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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: Dec 13-16



Jennifer Park: True North-Faith in Nature Reception
Blackboard Gallery, cSPACE: 5 – 8 pm

‘Tis The Reason Holiday Market
Paula Timm Studio, cSPACE: 5 – 8 pm

Year End Art Show Party
Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters (Mission) 6 – 9 pm

New Edward Gallery: Under $500 Group Exhibition
New Edward Gallery: Thursday – Saturday, 7 – 10 pm



Market Collective 10 Year Anniversary + Holiday MC
BMO Centre: Friday 4 – 9pm, Saturday + Sunday 10am – 6 pm

she[EMPOWERS] Christmas Market: Shop From and Support Female Entrepreneurs
St Louis Hotel, East Village: Friday 4 – 9 pm, Saturday 11 am – 7 pm, Sunday 11 am – 6 pm

Calgary Night Market Final Holiday Shopping Series
Eau Claire Market, 5 – 11 pm

Community Evening at Esker
Esker Foundation, 6 – 8 pm

George Webber – Alberta Book Launch Presentation
Calgary’s New Central Library, 7 – 9 pm (RSVP ticket)

CSIF/EMMEDIA/Quickdraw/TRUCK Holiday Celebration!
Inner City Brewing Company, 7 – 10 pm



Splash Art Christmas Market 2018
Neon Milkshake Art Studio, Saturday and Sunday 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Tis The Reason Holiday Market
Paula Timm Studio, cSPACE: 10 am – 4 pm

VivianeArt Gallery Pop-In, 1 – 5 pm



Art Acoustic Sunday Series
Art On 9th, 10 am – noon

Art Night Fundraiser
Koi, 6:30 – 10 pm

Hot Art Round-Up: Nov 29 – Dec 2



Deck the Walls! – Group Exhibition
Newzones Gallery of Contemporary Art, 5:50 – 7:30 pm

Kevin Sonmor – “Equus and the Others”
Newzones Gallery of Contemporary Art, 5:50 – 7:30 pm

Post Mini Show and Sale
University of Calgary Department of Art, reception and live auction 4 – 7 pm



The Small Paintings Show
Webster Galleries, 3 – 6 pm

Common Ground – Art Show
Colony Photography Studio and Cowork Space, 5 – 10 pm

Calgary Night Market Holiday Shopping Series
Eau Claire Market, 5 – 11 pm

This Place is Ours: Coven Retrospective
Stride Gallery, 8 pm – midnight



Splash Art Christmas Market 2018
Neon Milkshake Art Studio, Saturday and Sunday 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

YYC Alternative Market
Inglewood Community Hall, 10 am – 4 pm

The 2018 Calgary Expo Holiday Market
BMO Centre, Saturday 10 am – 6 pm, Sunday 10 am – 5 pm 

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

Craft Market at North Glenmore Park Community Association
10 am – 3 pm

Christmas Group Show
Gibson Fine Art, 10 am – 5 pm, through January 5

Solo Exhibition Opening – Jean Pederson
The Collectors’ Gallery of Art, noon – 4 pm

Artist Advocacy + Advice: Free Drop-In!
Carfac Alberta, TRUCK Contemporary Art: 2 – 4 pm



Art Acoustic Sunday Series
Art On 9th, 10 am – noon

Wildflower Art Salon & Sale
Wildflower Arts Centre, 10 am – 4 pm

Wolf Willow Winter Sale
Wolf Willow Studio, 10 am – 4 pm

Moe Shelley’s Annual Holiday Handmade Market
Palomino Smokehouse and Social Club, 10:30 am – 5 pm

Art in The Hood
Ramsay Community Association, 11 am – 4 pm

“JaZzY”, Cityview Salon
Kat Lakeman Studio, noon – 5 pm


Hot Art Round-Up: Nov 15-18



The Small Carvings Exhibit and Sale
Webster Galleries, through November 30

Art Market Art & Craft Fair 2018
Telus Convention Centre
Thursday & Friday (10 am – 9 pm) Saturday (10 am – 7 pm)  Sunday (10am – 5 pm)

Robert Bateman Sale
Avenida Art & Framing Gallery (through December 24)

Femme Wave 2018
Thursday – Sunday, various times and venues



Christmas Artisan Sale
Christ Church, Friday 4 – 9 pm, Saturday 9 am – 5 pm

Thorncliffe Greenview Craft Fair
Thorncliffe Greenview Community Association, Friday 5 – 9 pm, Saturday 10 am – 3 pm

Anna Ostberg: Contrast + Camouflage
Ruberto Ostberg Gallery: opening receptions Friday (5 – 9 pm) Saturday (2 – 5 pm)

Calgary Night Market Holiday Shopping Series
Eau Claire Market, 5 – 11 pm

Christmas Launch & Open House
Loughheed House, 6 – 9 pm

The space, which is in between and neither before nor after
Blank Page Studio, Friday – Sunday

Kyle Beal solo exhibition
VIVIANEART Gallery, opening reception 6 – 9 pm



Connections 17 – Art Sale
756 Parkridge Dr SE, 10 am – 5 pm

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

Winter Market
Millican Ogden Community Association, 10 am – 4 pm

Art Exhibition and Sale
Calgary Sketch Club, Canyon Meadows Community Association: 10 am – 4 pm

Hand Made Here Holiday Art Show and Sale 2018
Triwood Community Hall, Saturday & Sunday, 10 am – 5 pm

Christmas Show
Stephen Lowe Art Gallery, through December 24

Artisan Holiday Market
Marlborough Park Community Association, 11 am – 5 pm

Bee Kingdom Glass Christmas Sale 2018
Saturday & Sunday, noon – 5 pm

Robert E. Wood Solo Exhibition
Gainsborough Galleries, noon – 5 pm

Meet & Greet with Chris Kuzmanovich
Christine Klassen Gallery, 1 – 3 pm

Marjan Eggermont & Bill Laing – Opening Receptions
Herringer Kiss Gallery, 2 – 5 pm

Anthony Redpath: Distilled
Paul Kuhn Gallery, 2 – 5 pm

Do More with More – Stride Gallery Annual Art Auction Fundraiser
Stride Gallery, 8 pm – 11 pm


Open Studio: The Stimulant
Arts Commons, 1 – 5 pm

Perspectives YYC Presents: Austin Kamenz
Vintage Caffeine Company (West Hillhurst), 2 – 5 pm

Hot Art Round-Up: Nov 8-11



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


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


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


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 25-27



Open House & Public Consultation
Lougheed House, 5 – 7:30 pm

Daniel Culcea: Paper Fall

cSPACE, DHC Paintings 5 – 8 pm

Ryan Danny Owen – Nocturne!
Marion Nicoll Gallery, 6 – 8 pm

Hannah Neufeld – Water (Flåm)
Marion Nicoll Gallery, 6 – 8 pm

Daniel Audet: Bone Pink
New Edward Gallery, Thursday and Friday 7 – 10 pm, Saturday 2 – 6 pm


State of Art Society Fall Show and Sale
Strathcona Community Centre, Friday & Saturday

Rumble HOUSE Tap Room Gallery Showcase
Village Brewery, 6 – 10 pm

Fluid Fest | Body in Space: An Art Party
cSPACE, Friday & Saturday 8 – 11 pm



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

Canzine Festival of Zine Culture & The Independent Arts Calgary Edition
Memorial Park Public Library, noon – 6 pm

Bee Kingdom October Glass Sale
Saturday & Sunday, noon – 5 pm 

Ted Raftery solo show
Gainsborough Galleries Ltd, noon – 5 pm 

12 Hour Halloween Movie Marathon presented by CUFF
Globe Cinema, Saturday & Sunday 7 pm – 7 am

Hot Art Round-Up: Oct 18-20



Exhibition Opening – Shona Rae: Re-Imagined Narratives
Nickle Galleries, University of Calgary: 5 – 8 pm

Exhibition Opening – Jude Griebel: Illuminated Collapse
Nickle Galleries, University of Calgary: 5 – 8 pm

Raw Calgary Presents Ovation
Marquee Beer Market & Stage, 7pm – 1 am

Peter Moller: Drawings & Paintings
Hotbox Gallery, opening reception 7 – 9 pm


Halloween Costume Sale
Ghost River Theatre, Friday 4 – 8 pm, Saturday 10 am – 6 pm

Rachel MacFarlane / Memory Gardens
Jarvis Hall Gallery, 5 – 8 pm

2018 ACAD Alumni Awards
ACAD, 5 – 9 pm

Joanne MacDonald & Thai Le Ngo: Progressions Openings
Ruberto Ostberg Gallery, Friday 5 – 9 pm, Saturday 2 – 5 pm

PPF Art Opening
The People’s Poetry Festival, Loft 112: 7 – 9 pm 

Evidence of Paint 2018
Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 7 – 9 pm

What a Relief Steamroller Print Exhibition and Sale!
Prairie Dog Brewing, 7 – 10 pm


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

Calyx Fall Art Show & Sale
Saturday and Sunday 10 am – 4 pm

One Day Art Show and Sale
Calgary Sketch Club, 10 am – 4 pm

Anda Kubis: Vivid
Newzones, 2 – 4 pm

Eric Cameron – Thanatos
TrépanierBaer, 2 – 5 pm

Alberta Craft Awards Ceremony 2018
Alberta Craft Council, cSPACE, 7 – 10 pm 

3 new must-have books from Calgary writers


Courtesy Haley MacLeod.

ROOM 5608 
In February 2016, singer/songwriter Jessie J reposted a poem from Calgary writer Haley MacLeod on Instagram. MacLeod was woken at 2 am thanks to multiple messages from friends asking if she saw the post from one of her favourite singers. The post got more than 28,000 likes and hundreds of positive comments, which MacLeod says was a confirmation that sharing her poetry with others is her calling. At the time she was well underway in writing her debut poetry book, Room 5608, which she self-published this spring. It’s 100 per cent her vision, from the poetry to the formatting and book design. She says the book was a major part of helping her cope with the trauma, grief and depression she went through at a young age.

“I lost my father to addiction and suicide,” MacLeod says. “That was a defining moment in my life where I realized I needed to use my voice to shed light on the conversations and feelings most people shy away from.”

She says she never had grand dreams of being a poet: “Poetry found me. She gave me a pen and told me, ‘Write until the pain brings you back home to yourself.’ For five years I wrote everyday, nine hours a day, until Room 5608 came into fruition. I’m sure every Starbucks in this city knows what I drink.” The poems follow a free verse and minimalistic style, and touch on heartbreak, grief, mental illness and recovery, with the goal of bringing healing to herself and the people around her. Room 5608 is available at Pages on Kensington, Shelf Life Books on 4th Street SW, select Chapters/Indigo locations and through Amazon.

Courtesy Touchwood Editions.

In the summer of 2017, Karen Anderson and Matilde Sanchez-Turri travelled around the province to compile a snapshot of Alberta’s diverse culinary scene. The result is Food Artisans of Alberta, a helpful travel guide that shines a spotlight on the province’s locally crafted fare. The book includes profiles of the Alberta’s food artisans — farmers, ranchers, brewers, cheesemakers and more — along with recommended farmers’ markets and watering holes to visit. In the Calgary section, you’ll read about some of the people behind Charcut, River Café, Rouge and others who elevate Alberta’s food scene and reputation. Find it at Shelf Life Books, Pages, Owl’s Nest in Britannia Plaza, and Chapters/Indigo locations around the city.

Courtesy Freehand Books.

Independent publisher Freehand Books is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2018, and The Figgs marks their 50th book! In this funny and endearing story written by Calgary-based author Ali Bryan, the Figg family navigates rebellious teens, unexpected pregnancy, aging, adoption and more with humour, wit and (occasional) grace. The memorable characters and non-stop shenanigans keep the pages turning. Pick up a copy at Shelf Life Books, Owl’s Nest Books, and Chapters/Indigo locations in Calgary.

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



Hot Art Round-Up: Jul 19 – 22



Brandon Giessmann / Projections ± Predispositions
TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary, 9 – 9 pm

Mitchell Chalifoux / Young Man’s Fancy
Alberta Printmakers, 6 – 7 pm

Jaime McDonald: starting and not necessarily ending
Arts Commons, Untitled Art Society: 6 – 7 pm

Plus 15 Window Gallery Exhibition / Henry Heng Lu
Arts Commons, The New Gallery: 6 – 8 pm

Lusine Manukyan – A Toast
Marion Nicoll Gallery, 6 – 7 pm

“Everything Summer” Artist Reception and Art Sale
Motion Gallery, starts at 6 pm

RAW Calgary: Connect
Marquee Beer Market & Stage, 7 pm – midnight



BUMP Launch Party – Part II – Updated
Central Memorial Park, 4 – 11 pm

3D Show II Opening Reception
Motion Gallery, 7 – 9 pm



Bee Kingdom Glass Sale and Free BBQ
July 21 & 22, noon – 5 pm

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

Five AM Presents Geneva Haley
Five Art & Merchandise, 7 – 10 pm

Public Event: Charlie Chaplin Film Screening/Film Shoot
WRECK CITY, EMMEDIA Gallery & Production Society: 7 – 8:30 pm



Rhymes for Young Ghouls: Four Afternoons of Indigenous Cinema
Untitled Art Society, 2 – 4 pm