This month's exhibit at the Western GM Art Gallery at the Badlands Community Facility is out of this world.
Artist Verna Vogel of Calgary has been working on her Fragile Planets project since July of 2016 and is now ready to showcase it in Drumheller.
"I don't usually think about what I'm going to make. I make things and think about them later," explained Vogel.
Her style is a little unconventional. She uses a sewing machine to create a textured surface on a canvas and then paints over it or within the texture.
" When you look at the work in the exhibition, you'll see that all the surfaces are stitched with the exception of some small prints (and) those are just printed on paper, so they don't have the sewing element to them," she said.
Vogel believes her circular imagery in the exhibit conveys a message that, like space, humans are like planets orbiting one another. She also hopes visitors will see the connection between her work and Earth's fragile environment. She demonstrates this fragility by hanging her work in a meditation wheel in the middle of the gallery.
"The fragile planets thing, to me, it has maybe a couple different layers of meaning," concluded Vogel.
You can see her latest work until the end of April.