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Calgary Hot Art

Hot Art Round-Up: Aug 30 – Sept 2


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

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

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

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

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

Hot Art Round-Up: Aug 23 – 25



Materiality: 2018 Residency Exhibition
ACAD, 5 – 7 pm


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


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



It’s All About the Label at the Naked Leaf Tea Shop

Image courtesy The Naked Leaf

The Naked Leaf owner Jonathan Kane has filled his shop with a huge assortment of teas and tea paraphernalia like mugs and pots as well as tea-infused chocolates and skin products. We like the store’s limited-edition individual tea labels designed by local artists that are affixed to the shop’s 100-gram tea tins. The store can also customize these labels with photos and artwork as wedding mementos, corporate gifts and the like. 305 – 10 St NW. —Allison Onyett

Hot Art: Art in Motion

A new installation at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium by local artist Liz Ingram, blends bolts of polyester, giant panes of glass, and images of dancers that combine human motion with elements of water and sky. At 17 feet high and spanning 30 feet wide, photographed dancers leap several feet into the air in the middle of a lake—actions which were inspired by the many dance and arts performances that take place on the venue’s stage. At the Southern Jubilee Auditorium, 1414 – 14 Ave NW.

Dancers in Motion at the Jubilee

Hot Art: Cinematic Chic

Johnny Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow costume from Pirates of the Caribbean

Feel a little movie magic as you get up close and personal with over 40 costumes from 26 blockbuster films in Cut! Costume and the Cinema. View original garments depicting five centuries of history in Hollywood hits like Pirates of the Caribbean, Casanova, and Phantom of the Opera, worn by movie icons Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, Robert Downey Jr., Heath Leger, and others. August 20 to September 28, at the Glenbow Museum, 130 – 9 Ave SE.

Hot Shopping: Canadian Bling

Take home a unique souvenir of Calgary with one of local artist Gillian Hillerud’s silver pendants. Made with 14 karat gold, pearls and found materials, the necklaces can be found at Influx Gallery—a boutique dedicated to handcrafted jewellery made by over 30 Canadian artists. $50 – $200, in Art Central.

Silver pendants at Influx Jewellery Gallery

Hot Art: Cowboy Art

Newzones Gallery is hosting a traditional Stampede pancake breakfast on July 9 to launch their annual group show, G’ddy Up! The collection of paintings and photographs features images of the contemporary “wild west” as well as iconic cowboy culture by gallery artists Joe Andoe, Cathy Daley, Aron Hill, Joshua Jensen-Nagle, David Robinson and Kevin Sonmor. Jul 9 – Aug 27. —Allison Onyett

150 Portraits Highlanders 2011 by Kevin Sonmor

Hot Art: Mythical Creatures

When B.C. artist Julia Lucich sat down to paint a traditional wildlife pictures of three giraffes, she found herself bored with the tan and brown shades. For fun, she began toying with different colours and hues in the body of the animals creating “Party Animal”—a realistic painting of giraffes in vibrant blues, purples, yellows and reds. Much to Lucich’s surprise, collectors were giddy about the energetic piece and craved more, prompting a series of horses, pigs, deer, bears, ducks and many others, several of which will be at this year’s Western Art Show, July 8 to 17 at the Calgary Stampede along with the Salt Spring Island artist herself, BMO Centre, Stampede Park, 1410 Olympic Way SE.

The Party's Looking Good by Julia Lucich

Hot Art: Collage Gallery

Sitting on the second floor of downtown’s art mecca, Art Central, Collage Gallery lives up to its name, offering hand-crafted functional and wearable art pieces that include, jewellery, ceramics and fine textiles by over 30 Canadian artists. The stock in this colourful 600-square-foot treasure trove is replenished weekly, so you are almost guaranteed to find something unique upon every visit. 206, 100 – 7 Ave SW. – Allison Onyett

Collage Gallery

Hot Art: Natural Artist

Butterfly Locket

Calgary artist, and owner of Franny E. Adornment Gallery in Art Central, 22-year-old Frances Strathern, accents her handcrafted jewellery line with materials like semi-precious stones, local stained glassand objects found in nature. One of her favourite pieces is an oversized metal locket inscribed with the quote, “I only ask to be free, the butterflies are free,” by Charles Dickens. Adorned with a yellow, hand-blown glass stone and accented by real butterfly wings, the locket was made while Strathern attended the Alberta College of Art and Design. While the piece is not for sale due to its sentimental value, Strathern carries other pieces featuring this accent like her set of long chains with colourful butterfly-wing pendants incased in glass. Prices range from $75 – $200. 100 – 7 Ave SW. -Allison Onyett

Hot Art: Pop Art

John Hall’s larger-than-life acrylics of brightly glazed doughnuts and licorice allsorts will make your mouth water. The realism artist’s “Sweetness and Light” series is part of My Still Life World, an exhibit spanning Hall’s career from the 1970s to present day, as well as never-before-seen paintings from his private collection. It runs Apr 28 to May 28 at Loch Gallery, 1516 – 4 St SW. – Allison Onyett

Zoom! by John Hall

Q&A With Local Artist Frances Strathern

At the age of 14 Frances Strathern fell in love with lamp-work while visiting an art show in Edmonton with her family. Eight years later the artist has her own vibrant gallery space, Franny E. Adornment Gallery, in Calgary’s Art Central–selling one-of-a-kind hand-crafted jewellery accented with semi-precious stones, glass and objects found in nature like butterfly wings, twigs and recycled glass. We chatted with Strathern about her career, her art and her hopes for the future. (more…)