Lots of news for 2020!
My art can now be found on many exciting home decor, clothing and phone case products!! See my shop at https://redbubble.com/people/normacallicott
An eternity of winter blues
Scars my soul
I yearn for skies that never end
Rolling hills of new life
The smell of fresh grass after a rain
Fishing streams, clean and clear
Mountain views that make me feel small
Every glimpse is a snapshot
Images that help me heal
How welcome is this solo show after months of isolation due to Covid-19!! Curating this collection for this show was very meaningful for me. This show runs from July 27 to August 30 at The Carrot Community Arts Coffeehouse, 9351 118 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta.
During Covid I have been entering on-line art and photography competitions. Although I am certainly not known for my photographs, knowing the basics of composition from art, makes for better photographs. This work, "Pottery Shadows" won 2nd prize in the Allied Arts Council 2020 Photography Competition. I have a wonderful collection of travel photographs, this one was taken in a Folk Art Museum in Valladolid, Mexico. Juror Dunna, a Juno nominated music producer, photographer and videographer said this about the work, "Absolutely love the simplicity of this shot. The composition and balance is so interesting and works so well even though on first glance, you'd think it wouldn't".
During the winter days of Covid, I felt a need to let out a lot of the feelings I was having, feelings of frustration, sadness, uncertainty, loss and fear. I started these three Covid themed collages with the thought of sharing them with the community any way I could. These are displayed in my front yard on nice days.
This work, "Floating Into my Demise" was juried into the International Association of Experimental Artists 2020 International Show, which was to take place in September in St. Albert, Alberta. Like most events these days, it will now only be an online show. This piece is a paper collage with beach garbage embedded into the resin finish. It is part of my "Beach Garbage Series". During a recent trip to Mexico, I was diverted from picking shells and sea glass. The amount of plastics and garbage on some beaches was shocking. I had to pick it up! Then I started to think, How could I incorporate this into my art to highlight the issue of plastics in the ocean? The series is still a work in progress, but I am very honored to have this work juried into a very important show!
I was presented with Grand Prize in the Professional Category of the 2020 Color Your World Citrasolv Art Contest II for her collage work "Patterns of Fall". Judge Cathy Taylor said “…enchanting layers evokes fossils embedded in sediment…lovely use of contrasting colors”. All winners can be seen at https://www.citrasolv.com/art-
I was pleased to be Artist of the Month at Gallery@501 in October of 2019 with a display window at the Gallery which is located at 501 Festival Way Sherwood Park, Alberta.
The County of Strathcona this work of mine, "Daily Chores" for their Art Acquisition Program. This painting was based on a summer scene at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Center located east of Edmonton. View on-line at ehive: https://ehive.com/account/4273/object/137232/Daily_Chores. Currently on display at the Heartland Hall in Strathcona County: http://www.strathcona.ca/files/files/attachment-rpc-culture-art-collection-heartland-hall.pdf
I was chosen to paint the Alberta official stone emblem, petrified wood, for the 2004 Alberta Environment Week Poster. The painting was featured on a full page pull-out section of the Edmonton Journal and Calgary Herald on May 30, 2004. Posters were sent out with an educational package to schools around the province.
In 2003, I won the prestigious Vivian Thierfelder Trophy at the Alberta Orchid Society Annual Show in Edmonton. Her oil painting of Cattleya "Hawaiian Sunset" took top prize. This was especially meaningful for me as my parents were longtime orchid growers.