She continues, “After graduating in 2001 from the University of Lethbridge BFA program, I’ve been in the RCA as a solo artist since it opened in 2002. I feel that it is time for me to move on in the sense of letting go of some of the art community interaction, and focusing more on my own work. I will still keep ties to the RCA, and I know this increase of artist density will help the RCA as well.”
“More artists will have the same opportunities I had, and this exposure will open the spectrum for cultural interest in a number of ways: it will cover a larger number of age groups as well as a wider variety of styles and disciplines. We will have a number of focused shows to further engage the community.”
Tracie Ward, Executive Director for the RCA: “This is a very exciting development, and the RCA will benefit from having increased usage.” It will continue to be a workspace, but the community interaction in terms of artist presence and instruction will be increased.
Rebekah Wilkinson, an artist who holds a BFA from the University of Guelph, and who does work in charcoal and acrylic, is quite excited about undertaking this new adventure in the RCA. “I can’t wait to work with these ladies as together we have great energy. All of us are go-getters, and will be a terrific boost for the RCA by adding our various disciplines. I look forward to turning this energy into enormous success. It should be a ton of fun!”
“We will be having an opening for this new coop Studio 113 on Thursday, February 4 during the First Thursday event. But starting in January, the four of us will be rearranging and setting up our gallery/studio space in the RCA.”
“We have a number of shows/exhibitions planned that would take us through 2010 and the main floor studio corridor will be dynamically activated. I am very excited about the possibilities presented by the RCA, and I love to teach Printmaking.”
Grand Opening, meet the artists
For more about these artists, please visit their websites, and come down for the Grand Opening on February 4th during the First Thursday 4-7 pm. An Angela Bonten artwork was chosen for the the cover of the James Avery CD “Textures Canadiana”. You can meet Anjy and see her work in conjunction with the Avery CD release concert on 23rd January at the Mary Irwin Theatre.