Inspiration grows from northern forests for Prince Albert painter

Jason Kerr
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Local artist Angie Hempel has always felt the pull of the north.

Artist Angie Hempel poses with a flyer promoting some of her recent work.  Hempel will be the feature artist at the On the Avenue Artisan’s Gallery for the month of May. 

From the time she spent growing up near Meadow Lake, to her current life in Prince Albert, Hempel has always been fascinated by Saskatchewan’s northern climate.

“The forest is just such a peaceful place,” she says.  “It’s just beautiful.”

It’s also become the backdrop of her latest exhibit at the On the Avenue Artisan’s Gallery.  Entitled “Inspiration,” Hempel’s collection of paintings will be on display for the entire month of May as part of the gallery’s Feature Artist series.

“‘Inspiration’ is covering the type of work I do, what I really appreciate, and that’s our environment, so a lot of my paintings are scenes of the north,” she says.

While Hempel does occasionally branch out into painting other areas of the province she likes to stick with her favourites.  After painting for more than 30 years she’s, developed a fondness for the northern landscape.

“I think when you first start off you kind of try a little bit of a lot of things, then you finally find what you appreciate the most and that’s what you kind of ride with,” she says.

The exhibit officially opens on May 1 with a reception to follow.  Hempel says it’s always a treat to be featured in your own community, and she hopes that appreciation comes through in her work. 

“Every time you can have the opportunity to show your work and meet more people it’s just a good thing.  It’s kind of a win-win for everybody.  I totally enjoy it.”

As for the future, Hempel says she doesn’t know what direction her art will take, but the northern forests of Saskatchewan will always be important to her.

“I think we all grow in different ways.  I no doubt will always continue on with northern themes because that’s the thing that I probably like the most.  I’m not saying I wouldn’t take the opportunity to do new works or other things, but I think that’s going to be primary.”

The On the Avenue Artisan’s Gallery is located on Central Avenue in Prince Albert.  The reception on May 1 is open to the public.

Organizations: Prince Albert

Geographic location: Saskatchewan, Meadow Lake

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  • Brian Suetta
    April 28, 2014 - 16:37

    Nice to see you are still painting! I look forward to visiting this gallery. Too bad the Herald didn't post a picture or two!

  • Concerned Grandmother
    April 26, 2014 - 11:27

    Glad to see you are still at it Angie. Your paintings are wonderful.

  • Concerned Grandmother
    April 26, 2014 - 11:26

    Glad to see you are still at it Angie. Your paintings are wonderful.