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Fall Light, 1991 12" x 16", oil on panel Lochhead | Photo: Courtesy of Wallaca Galleries

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Don't miss the free December finds

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From book launches, creative workshops and more, the coming week is full to the brim with free arts finds you need to check out. Read on to learn more and start planning your next arts outing!

View from the Inside

December 7, 2022, 7 – 8:30pm
Calgary Central Library (800 3rd St. SE)
Free to attend, RSVP required

Join cohosts Barb English and WP Puppet Theatre’s Wendy Passmore-Godfrey for a special opening reception to celebrate the beauty and impact of a collection of self-portrait masks on display at the library for the month of December.

Calgary Renaissance Singers and Players

December 7, 2022, 12:10 – 1pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)
Free to attend

The Calgary Renaissance Singers & Players inspire, entertain and educate audiences and members through the Renaissance’s music, culture, and history and works from other periods that celebrate the spirit of the Renaissance.

Noor Murad & Yotam Ottolenghi

December 7, 2022, 7 – 8:15pm
Stream online
Free to watch, registration required

Imagine on Air presents Noor Murad and Yotam Ottolenghi with the second installment in their Ottolenghi Test Kitchen book series, Extra Good Things. This conversation is hosted by Calgary food writer Julie Van Rosendaal.

Claude Riedel

December 7, 2022, 7 – 8pm
Stream online
Free to watch, registration required

Art and Scroll Studio presents artist and author Claude Riedel for a live interview on Zoom. Claude is a designer specializing in the Nir Tamid or Eternal Light that is found in many sacred spaces.

Calgary Holiday Party

December 7, 2022, 6pm
Rose and Crown (3rd floor, 1503 4th St. SW)
Free to attend

Join the Writers’ Guild of Alberta’s Calgary Holiday Party for an evening that includes the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Medal ceremony and two special surprise readings from local authors.

Karen Armstrong

December 8, 2022, 6pm
Stream online
Free to watch, registration required

Wordfest’s Imagine on Air presents Karen Armstrong and her thought-provoking new book, Sacred Nature: Restoring Our Ancient Bond With the Natural World, recently named a Best Book of 2022 by The New Yorker.

Art for Smiles

December 9, 2022, 11am – 3pm
Memorial Park Library (1221 2nd St. SW)
Free to participate, RSVP required

The Art and Creative Skills Collective brings 25 youth (14 – 27 years) together to create 200 holiday cards to be distributed to clients of shelter homes and food banks.

IAMP Final Celebration

December 9, 2022, 5 – 7:30pm
Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall, Calgary Central Library (800 3rd St. SE)
Free to attend, RSVP required

The Immigrant Council for Arts Innovation invites you to the final event of the 2022 Immigrant Arts Mentorship Program, where newcomer artists and culture workers connect, learn and establish their practice.

Curatorial Tour

December 9, 2022, 6 – 7pm
Esker Foundation (4th floor, 1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free to attend, registration required

Join Esker Foundation Curator Naomi Potter for a tour of their exhibitions: Chloë Lum & Yannick Desranleau’s The Garden of a Former House Turned Museum, Gailan Ngan’s From the Studio Floor, and Robin Arseneault’s Falling Off The Log.

A Stunning Backdrop

December 9, 2022, 7 – 9pm
Husky Oil Great Hall, Rozsa Centre, University of Calgary (206 University Ct. NW)
Free to attend, RSVP required

Celebrate the launch of A Stunning Backdrop: Alberta in the Movies, 1917 – 1960. You’ll hear from the author Mary Graham, Nakoda filmmaker Cody Lefthand, photographer George Webber and IATSE 212 business agent Tom Benz.

Deep Horse Launch

December 9, 2022, 7pm
Online or in-person at The Bows (2001b 10th Ave. SW)
Free to attend, registration required

Join The Bows for the launch of Hazel Meyer’s DEEP HORSE TEXTS, a project about horses and the affinities we humans have with them, no matter our proximity.

Holiday Flower making with Susanah Windrum

December 10, 2022, 11am – 3pm
Alberta Craft Gallery & Shop, cSPACE King Edward (280 1721 29th Ave. SW)
Free to attend, registration required

Susanah Windrum will teach you how to make holiday flowers that will delight people. This workshop is open to ages four and up, but parents must be present to supervise or make their flowers.

Christmas Miniature Group Show — Opening Reception

December 10, 2022, 2 – 5pm
Wallace Galleries (500 5th Ave. SW)
Free to explore

Looking for a unique and special gift for that special someone? Wallace Galleries has a roster of artists focusing on some special works. You’ll find gems for that nook and other dynamic works for that centrepiece.

Holiday Market

December 10 & 11, 2022
Golden Acre Home & Garden (620 Goddard Ave. NE)
Free to explore

The Golden Acre Community Market’s December gift market features the finest wares from 50-plus local small businesses, free family & pet photos with Santa, food trucks and live entertainment.

Oskar & Lilli

December 12, 2022, 6:30pm
Calgary Central Library (800 3rd St. SE)
Free to watch, registration required

Chechen refugee kids Oskar and Lilli are about to be deported along with their mother, but when their mother attempts suicide, it results in the short-term suspension of the deportation — but also the forced separation of the family.

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