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Chris Cran, Garry Neill Kennedy, Shelley Ouellet & Martha Townsend
RETROSPECTIVE SHOW -PART 2 20 YEARS of Contemporary Art, Gossip and Lies:1985-2005
November 18th - December 10th, 2005
Reception at Stride Gallery
Opening Friday, November 18th, at 8:00 PM

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Exhibition Information

Artist Bios




Exhibition Information

PART 2 of an exhibition in the Fall of 2005 that will examine Stride's first ten years by presenting new/current works of artists who were involved with Stride in the earlier stages of their careers. All artists will participate in lectures/artist talks and studio visits with post-secondary students at the Alberta College of Art and Design, The University of Lethbridge and the University of Calgary.

Stride Gallery's 20th Anniversary programming is made possible through the generous support of The Calgary Foundation. The Lecture Series is presented by Stride Gallery with the support of the Calgary Foundation, the Painting and First-Year Studies Departments at the Alberta College of Art and Design and the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Lethbridge.


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artist bios

Chris Cran was born in 1949 and grew up in Salmon Arm B.C. He is an internationally recognized painter who lives and works in Calgary, Alberta. A graduate of the ACA, Cran has ventured into a variety of creative roles. He is a frequently invited visiting artist; an occasional curator; a set designer for One Yellow Rabbit Performance Theatre, Calgary; and teacher (ACAD from 1990 to 93, and 1998 to present). He has exhibited at the 49th Parallel Gallery, New York City, Taejon Expo 93, South Korea and the Fourth International Painting Biennial, Cuenca, Ecuador. A twenty year survey exhibition entitled Chris Cran - Surveying the Damage 1977 to 1997 organized by Kelowna Art Gallery (curated by Clint Roenisch) toured the country from 1998 to 2000. Accompanying the exhibition was a catalogue with essays by Dr. Roald Nasgaard and art critic Nancy Tousley.
Chris Cran's paintings are included in many public, corporate and private collections both nationally and internationally. Cran was inducted into the Royal Canadian Academy in 2002.

Garry Neil Kennedy:

Shelburne Academy
Shelburne, Nova Scotia 1942-1945
(Black and Silver)

Cote des Neiges School
Montreal, Quebec 1945 Ð 1948
(Colours unknown)

Iona School
Montreal Quebec 1948 Ð 1949
(Green and Orange)

Alexandra School
St. Catharines, Ontario 1949 Ð 1950
(Red and White)

St. Catharines Collegiate Institute & Vocational School
St. Catharines, Ontario 1950 Ð 1956
(Black, Yellow and Red)

Ontario College of Art
Toronto, Ontario 1956 Ð 1960
(Blue, Gold and White)

University of Buffalo
Buffalo, New York 1960 Ð 1963
(Blue and Silver)

Ohio University
Athens, Ohio 1963 Ð 1965
(Green and White)

Northland College
Ashland, Wisconsin 1965 Ð 1967
(Blue and Yellow)

Nova Scotia College of Art and Design
Halifax, Nova Scotia 1967 Ð 2005
(Green, Purple and White)

Shelley Ouellet cut her teeth as the Director of Stride Gallery from 1991-1995. Shelley is a Calgary-based visual artist working in the public realm to create site-specific projects. Resulting installations incorporate a variety of media, including sequins,beads,video and digital technology with an obvious interest in accessibility and beauty.
Her work has been shown nationally and internationally, including Edmonton, Regina, Victoria, Halifax, Fredericton and Glasgow. Educated at the University of Calgary, Shelley has taught at the Alberta College of Art and Design and is active in the visual arts community. She has recently exhibited her work at the Richmond Art Gallery and The New Gallery and was involved with Calgary's Artcity Festival in 2004. She is currently developing projects for the Reputations:Public Art in Glasgow, The Dunlop Art Gallery in Regina and EM/MEDIA in 2006.

Martha Townsend was born and raised in Ottawa. She obtained a BFA from NSCAD in 1978 and moved to Montreal in 1979. Townsend worked at the Saidye Bronfman Centre, Galerie Optica, and taught in Concordia University's Fine Arts Department for six years before moving to New York in 1991. She now lives in Montreal.
She has had solo exhibitions at Galerie Powerhouse, Art 45 and Le Musee D'Art de Joilette in Quebec, YYZ Gallery, Mercer Union, Costin & Klintworth, The Southern Alberta Gallery, Stride Gallery and Artspeak Gallery.
Martha Townsend's siteworks include La Chasse-Galerie in Strokestown, Ireland(1989), Island in Vancouver(1990), Skywell in Lethbridge(1992), and Stone in a Glass House(1997) in Winnepeg. She has shown in many group exhibitions including Revolve, curated by Catherine Crowston at the Edmonton Art Gallery, The Impossible, curated by Sharon Kivland at the Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research in London, England, and recently Between Line and Form and Loose Ends at the Ottawa Art Gallery and the Galerie Liane et Danny Taran at the Saidye Bronfman Centre.

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