Detail of Sandra Sawatzky’s The Black Gold Tapestry | Image: Courtesy of Glenbow

Exhibitions October 2017

Fall into gallery shows, pop-up events, receptions, and more

Amy Jo Espetveidt

Another busy month starts with a fever pitch of activities thanks to Alberta Culture Days, but there’s plenty of time to explore this October. Spend your fall with Calgary’s visual arts community.

Aaksokgowamoski (Making Relations)

October 4 & 5, 2017
Alberta College of Art + Design (1407 14th Ave. NW)
Free – $35

Inviting Indigenous artists, curators, and scholars to discuss the ways that they locate their own practices within local, national, and international narratives of history, place, and belonging, this symposium is being offered in conjunction with two exhibitions—The Writing on the Wall: The Work of Dr. Joane Cardinal Schubert at the Nickle Galleries and Future Memories (Present Tense) at Illingworth Kerr Gallery.
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Mini Masters

October 5, 2017, 11:00 – 11:45am
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free, registration essential

A hands-on art class where parents and guardians can bring their little ones, ages 2 to 5, to explore art making, this fun and social program explores new mediums and techniques each month.
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Future Memories (Present Tense) Opening

October 5, 2017, 5:00 – 7:00pm
Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Alberta College of Art + Design (1407 14th Ave. NW)
Free

A new group show bringing together six contemporary Indigenous artists from different regions of Canada, explore Future Memories (Present Tense) at the opening reception.
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Free First Thursday Nights

October 5, 2017, 5:00 – 9:00pm
Glenbow (130 9th Ave. SE)
Free

It’s time for the October edition of Free First Thursday Nights, and although the new exhibitions don’t open until October 7, it’s a great night to spend time with the museum’s permanent ones.
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Reimagining Boundaries: Exhibition Tour with Elizabeth Diggon

October 5, 2017, 7:00 – 8:00pm
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free, registration recommended

Consider how Mary Anne Barkhouse and Postcommodity subvert and reimagine lines and boundaries—either real or imagined—that run between or across territories and delineate perceptions of domestic and private, human and natural. Join Elizabeth Diggon for this tour of the current shows on display at the Esker Foundation.
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Bring the Baby Art Tour

October 6, 2017, 12:00 – 12:30pm
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free, registration recommended

Have baby-friendly fun while discussing and questioning the Esker Foundation’s current exhibitions on this relaxed, social tour.
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Launch Party

October 6, 2017, 7:30 – 11:00pm
Glenbow (130 9th Ave. SE)
Admission by donation

Get your first taste of Glenbow’s new exhibitions alongside live music from Windigo and DJ Myke Atkison. There’s even exclusive one-night-only Discovery Room make and take art activities to hit up.
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Future Memories (Present Tense)

October 6 – December 2, 2017
Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Alberta College of Art + Design (1407 14th Ave. NW)
free

Bringing together six contemporary Indigenous artists from different regions of Canada, their work challenges linear ideas of time through storytelling. Each artwork showcased uniquely relates to the theme by either surfacing silenced narratives, deconstructing current dominant narratives, or imagining a past yet to be.
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Rage Hope

October 6 – December 16, 2017
Nickle Galleries (410 University Court NW)
Free

Organized by Nickle Galleries and curated by Dick Averns, Rage Hope addresses the theme of mental wellness and features the work of Edmonton artist Richard Boulet. Mounted in conjunction with the SPARK Disability Arts Festival, Boulet’s artworks feature highly crafted textiles, text-based art, drawings, and artist books. An opening reception is scheduled for 5:00 to 8:00pm on October 19 with an artist tour from 12:00 to 1:00pm.
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Richard Boulet’s Neologism

Richard Boulet’s Neologism | Image: Courtesy the artist and dc3 Art Projects

Everywhere Possible Therefore True

October 6 – December 16, 2017
Nickle Galleries (410 University Court NW)
Free

Calgary-based multidisciplinary artist Miruna Dragan utilizes diverse techniques including encaustic paint, photography, textiles, and architectural intervention to examine archetypes, myths, and symbols. Explore the show at its opening reception from 5:00 to 8:00pm on October 19.
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In Conversation: Higher States

October 7, 2017, 2:00 – 3:30pm
Glenbow (130 9th Ave. SE)
$10 – $12

Join Roald Nasgaard and Gwendolyn Owens for a discussion with author and curator Lisa Christensen about Higher States: Lawren Harris and his American Contemporaries.
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Bragg Creek Arts Festival

October 7 & 8, 2017, 10:00am – 5:00pm
Throughout Bragg Creek
Free

Long recognized as an artists’ community, Bragg Creek celebrates the culmination of one of Alberta’s largest plein air events with this hamlet-wide festival.
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Higher States: Lawren Harris and His American Contemporaries

October 7, 2017 – January 7, 2018
Glenbow (130 9th Ave. SE)
With admission

After Lawren Harris’ soaring depictions of mountains and icebergs became quintessential Canadiana, the iconic landscape painter and member of the Group of Seven turned to abstraction. Also featuring an important presentation of Harris’ American counterparts—Georgia O’Keeffe, Arthur Dove, Raymond Jonson, and Marsden Hartley—over 60 works make up this exhibition that shows another side to one of Canada’s greatest artists.
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DaveandJenn: The Wellspring

October 7, 2017 – January 7, 2018
Glenbow (130 9th Ave. SE)
With admission

The fourth piece in the One New Work exhibition series curated by Nancy Tousley, Calgary artists DaveandJenn showcase their first installation work, an immersive environment that transforms the gallery into an undersea grotto populated by an enigmatic presence.
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Jennifer Wanner: Second Nature

October 7, 2017 – January 14, 2018
Glenbow (130 9th Ave. SE)
With admission

An exhibition of exquisitely created collages and a stop-motion animation, Calgary artist Jennifer Wanner upends traditional botanical art by splicing images of endangered Canadian plant species together to create new hybrids.
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Eye of the Needle

October 7, 2017 – May 13, 2018
Glenbow (130 9th Ave. SE)
With admission

Looking at how needle and thread, the shiny bead and sequin, the porcupine quill and tuft of moose hair have all been used to create objects of incredible beauty, explore intricate works found in Glenbow’s historical textile and fashion collection.
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The Black Gold Tapestry

October 7, 2017 – May 21, 2018
Glenbow (130 9th Ave. SE)
With admission

Organized by Glenbow, make sure you explore Sandra Sawatzky’s hand-embroidered illustrative tapestry that tells the story of how oil has impacted human civilizations around the world. The Black Gold Tapestry took nine years to complete with Sawatzky spending an average of eight to ten hours a day—every day—on the project either researching, drawing, planning, or embroidering.
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Art Baby Tour

October 10, 2017, 10:00 – 11:00am
Glenbow (130 9th Ave. SE)
Free – $5

Bring the baby to the museum for an infant-friendly tour of Higher States: Lawren Harris and his American Contemporaries. This tour is perfect for adults accompanied by children under two.
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Wild Things

October 12, 2017, 4:00 – 8:00pm
Tasting Room Gallery, Village Brewery (5000 12A St. SE)
Free

Head to Village Brewery this Thursday and check out Tracey Seagram and Mandy Stobo’s first joint show, Wild Things. Exploring landscapes and wildlife with their unique yet different perspectives, this show promises to be a beautiful juxtaposition of content, technique, and imagination.
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CLEMSAID!

October 12 – 25, 2017
Wallace Galleries (500 5th Ave. SW)
Free

Exploring the relationships that art critic Clement Greenberg had on five artists, this show looks at how his connection with each impacted their careers. An opening reception takes place from 2:00 to 5:00pm on October 14.
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Foothills Art Club Fall Show & Sale

October 14, 2017, 10:00am – 4:00pm
St. Andrews United Church (28 1st St. E, Cochrane)
Free admission and refreshments

Check out over 150 paintings in the main gallery, along with dozens of small art works in the boutique, club members will be on hand to talk about their paintings and to answer any questions.
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Making Treaty 7: Finding Common Ground Closing Reception

October 14, 2017, 1:00 – 2:30pm
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free, registration recommended

Join the artists of the Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society’s Common Ground Dinner Series and celebrate the closing of their Project Space exhibition at the Esker Foundation.
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Beacon Original Art Fall Art Show & Sale

October 14 & 15, 2017, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Bridgeland-Riverside Community Association (917 Centre Ave. NE)
Free admission, parking, and draws

A two-day event featuring different artists in attendance each day, here’s your chance to meet 50 Albertan creators who will be selling their works. Look for painting, jewelry, glass, photography, ceramics, sculpture, and textiles at this fall sale.
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Beacon Original Art Fall Art Show & Sale

Some of the pieces you will find at the Beacon Original Art Fall Art Show & Sale | Image: Courtesy of Beacon Original Art

De docta ingnorantia (The Taught Lesson of Ignorance)

October 14 – November 11, 2017
Herringer Kiss Gallery (709A 11th Ave. SW)
Free

Reinhard Skoracki shares his sculptures in this solo show that portrays dreams and conflicts of today’s life and culture in an investigation into the human condition. Meet Skoracki at the opening reception on October 14 from 2:00 to 5:00pm.
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Master Class for Families

October 15, 2017, 1:00 – 2:30pm
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free, registration essential

Every month the Esker Foundation dives into new mediums with art projects that relate to its current exhibitions. An educational, energetic, hands-on program for kids aged five to 10, Project Space artist Tamara Lee-Anne Cardinal guest facilitates this October.
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Animal Geographies with Dr. Shelley Alexander

October 19, 2017, 7:00 – 8:00pm
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free, registration recommended

With decades-long research on wild canids (including coyotes, wolves, and African painted dogs), Dr. Shelley Alexander explores human-animal relationships as a response to Mary Anne Barkhouse’s Le rêve aux loups.
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France Jodoin: Recent Works

October 19 – December 2, 2017
Christine Klassen Gallery (200, 321 50th Ave. SE)
Free

As CKG celebrates its 10th anniversary, it honours an original and admired gallery painter, France Jodoin. Her sixth solo exhibition since her Calgary debut during its grand opening exhibition in October 2007, this long-anticipated solo exhibition showcases 10 new oil paintings in her signature marine genre. A reception takes place on October 19 from 5:00 to 8:00pm.
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Ten

October 19 – December 2, 2017
Christine Klassen Gallery (200, 321 50th Ave. SE)
Free

From its inception as The Weiss Gallery in 2007 to its relocation to a mid-century warehouse in 2014, CKG has come to be known as an innovative and welcoming space to experience contemporary art. Celebrate this legacy with this survey of gallery artists. Raise a glass at the reception from 5:00 to 8:00pm on October 19.
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Art Now: Terrance Houle

October 20, 2017, 10:00 – 11:30am
Taylor Family Digital Library, University of Calgary (410 University Ct. NW)
Free

Part of the University of Calgary Department of Art’s visiting artist and scholar series, this talk explores Terrance Houle’s new project Ghost Days. An experimental multi-media, collaborative project that evokes our colonial and non-colonial histories, Ghost Days awakens a collaboration with artists, audience, and spirit.
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John Kenneth Esler & Richard Edwards Opening Receptions

October 20 & 21, 2017
Ruberto Ostberg Gallery (2108 18th St. NW)
Free

A great time to explore this local gallery, check out two opening receptions this October. A new visual arts exhibition, Indelible Mark features artwork by the well-remembered Calgary arts educator, widely collected and internationally shown printmaker John Kenneth Esler, while THE LAST PLACE ON EARTH [The Final Depot…] features oil paintings and ephemeral nautical sculptures by Calgary-based multidisciplinary artist Richard Edwards.
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Further Studies in Citizenship, Fiction

October 20 – November 18, 2017
Jarvis Hall Gallery (333B 36th Ave. SE)
Free

Calgary-based artist Bill Rodgers shares 20 paintings and 26 companion works in various media, that archives a small library of fictional themes and titles that were intended to enrich life in settlement era Canada. Explore the show at its opening reception from 5:00 to 8:00pm on October 20.
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The Bitterness of Bad Solitude (or To be Lost in Something you Designed Yourself)

October 20 – November 25, 2017
Untitled Art Society (343 11th Ave. SW)
Free

Combining iconic imagery, popular media, and tactile objects in the creation of an immersive, set-like environment, this exhibition from Hannah Doerksen emanates a curiously unsettling energy.
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Field Work

October 20 – November 30, 2017
Alberta Printmakers (4025 4th St. SE)
Free

Calgary-based artist Stacey Watson showcases her work this fall and you can take in an artist talk and opening reception at 7:00pm on October 20. Using photography, print, and sculpture, Watson explores how human imagination is linked to landscape and weather.
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Palette Fine Arts Show & Sale

October 21, 2017, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Triwood Community Association (2244 Chicoutimi Dr. NW)
Free

Featuring paintings by independent artists in a variety of mediums including acrylic, oil, watercolour and mixed media, all artists showing will be in attendance for this show and sale. The day also includes live art demonstrations.
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Art Harvest Exhibition & Sale

October 21, 2017, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Edgemont Community Centre (33 Edgevalley Circle NW)
Free admission and parking

A juried selection of fine art, join the Calgary Chapter of the Federation of Canadian Artists for this show and sale featuring  original art work in a variety of mediums, styles, and sizes. Cash donations for the Food Bank are gratefully accepted.
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Artist Talk: Sandra Sawatzky

October 21, 2017, 2:00 – 3:30pm
Glenbow (130 9th Ave. SE)
$10 – $12

Nine-years in the making, Sandra Sawatzky’s 220-foot hand-embroidered The Black Gold Tapestry tells the story of how oil has impacted human civilizations around the world. Join her as she shares her exhaustive research and creation process followed by a Q&A.
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Family Slumber Party

October 21 & 22, 2017
Glenbow (130 9th Ave. SE)
$85 – $95

Marking the 10th anniversary of Glenbow’s permanent exhibition Mavericks: An Incorrigible History of Alberta, celebrate with this special sleepover party. Kids aged seven to 12 and their accompanying adults are invited to this after-hours gallery exploration.
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Art from the Unknown

October 21 & 22, 2017
General Gallery, McDougall Centre (455 6th St. SW)
Free

Join the Honourable Premier Rachel Notley as she hosts this free art show and sale featuring new and emerging artists. Come and view visual art created by over 60 Calgary and area artists.
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Multivision Artists of Calgary Now, Then & Beyond Exhibition

October 24 – 28, 2017
Level 1 Hallway Gallery, cSPACE King Edward (1721 29th Ave. SW)
Free

A week-long event of inspiration, admiration, and jubilation, join the Multivision Artists of Calgary as they celebrate a new beginning. Throughout the show look for workshop sessions and sketch-offs or attend the closing gala on October 28 to meet and chat with the artists.
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Multivision Artists of Calgary’s Now, Then & Beyond Exhibition Poster

Explore Multivision Artists of Calgary’s Now, Then & Beyond Exhibition at its closing gala | Image: Courtesy of Multivision Artists of Calgary

Artist Talk: DaveandJenn

October 26, 2017, 7:00 – 8:30pm
Glenbow (130 9th Ave. SE)
$10 – $12

Moderated by curator Nancy Tousley, get special insight into this unique collaborative artistic partnership and the site-specific new creation that is part of the One New Work exhibition.
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Gray Jay and Avian Friends Puppet Making Workshop for Adults

October 26, 2017, 7:00 – 9:00pm
NW Calgary Home Studio (Address Released Upon Registration)
$20

Make your own paper sculpture style gray jay puppet at this adult focused workshop. Part of WP Puppet Workshop’s Canada 150 project, participants also get a chance to read and video record a line from Ken Lee’s The Magpie and the Gray Jay.
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Autumn Colour

October 26 – November 15, 2017
Wallace Galleries (500 5th Ave. SW)
Free

A solo exhibition by local artist William Duma, discover a selection of new works that exemplify his ability to play with light while portraying the beautiful variations of the Alberta landscape. An opening reception takes place from 2:00 to 5:00pm on October 28 with a live jazz performance. Duma is expected to be in attendance.
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Artist Talk with Veronica Verkley

October 27, 2017, 7:00 – 8:00pm
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free, registration recommended

Join Yukon sculptor and filmmaker Veronica Verkley as she discusses the process and ideas behind her Project Space installation, Second Nature: FERAL. The talk will be followed by an opening reception for the piece that details changes in our environment that are usually imperceptible unless they are seen as a time lapse.
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Thumb Through

October 27 – December 9, 2017
Main Space, TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary
Free

Jade Yumang’s Thumb Through is a series of sculptures that reference a 1972 legal scandal in New Jersey where police officers, without warrant, entered a gay bookstore and seized publications that were deemed obscene. Each sculpture represents a page from My-O-My, a 1970s North American gay erotic magazine that was used as evidence in the case.
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Stop Motion Animation Workshop with Veronica Verkley

October 28, 2017, 10:00 – 5:00pm
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free, registration essential

Inspired by Veronica Verkley’s stop motion animation Second Nature: FERAL, this workshop shows participants how to create their own ‘animate-able’ needle-felted animal with an internal, poseable wire armature. Participants must be over the age of 16.
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Bee Kingdom Glass Glassblowing Sale

October 28 & 29, 2017, 12:00 – 5:00pm
Bee Kingdom (427 22nd Ave. NW)
Free, family-friendly

With glassblowing demonstrations and a sale, this weekend is a great time to visit the Bee Kingdom. Pick up your own piece of cute, funky art or simply watch how it’s made with a frightening and free demo.
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Field Station Community Celebration

October 29, 2017, 1:00 – 3:00pm
Tuscany School Gymnasium (990 Tuscany Dr. NW)
Free

Celebrate the completion of Field Station with this showcase looking at the process and creative outcomes of this community-based public art project. Take part in arts activities for all ages and explore the release of a multi-media, digital publication created by the artist team.
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the Tiding

October 30 – November 12, 2017
Main Level Gallery, cSPACE King Edward 1721 29th Ave. SW)
Free

A solo exhibition by Doug Driediger showcasing recent paintings and drawings inspired by birds, particularly magpies, the show includes over 25 bird studies in all media, ranging from intimate vignettes to dramatic, large-scale bird landscapes. There’s even an actual magpie-nest-turned-sculpture to explore. See the show at its opening reception on November 2 from 6:00 to 8:00pm.
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Ongoing Exhibitions

I Am Western

Until October 1, 2017
cSPACE King Edward (1721 29th Ave. SW)
Free

In celebration of cSPACE’s newly opened creative hub, installations from 14 contemporary artists fill the expansive hallways of the King Edward School. A postmodern interpretation of the cowboy and western genre, see pieces from Chris Cran, Adrian Stimson, Lyndal Osborne, Terrance Houle, John Freeman, Heather Benning, Kris Weinmann, Tim Moore, Mitch Kern, Sherri Chaba, Pascale Ouellet, Billie Rae Busby, Rosanna Marmont, and Kelly Johner, curated by Melissa E. Cole and organized by Off Limits Arts.
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50

Until October 7, 2017
Herringer Kiss Gallery (709A 11th Ave. SW)

Free

Calgary-based Curtis Cutshaw created this series of paintings with fractured, deconstructed and organic images on individual birch wood tiles. The works may appear spontaneous, yet every piece, every mark is intentional. The artists’ touch, his hand, and his construction are at the centre of each work.
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Metamorphosis

Until October 7, 2017
HK INCUBATOR, Herringer Kiss Gallery (709A 11th Ave. SW)
Free

Computational media design artist Oksana Kryzhanivska explores the potential to enhance human perception with computationally-augmented experience of sculpture. Presented as part of Beakerhead, curator Marjan Eggermont is the Associate Dean (Student Affairs) and a senior instructor in The Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary.
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Treasure Sales at Northland Village

Until October 7, 2017
Northland Village Mall (5111 Northland Dr. NW)
Free entry

A new form of weekly market, this parking lot adventure combines a farmers market, artisans market, and community sale. Find a wide range of unique offerings and promotions happening every Saturday throughout the summer. And the best part? It’s unique each week.
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30th Anniversary Show

Until October 11, 2017
Wallace Galleries (500 5th Ave. SW)
Free

In celebration of 30 years in business, Wallace Galleries is hosting a very special exhibition featuring every artist currently represented in the gallery.
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Taking Stock

Until October 13, 2017
Alberta Printmakers Studio (4025 4th St. SE)
Free

Chad Erpelding’s exhibition Taking Stock analyzes data from Canada’s S&P/TSX composite index and studies its relationship with the global economy.
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tender waves make the softest gestures & heart of gold, stomach of steel

Until October 14, 2017
Jarvis Hall Gallery (333B 36th Ave. SE)
Free

Jarvis Hall Gallery opens its fall season with two solo exhibitions by Larissa Tiggelers and Jeremy Pavka. Tiggelers’ abstract painting process includes withdrawing from external concerns into intensive and contemplative colour mixing while Pavka uses humour, craftsmanship, and material choices in search of a punchline.
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Confluence

Until October 14, 2017
Ruberto Ostberg Gallery (2108 18th St. NW)
Free

A flowing together or a place where things merge, Confulence describes the coming together of the divergent artistic practices of Adele Woolsey and Mary-Leigh Doyle.
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In Blood and Bone

Until October 14, 2017
TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary (2009 10th Ave. SW)
Free

Alana Bartol’s In Blood and Bone asks how dowsing might shift relationships between natural resources, technology, and place, while looking at remediation, care, and the reliability of information.
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Aron Hill: Drawings & Paintings

Until October 14, 2017
Christine Klassen Gallery (200, 321 50th Ave. SE)
Free

Aron Hill is a multidisciplinary artist based in Calgary who is known for his minimalist approach to drawing, painting, and installation. Explore his recent graphic paintings that recall aspects of minimalism and colour field.
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Introducing: Heather Close

Until October 14, 2017
Christine Klassen Gallery (200, 321 50th Ave. SE)
Free

CKG welcomes emerging local artist Heather Close and showcases her meticulous handcrafted assemblages made from wood, paint, felt, and embroidery.
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Teresa Posyniak: Drifters & Blooms

Until October 14, 2017
Christine Klassen Gallery (200, 321 50th Ave. SE)
Free

Inspired by the complexity of nature, Teresa Posyniak’s richly textured paintings use plankton as a muse. See her latest large-scale paintings that capture the magnetism of these fascinating micro-organisms.
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Ten Voices 2017: Photographic and Digital Works in Calgary

Until October 15, 2017
Alcove Gallery, Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium (1415 14th Ave. NW​)
Free​

Visual Arts Alberta ~ CARFAC, in partnership with the Friends of the Jubilee Auditoria Society present this Alberta-wide juried exhibition of artwork by 10 Alberta artists. Featuring photographic and digitally manipulated imagery, the exhibition ​focuses on the different ways artists respond to the world around and within them.
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Building Blocks of Colour

Until October 21, 2017
Newzones Gallery of Contemporary Art (730 11th Ave. SW)
Free

A solo exhibition by Jonathan Forrest full of boldly coloured acrylic paintings playfully reference post-war abstract painting, check out his new series inspired by the space and light in his rural Saskatchewan studio.
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Midwinter Thaw

Until October 21, 2017
Newzones Gallery of Contemporary Art (730 11th Ave. SW)
Free

Yechel Gagnon’s process is physical and forceful. Featuring charred wood surfaces with accents of gold and bronze leaf, tinted and exotic veneers stand out in her custom-made plywood.
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Making Treaty 7: Finding Common Ground

Until October 22, 2017
Project Space, Esker Foundation  (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free

A rotating exhibition of works produced in response to Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society’s Common Ground Dinner Series, see works including jewelry, glass, ceramics, photography, poetry, painting, drawing, and installation art.
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True Colours

Until October 25, 2017
ATB Stephen Avenue (102 8th Ave. SW)
Free

As the lead supporter of the Calgary Pride Festival, ATB believes in love and inclusivity for all Albertans. So to celebrate, its summer visual arts exhibition embraces the ideas of acceptance, belonging, and community. Featuring art from selected Alberta College of Art + Design students and alumni, make sure you swing by and check it out.
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To talk to the worms and the stars

Until October 28, 2017
The New Gallery (208 Centre St. SE)
Free

Curated by Natasha Chaykowski this unconventional show features works by Miruna Dragan, Maggie Groat, Rithika Merchant, and Cindy Mochizuki.
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Diane Landry

Until October 28, 2017
VivianeArt (1114 11th St. SW)
Free

Presented in partnership with Beakerhead, Canadian artist Diane Landry transforms everyday objects into beautiful and visually engaging artworks. This solo exhibition features a selection of kinetic sculptural installations that are hybrids of light, sound, and motion.
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Other-Portraits

Until November 3, 2017
Stride Gallery (1006 Macleod Tr. SE)
Free

A collaborative sculptural project by Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill and Patrick Cruz, Other-Portraits looks at the processes of knowledge building, familiarization, and how we become acquainted with a person, place or thing.
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Gabrielle L'Hirondelle Hill and Patrick Cruz’s Other-Portraits

Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill and Patrick Cruz’s Other-Portraits | Image: Courtesy of Stride Gallery

Along the Bow II

Until Novemeber 4, 2017
Alberta Craft Gallery, cSPACE King Edward (208, 1721 29th Ave. SW)
Free

A collection of 16 Alberta Craft Council members who live along the Bow or whose work is directly inspired by time spent on the river, celebrate this diverse range of work.
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Cultivating the Landscape: A Social History of Gardening in Calgary

Until November 5, 2017
Lougheed House (707 13th Ave. SW)
With admission

A new exhibit about Calgarians’ relationship with their gardens, Cultivating the Landscape shows how, through urban beautification movements, the imperative to grow vegetables for our community has shaped (and been shaped by) the land. The exhibit includes historic and contemporary photographs, gardening tools, archival material, and gardening ephemera, primarily from the 1890s to 1960s.
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The Writing on the Wall: Works of Dr. Joane Cardinal-Schubert, RCA

Until December 16, 2017
Nickle Galleries, University of Calgary (410 University Ct. NW)
Free

Organized by Nickle Galleries and curated by Lindsey V. Sharman, don’t miss this long overdue examination of Dr. Joane Cardinal-Schubert’s artwork. Featuring 60 pivotal pieces, the exhibition reflects the cyclical nature of Cardinal-Schubert’s work and includes pieces in painting, drawing, printmaking, collage, ceramic, and installation.
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A Very Long Line

Until December 22, 2017
Esker Foundation (1011 8th Ave. SE)
Free

An immersive four-channel video and sound installation, A Very Long Line is made up of four screens of moving images framed by the constant presence of a fence. Interdisciplinary arts collective Postcommodity shot the piece along a portion of the border between Douglas, Arizona, USA and Agua Prieta in Sonora, Mexico.
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Le rêve aux loups

Until December 22, 2017
Esker Foundation (1011 8th Ave. SE)
Free

Guest curated by Jennifer Rudder, Mary Anne Barkhouse invokes animal inhabitants and the flamboyant interiors of the Sun King, Louis XIV of France to create artworks that reveal the transitory nature of empire.
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extratextual

Until January 21, 2018
Contemporary Calgary (117 8th Ave. SW)
Free

An international exhibition of contemporary art informed by modes of writing, head to Contemporary Calgary to see this show curated by Lisa Baldissera and Joanne Bristol. The project explores writing techniques, as well as concepts of textuality and narrative, that have informed artistic production and is linked to international symposium Never the Same: what (else) can art writing do?
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Maxwell Bates and Fellow Expressionist William Leroy Stevenson

Until January 25, 2018
Gallery 505 (505 8th Ave. SW)
Free

This window gallery features exceptional works by both Maxwell Bates and William Leroy Stevenson including pieces from both Glenbow and The City of Calgary Public Art collections.
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