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igNIGHT 2017: Artist Information

Claire Antoine

Claire Antoine

Born in the Northwest Territories via midwife on her parents’ trapline, Claire Antoine moved to Fort Smith at the age of 4 to live in foster care. There, Claire took to art and crafts and loved to imagine and create. At the age of 16, she moved back home with her parents to live and learn the traditional way of life on the trapline. This is where she felt most at home.

Since moving to Fort McMurray in 2004, Claire has begun reconnecting with her love of art. She recently started following her childhood dream to become an artist.

Her vision is to create paintings of sights that she has seen and been a part of, living on the land that younger generations of today may never be able to experience, for a lifestyle that is fading.

Liana Wheeldon

Liana Wheeldon

Credit: R.d. Crane

Emily Carr College of Art and Design graduate, Liana Wheeldon, has been living in Fort McMurray since 2009. Liana works primarily in drawing, painting and mixed media, which she uses to create artwork that explores her reactions to the world around her.

Since moving to Fort McMurray, Liana has been an active volunteer in the arts community, is a member of the Alberta Society of Artists and is the Executive Director of Arts Council Wood Buffalo.

Erin Stinson

Erin Stinson

Erin Stinson is a multidisciplinary artist who has called Fort McMurray home since 2003. The journey into committed, full-time artistry naturally flowed from her experience in music and education. Her art practice is driven by concept, which allows her the freedom to create as compelled, seeking out the most effective medium, technique and discipline in which to communicate.

Erin has exhibited in numerous shows throughout Fort McMurray and Alberta since 2012. In February 2016, she exhibited a body of work that included photography, poetry, paintings, sculpture and mixed media work - a solo project that explored the disconnected space between intellect and emotion.

In addition to the RMWB's igNIGHT art installation, she is currently working on a new body of mixed media work to be exhibited in a dual exhibition at the end of 2017.

Kritsana Naowakhun

Kritsana Naowakhun

Born and raised in Bangkok, Thailand, Kritsana Naowakhun’s first impressions about art came from his grandfather, a painter for Buddhist temples in mainland China. In university, Kritsana studied different forms of media but chose to focus on sculpture. He was involved in many group shows over Thailand and was accepted in the 52nd National Exhibition for his sculpture thesis project.

Since arriving in Canada in 2011, Kritsana has dedicated himself fulltime to pursue his dreams of creating and inspiring others through visual art. He has had group and solo exhibitions in Ontario, and here in Fort McMurray.

Kritsana is currently teaching art classes for children, youth and adults at the Suncor Centre for the Performing Arts and offering special workshops for adults at MacDonald Island Park. He is truly grateful for the opportunity to spread his knowledge and skills with this community.

Wood Buffalo Photography Club

Wood Buffalo Photography Club

Founded in 2010, the Wood Buffalo Photography Club has evolved into a community that is made up of passionate photographers from all across Canada. With a current membership of 36 individuals, the Photography Club has a wide range of photography backgrounds and shooting styles.

The Wood Buffalo Photography Club is dedicated to the pursuit of all aspects of photography as a cultural and artistic activity. Whether film-based, digital or video photography, the Club’s mission is to further the technical and creative proficiency of its members through education, information sharing, and a wide range of image-creation activities. It also provides a forum for developing a perspective of one’s work or art, in the pursuit of photographic excellence while maintaining a sense of community and identity with others in this popular endeavor.

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