Jeanne Kollée


Saturday, April 18th, 2015


My day today. At the Opening Ceremonies of the Lethbridge Military Museum at the Lethbridge Armouries. The commissioned painting I did many years ago was donated and presented to the museum by Retired Colonel Kilford (who originally commissioned the work) this afternoon. Thank you, Chris. It has found a great home ( after 20 years of travel) and will be on display permanently.



"The Gunners of Lethbridge"

"Abstract Exhibition"

March 24th  - April 5th 2015

Federation of Canadian Artists Gallery

1241 Cartwright Street - Granville Island

Vancouver BC


If anyone from Lethbridge or surrounding area is travelling to Vancouver during this time period, drop into the Federation Gallery and take in this group exhibit.


"Pond Scum" - by Jeanne Kollee

Well it has been an interesting year. I had to move studio spaces 3 times in one year. Moved from a heritage building, an old fire hall basement space, to an upstairs space above a book store to a two room small space above a silk screen shop, to my present location, NcNally School.


McNally school was built in 1945, has hard wood flooring throughout, a gym, a lab etc. and about six classrooms that have been converted to studio spaces for artists. Some spaces are half classroom size and some are full classroom size. The basement consists of the west wing which are stained glass artisians and the east wing a single artist with a huge space. The upper level west wing conists of about 7 studio spaces with a common area for clean up and socialising. McNally School is in the county of Lethbridge and is about 8 kilometers out of the city.The country side is so peaceful and picturesque. It is truly "Artists Heaven".


Studio space I share with my husband - a full classroom facing west.


Old lab - now our common area.



View from my window facing south west - new exra large house, not typical of surrounding farm houses



My website (link) is now listed on The Federation of Canadian Artists website under "Artist's Sites" (Active Member). Check out their site.

University of Lethbridge Art Gallery

October 31 – December 23, 2014 | Main Gallery

Posted on October 31, 2014 by University of Lethbridge Art Gallery




MmmPop: local artists respond to the U of L Art Collection

October 31 – December 23, 2014
Reception: November 7 | 7 – 9 pm | Main Gallery

Coffee’s On at the Gallery: November 12 | 9 – 10:30 am | Main Gallery
Curators: Darcy Logan, Josephine Mills & David Smith

Part of the art + people = x series

This exhibition features new work by local artists created in response to the U of L Art Gallery’s holding of Canadian and international Pop Art.

This exhibition is the final phase of MmmPop and is part of art + people = x, an on-going series to connect local artists and audiences with the U of L’s renowned art collection. In June 2014, the U of L Art Gallery invited artists and the public to come behind the scenes at the gallery and view a selection of our outstanding Pop Art works by Canadian, American, and British artists such as, David Hockney, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, and Joyce Weiland. Following the collection tour, artists and interested members of the public could participate in workshops at Casa, the community arts centre in downtown Lethbridge, and make work in response to the Pop Art they saw at the U of L. Artists then submitted their work to a panel of curators (Darcy Logan, David Smith, and myself) who selected the work for this exhibition. We also decided to include a few key works from the U of L collection in this exhibition in order to expand on the imagery and ideas addressed in the new work by local artists.

MmmPop creates a myriad of connections for artists and audiences: it supports the professional development of local artists and supports the strong community in Lethbridge, but it also gives members of the public a window into what artists engage with when they view works in public collections and how they build on imagery and approaches by previous generations. Some of the artists in the collection are household names and others are frequent favourites for artists although less known by the public. This exhibition, and the previous component which featured a range of Pop Art from the U of L collection, provides a contemporary context for these celebrated works and helps to build connections for new audiences with the art works and the U of L collection.

– Josephine Mills, Director/Curator U of L Art Gallery

Participating Artists:
Leila Armstrong
Beany Dootjes
Rick Gillis
Claöid Idia
Jeanne Kollée
Karla Mather-Cocks


Nuit Blanche Calgary takes back the downtown night with performance art fest








Nuit Blanche is back.

The free, late-night art festival, which drew an estimated 10,000 Calgarians of all ages, stripes and sensibilities downtown in 2012 returns Saturday night, around 7 p.m., to Olympic Plaza and City Hall.

It’s the Calgary edition of an arts idea that has spread around the world, from Paris to Iceland to Toronto and elsewhere, of taking art out of the galleries and museums and into the streets and parks of the world’s most dynamic cities.


Back in 2012, curator Wayne Baerwaldt wasn’t quite sure how Calgary would embrace the idea of an open air, late-night festival of performance art.

“We didn’t know what was going to happen,” he says.

“Because we didn’t have any money for advertising. We thought we’d get maybe 300 people — the friends of friends of friends of people involved.

“And,” he says, “we thought, maybe that’s good enough to start out. Let’s see what happens.”

What happened was a that a new kind of mass gathering was created with Nuit Blanche.


It wasn’t drunken, or loud, raving or protesting.

It presented artists up and close and personal, so that people who never set foot in a gallery or museum could experience artists at work.All of that, says Baerwaldt, will continue with this year’s Nuit Blanche, which aims to be less of a stadium concert, or an outdoor art fair, and more of an intimate gathering.


“That’s one of the hallmarks of Nuit Blanche,” says Baerwaldt.

“We’re not interested in having a million people or 100,000 people,” he says.

“We’re interested,” he says, ”in some sort of negotiated intimacy (between artist and audience) — and that doesn’t really happen in theatre, and it doesn’t really happen in most Nuit Blanche events (in other cities like Paris, or Toronto).”


What can Calgary look for, and interact with, Saturday night? Here’s a small sampling of selections.


* Sally and Jorge Orta, a pair of Paris-based artists, are presenting Symphony for Absent Wildlife in the plaza in front of City Hall. For this symphony, Orta fuses inspirations ranging from aboriginal mythology, to the universal symbol of the blanket. She has created masks of bighorn sheep, elk, buffalo and other western plains animals out of old, donated military blankets, which her symphony of volunteers will wear. The plaza will be filled with sound of 40 game whistles (mixed into a symphony by a couple of London art students) as Orta pays tribute to plains wilderness that doesn’t exist so much in downtown Calgary anymore. “It’s about bringing nature back to the city,” says Orta. “That’s one aspect of it. We’re also bringing in some tree trunks to create a kind of forest clearing, which will be a small arena for the orchestra to arrive at some point in this clearing and then the performance will begin.”


* M.E. D. I. U. M, four artists from Lethbridge, each with a tent, will tell fortunes — and says Baerwaldt, occasionally break into country and western song. “Each have a particular approach to reading futures,” Baerwaldt says, “reading palms — so we’re very much looking forward to them.”


* Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Milan will give what Baerwaldt describes as a feminist take on astronauts with Astro Art Space Corps. “It has you thinking very differently,” says Baerwaldt, “about space and space travel and the drama of it, the theatricality of the whole PR push behind this drive into space.”


* Montreal artists Mara Marxt Lewis and Tyler Lewis, whose sum total is an installation which explores the idea of the creative process itself.” They’re doing a whole installation of objects, original sound and performance of course, the performance of body,” Baerwaldt says. “They’re kind of doing something in a roundabout way that is on people’s minds when you talk about the creative class, or cultural cities — and of course you find out (from them) how intangible it is, how every creative act is based on time, space, and luck.”


* Berlin’s Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay, who will be represented by voices, says Baerwaldt, “a whole series of very sensuous voice-based recordings that are to be presented in the mezzanine park on the other side of the entrance to City Hall.”


There’s also two bars, innumerable food trucks, and a Nuit Blanche app — available on iTunes and Google Playstore — that will notify people when a performance is about to commence.


Although for Nuit Blanche, Calgary style, Baerwaldt says it may help to think of the whole night as one big interactive, experiential art installation — where the spectators are as much a part of the event as the artists

“We’re encouraging people to stick around and watch how pieces unfold over time,” he says. “There’s great food and drinks to be had, so you can have a social evening, and see something (you just saw again) two or three hours later.”


In fact, one of the best things about Nuit Blanche is that it becomes its own community, if only for a night.

“That’s what Mayor Nenshi also picked up on (about Nuit Blanche in 2012),” Baerwaldt says, “which is this incredible opportunity to talk to people you don’t know — the neighbours you don’t know.”


Nuit Blanche Calgary at Olympic Plaza & City Hall

Saturday, September 20, 7 p.m. — 1 a.m.



On Sunday, Aug. 24th approximately 20 artists were on site at the Jim Coutts Centre near Nanton, Alberta painting their hearts out. Hosted by the University of Lethbridge Arts Department.  It is a natural habitat of ponds, grasses, plants,  flowers ,numerous antique out buildings, main house, bunkhouses and variious other out buildings. A jazz band was on hand to provide a little bit of concert, and snacks of strawberry shortcake and various fruits were made available. 


This facility is class one! It was so peaceful and beautiful and the staff were very helpful and accomodating.


Hopefully this event will become a yearly venue..a big thank you to all the organizers, hosts and sponsors.


Spent a wonderful day in the Rocky Mountains, in the town where I used to live, The Crowsnest Pass, Alberta Canada. Completed a photography project which entails rural cemeteries. My thought is to photograhph the older graves that are unattened, forgotten and some that have no marker at all. They are disappearing and melting into the ground, rife with ground squirrels and gouphers digging underneath the stones. This project will take me about a year to complete, since I will be taking photos of a numberous communities in Southern Alberta, Canada.

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