Postcard for the East Side Studio Crawl
Don't miss this milestone year for the East Side Studio Crawl | Image: Courtesy of Burns Visual Arts Society

Free This Week

Visual arts shine with art walks and tons of special events

Amy Jo Espetveidt

  • Price Free

If you’re looking for something to do this week, don’t worry—Calgary’s arts community is full of awesome stuff to check out including tons of visual arts events alongside a handful of other freebies.

Here’s what we’re hitting up:

ProArts Presents Sheldon Zandboer

September 12, 2018, 12:10 – 12:50pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)

One of Calgary’s finest jazz pianists, composer, arranger, instructor, music industry professional, and author Sheldon Zandboer is one of Canada’s most versatile musicians. Swing by this free lunch hour concert to hear works from his recently released recording, Tipping Velvet.

NUTV Student Film Festival

September 13, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Globe Cinema (617 8th Ave. SW)
Free, registration recommended

Celebrate the talents and accomplishments of these young filmmakers and join NUTV for its second annual student film festival. Featuring five short films created during its summer film school alongside other top student films from across the province, Following the screening, check out the after party at State & Main (601 8th Ave. SW).

Narrow Bridge

September 13, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Shelf Life Books (1302 4th St. SW)

Head to Shelf Life Books for an evening with Barbara Pelman as she reads from her latest book, Narrow Bridge. Pelman is joined for her reading by Joan Shillington, author of Folding the Wilderness Within.

Poster for the launch of Barbara Pelman's Narrow Bridge

September flywheel

September 13, 2018, 7:30 – 9:00pm
Pages on Kensington (1135 Kensington Rd. NW)

Kick off the school year with readings from Rona Altrows, Rebecca Geleyn, Mike Jones, and Chris Brown.

Beyond the Man-Made World

September 14, 2018, 12:00pm
John Dutton Theatre, Calgary Public Library (616 Macleod Tr. SE)

Not only has it been men who had largely decreed, designed, and constructed the human-made world, but their buildings reflect values we associate with masculinity. Over the last few decades, our world has become more diverse, but the man-made world still dominates in all ways. A lecture by Aaron Betsky, join d.talks as it streams the talk from the University of Lethbridge to a local audience.

Wasteland/Wanderland Reception

September 14, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Main Space Gallery, Alberta Printmakers (4025 4th St. SE)

Laura Peturson’s Wasteland/Wanderland is an immersive print-based installation that depicts children as the explorers of a beautiful, yet dystopian setting. A floor to ceiling mural encompasses three walls, and is formed from woodcut, linocut, and papercut prints that are layered over silhouetted imagery painted directly onto the walls.

Hello/Goodbye: Liz Howard and Denise Chong

September 14, 2018, 7:30 – 9:30pm
Big Secret Theatre, Arts Commons (225 8th Ave. SE)
Free, RSVP required

Join the Calgary Distinguished Writers Program and celebrate its 25th anniversary year as it welcomes incoming Canadian Writer-in-Residence Liz Howard. The evening also acts as goodbye to outgoing writer-in-residence, Denise Chong.

wnoondwaamin | we hear them

September 14, 2018, 8:00pm
Stride Gallery (1006 Macleod Tr. SE)

Presented in partnership with Contemporary Calgary and Stride Gallery, wnoondwaamin | we hear them features work from Autumn Chacon, Jeneen Frei Njootli, Melissa General, and Suzanne Morrissette. Curated by Lisa Myers, it looks at sound as a material and physical form. Explore it at the opening reception.

East Side Studio Crawl

September 15, 2018, 11:00 – 5:00pm
Throughout Inglewood and Ramsay

Explore the creative spaces of established and emerging artists in Inglewood and Ramsay. Celebrating its 15th year, join in as over 50+ artists open their studios in Burns Visual Arts Society, Heritage Weavers, Artpoint, Studio 4 Painters, Workshop Studios, and Nyrlnd. The crawl is fun, free, and family-friendly.

Calgary ArtWalk

September 15 & 16, 2018
Throughout Calgary

Marking the 35th anniversary of ArtWalk, this free annual festival is designed for all Calgarians to experience the wide-range of visual art. Walk, ride, or hop to dozens of venues across the city to take in artist talks, tours, exhibitions, workshops, and more.

White Brush Fellowship of Calligraphy

September 15 – 23, 2018
Chinese Cultural Centre (197 1st St. SW)

Launching with a traditional tea ceremony and calligraphy demonstration from 1:00 to 2:30pm on September 15, don’t miss the fourth joint exhibition of the White Brush Fellowship of Calligraphy.

Poster for the White Brush Fellowship of Calligraphy fourth joint exhibition

Riverview Artists September Show & Sale

September 17 – 21, 2018, 9:00am – 4:00pm
Tenants Lounge, Centennial Place (+15 Level, 520 3rd Ave. SW)

The 12 artists who make up the Riverview Artists Group invite you to view their latest exhibit of original paintings. Artists are in attendance each day and look forward to sharing their work with you.

Homophobia in the Hallways

September 18, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Shelf Life Books (1302 4th St. SW)

In her new book, Tonya D. Callaghan interrogates institutionalized homophobia and transphobia in the publicly-funded Catholic school systems of Ontario and Alberta. Swing by the launch of Homophobia in the Hallways: Heterosexism and Transphobia in Canadian Catholic Schools as Callaghan is joined by local author Suzette Mayr, author of Monoceros.