Jamie Laventure and Vanessa Ryl

September Visual Artists

Photo by Mat Simpson

Jamie Laventure

Artist Biography

Jamie Laventure brings mundane objects to life with his distinctively playful sense of colour and shape. He is a dedicated artist, devoting several days a week to studio time,and constantly exploring new subject matter in a variety of mediums. His work displays a consistent degree of finish and has been featured in many exhibitions both locally and internationally, including a permanent installation at the EastEdmonton Health Centre. In recognition of his dedication to his art and his prolific body of work, Jamie received theREALTORS® Community Foundation CREATE Award in 2019.

“Mostly, I work in clay. I make miniatures of things that I see on the sidewalk–fire hydrants, a paper box, a pop machine. I make things with moving parts—a windmill and a wishing well, clock and compass faces. And I make monster faces and creatures with the head of one animal and the body of another. I like detail. Also, I like letters and making signs. I’ve made many signs for my brothers and sisters and my home,and I’ve made my small signs into magnets. My colours are mostly bright. At home, I make a lot of things too. I do a lot of collage with whatever pictures I like to fill the page and pencil crayons to fill blank space.”

Photo by Mat Simpson

Vanessa Ryl

Artist Biography

Vanessa Ryl is a textile artist who creates coiled wool sculptures. Her work experiments with shape and texture and requires a great deal of patience. Initially weaving small, conventionally-shaped bowls, she began creating free-form sculptural objects.She then progressed to making clay bowls as the base for weaving. She takes pleasure in choosing her own colours, often combining unusual shades. Vanessa continues her artistic practice outside of the Nina by cross stitching with her Grandmother. Vanessa has had success both locally and internationally. Her piece, “Seeds of Springtime,” was displayed on a billboard in 2017 as part of YEG Canvas, and her doll sculpture was selected for exhibition in Glasgow, Scotland. In 2019 Vanessa was selected as the Stantec Artist of the Year and a solo exhibition of her work was being displayed throughout the city of Edmonton.