Chris Riley, "Showoff," oil on canvas, 2010.
Through June, 2011, Swirl Fine Art Gallery, Art Central, Calgary
Opening just as the rodeo season is gearing up in Alberta, Chris Riley’s paintings bring a spirit of celebration of the West to Swirl Fine Art in Calgary’s Art Central. A self-taught painter from rural Alberta, her portraits of people and animals are saturated with colour and bold, forceful strokes. On through June, the show will open June 2 (first Thursday) with kinetic live performance and a sampling of Western culture.