The Penny Coffee House Gallery is a place where work by local artists is curated and hung for the community to enjoy.
We believe art on display in a public space enriches a community. We love meeting artists from the Lethbridge area, and are proud to hang their works on our walls. If you’re an artist interested in submitting your work for consideration, please contact us for more information. We can’t wait to meet you!
MEET THE ARTISTS 2021/2022
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Written by Jacquie Beattie
“My name is Jacquie Beattie and it is cool to now call myself an “Artist.”
You see, when I was young, I had almost begged my father to allow me to attend the Vancouver School of Art, now the Emily Carr University of Art and Design. But he insisted on an academic education – He was thinking I would never find employment after graduation – plus, hippies and such were known to go to art school :):)
So here I am, almost a lifetime later, living in the same city as my one and only daughter and fellow artist, Oshan Ford. I could never in my life ever predicted this!
Now, as a happy hippie artist, I sketch, paint with acrylics, and love collage and mixed media art. I believe you can collage just about anything and make it a masterpiece. Some of my collage art projects include: electric switch plates, a bookcase, chairs, plant pots, abstract sculptures, picture frames, trinket boxes, decorative bowls, canvases, and a manikin.
Much of my work is very detailed. I want and love people to be drawn into the Magic of the Mystery of Art.”
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Originally from Ontario, Melissa has spent the past 10 years traveling, to then settle in Lethbridge. Working primarily in acrylics and water colour, Melissa has reignited her passion and love of art over the past year, cherishing the creative process. She believes that art soothes the mind, body and soul, and is essential to ones wellbeing.
Melissa has completed art courses at Sheridan College and has developed her own artistic style. Be on the lookout for the opening of her own small business to share the wonders of creative expression with Lethbridge on July 1st.
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Jordan Mudrack is a photographer based in Lethbridge, AB. He has been practicing photography for over a decade and recently taken a different path from landscape (although he still goes out and shoot every so often) focusing on the abstract side of things creating art that he enjoys and hopes others can as well.
Using a combination of inks/dyes/syrups and oils to create unique pieces of art, and recently been creating a clothing featuring his artwork. Jordan enjoys the feeling of seeing someone wanting his artwork for wallpapers, phone backgrounds, hanging it on their wall and now making it part of their outfits. With the support of his lovely wife, he will continue perusing his passion.
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Brook Skagen is a professional Wildlife Biologist and enthusiast acrylic abstract painter residing in Lethbridge AB, blending the fluid elements of mid-century expressionism and geometric abstraction with their scientific mind to create bold contemporary works.
A life-long creator, Brook uses their imaginative mind to channel the travail of living with mental illness and Gender Dysphoria into emblematic visual works, poetic writings, and musical compositions. They aim to give the complex clusters of emotions faced during their mental and physical journey a place in time and space through simple yet striking compositions, utilizing shapes and colour to represent places, emotions, and milestones, and linear features to represent struggle, barriers, and the passage of time that divide them.
MEET THE ARTISTS 2020/21
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Originally from Calgary, AB, Michelle has been in Lethbridge since 2010. She works primarily as a freelance graphic designer, creating print and digital designs for her clients. When not creating on her computer, she loves to paint bright, colourful folk art. Her art has been displayed at the Penny Coffee House, Mocha Cabana (mural), at the She Boutique and Monique’s En 4th during ArtWalk (2017+2019), at the Allied Arts Council, the Spark Disability Arts Festival, the ‘Epic Dermis Art Show’ at Drunken Sailor in 2013, a private show at Casa in 2015 (10x10x52), and at the Trianon show ‘The Figure in Relationship‘ in 2018.
Michelle loves volunteering for arts-related events with the Allied Arts Council, where she served a three-year term on the board from 2014 – 2017. She also served as Volunteer Curator for The Penny Coffee House 2018 – 2021. These days Michelle spends her spare time hanging out with her mini-dachshunds Annie + Francis, her stepson Kían, or booting around on her motorcycle.
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Susan is a local artist who has always been an art enthusiast. While growing up in a small rural Alberta town, her dream was to be an artist, and since then she has looked for opportunities to create art and learn new techniques. She is a lifelong learner who takes art classes whenever possible and enjoys experimenting with new mediums to express her vision. Her art journey continued by completing a B.A. and B.Ed. degrees, and integrating art into her teaching lessons as an elementary classroom teacher. Most recently, she is home with her two young children and has begun creating art on a more regular basis in the last couple years.
She is inspired primarily by nature and her experiences travelling around the world and loves creating texture in her acrylic pieces. Susan loves family, friends, coffee, wine, big Alberta skies, new adventures and wide-open spaces.
Lethbridge-based artist Michelle Gallucci is a self-taught, who began showing her work in the late 90’s. Her current passion is capturing the essence and colors of the oceans while exploring ripples, reflections and deep ocean vistas. During family travels, Michelle learned about and now supports the nonprofit 4Ocean – a group who is passionate about ending the plastic crisis. This new series, the Four Oceans Project, is intended to connect viewers with an ocean experience and to spark conversations about the importance about protecting our oceans.
She explores the unlimited potentiality of abstract and impressionism through vivid hues, visual planes and volume within a two-dimensional framework. The use of organic shapes and realistic forms serve as references to living organisms in our oceans which create a reverie of unpredictable movement.
“Painting is my meditation; I love getting lost within a canvas and just experiencing the process. It’s my favorite thing”.
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Kayla is a self-taught digital artist and freelance graphic designer. Currently studying B.Mgt. at the University of Lethbridge and majoring in marketing.
Among many forms of digital art, Kayla creates Digital collage art that layers textures and symbols that portray more than just the eye can see.
“I’d like to think that lots of my works stem from philosophical ideologies but also just personal experiences. So then, I hope that within the collection of symbols, letters and textures, you find something else that resonates and speaks to you.”
Chres Riis Jensen
“This is not a pipe.” “Ceci n’est pa une pipe.” “Esto no es una pipa.”
Sheila Shaw is a Cree, Metis artist from Gift Lake Metis Settlement. She graduated from the University of Lethbridge in 2019 with a BFA in Native American Art Studio.
This geometric abstract style is still a fairly new way of painting for her. Dreams and memories often influence her work but this abstract style also allows her to paint intuitively and from emotion. The changing colours of the expansive southern Alberta skies has been a major inspiration for these particular works and drawing comparisons between personal emotions and the weather seemed appropriate.
Sheila has been part of group exhibitions at the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, the Trianon Gallery and at Casa. She loves watching movies and spending time with her 2 children and their cat, Stardust.
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Amanda grew up in Nova Scotia where she completed a diploma in Photography, prior to moving to Lethbridge in 2016. She continues to develop as an artist and creator through her exploration with different mediums such as concrete, wood, and paint. Before moving to Lethbridge, she completed her college work term as an Intern at View Point Gallery in Halifax, NS. She continued on as a Gallery Assistant working with and learning from the Co-Operative Members. Her work has been shown in galleries in Halifax, as well as in Lethbridge, where she works full time as a Content Creator and Administrative Assistant.
Born on the east coast and raised in Southern Alberta, Randi has been accidentally creating art since her early teens through photography. She is a hobbyist and amateur photographer, as well as a self-taught abstract Artist and a certified Makeup Artist.
Randi has ventured many artistic paths, and has no intention of slowing down. She graduated with a triple diploma from the Beauty Academy, she photographs, paints, has tried her hand at figurative drawing, she has hosted an art podcast (which has since ended). If it strikes any kind of interest, Randi is sure to try it.
She has since taken over the curator role at The Penny Coffee House, and started up, and maintain the Gallery’s social media accounts.
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Her photography has a main focus around Alberta and British Columbia’s abandoned structures; but she is inspired by all of the natural beauty Southern Alberta has to offer. Painting came much later; and it has quickly become a cathartic (and important) part of her artistic practice.
Randi’s art has always been a private practice with a quiet sense of enjoyment; it hasn’t been until recently that she began sharing her work with others … It has opened so many doors for her, and she cannot wait to see where her art goes and how it evolves in the years to come.
Dorothee Van Dijk
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Dorothee is a Lethbridge artist who creates large, colourful, abstract, multi-media artwork. By day, she is an Innovation Specialist for Southern Alberta with BASF Canada, and is also a dedicated yoga instructor. She finds inspiration in travel, and loves to explore the globe. Dorothee is passionate about family, friends, art, yoga, wine, coffee, and agriculture.
MEET THE ARTISTS 2019
Amy Marie Arsene
Amy is a multidisciplinary visual artist. She has a long standing interest in the occult which influences most of her work. Originally from Toronto, Amy moved to Lethbridge about a decade ago, inspired by the rustic beauty of the prairie and mountain landscapes.
Having been creative since childhood, Amy’s style grew to combine her love of illustration with taxidermy as well as botanicals and ancient symbolism. She also has a short background in tattooing and while not presently working in that field, is very interested to find a mentor willing to take her on as an apprentice this coming year.
Her work has been used in various local musicians’ album art, as tattoo reference, as tattoos themselves, her work has also been displayed at the Slice Bar & Grill as well as a handful of local shows by the local group: Guerrilla Art Collective.
Amy created Guerrilla Art Collective as a means for local artists wishing to gain experience as well as connection with potential buyers. The first show in September 2018 was a success, followed by a second in November. To this day the group remains a unit with plans for a third show in late spring 2019.
Amy is always open to commissions and you can contact and find many of her pieces displayed digitally on Instagram under the handle @starvingartistamy.
Maliya is an artist born-and-raised in Lethbridge. Currently attending high school, she enjoys math, science, and art! Her creative practice includes mixed media, painting, sculpting, and drawing.
Originally from Calgary, AB, Carissa has been in Lethbridge since 2015. Carissa is a student at the University of Lethbridge, currently studying art, biology and education. Carissa largely focuses on abstracted landscape in both acrylic and oil paint. When she is not painting, Carissa is an avid rock climber and traveler, exploring North America and Europe to experience the outdoors. Carissa’s passion for the outdoors and the mountains is often demonstrated in her artwork.
Carissa has work displayed throughout Lethbridge, including the Port co-working space, the University of Lethbridge and The Penny Coffee House.
Oshan is a self-taught abstract artist who demonstrates her passion for travel and the natural landscape in much of her work. Oshan grew up in Southern Alberta and has been creative since she was a little girl. She found her true passion in abstract art while living in Victoria, British Columbia almost a decade ago and hasn’t put down her paintbrush since. Her work has been displayed at the Urban Prairie Antique Mall in Lethbridge and currently is featured at both Owl Acoustic Lounge and The Penny Coffee House. Oshan has sold her pieces across North America. She is also part of the Guerrilla Art Collective, a small group of Lethbridge artists who produced their first art show in September 2018 with another show already in the works.
Leonard is an amateur photographer focusing on nature and wildlife, the mountains, and the great outdoors. His interest in photography started in high school, with black+white film.
Mike has been photographing for over 30 years. He is the owner and operator of Mike Jensen Photography, which was established in 2018.
He has had a segment on his history photos on Shaw TV, and an article about him in the local newspaper. He has been working closely with the Downtown Business Revitalization Zone Office. They have been using much of his work in a YouTube video to help promote downtown Lethbridge. Recently he had his photography displayed on the digital display at Casa.
Mike’s photography consists of portraiture, architecture, events, historical buildings and sites, street photography, real estate, the city of Lethbridge and southern Alberta.
He is a board member of the Lethbridge Historical Society and a member of the Allied Arts Council of Lethbridge.
His photographs currently on display at the Penny Coffee House are on sale for $150.00 each. He is also offering prints of the photos displayed for $20.00 each. You can order any of the prints by contacting Mike at 403-331-0324 or by email.
Dorian Mindru is an artist who uses spray paint (and a sprinkle of magic) as his primary tool for creating his pictures.
He first discovered his artistic talent in the summer of 2008 when he went on a trip to Toronto and got to witness his older sister, Cristina “Phresha” Mindru, painting a mural at a festival with other artists.
He was blown away by the artwork being created so he began drawing in his sketchbook as soon as he got home.
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Katt Panic is a professional makeup artist based in Southern Alberta. She works in the film industry, and runs her makeup business in Lethbridge, providing event/photoshoot/television makeup, face painting, salon services, makeup parties, and lessons to clients. Check out her YouTube channel to for makeup tutorials!
She has been an artist her entire life, painting and sculpting in her spare time. Her background is in visual arts and costume design, and she started her career in theatre and fashion. Her film work includes assisting in cult classics like Herschel Gordon Lewis’ BLOODMANIA, and assisting on festival favourite STILL BORN. For her complete film CV, check out her IMDB account (above).
Katt is active in the community, an animal lover, vegan, has two cats named Lydia and Grimm, and a siberian husky named Acoona. She also makes a mean vegan al pastor taco, and loves horror movies.
Jeremy’s father worked as a part time photographer with his Canon FTb, which is where his fascination with photography began. There was something exciting and romantic about the whole process, from getting the shot to many hours developing prints in the dark room. 25 years later, Jeremy took the same Canon FTb to India and captured his travels on film. This reignited his interest and inspired him to keep shooting.
Today, he still shoots with a full frame Canon, just in megapixels. As he continues to study accomplished artists, past and present, the learning and growing continues, along with great appreciation for the masters. As he’s been exploring and learning, portrait photography has revealed itself as his passion. If you need a headshot or would like a photo booth at your event, head over to jeremyrobinson.photo and get in touch.
Dryden Roesch is an artist and graphic designer from Edmonton, Alberta, and an alumnus of the University of Lethbridge New Media BFA program. His varying interests are in graphic design, illustration, and photography. After interning at the Galt Museum & Archives, he relocated to London, England, in 2017 and worked at the Hayward Gallery. This year, he has returned to Canada to contribute his skills to Canadian cultural institutions.
MEET THE ARTISTS 2018
Andrea De Groot
Andrea grew up on a farm in Hays, AB, and is currently a Math Major at the UofL. Her passions are varied—since she was a kid, she’s always had a camera in her hands, capturing the beauty of her surroundings. Passionate about photography as a craft, she loves to photograph ‘anything and everything’, including families, graduates, lifestyle, landscapes, and animals. To view her work, check out her social profiles above!
Carole is an accomplished local artist who creates custom art featuring an array of different subjects and mediums.
“I enjoy the challenge of trying new things. Often the paintings that I am hired to do are of things I wouldn’t typically paint. But going through the process is very educational and its helped me to perfect some of my techniques as well as learn brand new ones”
By far some of her most popular pieces have been of Buddha which sell quickly at the yearly auction held at the Galt Museum for “Helping Families Handle Cancer”, a charity organization which raises money to aid the families of children battling cancer. Carole is currently both a donor and a board member. Carole primarily works in Acrylic, although many of her earlier work was done in charcoal. All of her past and present pieces can be found on her website www.carolescolours.com , where prints and products are available for sale. Carole uses painting to meditate and relax. When she isn’t working or in her studio she enjoys spending time with her family, watching movies and playing with her dogs.
On the path of self-discovery and creative expression since an early age, Charlene ‘Cj’ Julie has continually found herself combining curiosities of the two in various processes and mediums, uncovering the connectedness of creation and evolution in a subtle yet powerful way. Often infusing mixed-media abstract-esque art with movement and meditation, her work can be known to evoke unique reflections in the viewer as it is interpreted. In 2014, after graduating from the Communication Arts program at Lethbridge College – while realizing how she had benefitted so deeply from her experiences of approaching art as a healing modality – she responded to the call to lead others on their own journey of creative exploration. Cj can be found at Smudge Art Studio in Lethbridge, where she teaches art parties, classes, workshops and camps for artists of all ages, encouraging and easing others into enjoying their own personal creative process. To create with Smudge, visit www.smudgeart.ca. For original art, hand-crafted jewelry and wire-wrapped crystals, find Cj on Facebook at Charlene Julie (www.facebook.com/CharleneJulieART) and on Instagram @CharleneJulie.
Cat is an artist currently based in Lethbridge, AB. She started painting in high school and recently began to completely immerse herself in art.
My name is Cat and I am a crafting robot from another dimension’s future! I recently became a full time artist and Twitch streamer (catdog3000) after studying environmental science for 8 years. I am still developing my style but I like the weird and the colourful!
Cat’s ultimate mission is to create large sculptures out of trash and have them peppered all over the planet. The art she makes from garbage or thrift store items are named ‘trash mutations’. With her other creations she tries to use the most environmentally friendly products she can find. For packaging, recycled paper and cardboard is used. Cat is passionate about the environment—contact her to find out about her art products that are eco-friendly!
Laura’s artistic journey has been a long and windy road with detours via interior decorating, esthetics/makeup artistry, furniture restyling & collecting antiques. She has always been able to see beauty and purpose in junk and has been repurposing since childhood. It started with restyling the kleenex box and upholstering her mom’s noxema jar into a sofa and stool for Barbie.
Her creations have evolved over the years but she’s true to her ADD diagnosis and has never been able to focus on just one medium or style. Her family calls her “jack of all” but she prefers “renaissance gal”. She definitely jumps around and experiments with mediums, styles and colour, but her work usually has a vintage feel.
One thing she knows for sure, she truly longs for the days of old where simple beauty was appreciated and we cherished and cared for our things instead of just throwing them away. A time when even a simple sentence was a delicacy for the ears instead of our abbreviated language of today. She often uses poetry as a muse and considers her art painted poetry. Her secret desire is that we would all revert back to speaking like Lucy’s “Anne of Green Gables” or Jane’s “Elizabeth Bennett”… oh how divine that would be!
Because she loves words so much, Laura thought she’d use some to give you a sense of what she’s all about, what she likes to create, her styles, fave materials and the sentiments she hopes her art evokes:
- artist, renaissance gal, repurposer, imaginationist, professional putterer, collector of bits & bobs, flower sniffer, luv me some pretty, dabbler’n this & that, story teller, always rescuing furry things, God girl, dreamer and lover of the old, worn, torn & tattered
- art dolls, assemblages, collage, mixed media, paintings, repurposed anything and everything, furniture design, decorative accessories, restyled lighting, etc.
- shabby chic, scandinavian, bohemian, new victorian, gritty pretty, primitive, rustic, country, flea market style
- charcoal & graphite, acrylics, inks, oils, encaustics and beeswax, mica, vintage finds, linens & lace, poetry, antique photos and ephemera, leafing, glass glitter
- beauty, patina, distressed, vintage, chippy, whimsy, nostalgia, faded, floral, nature, giggles, joy, pretty, serenity, sepia, monochromatic, fragrance, colour, shiny
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