Meet Our Local Artists
Galloway Station Museum is proud to display an amazing collection from many of our talented local artists. Selections of their work is available for sale in our gift shop.
Meta has been a potter since 1981, commencing her training with the Edson Craft Centre Pottery Class- supplementing her knowledge with additional workshops and courses in wheel-throwing, free form, glazing and decorating techniques. Meta’s wheel-thrown pottery and interesting free-form functional ware feature her rich gloss and matt glazes in varying earth-tones.
Items of Meta’s for sale in the gift shop include dinnerware, mugs, business card holders and more!
Cyndy has commenced her clay experience through several of the Edson Craft Centre programs, ranging from wheel throwing to hand-building techniques. She is an active member of the Edson Craft Centre, participating in the instruction of the children’s pottery classes and in the administration of the Centre. Cyndy enjoys perfecting her wheel thrown techniques and experimenting with free-form clay. She has been developing variety in the colour palette of her glazes.
Items of Cyndy’s for sale in the gift shop include dip-sets, pots and other forms of dishware!
Over the past 30 years of having worked through realism in several mediums including pencil, charcoal, watercolour, pastel and acrylic, Sonja is currently in interpretive mode and comfortably working in combinations of mixed media, collage, acrylics and printmaking.
The potential for experiments from which a happy accident may arise is a great motivator for her as well as envisioning the possibilities of what, initially, may not be apparent.
Sonja is captivated by colour-combinations, shapes and symbolism with the ultimate goal of good craftsmanship.
Sonja currently is selling her mixed media wall art for sale in the gift shop.
Primarily an acrylic artist, Barb has been painting for 20 years. Her love of nature and gardening inspires her to paint birds and landscapes, and most recently she has begun painting with a more spiritual theme: Angels. Barb has taken some tole painting courses, but otherwise is a self-taught artist. She donates 50% from the sales of her paintings to The Brain Tumour Foundation in memory of her daughter Shandy.
Barbie has wall paintings for sale in the gift shop.
Matricia is a proud Cree woman from the Sturgeon Lake Band who currently resides in Edson Alberta and operates CREE-ATIVE CREE-ATIONS which is an Arts & Crafts business.
“For the last 10 years I have had the privilege to share my culture to the various schools in the Grand Yellowhead region, including Jasper, Hinton, Edson and Edmonton.
From beading, to drumming and singing my niche is exploring and sharing my culture. My greatest passion is connecting with youth while creating a craft that has meaning in its creation, its culture, and by the youth who create and inspire me back.”
Matricia has sold some fine work in the gift shop, including dreamcatchers and necklaces.
Over the years, Julian has established himself as a respected photographer whose energy and effort is appreciated by all. Although Julian resides in Edson, he has traveled extensively, which is reflected in his photography.
Julian has photographic prints on canvas for sale in the gift shop.
Visit Julian’s site at docphoto.zenfolio.com/
With 30 years of experience making pottery, Lorraine is a member of the Edson Craft Centre. She has mainly done functional pottery but has recently ventured into making dragons and incense burners. She also makes agateware jewelry with stained clays.
Lorraine has an assortment of pottery and necklaces made of agate for sale in the gift shop.
Shirley has a long background in pottery, commencing in the 1960’s. Shirley’s many years of training have been by self initiative and through courses given by the Arts and Crafts Branch and the Recreation and Culture Branch in Edmonton, Alberta. She has had works shown in the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, exhibitions in Edmonton and Calgary and in local exhibitions as well. Her extensive repertoire of pottery techniques gives her the advantage of producing an array of inspired pieces in rich, luxurious glazes.
Shirley has a variety of pottery for sale in the giftshop including bowls, butter dishes and handmade clay magnets.
Both Annette and Ian are avid potters, with Annette joining the Edson Craft Centre in 1981 and Ian in 1992. They have enhanced their education in pottery by attending courses and workshops with Yvonne Lynch, Peggy Heere, Bill Satoris, Julia Rand and Robin Hopper. They have formed a potter’s partnership, using the trade name of “Strawberry Creek Pottery”, which reflects the wheel thrown forms made by Ian and the artistic decorative skills of Annette. Their jointly produced pottery forms vary from functional ware to decorative sculpture.
Strawberry Creek Pottery has eclectic pottery pieces for sale in the giftshop, including mushroom ‘bun warmers’, small dishes, bowls, magnets and more!
Giles is a freelance photographer based in Alberta, Canada. For over 25 years, photography has allowed him access to many different locations, venues, people, and personalities. Although he specializes in event and editorial photography, Giles always aims to capture the moment using a diverse range of photographic styles and tools. He hopes that his excitement for photography results in photographs that people enjoy as much as he enjoyed taking them.
Visit Giles’ site at 365photography.com
Giles’ images are printed on canvas and are for sale at the gift-shop.
A longtime member of the Edson Art Club, Gerry Petersen has been painting for many years, with a focus on realistic landscapes and still lifes. Her works are very well known in the area. When she was approximately 35 years old, Barb Mergaert took her to a course at the Jubilee School with Peter Shostak. His influences inspired her to keep painting and learning. She joined the Edson Creative Arts Society and has taken every art workshop since, including paint and pastel. She was the treasurer of the club for 15 years and continues to be an active member. Pastel and acrylics are her favorite medium. She finds painting a stress reliever for her. She has six grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Cooking, baking and being available to babysit keeps her busy.
Gerry currently has her painting, ‘Pink Flowers’ for sale at the gift shop.
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Madison grew up in Southern Alberta on a farm and then moved to the Wildwood area when she was 17. She studied with retired sports photographer Elvis Chow and furthered her skills with many other choice encounters with local photographers. She took Arts and Cultural Management at Grant MacEwan University which is where she found her love for painting and digital design. Her pieces are inspired by her rural lifestyle and energetic personality which she fully portrays in the bold colours she uses.
Madison has had many of her paintings and crafts for sale in the Gift Shop. Most recently, Madison made 150 Canadian-Inspired maple leafs in mixed media-form in honour of Canada 150 and has sold many of them in the gift shop.
Karen ‘Kit’ Shilka
Karen ‘Kit’ Shilka is the artist behind Bear Lake Craft. She has lived in Alberta most of her life and has lived in the Edson area with her family since 2007.
Karen is the daughter of two equally artistically talented parents; it wasn’t any surprise when, at a young age, Karen found all types of artistic mediums fascinating to work with.
Oil, acrylic, and watercolour paints have helped to shape the original creativity in Karen’s work in the past; she has added clay potting and sculpting to her repertoire of mediums to express her artist side.
Each piece of Karen’s (Kit’s) is created from the heart, made to last and carefully hand crafted with original artwork; to bring whomever receives it much joy.
Cheryl is a long-time local resident and has been a member of the Edson Craft Centre for many years. She is proficient in both wheel-thrown and free-form pottery. Her originality is reflected in her work and in the detailed art-work on her pottery.
Cheryl has granite cutting boards, trays, dipsets and bowls for sale in the gift shop.
“With a back ground in stained glass and fusing I began melting glass over a torch in 2004. The technical term is know as lampworking but it is also described as flameworking, beadmaking or torching.
Lampworking is an ancient art form that flourished in Italy in the 1300s. The name originated due to the fact that the first glass beads were made by melting glass over oil lamps. Today, we use natural gas or propane/oxygen mix torches.
All of my lampwork pieces go right from the torch (Carlisle Mini CC) into a 965 degree kiln (Skutt GM10F) where they digitally cool down to anneal over a period of about 8 hours. This annealing process strengthens the glass after it’s been melted and manipulated in the flame of my torch. After returning to room temperature in the kiln, they are removed from the mandrel and meticulously cleaned with a diamond bit in an electric dremel.
I am a self representing artist (#V22), which means that I belong to a group of artists who proclaim that their work is in fact, made by themselves. All of my lampwork is crafted by me in my home studio. Each item is unique and embraces the charm of not looking mass produced.”
Here is where you’ll find my artisan crafted glasswork online:
Julie has many of her glass pieces for sale in the gift shop.
Anna been a potter and an Edson Craft Centre member since 2002. Anna’s natural flare is shown in her lovely, strong wheel-thrown forms. Her inclination is towards functional ware in smooth, pleasant textures. Her proficiency with glazing techniques has produced rich, glossy tones and the lovely, subdued feel of matt finishes on her final products. Her artistic background also lends to her enthusiasm in experimenting with pit-fire and raku firing techniques.
Anna has had pottery such as pots, decanters and bowls for sale in the gift shop.
Lisa been a potter and member of the Edson Craft Centre since the year 2000. She favours functional and decorative pieces and likes to experiment with new firing techniques. As a wildlife biologist, Lisa likes to incorporate images of nature in her pottery.
Lisa has had pottery plates, figurines and dipsets for sale in the gift shop.
Beryl M. Bainbridge was born in Birmingham, England, and emigrated to Australia then Canada. A retired teacher, she is inspired by nature, French Impressionism, and her Dad. An artist from childhood, Beryl has used many different mediums. She prefers watercolour, textural acrylics and soapstone, but also uses pen and ink, oils, and limestone. Her education includes art teacher training in the City of Worcester, U.K., a B. Ed. From the UofA, and training at the Art Student’s League of New York City. She has attended workshops in printmaking, collage, encaustic, and surface explorations. Her work has been showcased in local galleries and shows and in 2012, her pieces were commissioned to Yellowhead County for the Rotary Arts Festival.
Beryl has her art piece ‘Yellowhead County Flower Bunchberry’ for sale in the giftshop. All proceeds from the sale go to the Edson Creative Arts Society.
Bonnie Randall is a Canadian novelist and storyteller who has a love for both the supernatural and for her home province, Alberta, where she sets the abundance of her fictional tales. Her first novel, Divinity & The Python, was inspired by a cold night in Edmonton when the exhaust lifting from the high rises downtown struck her as the buildings releasing their souls.
Copies of Divinity & The Python are for sale in the museum giftshop.
One of the Edson Creative Art Society’s newest members, Cindy has been painting for two years and already has developed a following. She began her creative journey with art journaling, then ventured into intuitive painting and abstract styles on paper and canvas. Online art classes have been her primary source of learning. Although she prefers acrylics and collage, she uses a wide variety of mediums, including; pastels, oil pastels, crayons, inks and watercolours, pens, pencils, stencils, to name a few. With inspiration drawn from everywhere . . . nature, patterns, people and structures, her whimsical abstract style and bold use of colour bring a fresh perspective to her subjects.
Cindy’s painting of the CNR Caboose is for sale in the gift shop. All proceeds from the sale go to the Edson Creative Arts Society.
Deb has baled Xmas trees when just out of school in Invermere, BC, been a ferry operator and worked at Sundance Forest Industries in Edson. She was a telephone operator in the NWT (where she had a framing business as well, framing caribou tuftings, etc) and eventually worked at Alpac, Athabasca and Longview, WA as a graphics, animation and audio file producer. This once again grabbed at her creative side and eventually captured her interest in wax paintings (Encaustics). She is now retired and enjoys nothing more than spending her day just ‘mucking about’.
Many of Deb’s paintings and hand-painted cards are for sale in the gift shop.
Ellie has been making hand-knitted wool & alpaca products for over 20 years. Her business, Ellie Bay Yarns, is based out of Peers but she attends many trade shows along with the Edson Farmer’s Market.
Some of Ellie’s products that are for sale in the Galloway gift-shop include mittens, wrist & neck warmers, socks & sweaters.
A Metis and contemporary nature artist, Jerry Berthelette has been creating art for 60 years. Currently a resident of Shining Bank, AB, he has also lived in Manitoba, British Columbia, and other locations in Alberta. His “Circle of Life” series was featured on CBC French TV and Radio, and he juried a show at PAVA Edmonton. He has instructed Silk Screen courses at NAIT, and at Havana, Cuba. Jerry has attended courses at the French Gallery Edmonton with Jane Ash Poitras. Although he prefers acrylic, he also enjoys watercolour, pen and ink, silk screen and oils. Known for his depictions of ravens and buffalo, his pieces tell personal stories of his Metis heritage and what most inspires him; history, family, and the ”Circle of Life” .
Gerry has numerous mixed media paintings in the gift shop, some for display only and others for sale!
Originally from Ontario, Ivan has been living in Alberta for 11 years and is currently working at Coal Valley Mine.
Ivan loves creating anything he can with wood and metal. He enjoys playing all types of musical instruments in his spare time. Creating unique things such as instruments, furniture and crafts out of recycled items is his passion.
Ivan currently has Canadian themed woodwork including a flag hanging, a wall piece and a wooden crate all for sale in the gift shop.
For Jackie, fabric/fiber arts has been a hobby since making doll clothes on her grandmother’s Singer sewing machine during the 1960’s.
Jackie began quilting in the early 1990’s, taking a paper pieced quilt class at Earthly Goods quilt shop in Edmonton. Since then she has enhanced her own self-initiative by attending classes and workshops at various quilt shops in Alberta, or those given by individuals such as Judy Neimeyer, Kim Caskey or Edson’s own Bunt Madden.
Travel has also been inspirational to her. She loves to visit quilt shops, galleries and gift shops featuring local artists. Such places are full of color and creative inspiration.
Jackie has many fabric quilted pieces of all sizes for sale in the gift shop.
Linda Hine began painting in oils in 1982. She has since taken up watercolour and acrylics, but prefers watercolour and oils. Her skills have been learned through various workshops in Minot, N.D., Saskatchewan and with various Alberta artists. Linda’s realistic images are admired by many. Born and raised in Edson, Linda lived in Saskatchewan for 21 years before returning to her hometown. She has worked at the Safety Store and More for 20 years.
Linda currently has her painting of tiger lillies for sale in the gift shop. All proceeds from the sale go to the Edson Creative Arts Society.
Mary Plante is primarily an acrylic and encaustic artist, but is also interested in pastels. She has been creating art since 2002, initially using pencil, oil, and pastel. Inspired by the Group of Seven, she enjoys creating landscapes and native wildlife scenes. Art workshops and books have been her primary source of learning her art forms, and she is also a hobby crafter. She once received an award for her submission into an art show in Hinton, AB. Formerly from Marlboro, Mary now lives in Edson and is an active member of the Edson Creative Arts Society.
Mary has multiple painted wall art pieces for sale in the gift shop.
Originally from Montreal, Pauline is a retired teacher who has lived in Edson since 1995. Her preferred mediums are oil and pastel in modern abstract and nature themes. She has been creating art off and on for 45 years, with breaks for child rearing and working full time. Pauline enjoys exploring new media and methods, from private lessons in Montreal, to fine arts courses at the UofA and various workshops with renowned instructors. Her work is inspired by personal photos and ideas, nature, and travel. She also enjoys quilting, knitting, and stained glass.
Pauline has her painting of a farmer’s field for sale in the gift shop. All proceeds from the sale go to the Edson Creative Arts Society.
A native Edsonite, Sharon Hemmerling’s talent for creativity began in childhood, when she would make crafts with her mother. Oil and acrylics are her preferred mediums, and she also uses watercolour, pen and rouge. Pictures, calendars and other artists inspire her creative spirit. As a retired Health Records Technician, Sharon enjoys spending her time painting, as well as cross-stitching, crocheting, working with mixed media, and beading. Through art workshops with instructors such as Willie Wong, Frank Haddock, and several others, she has honed her artistic abilities to become the skilled landscape and still life artist that she is today.
Sharon has her painting of Pine Grove School for sale in the gift shop. All proceeds from the sale go to the Edson Creative Arts Society.
Susan has been writing short stories, poems and news articles since the 1980’s. Gravitated to the level of novel writer in 2013 after a friend’s death spurred her into utilizing the experiences she had as a result of moving to Canada and then returning to the UK. She now has published two novels in the Ashes of Destruction Series, with a third in the planning stage based around her experiences as a state legislative staffer in Michigan, USA. In the interim Susan also has a children’s story in the pipeline and is working on publishing it in the coming year.
Copies of Ashes of Destruction are for sale in the gift shop.
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