Photo of artist Anne J. Steves' work
Join Anne J. Steves for an artist talk this Wednesday at ACAD | Photo: Courtesy of ACAD

Free This Week

Check out opening receptions, book launches, artist talks, and more

Amy Jo Espetveidt

  • Price Free

Alright Calgary, what do you have on the go this week? With free offerings from Shelf Life Books, the Calgary Association of Lifelong Learners, Alberta College of Art + Design, and so many more, there’s something for everyone. Here’s what we’re hitting up:

ProArts Presents Lorna McLachlan Jazz Trio

March 8, 2017, 12:00 – 12:50pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)

Lorna MacLachlan has been writing, arranging, performing, and teaching in Calgary and Western Canada for most of her life. Joined by Stefano Valdo and Andre Wickenheiser, infuse your week with some jazz at this free lunch hour concert.

Playtime in the Clayground Opening Reception

March 8, 2017, 5:30 – 7:30pm
Marion Nicoll Gallery, Main Space, ACAD (1407 14th Ave. NW)

This exhibition from Mabel Anabelle Tan draws on the fascination of strange bodily interactions and evolves into a curious playscape. Check it out at its opening reception.

Artist Talk: Anne J. Steves

March 8, 2017, 7:00pm
Stanford Perrott Lecture Theatre, ACAD (1407 14th Ave. NW)

Presented in partnership with Contextural Fibre Arts Cooperative, join visual artist Anne J. Steves as she shares insight into her work and how it exists at the intersection of art and craft by using textiles and thread based media. The event is free and open to the public.

Dopamine Blunder

March 8, 2017, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Shelf Life Books (1302 4th St. SW)

A launch and reading of Lori Cayer’s latest volume of poetry, Dopamine Blunder, head to Shelf Life Books to hear her new work. Hosted by Richard Kelly Kemick, Joshua Whitehead will join Cayer for a fine night of readings.

Yellow Beam Purple Spill

March 9, 2017, 1:00 – 3:00pm
Rosedale Community Hall (901 11th Ave. NW)

Join Calgary-born artist Julie Beugin for an artist talk, presented by the Calgary Association of Lifelong Learners. Beugin, who grew up in Calgary and now lives and works in Berlin, is returning to home for an exhibition at VivianeArt. Get an inside look at her process at this special talk that is open to guests as well as CALL members.

Modus Operandi Opening Reception

March 9, 2017, 5:00 – 8:00pm
Herringer Kiss Gallery (709A 11th Ave. SW)

Explore the role of process in the work of Nate McLeod, Tia Halliday, and Fiona Ackerman. Looking at work from three artists for whom process is as important to the end result, all three are expected to be in attendance.

Cooked Earth and Ghost Noise with Shauna Thompson

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

In this conversational walking tour, explore some of the individual the myths, narratives, and creative cosmologies in the ceramics and works on paper in Esker Foundation’s current show Earthlings.

Julie Beugin Opening Reception

March 10, 2017, 6:00 – 9:00pm
VivianeArt (1114 11th St. SW)


Inspired by urban environments, catch Calgary-born Julie Beugin’s first solo showing in her hometown—a showcase her most recent series of layered paintings. Artist remarks are slated for 7:00pm.


March 11 & 12, 2017
Warehouse 534 (534 9th Ave. SE)

FosterMAK presents this collective group of artists as they showcase over 100 pieces of original work. This show promises a wide variety of sizes, mediums, and price points. Many of the artists are expected to be in attendance and the event offers you a chance to get to know Calgary’s online gallery for local art in person.

Interiors: Studies of Woodland & Forest

March 11, 2017, 2:00 – 5:00pm
Wallace Galleries (500 5th Ave. SW)

Check out this solo exhibition by Saskatchewan landscape artist Gregory Hardy, with a special feature by steel sculptor Toni Prediger. A new series of paintings, it uses the nature of the landscape while still able to follow its own abstract path.

Inside of the Outside

March 12, 2017, 5:00pm
Darkwood Studios, RSVP on Facebook for address

Get to know artist Benjy Pringle at this tour of Darkwood Studios. Can’t make it? Join in online as Brian Backhaus of Bow Town Media interviews Pringle on Facebook Live.

If I Were in a Cage I’d Reach Out for You

March 14, 2017, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Shelf Life Books (1302 4th St. SW)

Celebrate the Calgary launch of Adèle Barclay’s debut collection of poetry If I Were in a Cage I’d Reach Out for You. Joined by special guests Richard Kelly Kemick and Nikki Reimer, the evening is hosted by Mikka Jacobsen.