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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.


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 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

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