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Biological Burgeon Art Exhibition Invites Introspection of Another Kind

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Andrea Brasch, or as she prefers to be called Andy M chose Biological Burgeon as a title for her art exhibition to capture the transition she’s just been through.

“Burgeon is to bloom. And, this exhibition is essentially me blooming out of my divorce (after 10 years of marriage) into my new life. I’m essentially the Biological Burgeon of my show,” she explains.  

Her exhibition, which features 189 individual pieces runs until November 27, 2019 at the Kirschner Family Community Art Gallery at MacIsland. The show opened in mid-September. It features hand-sculpted art using ceramic, and porcelain clay, sometimes featuring recycled glass to create dimension and the illusion of water. Some pieces are glazed and others are hand painted.

Originally from Ontario, Andy M’s – the M stands for Morgan, and Andy is a nickname from high school - work highlights include Vale Canada Limited, a subsidiary of a Brazilian mining company, commissioning 127 pieces to hang in their head offices in the Royal Bank Building downtown Toronto. She has also painted multiple large scale images of Heath Ledger as the Joker which hung at the 2008 premiere of The Dark Knight.

Andy moved to Fort McMurray in 2009, and joined the Wood Buffalo Artist Forum, which co-founded the Kirschner Family Community Art Gallery. She is currently on the board of the Fort McMurray Potters Guild, and also runs children’s art workshops.

Sedef Uzer Prakash, Art Exhibit Coordinator for the Regional Recreation Corporation of Wood Buffalo curated the show, and wants everyone to see the exhibition.

“Andrea's work is admired by everyone. Those who see it primarily think of pieces as real sea shells or real stones. People are even more impressed when they realize that these works are handmade. Andrea kept the price of her work as affordable as possible. Her pieces are both decorative and artistic. This means everyone can find a piece of their own in our gallery. We look forward to welcoming everyone to this wonderful exhibition.”

A lesser known fact about this exhibition is Andy M’s change from oil painting as a medium to ceramics.

“It was difficult for people to understand this change. So it was clear for me to come up with a body of work so people could comprehend the wide spectrum of my abilities.”

Blossoming into a new medium too – an exhibition that invites introspection of another kind. Don’t miss Biological Burgeon.


Kiran is a national award-winning communications specialist, freelance journalist, and social media consultant. She loves telling community stories, and is a strong advocate for inclusion, diversity, women’s rights, and multiculturalism. Got story ideas? Contact her via Twitter: @KiranMK0822.