It is the wonderment of colour in the world that drives Marg Smith to put brush to canvas.
An Albertan, Marg lives in Okotoks. Marg’s amazement of beauty in life plays an important role in her paintings. Painting gives her the opportunity to capture that “WOW” moment in vibrant oils and evoke that feeling in the viewers of her art.
Marg’s work is oils on canvas, or canvasboard and is usually done ala prima (wet on wet). Her subject matter is varied and includes landscape, children, pets, animals, florals and commissions. The majority of her works are influenced by life in western Canada and particularly of Alberta. This includes the landscapes, farm animals and pet portraits that she paints. Her love is to capture that spontaneous moment in time and preserve it for all to enjoy, such as a little boy preparing to jump into the water while his sister watches, or an alpaca or donkeylooking into a camera lens.
Marg hones her skills and knowledge through workshops with Canadian and American artists such as Doug Swinton, Gabor Svagrik, Neil Patterson, Roger Arndt and Murray Phillips. She is an Active member of the Canadian Federation of Artists, a member of Visual Art Society of Alberta (VAAA), CARFAC, Okotoks Art Council, and High River Arts Society. Marg owns Lavender Art Studio and is co-founder of Brushed With Flair.
As the resident volunteer artist at the Foothills Country Hospice Marg gives back to her community by painting on Monday afternoons for the hospice residents and their families. She annually co-organizes a fundraising event for the Hospice, called Art With Heart.
Marg is represented by Dalcon Visual Arts, Wetaskawin, AB. Her art is also shown at Lineham House Galleries, Leighton Art Centre, and in the Okotoks Art Gallery gift shop. She has shown at Western Art Gallery at the Calgary Stampede and the Reflections West Emerging Artists Show at the Hyatt Regency, Calgary AB.
Her work is in corporate and private collections throughout Canada, the United States, Panama, and the United Kingdom. Visit her website at www.margsmithfineart.com.
She has shown at
-Leighton Art Centre Clothesline Sale June 2016 and June 2017
-Leighton Art Centre Christmas In the Country Dec 2015 and 2016
-High RIver Rotary Club Art Sale 2015 and 2017
-High River Art Society Spring Gala 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013
-Okotoks Spirit of Christmas 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013
Her art has been juried into:
–Beacon Original Art, Calgary, April 2016, Oct 2015, April 20154, Oct 2014 –
– Emerging Artists, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Calgary, AB 2014;
– FCA Journey in Art at the Leighton Centre, AB- 2014;
– Wellspring Visual Art Network Association, Olds, AB- 2014
– Western Art Gallery at the Calgary Stampede, Calgary, AB, 2013;
– Vale’s Greenhouse “Cultivation of Arts”, Black Diamond, AB, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017;
– Evanescence Gallery, High River “All About the House” and “Emerging Artists” 2012;
– Frank Slide Interpretive Centre, Crowsnest Pass 2011; and
– Okotoks Art in the Halls and Okotoks Art Gallery “Group of Seven” 2011.
Her work is in corporate and private collections throughout Canada and the United States, Panama, and the United Kingdom.
Marg volunteers as the “resident” artist on Monday afternoons at the Foothills Country Hospice. This has led her to co-form and work with three other artists who refer to themselves as the Brushed With Flair. This group annually hosts a fundraiser art sale in the spring for the Hospice.
Workshops Doug Swinton – Wed afternoons Sept to June 2015 to current Neil Patterson- Sept. 2012: Jan 2013
Roger Arndt – Oct. 2012
Andrew Kiss – Feb 2012 and 2011
Brent Laycock –2006, 2007, 2011 & in Feb 2012
Murray Phillips/Roger Arndt –2011 and 2010
Murray Phillips – July 2011
Jonn Einerssen – 2011 and 2010
Paula Henschell –2011
“ROUTES a rural hip lifestyle magazine” Sept/October 2012 – page 18
Town of Okotoks CULTURE PROGRAM GUIDE – fall 2012 – page 9
Juried Shows and Sales
Beacon Original Art April 2016 Vale’s Greenhouse Cultivation of Art – June 2011 to June 2017
Beacon Original Art – April 2015 and Oct 2015 Vale’s Greenhouse Cultivation of Art – June 2015 ArtUp Calgary November 2015
Reflections West Emerging Art Show and Sale, Hyatt Hotel, Calgary AB July 2014
Federation of Canadian Artists “Journey In Art” at the Leighton Art Centre – June , 2014
Wellspring Visual ArtNetwork Association, Olds – Artwalk – July 3 – Sept 2, 2014
The Rabbit Hole – Alberta Faces, Places & Things, downstairs @ The Emporium of Impossible Things, Okotoks AB July 4-Sept 2, 2014
Vale’s Greenhouse “Cultivation of Art” , Black Diamond, AB – June
Caprices Fine Arts Show & Sale at Fort Calgary, Calgary, AB – Sept
Beacon Original Art – Sale #11, Calgary, AB – Oct
Western Art Gallery of the Calgary Stampede, Calgary, AB – July 5-14
Against the Grain Art Gallery, Nanton Alberta – 2013 to 2015 when business closed
Vale’s Greenhouse “Cultivation of Art” , Black Diamond, AB – June 21-23
Canadian Federation of Artists On Line Gallery, Vancouver, BC
All About the House – Evanescence Art Gallery, High River – Nov.,– to Dec 22
Vale’s Greenhouse in “Cultivation of Art”, Black Diamond, AB , June
Evanescence Emerging Artists, High River, AB, March – April 2012
Okotoks Art Gallery, Okotoks, AB – Jan. 2 to Feb 5 – Gone but Not Forgotten
Frank Slide Interpretive Centre, Crowsnest Pass, AB – Sept – Oct. 2011
Vale’s Greenhouse “Cultivation of Art”, Black Diamond, AB, June 2011
Art in the Halls – Okotoks Art Gallery, Okotoks, AB – July 1-31 2011
Okotoks Art Gallery, Okotoks, AB – Group of Seven – July – Sept 2011
Okotoks Art Gallery – on going– local artists’ sale, Okotoks, AB
Highwood Art Gallery, High River, AB –on going – local artists’ sale
Okotoks Health & Wellness Centre – ongoing, local artists’ sale, Okotoks, AB
2013, 2012, 2010 and 2009
Paintworks Art Studios Show and Sale, Okotoks, AB
Calgary Retired Teachers’ Association Show and Sale April 6
High River Art Society Spring Show and Sale – May 10 and 11
Duo Artist Show & Sale – Foothills Music Society Concert , Okotoks, AB
Okotoks Art Gallery in Okotoks, AB – Spirit of Christmas
Solo art show & Sale at Okotoks Arena, Okotoks, AB
3-person Artist Show & Sale in High River Library, High River, AB
Sheep River Library – Duo artist show, Turner Valley, AB
Okotoks Art Gallery – Life on the Prairies
Okotoks Art Gallery, December- local artists’ sale and show
Marg Smith, Artist
Okotoks, AB T1S 0E7