7th March 2013

Fall in Love…ADOPT-a-DOG Event at Essentia Calgary!


(“Finn” by Whitelight Photography)

The month of March is going to the dogs at Essentia, starting with our ADOPT-a-DOG event!

On March 14, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., a special Dog Adoption Event will take place at Essentia Calgary, when Fur-Ever Rescue volunteers bring small breed, adoptable dogs to the Essentia showroom in Kensington. (Aficionados of larger dogs will be able to peruse a portfolio of large dogs available for adoption at the Cochrane & Area Humane Society).

During the March 14 ADOPT-a-DOG, you will no doubt enjoy watching artist, A. S. (Alice) Helwig, trying to capture Fur-Ever’s lively charges on canvas. Dog portraits by Tammy White and Terry Peterson of Whitelight Photography will also be on display.

Maybe you do not want to share your bed with your canine friend(s). In that case, you might want to check out Essentia’s luxurious, healthy dog beds. Essentia’s Kingston natural dog beds in small, medium, and large will be available for purchase during the evening of March 14.

Dog portraits will be on display March 7 to April 4, 2013, at Essentia, 1113 Kensington Road NW in Calgary.


(“Barkley” by A. S. Helwig)

About A. S. (Alice) Helwig

Born in Lethbridge, Alberta, A. S. Helwig has been painting in acrylics since she was 14 years old. Helwig studied at Medicine Hat College, the University of Lethbridge, and the Banff Centre for the Arts. Helwig has held numerous solo and group exhibitions, and in 2010, participated in the 13th Annual ISAP (International Society of Acrylic Painters) Show in California.

Alice Helwig uses techniques such as collage, texturing, glazing, and underpainting to depict the Prairie landscape. Helwig’s imagery is spiritual and dreamlike, revealing themes of alienation, awe, personal epiphanies, and prayerfulness. Helwig also paints exceptional dog portraits, some of which will be on display at Essentia throughout March.

A. S. Helwig currently resides in Calgary, Alberta, painting at Helwig’s Studio and teaching at various venues around town. She even has her own TV show called Canvas, which airs on Shaw Channel Ten. Her work is represented by Mountain Galleries in Jasper, Banff, and Whistler, Alicat Galleries in Bragg Creek, and Blue Rock Gallery in Black Diamond. You can catch up with what Alice is doing on her blog.


(“Sophie” by A. S. Helwig)

About Whitelight Photography—

In their self-description, Whitelight photographers, Tammy White and Terry Peterson, explain that:

Tammy and Terry have been taking photos together for over a dozen years. Both studied photography and were enamored with the creative and technical challenges of capturing images. When they weren’t working at their respective jobs in teaching and engineering, they travelled and fell in love with the landscapes and wildlife of Canada and the world. On a cloudy day on the Isle of Lewis in Scotland, they spent hours photographing the Callanish Stones as the clouds moved and danced behind the standing stones. In Africa, they captured lions roaming the Serengeti and photographed the astoundingly colorful birds that surrounded them on a boat ride down the Nile. In the West Kootenay region of British Columbia, they photographed a grizzly making a trek down a riverbed in search of food. In Southern Alberta, they were enchanted by the strange glow of the morning light on the hoodoos in Writing on Stone Provincial Park. There were so many reasons to be in love with the camera and the bliss it provided. They captured moments on film that otherwise would have lived only as wisps in their memories.When they opened the doors of Whitelight Photography in 2001, they set out to help others capture their memories. With a studio and the means to do all their own processing and printing, they started doing weddings, portraiture and commercial work. In 2010, when they added a small but incredibly photogenic member to their family, they added dog portraiture to their list of services. Many of the photos taken of dogs were inspired by their love of Finn. [Ed. note: top photo]



(“Molly2” by Whitelight Photography)

Tammy and Terry recently photographed a number of dogs with the Dog Adoption Event in mind. As you view the photos and their accompanying stories during the evening of March 14, maybe you will be inspired to select your own forever friend from a rescue organization.

About Fur-Ever Rescue—

Fur-Ever Rescue has kindly agreed to bring along several dogs for you to fall in love with and possibly adopt on March 14. Fur-Ever Rescue is a newer shelter that caters primarily to smaller dogs. Fur-Ever will help you find a little darling, be it a Poodle, Pomeranian, Shih-Tzu, Spaniel, or Terrier. For a sneak preview of some of the adorable dogs Fur-Ever Rescue has to offer (a few of which will be available for adoption during Essentia’s Dog Adoption Event), you may wish to visit this site.

Please join us at Essentia March 14, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., to meet the artist, photographers, and possibly, your new best friend at our adopt-a-dog event. Refreshments will be served—and no, they will not all be dog cookies!


(“Molly” by Whitelight Photography)



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