Photo of a girl creating at Contemporary Kids at cSPACE King Edward
Get hands on with Contemporary Kids at cSPACE King Edward | Photo: Courtesy of Contemporary Calgary

Exhibitions June 2018

Kick start your summer with Calgary’s awesome visual arts programming

Amy Jo Espetveidt

As we roll into another month and another season, it’s the perfect time to get to know Calgary’s amazing visual arts community. From ongoing exhibitions to pop-up sales to tons of festivals, there’s lots to see and do.

Here’s what we’re checking out this month:

Bring the Baby Art Tour

June 1, 2018, 12:00pm
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free, registration recommended

A relaxed, social tour, bring your baby to the Esker Foundation and have tot-friendly fun while discussing the exhibitions.
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FALL/FLOW

June 1 – 29, 2018
EMMEDIA Screening Room (2005 10th Ave. SW)
Free

Sandra Vida’s new video installation grows out of a previous series of works where she explored life’s thresholds, transitions, and passages. Continuing the idea of integrating the viewer within the video image, viewers pass through layered screens of softly descending images that invoke both the tranquility and fragility of water. Explore the piece at its opening reception from 7:00 to 10:00pm on June 1.
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Logical Conclusion

June 1 – 29, 2018
EMMEDIA Gallery (2005 10th Ave. SW)
Free

A collection of logic puzzles made up of real algorithms being used to make decisions about people, step into this school and see how they “think” by completing the puzzles for yourself. Kathryn Blair is a Master of Fine Arts Candidate in the Department of Art at the University of Calgary and her work focuses on how technology mediates human experiences using wearable technology, physical computing, and puzzles.
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-PATHIE

June 1 – July 14, 2018
TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary (2009 10th Ave. SW)
Free

Andrée-Anne Roussel’s interactive installation features video elements and a kinetic sculpture, revolving around the themes of engagement and apathy. It questions our relationship with the world and with works of art. Check it out at the opening reception at 7:00pm on June 1.
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A promo image for -PATHIE by Andrée-Anne Roussel

-PATHIE by Andrée-Anne Roussel | Image: Courtesy of TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary

Bruise Me Softly

June 1 – July 27, 2018
Stride Gallery (1006 Macleod Tr. SE)
Free

A frank, autobiographical exploration of queer identity and sexuality, Dana Buzzee looks to the practice of witchcraft as a framework for creating art. Bruise Me Softly presents a collection of works that create an activated site of sex-positivity focused on queer femme narratives. Explore the show at its opening reception from 8:00pm to 12:00am on June 1.
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Wild in the West Demonstration

June 2, 2018, 11:00am – 2:00pm
Lougheed House (707 13th Ave. SW)
With admission

Head to Lougheed House to see botanical artists creating new artworks in its fabulous gardens. Watch and learn, then try your hand at making botanical art.
lougheedhouse.com

Contemporary Kids: Photograms ‘Cameraless Photography’

June 2, 2018, 2:00 – 4:00pm
RGO Treehouse, cSPACE King Edward (4th Floor, 1721 29th Ave. SW)
Free, registration required

Contemporary Calgary’s Contemporary Kids program returns and invites families to learn about modern and contemporary art through a unique and engaging art activity. This program begins with a fun art-filled introduction to photograms and includes a discussion about how artists use negative space when creating.
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Artist Talk with Andrée-Anne Roussel

June 2, 2018, 3:00pm
TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary (2009 10th Ave. SW)
Free

In From sensory cinema to interactive installations, filmmaker and new media artist Andrée-Anne Roussel explores her journey in developing the work in –PATHIE on both subjective and technical levels. The talk is in English, with the opportunity for discussion in both English and French.
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Clothesline Festival & Art Sale

June 2 & 3, 2018, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Leighton Art Centre (282027 144th St. W)
Free, family-friendly

Go for a drive and visit the 43nd annual summer Clothesline Festival & Art Sale at the Leighton Art Centre. Discover more than 1,000 original works of art and fine craft while basking in one of the best views of the Alberta Foothills. Also on tap are artist demonstrations, family-friendly activities, and live music.
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Dan Whiting: New Works

June 2 – July 7, 2018
Jarvis Hall Gallery (333B 36th Ave. SE)
Free

A show of new works by Dan Whiting, his creations are notable for richly stained surfaces, meticulous attention to detail, and transcendental use of watercolour. Meet Whiting at the opening reception from 2:00 to 5:00pm on June 2.
jarvishallgallery.com

Dream Sequence

June 3, 2018, 10:00am – 6:00pm
Booth 1441, 4th Street Lilac Festival (4th St. SW & 15th Ave. SW)
Free

A new performance piece by Emily Promise Allison, swing by Untitled Art Society’s booth as it celebrates its inaugural 4th Street Lilac Festival project. An otherwise ordinary festival booth is transformed into a strange but inviting preternatural landscape as the artist uses objects to perform an improvised sequence of an unpredictable dream. Visitors are invited to take part in, encounter, create their own reverie or just observe the artist’s surreal vista.
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Seniors’ Day at Glenbow

June 5, 2018, 9:00am – 5:00pm
Glenbow (130 9th Ave. SE)
Free admission for seniors (65+)

Celebrating Seniors’ Week in Calgary, visitors who are 65+ receive free general admission to museum all day.
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Mini Masters

June 7, 2018, 11:00 – 11:45am
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free, registration essential

Calling Calgary’s newest contemporaries! Join the Esker Foundation on the first Thursday of every month for a hands-on art class. Parents and guardians are invited to bring their little ones, ages two to five, to explore art making in this fun and social program. All are welcome to participate, just dress for mess.
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Day Dreamer

June 7, 2018, 4:00 – 9:00pm
Loft 112 (112, 535 8th Ave. SE)
Free admission

FosterMAK is proud to present the second solo show of local artist Lancette Burton. Inspired by childhood dreams, dreamy landscapes, and the endless possibility of big skies, Burton has combined the paintings from two series to exhibit 20 original pieces of art for sale.
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Free First Thursday Night

June 7, 2018, 5:00 – 9:00pm
Glenbow (130 9th Ave. SE)
Free

Although this month’s Free First Thursday falls in between exhibitions, it’s a great time to visit Glenbow’s permanent exhibitions. The museum is committed to expanding the reach and impact of art and culture in our community, and this monthly offering is a great way to do that! So, swing by and explore.
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Songs for Pythagoras: Peter von Tiesenhausen

June 8, 2018, 6:30 – 8:00pm
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free, registration recommended

The Art Gallery of Alberta and Esker Foundation have teamed up to present the Calgary launch of the publication, Songs for Pythagoras: Peter von Tiesenhausen.
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Spring Salon

June 9, 2018, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Wolf Willow Studio (9 Spruce Centre SW)
Free admission

Spring is blooming in Spruce Cliff, so don’t miss this community day featuring local artists at Wolf Willow Studio.
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The screen, the dream, the stitch, and the weld

June 9, 2018, 1:00 – 2:00pm
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free, registration recommended

Join curator Shauna Thompson on this walking tour of Vanessa Brown’s The Witching Hour and Anna Torma’s Book of Abandoned Details. Together, discuss the narratives of material value, craft, fabrication, remembrance, and feminist histories, as well as the richness of humour, pleasure, and fantasy that weave together these two exhibitions.
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Bee Kingdom Glass Open Studio

June 9 & 10, 2018, 12:00 – 5:00pm
Bee Kingdom Glass (427 22nd Ave. NW)
Free admission

Swing by Bee Kingdom’s studio and find colourful scotch glasses, decanters, and a lot more just in time for Father’s Day. You can even experience the studio and see the creation of glass work while you’re there.
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PROCESS; thinking through

June 9 – August 18, 2018
Alberta Craft Gallery – Calgary, cSPACE King Edward (1721 29th Avenue. SW)
Free

A behind the scenes look at the creative process of fine craft, this exhibition features the work of 17 Alberta Craft Council members and comes to Calgary after a successful stint in the Edmonton gallery. Swing by the artist reception from 2:00 to 4:00pm on June 16.
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A black and white image of a weaver at work

Exploring the creative process of fine craft, explore PROCESS; thinking through at its opening reception on June 16 | Photo: Courtesy of the Alberta Craft Gallery

No Clear Line

June 9 – September 8, 2018
Okotoks Art Gallery (53 N Railway St., Okotoks)
Free

Hit the road this summer and explore No Clear Line at the Okotoks Art Gallery. Combining Paul Rasporich’s love of art with his passion for fishing, this exhibit features paintings of fishermen on local rivers, including the Bow, Highwood, and Sheep. Swing by the opening reception from 1:00 to 3:00pm on June 9.
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Time is a Flat Circle

June 9 – September 8, 2018
Okotoks Art Gallery (53 N Railway St., Okotoks)
Free

Ryan Smitham’s work addresses physical phenomena such as decomposition and erosion, as well as human-caused issues like violent conflict and the depletion of natural resources. Including five unique sculptural works, consisting of multiple objects in a variety of materials, check it out at the opening reception from 1:00 to 3:00pm on June 9.
okotoksculture.ca

Mural Launch Party

June 11, 2018, 7:30 – 9:30am
Mainstreet Bowness (6303 Bowness Rd. NW)
Free

See the work of 150 high school students and meet the Bowness High School Art and Construction students and staff, this party brings together community and art.
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Empowerment 2 Connect

June 11 – 23, 2018
Level 2 Hallway Gallery, cSPACE King Edward (1721 29th Ave. SW)
Free

Calgary-based contemporary abstract artist Lynette Melnyk brings her new collection to the Level 2 Hallway Gallery at cSPACE. Fresh from ArtExpo New York, this is the first showing of some of these dynamic paintings in Calgary. Check out the show at its artist reception from 5:00 to 8:00pm on June 14 that features artists from the Alberta Craft Council, Studio C, and Angie Rees at Shona’s Blackboard Gallery.
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ArtMatch Summer Exhibition

June 13, 2018, 5:00 – 8:00pm
cSPACE King Edward (1721 29th Ave. SE)
Free

Meet and mingle with the participating artists at this wine and cheese reception. With 25 participating local artists and over 80 original paintings, this is a chance to see some beautiful artwork and take home a one-of-a-kind painting.
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Brianna Gluszak

June 14 – July 7, 2018
Alberta Craft Gallery – Calgary (280, 1721 29th Ave. SW)
Free

Visit the Alberta Craft Gallery to see the work that Calgary artist, Brianna Gluzsak, created during her stay in Denmark. And make sure you stop by on June 14, from 5:00 to 8:00pm, for a chance to meet her, chat about the work, and hang out with fellow craft admirers.
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Artist Talk with Jolie Bird

June 15, 2018, 7:00 – 8:00pm
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free, registration recommended

Discussing 1597; Harmonious Frequencies, an ongoing performance-based installation in the Esker Project Space, join Jolie Bird as she shares details about her slow building techniques.
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Launch Party

June 15, 2018, 7:30 – 10:00pm
Glenbow (130 9th Ave. SE)
Admission by donation

A fun, all-ages celebration of Glenbow’s new exhibitions, Alex Janvier’s Modern Indigenous Master, Gwennesa Lam’s What Magic, and The Artist’s Mirror: Self Portraits and Recent Acquisitions. Expect live music from nêhiyawak, a killer DJ, and a new partnership with local brewery Common Ground to elevate the bar.
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ART-O-RAMA

June 15 & 16, 2018
Fort Calgary (750 9th Ave. SE)
Free admission

Join the Calgary chapter of the Federation of Canadian Artists for this juried art show with artists in attendance. Bring a cash donation for the food bank and enter your name to win an original painting donated by a chapter member.
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Making It Right ~ Relations Art Festival

June 16, 2018, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Wild Rose United Church (1317 1st St. NW)
Free

A bridge-building event that uses art as the medium to create relationships between Indigenous and non-indigenous communities in Calgary, this festival is an interactive art experience that you won’t want to miss.
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Threads of Beauty: Hungarian Textiles in the Glenbow Collection

June 16, 2018, 11:00am – 12:00pm & 1:30 – 2:30pm
Glenbow (130 9th Ave. SE)
Free, registration essential

Daryl Betenia, Manager, Collections offers a behind-the-scenes look at Glenbow’s small but beautiful collection of Hungarian textiles. Learn about the various uses behind these textiles and the history of how they became part of the museum’s collection.
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Alex Janvier: In Conversation

June 16, 2018, 2:00 – 3:30pm
Glenbow (130 9th Ave. SE)
$10 – $12

Artist Alex Janvier and exhibition curator Greg Hill discuss Janvier’s life in art and his major career retrospective at Glenbow.
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Opening Reception

June 16, 2018, 2:00 – 4:00pm
Leighton Art Centre (282027 144th St. West, Millarville)
Pay-What-You-Can

Celebrate the launch of the group exhibition Bison bison bison and Threaded Through Paint by Calgary watercolorist Brittany Tough. Admission to Leighton Art Centre is always pay-what-you-can so swing on by.
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Threaded Through Paint

June 16 – August 5, 2018
Tower Gallery, Leighton Art Centre (282027 144th St. West, Millarville)
Pay-What-You-Can

In her debut solo exhibition, Calgary watercolourist Brittney Tough celebrates the mundane through glowing and meticulously rendered paintings of textiles. Fascinated by capturing fleeting moments of exaggerated light, colour, and pattern, her contemporary approach to watercolour has created a body a work that is vibrant, photorealistic, and brimming with nostalgia.
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Card for Brittney Tough's Threaded Through Paint

Don’t miss Brittney Tough’s Threaded Through Paint | Image: Courtesy of Leighton Art Centre

Bison bison bison

June 16 – September 23, 2018
Main Gallery, Leighton Art Centre (282027 144th St. West, Millarville)
Pay-What-You-Can

Celebrating the continuing existence of the mighty Plains Bison in Alberta, Leighton Art Centre presents Bison bison bison. Experience the perspectives of 16 local artists as they portray this impressive creature in many styles and in pieces large and small. Works for sale includes paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, and sculpture.
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Master Class for Families

June 17, 2018, 1:00 – 2:30pm
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free, registration required

Join the Esker Foundation for an afternoon of family fun at the gallery and delve into new mediums with art projects that relate to the current exhibitions. Don’t miss this educational, energetic, hands-on program for kids ages five to 10 (an adult is required to stay for the duration of the workshop).
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Alex Janvier: Out for Lunch Tours

June 20, 2018, 12:00 – 1:00pm
Glenbow (130 9th Ave. SE)
Free – $5

Explore 65 years of art making over the course of your lunch hour in this bite-sized tour of Alex Janvier: Modern Indigenous Master.
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Cocktails + Collage Art Night

June 21, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00pm
4th Spot Kitchen & Bar (2620 4th St. NW)
$45

A paint night with a unique twist, enjoy this evening of collage and mixed media in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. All materials are supplied to create your custom piece of art by combining paper, imagery, and paint to a wooden panel.
cocktailsandcollage.com

TA(I)L(E)S

June 21 – July 21, 2018
Herringer Kiss Gallery (709A 11th Ave. SW)
Free

Lauren Walker’s work explores the study of identity, perception of self, and sense of place. Her paintings consciously incorporate feminist themes and have included aspects of quilting and textile patterns. Now, with her new series, she borrows imagery from nature. Explore the show at its opening reception from 5:00 to 8:00pm on June 21.
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Formed by Sand

June 21 – September 30, 2018
Lougheed House (707 13th Ave. SW)
With admission

Inside Alberta’s famous Victorian sandstone mansion, two-dozen artists explore and interpret the impact of sandstone and oil on Calgary, answering how much of our history and circumstance is a result of our geology. Works include print, video, collage, painting, text, mixed media, sculpture, and more. Check it out at the free exhibit opening from 6:00 to 8:00pm on June 21.
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Indigenous Artists in Residency

June 22, 2018, 12:00 – 2:00pm
City Hall Atrium, Calgary Municipal Building (800 Macleod Tr. SE)
Free

On June 22, 2018, join the artists in conversation and engagement with the work explored during the first Indigenous Artist Residency at The City of Calgary. This artist talk features Danni Black, Marina Crane, and Sheldon First Rider.
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I am not afraid to be kind

June 22, 2018, 6:00pm
Royal Canadian Legion #1 (2nd Floor, 116 7th Ave. SE)
Free

NIK is a mixed media artist, working mainly in performance. Presented by The New Gallery and Sled Island, this performance explores ideas of queer bodies and the idea of “the other.”
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Oyster Shells: Artist Talk and Tour

June 22, 2018, 7:00 – 8:00pm
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free, registration recommended

Join Vanessa Brown for this talk and tour of her exhibition, The Witching Hour. Brown traces threads from her past work to this present exhibition, while touching on the joys and pains of working with steel, the politics of scale, and the importance of fantasy in her work.
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PLACEHOLDER: It’s your turn to talk!

June 23, 2018, 1:00 – 3:00pm
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free, registration required

An unconventional book club, d.talks presents the theme—thresholds—and you bring your own book, poem, or object that you feel best articulates it.
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Lifelong Learners

June 27, 2018, 2:30 – 3:15pm
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free, registration recommended

Seniors are invited to join the Esker Foundation for a tour and discussion of the current exhibitions in a relaxed, social environment. Explore new ideas and engage creatively with arts and culture.
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HANDPIC’D 2018

June 28 – July 28, 2018
VIVIANEART (1114 11th St. SW)
Free

The fifth edition of VIVIANEART’s annual invitational exhibition, this show continues a set precedent of celebrating emerging artists and recent graduates within the local arts community. Swing by to see a selection of works by Sean Taal, Megan Feniak, and Kellen Spencer.
vivianeart.gallery

Alex Janvier: Saturday Tours

June 30, 2018, 11:00am – 12:15pm
Glenbow (130 9th Ave. SE)
With admission

Spend your Saturday with Glenbow and enjoy a guided tour for everyone who wants to know more about Alex Janvier: Modern Indigenous Master.
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Alex Janvier’s Coming of the Opposite

Alex Janvier’s Coming of the Opposite | Image: Courtesy of Glenbow

Ongoing Exhibitions

Makeshift Tales

Until June 1, 2018
Alberta Printmakers Gallery (4025 4th St. SE)
Free

In Makeshift Tales, Elizabeth D’Agostino embraces improvisational experimentation and adaptive problem-solving. Drawing on debates surrounding species extinction, biotechnology, genetic engineering, climate change, urban expansion, and population pressures, she creates a fantastical floating world of miniature architectures and hybrid life forms.
albertaprintmakers.com

Time Warp

Until June 2, 2018
Okotoks Art Gallery (53 N Railway St., Okotoks)
Free

Dan Hudson’s work traverses scientific research, documentary practices, personal journal, and art. Inventing systems of observation based on the Earth’s planetary motions as a way to contemplate the world around him within a larger context, go for a drive and check out this show.
okotoks.ca

Perch

Until June 2, 2018
Alberta Craft Gallery – Calgary, cSPACE King Edward (1721 29th Ave. SW)
Free

When Dena Seiferling and Stefanie (Wong) Staples first met, they discovered a mutual enjoyment for working within the space that drifts between a child’s fantasy and an adult’s reality. While discussing a potential collaboration, the value of bird biodiversity and the preservation of at-risk bird species rose the forefront.
albertacraft.ab.ca

Acceptable Bodies

Until June 2, 2018
Alberta Craft Gallery – Calgary, cSPACE King Edward (1721 29th Ave. SW)
Free

The need to feel beautiful and desired is universal, but how to achieve it can be so restrictive that it leaves little chance for many to accomplish this feat. Allison Tunis’ embroidery pieces develop a discourse around cultural conditioning and societal implications of restrictive standards of beauty.
albertacraft.ab.ca

Chronicles of a Contemporary Dirtbag

Until June 2, 2018
Alberta Craft Gallery – Calgary, cSPACE King Edward (1721 29th Ave. SW)
Free

A career with Parks Canada as a resource technician, avalanche technician, and 20 years of travelling in the backcountry lends to the conceptual content that embodies Jamie Kroeger’s jewellery work.
albertacraft.ab.ca

Grad Show 2018

Until June 2, 2018
Alberta College of Art + Design (1407 14th Ave. NW)
Free

An annual exhibition, don’t miss this exciting chance to view the work of graduating students from the Alberta College of Art + Design. This year, the Illingworth Kerr Gallery presents work by nearly 200 graduating students both in the gallery and throughout the college.
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16th Annual Juried Members Show

Until June 3, 2018
Leighton Art Centre (282027 144th St. West, Millarville)
Pay-What-You-Can

Marking the 16th anniversary of the Leighton Art Centre’s Juried Member’s Show, this annual exhibition features a strong selection of artwork representing the talent and diversity of the centre’s artist membership. Swing by and celebrate the power of the arts and the impact of volunteerism.
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Perennials

Until June 9, 2018
VIVIANEART (1114 11th St. SW)
Free

Winnie Truong explores the naturalness of female form. Expanding upon a dedicated drawing practice, her latest body of work integrates coloured pencil crayon and cut paper collage in the rendering of surreal imagery and fictional narrative.
vivianeart.gallery

Winnie Truong’s Perennials

Don’t miss Winnie Truong’s Perennials | Image: Courtesy of VIVIANEART

Jennea Frischke

Until June 9, 2018
Alberta Craft Gallery – Calgary (280, 1721 29th Ave. SW)
Free

Featuring the jewellery of Jennea Frischke, head to the Alberta Craft Gallery to see the work of Calgary’s Spotlight artist.
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Wild in the West

Until June 10, 2018
Lougheed House (707 13th Ave. SW)
With admission

Just in time for spring, join the Lougheed House for this botanical art exhibit featuring over 30 native plants beautifully illustrated by the Botanical Artists Guild of Southern Alberta.
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Intertwined                                                                                                               

Until June 15, 2018
ATB Stephen Avenue (102 8th Ave. SW)
Free

Featuring the work of fibre students from the Alberta College of Art + Design’s School of Craft + Emerging Media, the artists combined their interest in surface design and silkscreen printing on fabric to craft 13 pieces inspired by Alberta.
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Semblances

Until June 16, 2018
Herringer Kiss Gallery (709A 11th Ave. SW)
Free

Featuring new paintings by Vancouver-based artist Eric Louie, this show explores ideas of memory, romanticism, and escapism through depictions of abstracted environments.
herringerkissgallery.com

Changing Planes

Until June 16, 2018
Herringer Kiss Gallery (709A 11th Ave. SW)
Free

A mini exhibition of new works by Calgary-based hard-edge painter Rhys Douglas Farrell, Changing Planes ties elements of graffiti and street painting with the minimal op-art tradition.
herringerkissgallery.com

Spectrum

Until June 23, 2018
Newzones Gallery of Contemporary Art (730 11th Ave. SW)
Free

A solo exhibition by Marie Lannoo, Spectrum showcases the language of colour to accumulate, connect, combine, transform, and interact. By breaking down each hue into incremental parts of increasing intensity and then layering each part over others, different iterations of one color interact with other colors in a slow, steady chromatic progression.
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Garden Party

Until June 23, 2018
Newzones Gallery of Contemporary Art (730 11th Ave. SW)
Free

Toronto-based artist Emily Filler weaves together painting, printmaking, and photography in her painterly collages. Filler’s first solo exhibition in Calgary, Garden Party brings together panels of colour, meticulous patterning, and floral elements to create a hybrid between representation and abstraction, as well as the natural and supernatural.
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Koan

Until June 23, 2018
Christine Klassen Gallery (200, 321 50th Ave. SE)
Free

Carl White grew up in England, frequenting institutions like the National Gallery and British Museum, which formed the foundation for his art practice. But as a teenager, he embraced a rebellious attitude and started questioning the elitist traditions of the British Empire. Combining these two worlds, Koan challenges the value of art history and its relevance to contemporary culture by taking on dual roles of creator and destroyer.
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Carl White’s Halo | Image: Courtesy of Christine Klassen Gallery

bust/boom

Until June 26, 2018
The New Gallery (208 Centre St. SE)
Free

An attempt to make visible the complex ways we are affected by economic cycles, this exhibition strives to better understand both the visible and invisible conditions of our time. Curated by Noa Bronstein and Deborah Wang, the show includes work by Richard Ibghy and Marilou Lemmens, Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill, An Te Liu, Gordon Matta-Clark, and Hwayeon Nam.
thenewgallery.org

I believe in living

Until June 30, 2018
Untitled Art Society (343 11th Ave. SW)
Free

Featuring diverse works by local, national, and international artists, in and outside the Untitled Art Society main gallery space, online, in its +15 window, and on billboards across the city, this encompassing show uses plant life as a starting point. Curated by Ellyn Walker, this exhibition features work from Basil AlZeri, Rana Bishara, Christina Battle, Richelle Bear Hat & Brittney Bear Hat, Rehab Nazzal, Abdi Osman, Tiffany Shaw-Collinge, and Rinaldo Walcott.
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1597; Harmonious Frequencies

Until July 29, 2018
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free

A great street facing space, the Esker Foundation’s Project Space comes alive with a performance-based installation implemented over the course of 12 weeks. Working within a clean and minimal space, see Jolie Bird create an eight-foot diameter representation of the Fibonacci Sequence.
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Land-People-Movement

Until August 10, 2018
Nickle Galleries, University of Calgary (410 University Ct. NW)
Free

Curated by Christine Sowiak and organized by Nickle Galleries, this exhibition includes selections from the gallery’s collections and explores ways of looking at the outside world that help us move through it.
nickle.ucalgary.ca

REASSURANCE…

Until August 31, 2018
Sheldon Chumir Health Centre (1213 4th St. SW)
Free, all welcome

As a public artwork Recognition…Validation…Reassurance… takes the form of a social practice art project.  Created by community participants for community benefit, the content addresses mental wellness, and is devised and led by artist Dick Averns. Reassurance… is based on the premise that mental health is about self-expression but is often invisible.  Presented along a city block in the downtown core, this 24/7 installation features nearly 200 artworks generated through free community workshops. Swing by the community celebration from 3:00 to 6:00pm on June 27.
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The Witching Hour

Until September 2, 2018
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free

Vanessa Brown works in the space between strength and fragility through an alchemical fusing of steel, pigment, and glass. Bringing together new installations and recent works, ranging in scale from grand to intimate, this exhibition is a proposal in material, colour, light, and sound.
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Book of Abandoned Details

Until September 2, 2018
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free

Featuring new and major works produced over the past five years, Anna Torma uses drawing, collaging, painting, dyeing, free-hand quilting, patchwork, applique, felting, and embroidery to create a fantastic world.
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A copy of Anna Torma's Deer

Detail of Anna Torma’s Deer | Image: Courtesy of the Esker Foundation

What is Money?

Until September 3, 2018
Nickle Galleries, University of Calgary (410 University Ct. NW)
Free

Curated by Marina Fischer with assistance from Justine Buchler, don’t miss the newest exhibition of ethnographic objects from the Nickle’s numismatic collection. Showcasing diverse forms of money used across the globe through time, the exhibition explores a range in cultural understandings of money, its value in society, and asks, what is money?
nickle.ucalgary.ca

The Artist’s Mirror: Self Portraits

Until January 16, 2019
Glenbow (130 9th Ave. SE)
With admission

The first in series of exhibitions developed in collaboration with Library and Archives Canada, head to Glenbow to see self-portraits from the two institutions’ impressive collections. Curated by Sarah Todd, see pieces that allow their creators a chance to look deeply at themselves.
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