Just West of Wild, a photography exhibit featuring Bronze Sculpture by Debra Garside will be showing in the Gallery from July 2nd- August 29th.
We invite the community to come visit the Lebel Gallery as we reopen our doors.
About the Artist
The daughter of avid nature lovers, Debra Garside grew up hiking, camping and fishing throughout Vancouver Island, BC. Her passion for horses and wildlife has always equaled the love she had for art, and Debra's professional life has revolved around sport horses. After relocating to the Calgary area in in 1980's Debra founded True North Stables. Acknowledged as one of the countries most accredited equestrian coaches, Debra took many horses and riders to the top level of the show jumping sport and imported horses from 17 countries around the world. Debra's equestrian background included horse racing, dressage, team-roping and liberty training. She currently owns three adopted Alberta Wild Horses in various stages of liberty training.
Debra's transition to photography took place ten years ago and since then her photographic adventures and continued interest in educating have earned her a fellowship with the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. She has won numerous awards for her representations of remote locations, in particular the Polar Bears of Canada. These images have graced the halls of Royal Museums around the world as well as the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC. But sometimes close to home is where Debra finds her favourite subjects- wild horses. Debra spends much of her time following the wild horses of Alberta's Eastern slopes and is one of the few photographers to be granted access to remote Sable Island, Nova Scotia, with the resulting images from nine expeditions there garnering international acclaim.