Jeanne Kollée

June 28th - 2016


First try at Plein Aire with my new outdoor easel. I have not painted from life outside with oils in a long long time, well actually, never until now. This is at my studio space out at McNally. I just tucked myself under some trees and went to work, two hours later the result. Just a touch up or two then it is done.


Back inside my studio to check things out. Just a few touch ups.



Close up...needs a little work.


June 25th - 7 pm - 9 pm Opening Reception for "Unter dem Messer" ("Under the Knife") An exhibition of Abstract Expression oil on canvas works. These works were done with painting or palette knives. This exhibit conisted of approximately 20 works.


Thank you all for coming! Your support was much appreciated!



Opening Reception of "Unter dem Messer" at Casa Gallery - June 25th/2016


"Between The Rhine and The Elbe"







This exhibition is a series of paintings oil on canvas done with painting knives in the palette colours and themes of Berlin in the early part of the 1900's from 1900's to the early 1940's in the colours of Klee, Kandinsky, Dix, Schwitters and others. These abstract expressionism works tell the tales of strife, discontent, and craziness of the time. This is my impression of how these artists and musicians and writers may have felt and experienced during that tumultuous era. Please check out the Casa website for more details.


Examples of more works in Exhibition.



"Between The Rhine and The Elbe"



"Meridian 15 - West"

Lethbridge artists’ Coutts Centre inspiration on display in En Plein Air

Friday, 18 December 2015 17:25 Richard Amery


The University of Lethbridge’s Coutts centre outside of Nanton is a pretty inspirational place for Lethbridge artists.


 The University of Lethbridge  shows the fruits of some of this inspiration with the second annual En Plein Air exhibition at the Dr. Penny Foster building  downtown, Dec. 5-23.


A Gentle Reminder - Jeanne Kollee



 While artists are welcome to visit the Coutts Centre any time, many of the 84 pieces in the exhibit from  34 different artists were created during four special weekends in October. The Coutts Centre is staffed seven days a week from May through October.



“We might get some artists during the winter as well,” said university of Lethbridge Art Gallery general manager Jon Oxley.

“A lot of the artists like to go together,” Oxley continued.



 The second annual  event has been expanded as last year’s debut show was so successful.


“There is a lot of variety, there’s abstracts, sketches, oil on canvass and there’s even a sculpture of found items. He put a lot of work into it. He even hand carved the top,” Oxley said, adding he didn’t have to curate the pieces submitted by the 34 artists because there is so much wall space. There were 84 artists participating this year, including plenty of familiar faces on the Lethbridge art scene including teachers.



And if you are looking for Christmas presents for the art aficionados in you life, many of the works are for sale with every cent going to the artist.

The gallery is open weekdays 9-4 p.m.


— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

I feel like a forgerer! The study I did of  "Berlin 1938" I thought, was good enough to do a larger piece, this is the result.


Completed "Berlin 1938" in larger format, small study of "Berlin 1938" now on my living room wall. Sometimes you just fall in love with a piece of artwork that you don't want to part with..not too often with me, but this one has a special meaning. Do you know how hard it is to copy an abstract painting?



My studio at McNally Art Studios - McNally, Alberta Canada

This is an early draft of Vidar Norse god of Vengeance and Silence. This is one of the last of a series of 15 paintings of the Asgard in the themed norse god series. There is about 4 more painting to go in this particular series. It should be competed by Feb of 2016..hopefully..





This oil painting was done from a pen sketch during a Plein Air workshop at the property of Jim Coutts, which is now the Jim Coutts Centre and owned and managed by the University of Lethbridge. Artists were invited during these last summer months, once a month, May, June, July and August to participate. There were artists from Fernie BC, High River and Calgary. This is an excellent oportunity for artists to experience painting, sketching, or photography in a natural setting with a botanical garden like atmosphere.


Trying a new style, just a practice piece. Using mostly knives with some brush work in the background. Still working on it, there will be an ocean in the background.


McNally Art Studios - July 31/2015


Finally completed the tear down of the old lockers and shelves in our studio space at the Old McNally School. It took about a month to complete all the work and painting and this week we were able to start hanging the art work. Looks great! This is not a commercial gallery or open to the public, but a terrific space to hang our completed works outside our studio doors!


Rick hanging and measuring!


Two hundred feet of hanging space. A hanging system was designed by going on the internet to best utilize the hallways with minimum nails in the walls. No nails!


Far end of the north exit, my studio door is next to the first painting.

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