Giving Back & Emerging Artist Program

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Baywest Homes have always made giving back to the community a high priority. We do it daily, and it’s engrained in our company philosophy. We are all connected to each and every other person in the world, We all share the same humanity, and it’s directly on companies like ours to do something to try to make the world a better place, whether its donating money to build a playground in one of the neighbourhoods we build, throwing gala parties to raise money for the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation or working with Paul Brandt to build homes for a humanitarian initiative. It’s all in a days work.

Building Hope for Kids

Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation

Now in its sixth year, Building Hope for Kids has raised over one million dollars for the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation. This is all thanks to our guests and sponsors, a mix of local business leaders and community members dedicated to supporting the kids and families who use the Alberta Children’s Hospital every year.

Baywest Homes, in partnership with The Calgary Marriott Downtown and Brookfield Residential present a yearly gala with the hallmark of themed food, drink, entertainment and unmatched décor that transport you to an exotic city the minute you step in the door. This annual event welcomes over 600 development and industry building professionals who share a desire to support the Alberta Children’s Hospital while experiencing some of the world’s most exciting locales

Join us on Saturday October 28th as we celebrate A Night in Mexico! - Experience Mexico with live music, auctions, prizing, surprise entertainment and themed food and drink. Purchase your tickets today

Emerging Artists Program

Baywest Homes recognizes that art can have an impact on our living space. Art makes our lives joyful and creates the atmosphere that we want to live in, which is personable to us. Art is everywhere influencing us by having an impact on our mood and emotions.

Introducing the Emerging Artists Program where we help artists bridge the gap from emerging to established. The vision of this program is to sponsor and feature talented artist’s work in our Showhomes. Cranston’s Riverstone is the first location to launch this program and we will continue to reach out to new emerging artists so we make keep art alive.

Introducing the following artists: Mindi Oaten | Marnie Joy Erickson | Heidi Smyth

For those interested in being a part of our program please email Sandi Serr - Manager of Marketing

Emerging Artist

Mindi Oaten

Mindi Oaten, having lived in both the United States and Canada, now resides in Cochrane, AB with her husband and three boys. Mindi is a self taught painter and paints in acrylic and occasionally draws in charcoal as portrayed in the Cranston’s Riverstone Showhome.

Mindi has always been creative as far back as she can remember. As a child, art was her favorite subject in school. She always dreamed of adventure and knew she would one day be an artist. After graduation from Western Washington University with a BFA in studio drawing in 2001, the reality of being a full-time artist was intimidating. She moved to Calgary and worked creatively as an interior designer until 2011, occasionally working on art but nothing serious.

Mindi’s emergence as a full-time artist is somewhat of an unique story. In 2014 she had a dream in the night that she was on stage with a painting, the painting was purple. It was a simple but powerful dream. When she woke from that dream the longing to do art burned inside her that of which she had neglected for so many years. Mindi decided to start painting at home, beginning with a purple painting of flowers. A few months later, she received a call from her cousin who leads a revival ministry in Dallas, TX and was asked to paint on stage as part of an evening worship. Divinely orchestrated her dream had become a reality. That launched Mindi into a full time career as an artist and has over 150 paintings. Mindi’s art is more realistic and impressionistic in style. She enjoys painting and drawing still life objects, capturing the beauty in nature and occasionally an abstract connecting the work with a deeper message.

To learn more about Mindi’s work visit her website

Emerging Artist

Marnie Joy Erickson

Marnie Joy Erickson is a Calgary based artist who loves vibrant colors and the building up and excavating of texture in layer. She started painting, in earnest, a little over two years ago after attending a week long workshop with a fantastic instructor and has not stopped painting since.

Her love for the creatures of the natural world shows up in her work as subject matter - birds, bunnies and fox’s make regular appearances.

Marnie works in a variety of mixed mediums and believes a home should be filled with art that makes you happy. “Art matters - it makes a difference in life”, says Marnie. “Our mood, our outlook, our philosophy - they all benefit from positive art that beckons us toward gratitude, compassion and innovative problem solving”.

In Marnie’s work her aim is to add beauty and incite curiosity about the world and our role in it.

To learn more about Marnie’s work visit her website

Emerging Artist

Heidi Smyth

Heidi Smyth - Cochrane Alberta

Why do I paint? I paint because it does not require words. It does not require explaining as you move through it. I can move in a different dimension when words and explaining feel so inadequate. It is a world of sensing, seeing, moving, feeling, expressing and pouring myself out in a purely intuitive way. I paint because I must. For me to be who I am meant to be in this world, I must paint. It is where I can let go, and explore and is a place of freedom where I am my very best self. I paint to bless others and hopefully touch people in unexpected ways.

How do I paint? I paint with hands, drops, brushes, spray bottles, sponges, prayer, scrapers, gravity, love, textures, glue, oils, acrylics. I paint on mostly canvas, but also paper, wood, canvas board, walls fabrics and there are a million other things I want to try.

Practical’s About Me. I am a Mom to two amazing girls and a wife to one great guy. I have been painting for about 7 years with no formal training but has attended some amazing workshops which contributes greatly to my process.

I can’t stop exploring as my ‘style’ is constantly evolving and L.O.V.E. doing commissions. I own a studio in Cochrane, AB called SMYTH art and STUDIO which is also evolving. I am always looking to help people create the atmosphere they are wanting in their home or work space.

To learn more visit Heidi’s Facebook or Instagram page

United Way of Calgary & Area

From the passionate involvment of our Chairman, Bill Pringle, this company gets behind the United Way of Calgary and Area. In 2006 Baywest undertook several initiatives to raise just over $70,000. This included a commitment that for every Baywest home sold in the community of Crystal Green, Okotoks, Baywest would make a $500 donation to the United Way of Calgary and Area. This raised over $12,000 alone, the rest generated by staff driven fundraising and matching donations from Baywest. Every year we come up with a new way to raise money for this important organization. We’ve done everything from Mini-Olympics, to dressing up our Showhomes as haunted houses, to coat and donation drives.

Paul Brandt's Build It Forward

TV Documentary, 2010 / 2011

The concept and vision of Canadian country music star Paul Brandt, BUILD IT FORWARD chronicled the emotional journey of seven separate families at risk of homelessness who recieved a new home. While the recipient family works first hand and receives the goodwill and grace of donations and volunteers in the creation of their new home, they are also required to “build it forward” by volunteering in their own community as well as travelling abroad to help build for others in need. This movement was documented with 7 episodes, airing September 2011 on CMT Canada.

“When Paul Brandt first approached us to participate in such a meaningful way, the question was never ‘should we participate? It was a unanimous understanding that this is simply the right thing to do. And when can we start? Our trades and suppliers only confirmed that we had made the right move with their outpouring of support, resources and participation. Our business is based on building custom homes- from conventional residences, to grand estate masterpieces- usually for families that are blessed to afford them. Paul Brandt’s Build it Forward allowed us to help out two families that truly needed our help. Most charity work involves giving money or volunteering and sometimes you don’t always get to see the benefits of your efforts. This project is different; we become a part of something. We can experience first-hand how the careers we work at every day at Baywest, can impact and change lives. This, without question was a profound ‘coming of age,’ for our company”.

Safe Haven Foundation of Canada

Another charitable organization close to Baywest’s heart is the Safe Haven foundation of Canada. Safe Haven is a privately funded, non profit organization established to provide long term homes with stable family environments and lifetime relationships to homeless and at risk teenage girls. Baywest was a partner and supporter of Safe Haven Foundation for the annual Street of Dreams Gala for three years.

Habitat for Humanity

ReStores are building supply stores that accept and resell quality new and used building materials as well as furniture. They generate funds to support Habitat’s building programs, while reducing the amount of used materials that are headed for overflowing landfills. Baywest Homes donates some of its showhome furniture to Habitat’s ReStore program. Baywest is also partnered with Habitat for Humanity on “Paul Brandt’s Build it Forward” initiative, where they will build two homes for two special families, as part of a CMT documentary that aired in 2011.