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Lara Kruger


I am a lover of the natural world and this informs all that I do in life and art. I have a fascination with the places where things connect, and I find meaning in exploring the edges, relationships and threads that connect our world.  Making art is my meditation on the life and world as I am experiencing it. I love experimenting with any and all mediums, from clay, metal and wood to charcoal, ink and paint. Making art is the way I find meaning in the madness and magic of the world – questioning, appreciating and finding beauty in all of it. 

I have 5 years of formal BFA studies from ACAD (Calgary) and Mount Allison University (Sackville, New Brunswick) majoring in bronze and metal sculpture and painting, with a minor in Environmental Studies.

My uncle Mac Mackenzie (sculptor of Cochrane’s ‘Man of Vision’) was the major artistic influence in my early life and I credit him with sparking my interest in the arts and especially sculpture, from an early age. I am a mother, farmer, former musician & teacher and the founder and president of Route 22 Artist Collective Ltd. 

I am happiest when my hands are dirty, I have some space to dream, and I feel meaningful connection to the world around me.

I am a life-long local of Cochrane, born and raised on Treaty 7 territory, in the rural ranch lands just beyond the town limits. Though I have spent years travelling the world and living within Canada from Prince Rupert to New Brunswick, it is this place that called me back, because it is here that I feel the deepest connection. I now raise my family, make art and keep a small regenerative farm on the outskirts of Cochrane.


Route 22 Gallery is located on the land of the Treaty 7 people. In the spirit of respect, reciprocity and truth, we honour and acknowledge the Treaty 7 territory and the cultural and oral practices of the Îyâxe Nakoda and Tsuut’ina nations as well as the Blackfoot confederacy: Siksika, Kainai, Piikani. We acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, (Métis Nation District 4) within the historical Northwest Métis homeland. It is a privilege and and an honour to share these lands as our collective home.

Route 22 is an inclusive organization. We love our gallery – all are welcome here.

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