Current Exhibitions

Alberta Culture Days Event

Sept 26 – 4-8pm

Fall Art & Music Night

  • Live Jazz music by Brophy 2
  • Live art by Glen Ronald accomplished mixed media artist.
  • PaintNic boxes for 2 by Mariam Qureshi, local abstract figural & contemporary landscape artist (Everything you need to paint with a partner out in nature) available for purchase and if weather permits to use in our green space or take away.
  • Local brewed Kombucha from Garage Kombucha available for tastings and purchase.
  • Complementary finger foods and hot apple cider available.

Past Exhibitions

1st Annual Summer Sidewalk Art Shows

Summer Sidewalk Art Shows featuring two or more of our local artists every Saturday in the month of June from 12-4. Each Saturday will be something different.

June 5

Woodworking with Style

Featuring: Accomplished wood working artists Ralph Reichenbach, John Morel, Douglas Pueschel and Len Stebner.

Free Bublys and/or Mocha Espressos.

Listen to live local music by Zachary Red. @ZacharyRed

June 12

Brews at the Bay

Featuring: Skilled artists Dale Kalbfleisch (wood art) and Sabine Hahnel (painter).

Beer Garden by Alley Kat with snack options for purchase.

Free Iced or Hot Mocha Espressos.

June 19

Dads, Drafts & Design

Featuring: Seasoned artists Doug Madill (pastel & graphic illustration) and Christopher Kingston (photography).

Beer Garden by Alley Kat with snack options for purchase.

June 26

Fresh Art and Freezies

Featuring: Talented Mixed Media artists Glen Ronald & Melissa Baron.

Beer Garden by Alley Kat with snack options for purchase.

Free Freezies to cool off.

Helis Podnek
“From Nothing to All”
Bay 1 Gallery Solo Exhibition

June 28th – July 5th

“I’m Different”
28”x 32”
Pencil on Cotton Paper

HOURS OF VIEWING

Monday, June 28th
By appointment. Call 780-975-3131 to book a time.

Tuesday – Friday 10am – 5pm

Saturday, July 3rd
By appointment. Call 780-975-3131 to book a time.

Saturday: 6 – 10pm
Private Reception by Invitation Only

Sunday, July 4th
By appointment. Call 780-975-3131 to book a time

About this Exhibition

Art involving Nature can be simply a reflection of beauty seen, a recreation of exactness as well as a likeness through the filter of the artist’s life experiences and emotions.

Helis Podnek, Estonian-born, Visual artist and designer, presents her work in the exhibition “From Nothing to All”. Podnek reflects on the journey she has come from her small village in Estonia to her bigger city life in Edmonton and all the life in between through this series. “I grew up in a small village called Veskitaguse which strands in the midst of the thick forests and soft meadows (…) I have seen and learned a lot about the life and the mind of the big cities, however, the bonds the humans share with nature is what I consider to be the core of my works. Having grown in the countryside, I greatly value the concepts of freedom, sincere caring, purity, and the unbending will.”  The elegance displayed in her detailed and precise drawings reflects years of life experience, natural born talent and training.

Her captivating work mirrors the intricacy, beauty and complexity of the natural world that she uses as a tool to express life lessons she has experienced. “To me a sunflower is not just a pretty flower – it’s a force – despite circumstances it still finds the way to the sun. Wolves in the flower garden are life events when something is too good to be true.”

“My artwork is mixture of critical view of social, political, and cultural issues as well as simple joys and light in everyday light (…) While I portray actual plants and animals, they all stand for events, public and/or social figures. I use my art as a medium of storytelling through traditional materials as graphite and pastel pencils on cotton paper.”

Podnek’s style is exact and realistic in nature with surrealistic elements that reveal themselves upon the closer linger. Using simple yet elegant tools as the pencil and white cotton paper, Helis masterfully crafts images that mirror her theme “From Nothing to All”. A theme laden with multifaceted meaning, linked to the good, the bad and the ugly of life lessons and her journey as an artists finding her niche. Sophisticated, exact, emotive, Helis’ captivates her viewer with unique style, full of meaning. As an artist, friend, daughter and member of society, Helis plays a role to inspire us, cause us to think deeper and help us reflect on our own journey through life. Join us to view and experience her exhibition June 28 – July 5th.