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The Collector's Gallery - Fine Canadian Art

Barbara Hirst
Barbara Hirst was born in 1965 in the farming community of Carman, Manitoba. She attended the University of Manitoba’s School of Art from 1983 to 1987 where she studied with senior Canadian artist, Ivan Eyre. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree at the University of Manitoba in 1987, receiving the university gold medal for her achievements in drawing. Since then, she has completed graduate level training as an Art Therapist at the British Columbia School of Art Therapy and an Art Education Degree from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. In 1989 she completed her Art Therapy dissertation on, “How Artists Overcome Creative Blocks”. The results were published in the Journal of Creative Behavior in Buffalo, New York. Later she applied these techniques to classroom teaching and presented her ideas in St. Petersburg, Russia.While much of her time was spent teaching and using art as therapy in the classroom, Barbara maintained a studio and art making practice. She has lived in Alberta for the past 14 years and works as a full time artist. Hirst has traveled extensively in Ireland where she had an exhibition in 2008. Also at this time, a book of poetry was published that she illustrated for an Irish poet. She has also traveledin England, Scotland, France and Italy. These landscapes have had a strong influence on her painting.Her work can be found in collections throughout Canada, the United States and Europe. She now resides in Calgary, Alberta where she makes frequent painting trips to the Rocky Mountains.


1994 Bachelor of Arts in Art Education
Halifax,Nova Scotia
1989Graduate Level Clinical Art
Therapy Diploma
1987 Bachelor of Fine Arts
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Honors, Gold Medalist

Selected Exhibitions

2011 Floating Colors: Reflections of
Collectors' Gallery of Art
Calgary, Alberta

OPEN SPACES: Windows to a View
City of Calgary Public Art Program
Calgary, Alberta

2010 Seascapes – Group Exhibition
Urban Retreat Gallery
Dublin, Ireland

Water Gazing
Peter Robertson Gallery
Edmonton, Alberta

2009 New Arrivals – Group Exhibition
Collectors’ Gallery of Art
Calgary, Alberta

2008 Paintings of Kerry and
Illustrations from “The White Path”
Frank Lewis Gallery,
Killarney, Ireland.

Landscapes for Reverie
Peter Robertson Gallery
Edmonton, Alberta

2007 Alberta Foundation for the Arts:
Wildlife Excursion – Group
Prairie Art Gallery
Grand Prairie, Alberta

2006 London Art Fair: Battersea Park
Represented by: Thornton-Bevan Arts
London, England

2005 Edges
Vanderleelie Gallery, Edmonton,

Vanderleelie Gallery
Edmonton, Alberta

2002 Of Natural Things
Gallery 124, Edmonton, Alberta

1997 Exotic Destinations of Ten Alberta
University Hospital Gallery
Edmonton, Alberta
1993 The Magician's Assistant
Anna Leonowens Gallery
Nova Scotia College of Art and
Design Halifax, Nova Scotia

1991 Vistas
The Works International Arts
Festival Edmonton, Alberta

1990 Gallery Artists
The Franklin Gallery
Corner Brook, Newfoundland

Royal Alexandra Hospital, Edmonton
RBC Dominion Securities, Saskatoon
Southgate Dental Center, Edmonton
Manitoba Museum, Winnipeg
Energetic Foods, Halifax
Alberta Foundation for the Arts
TD Bank Financial Group, Toronto
Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Ireland
C'entre d'art Marnay, France
Ritchie Mill Law , Edmonton

Royal Bank of Canada

FEESA: An Environmental Education Society in Alberta

●Illustrations for "The White Path", A book of poetry by Irish Poet, Brid Ni Mhorain, Oidhreacht Chorca Dhuibhne, Tralee, Co. Kerry, 2008 ISBN 0-90609-613-8
●"How Artists Overcome Creative Blocks" Journal of Creative Behaviour, Buffalo: NY Vol.26, number 2, Second Quarter 1992
Creative Education Foundation Inc. 1992

"Helping Children Overcome Creative Blocks" Presented at "Exploration of Creativity Conference”, St. Petersburg, Russia, August, 1994

Tyrone Guthrie Residency in Ireland, Three Oaks Foundation
2004 Edmonton Arts Council Travel Grant 2002, 1997

2011 Fundación Valparaiso, Almeria, Spain
2006 Verrochio Arts Centre, Tuscany, Italy
2005 Cill Rialaig International Artists Centre, Ireland
2004, 2002, 1997Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Ireland
2004 Sir Patrick Allen-Fraser of Hospitalfield Trust,
2001 Centre d'art Marnay, Marnay-sur-Seine, France