New art gallery opens in historic downtown Cochrane

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The Cochrane Gallery showcases the works of famous artists such as surrealist Salvador Dali, Calgary Stampede Hall of Fame artist Vilem Zach, film star Jane Seymour, Canadian figure skating icon Toller Cranston and Charles Billich, whose works even adorn the walls of the Vatican, the United Nations and the White House.

There’s a world-class new art addition to the list of things Cochrane residents and visitors can experience in the historic downtown area.

As of August 6, in addition to MacKay’s Ice Cream and the thunder of the upcoming Great Cochrane Outhouse Races, the new Art Evolution Gallery takes pride of place at 208 First St. W.

For the past 30 years, President Christopher Talbot has led Art Evolution across three continents, delivering artwork around the world.

Although he’s a bit of a globetrotter, Talbot’s primary residence is in the Cochrane area – he has a log house in the forest preserve northwest of town. He said he likes the lifestyle of the area.

“I just wanted to do something special at Cochrane,” he said. “I have a magical house there, and I thought it was time Cochrane had something flashy.

“And I thought to myself, I’ll only do it if we’re on the main street, a couple or three doors down from MacKay’s Ice Cream.”

Talbot regularly travels to Europe and Australia, and said that although it looks glamorous (he spoke to The Eagle from the Côte d’Azur last week), it’s the time he spends in nature in Waiparous that keeps him grounded.

He said as he watched Cochrane grow over the 23 years he was here, he decided it was time to address the need for a place new owners can go to add art to their home.

“You don’t have to spend a fortune – we have all price ranges,” he said.

Less-than-rosy predictions from economic pundits don’t necessarily translate to a decline in the opportunity to invest in art, Talbot said.

“The art of records, like Salvador Dali, for example, is one of the safest investments you can make,” he said.

Not all artists fall into this category, he noted, but there is always the possibility of adding something beautiful to a new home, just for fun.

“If people have a thousand dollars to spend on art for two or three pieces, we can help them and we can give them things that they won’t see anywhere else,” he said.

Talbot thinks a lot of people have turned away from travel a bit at the moment and might consider taking their disposable income and investing it in art instead.

The gallery is just the Cochrane face of Art Evolution’s offerings. Most of its business is done online.

“We have an absolutely massive inventory of artwork, a fraction of which is on our website,” Talbot said.

Based in Alberta, Art Evolution is an international art company that manages major art exhibitions and public art installations around the world.

The Cochrane Gallery showcases the works of famous artists such as surrealist Salvador Dali, Calgary Stampede Hall of Fame artist Vilem Zach, film star Jane Seymour, Canadian figure skating icon Toller Cranston and Charles Billich, whose works even adorn the walls of the Vatican, the United Nations and the White House.

Their exhibition of Salvador Dali sculptures in Australia is the largest in the southern hemisphere, according to Talbot.

The Art Evolution website states that they offer worldwide access to unique works of art at all price points, styles and subjects, giving art lovers and investors a number of options. At the Cochrane Gallery, the most expensive item is a sculpture that costs $48,000.

Talbot is in France at the moment, putting the finishing touches on a major upcoming exhibition.

“I can’t go into too many details, but I’m about to launch a three-quarters of a million dollar painting in Tuscany, with one of the world’s most important living artists,” he said. said enthusiastically.

Having its art gallery on the same street as the outhouse races and a well-known ice cream parlor is part of Cochrane’s charm, Talbot added.

“To me, it’s just a slice of heaven,” he said.

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