When arts organizations thrive, Calgary becomes all the more attractive as a culturally diverse and exciting place in which to visit, work, and live. Strong arts organizations enhance the quality of life for all citizens and indicate the overall health of our city. For this reason, Honens collaborates with local arts organizations to reinvest in the arts sector and support Canadian artisans.
In a community filled with outstanding artists, Honens has chosen to use local work for Festival and Competition images. For the 2019 Festival, Honens is pleased to use a photograph taken by its own Manager, Audience & Donor Engagement, Jennifer Weihmann.
About the Artist
Jennifer Weihmann is an artist, largely self-taught as a photographer. Originating in the rural setting of Grande Prairie, Alberta, Jennifer started her studio experience before formally entering the Faculty of Fine Arts at Grande Prairie Regional College.
Furthering her education in Communications, Visual Studies, and Art History, Jennifer completed her studies in the Department of Communication, Media, and Film at the University of Calgary.
Jennifer is best known as an abstract landscape and nature photographer. She intimately immerses herself amongst the forest flora focusing on minimizing context and often leaving scale open for interpretation. Jennifer also collects organic objects from the natural environments she visits and uses these artifacts as the subject matter for many of her photographs. Many people have, accidentally, referred to her photographs as paintings–one of her favourite compliments!
Jennifer also has bodies of work documenting the lives of various people; her community at the Sunnyhill Housing Cooperative in Calgary, where she lived for seven years; and a group of adults, with whom she embedded herself, living on the streets of Houston, Texas and in Calgary, Alberta in 2005.
Music and the performing arts are very important to Jennifer and she is often hired to photograph musicians during their rehearsal sessions as well as rehearsals for various theatrical performances.