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AY Jackson at Banff Centre Fundraiser Auction

July 20, 2017

The Masters Gallery team is excited to attend Banff Centre’s annual Midsummer Ball Weekend July 21 – 23. This fundraising event draws allies of the arts from far and wide to support the institution that is so integral to the development of our nation’s artists.

A large part of funds raised will be generated by a silent auction to which Masters Gallery is thrilled to have had the opportunity to donate “Great Bear Lake”, an incredible historical painting by Banff Centre faculty and founding member of the Group of Seven, A.Y. Jackson.

All proceeds from the silent auction go directly to the Artist Fund, which provides students with the means to live and create without having to worry about their day-to-day finances. “Support to remove financial barriers for our students is crucial in helping them reach their full creative potential, and attaining the unachievable,” says Kate Price, Development Officer for Events and Ball Sponsorship.

In addition to curriculum and materials, participants are also provided with room and board, medical and counselling services, recreational facilities and programs. The fund allots students the time and space they need to dive deep into their artistic practices, experiment with new forms, and create meaningful work during their stay.


“Beyond Landscapes, Part I”

June 10, 2017


We are excited to be featuring David’s new collection “Beyond Landscape, Part I” as he continues on his artistic journey. An opening reception with the artist in attendance will be held today, June 10, 2017 from 11am-4pm. All pieces exhibited will be available for sale.

David J. Veres graduated from the University of Calgary in 1985 with a degree in fine art, and has since exhibited his work throughout Western Canada. His love for the outdoors, as well as his passion for the abstract recently led his work into a new direction that can be best described as “processing nature”. Cast acrylic pieces of all shapes, colours and sizes can be seen collaged across David’s three-dimensional landscaped canvases. His admiration for Wassily Kadinsky is certainly prevalent in his larger pieces Variations and Re-Assemble, whereas his love for nature can be most seen in pieces Reaching Out and That’s a Relief.

“It is a long road and will take great determination to travel ‘Beyond Landscape'” 
– David J. Veres

Introducing James Wyper

January 31, 2017


We’re pleased to introduce our newest artist, James Wyper. James has been a longtime friend of the gallery and we couldn’t be happier to have him come aboard. Self-taught and raised in Saskatchewan, James credits visits to the Mendel Art Gallery and the artwork of fellow Saskatchewanian, William Perehudoff, as two of his biggest influences.

Take a look at James Wyper’s artwork on our website here.

(Image: James Wyper, Afire, acrylic on canvas, 40×38.5 in.)

Introducing Christopher Knights

December 2, 2016


We’re thrilled to announce the addition of Toronto-based artist, Christopher Knights, to our contemporary roster. Christopher has been painting and studying art his whole life, eventually graduating with an award for best illustrator from Sheridan College.  Since, he’s exhibited extensively in major cities across Canada and the U.S.

His paintings are textured and energetic with rich layers that you could spend aeons burrowing into. He states that his “vision is to create images through the mystery of painting that convey the sculptural beauty of man made objects and the essence, love and magnificence of nature.” He’s “interested in facilitating a conversation between the natural world and man-made technology in a way which questions nature’s place within contemporary culture. He argues that the two are not converse to each other, but rather a harmonious and beautiful macrocosm.” The result is a gorgeous explosion of colour and vitality where these facets collide.

Visit our website to see more work by Christopher Knights.

(Image: Christopher Knights, The Golden Years, 2016, oil and acrylic on panel, 60×48 in.)

We’re Renovating

November 22, 2016


Masters Gallery will be closed for renovations
November 22 – 28, 2016
with the framing studio open by appointment only during this time.

We apologize for the inconvenience and look forward to assisting you and showing off our new space when we reopen at 10AM on Tuesday, November 29.

Remembrance Day

November 10, 2016


Masters Gallery and Masters Gallery Framing Studio will be closed tomorrow, Friday, November 11th, in observance of Remembrance Day. We apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to seeing you back here for coffee and cookies at 10AM on Saturday.


A Gift Like No Other

October 29, 2016


Once again, Amy Dryer has begun to take on commissioned portraits just in time for the holidays. If you’ve got someone in mind for this extraordinary gift (even if that someone is yourself), you can contact Megan via email ( or phone (403.245.2064) for more information.

(Image: Amy Dryer, Buckaroos, 2014)