About

We meet two Tuesdays & one Weekend a month!

Our Vision: To inspire artistic growth in a supportive environment.

Our Mission

Lacombe Art Guild is a non-profit organization founded by local artists to promote and encourage the Arts in the community. The Guild provides members with a supportive, affordable, and creative environment to share experience and ideas and develop and enhance their artistic skills by way of professional instruction, exhibitions, workshops, and art sales through local venues.

Lacombe’s artistic community is recognized and continues to flourish. The Lacombe Art Guild is proud of its continuing involvement in this community, and for its role in promoting the visual arts in the region.

About Us

Established in 2006, the Lacombe Art Guild has been instrumental in helping to lay the foundation for the development of the visual arts in Central Alberta. The founding members Betty Peers, Bob Cruerer, Jeanette Van Hyfte, and Marlene Pavely spent the first year following their vision and laying the groundwork to our successful community group which currently has on average 40 active members.

Our members have a wide variety of talent from professional to novice who work together to offer a supportive and educational experience for everyone. The Guild offers a variety of classes open to members and non-members alike. We encourage all ages from youth to senior to come join in and experience what we have to offer. Our season runs from October to April and breaking for the summer months.

The Lacombe Art Guild is a proud member of the Alberta Community Art Clubs Association (ACACA)

Our History

For about a decade, individuals in and around the Lacombe Art Guild have been enjoying expressed creativity and satisfying interactions as a result of this club’s formation. Founded by an interested core of citizens in 2007 as “Lacombe Friends of Art”, Bob Creurer took the reins as first president; Ellenor Belair assumed the duties of secretary/treasurer and Betty Peers, Marlene Pavely and Jeanette Van Hyfte completed the core leadership. The name changed to Lacombe Art Guild when the club became a registered society in 2009. From its inception, the Lacombe Art Guild has met at the Lacombe Memorial Centre.

As a registered society, this group has been fostering growth of the visual arts for developing and experienced artists in Lacombe and area. The Guild has encouraged the production of original work among its members by means of evening and day-long workshops; by helpful critiques; by participating in local art exhibitions and sales; by partnership with the Alberta Community Art Clubs Association (ACACA), an organization that encourages art clubs throughout the province; and by encouraging the public to appreciate the value of original art work through rotating displays at the Lacombe Memorial Centre and various local businesses – the most recent being Eastside Eatery and Cilantro and Chives.

The mission from the outset has been to promote artistic expression in community. We value being members of a group, knowing that the creative process is often a solitary one; and that artists can inspire, support, and teach one another. Although primarily a club with adult members, this group has had a strong interest in youth and does not discourage their involvement. There has been encouragement and financial support for youth artists. In 2015 the Central Zone, an area of the province that stretches from south of Edmonton to North of Calgary and border to border, had large contributions from youth in part due to LAG’s support. Communication with art teachers in the area to inform youth about art opportunities has been a priority.

At a local level, the Guild recognizes and applauds Community artists, past and present, who have produced significant work in and around Lacombe for many years and former art clubs that existed prior to the Guild’s establishment. It is also grateful for the support of the City, business community and patrons.

Provincially we have hosted three very successful Central Zone Shows, in 2012, 2014 and 2016 for the Alberta Community Art Clubs Association (ACACA).

Membership has been composed of people from all walks of life, all of whom share an appreciation for visual arts and the promotion of artistic achievement. Many of the members are experienced artists in their own right, while others are “newbies”. Somehow the mix of old and young, seasoned and beginners has worked wonderfully well. All have positively responded to a variety of interesting workshops taught by local and distant instructors, and the congenial atmosphere surrounding them.

Guild Members

Membership in the Lacombe Art Guild is not exclusive.

Joan Graves

President

Born and raised in Central Alberta, Joan Graves’ mission is to assist a supportive environment for the development and flourish of the cultures and arts around her wonderful home. Additionally, to have fun creating, developing connections, entertaining and encouraging/inspiring new or returning art practitioners with their artistic potential. Equipped with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Emily Carr University of Art + Design, followed by a Master’s Degree in Art Education from Concordia University; Joan believes art to be a method that inspires, educates and informs one’s awareness on innovative ideas and history. Using art as a method of inquiry, the expressive content serves as an agent to engage the community in an exchange of understanding and experience. In turn, she believes there should be a constant consideration and importance placed upon the practice, study and engagement of art. With regards to her professional practice as an artist, Joan promotes the rally for authentic female representations through painting and her mixed media drawings.

Leanne Pruden

Vice President

I am married and have two girls, I work part time as a picture framer at “The Main Gallery and Framing Studio” here in Lacombe. I started with the Lacombe Art Guild 4 Years ago after taking a watercolour class with Marlene Pavely one of the founding members. I paint in all mediums and styles as I haven’t found the “one” yet. I love being creative and it comes through in most things I do such as cooking, baking, or crafts with my children really anything that allows me to be creative. I am someone who loves to learn new things and to share what I have learnt with others, being part of the Lacombe art guild has allowed me to do this. For the past 4 years with the art guild I have served on the executive board as the Social Media/public relations administrator and this 2017-18 year I’ll be serving at the Vice President.

Phyllis Obst

Treasure

I moved to Lacombe in 2000 with my husband and two daughters. I joined the Lacombe Art Guild 3 years ago, and have currently taken on the role of treasurer. I have always brought creativity to all aspects of my world, in my life with my husband and children, my profession as an engineer, church, various performing arts, and most importantly through visual art. I work with a variety of medium and style, using the textures and feel of the materials to create her pieces. I am currently completing the Visual Arts certificate program at the University of Alberta Continuing Education, in the drawing stream.

Donna Tugwood

Secretary/Social Media

I started doing art work when I was ill and in bed for a few weeks. My Chiropractor’s receptionist showed me how to draw a human eye and I was amazed to see it come out of the paper. I was hooked. From then on I started drawing and doing pictures of people landscapes and really enjoyed it. I looked around for classes so that I could learn more and even do some watercolour. Beginning with the Ponoka Art Guild and then joining the Lacombe Art Guild. I was the Treasurer for the past three years and am now the joint Secretary/Media person. Pen, ink and watercolour are my favourite however I am learning acrylics, pastel and oils.

Penny Thompson

Secretary/Social Media

I live west of Lacombe on an acreage with my husband Steve and our daughter Brooklyn. We have a son that is married and lives in Blackfalds and works for my husband at our ditching company. We also have 2 dogs and 2 cats! We have owned our own company for 30 years, I’m fortunate enough that my job is to be in my paint shed whenever I can! I’ve loved art from a very early age, so of course that was my favourite subject in school! I never went on the take a secondary education since I went into the work world right after high school. I worked at AFSC for many years, then we started to have a family. We decided it was much more beneficial for our children if I stayed at home with them so that’s what I did.

A few years ago I worked at our local art store Artsy Fartsy while it was open. It was a great time for me to take in classes and learn from the owner. Since it’s closed it’s doors, I continue to take classes whenever I can in what entices me! I attended the RDC Summer Art Series a few years and have thoroughly enjoyed it and plan to continue taking courses from there when I can. Through the Lacombe Art Guild (LAG) I’ve learned so much over the years and continue to grow as an artist. I’m excited to keep learning from all our talented teachers we bring in and from our talented members that we have.

Lorine Kelly

Venue Coordinator

I am a self-taught artist who enjoys playing with a variety of mediums. I enjoy taking classes from various instructors to keep the creative juices flowing and enhance my own abilities.
I am honoured to say my artwork hangs in private collections and has also been featured in international presentations.

I believe artwork should intrigue the eye and provoke the senses, stirring feelings in the observer.

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