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Meet the Artists - 2017

Mentoring Artists


Gallery: Elisabeth Belliveau

Elisabeth Belliveau

Elisabeth Belliveau

The Wood Buffalo Artist in Residency program is pleased to introduce Elisabeth Belliveau as the artist mentor for the upcoming 2017 program. Her deep appreciation for northern Alberta sparked during her previous role as a full time instructor in studio arts at Grande Prairie Regional College.

Born in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Belliveau is a Montréal-based interdisciplinary artist and published author of four graphic novels. Her work has been screened and exhibited internationally. She has attended a number of residencies, including the Banff Centre, Women’s Studio Workshop NY and National Film Board of Canada. Belliveau completed a BFA at Alberta College of Art and Design and an MFA at Concordia University in Montréal where she taught interdisciplinary studio arts. She was the 2015 recipient of the Federation Wallonie Bruxelles and Conseil des Arts et des Lettres Quebec studio residency in Belgium. She was recently awarded the CALQ studio residency for Tokyo Wondersite in Japan. For more information on her work, visit www.elisabeth-belliveau.com.

Image: Marc Siegner

Marc Siegner

Marc Siegner

Marc Siegner is a printmaker and artist living and working in Edmonton, Alberta. He completed his Masters of Visual Arts at Norwich University, Vermont College, graduating in August of 2003.

His print and installation works have been exhibited across Canada and internationally including: Brazil, China, Czech Republic, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Scotland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, the UK, the USA, and the former Yugoslavia. He is co-founder of the Society of Northern Alberta Print-Artists (SNAP) and was inducted into the City of Edmonton Cultural Hall of Fame in 2013.

His work is collected by The Alberta Foundation for the Arts, The Canada Council Art Bank, The Art Gallery of Alberta, The University of Alberta and several corporate and private art collections both in Canada and internationally.

Image: Arts Council Wood Buffalo

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Arts Council Wood Buffalo

Arts Council Wood Buffalo (ACWB) is a non-profit organization that champions investment in the arts in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. ACWB will be providing an exclusive mentorship session for the AIR participants that is derived from their Business of the Arts learning series. The Business of the Arts program provides local artists with the skills they need to flourish as entrepreneurs as well as artists, and to create a sustainable living from their artistic practice.

Aly Wallace

Image: Aly Wallace

Aly Wallace

Aly Wallace, local artist from Fort McMurray, has re-discovered her passion for the creative process through the use of acrylic paint and crafts. Born and adopted out of Edmonton, AB, Aly’s family moved from Yellowknife to Fort McMurray in 1995. With family ties in Ontario, Saskatchewan, Yellowknife and Fort Smith, she is on a journey to discover how each of these places are rooted within her. Through the use of organic material and acrylic paint, Aly begins to explore her First Nations heritage through storytelling by illustrating the struggles that indigenous cultures face and their ability to overcome obstacles.

Her hunger for self-improvement, knowledge and self-discovery continue to influence her work.

Barbara Madden

Image: Barbara Madden

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Born and raised on the west coast of Canada, Barbara has lived, worked and painted in Fort McMurray since 1998.

Working with watercolour, encaustic, acrylic, and oil, her paintings explore movement and individual transformations inspired by water, wind, waves and the natural drift and flow of paint.

Barbara has participated in a number of group exhibitions, designed and facilitated watercolour workshops, and is nearing completion of writing and illustrating a children’s book.

Emma Carter

Image: Emma Carter

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Emma Carter is an interdisciplinary artist originally from Fort McMurray. Currently, she is pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Victoria, majoring in Writing and Theatre.

Her main focus is poetry and the ways in which it intersects with other art forms. Her writing is quiet, confessional and vulnerable. She has produced her theatrical work as a part of the Intrepid YOUShow Series in Victoria, BC.

Her poetry, nonfiction, and drama can be found in print in Issue 15 of This Side of West. More of her nonfiction is online at yourmcmmuraymagazine.com and wbvolunteers.ca.

Lisa Bourque

Image: Lisa Bourque

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Lisa Bourque is 16 years old, born and raised in Fort McMurray. She has always expressed an interest in the arts. At age 4, she started out with a passion for dance which quickly evolved into one for fine arts.

She started studying art seriously in middle through high school, and has taken some classes with local artists. She is influenced by nature and the human body. She works with many mediums but is currently focusing on oil paint, acrylic, and digital media. She is currently exploring options for future training.

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