Mural: Sprucing for Christmas
Sponsorship: Estancia Investments Inc.
Address: 707- 7 Ave SW (Elveden Centre)
As humans gather round to spend a weekend decorating their trees for Christmas, we like to imagine our forest friends sprucing up their homes as well. It's an activity that brings everyone (and everything) closer together and adds magic to any space.
McKENNA PRATHER is an artist based in Calgary. She creates paintings depicting subject matter, that to her, is familiar, simple and nostalgic. The subject matter includes themes like food, flowers, animals, patterns, still-lifes and landscapes. She usually references a photo or collage, building up colours 1 layer at a time. One of her favourite parts of creating a painting is finding areas of the composition that she can add a pattern. Like a patchwork quilt, she adds simple patterns like polka-dots, stripes and scallops to either the background or main subject matter.
MICHAEL KOHLWEG is a freelance animator based in Calgary. Over the past six years, he has refined his skill for 2D animation and has pushed himself to try different types. In doing so, he has fallen head over heels in love with stop motion animation. Michael enjoys focusing on concept and narrative and finding unique ways to represent an idea using animation.
Photographer: Katy Whitt