East Side Art Crawl attracts large crowds to Ramsay studios

Four art studios opened their doors to the public on Sept. 16, to show what they can do and sell some of their work.

The East Side Studio Crawl was a way to inspire the public and show what local artists are creating.

The studios involved were Burns Visual Art Society, Artpoint Gallery and Studios, Jeff de Boer Studio and Studio 4 Visual Arts.

The East Side Art Crawl has been running for 14 years.

The artists loved the interest shown by the public in their work.

Jeff de Boer is a Calgary artist who studied at the Alberta College of Art and Design (ACAD).

De Boer has created a number of high profile artworks in the city, including an installation in the new International terminal at the Calgary airport.

He also designed the Cross Iron Mills Steel Cowboys.

“My work isn’t always about me. My work has always been about connecting with the public outside of me,” said de Boer.

De Boer is the only artist that has his own studio on the tour in Ramsay.

Jeff de Boer an artist and designer who worked on a number of Calgary, Alta projects most notably the YYC Terminal. Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 (Photo by Aman Kapila/The Press)

Artpoint hosts 54 artists in their studio who do many different forms of art.

Charlene Turner-Kroeger’s studio is in the Artpoint building. She has been an artist for years and has transitioned through many different mediums.

Turner-Kroeger has seen a lot of interest in her artwork over the years.

“I started painting in a certain way and just grew and changed,” said Turner-Kroeger.

Charlene Turner-Kroeger in her studio at Artpoint. Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 (Photo by Aman Kapila/The Press)Studio 4 painters had an entire studio lined up of beautiful paintings.

All the paintings at the Studio 4 complex were for sale.

Ettore Iannacito, an artist from Ontario, loves the public engagement in Calgary.

“I don’t recall anything like this in Toronto,” said Iannacito.

He paints with acrylics and has always had an interest in art.

His paintings are from 2014 to 2017.

Iannacito has noticed a lot of interest in his paintings and support.

Ettore Iannacito in front of his latest painting. Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 (Photo by Aman Kapila/The Press)

The Burns Visual Arts Society (BVAS) was the first stop on the tour and is home to a number of talented artists in Calgary.

The building was packed with people and many pieces were sold.

A popular artist at BVAS was Cecilia Gossen, whose gallery was swamped by people enjoying her art and the kind of work she does.

Gossen does a type of art called constructions which involves taking different parts and assembling them into something new.

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As a writing and communications major in the journalism program at SAIT, Aman Kapila worked as a reporter for The Press during the 2017-18 academic year.