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Calgary Art

Hot Art Round-Up: Nov 8-11

By HOT ART YYC

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8TH

Art for War and Peace Exhibition
Micah Gallery at Fort Calgary (through November 11)
Art talk on November 11 at noon

First Solo Art Exhibition: Mosaic Portraits
Studio C, cSPACE: 5 – 7 pm

Nicole Mary – Safety Nets
Marion Nicoll Gallery, ACAD: 6 – 8 pm

Alexa Bunnell: maybe there is enough room for the two of us in this town after all
The Wall Gallery, ACAD: 6 – 8 pm

Sarabeth Carnat: Sublime
Fine Art Jewellery Exhibition and Sale (through Dec 29)
Opening Reception: Thursday, 5 – 8pm


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9TH

Artist Talk with Adrian Stimson
University of Calgary Department of Art, 10 – 11:30 am

Main Space / The Topography of Bodily Sentiments
The New Gallery, 6 – 9 pm

Mixed Media Art Night
Loft 112, 6:30 – 9 pm

I feel the air of another world: Jen Reimer & Magnus Tiesenhausen
Esker Foundation, 7 – 8 pm

Fluid Me – An exhibition by Mao Kun Chen, artists reception
The Bridge Inc, 7 – 10 pm

Hannah Petkau: ebb and flow
Untitled Art Society, opening reception 7 – 11 pm

You hold me, as I fumble to emulate your care
TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary, 7 – 11 pm

Jocelyn Reid: Lay your weight on me, I will make you free
Untitled Art Society, opening reception 7 pm – 1 am


SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10TH

Farmers & Makers Market at cSPACE
cSPACE King Edward, 10 am – 1 pm

Galleria Christmas open house
Galleria Inglewood, 10 am – 5 pm

Christmas in the Country Art Sale
Leighton Art Centre, Saturday & Sunday 10 am – 4 pm

Annual Fall Show & Sale
Calgary Creative Arts Guild, Montgomery Community Centre, 10 am – 4 pm

The Group Art society of Calgary’s Fall Show and sale
St Peter’s Anglican Church, 10 am – 4 pm

Southern Alberta Art Alliance 2018 Fall Art Show
Holy Cross Anglican Church, 10 am – 4 pm

Pop Up Shop Grand Opening
MarketSpot YYC, CrossIron Mills: noon – 4 pm

Joanne MacDonald and Thai Le Ngo Closing Reception
Ruberto Ostberg Gallery, 2 – 5 pm

Maria Loaiza resident artist meet and greet
Motion Gallery, 5 – 7 pm


SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11TH

Fort Calgary Artisan Fair
Fort Calgary, 11:30 am – 5pm

5 Must-see art exhibits in Calgary

By Silvia Pikal and Shauna McGinn

November doesn’t have to be all about gearing up for the holidays. It can be a great time to find a moment to yourself to enjoy things that peak your interest, especially before your schedule becomes jam-packed with events and obligations. For seasoned art lovers and newcomers alike, these five exhibits are a great way to spend a peaceful afternoon.

Buy local
On November 10, The Group Art Society of Calgary, which celebrated the big 5-0 in 2018, is having a fall show and sale. Browse artwork in different sizes, mediums and prices, chat with the people behind the pieces and snag an original from a local artist.

Courtesy Esker Foundation.

An artist’s homage
For seven years, artist Tammi Campbell started nearly each day by drawing a grid on fine Japanese rag paper and writing “Dear Agnes” in the top left corner. She’d then fold it twice like a letter and store it before continuing with her other work. Letters from the final three months of that practice — 85 of them in total — are on display now until December 21 at Esker Foundation. At its core, the work is a tribute to the late Agnes Martin, a renowned visual artist born in Campbell’s home province of Saskatchewan.

Campbell kept up the letter-writing practice for seven years as an intentional homage to an absence that Martin took from painting midway through her career, from 1967-1974. Paintings from Campbell’s Monochrome series — stark canvasses displaying paint manipulated to look like everyday materials such as cardboard and packing tape in a minimalist style — are also on display as part of the installation. Opposite those hang a collection of Martin’s, meant to reflect, according to the Esker Foundation, “the two artists’ mutual meditation on silence, ritual, and repetition within artistic practice.”

Courtesy Kathy Aldous-Schleindl.

Artist spotlight at Loft 112
Loft 112, Calgary’s creative hub, is hosting a show and sale from November 19 – December 14. These show features local artist Kathy Aldous-Schleindl,  whose paintings are mainly figurative and express movement and emotion. The exhibit includes work in acrylic, oil, watercolour and fabric. “Some of the work focuses on the simple pleasures in life that we can find when we take time to get off the ride and look closely at the beauty in nature that surrounds us,” she says.

Courtesy Newzones Gallery.

Deck the walls
From November 29 – January 12, an entire wall at Newzones gallery will be adorned with unique art in different sizes and styles, just in time for the gift-giving season. The Deck the Walls! annual exhibition at Newzones is your chance to gift or own artwork from renowned artists, including Bradley Harms, Colleen Philippi and Dianne Bos.

Photo by Ron Janert.

What is life?
Until November 30, explore Victoria Park to view a magnificent piece of public art before it’s gone. Fireflies at Twilight is painted across two 40-foot shipping containers and honours Siksika First Nation’s Chief Crowfoot, who played a key role in the Treaty 7 negotiations. On one side, a stunning landscape is painted next to fireflies moving skyward. On the other, Chief Crowfoot is gazing towards the distance, with a bison in the background. At the centre is a portrait of him and one of his memorable quotes, believed to be his last words. Adrian Stimson, a Governor General Award-winning Siksika artist, collaborated with Springboard Performance on this piece, which is part of containR — pop-up mural installations and art parks made out of recycled shipping containers. The works are temporary, feature local artists and aim to connect communities through art.

Hot Art Round-Up: Oct 4 – 6

By HOT ART YYC

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4TH

Sampler 2018
Herringer Kiss Gallery, 5 – 8 pm

Free First Thursday Night
Glenbow Museum, 5 – 9 pm

Shelter For What Remains
City of Calgary, Blank Page Studio, Leyden’s Funeral Home: 6 – 9 pm

M:ST 9 | Rita McKeough: Works ~ Soft Launch!
Royal Canadian Legion #1, 6 – 10 pm

Microbial Aura
Loft 112, 7 – 9 pm

M:ST 9 | Something, Somewhere – Jadda Tsui + Mat Lindenberg
Royal Canadian Legion #1, 9 – 11 pm

 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5TH

Artist Talk with Brittney Bear Hat
University of Calgary Department of Art, 10 – 11:30 am

Curated. FALL Market CALGARY
Bowness Community Association: Friday 5 – 9 pm, Saturday 10 am – 4 pm

U and Alan Belcher
The lily contemporary project space, 7 – 11 pm

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6TH

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

Crafty Llama Book Signing
Owl’s Nest Books, local artists Renata Liwska and Mike Kerr: 11 am – 2 pm

Calgary Zombie Walk 2018
Olympic Plaza, noon – 5 pm

Fractured Mandalas: Patterns of Life
cSPACE, Blackboard Gallery (through November 30, opening reception October 11, 5 – 8 pm)

Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow: Opening + Artist Talk
cSPACE, 6 – 8:30 pm

7th Annual Log Driver’s Waltz
Quickdraw Animation Society, Sunalta Community Centre: 6 – 9:30 pm 

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

15 Things to do in Calgary in August

By KYLEE PEDERSEN

Get the most out of the summer with this list of great things to do in Calgary!

Photo courtesy Heritage Park.

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING ERNEST
Presented by the Calgary Young People’s Theatre comes Oscar Wilde’s “trivial comedy for serious people” with shows August 1 – 5.

ALBERTA KENNEL CLUB CLASSIC
Check out this destination dog show with exhibitors, vendors and judges from around the world from August 3 – 6.

HERITAGE DAY AT FORT CALGARY
Celebrate Heritage Day at the very place Calgary began on August 6, with free museum tours, a Blackfoot ecology education session, Indigenous artisans, a family friendly movie, kids crafts and much more!

STEVE MARTIN AND MARTIN SHORT
If their names alone don’t set the tone, their aptly titled show certainly does — An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life is in town August 4th.

ART CAMP FOR ADULTS AT CSPACE
Focused on the themes of play, recharge and wonder, these two back-to-back weekend camps will see a different guided art activity each evening.

TINARIWEN
Listen to this Grammy-Award winning group of Tuareg musicians from the Sahara Desert region of northern Mali as they perform at the Bella Concert Hall on August 7.

Photo Courtesy Joachim Cooder.

RY COODER
The legendary guitarist, songwriter and producer returns to his Americana roots with covers of old blues, gospel and folk songs on Prodigal Son, plus a few new originals. His first album of six years aims to give a message of hope and resilience. See him August 10.

MUSIC IN THE PLAZA AT HERITAGE PARK
No matter the weather, Wednesday evenings throughout the month of August will fill Heritage Town Square with live music!

ANDERSON EAST 
Get whisked away with the soulful sounds of this Alabama native on August 12, who’s touring his second studio album Encore. East’s gravelly voice will glide effortlessly through expertly crafted songs that blend blues, R&B and country.

GIPSY KINGS
On August 12, “Bamboleo” all the way to the show!

PEELED COCKTAIL FESTIVAL
From August 16 – 19 experience seminars, tastings and networking events, all centered around the enjoyment and development of Calgary’s cocktail scene.

BEN HARPER & CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE
The American blues musicians join forces for their collaborative new album, No Mercy in This Land. See them August 20. 

Photo courtesy Kelly Hofer.

ALICE COOPER
On August 22, the founder of shock-rock returns to Calgary for a night of theatrics and psycho-drama. A Paranormal Evening will undoubtedly live up to Cooper’s signature performances, where heavy metal and punk rock meet horror show, electric chairs, guillotines and fake blood.

CALGARY PRIDE
Running from August 24 – September 3, Calgary’s best and brightest will be on display at the 28th annual Calgary Pride Week, in celebration of diversity, inclusivity and community. From humble and difficult beginnings, the Calgary Pride Parade has grown to become the second largest parade in the city and is followed by Pride in the Park, where live music and beer gardens continue the festivities.

HONENS
After quarter finals in Berlin and New York, the world-class international piano competition declares a winner in Calgary. From August 30 – September 8.

 

Hot Art Round-Up: Jul 12-15

By HOT ART YYC

THURSDAY, JULY 12 

Second Thursday – Artist Spotlight
cSPACE, Alberta Craft Gallery, 5 – 8 pm

FRIDAY, JULY 13

Chroma Summer Group Exhibition
Christine Klassen Gallery, 5 – 7 pm

Inglewood Night Market, 5 – 11 pm

Community Evening at Esker!
Esker Foundation, 6 – 8 pm

Friday the 13th : Kitty Edition : Roman66 + Guests / Fundraiser
EMMEDIA Gallery & Production Society, 7:33 – 11:33 pm

SATURDAY, JULY 14

Fragments of Time
John Fluevog Shoes, 10 am – 7 pm

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

ISO Three-Ways: A Reading + Conversation
Stride Gallery, 2 – 4 pm

SUNDAY, JULY 15

Fire Song: Four Afternoons of Indigenous Cinema
Untitled Art Society, 2 – 4 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.

Hot Art Round-Up: Jun 7 – 9

By HOT ART YYC

THURSDAY, JUNE 7

Lancette Burton: Day Dreamer
Loft 112, 4 – 9 pm

Free First Thursday Night
Glenbow Museum, 5 – 9 pm
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Hot Art Round-Up: May 24 – 26

By HOT ART YYC

THURSDAY, MAY 24

Riley Thérèse – Baptizing a Ghost
ACAD, Marion Nicoll Gallery: 6 – 8 pm
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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

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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…)

Beware the Jabberwock! All about the latest Old Trout Puppet Workshop show

By SILVIA PIKAL

Calgary’s own Old Trout Puppet Workshop has a new show in town. Jabberwocky follows a young male hare on a quest to slay the Jabberwock—and the emotional struggles that come with such a perilous destiny.

The show comes on the heels of Twelfth Night, an Old Trout partnership with Theatre Calgary, which brings a fresh take on the classic Shakespeare play through jaw-dropping and imaginative props, sets and costuming.

What is Jabberwocky? 

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