Current: Through August 20:
  Group Show: "Sunscreen"

Upcoming: September 17 - October 15
   Bradley Harms: "Tilt"
   Samantha Walrod: "Distant and Familiar"

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Upcoming Exhibitions


Bradley Harms: "Tilt"
September 17, 2016 - October 15, 2016
Artist reception: Saturday, September 17, 2016, 2-4 PM
at 730 11th Ave SW
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Dual Event (Medium) (Tenete), 2016
Acrylic on Canvas
36" x 36"

Newzones is pleased to announce "Tilt", solo show by Bradley Harms.

Bradley Harms' relationship with his materials is both intimate and nuanced. The paintings in "Tilt" incorporate his signature mark making, as well as new attention to the notion of surface perfection and spatial assertion. Often not immediately recognized, his preferred use of the unmeasured free hand frequently mimics that of mechanized techniques; however, the inevitable outcome of striving to achieve perfection is never quite attained. This imbues the work with a kind of wobbly-modernism: an earnest and authentic expression of both the artist's humanity as well as his yearning for the unattainable perfection. These paintings are rooted in the metamodern notion that we can have seriousness and humour simultaneously, success and failure simultaneously, as well as the handmade within our machine-driven aesthetic.

Bradley Harms has been on the frontlines of the new wave of Canadian abstraction for several years. Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Harms received his BFA from the University of Calgary and his MFA from the prestigious Art Institute of Chicago. His work has been exhibited throughout North America and Europe, and his paintings can be found in many public collections such as the Canada Council's Art Bank (Ottawa, ON), Alberta Foundation for the Arts (Edmonton, AB), the Nickle Arts Museum (Calgary, AB), University of Western Sydney (Sydney, Australia), Foreign Affairs + International Trade Canada (Ottawa, ON) and Glenbow Museum (Calgary, AB).





Samantha Walrod: "Distant and Familiar"
September 17, 2016 - October 15, 2016
Artist reception: Saturday, September 17, 2016, 2-4 PM
at 730 11th Ave SW
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Memory of Bow Valley Parkway - Light, 2016
Mixed Media on Panel
60" x 48"

Newzones is pleased to announce “Distant and Familiar”, a solo show by Samantha Walrod.

Drawing from her experiences throughout urban and rural Alberta, Walrod creates collages that are not faithful reproductions but instead imagined or reconstructed figures. Documented imagery from walks along Alberta's Edmonton River Valley are collaged with floral patterns found on Worcester china, or animals and flowers from various sources are layered together to recreate travels through the Rocky Mountains. "Distant and Familiar" is documentation that is recorded in a non-linear, nostalgic fashion.

The layers of materials act as a symbol of the mind's ability to retain detailed information, while at the same time, leaving certain elements unclear. In her own words, Walrod "reacts to the paintings with each layer or erasure, adjusting contrasting activity and quiet, opacity and transparency, chaos and balance". Tactility is very important to the artist's practice. Images are incorporated with collage and digital technologies, while maintaining the exploration of paint.

Samantha Walrod received her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Alberta in 2013. Her paintings can be found in various private collections across Canada.





Anda Kubis: "Chrominance"
October 22, 2016 - November 19, 2016
Artist reception: Saturday, October 22, 2016, 2-4 PM
at 730 11th Ave SW
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Migration, Big Blue, 2016
Oil on Canvas
48" x 48"

Newzones is pleased to present "Chrominance", a solo exhibition by Anda Kubis.

Part of the new Abstraction movement in Canada, Kubis continues her play with colour, space and illusion. Due to the prominence of colour in her work, her research considers how a conscious engagement with aesthetics and creativity positively impact human flourishing and quality of life.

In addition to her painting practice, Kubis explores new media through a digital process that creates the foundation from which this new body of oil paintings and digital prints are produced. In finished form, the digital paintings exist beyond the screen where they are entirely informed by the digital software, chroma and layers, which modelled their creation. Although inspired by a digital source, the colour is material and substantial. The luminance - the glow within - is created through Kubis’ intentional play on hue and value perception. Colour is a positive means of aesthetic expression through mixing new and traditional approaches to image making.

Born in Toronto, Ontario, Anda Kubis received her BFA from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and her MFA at York University. For eight years, Kubis taught at York University and at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta. Currently, Kubis is the Associate Dean of Outreach and Innovation in the Faculty of Art at OCAD University. In this role, she manages and develops the many external relationships that support rich opportunities for students and faculty members in the Faculty of Art.

Kubis' paintings have been widely exhibited across Canada in numerous solo and group exhibitions. Her work can be found in private and corporate collections throughout North America.





Kevin Sonmor
December 1, 2016 - January 14, 2017
Artist reception: Thursday, December 1, 2016, 5:30-7:30 PM
at 730 11th Ave SW
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The Misfit Study, 2014
Oil on Linen
42" x 60"

Newzones is pleased to present "An Evening Constitutional", a solo show by Kevin Sonmor.

Born in Lacombe, Alberta, Kevin Sonmor completed his MFA at Concordia University in Montreal in 1991. Since then, he has exhibited widely across Canada, the US, and more recently, Europe. Sonmor has had solo exhibitions in several public galleries and museums, including University of Waterloo, Mendel Gallery in Saskatoon, Art Gallery of Mississauga and most recently, Sherbrooke Museum of Fine Arts in Quebec. In the fall of 2014, Sonmor had a solo exhibition at the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie in Alberta. Sonmor is a recipient of numerous Canada Council Grants and his work can be found in many private and public collections including the University of Waterloo, Art Gallery of Algoma and Government of Canada.

Sonmor's iconic work pushes the boundaries between the historical conventions of landscape painting and the contemporary aesthetic of the abstracted landscape. An inspired student of Flemish painting, his visions are dark and atmospheric, yet filled with familiar still-life objects. These objects float through Sonmor's rich, painterly landscapes, creating powerfully intriguing works that hover between contemporary and historic painting traditions.

Mark Daniel Cohen, a New York City-based artist/writer wrote of Sonmor: “…Sonmor paints with the certain craft of a master, with the sure touch of a virtuoso, not for the sake of the pride in technique but for something more imperative: for the efficacy of the art, for the sake of what art is for — the penetration through to a truth of our essential nature that we realize but cannot hold for more than the briefest moment.”





"Deck the Walls!" - Group Show
December 1, 2016 - January 14, 2017
Artist reception: Thursday, December 1, 2016, 5:30-7:30 PM
at 730 11th Ave SW
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Deck the Walls!

Newzones is pleased to announce the much-anticipated return of our holiday “Deck the Walls” exhibition!

Ever evolving, "Deck the Walls!" will present itself as an entire wall of small-to-medium sized artworks, perfect for gift-giving this holiday season. This salon-inspired exhibition will aim to entice viewers to give the spectacular gift of art for the holidays. "Deck the Walls!" is a fabulous opportunity to display a wide variety of artworks for all to enjoy. There is something for everyone!

Newzones will show work by a many gallery artists, such as Calgary-based Bradley Harms, Colleen Philippi and pinhole photographer Dianne Bos. Favourite painters like Kevin Sonmor, Anda Kubis, and Marie Lannoo will also be highlighted. Photo-based artists such as James Holroyd, Franco DeFrancesca, and Joshua Jensen-Nagle will be included. And not to be forgotten are Cathy Daley's iconic drawings of the female form.

"Deck the Walls!" is sure to inspire some wonderful gift-giving ideas - this event is not to be missed!

So, come one, come all, and take delight in our spectacular holiday wall!