A promo image for Eveline Kolijn Printmaking in the Anthropocene
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  • Location Various Venues 
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Dive into a new week of free arts events to capture your imagination! From live concerts to literary events to visual art experiences, there’s a whole range of events to check out this week.

Gathie Falk: Revelations

Until October 15, 2023
Glenbow at the Edison (2nd floor, 150 9th Ave. SW)
Free to explore with tickets

Revelations is an impressive collection of art created by visionary Canadian artist Gathie Falk, spanning more than 50 years and across a number of mediums. Embracing the simplicity of everyday objects, Falk invites audiences to see the world with curiosity.

Osmond Chiu

October 11, 2023, 12:10 – 1pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)
Free to attend

The viola is often overshadowed by the violins and cello. Explore a noon-hour concert celebrating the power and beauty of the viola with Osmond Chiu, joined by violinists Robert Penner and Eric Auerbach and cellist Shirley Wright.

Calgary on Purpose

October 11, 2023, 7:30 – 8:30pm
Contemporary Calgary (701 11th St. SW)
Free to attend, RSVP required

Join Contemporary Calgary for an evening of conversation and connection featuring dancer and choreographer Yukichi Hattori, poet Pricscille Buckahsa and performance artist Karen Bray, interviewed by the inimitable Dave Kelly.

Wordfest’s Imaginairium

October 11 – 15, 2023
Various venues
Select events are free to attend

Wordfest’s Imaginairium is back, livelier than ever, showcasing 2023’s most exciting authors and books. Wordfest has gathered the best of the best once again so that you can think bigger, dig deeper and connect even more meaningfully with others.

Nickle@Noon – Eveline Kolijn: Printmaking in the Anthropocene

October 12, 2023, 12 – 1pm
Nickle Galleries, University of Calgary (435 Campus Lane NW)
Free to attend

Join printmaker and installation artist Eveline Kolijn as she explores how her art practice and contemporary printmaking fit into this debate, as well as the topic of art and climate justice: Can art change attitudes toward climate change?

Centenary / Mehdi Darvishi — Opening Reception

October 13, 2023, 7 – 9pm
Alberta Printmakers Gallery (4025 4th St. SE)
Free to attend

In Iranian artist Mehdi Darvishi’s Centenary, the main theme is “life and its undeniable result: death.” This reductive process is a good reflection of the way that he considers the most inevitable happening in the human being’s life.

Connecting Threads

October 14, 2023, 12 – 4pm
Esker Foundation (4th floor, 1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free to participate, registration required

Join artists asmaa al-issa, Stephanie Banszky and Sarah Russell for the second of a two-part workshop where they have food, conversations, explore fibre arts such as screen printing and block printing, engage with natural materials, and create a collaborative printed tapestry.

Beacon Fall Show & Sale

October 14 & 15, 2023
Bridgeland-Riverside Community Association (917 Centre Ave. NE)
Free to explore

Check out over 25 different artists showcasing painting, jewelry, glass, photography, ceramics, sculpture and textiles. Get your art fix, chat with local artists, start your holiday shopping early or treat yourself to something special.

Love Your Library Day

October 14, 2023, 11am – 4pm
Calgary Public Library (all locations)
Free to attend

In celebration of National Library Month, Calgary Public Library is hosting Love Your Library Day. Visit any of the Library’s 21 locations across the city to enjoy free family programming while discovering everything the library system has to offer.

Numismatic Collection Vault Tour

October 17, 2023, 12 – 1pm
Nickle Galleries, University of Calgary (435 Campus Lane NW)
Free to attend

Numismatics curator Marina Fischer offers a rare behind-the-scenes tour to Nickle Galleries’ numismatic vault. Learn about this vast and important collection, see highlights and learn about how ancient coins are preserved.

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