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Larry Louie: Local optometrist Larry Louie is one of Edmonton’s finest photographers, and his gallery on 124 Street is always worth a visit, full of his striking, high-contrast images taken from around the world. He describes one of the most striking of these, taken on a cool foggy morning in Kathmandu. “I remember how peaceful the place was,” says Louie. “The only sounds I could hear were the birds flying above, some soaring upwards me. Every time I look at this image it brings me a sense of calmness and hope. But at the same time, it reminds me of the devastating earthquake in 2015 that damaged this temple and killed thousands of people.”
Details: Larry Louie Photography Gallery (10634 124 St.), no charge
Home and Away: Down the street, 10 new large landscapes make up the latest show by German-born Gisa Mayer. “Retreating into the mountains always calms me,” says the artist. “New and more positive perspectives open with the stunning views in front of me. Growing up in the Bavarian Alps, these getaways primed me for becoming a painter of mountains, hard rocks that present with soft curves and long elegant lines that sometimes look like silk begging to be put on canvas with continuous strokes of a brush loaded with soft mounds of paint.” Come have a look!
Details: 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday through Nov. 17 at Bugera Matheson Gallery (1B 10110 124 St.), no charge
Your Beast: Using yoinked VHS footage from the 1972 TV movie Moon of the Wolf, local fuzzy country singer Smokey Johnson has created a haunting, creepy and alienating video for his song about predator and prey in whatever animal context you see fit to imagine. Candice Kelly and Gavin Dunn — also the pedal steel player — provide background vocals, for those anxious to extend that gory Halloween vibe.
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