Even if travel is not possible this winter, it is still a season of exploration, where we can share experiences and look forward to future adventures. These pages are filled with art that reflects the heartfelt warmth of Alberta winter: You’ll hear the crackle of a fire, see the brilliant alpenglow through the eyes of a mother bear and read of steaming hot bowls of soup, each work painting a picture more vivid than the last. Explore this beautiful season from home, through the eyes of artists producing striking work across Alberta.
Matthew Cardinal’s “murmuring/warmth” is a tranquil, drifting escape composed for The Art of Winter, intended to be played while you explore the art on these pages.
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early winter afternoon VI
Living in Vermilion, a small town in central Alberta with a population of just over 4,000, Justina Smith is surrounded by Alberta’s nature—but it’s the architecture of local life that serves as her primary inspiration in this piece. A lifelong artist, Smith’s recent winter works draw heavily from the historical architecture of Vermilion homes and similar prairie towns, many built as early as the 1920s, as well as the icy lakes and trees covered in hoarfrost that characterize a local Albertan winter scene.