Loretta Kyle was born in Hemmingford, Quebec, and resides in Bonnyville, Alberta. She studied at NAIT 1987-1989 in Biological Sciences, Laboratory and Research. She has been sculpting stone since 1987, full time since 1997. Her work can be found in galleries across Western Canada: The Art Gallery of Alberta, Art Rental Shop, Edmonton, AB; The Alberta Craft Council, Edmonton, AB; Scott Gallery, Edmonton, AB; Art of Man Gallery, Lake Louise, AB; Gallery 421, Kelowna, BC

Exhibitions: Toronto, Ontario 2001 & 2007; Bonnyville, Alberta 2002-2003, 2012; Athabasca, Alberta 2003-2004; Edmonton, Alberta 2004; Camrose, Alberta 2005; Cochrane, Alberta 2012; Front Gallery, Edmonton, May 2006 & 2008; Western Show Case, Calgary Stampede, 2009, 2010, 2012; Livingston, Montana, September 2009; Lloydminster, Alberta, August 2009;

Artist Statement:  I am happiest when I have stone in my hands. I am driven to seek it out, touch it, explore it, carve it. I believe that stone is as essential to our lives as water and air. Stone teaches patience, to think before acting or speaking. Its hardness slows me down, grounds me. Birds represent every human emotion from absolute revulsion to utter awe. I enjoy freeing them from blocks of stone.

As a medium, the beauty of each stone compels the viewer to look closer. The emotion of the form leads to self exploration which I believe to be the purpose of art. When my sculpture elicits a spontaneous reaction, I know I have used my life well. I am all about stone. Perhaps I envy its ability to be: Strong and brittle; Hard and soft; Abrasive and silky smooth; Utilitarian and soulful; Abundantly ordinary and exotically beautiful;  Oxidizingly dull; Vibrantly colourful!

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