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Glenbow Museum

3 art exhibits to check out in Calgary


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.

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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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: Oct 4 – 6



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



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



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 

Uncovering hidden treasure from the First World War


Photo courtesy Glenbow.

On the seventh floor of Glenbow, one of the floors containing the museum’s collections materials, Travis Lutley slips on a pair of archival gloves and picks up a slender cigarette tin. Its exterior is dotted with rust, but it’s in pretty good shape considering it’s been buried in dirt for almost a century.


Long Weekend Roundup August 31 – September 3

Calgary’s annual BBQ On The Bow is this Sunday. Photo: John Rajic.

Friday, August 31  After a stellar opening last weekend, the international Hidden Gems Film Festival continues this weekend at the Cardel Theatre with three film screenings. On Friday at 7 pm, the award-winning Bengali film Ranjana, Ami Aar Asbo Na tells the story of an unconventional relationship between an arrogant, aging celebrity singer and an aspiring small-town songstress. On Saturday, Graamam tells the story of a widow challenging the patriarchal system in India in the mid 1900s, and in the Bangladeshi MeherJaan, a girl who fell in love with an enemy soldier reunites with her daughter almost four decades later. Tickets $12 per film, call 403-457-3036 for more information.

Friday also marks the grand opening of Canada’s second Free People clothing boutique at Chinook Centre. The American label is known for it’s bohemian California-chic apparel and accessories. (more…)

Where’s picks for First Thursday

Each month, Calgary’s Cultural District (the downtown core between City Hall, Stephen Avenue and 6 Ave SW) celebrates First Thursday, a culture crawl that aims to create greater exposure for the city’s arts community. Below are our picks for what to check out today!

The Glenbow Museum is hosting an Out For Lunch Tour, this time focusing on its current exhibit, Charlie Russell and the First Stampede. Starting at noon and lasting 40 minutes, the guided tour is led by the exhibit’s curator. (more…)