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Come and hear three Alberta artists talk about their experiences with the process of making a colouring book, with Eric Dyck (Slaughterhouse Slough: The Colouring Book), Halli Liliburn (Curiosities and Collections), and Ryan Jason Allen Willert (Colouring It Forward – Discovering Blackfoot Nation Art and Wisdom).
Kelaine Devine is a techno-crafty artist, designer and writer. She merges fibre, drawing, video and media arts into hybrid forms with a long history of working with emerging technologies and social media, from BBS, DDials, early HTML websites, blogs and vlogs. Devine is also a contributor to Sequential Tart, a webzine about the comics industry and a regular guest panellist/critic at fandom conventions including the Calgary Entertainment Expo, Edmonton Entertainment Expo and Geek Girl Con in Seattle. She is an active member of the Alberta media arts community, the Lethbridge arts community and is the Communications Coordinator for the Allied Arts Council. Devine is currently creating a book about lady robots.
Eric Dyck is a cartoonist living & working in Lethbridge! His comic strip, Slaughterhouse Slough, explores the history, vegetables, critters, and people of his new Southern Alberta home. Eric’s comic stories are developed from research, interviews and eavesdropping. Eric also teaches cartooning & comics classes for children and youth, and his freelance illustration work can also be found in magazines, coffee shops, farmer’s markets, and city hall. In 2017, Eric adapted a Galt Museum exhibit, curated by Tyler J. Stewart, about music in Southern Alberta into a series of comic strips. The collection of these comic strips, “From Pianos To Power Chords”, is available exclusively at the Galt Museum.
A full-time artist and storyteller living in Red Deer, Alberta, Ryan was born and raised in Southern Alberta. Although he was brought up in a non-native community, he has since reconnected with his Blackfoot roots (Siksika Nation). Ryan learned the art of black ink drawing from his father Richard (Dicky) Stimson, another well-known Siksika Nation artist. Among the many exhibitions where he has presented his work are the City of Calgary and Calgary’s Glenbow Museum. Ryan has done readings of his stories in front of large audiences including the Calgary’s Aboriginal Awareness Week at Mount Royal College in 2008. Along with his artwork initiatives, he is sought out as an important role model in the community, especially for youth outreach and inspiration.