Local artists take their art on the road

Story by Patricia Merrick

Winter 2023/24

Nine local artists are taking their art on the road to display in a gallery setting at the Badlands Community Facility in Drumheller for three months.

Airdrie Artists on the Road will include work from Afshan Khan, Sam Duguay, Christina Gouldsborough, Anna Golnikova, Keith Gorham, Elizabeth Hall, Marni Koelln, Jerry Loran and Vicki Wearmouth.

There will be a variety of artwork in different mediums, including traditional oils, landscape, portrait, sculptures and mosaic tile work, according to Khan, who will be showcasing her nature-inspired work.

“We are putting together a package just in time for Christmas,” says Khan. “If people are looking for that perfect little gift or just interested to browse — there’s going to be a few prints, but mostly it’s going to be the original work.”

Khan says the nine artists met through the Calgary Artists Studio Tour last year and have since become friends. They have been looking for a place to showcase their work in a gallery setting and hope to have more opportunities at neighbouring galleries following the Drumheller show.

“We’ve been involved with other activities, like art-based activities and doing exhibitions together and getting to know each other,” says Khan. “We’re just so excited for this project and really looking forward to it and having some support from the community because we are from Airdrie, so, if some of the Airdrie residents could make the trip and have a look at our work, it would be really nice.”

The show is free to attend and will run from Dec. 1 to Feb. 29. There will be an opening reception on Dec. 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. that will include refreshments and a meet-and-greet with the artists.

For more information, visit Airdrie Artists on the Road on Facebook and Instagram.