Stacey Watson’s Field Work
Stacey Watson’s Field Work opens this week with an artist talk on October 20 | Image: Courtesy of Alberta Printmakers

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Amy Jo Espetveidt

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An incredible batch of free events, this week you can explore and purchase work from local emerging artists at Art From The Unknown, take in a visiting artist lecture at the University of Calgary, or learn how to listen to your city with New Works Calgary. Here’s what we’re checking out:

ProArts Presents Mosaic Quartet

October 18, 2017, 12:10 – 12:50pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)

Bringing together emerging musicians Sara Far, Cameron Leah, Andrea Poon, and Tyler Stewart, get to know the Mosaic Quartet at this free lunch hour concert. All accomplished artists who have completed or are completing post secondary degrees in music, they believe music is mood medicine.

Single Onion #144

October 19, 2017, 7:00pm
Shelf Life Books (1302 4th St. SW)

A fresh launch, join the Single Onion as it features four great poets this month—Richard Kelly Kemick, Kim Trainor, Emily Ursuliak, and Jonathon Wilcke.

Animal Geographies with Dr. Shelley Alexander

October 19, 2017, 7:00 – 8:00pm
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free, registration recommended

With decades-long research on wild canids (including coyotes, wolves, and African painted dogs), Dr. Shelley Alexander explores human-animal relationships as a response to Mary Anne Barkhouse’s Le rêve aux loups.

France Jodoin: Recent Works & Ten Opening Reception

October 19, 2017, 5:00 – 8:00pm
Christine Klassen Gallery (200, 321 50th Ave. SE)

From its inception as The Weiss Gallery in 2007 to its relocation to a mid-century warehouse in 2014, CKG has come to be known as an innovative and welcoming space to experience contemporary art. Celebrate this legacy with two new shows opening this October.

Art Now: Terrance Houle

October 20, 2017, 10:00 – 11:30am
Taylor Family Digital Library, University of Calgary (410 University Ct. NW)

Part of the University of Calgary Department of Art’s visiting artist and scholar series, this talk explores Terrance Houle’s new project Ghost Days. An experimental multi-media, collaborative project that evokes our colonial and non-colonial histories, Ghost Days awakens a collaboration with artists, audience, and spirit.

John Kenneth Esler & Richard Edwards Opening Receptions

October 20 & 21, 2017
Ruberto Ostberg Gallery (2108 18th St. NW)

A great time to explore this local gallery, check out two opening receptions this October. Indelible Mark features artwork by the well-remembered Calgary arts educator and internationally shown printmaker John Kenneth Esler, while THE LAST PLACE ON EARTH [The Final Depot…] features oil paintings and ephemeral nautical sculptures by Calgary-based multidisciplinary artist Richard Edwards.

Ruberto Ostberg Gallery John Kenneth Esler & Richard Edwards Opening Receptions Flyer

Further Studies in Citizenship, Fiction Opening Reception

October 20, 2017, 5:00 – 8:00pm
Jarvis Hall Gallery (333B 36th Ave. SE)

Calgary-based artist Bill Rodgers shares 20 paintings and 26 companion works in various media, that archives a small library of fictional themes and titles that were intended to enrich life in settlement era Canada.

Stonehouse Publishing Calgary Launch Party

October 20, 2017, 6:30 – 9:30pm
St. Stephen’s Anglican Church (1121 14th Ave. SW)
Free, RSVP required

Celebrate the launch of Stonehouse Publishing’s newest titles—Lisa Murphy-Lamb’s Jesus on the Dashboard and Allison Kydd’s Few and Far—with a good shindig. Raise a glass, have a snack, and buy a book with some of the best people in the publishing business.

Field Work Opening Reception & Artist Talk

October 20, 2017, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Alberta Printmakers (4025 4th St. SE )

A series of intaglio prints that explore notions of labour, creative process, and lost endeavour, Field Work is a record of days Stacey Watson spent working in the landscape. An artist talk begins at 8:30pm.

The Bitterness of Bad Solitude (or To be Lost in Something you Designed Yourself) Opening Reception

October 21, 2017, 7:00pm
Untitled Art Society (343 11th Ave. SW)

Combining iconic imagery, popular media, and tactile objects in the creation of an immersive, set-like environment, this exhibition from Hannah Doerksen emanates a curiously unsettling energy. Explore the show at its opening reception.

Palette Fine Arts Show & Sale

October 21, 2017, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Triwood Community Association (2244 Chicoutimi Dr. NW)

Featuring paintings by independent artists in a variety of mediums including acrylic, oil, watercolour, and mixed media, all artists showing will be in attendance for this show and sale. The day also includes live art demonstrations.

Art Harvest Exhibition & Sale

October 21, 2017, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Edgemont Community Centre (33 Edgevalley Circle NW)
Free admission and parking

A juried selection of fine art, join the Calgary Chapter of the Federation of Canadian Artists for a show and sale featuring original art work in a variety of mediums, styles, and sizes. Cash donations for the Calgary Food Bank are gratefully accepted.

Art from the Unknown

October 21 & 22, 2017
General Gallery, McDougall Centre (455 6th St. SW)

Join Premier Rachel Notley as she hosts this free art show and sale featuring visual art created by over 60 new and emerging artists from around Calgary.

Art From The Unknown Poster


October 22, 2017, 10:00am – 12:00pm
Meet at Festival Hall (1215 10th Ave. SE)

Part of the Calgary New Music Festival, join Canadian sound artist Raylene Campbell for this exploration of the sounds of Inglewood. Starting at Festival Hall, head out on foot to sample the diverse soundscapes of this Calgary neighbourhood including a stop at the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary.

Sharing Dance

October 22, 2017, 1:00 – 3:00pm
Wildflower Arts Centre (3363 Spruce Dr. SW)

This Sunday join Canada’s National Ballet School for an afternoon of free and engaging dance activities. An extension of NBS’ National Audition Tour, the day offers two workshop sessions, one for seniors and one for all ages, giving community members an opportunity to experience a creative movement class. Presented by Shaw, the event is being hosted in partnership with Wildflower Arts Centre and Decidedly Jazz Danceworks.

Critical Cinema Series: In the Mood for Love

October 22, 2017, 2:00pm
John Dutton Theatre, Calgary Public Library (616 Macleod Tr. SE)
Free, registration required

Part of its 11th season programming, Calgary Cinematheque has partnered with the Calgary Public Library to present this series of Sunday afternoon screenings. Kicking it all off is Wong Kar-Wai’s award winning film, In the Mood for Love. Presented in Cantonese, Shanghainese, French, and Spanish with English subtitles.