Local artist displays work at Airdrie Public Library
Beginning in September and running until Oct. 31, Airdrie Public Library (APL) is welcoming the artwork of Randy Bates in an exhibition entitled Illustrations.
Bates, who has called Airdrie home for 11 years, was born in 1964 in Savannah, Ga. His family moved frequently when he was a child, which allowed him to see a bit of Canada, including Airdrie during his junior high years. This experience led him and his wife to choose Airdrie as the place to raise their family, and his supportive extended family lives nearby in Calgary. Several years ago, he had the honour of being a stem cell donor for his brother, and although his brother passed away of cancer in 2010, Bates felt privileged to be there for him.
Bates’ mother, being an artist herself, led to his initial love of art. Now, he enjoys time with his family, hiking, camping and swimming, where he finds much of his inspiration. Encouraged by his parents, wife, daughters and friends, he is inspired by the beauty he sees in his everyday life, be it a sunrise, an animal or a beautiful woman. Another influence for him has been artist Robert Bateman, who is able to capture the fine detailed beauty that surrounds Canadians. He also finds a creative outlet in creating custom leather interiors for Wright Restyling and Subaru/Jaguar.
Recently Bates found himself reading numerous books, studying and practising illustration, which led to experimentation with different art forms – in other words, teaching himself ‘the art of art.’ Although he did briefly study oil painting with Ed Martinuk – who introduced him to the medium and encouraged his artistic abilities – Bates finds his joy in working with the vibrant layers of coloured pencil. Illustrations demonstrates that joy, and everyone is invited to drop by APL this fall to enjoy the artist’s vision of the beauty in life.
Coming up at APL: Join us as we celebrate Airdrie Fest Sept. 7 with a giant book sale. Fill a small APL bag for $5 or a large bag for $10 and set yourself up for a great fall season of reading.