Some Drumheller artists hit it big when a curator out of Medicine Hat decided to incorporate Drumheller art into a touring show she was organizing.

Jim Carlson is one of the artists in the Canadian Badlands Artist Association whose work is being displayed.

"Xanthe Isbister is a curator for the TREX traveling shows out of Medicine Hat," he explained. "We were one of the people who she contacted. We had another show with them, [eight] years ago, and she decided to give us a call and see if we would be interested in doing another one.

Into the Badlands is a sequel of sorts to the 2010 show Out of the Badlands. Rather than focus on the landscape that makes the Badlands unique, Isbister wanted to show off the people that make the Badlands unique -- from the program: "The result is a selection of paintings and photographs that communicate each artist's individual sense of place."

Carlson talked a bit about his artwork and why he paints.

"My work is called folk art (or primitive). I paint in acrylics and my scenes are usually homey and fun. I like people to smile when they look at my pictures. Anyone that's interested in seeing them can see them in our gallery right downtown: Badlands Gallery."

Because TREX is a traveling show, the artwork will make its way across the province. A big stop for Into the Badlands is one coming up later this month:

"It's coming to Drumheller," said Carlson. "On Feb. 28, I believe it will be open, but we're actually having a reception of that show on Mar. 2 from 7 to 9 p.m."

The reception will take place at the Western GM Gallery at the Badlands Community Facility. Anyone interested in finding out more information about the show can contact Janet Mason at the Drumheller Library. Anyone interested in learning more about the Canadian Badlands Artist Association can visit their website.

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