You are welcome to book an appointment to pop by where I live. I'm in a high rise downtown on 113 Street and 99 Avenue and meet clients in our private room off of our lobby. There is free visitor parking in our lot.
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Lori Frank is a full time artist from Edmonton, Alberta; Canadian artist that began painting over 30 years ago. Her collectors encompass Canada and the United States.
I grew up in a very musical and creatively gifted family in Edmonton, Alberta. My parents supported all of my early explorations with no judgements. When I was a teenager in high school I took an extensive Commercial Art program. Every day for two years I was blessed to have my art class all afternoon to look forward to! One day when I was creating a poster for an upcoming event at the school I decided to add "dots" to the silhouette image to give it a softer more defined look. This led me to next doing my first "lotsa dotsa" (as I originally called it, with a laugh) painting style that my art teacher asked if he could keep the painting and I happily obliged. Mr. Lucas was a fabulous art teacher and knew who I painted like, but had the wisdom not to tell me. Years later at a private art show of my paintings an art broker attended named Brent Luebke and he kindly told me that I painted like neo-impressionism artists of long ago. He then gave me art books to view at a later date. This started my journey to discover and take Art History at the University of Alberta to learn more about Georges Seurat, Edward Manet, Camille Pissaro amongst more contemporary artists that I fell in love with.
In my continued quest to learn I travelled to New York six times; I also back packed through Western Europe and hit every museum and church I found along the way, while savoring all of the architecture and various cultures (and food). It was a magical six weeks and my love of Gaudi, Michelangelo amongst so many others like Degas has taken my internal life to the moon with my creative mind.
As an artist I was always torn between pursuing my art full time or earning a living in a traditional way. The consistency of an income won; and I pursued traditional employment with set goals to pursue my art full time. In each career that I chose, there was a strong creative element to it which helped me to excel and succeed in the corporate world; while keeping engaged in my art along the way.
Now that I have met that goal and am pursuing my art full time; it is my intention to focus my time on my artwork and to develop it more in the next few decades to "see" where it will take me and those that are with me on this journey. I feel like I'm just getting started, so let's go! I am on my fourth year living this dream full time.
I have a passionate love for nature, specifically our river valley, the ocean, flowers and all living things. My art is intentionally created to uplift the observer or to evoke strong emotions of peace, joy, strength and serenity.
Over the years I have made several art donations to charities that have raised thousands of dollars, including my art fundraiser for the Red Cross - Alberta Flood Fund. Previous donations have included the following organizations: The Autism Society of Edmonton, SPCA Noah's Ark silent auctions, The Food Bank, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra - Effort Auction, Black and White Aids Fundraiser and Kids Cottage.
Whether you require a quality original or fine art print for your personal enjoyment, your corporate collection, or for a hotel or restaurant; call or email me directly.
Thank you for stopping by and please write me a note. I consider your enquiry like signing my "guestbook" and welcome your comments. I hope that you enjoyed your visit and thank you for your time!
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.
Henry David Thoreau
March 31 - May 5/17 - Valley Girl Solo Exhibit at the Muttart Conservatory
March/17 Night of Artists Art show at the Enjoy Centre
November - Make It Show at the Expo Centre
June - end of October/16 - Old Strathcona Farmers Market with my pop up gallery
June until the first week of Sept/17- City Market on 104 Street with my pop up gallery
September/17 - Strathearn Art Walk and Riverbend Art in our Park
April and May/16 Highlevel Diner
August 1 - 14/15 - Off-Whyte carry-over show at the Daffodil Gallery from the Artwalk.
June 3 - July 4 - Highlevel Diner - Exhibit of my Stairway to Heaven Series. You can purchase my art directly from the diner. I will return to the Highlevel Diner again next April 2016.
Sunday, May 31 - BikeFest, MEC Store
March 25th - Chicken Scratch event at El Cortez - #goldenyegawards - As of June 2015 I now have a greeting card line of my river valley paintings at Chicken Scratch called Valley Girl Collection.
Aug 28 - Dec 11 - one of 28 artists that was chosen by jury by the River Valley Alliance and Visual Arts Alberta to display one of my paintings "Winter Bliss, Trailblazing Series" at the Northern and Southern Alberta Jubilee's for the Marking the Valley exhibit.
November 1 - 28, 2014 - solo exhibit of my Stairway to Heaven series (12 paintings) at the Stanley A. Milner Gallery at the Edmonton Public Libary.
Summer 2014 I returned to the City Market Downtown on 104th Street in my pop up gallery. My last outdoor exhibit there was on September 20th. I am looking forward to returning to the market inside city hall on October 18th.
July 11 - 13, 2014. Artwalk. It was my first time displaying my work at this amazing event in Edmonton. I had a tent by the gazebo in McIntyre Park. I can't wait to be in it again next year!
June 19 - July 1, 2014 - River Valley Coordinates exhibit at City Hall for the Works Art and Design Festival All 25 of my Edmonton river valley paintings series - Stairway to Heaven and Trailblazing were unveiled.
Over the years Lori has enjoyed using various mediums including watercolours, acrylics, oil, as well as pencil and pastel. Most recently she has also enjoyed working on mosaics which was a natural fit with her painting style.
Nov - Dec/12 One of 3 artists (Linda Poignant, Karen Klassen and myself); that worked on a tile mosaic project by Linda to celebrate Highlands Community League's 100th Anniversary.
Sept - Dec/11 - One of 13 artists that worked on a mega mosaic mural for the Expansion 2012 initiative for the new U.S. Departures area at the International Airport, by Erin Pankratz-Smith; entitle Everything Flows Nothing Stands Still featuring four seasons of Edmonton's river valley.
September 17 - 19/10 - Lori was one of three artists chosen to exhibit my pastel car drawings at the Reynolds Alberta Museum for Alberta Arts Days.
In 2007 Lori participated and exhibited at the Art Gallery of Alberta, in their Free For All Show.
In 1995 Lori was selected by jury to be a vendor and exhibit her artwork at the Strathcona Farmers Market.
In 1994 she was chosen as one of 75 artists to represent the province of Alberta at the Alberta Gift Show, by Yvonne Fizer.
Exhibits have included a two year exclusive exhibit at The Westin Hotel, Edmonton from 1993 - 1995.
Former volunteer for the music and art therapy bereavement program led by Cheryl Roberts, at Pilgrims Hospice.
Former volunteer for the art program at the Mustard Seed.
Woman in Café Le Tambourin, 1887
by Vincent Van Gogh
More about Lori (past exhibits)
Lori and Joshua in Café Le Tambourin, 2012. 28.5" x 36" oils. Inspired by Van Gogh's painting Woman in Café Le Tambourin, 1887. (see below)
This painting was almost 10 years in the making. I started it in 2003, a few years before Joshua passed away. I put it away after he passed and have always wanted to complete it some day. Well that day came in December 2012.
Years ago I finished everything on the canvas except my face and hands.
I have also included Van Gogh's painting below for you to compare them. Notice mine has a wine glass and I have taken out the ashtray and cigarette.
I hope it cracks you up with a smile, like it does for me!
Lori being interviewed by City TV, July 2017.