Summer @ Newzones:

"Sunscreen" - Group Show: July 8 - Aug 26

"G'ddy Up!" - Group Show: July 8 - July 29

Newzones will be CLOSED: Saturday, July 1
Normal hours resume Tuesday, July 4.
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Sunscreen- Group Show
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Vase of Flowers (jade green), 2017
Mixed Media on Canvas
24" x 24"

Newzones is pleased to announce the return of our annual summer group exhibition, "Sunscreen".

This exhibition is like a carousel of sorts - constantly rotating! Now that summer has finally made its way to Calgary, Newzones is excited to showcase various types of artwork including paintings, photographs and sculpture. To celebrate the sunshine, bright and vibrant inventory will constantly be on display. "Sunscreen" is also a great opportunity for Newzones to display new inventory and/or 'new to Calgary' artwork.

This stimulating exhibition is sure to delight the senses, and all are encouraged to make a habit of stopping by the gallery as the artwork rotates each week!

Exhibition artists include: Yehouda Chaki, Vicky Christou, Kristofir Dean, Franco DeFrancescsa, Jonathan Forrest, Emily Filler, Bradley Harms, Joshua Jensen-Nagle, Marie Lannoo, Sarah Nind, Rana Rochat, Pat Service, and Donald Sultan.






G'ddy Up!- Group Show
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Stampede Midway 4 (Couple), Calgary, 2004, ed/25
Pinhole Photograph, C-Print
30" x 30"

Newzones is pleased to announce the return of the annual group exhibition "G'ddy Up!", which coincides with the Calgary Stampede!

"G'ddy Up!" will display artworks by artists who seek to explore the contemporary cowboy culture as well as those who implement aspects of this culture in formal exploration through painting, photography and sculpture.

While "G'ddy Up!" is sure to please those looking for some good ol' western iconography, it will also demonstrate that the Wild West has changed - and has much more to offer these days than just the cowboy. "G'ddy Up!" will survey artwork by artists who diffuse the image of the "Wild West" in to a "West" that is elegant, cosmopolitan and vibrant. A "West" where contemporary artists live and work, while producing world class art.

The Calgary Stampede brings the city to life with pulsating cowboy culture, and Newzones is no exception! Artists included: Joseph Adolphe, Joe Andoe, Dianne Bos, Sophie DeFrancesca, Kevin Sonmor and Samantha Walrod.





Yechel Gagnon- "Midwinter Thaw"
Artist reception: Saturday, September 16, 2017: 2-4 PM.
at 730 11th Ave SW
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Terrestrial Fugue I, 2016
Carved custom plywood of tinted + exotic veneers
40" x 36"


Gagnon’s visual language gained much of its syntax through working with plywood; the themes and techniques that are explored are diverse. Plywood can exemplify dualism of identity: a complex, industrially-produced material layered with ‘content’ from its natural, organic source. No two panels are alike. Each stratification conceals an intriguing vocabulary of knots, grains, textures, hues, growth rings, organic networks of fine lines and whirls and manufacturing defects within an artificial end product. Restoring submerged values to plywood's diminished practical identity through re-layering redirects its purpose to that of a kind of decoy: an uncanny reminder of an almost forgotten, fuller world and our place within it.


In this new series of wood bas-reliefs, Gagnon uses fire as a creative tool. Her process is physical and forceful, yet paradoxically the resulting abstract and complex works are seductive, refined, and transcend the process. Alchemy is put into play and the elemental is brought to the forefront. The charred wood surface, with accents of gold and bronze leaf, stand starkly against tinted and exotic veneers mounted into custom-made plywood. Through her sculpting process, in revealing layers upon layers, Gagnon creates an invented cartography and vistas of known and unknown places. She sees in this unique material an unfamiliar terrain to be discovered and annotated, much as an explorer leaves a cartographic record of points of departure and changes of direction. Gagnon interweaves her artistic vision with those intrinsic to the material, adding layers of meaning and complexity. One travels afar in these carved realms. Exploring and touching raw territories. They become worlds within worlds which converge and collide, to create a new Pangaea.


The title “Midwinter Thaw” quotes the poetry of Canadian writer Lenore Alexandra Pratt. An affinity exists between both women’s work as they explore the threshold of the natural world. Yechel Gagnon was invited by Ronald P. Frye Book to publish one of her works on the cover of this volume of the Chapbook series. The dialogues created between the poetry of Pratt and the visual work of Gagnon echoes a rawness and elegance existing in their creative works.


Yechel Gagnon completed a Master of Fine Arts in Studio Arts from Concordia University after receiving an AOCAD with Honours in Drawing and Painting from the Ontario College of Art and Design. Her work has received reviews in the Globe & Mail, Canadian Art, Vie des Arts, Espace magazine and Circa International magazine. Gagnon’s work is widely collected and is part of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Osler Hoskins & Harcourt collection, Le Centre-d’art de Baie-St-Paul, Bishop's University, University of Montreal, and the Gotland Museum of Fine Arts in Sweden, to name a few.





Rana Rochat- "Works on Paper"
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Untitled NZ 247, 2016
Encaustic on Paper
46" x 41"


Newzones is pleased to present “Works on Paper”, a solo exhibition by Rana Rochat.


Rochat maintains that narratives sacrifice intuition, gut feelings, and the profound experience of mystery that a painting has the potential to provide. In her new series, the forms and marks, with their apparent weight, particular vitality, and inertia, live in a luminous and transparent environment. Their primary focus is on rhythm and cadence that she conveys through color, line, and forms. As such, they are purely expressive or lyrical, not narrative. Rochat’s paintings are there to let the mind of viewers run free and float through colors and patterns, moods and emotions.


Working in the encaustic medium, Rana Rochat’s paintings aim to capture the delicate balance between order and chaos, reason and spontaneity. These earthy paintings result from this search and take place within the richly layered encaustic surfaces of vividly colored wax and transparent layers. The sense of depth is built into her paintings through the gradual addition of forms and textures.


Swirls, lines, and drips are formed within the luminous layers of each painting. While appearing natural and familiar, they are at the same time non-specific, refusing to adhere to just a single meaning for viewers. The freedom in the shapes allows viewers to get lost in thought and generate their own meaning from the artwork. Her new series is moving toward an openness: letting color and space within the piece play a more prominent role in achieving a balanced yet lively environment coexisting with forms, line, and marks.


In these paintings, Rochat creates what she calls “an experience that is pre-verbal, promoting pictorial awareness prior to any explicit formatting of perceptual experiences into narratives” and refers to her own artwork as “visual poems”.