Travelling exhibit promotes incredible art presentation

Stettler Public Library has an incredible art display from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts Travelling Exhibition Program by a very talent gentleman, Jeff de Boer and until Nov. 27.

Stettler Public Library has an incredible art display from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts Travelling Exhibition Program by a very talent gentleman, Jeff de Boer and until Nov. 27.

Entitled The Fantastical World of Jeff de Boer, it features the art and drawings of Jeff de Boer.

It is populated by intrepid explorers, armored warriors, robots, flying machines and mysterious ‘exoforms’. He has spent a lifetime imaging the hero’s transformative journey through his art.

The metal sculptures and schematic drawings presented in this travelling exhibition reflect the sculptor’s keen awareness of tradition and potential of technology to shape the future.

The son of a tinsmith, Jeff de Boer began working with metal at the age of five. He built his first complete set of armor before finishing high school.

As a graduate of the Alberta College of Art and Design in 1988, de Boer garnered much early critical attention with his unique armor for cats and mice.

There are wonderful and intricate examples of cat, mice and rat armor in this exhibition that humorously explore the relationship between predator and prey, as well as the relationship of opposites in nature.

De Boer also reveals his interest in Asian philosophy and culture with a major sculpture from the collection of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts entitled, The Buddha in You.

The conception of de Boer’s highly refined sculptures often begins and develops through schematic drawings. This travelling exhibition presents work drawings related to his major commissions such as the RoboFamily at the Vancouver Science World

The drawings describe the concept of kinetic sculptures animated by various types of energy. There are other sculptural projects described through photographs and related drawings that reflect de Boer’s interest in science fiction and aviation.

Christmas season is coming up quickly and the Stettler Public Library is going to be in the middle of it.

We are bringing back our annual Christmas craft extravaganza for the third year: Craftapalooza on Dec. 5 from 1 to 3 p.m.to 3:00 PM. It is fun for crafters for all ages.

We will be making rolled candles, decorated light switch plates, holiday cards and envelopes, painted gift bags, paper chains, gift tags and much more.Everybody is welcome.

The Giving Tree will be returning to Stettler Public Library soon.

This tree gives you a convenient drop-off point for gifts for the Stettler Christmas Hamper Society

Watch this column or check our website at http://spl.prl.ab.ca for further details.