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art in calgary

Hot Art Round-Up: Mar 7 – 9

By HOT ART YYC

THURSDAY, MARCH 7

Nickle at Noon – Rita McKeough: Works – A Conversation
Nickle Galleries, University of Calgary: noon – 1 pm

Art Series III with Maillot Homes
1015 Sydenham Rd SW, 4 – 9 pm

Free First Thursday Night
Glenbow Museum, 5 – 9 pm

Jasmine Whiteley-Steel – MNG Main Space Reception
Marion Nicoll Gallery, 6 – 8 pm

FRIDAY, MARCH 8 

Out For Lunch Tour: Mavericks
Glenbow Museum, noon – 1 pm

Eveline Kolijn: Deep Cold on 11a – The Power of Images to Tell a Story
DaDe Loft opening reception 5 – 8 pm

Femme For All – International Women’s Day
Memorial Park Library, 6 – 10 pm

Prameesha Abeysekera: Wild Horses Can’t Keep Me Away
Framed on Fifth, Reception 6:00 – 9:00pm

Curator-led Tour: Ladylikeness
Glenbow Museum, 7– 8 pm

Muddy Little Secrets: About the Menagerie with Chris Zinkan
North Mount Pleasant Arts Centre, 7 – 8:30 pm

SATURDAY, MARCH 9

300 or Less Art Exhibition and Sale
Motion Gallery, noon – 8 pm

Artist Advocacy + Advice: Free Drop-In at Esker!
Esker Foundation, 2 – 4 pm

It’s Never A Good Idea / Mohkinstsis Kikskanisto’p
TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary, Stride Gallery: 2 – 5 pm

Nvrlnd Birthday – Open Studios + ART SALE
Nverlnd.yyc, 4 – 8 pm

3 art exhibits to check out in Calgary

By SILVIA PIKAL 

PLAY WITH YOUR PUBLIC ART
At the corner of 8 Avenue NE and Centre Street N, there’s a mural on the south-facing wall of Ducktoes Computer Services. This is no ordinary mural. If you download an app called Augle, you can view the art through your phone and watch it come to life with animations and music. “Won’t You Be My Neighbour!” is Calgary’s first permanent augmented reality public mural. The piece launched last fall, and was designed by local artists Kathryn Pearce and Tanner Hamilton.

“People have found a certain level of joy when the music and animations kick in,” says Kevin Jesuino with the Crescent Heights Community Association. “It’s like a little secret in our neighbourhood.” Augle can be downloaded for free through Google Play or the App Store.

Photo courtesy Crescent Heights Community Association.

ARTIST AT PLAY
Calgary painter Chris Cran covers a wide range of styles and genres in his work from portraiture to pop art, all of which aim to challenge the viewer’s expectations of gallery art. Throughout his career, he’s dedicated periods of time to creative play in his studio, where he follows his curiosity and imagination and experiments with new materials and techniques. While gazing at a blank canvas, Cran will ask himself simple questions like, “What if I do this?” or “What if I mix this with that?” and see where it takes him. Glenbow’s exhibit Chris Cran: At Play features 24 new paintings created in 2018 during one of these periods of self-expression. View the exhibit until May 26.

 

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THE MANY FACES OF MERYL MCMASTER

Confluence at Glenbow presents a collection of Meryl McMaster’s stunning and evocative fine art photography. In each piece of art, McMaster has transformed herself into an extraordinary, otherworldly alter ego using elaborate props and sculptural garments. She seeks inspiration from her background as an individual of Plains Cree and Euro-Canadian heritage, exploring how self-identity is constructed through culture, history and lineage, and challenging the stereotypical ways Indigenous people have been photographed throughout history. The exhibit will be on display until June 2.

Meryl McMaster, Aphoristic Currents, 2013, chromogenic print, edition 2 of 5, Private Collection.

Hot Art Round-Up: Aug 30 – Sept 2

By HOT ART YYC

THURSDAY, AUGUST 30 
BUMP Festival Artist Talk: Geometry, Wavelength and Pattern
McHugh House, 8 – 10 pm

Neil Zeller’s Fifth Annual Photowalk
Eau Claire, 6 – 9 pm

FRIDAY, AUGUST 31 
Tiffany Shaw-Collinge: untitled community garden
Untitled Art Society, 11 am – 4 pm

Calgary Night Market
Bridgeland Riverside Community Association, 5 – 11 pm

Pride in Vic Park: Arts Night & Outliers Screening
Memorial Park Library, 6 – 9 pm

Julia Kansas – “Leisure” at lily
The lily contemporary project space, 7 – 11 pm

BUMP Festival Artist Talk: New Beginnings in the Surreal
McHugh House, 8 – 10 pm

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1
Farmers & Makers Market at cSPACE
cSPACE, 10 am – 3 pm

BUMP Festival Alley Party
Beltline Urban Murals Project, 2 – 10 pm

Jessie St Clair Art Exhibition
The Dandelion, 6 – 9 pm

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 
The Rocky Horror Picture Show at Calgary Pride
Globe Cinema, 11:30 pm – 2 am

Hot Art Round-Up: Aug 23 – 25

By HOT ART YYC

THURSDAY, AUGUST 23

Materiality: 2018 Residency Exhibition
ACAD, 5 – 7 pm

FRIDAY, AUGUST 24

Viva! Exhibition and Fundraiser for Equinox Vigil
Jarvis Hall Gallery, 6 – 8 pm

Tauska and Antagonica: Naughty
ArtPoint Gallery, reception 6 – 9 pm

Five AM Presents Kyle Metcalf
Five Art & Merchandise, 7 – 10 pm

SATURDAY, AUGUST 25th

Farmers & Makers Market at cSPACE
cSPACE, 10 am – 3 pm

Regency Picnic presented by NutmegSews Calgary!
Confederation Park, 1 – 4 pm

Dirty Donny Gillies art show, book signing and pinball tourny
Pin-Bar, 2 pm – 2 am

Moonlight Market
East Village, 3 – 10 pm

Artist Trading Card Session
TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary, 5 – 7 pm

 

 

3 ways to get your arts and culture dose in Calgary

By SILVIA PIKAL

WHAT’S NEW AT ESKER FOUNDATION
Esker Foundation is exhibiting two major solo exhibitions from Canadian artists Vanessa Brown and Anna Torma until September 2. Brown’s The Witching Hour takes the viewer through a series of fantastic scenarios. In one installation you’ll find yourself feeling like Alice after she’s taken the shrinking potion, as you stumble upon a jeweller’s piercing parlour at midnight. You’re surrounded by whimsical and oversized earrings and other accessories that beckon you to a speculative reality where a weary wall clock naps at night.

Photo courtesy Esker Foundation.

Book of Abandoned Details features Anna Torma’s large-scale hand embroidered wall hangings and collages. Torma has more than 40 years of embroidery experience, and this exhibit presents major work produced over the past five years. One work, Carpet of Many Hands, is a stunning collage of found and collected fabrics and original embroideries. Hundreds of textile pieces culminate in a powerful piece that reflects on domestic space, labour and the value of women’s domestic work. Sign up for a free talk, tour or workshop, or download Esker’s free app before you visit.

GET YOUR FIX OF WESTERN CULTURE AT NEWZONES
Check out the “G’ddy Up!” exhibit at Newzones, which will be exhibited until August 25. This annual group show features work that showcases the western iconography we’re all familiar with, and also explores how the “Wild West” is shifting into something more cosmopolitan and vibrant. This exhibit includes photography, painting and sculpture from renowned artists, including Dianne Bos and Cathy Daley.

THE GREAT GRAIN ELEVATOR
Explore the world of grain at the Grain Academy and Museum in Stampede Park. Bring the kids to see a 35-metre-long railway model that demonstrates how grain moves out of Western Canada by rail and feeds people all over the world. Browse historic photos, films, replicas, the tools and equipment used by early farmers in Alberta and a working model grain elevator to get a closer look at the structures that transformed the grain industry and remain an iconic part of Canada’s agriculture history. Admission is by donation.

4 must-see art exhibits in Calgary

By SILVIA PIKAL

May 18, 2018 

Alma Duncan, Self-Portrait With Braids, 1940, Library and Archives Canada.

NOTABLE SELFIES

For those who deride the “selfie” as an obsession of the iPhone-toting, avocado-obsessed millennial, don’t forget that people have been making self-portraits since early homo sapiens carved sketches of themselves into cave walls. (more…)

Frida Kahlo’s life in photos and other can’t-miss exhibits

BY SILVIA PIKAL

FRIDA KAHLO’S LIFE IN PHOTOS

Frida Kahlo painting the portrait of her father, by Gisèle Freund/1951 ©Frida Kahlo Museum.

Famous for her vivid, imaginative and often surreal portraits of herself, Frida Kahlo explored gender, class, race and identity in her work. Now, until May 21 in a new exhibit at Glenbow, Calgarians have the chance to see another side of the famous Mexican painter. (more…)

Hot Art Round-up: Mar 1 – 3

By HOT ART YYC

Art by Jonathan Forrest, courtesy of Newzones.

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Art Show and Party Round-up: Jan 11-13

By HOT ART YYC

Art by Jonathan Forrest, courtesy of Newzones.

Thursday, January 11

Out for Lunch Tour: Eye of the Needle
Lunchtime is the best time for an art break at Glenbow museum and gallery. Curator Mary-Beth Laviolette provides a look at the diverse range of art and crafts in the “Eye of the Needle” exhibition.
Admission $5 / Free for Glenbow Members; tickets available at the door (more…)

3 Must-Visit Art Exhibits in Calgary

By SILVIA PIKAL, MICHAELA RITCHIE and RACHAEL FREY

Meryl McMaster, Dreamcatcher, 2015.

IMAGINING NEW FUTURES
Future Memories (Present Tense): Contemporary Practices in Perspective
brings together the work of six contemporary Indigenous artists from different regions of Canada. Each artist was invited to explore how every moment in time has multiple perspectives, and how these perspectives have often been ignored or silenced when experienced by Indigenous peoples. (more…)