The Edge Gallery is pleased to present Out of the Woods, an exhibition by Barb Fyvie and Grant Berg. Please join us on Saturday November 23, from 2-5 pm for the exhibition opening and to meet the artists. This exhibition will offer people a dual perspective of our Canadian forests; one through sculpture, the other in paint.
Barb Fyvie reveals an intimate observation of the forest, which she has achieved through a passionate commitment to her art practice over many years. Living in Canmore, her subject matter is taken from her backyard and the landscapes of the backcountry she explores on skis. Her latest series entitled The Silver Forest captures the burned wooded areas in Kootenay Park, BC. She says “This forest, ravaged by fires is a compelling place. I am fascinated with the formal aspects of this landscape. It is a tapestry of graphic shapes, forms and textures that offers an endless field of study. Here you find a different kind of beauty; it is a place like no other.” Born in Calgary, Barb has a BFA from University of Alberta. Her work is displayed in private and corporate collections in Canada, the US, the UK, New Zealand and Italy.
Grant Berg is a sculptor from Grande Prairie. His works are expressions of trees carved from marble, serpentine, chlorite, antler, rundlestone and salvaged brick. He draws energy from his heritage, one-quarter Cree along with Norwegian, Scottish and British grandparents. With that awareness of who he is, he allows himself to tap into traditional native art forms along with European, and Canadian influences such as the Group of Seven, in particular Lawren Harris as well as Emily Carr. He takes that artistic spirit and energy and blends it with his own spirit and energy to create an exciting and uniquely Canadian three dimensional form. Grant explains, “In sculpture I recognize that it is my hands that shape the piece but it is the combined experiences of my life and the nuances in the stone, positive and negative, that come together and create the spirit of the piece. Mixing that unique blend of influences, makes a connection and recognition that translates in the sculpture to who I am.”