Poster for The Group Art Society of Calgary Spring Show & Sale

Free This Week

Go on a gallery hop or enjoy a book launch or two

Amy Jo Espetveidt

  • Price Free

Hop to it Calgary and check out these free events happening this week! Take your pick from special talks and launches at seven local galleries as well as demonstrations, readings, and concerts. Here’s what we’re hitting up:

Lisa Strecko 3D Sculpting Painting Demo

May 10, 2017, 12:00 – 1:00pm
The Peanut Gallery, Fluevog Shoes (207 8th Ave. SW)

Part of Caprices Fine Arts’ Diverse Synergy show, check out this free lunch hour demonstration with participating artist Lisa Strecko.

ProArts Presents Brad Mahon

May 10, 2017, 12:10 – 12:50pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)

The new director of Mount Royal University’s Conservatory, Brad Mahon regularly appears nationally and internationally as an award-winning and acclaimed guitarist, teacher, adjudicator, clinician, and lecturer. Catch him perform in this free lunch hour classical guitar concert.

Kimmy Beach reads with Tyler Perry

May 10, 2017, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Shelf Life Books (1302 4th St. SW)

Join Shelf Life Books in celebrating with Kimmy Beach as she launches her new book, Nuala, alongside special guest reader Tyler Perry.

Concrete Roses Opening Reception

May 11, 2017, 5:00 – 7:00pm
Studio C, cSPACE King Edward (235, 1721 29th Ave. SW)

Presented by UpRoot YYC—a grassroots arts initiative that provides financial recognition, mentorship, and support to rising artists of colour in Calgary—this exhibition includes work from Artists in Colour YYC. And on May 11 celebrate the opening with spoken word performances by Shaf, Sally Njoroge, and John Bello.

PEARL: Celebrating 30 years of Children’s Art

May 11, 2017, 5:30 – 7:00pm
Municipal Complex Atrium (800 Macleod Tr. SE)

Join the Wildflower Arts Centre for his celebration of art and young artists. Swing by and check out the show at its opening reception.

The Romanticist

May 11, 2017, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Shelf Life Books (1302 4th St. SW)

A celebratory event to launch Francis A Willey’s fine hardcover art book, The Romanticist is a collection of 35mm film photography spanning 23 years of creativity as a photographer and poet.

May Flywheel

May 11, 2017, 7:30pm
Pages Books on Kensington (1135 Kensington Rd. NW)

Join filling Station for this monthly series—May’s lineup features readings by Weyman Chan, Shannon Maguire, Peter Forestell, and Jocelyn Grosse.

Long Lunch Quick Reads

May 12, 2017, 12:00 – 2:00pm
Loft 112 (112, 535 8th Ave. SE)
Free, pre-order lunch for $10

Take a long lunch this Friday and swing by Loft 112 to enjoy the latest story/poem by Richard Harrison, My Mother Closing The Mouth of The War. A finalist for The City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize and the Stephan G. Stephansson Alberta Book Prize for Poetry, drop in for a minute or pull up a chair and stay a while. Bring your own lunch or pre-order by emailing Chapbooks are available for you to enjoy and take home for a suggested $5 donation that includes coffee.

The Group Art Society of Calgary Spring Show & Sale

May 13, 2017, 10:00am – 4:00pm
St. Peter’s Anglican Church (903 75th Ave. SW)

Join The Group Art Society of Calgary and meet its artists at this show and sale featuring original paintings in a variety of mediums, sizes, and prices. Donations for the Calgary Food Bank are gratefully accepted.

National Gallery Hop

May 13, 2017, 11:00 – 5:00pm
Multiple locations

Go on a gallery hop with the Calgary members of the Art Dealers Association of Canada. With talks scheduled at seven local galleries, you won’t want to miss this one. You can even catch the opening reception of Angela Grossmann’s Models of Resistance at Herringer Kiss Gallery.

Brad Woodfin & Zane Wilcox Opening Reception

May 13, 2017, 1:00 – 4:00pm
Christine Klassen Gallery (200, 321 50th Ave. SE)

With two new shows at the Christine Klassen Gallery, it’s the prefect time to explore this space. Brad Woodfin’s oil paintings of carefully rendered creatures offer a contemplative exploration of the animal world and Zane Wilcox uses the ziggurat as a starting point for investigation and sculpture. An artist talk is scheduled for 2:00pm.

Legacy Laned Carnival

May 13, 2017, 1:00 – 4:00pm
Legacy (2 Legacy Cir. SE)
Free, family-friendly

Head to Legacy this Saturday and celebrate the grand opening of its new Laned show home parade. Featuring free food trucks, caricatures, flipbooks, and face painting, there’s even carnival games and a giant, blow up obstacle course.

Formulating Landscape Opening Reception

May 13, 2017, 2:00 – 5:00pm
Wallace Galleries (500 5th Ave. SW)

Born in Portsmouth, Simon Andrew is a Canadian romantic-realism painter. Check out his new solo show at the opening reception as part of the Art Dealers Association of Canada’s National Gallery Hop. An artist talk is scheduled for 4:15pm.

Bee Kingdom Glass Mother’s Day Sale

May 13 & 14, 2017, 12:00 – 5:00pm
Bee Kingdom (427 22nd Ave. NW)
Free, family-friendly

Enjoy Mother’s Day with Bee Kingdom in its hot glass studio. Treat your mother with something pretty and handmade including colourful glasses, flower vases, and much more.

The Shady Ladies

May 15, 2017, 7:00 – 8:30pm
Owl’s Nest Books (815A 49th Ave. SW)

Celebrate short story month with this reading from Barb Howard, Lori Hahnel, and Lee Kevin with special guest Astrid Blodgett and emcee Betty Jane Hergeat. Doors open at 6:30pm, sunglasses are encouraged.

Matters of Life and Death

May 16, 2017, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Shelf Life Books (1302 4th St. SW)

Head to Shelf Life Books and celebrate the launch of André Picard’s upcoming book, Matters of Life and Death: Public Health Issues in Canada. A best-selling author, Picard is a health reporter at The Globe and Mail.