There were mixed emotions at the Badlands Community Facility on Mar. 2 when artists from the Canadian Badlands Artist Association came face to face with their artwork for the first time in months.
Friday evening was the opening night of the Drumheller stop of the latest in TREX traveling art shows out of Medicine Hat. Curator Xanthe Isbister selected multiple artists from Drumheller for her show Into the Badlands.
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."
Carrie Mashon, Vice-President of the Canadian Badlands Artist Association was blown away by the show.
"I think it's great," she admitted. "I mean, you think of all the thousands of people that get to see our art, from this little Valley. I think it's amazing. There could be hundreds of thousands of people that see this show and all through Alberta."
Ellen Nobel, one of the artists whose work was on display, spoke about how diverse the collection is.
"The art show is a really wonderful experience and we get to promote our art across the province. And, we have a lot of people who can look at our art and view our art. What I really like is [that] it's a collection of all of us together, so there's a little bit of a view of paintings, as well as photography and acrylic, oil, life scenes, abstract, it's all in there. People really get a sense of what the artists in Drumheller are doing."
Nobel continued, revealing that it was nice to see her artwork again. TREX collected all of the art months ago to prepare it for the traveling show.
"Once they take it away, we won't see it again until spring of 2020," she said. "They're going for a month at a time to different galleries throughout Alberta. It's to give the opportunity to smaller, rural communities that may not have the opportunity to see art 'in the flesh' so to speak. It gives them the opportunity to see art produced in Alberta, for Albertans."
Any sales from the show will also be on hold, so to speak, until the show wraps up in spring 2020.