This page highlights all of the visual artists participating in A Winter's Sale, 2017. Their work includes painting, drawing, sculpture and photography, in a variety of mediums and techniques.
“Creativity keeps the world alive, yet, everyday we are asked to be ashamed of honoring it, wanting to live our lives as artists. I've carried the shame of being a ‘creative’ since I came to the planet; have been asked to be something different, more, less my whole life. Thank spirit, my wisdom is deeper than my shame, and I listened to who I was. I want to say to all the creatives who have been taught to believe who you are is not enough for this world, taught that a life of art will amount to nothing, know that who we are, and what we do is life. when we create, we are creating the world. remember this, and commit.”
― Nayyirah Waheed
Nikolette Galenza has been a resident of Sherwood Park for most of her life and is a member of the Art Society of Strathcona. When not creating art, she teaches full-time for the Edmonton public school system. Nikolette puts her teaching skills to work conducting Paint Nights for budding artisits at a variety of venues.
Nikolette draws inspiration for her art from the world around her: from local landscapes to wild life to everyday scenes. Also, as an avid reader, she finds inspiration for various pieces from her favourite works of literature. Interested in art from a young age she has been a self-employed artist for many years specializing in paintings, portraits and commissions.
Though she uses a variety of different mediums, Nikolette prefers to work with oils, acrylics and pencil. She has participated in numerous art shows including the Strathearn Art Walk and has had artwork hanging in Gallery@501, as well as local Sherwood Park restaurants and Edmonton hospitals. She also organizes and participates in the local eclectic art and craft show A Winter’s Sale, held at the A.J Ottewell barn on Broadmoor Boulevard every December. Nikolette’s original work and art prints have been purchased and commissioned by patrons all over Canada, the United States, and overseas.
Vanessa Ali is a full-time artist, dividing her time between creating original paintings and working as a graphic and web site designer - she is the creator of this Alberta Artisans Market website.
From a very early age, Vanessa displayed a love of design and creativity, from drawing and painting and a flair for understanding the impact and influence on us of the spaces where we live and work. Classes in art and design and drafting were aways a part of her elective courses throughout her early school years and at high school.
At the University of Alberta, Vanessa took studio art classes in the department of Fine Arts that included live figure drawing, sculpture and painting. She graduated with a BA in Art History. Right after, she obtained a diploma in Architectural Technology from NAIT and worked for 10 years in a variety of architectural firms producing the plans and specifications for major projects, working in traditional hand-drafting methods and by using Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD).
After starting a family, Vanessa became a self-employed graphic designer and expanded into web site design, hosting and management, all under the umbrella of Ali Cat Graphics. Over the past few years, Vanessa has found the time to get back to her original passion of free-hand sketching and painting and she now splits her time equally between graphic/web design and creating original works of art. She participated in the Whyte Avenue Art Walk for the first time in 2016 and in the Strathearn Art Walk in 2017. You can view her full portfolio on her website.
In addition to dabbling in visual arts, Vanessa loves to perform as a singer, to knit, crochet, make jewelery, play guitar and piano, garden and read great books. She lives with her husband, son and daughter who all patiently share space with all Vanessa's projects that continuously spread throughout the house and garden.