For the Love of Art: Greg Swain’s Lasting Legacy at The Works

Kasie Cambpell, Production Coordinator

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El Hombre Esqueleto, Greg Swain & Friends at Unit B (10187 104 St). 

As the Exhibit Production & Technology Coordinator, I feel lucky to be a part of the community that is created through The Works: the artists, my co-workers and all those in the surrounding neighbourhood—all collaborating to celebrate art & design in Edmonton for 13 full days! Spending a summer working alongside a group of artists/designer interns has proven to make each day more artful than the last. I am thankful for this internship and the opportunity to spend my days with people who share the same love of art.

One of my favourite experiences as an intern so far has been when we picked up Greg Swain’s artwork. Greg Swain passed away last year. His sister Mona Lahaie had collected all of his studies, paintings, and drawings from his studio and catalogued every last one. Piles upon piles of paintings could be found throughout the loft and adorning the walls. I feel more than honoured to have had a glimpse into the life of the artist Greg Swain as he partakes in The Works Festival one more time. 

There will an an exhibition at Unit B (10187 104 St, McKenny Building) in Greg’s honour. Check out the Roving Reception on June 30th at 7 pm - 9 pm. 

The show, El Hombre Esqueleto, will feature over 40 of Greg’s works spanning 50 years including a collaboration of his art from private collections. In addition, over 20 local artisans were invited to contribute a piece that in some way relates to the man who influenced and inspired them. More here.