Featuring paintings, sculpture, and photography by three local artists, Ripple Effect honours endangered, threatened and at-risk species from across North America and Africa. Artists Hermann Brandt, Debra Garside, and Donna Wilson present a body of work that provides us the opportunity to reconnect to the animals with whom we share less and less of our world. Proceeds from the sale of two Bronzes by artist Hermann Brandt will go directly towards supporting at-risk species at the Tashinga Initiative, a Wildlife Protection Trust located in Zimbabwe Africa.
Leighton Art Centre wishes to thank the Okotoks Arts Council for their generous sponsorship of Ripple Effect!
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Hermann Brandt was born in South Africa and spent his early childhood in Zimbabwe (Rhodesia) before moving back to SA where he lived until relocating to the US in 1994 and to Canada in 1998. Brandt studied graphic design at Tshwane University (formerly know as the Pretoria Tech Art School) focusing on painting, drawing, and illustration. He is currently a painter, drawer, sculptor, and teacher living with his family in Cochrane, Alberta.
Debra Garside is a professional photographer, author and educator who has exhibited works in such venues as the Smithsonian Natural History Museum in Washington DC, and the Museum of Natural History in London UK. Her photographic adventures have taken her to wide open spaces from Mongolia and Antarctica, to the northern tundra of the Arctic, and have lead to her election to the Canadian Geographical Society College of Fellows. When not traveling, Garside resides near Turner Valley Alberta where she teaches horsemanship clinics and conducts photography workshops and adventure presentations.
Donna Wilson is a sculptor, artist, teacher, and rancher who has spent most of her life working in ranching communities of Southern Alberta. She and her husband currently live and work on the family ranch near Chain Lakes, Alberta where she grew up, a place that has provided a constant source of inspiration and limitless opportunity for artistic expression. Wilson also finds inspiration in the wildlife she has discovered in her travels, creatures who have challenged her to speak their story of survival and conservation while celebrating the courageous people who are committed to their wellbeing.