Event Directory Search for upcoming events Picks and Previews Plan ahead to check out these not-to-be-missed events All Theatre Dance Music Film & Media Visual Art Literary Festival Promotion Free Visual Art Catch Jae Sterling's artist talk and the exhibition SEVEN PORTALS | Photo: Courtesy of TRUCK Contemporary Art April 1, 2022 April Exhibitions Spring brings many visual arts offerings Haider Ali Location Various Venues Price Prices Vary With in-person events getting back into full swing and spring in the air, April is the perfect time to experience visual arts programming around Calgary. With both new and ongoing exhibitions to choose from, you’ll have no trouble finding something to do! Cradle to Gravy April 1 – May 7, 2022 Norberg Hall (333b 36th Ave. SE) Free to explore Norberg Hall presents Cradle to Gravy, a not-quite retrospective of the not-quite-done-yet beloved senior artist, John Will. The work in this exhibition spans 25+ years and serves as a glimpse into the mind of this Canadian art legend and an excerpt from his expansive career. norberghall.com up front w/ Billy McCarroll April 1 – May 7, 2022 Norberg Hall (333b 36th Ave. SE) Free to explore Norberg Hall is pleased to introduce a new work by senior Lethbridge-based artist, Billy McCarroll. Known for his procedural, mixed-media paintings, McCarroll continues to draw upon art historical and texted related references. This new series is an extension of McCarroll’s impressive 50+ year investigation into abstraction. norberghall.com Zones / Indicators April 1 – May 13, 2022 Alberta Printmakers Main Gallery (4025 4th St. SE) Free to explore Alberta Printmakers is pleased to present Zones / Indicators, a contemporary printmaking exhibition by Elizabeth Claire Rose. Rose creates work that connects geographically disconnected landscapes focusing on their shared ecologies: how each site is connected through climatic shifts, soil qualities, and habitat range. albertaprintmakers.com Excavation April 3 – 30, 2022 Sparrow Artspace (36 4th St. NE) Free to explore Artists Lucy Altrows, Ramsey Kunkel, Colleen Rauscher, and Jenny Tzanakos invite you to Excavation, a community art project that unearths collective history and explores Sparrow Artspace, the De Waal building, and the surrounding neighbourhoods and land. sparrowartspace.com Sunshine & the Attention Grabbers with Ashley Bedet April 7, 2022, 7:00 – 8:00pm Esker Foundation (1011 1st St. SW) Free to explore, registration required You are invited to join Esker’s current project space exhibiting artist, Ashley Bedet, to gather, talk and listen about the process of developing her exhibition, a rolled chord of sunlight unfurled, and how the theme of attention informs her work. eventbrite.ca The Forest for the Trees April 7 – 30, 2022 Second Floor Gallery, cSPACE King Edward (1721 29th Ave. SW) Free to explore The Forest for the Trees offers an immersive experience that brings something of the forest to the city. Lynn Christine Kelly’s installation comprises fabric trees, all suspended from above, with diffuse light filtering through and the occasional haunting sound of nature. facebook.com Uninvited April 9 – May 8, 2022 The Edison (150 9th Ave. SW) Free to explore, tickets required The first exhibition in Glenbow’s new satellite location is a landmark exhibition of more than 200 works of art by a generation of extraordinary women painters, photographers, sculptors, architects, and filmmakers from the early 20th century. These pioneers opened new frontiers for women artists in Canada. glenbow.org 20th Annual Juried Members Exhibition April 9 – June 5, 2022 Leighton Art Centre (282027 144 St. West, Foothills) By donation The Juried Members Exhibition is an annual curated exhibition, with every Leighton Art Centre artist member eligible to submit up to three of their best recent pieces for consideration. With 64 pieces by 38 artists selected from over 300 submissions, this 20th annual celebration of the centre’s member artists is a fresh and exciting visual treat. leightoncentre.org The Sensory Workshop April 10, 2022, 12:00 – 2:00pm Contemporary Calgary (701 11th St. SW) With admission Join Contemporary Calgary and Antyx Community Arts for their upcoming program for youth ages 12–18, inspired by the work of Rerouting artist Catalina Tuca. Participants will engage in a hands-on, sculptural project to explore what it’s like to represent their emotions through mixed media object-building. contemporarycalgary.com Shannon Anderson & Jay Wilson April 13, 2022, 5:00 – 6:00pm Contemporary Calgary (701 11th St. SW) With admission Curators Shannon Anderson and Jay Wilson walk us through the genesis of Contemporary Calgary’s exhibition The Further Apart Things Seem and the factors that shaped their choices. They’ll also elaborate on the show’s relevance today, especially within our current socio-political context. Make sure to tune in! contemporarycalgary.com Jae Sterling April 15, 2022, 2:00pm TRUCK Contemporary Art (2009 10th Ave. SW) Free to attend TRUCK Contemporary Art is pleased to present an artist talk with Jae Sterling as he discusses his artistic practice and current exhibition, Seven Portals. Sterling’s work veers between overwhelming mosh pits and poetic contemplations of the visuals and work of dreamspaces, expanding on the worlds he has created over the years. truck.ca Palette Fine Art Show and Sale April 15 & 16, 2022 Triwood Community Hall (2244 Chicoutimi Dr. NW) Free to explore Palette’s fine art show and sale features paintings by many independent artists in various mediums, including acrylic, oil, watercolour, pastel, and mixed media. It’s your chance to buy your first piece of art, grow your collection, or browse for your pleasure! calgarycommunitypainters.com Easter Group Show April 21 – May 11, 2022 Wallace Galleries (500 5th Ave. SW) Free to explore The arrival of spring means new growth and more time spent outdoors. This group exhibition focuses on everything the beautiful countryside offers and all that encompasses it, including warm weather, flowers, hiking, beaches, and mountain air. wallacegalleries.com Calgary Creative Arts Guild Spring Show & Sale April 23, 2022 Montgomery Community Centre (5003 16th Ave. NW) Free to explore The Calgary Creative Arts Guild hosts their annual spring show and sale featuring original works from over 25 local artists. There are door prizes, a raffle draw for an original piece of art, and cash donations to the Veteran’s Food Bank are gratefully accepted. calgarycreativeartsguild.wordpress.com Beacon Spring Show & Sale April 23 & 24, 2022 Bridgeland Riverside Community Association (917 Centre Ave. NE) Free to explore Beacon’s two-day art show and sale with over 20 different local artists showcases a diverse array of art. It is an opportunity for artists to share their inspirations and techniques with each other and the public. Head down and browse and shop for unique gifts! beaconoriginalart.com Ongoing Exhibitions No Photos… No Recordings… No Notes… Until April 9, 2022 Nickle Galleries, Taylor Family Digital Library, University of Calgary (410 University Ct. NW) Free to explore As a witness to colonial and sectarian violence in Northern Ireland, Brian Flynn has confronted some of the harshest realities of the human condition. The outcome is a series of paintings based on the first-hand experience of civil war and extensive research. nickle.ucalgary.ca The Age of Uncertainty Until April 9, 2022 Nickle Galleries, Taylor Family Digital Library, University of Calgary (410 University Ct. NW) Free to explore Sandra Sawatzky explores our aspirations and their social, political, and environmental consequence using a needle and threads. The Age of Uncertainty is a body of 12 embroidered panels that consider the stories that keep us awake at night. nickle.ucalgary.ca The Warblers Until April 14, 2022 VivianeArt (1018 9th Ave. SE) Free to explore The Warblers is a collaborative series of works by visual artist Sandra Meigs and musician/composer Christopher Butterfield. They describe these paintings as beings with flirty eyes, broad flat faces, and voices in the form of jingles and words. vivianeart.com TIPI_LOOPS.dreamwaves Until April 15, 2022 Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE) Free to explore TIPI_LOOPS.dreamwaves is an audiovisual digital art installation that came together as a reflection by Kaitlyn Purcell, Brendon Many Bears, and Joey Big Snake on themes from Esker’s exhibition RELATIONS: Diaspora and Painting. eskerfoundation.com Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel Until April 15, 2022 BMO Centre Hall F, Stampede Park (20 Roundup Way SE) $16 – $30 Brought to you by the organizers of the finest themed exhibitions, this unique exhibition invites you to step into the universe of the greatest masterpieces of Michelangelo, yet seen from a new life-size perspective. sistinechapelexhibit.com 15collective Until April 16, 2022 Christine Klassen Gallery (321 50th Ave. SE) Free to explore Christine Klassen Gallery hosts a mini-preview/retrospective show for Calgary-based Chris Kuzmanovich. The show includes a few teaser paintings for his upcoming fall exhibition and a selection of paintings marking his last 15 years as a creative. christineklassengallery.com Joanne MacDonald Until April 16, 2022 Christine Klassen Gallery (321 50th Ave. SE) Free to explore Christine Klassen Gallery is thrilled to introduce local artist Joanne MacDonald to their space. This introductory exhibition showcases works created throughout her career, illustrating her diligence in the craft of making three-dimensional forms. christineklassengallery.com Works within a Continuum Until April 20, 2022 Christine Klassen Gallery (321 50th Ave. SE) Free to explore Phil Darrah and Robin Smith-Peck come together in this two-person exhibition that serves as a snapshot of the growth of these two artists in their long-standing careers. Evolution and experimentation are the core of each artist’s growth, as is illustrated in these works. wallacegalleries.com Coming Up Next Until April 23, 2022 Alberta Craft Gallery & Shop, cSPACE King Edward (1721 29th Ave. SW) Free to explore Coming Up Next is a national showcase of emerging fine craft artists from BC to Nova Scotia who have submitted their work. The resulting exhibition is a collection rich in various methods and materials that explore contemporary issues and personal heritage. albertacraft.ab.ca SEVEN PORTALS Until April 30, 2022 TRUCK Contemporary Art (2009 10th Ave. SW) Free to explore In this immersive installation of visuals and soundscapes, Jae Sterling reflects on the drastic shifts in our current reality, inviting us to enter the threshold to an oasis of art, water, and light and emerge on the other end—refreshed and renewed. truck.ca Falling from Grace Until May 21, 2022 ASA Gallery, Crossroads Art Centre (222, 1235 26th Ave. SE) Free to explore This exhibition by Yvonne DuBourdieu looks at the dichotomy between strength and weakness within ourselves and the unease that manifests when our vulnerabilities are laid bare through heightened uncertainty, especially in the light of a global pandemic. albertasocietyofartists.com All is Water Until May 21, 2022 ASA Gallery, Crossroads Art Centre (222, 1235 26th Ave. SE) Free to explore A collaboration between Danny Luong, Hesam Rezaei, and Twinkle Banerjee, this photographic exhibition aims to juxtapose the universality of water against the backdrop of their ethnic backgrounds and identities. albertasocietyofartists.com Rerouting Until May 22, 2022 Contemporary Calgary (701 11th St. SW) With admission Rerouting stems from the Collider: In-Residence Artist Residency, an online program inviting 12 artists from around the world to consider new modes of artistic and collaborative practice in response to their experiences within a global pandemic. contemporarycalgary.com The Further Apart Things Seem Until May 22, 2022 Contemporary Calgary (701 11th St. SW) With admission How do we respond in times of uncertainty in a social and political moment where opinions are often divisive? In this exhibition, we see artists follow distinct paths toward subtle forms of resistance while exploring areas of connection that feel in opposition. contemporarycalgary.com Money Zoo: Fantastic Beasts in the History of Money Until May 27, 2022 Nickle Galleries, Taylor Family Digital Library, University of Calgary (410 University Ct. NW) Free to explore This exhibition highlights animals depicted on currencies and the historical use of animals as money to raise awareness of our complex bond and dependence on these fantastic creatures and their place in the modern world. It’s well worth checking out. nickle.ucalgary.ca a rolled chord of sunlight unfurled Until June 5, 2022 Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE) Free to Explore The range of the sun’s luminescence is one of the most beautiful things about Mohkínsstsisi. Out of reverence for the sun’s refraction on our plot of rock comes a new body of work by artist Ashley Bedet dedicated to investigating and honouring the different intensities of our sun’s rays. eskerfoundation.com YYC Bread Stories Until June 26, 2022 Lougheed House (707 13 Ave. SW) $4 – $8.50 YYC Bread Stories shows our city’s connection to bread, historically and today, and contains artifacts of bread making from early Calgary and mementos from Calgary families who have a strong connection to their culture’s bread. lougheedhouse.com Don’t miss the YYC Bread Stories exhibition | Photo: Courtesy of Lougheed House otipemisiwak Until June 26, 2022 Fort Calgary (750 9th Ave. SE) With admission Otipemisiwak, which translates from Cree to people who live by their own rules, showcases recent works by Daphne Boyer. Her practice combines plant material, high-resolution digital tools, and traditional handwork to create art celebrating her Métis heritage. fortcalgary.com Naked Excess Until June 26, 2022 Esker Foundation (4th Floor, 1011 9th Ave. SE) Free to explore Michelle Bui’s photographic images meet at the intersection between still life and commercial photography. Bui intuitively arranges objects, photographing them against colourful backdrops. eskerfoundation.com Fast Moving Sun Until June 26, 2022 Esker Foundation (4th Floor, 1011 9th Ave. SE) Free to explore Veronika Pausova draws on figurative imagery to tell short stories that mine the territory between animation and stasis. The implied movement of these recurrent motifs serve as a cast of recurrent characters and as a proxy for the viewer to feel the anxious energy. eskerfoundation.com Letters for Occasions Until June 26, 2022 Esker Foundation (4th Floor, 1011 9th Ave. SE) Free to explore Farah Al Qasimi’s exhibition brings together new and recent photographs that consider the story of her family’s migration between the UAE and the US, the global circulation of pop culture, and the reflection of the idiosyncrasies of personal style and aesthetics. eskerfoundation.com The Boxed Stories Gallery Until June 30, 2022 Loft 112 (535 8th Ave. SE) $5 A truly unique experience for artists and viewers alike! Housed within a vintage card catalogue, visitors are encouraged to discover varied artworks as they open each drawer. loft112.org Reflections: 10 Years Capturing Calgary’s Alt Music Scene Until September 11, 2022 Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre (850 4th St. SE) With admission Music photographer Zoltan Varadi was inspired by the nice surprises he discovered as he began cleaning and scanning his old negatives during a year of pandemic lockdowns. studiobell.ca Have a visual arts event that’s not listed? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out this form.