Jason Carter is one of Canada’s most exciting and accomplished contemporary Aboriginal visual artists; celebrated for both his paintings and his carvings. Most recently, Jason was commissioned to produce 45 individual pieces, creating 18 large scale paintings (permanent installation) in the new Calgary International Airport (expected viewing of 5 million annually). For The Moose Hotel in Banff, Jason hand painted 174 6ft Moose, and created three giclée prints for each room. He has been commissioned by The Art Gallery of Alberta, The Canada Council for the Arts, Canada Goose, The Alberta Foundation of the Arts, The Edmonton Arts Council, The Works International Visual Arts Society, The Society of Manufacturing Engineers of Canada, Winter Light Festival, Syncrude Canada, The Government of Canada as well as The Edmonton International Airport to create a 100ft x 7ft permanent installation for the Edmonton International Airport. In 2015, he completed a project with The Wood Buffalo Regional Municipality, building and installing a 12ft sculpture in The McDonald Island Park.
Jason has had several solo shows in recent years, working closely with Curator Mary-Beth Laviolette on a solo show ‘Prairie Princes’ at the Okotoks Gallery and Brenda Barry-Byrne at Gallery 501 with a show celebrating stone and canvas called ‘The Wild Party’. He also had a solo show at Alberta House on Alberta Day at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. His work has been acquired into dozens of private collections including: The Government of Alberta, The City Of Edmonton, AFA, Rogers Media, Syncrude, and The Shaw Art Collection. As well, he has had several exciting public shows, including: The Royal Alberta Museum, Art Gallery of Alberta, The Art Gallery of Calgary and The Indian and Northern Affairs Public Art Display in Ottawa, Ontario.
He created permanent murals for the Amiskwaskahegan (Beaver Hills Park) in Edmonton and was one of three artists part of the LRT/SOUTH Extension beautification project. He was celebrated as ‘Emerging Artist of the Year’ at the Mayor’s Evening of the Arts in Edmonton as well as Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40. Jason illustrated his first children’s book in April 2011, ‘WHO IS BOO: The Terrific Tales of One Trickster Rabbit’ inspired by his first carving of a rabbit which he called ‘Nanabozho’ (inspired by the Ojibwe trickster character). Since then, ‘WHO IS BOO 2: The Continued Adventures’ has been published as well as ‘WHO IS BOO 3’ in 2015. He completed an 18-painting series for the Art Gallery of Alberta as part of the T-REX Program called ‘Urban Animals’ which toured Alberta for 3 years, and published his next children’s book of the same name. In May of 2015, he opened the ‘World Of Boo’ in the BMO World of Creativity Children’s Gallery at the Art Gallery of Alberta.
Jason Carter is currently represented by The Bearclaw Gallery in Edmonton, Rouge Gallery in Saskatoon and The Town Square Gallery in Oakville Ontario and in 2012, opened his own gallery, The Carter-Ryan Gallery in Canmore and Banff, Alberta. Jason is a member of the Little Red River Cree Nation and he paints and/or carves at least seven days a week.
Bridget Ryan is an actor, singer, playwright, director, and television host in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She graduated from MacEwan Theatre Arts program (and in 2008 was awarded Distinguished Alumni) and then went on to graduate from University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music with a BFA in Musical Theatre. Upon completion, she moved to New York City, performing at several Off-Broadway theatres such as at The Cherry Lane Theatre and The Present Company. She has performed in several national tours before getting off the stage to work alongside producers Richard Frankel, Marc Routh, Darryl Roth and Scott Rudin.
Bridget has performed at theatres all over Canada and written four full length musicals including The Winters Tale Project and Wedlocked: The Musical (both with Chris Wynters) and the plays Myles, The HypoAllergenic Superhero and His Superhero Friends, Counting Americans (with Dave Horak) and has been published by the Playwrights Guild of Canada. She returned to Edmonton in 2001, where she became Co-Host of CityTV’s Breakfast Television thru May 2015, when it rebranded as 'Dinner Television'. In 2010, she was named Woman of the Year by the CCA's in Edmonton. Bridget has proudly MC'd and hosted hundreds of events in Edmonton (and surrounding areas) over the past 13 years and is proud to be a part of such an amazing community.
Bridget has written three children’s book to date: ‘WHO IS BOO: THE TERRIFIC TALES OF ONE TRICKSTER RABBIT’ which launched at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton, Alberta in April 2011. In 2012, URBAN ANIMALS was released in support of the AGA’s TREX Touring show of the same name and this past August 2013, ‘WHO IS BOO 2: The Continuing Adventures of One Trickster Rabbit’ had it’s launch in Canmore. The Boo Series is currently being developed into a Children’s Television series.
In winter of 2012, Bridget and visual artist Jason Carter opened up The Carter-Ryan Gallery and Live Art Venue in Canmore Alberta on Main Street, a place where art and live performance exist happily under the same roof. Jason Carter and Bridget Ryan continue a prolific and exciting partnership with Rabbit In The Yard Productions , a multi-media production company that produces short film, promotional video as well as music video, as seen here with Christian Hansen and the Autistics’ Cocaine Trade.