Event Directory Search for upcoming events Picks and Previews Plan ahead to check out these not-to-be-missed events All Theatre Dance Music Film & Media Visual Art Literary Festival Promotion Free Visual Art Check out Seeing Through Layers by Karyn Joy Williams and Knicki Markolf | Photo: Courtesy of Framed on Fifth Jan. 1, 2023 - Jan. 31, 2023 January Exhibitions Start your year off with some visual art Haider Ali Location Various Venues Price Prices Vary A new year brings new exhibitions to enjoy at galleries around Calgary — and the chance to catch ongoing exhibitions you may have missed. Use our January visual arts roundup as your guide to getting out there! Seeing Through Layers January 3 – 28, 2023 Framed on Fifth (1207 5th Ave. NW) Free to explore Seeing Through Layers is a new art exhibition by Karyn Joy Williams and Knicki Markolf. Through their different mediums of glass and paint, they have created highly detailed work rooted in the message that all things are connected. framedonfifth.com Uramado AR: Tanukis Awake January 4 – 31, 2023 cSPACE King Edward (1721 29th Ave. SW) Free to explore Travel into a mysterious and colourful universe with this Augmented Reality (AR) exhibition created by French-Japanese artist Julie Stephen Chheng, which has travelled around the world. You will find Tanukis (spirits of the forest) of all sizes. afcalgary.ca La fascination du passage January 5 – 31, 2023 cSPACE King Edward (1721 29th Ave. SW) Free to explore A native of Burgundy, talented French photographer Alexandra Laurent shares her passion for photography in subtle shots that evoke the passage of both time and space. Discover an exhibition of her work presented by Alliance Française. afcalgary.ca Voices of Abstraction January 5 – February 25, 2023 ASA Gallery, Crossroads Art Centre (222, 1235 26th Ave. SE) Free to explore Barb Kreuter and Sharon Thompson are both attracted to abstraction as a compelling open-ended way to explore and bring together feeling and intuition without the mental directives and limitations necessitated by representation. albertasocietyofartists.com Manifesting the Hidden January 5 – February 25, 2023 ASA Gallery, Crossroads Art Centre (222, 1235 26th Ave. SE) Free to explore The Alberta Society of Artists presents the group exhibition Manifesting the Hidden featuring the work of 16 Alberta artists who were asked to explore ideas of the hidden and intangible in photography or incorporate a photographic element. albertasocietyofartists.com Retainers of Anarchy January 7 – April 16, 2023 Glenbow at The Edison (2nd Floor, 150 9th Ave. SW) Free to explore, tickets required Experience the mesmerizing 25-metre hand-drawn animation from artist Howie Tsui. The exhibition showcases Tsui’s talent at bringing together martial arts characters and techniques with social and political realities of present-day Hong Kong. glenbow.org We Were Here: Stories from Early Chinatown January 14 – April 30, 2023 Gasoline Alley Museum, Heritage Park (1900 Heritage Dr. SW) $4.95 – 9.95 Bring your family and learn about Chinese history on the prairies through art and imagination, discover fictional stories written by members of the Chinese community and explore two iterations of Chinatown in Calgary. heritagepark.ca Residue January 20 – March 3, 2023 Alberta Printmakers Main Gallery (4025 4th St. SE) Free to explore Residue is a collaborative installation by artists Andrew Testa and Guillermo Trejo, who are interested in the in-between spaces of printmaking. In their practices, they see collaboration as a necessity. albertaprintmakers.com The Beyond Within January 21 – March 11, 2023 Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Alberta University of the Arts (1407 14th Ave. NW) Free to explore Toronto-based artist Annie MacDonell explores feminist conceptions of everyday as a basis for political engagement. A series of video installations and photographic works, this exhibition proposes personal and political reorientation strategies. auarts.ca Interiors January 21 – April 30, 2023 Esker Foundation (4th Floor, 1011 9th Ave. SE) Free to explore Margaux Williamson is a painter who also writes and makes videos. Within her multifaceted practice, Williamson’s painting has evolved through long rhythms; her bodies of work have been produced over the years. eskerfoundation.com The Visitors January 21 – April 30, 2023 Esker Foundation (4th Floor, 1011 9th Ave. SE) Free to explore Ragnar Kjartansson creates performances exploring the intertwining of pathos, humour and collective emotion. The Visitors is a large installation consisting of nine audio and video channels documenting a single-take musical performance. eskerfoundation.com Last Chance + Ongoing Exhibitions Stories from the Yethka Until January 15, 2023 Inglewood Bird Sanctuary (425 9th Ave. SE) Free to explore As part of a rotating exhibition of artworks that feature connections to the land, Gordon Wesley, a proud Nakoda Stoney from the Bighorn Reserve, brings the life of the wild into the still picture, serving as memories of his wildlife experiences. calgary.ca Narrating Ourselves From The City Until January 19, 2023 Esker Foundation (4th Floor, 1011 9th Ave. SE) Free to explore Narrating Ourselves from the City is a collection of interdisciplinary works by youth artists Abrianna, Liz, Mary, Sasha and Sergio developed over the course of four workshops designed by Ph.D. Candidate Karina S. Hincapié as a way to empower minorities in Calgary. eskerfoundation.com Escaping Urban Until January 28, 2023 Christine Klassen Gallery (321 50th Ave. SE) Free to explore Marcia Harris’ solo exhibition merges two strong influences found in her work: urban landscape and plein air. Her paintings evoke a familiar nostalgia reminiscent of favourite road trips through her lush handling of paint and bold use of colour. christineklassengallery.com Check out Marcia Harris’ Escaping Urban | Photo: Courtesy of Christine Klassen Gallery Party City (where you belong) Until January 28, 2023 Norberg Hall (333b 36th Ave. SE) Free to explore Kablusiak’s multifaceted exhibition celebrates nostalgia, novelty and the multiple. This new body of work is campy and subversive yet also sentimental, revolving around the allure and unknowns of the convenience store staple Surprise Bag. norberghall.com Memory & Dreams Until March 8 2023 Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium (1415 14th Ave. NW) Free to explore Memories often change and, like dreams, can reveal unexpected subconscious realities. Do dreams reflect memories? A number of Alberta artists examine this topic from their own unique perspectives in this group exhibition. norberghall.com Human Capital Until April 16, 2023 Contemporary Calgary (701 11th St. SW) Free to explore Human Capital presents work that offers insight into the impact of Canada’s immigration policies and history: how it treats humans as capital, and the role it plays in shaping the complex and contested formation of a Canadian identity. contemporarycalgary.com Astral Dance Until April 9, 2023 Contemporary Calgary (701 11th St. SW) Free to explore Astral Dance is the first solo exhibition of works by Chitra Ganesh in Canada, and a significant survey of her practice. Ganesh delivers fantastic, dreamlike worlds where the past, present and future are merged into new, speculative propositions. contemporarycalgary.com 11,104 Days: From Artists to Zenith Ongoing Newzones Gallery of Contemporary Art (730 11th Ave. SW) Free to explore In honour of its 30th anniversary, 11,104 Days: From Artists to Zenith displays each of Newzones’ represented artists, including spectacular new work created by gallery artists in celebration of this milestone. newzones.com Music & Wellness Ongoing Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre (850 4th St. SE) With admission Check out National Music Centre’s new permanent Music & Wellness exhibition, which taps into the power of music on mental and physical health through a series of powerful video interviews that create an immersive sense of personal conversation. studiobell.ca Canadian Music Hall of Fame 2022 Inductee: Deborah Cox Ongoing Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre (850 4th St. SE) With admission This exhibition celebrates the life and career of 2022 Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductee Deborah Cox, the first Black woman to receive this national honour, through a larger-than-life Hall of Fame magazine-style spread. studiobell.ca Have a visual arts event that’s not listed? 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