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Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum Announces New Art Gallery Opening

We would like to invite you to the opening of the latest feature artist in the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum Art Gallery.
On November 19, 2016 (2 – 4pm) we will be launching the new art gallery “The Art of Sport: Artists Investigates the Notions of Sports Portraitures” By Joe Versikaitis.

“It’s not just about sports art but more so creating an authenticated rendering of an athlete’s moment in time. The inspirational story behind that art piece is what gives value to that piece,” Joe explained about his work. “The notions of sports portraitures are my interpretation, my inspiration and my passion of an athlete portrait. Working from game experiences to my canvas I explore what a sport portrait is. This exhibition includes traditional acrylic paintings with a twist of realism to investigate and push the boundaries of the portrait.”

This is a free event. We would be honoured if you could join us in celebrating the opening of this new Art Gallery.

Any questions about the art gallery please contact us at 403-341-8614 or info@ashfm.ca

cce9626c-320f-406b-966f-928459279affAbout Joe Versikaitis

Influences:
In school, it was Joe’s Junior High art teacher Mahem Patel whom Joe believes that he carries out a bit of each one of his teaching techniques in every art piece that Joe renders. Today, Joe’s greatest influences are Robert Bateman, Pino, and his mentor Stephen Holland.

Training:
It’s about studying a player’s pose, rituals,and over-all techniques that is the basis for Joe’s renderings.
–  Medicine Hat College, Brooks Campus. Applied Multi Media Training Center in Calgary, but mostly self-taught.

Art Experiences:
Joe believes that working with Theo Fleury is one of his greatest art experiences any sports artist can ask for. From signing the limited edition prints to having the opportunity to work on another project with him this is a very notable experience.

The artist’s artistic philosophy:
Whether it’s a goalie making a game winning save or the riveting moment before a quarterback throws the ball, Joe Versikaitis strives to reveal the intricate relationship between a person and their sports habitats.

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