Exhibitions September 2016
Tia Halliday’s Circus, aluminum dye sublimation print | Image: Courtesy of Herringer Kiss Gallery

Exhibitions September 2016

A new season brings a swath of new programming to our fave galleries

Amy Jo Espetveidt

With wonderful light and bold colours, fall is a great time to be a visual arts fan. And with September comes the start of tons of new shows. From pop-up festival exhibits to studio crawls, this month has it all.

HK Summer Group Show

Until September 3, 2016
Herringer Kiss Gallery (709A 11th Ave. SW)

The Herringer Kiss Gallery presents works from gallery artists Joe Fleming, Michael Davidson, Reinhard Skoracki, Nate McLeod, Rhys Farrell, Roy Kiyooka, Angela Leach, and Svea Ferguson.

Select Prints by Noboru Sawai

Until September 3, 2016
Herringer Kiss Gallery (709A 11th Ave. SW)

Known for combining the Japanese method of woodcut printmaking with the intaglio techniques of printing from etched copper plates, Noboru Sawai recently passed away at the age of 85. See a collection of his erotic art that uses imagery from diverse time periods, traditions, and cultures.

Summer Group Show III, 2016

Until September 7, 2016
Wallace Galleries (500 5th Ave. SW)

Close out the summer with this group show that includes works by gallery artists Diana Zasadny, Leslie Poole, Gregory Hardy, Robert Marchessault, Peter Krausz, and Andrew Lui.

selfEDGE: Contextural Residency Exhibition

Until September 17, 2016
Gallery 371 & Main Mall, Alberta College of Art + Design (1407 14th Ave. NW)

If you’re not familiar with Contextural A Fibre Arts Co-operative, you have a great chance to get to know them this month. Its Summer Residency program recently wrapped and their work can be seen at this exhibition. Swing by the closing reception from 6:00 to 8:00pm on September 15.

I’ll Go Find It

Until September 17, 2016
Jarvis Hall Gallery (333B 36th Ave. SE)

Herald Nix uses panels of the same size and exact view line in this exhibition and focuses on the integration of paint and colour. See the works at a closing reception September 15 from 5:00 to 8:00pm.

Black White and Grey Vol. 1

Until September 29, 2016
The Peanut Gallery, John Fluevog Shoes (207 8th Ave. SW)

Calgary’s online art gallery FosterMAK.com is going offline with Black White and Grey Vol. 1, a solo exhibit by local artist, John F. Gerrard.

Something Old, Something New: 125 Years of Wedding Fashion

Until October 16, 2016
Lougheed House (707 13th Ave. SW)
With admission

As part of its 125th Anniversary celebrations, Lougheed House is showcasing unique Alberta wedding fashion from the last 125 years. The exhibition features collections from the Museum of the Highwood, the Red Deer Museum, the Royal Alberta Museum and the Lougheed House Conservation Society, as well as numerous private collections.

Masks of the Indigenous People

Until October 27, 2016
Bissett Art Gallery, Mount Royal University (4825 Mount Royal Gate SW)

Calgary artist Elizabeth Laishley’s new mixed media creations, together with the stories they are based on, make for an unusual and innovative exhibition. Laishley will be in attendance at the exhibition open house, taking place from 5:00 to 8:00pm on September 15.

Free First Thursday Nights

September 1, 2016, 5:00 – 9:00pm
Glenbow (130 9th Ave. SE)

Start the month off right with Free First Thursday at Glenbow. It’s your last chance to check out a bunch of exhibitions including Kaleidoscopic Animalia.

Mike Binzer & Carl White

September 6 – October 15, 2016
Christine Klassen Gallery (200, 321 50th Ave. SE)

This month Christine Klassen Gallery presents works from Mike Binzer and Carl White. Binzer’s paintings explore the human figure as subject in a way that is both representational and abstracted and White’s new body of work looks at contemporary interpretation of classical subject matter. An ArtWalk Reception runs from 1:00 to 4:00pm on September 17 with an artist talk scheduled for 2:00pm.

Exploring Paint, Group Show 2016

September 8 – 22, 2016
Wallace Galleries (500 5th Ave. SW)

This group show features work from Jennifer Hornyak, Gregory Hardy, Brent Laycock, Simon Andrew, David Alexander, and more.


September 8 – 24, 2016
HK Incubator Project Space, Herringer Kiss Gallery (709A 11th Ave. SW)

Presented as part of Beakerhead, fireflies, chameleons, and starlings are the inspiration for this exhibition and features works by Bon Adriel Aseniero and Sheelagh Carpendale (computer scientists), Roxane Fallah and Mahdiar Ghaffarianhoseini (architects) that explore data and bio-inspiration in sculptural and digital form.

Phantasmagoria (Painting is the Skin of a Woman?)

September 8 – October 1, 2016
Herringer Kiss Gallery (709A 11th Ave. SW)

Calgary’s own Tia Halliday is fast becoming a force to watch. She was recently awarded with the Alberta College of Art + Design’s Alumni Honour Award and has been selected to represent Alberta in the 2017 Alberta Biennial at the Art Gallery of Alberta. Get to know her work at this exhibition that features a series of performed paintings—re-materialized from performance into large-scale aluminum photographic collage cut-outs, digital photographs and small-scale paper collages. The opening reception takes place from 5:00 to 8:00pm on September 8 with a performance slated for 2:00pm on September 10.

Laura Widmer’s Pearls | Image: Courtesy of Alberta Printmakers Gallery

Laura Widmer’s Pearls | Image: Courtesy of Alberta Printmakers Gallery


September 9 – October 8, 2016
Alberta Printmakers Gallery (4025 4th St. SE)

Laura Widmer’s work is a quiet act of defiance in a digital age. Deliberately using a physical process, she creates works that explore the subtleties of expression. An artist talk is slated for 7:00pm on September 8 with a reception to follow.

Nothing is Too Empty a Place to Go

September 9 – October 15, 2016
Stride Main Space (1006 Macleod Tr. SE)

Nothing is Too Empty a Place to Go features Kate Jackson’s laboriously embroidered works on perishable material. Using embroidered paper towels, piles of leaves, flower arrangements, and insects, the work will slowly perish during the course of the exhibition. An opening reception takes place on September 9 at 8:00pm with an artist talk and embroidery workshop at 2:00pm on September 10.

Staring at the sun with your eyes closed

September 9 – November 26, 2016
Untitled Contemporary Art (343 11th Ave. SW)

This show might be one you just want to check out without knowing too much. Featuring works from Lauren Chipeur and April Martin and curated by Zoë Wonfor, the exhibition looks to be sculptural but not much more can be gleaned. A reception takes place at 8:00pm on September 9 followed by an artist talk and lunch at 2:00pm on September 10. And mark your calendars for the publication launch November 4 at 8:00pm.

Divya Mehra’s A civic death (in praise of the threat), thus coherence – of patriarchy, of ancestry, of narrative – is made by erasure and exclusion OR nothing lasts forever, I hope you will consider the sensitivities of Hindus | Image: Karen Asher

Divya Mehra’s A civic death (in praise of the threat), thus coherence – of patriarchy, of ancestry, of narrative – is made by erasure and exclusion OR nothing lasts forever, I hope you will consider the sensitivities of Hindus | Image: Karen Asher

It’s Gonna Rain

September 10 – October 22, 2016
The New Gallery (208 Centre St. SE)

This month The New Gallery premieres It’s Gonna Rain, an exhibition of three new sculptural works by Canadian artist Divya Mehra. The show explores the universal relationship to the unexpected losses we all face, focusing on the artist’s own experience with the loss of her father, Kamal, just over one year ago. An opening reception takes place September 9 at 8:00pm and Mehra will be in attendance.


September 14 – November 6, 2016
C (117 8th Ave. SW)

Presented in partnership with Beakerhead, Zimoun uses simple components to build architecturally-minded platforms of sound. An opening reception is slated for September 14 at 5:00pm.


September 16 – October 8, 2016
Ruberto Ostberg Gallery (2108 18th St. NW)

Calgary-based artist Joanne MacDonald’s latest solo exhibition features sculpture inspired by revisiting past artworks, materials, shapes, scale, and repetition. In this new body of work, she attempts to find resolution around concepts that continue to resound with her. Check out the show at one of two opening receptions, September 16 from 5:00 to 9:00pm and September 17 from 2:00 to 5:00pm.

Cecil Hotel

September 16 – October 22, 2016
TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary’s Main Space (2009 10th Ave. SW)

Mark Clintberg’s exploration of the recently demolished Cecil Hotel is not to be missed. The hotel opened in 1912, ordered to close by Calgary’s city officials in 2008, and was purchased by The City for nearly $11 million in 2009. Considered an epicentre of prostitution, drugs, murder, and desperation by some, this project includes a large-scale modified replica of the hotel’s neon sign and an edition of custom-made pint glasses.

Searching For Bruce Willis

September 16 – November 26, 2016
TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary’s Main Space (2009 10th Ave. SW)

Julie Tremble has been greatly influenced by cinema, literature, and philosophy. Her practice considers the role that narrative plays in our experience of the world. Using video and digital animation, she constructs experimental fiction and contemplative animation loops to explore emotion, nature, mental state, and social interaction. Both TRUCK Main Space shows open with a reception, 8:00pm on September 16.

Calgary Chinatown Art Society Art Show

September 17, 2016, 10:00am – 4:30pm
Brentwood Community Centre (1520B Northmount Dr. NW)

Artist members of the Calgary Chinatown Art Society will be having a show and sale this September and this is your chance to get Chinese paintings, oil, acrylic and water colour paintings created by society members. Everyone is welcome.

Get on your walking shoes for the 13th annual East Side Studio Crawl | Photo: Courtesy of Burns Visual Arts Society

Get on your walking shoes for the 13th annual East Side Studio Crawl | Photo: Courtesy of Burns Visual Arts Society

East Side Studio Crawl

September 17, 2016, 11:00am – 5:00pm
Throughout Inglewood and Ramsay

Meet the artists and go inside their studios at the 13th annual East Side Studio Crawl. This is your chance to explore the inner workings of over 40 studio spaces throughout Inglewood and Ramsay. Grab a coffee, peruse demonstrations, enter to win original art by local artists and get inspired.

The White Brush Fellowship of Calligraphy

September 17 – 25, 2016
Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre (197 1st St. SW)

Curious about the art form of Chinese Calligraphy? Then you’ll want to check out the third joint exhibition of the White Brush Fellowship of Calligraphy at the Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre. A traditional tea ceremony will also be performed at 1:00pm on September 17 to celebrate the exhibition.

Fall 2016 Exhibitions

September 17 – December 18, 2016
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)

A new season means new shows at the Esker Foundation. See works from Cedric & Jim Bomford, Jasmine Cibic and Larissa Fassler and celebrate at the opening reception from 6:00 to 10:00pm on September 16.

Riverview Artists Show & Sale

September 19 – 23, 2016
Tenant Lounge, Centennial Place (250 3rd Ave. SW)

See original works from 12 local artists including a chance to win an original painting created at one of Riverview Artists’ Shared Vision events. An artist will be in attendance from 9:00am until 4:00pm each day.

Performing the Landscape

September 22 – November 12, 2016
Multiple locations

This is a big one people. Five local galleries have joined together to revisit the landscape tradition through the lens of the moving image. Performing the Landscape is an exhibition of video and filmic works exploring the picturesque, wilderness and the sublime. An opening reception takes place September 22 and includes stops at all the participating galleries—The Illingworth Kerr Gallery (ACAD), Contemporary Calgary, Glenbow, Stride Gallery and TRUCK Contemporary Art.

Five Estates: Ted Godwin, Bruce Head, Kenneth Lochhead, Toni Onley & David Sorensen

September 22 – October 12, 2016
Wallace Galleries (500 5th Ave. SW)

A play on the idea of the Fifth Estate—a reference to people who operate in journalism outside the normal constraints imposed on the mainstream media—this show comprises recognized artists from Five Estates operating outside the normal constraints of art. Check it out at the opening reception from 2:00 to 5:00pm on September 24.

Etsy: Made in Canada Calgary Marketplace

September 23 & 24, 2016
Genesis Centre (7555 Falconridge Blvd. NE)
$8 Friday Sneak Peek, $5 at the door on Saturday

The largest coast-to-coast pop-up event is back celebrating local artisans in 38 communities nationwide. Calgary’s edition takes place at the Genesis Centre and features over 110 local Etsy sellers.Peruse through handmade and vintage wares including everything from home decor to clothing and much more.