging my first abstract painting of the South Saskatchewan River at age 5 in my parents’ living room gallery, I have never stopped creating.

I have worked with many different art forms and mediums over the years – drawing, papermaking, bookbinding, lampworking and watercolors –and I always return to painting abstracts with acrylics. In the past my focus was always on precision, working small formats, deriving comfort from the exacting detail.

Rollers, brushes, hands, kitchen tools – I look at everything around me to see if I can use it in the process.
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I challenged myself to be more open and free in my painting approach.

And – I have never looked back. I have discovered the freedom of working on a larger scale, and just letting go – allowing colours to flow and swim across the canvas in amazing patterns. I feel uninhibited, confident and like a little kid all over again.

I enjoy the exploration, knowing that the creative process is what keeps me most alive.

ASSOCIATIONS

Active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists

Active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists – Calgary Chapter

CURRENT & UPCOMING SHOWS

 

March 4th, 2017

“2017 All Things Spring”, Edgemont Community Centre, Calgary (FCA Juried)

 

February 28th – March 9th, 2017

“2017 Abstract Exhibition”, Federation Gallery, Vancouver (FCA Juried)

PAST SHOWS

September 30th to October 25th, 2016

Hive Gallery & Gatherings, Canmore

August 6th – August 31st, 2016

“Splash Art Market”, Market on Macleod, Calgary

July 14th – 17th, 2016

“Splash Art Market”, Market on Macleod, Calgary

March 12th, 2016

“2016 All Things Spring”, Edgemont Community Centre, Calgary (FCA Juried)

October 24th, 2015

“Mad About Art”, Edgemont Community Centre, Calgary (FCA Juried)

September 1 – November 30, 2015

Gallery Exhibition @ Palliser Art & Framing, Calgary

June 21 – July 19, 2015

“Summer Gallery 2015 “, Federation Gallery, Vancouver

May 23rd, 2015

“Splash Art Market”, Wild Rose Brewery, Calgary

May 9th, 2015

“2015 Absolutely Art”, Haysboro Community Centre, Calgary (FCA Juried)

March 14th, 2015

“2015 All Things Spring”, Edgemont Community Centre, Calgary (FCA Juried)

February 3rd – 15th, 2015

“Artist’s Choice”, Federation Gallery, Vancouver (FCA Juried)

January 7th – 18th, 2015

“Active Member Exhibition”, Federation Gallery, Vancouver

May 25th, 2014

“Student / Instructor Show & Sale”, Calgary School of Art, Calgary

May 3rd, 2012

“Surfacing 6”, Calgary School of Art, Calgary

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ANNUAL COFFEE COUNT

258

COLORFUL CREATIONS

3

FURRY FRIENDS

700

ANNUAL TEA COUNT