Friday, June 24, 2016

Exhibition Announcement and a Long Overdue Update

The past year has been filled with full time studies at the University of Alberta. This experience has proved to be insightful as to my capacity for learning and stretching conceptual thought. One thing that has been a constant throughout last year and the year before has been meeting with a group of artist while studying the human figure. I am pleased to have an opportunity to show selected new figurative work that I have produced over the last two years with this group and in classes from this last year with my creative studies. Capturing the living breathing essence of being is proving to be a practice that is informing my artistic practice as a whole.

If you are in the area I hope you consider joining me and the other artist for the opening reception Thursday August 4th from 6 to 9pm at the VASA Gallery in St. Albert, AB.

Thank you for staying with me during this long break from posting. I look forward to sharing with you more frequently all that fuels my creative practice. This will include but not be limited to sketches, studies, photos, and quite possibly some of my creative non fiction writing and poetry!

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

All Together

All Together
Oil on Canvas

I get lost in the shadows and the light of still life paintings. The push and pull of light and shadow around the objects and the transparency and reflective surfaces created a wonderful playground within this still space.

My studies at the University of Alberta are coming to an end for this year. I enjoyed exploring new medium, developing a new language to express moments that I find captivating in this life. 
I will post selected images of my work I do during my studies here, however I do look forward to posting new paintings as well. 

I invite you to comment, let me know you are still interested in what I do.
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Thanks for viewing my work. 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Update and Exhibition Announcements

Hello all of my blog spot friends! 

I hope you all had a great summer and are settling into the new fall routine. I have a lot of things going on that I wish to pass along in hopes that it inspires in some way. 

I have been wanting to go back to school to get my degree in Fine Arts for quite some time now. 
I applied for the fall term this year and got accepted in the the Bachelors of Arts program. 
I will transfer into the the Bachelor of Fine Arts program and take on a more full time course load possibly as soon as next year.  

 For this fall term I am taking Drawing and Intermedia and English. For the winter term I will add to this course load an Art History. These courses I am in this term are proving to be very interesting. I am enjoying the experience of this learning environment. What an amazing place of diversity in culture and idea!

I also have a couple of show announcements!

River Valley: By Deltra Powney

I am grateful to have had my painting "River Valley" chosen as part of the juried exhibition 
"Marking The Valley". 
An exhibition reception will be held 
September 29 from 7 to 9pm 
at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 11455-87 Ave.
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Being part of this project was a wonderful way to celebrate my gratitude for being alive and living in such a beautiful diverse area. Having my work recognized in this way is such a privilege.

Consider my invitation to join me at this reception.
To attend please RSVP at:

All Sufficient: By Deltra Powney

Both my husband and I graduated from the Visual Communications program in 1993 at the Medicine Hat College, Alberta, Canada. We will be traveling back to our old stomping grounds next weekend. The painting "All Sufficient" was accepted in the Alumni Show an exhibition celebrating the new space for the program and art gallery. 

Reception is at 7pm, September 20, 
One On One Gallery, Cultural Centre,
for anyone who is in the area!

It is now a privilege to go back to celebrate the things going on there as this is where education, career and partnership all began for myself and my husband. 

I invite you to continue following along on this journey as I post experiences, opportunities and work as time permits. Your support is appreciated beyond measure! 

Thank you for your interest.

Monday, June 30, 2014

A Red Bowl (and some info)

A Red Bowl
oil on canvas

Just a note...

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Summer Fresh

Summer Fresh
3.5 x 5'
oil on canvas 

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Either Way

30" x 30"
Oil on canvas

I don't recall sending out the last email that went out. My apologies on that. But this has given me a reason to send out another with a painting attached this time. 

Spring is finally here in our part of the world I hope you are enjoying it where ever you find yourself today!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Two Commissions and Happy New Year!

Blue Retreat
Oil on canvas

Quiet Reflections
Oil on canvas

This Christmas season I had the privilege of doing two commission pieces. Each painting presented their own unique experiences. When doing commissions I keep the recipient in mind, not so much with the thoughts of what they would like, more so it is a celebration of that person.  These paintings are now in their new homes so I now can present them to you. 

Wishing everyone a blessed 2013!

Be well

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Holiday Read

A big thank you to those who came out to the artist reception at We Frame It on Sunday.

The show is up all of December so please take some time to go and check it out. This is not a typical thing, posting a painting I have in a current show but I wanted to show one of the new ones I did for this show and hope you go and see it in person!  Just to clarify the painting "Remembering" that was in my last post is not in this current show however another new 30x30" painting is.

Hope you are all having a safe and joyful holiday season.

Monday, December 3, 2012

New show invitation and the painting Remembering

I invite you to attend a new exhibition of work at the We Frame It Gallery in Spruce Grove. I will have a couple of new pieces in this show just in time for Christmas!

Please come out and join me at the artist reception for some Christmas cheer!

Oil on canvas

Remembering is my favorite from the series "Where two or three are gathered". I have to say I am having a tough time getting good photos of  my work. This painting is much more richer in person.  Another reason to come out to see the show. 

Paintings are always best experienced in person!

Saturday, December 1, 2012


Oil on Canvas

From the series "Where Two or Three are Gathered"

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Coming into Winter

I took some time to myself after this show. It was good to step back and evaluate. Coming into winter now I am working on new work and looking forward to more opportunities to show the work. I will post the work from the "Where Two or Three are Gathered" show over the next few weeks. I hope you check in to see it. In this photo I am standing beside Gathering II. The painting "Backside" (appropriately positioned behind me in the photo!) found a home with my friend Kim!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

"Where two or three are gathered" coming to an end

The exhibition "Where two or three are gathered" is coming to an end soon. It all comes down this Wednesday the 19th. I was so pleased that over 40 people came out to my artist reception to view the work. Thank you to all who came out to that, and to all who came out to see the show during the month it was at the Multicultural Center Public Art Gallery. 

What a privilege to show in this space. I can not say enough positive things about John Maywood the curator. He is professional and goes the extra mile to show the work with pride. I am profoundly grateful for his support and encouragement.

If you are in the area and have not seen it yet, you still have a couple days to take it in! 

Here is a few photos of the exhibit and some photos from the artist reception. 

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Newspaper Article

I was interviewed for this article over the phone two weeks ago. I had my sister visiting so the kids were occupied playing with her. I took off for the gallery to get my photo taken. The young reporter seem very nervous as he spoke to me. He informed me he had only been with the paper for three months. It all seemed to go fine. I then returned home only to find the kids in the middle of a water fight with the neighbor kids and they were using my kitchen to load their ammunition! I quickly changed and joined in the fun. You never know what the day will bring!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Multicultural Centre Public Art Gallery Exhibition

The invitation for my show at the Multicultural Centre Public Art Gallery in Stony Plain, Alberta, Canada. I have been looking forward to this show for over two years now. I invite you to attend 
if you are in the area. 

Just a note the We Frame It show is on display until August 23. There is still time to see it if 
you haven't yet.

Thanks so much for your support.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Exhibition Information

I am so pleased to have We Frame It Gallery in Spruce Grove representing my work.
I hope you can make it out to the opening if you are in the area.

Thank you for your interest in my work!

Friday, June 15, 2012

We Frame It Gallery in Spruce Grove is now representing my work.
Please come out and join me and the other artist for the grand opening June 22.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Creative Day Art Studio, Art Classes For Kids

Hello everyone, 

I am offering art classes for kids in the fall. 
Click here for class details. 
Spread the word! Class spaces are limited so sign up soon! 
Registration ends Monday, September 10 for fall classes. 
Registration is accepted on first come first serve basis.

For registration information contact me at:

Have a Creative Day!!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Show Announcments

Detail from a new piece called
"The Gathering" that will be shown
at the Multicultural Center Art Gallery
this fall.

Well I have been working hard and painting up a storm these last few months. Now I have a few announcements!

We Frame It,  a new commercial art gallery at 205 McLeod Ave, Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada is having their grand opening reception June 22 from 7 to 9pm. I will have work in a group show with other artist represented by the gallery. And I am pleased to have We Frame It Commercial Gallery representing my work on an ongoing basis.

July 22 to August 22 I will have a solo show at We Frame It Commercial Gallery. An artist reception is yet to be set. I will post that information when it is announced. This space will be host to my smallest and newest 6x6" pieces and a few that are bigger.

August 17 to September 19 I have another solo show called "Where Two or Three Are Gathered" at the Multicultural Center Public Art Gallery, 5411 51 St, Stony Plain, Alberta. An artist reception is on September 9 from 1 to 3:30pm. This show hosts my largest work yet!!

 A full summer of art awaits! Enjoy creative days!!

Saturday, April 14, 2012


60 x 60"
oil on gallery stretched canvas with 2"profile
$1500.00 (Canadian funds)

This was the larger painting I had on display at the Madplatter Bisto for the last month and a half.
I want to thank all who came out to see the show.
It was a deep privilege working with Tim and Doneta from The Maddplatter. They are very caring and compassionate people who want to do more to bring awareness to this issue.

Let the conversations continue...

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

"Through The Open Door" Art Exhibition Opening Reception

The opening of the art exhibition Through The Open Door was held last Saturday. I was so pleased to see so many people come out to it. We had the privilege of having the founders of both organizations present at the opening! Here is Brain McConaghy, Founding Director of Ratanak, chatting with the owners of the Madplatter, Daneta and Tim, and Pastor Chris in front of my very large painting Conversations, how fitting!

Blain Sylvester, founder of Place of Rescue, in conversation with Pastor Graham, Sr. Pastor of the Alliance Church in Stony Plain.
My friend Rhea and Blain's wife in the background laughing about something!! I think a good time was had by all!

A bit of background on this exhibition...

This project was inspired by my church family. The congregation was encouraged to use our own unique skills and circles of influence, create a small group of people to work with and come up with a project to bring awareness to human trafficking as well as raise funds for Ratanak and Place of Rescue. Each small group was given seed money to cover costs. This whole thing is called Traffic Jam, there are many other projects going on for the purpose of raising awareness and funds.

I worked with a good friend who organized people to pray for this project and who was such an encourager when things got crazy! I also have the privilege of knowing many talented artist with various world views, beliefs and opinions! I knew exactly what the project was going to be! I couldn't sit by and not do anything to help this horrendous brokenness in the world! I was discontent!

I read this excerpt from an entry on the Ratanak blog spot today. It quotes Bill Hybels and describes Holy Discontent this way:
if you expose yourself to all that’s broken in our world but neglect to view the brokenness from heaven’s perspective (which promises that everything is in the process of being restored), then you’ll get sucked into an impossible downward spiral of aggravation, frustration and anger. Once that frustration and anger is understood as being your ‘holy discontent’ through your spiritual connection to the God who’s working to fix everything, it’s as if an enormous wave of positive energy gets released. This energy causes you to act on the dissatisfaction that’s been brewing deep within your soul and compels you to say ‘yes’ to joining forces with God so that the darkness and depravity around you gets pushed back. Your perspective shifts from that which your eyes can see to that which God tells you is true and it is in this reality that what is enslaved can still be set free, what is broken can still be mended, what is diseased can still be restored, what is dirty can still be made clean and what is wrong can still be made right. It is that one cause or purpose or problem that grabs you by the throat and just won’t let you go. It is that “one thing” in your heart that God is stirring a passion for. Your ‘one thing’ brings you to a place where you feel you simply must do something. When you have a deep desire to see things change, you are compelled to show up. Your soul doesn’t give you a choice in the matter. Ultimately you have no idea what the end results of your labor will be; all you know is that it is critical that you engage.

If you came out to the opening and saw a piece that may be for you, I encourage you to come back and purchase it! Remember 100% of the sales go to Ratanak and Place of Rescue in Cambodia.

If you haven't yet been to The Madplatter Bistro in Spruce Grove, please make plans to go. The exhibition is up till March 31 and would love for as many people to see it as possible.

Here is a taste of what you will see, but you must go and check out the art for yourself!

Paintings left to right: Coming Home by Judith Martin, Grip by Daphne Cote, Marsh Marigold: Protecting the Young by Marika Wierda

Untitled painting by Reece Schulte

Far wall: Celsius Two by Linda Rempel; Feature wall: Conversation by Deltra Powney, No More Owies I and II by Linda Rempel, Caribou Rock Art by Jean Elizabeth Tait

Celsius Two by Linda Rempel

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