Art & Nature

Emerson quote on flowers

Check out the new course starting in January 2018, (Calgary, Alberta) led by Irene Naested & Vivian Hansen. Flowers, the Botany of Desire, explored through paint, print, poetry & prose. For further information contact Irene at inaested@gmail. com

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Flowers:Botany of Desire, Explored through paint, print, prose & poetry

Course participants will explore the theme of Flowers: The Botany of Desire, explored through paint, print, prose & poetry. The course will culminate with an anthology of participants’ art and writing, a book launch and talk, and a gallery exhibition of the work. These opportunities will give course participants a professional venue for exhibition and publication of their work. Some art supplies (various media) will be supplied. All participants will be given copies of the publication.

 Dates & Times: Two sections offered.

#1 – 8 Mondays – 7:00 to 9:00 – Jan. 8,15,22,29, Feb. 5, 12, 26, Mar. 5

#2 – 8 Saturdays- 10:00 to 12:00 – Jan. 13,20,27, Feb. 3, 10, 24, Mar. 3

Location: Naested Studio, 1124 – 15th Street N.W. Calgary, AB.

Cost: $575.00 (limit 6 seats per session)

Please email your registration request to, once confirmed please e-transfer fee to Deadline to register, Dec. 20

Irene Naested, Professor Emerita, is an author, visual artist, and educator. She has authored numerous books, chapters, journal articles, and teacher resources on teaching and learning. Her poetry and prose have been published in journals such as Gust and Still Point Arts Quarterly. Irene’s visual art and writing become multi-layers of exploration of ideas, insights, meditative moments, and principles of composition gleaned from nature. She presently writes, creates, and teaches in her newly developed studio.

Vivian Hansen is a poet and freelance writer. Her poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have appeared in a wide variety of anthologies and journals. Her latest book of poetry, A Tincture of Sunlight (2017), Frontenac House, is a best seller. For many years Vivian has taught poetry and creative writing at Alexandra Writing Center, University of Calgary and Mount Royal College. She won the 2017 Continuing and Profession Educational Teaching Award from the University of Calgary.

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Stephanie Hrehirchuk, Children’s Book Author, lives in Calgary where she reads with her daughter, learns how to use technology from her son, plays gin rummy with her husband, and writes about the world outside her door and inside her imagination. Anna and the Earth Angel is Stephanie’s first children’s book. She has since published two others. Every print copy sold plants a tree. Follow the  growth of Anna’s forest at . 

Stephanie will be exhibiting and selling her children’s books at Art in the Garden, Sunday, September 10, 2017 from 10:00 – 4:00.

Stephanie Hrehirchuk, Author, Anna and the Earth Angel Book

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Albert Skies, Closed for the Season

Irene Naested is a visual artist, published author and director of Art, Nature & Meditation. Irene will be selling two of her art teaching books as well as some of her paintings in her newly completed art studio above a double car garage, overlooking downtown Calgary. Irene gleans from nature the elements and principles of composition as a pathway in becoming grounded. She approaches her teaching as a form of meditative art making, as a means toward an understanding, and a method of communication to oneself and others. Currently, Irene has published some of her poetry and is working on combining words with images into her paintings.

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The ABC Field Guide to Faeries

The ABC Field Guide to Faeries by Susanne Heaton

At  “Art in the Garden Show” – Susanne Heaton – Faeryologist, will be showing and selling her book and reading “Faery Cards”.

The show and sale will be held on Sunday, September 10th, 2017, from 10:00 – 4:00, in the Naested Garden and Studio, 1124 – 15th Street N.W. Calgary. Ab. Susanne will be among 30 artists, authors & musicians exhibiting and selling their work.

Susanne Heaton, Susanne the Sunshine Faery will be selling her award-winning children’s book, The ABC Field Guide to Faeries which has inspiring reminders of respect for self, others and the environment.  Susanne will also be offering faery readings as she is a certified faeryologist through Doreen Virtue.  She looks forward to connecting with your inner child and the faery energy! an award winning children’s author, inspirational speaker and

Susanne Heaton – Faeryologist

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