A photo of Beyond the Edge on display at the Lougheed House
Beyond the Edge is a traveling exhibit by artist Kay Burns | Photo: Courtesy of Lougheed House

July Exhibitions

Calgary’s visual arts community opens up with public exhibitions

Amy Jo Espetveidt

  • Location Various Venues 
  • Price Prices Vary

After a very quiet year of visual arts in Calgary, things are springing to life again with galleries opening back up and new exhibits launching. Most are offering pre-bookings, lots of safety protocols, and tons of great art so be sure to check out what you can this July.

Avert

July 1 – 10, 2021
University of Calgary (2500 University Dr. NW)
Free to explore

As you move throughout the University of Calgary campus, you may notice images of a young woman awkwardly negotiating the spaces through which you move. Attempting to avoid unwarranted interactions, she regulates her body by making herself small. Go for a walk and see if you can find Avert.
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Stories from Early Chinatown

July 1 – October 17, 2021
Lougheed House (707 13th Ave. SW)
With admission

The Chinese community has been in Calgary since the early days of settlement. By 1885, the year after Calgary became incorporated as a town, the first Chinese residents were settled in the town centre. Despite racism and discriminatory government policies, the community slowly grew. This exhibit explores the stories of these early Calgarians through creative writing, illustrations, audio, and historical photographs.
lougheedhouse.com

Beyond the Edge

July 1 – October 17, 2021
Lougheed House (707 13th Ave. SW)
With admission

Beyond the Edge is a traveling exhibit by artist Kay Burns that looks at the Flat Earth Society of Canada and its later iterations, along with curious details about two of its enigmatic members. The exhibit embodies how inquiry plays an important role in critical thinking and knowledge acquisition.
lougheedhouse.com

Paper Suns

July 2 – 31, 2021
The New Gallery (208 Centre St. SE)
Free to explore

The New Gallery is thrilled to present its current Main Space and Main Frame exhibition, Paper Suns by Livien Yin. It features fictionalized portraits of early Chinese Americans. Sensual Chinese men and androgynous figures take center stage throughout Paper Suns’ vignettes of leisure.
thenewgallery.org

The Courage Journey

July 6 – 18, 2021
Loft 112 (112, 535 8th Ave. SE)
$5

The Courage Journey exhibition features artwork from WP Puppet Theatre Society’s the VIEW from the Inside program. It was originally curated by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts’ Travelling Exhibition Program (TREX) and toured throughout Alberta for two years. Don’t miss it.
loft112.org

Algorithmic Rituals

July 7 – 10, 2021
Stream online
Free to participate

Attend a participatory movement workshop for creating rituals that ponder how we can create space for ourselves in the context of worlds structured so largely by computers. Use movement and conversation prompts to think about how our lives and bodies relate to computer-related systems. Register to take part.
kathrynblair.com

Joy

July 8 – August 29, 2021
ATB Art Vault Gallery (102 8th Ave. SW)
Free to explore

Joy is a collaboration between the Alberta University of the Arts and ATB Art Vault. This free exhibition showcases artwork from six AUArts alumni. Each artist shares work in this exhibition that embodies their relationships to the joy they feel in their lives.
auarts.ca

Stampede Art Show

July 9 – 18, 2021
BMO Centre, Stampede Park (20 Roundup Way SE)
With admission

This art show connects artists with art enthusiasts, offering an opportunity to learn about different art mediums and chat with some of the artists directly. This year, take in a mix of traditional and contemporary work from painters, sculptors, silversmiths, and photographers!
calgarystampede.com

Nasarimba

July 9 – August 15, 2021
VIVIANEART (1018 9th Ave. SE)
Free to explore

The collaborative practice of artists Rachel Ziriada and Mikhail Miller, Nasarimba is a fictional word created by the duo which means playful mischief. They are perhaps most recognized for their dynamic and colourful murals, many of them gracing walls around Calgary, across Canada, and in Mexico City.
vivianeart.com

Youth Earth Art Series

July 10, 2021, 1:00 – 4:00pm
Leighton Art Centre (282027 144th St. West, Millarville)
$77.13

Learn basic knife carving skills and discover the art of whittling! Participants can expect to learn how to safely use a wood carving knife and develop some whittling skills. Part of the Earth Art Series, the things you can make in the forest with a sharp knife are endless!
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Summer Broom Making

July 11, 2021, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Leighton Art Centre (282027 144th St. West, Millarville)
$155.84

Join local broom maker David Campbell for a one-day workshop in the centuries-old craft of handwoven broom making. Participants are provided with all of the materials, tools, and instruction needed to make their own broom from start to finish. Register early to take part!
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On The Road

July 17, 2021, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Leighton Art Centre (282027 144th St. West, Millarville)
$94.87

Learn the secrets of capturing architecture, nature, and indoor scenes while you’re on the road, using a variety of techniques with watercolour and ink. This class focuses on a wide range of approaches for quickly capturing the moment with easy-to-transport supplies as you explore!
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Youth Earth Art Series

July 17, 2021, 1:00 – 4:00pm
Leighton Art Centre (282027 144th St. West, Millarville)
$77.13

Learn basic knife carving skills and discover the art of whittling! Participants can expect to learn how to safely use a wood carving knife and develop some whittling skills. Part of the Earth Art Series, the things you can make in the forest with a sharp knife are endless! You won’t want to miss it.
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Something To Hoot About

July 24, 2021, 9:30am – 12:00pm
Leighton Art Centre (282027 144th St. West, Millarville)
$17.27 – $56.07

Visit the beautiful foothills for a morning of exploring and creating at the Leighton Art Centre! Join its art and nature educators for a nature walk, learn about the native plants and wildlife, and create a nature inspired artwork— this one explores the owls that reside in Alberta.
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Beyond Van Gogh: An Immersive Experience

July 30 – August 29, 2021
BMO Centre, Stampede Park (20 Roundup Way SE)
Prices vary

In an imaginative and immersive presentation crafted for our unique times by world renowned audiovisual designers, Beyond Van Gogh uses cutting-edge projection technology to create an engaging journey into the world of Van Gogh. Tickets are selling out so grab yours quickly.
calgaryvangogh.com

Ongoing Exhibitions
Always

Until July 10, 2021
Christine Klassen Gallery (200, 321 50th Ave. SE)
Free to explore

Just in time for spring, the show features Madeleine Lamont’s beloved florals, but with the considerations and explorations of the pandemic as an influencing factor. A strong and remarkably vivid palette acts as a visual segue to the resiliency within the botanical world.
christineklassengallery.com

Manitohkewin

Until July 17, 2021
Alberta Craft Gallery, cSPACE King Edward (1721 29th Ave. SW)
Free to explore

Sharon Rose Kootenay’s Manitohkewin series explores the artist’s relationship between cultural practices, spiritual beliefs and global concerns. As the world’s values change, can traditional artistic practice still communicate with the sentient cosmos?
albertacraft.ab.ca

Exposure Photography Festival

Until July 18, 2021
Contemporary Calgary (701 11th St. SW)
With admission

Presenting exhibitions that showcase photographic work by internationally renowned practitioners alongside emerging and established talent from Alberta, celebrate Alberta’s rich photography scene and thriving creative communities. Explore it in-person or online.
contemporarycalgary.com

What a Difference a Day Makes

Until July 25, 2021
Leighton Art Centre (282027 144th St. West, Millarville)
By donation

What a difference a day makes. For that matter, what a difference a year, an hour, a minute, and a second make in our world. Over the past year, artists have become more aware of the changes and differences that occur within time. Check out this exhibition featuring ASTA Dale, Cindy Delpart, Greg Pyra, Cameron Roberts, David Harrison, Seka Owen, Aaron Sidorenko, Susan Kristoferson, and Jean Pederson.
leightoncentre.org

Group Exhibition 2021

Until July 28, 2021
Wallace Galleries (500 5th Ave. SW)
Free to explore

Wallace Galleries present a variety of works throughout the summer, with a focus on abstraction with hints of landscape for this first rotation. Artists featured include Harold Town, Laurie Steen, Bruce Head, Camrose Ducote, Robin Smith Peck, Nancy Boyd, Toni Onley, Jim Stokes, and more.
wallacegalleries.com

knowingdoing

Until July 31, 2021
The Bows (2001B 10th Ave. SW)
Free to explore

What lessons do we find in knowing and doing? In this exhibition, works by Helah Cooper, Erika DeFreitas, and Susan Jahoda and Caroline Woolard of BFAMFAPhD exist between modes of practice, play, embodiment, sensing, and pedagogy, recoupling knowing and doing.
thebows.org

A still from Erika DeFreitas' so between narrow and reason and the looseness of shape

Erika DeFreitas’ so between narrow and reason and the looseness of shape | Still: Courtesy of The Bows

Thinking of You

Until August 8, 2021
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free to explore

Thinking of You explores writing, connection, and memory through the process of making postcards for friends and family. Youth artists synthesized text and images to capture the sense of missing one another, and an attempt to link with those separated by space and time.
eskerfoundation.com

Unmasking Imagination

Until August 8, 2021
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free to explore

Through multiple artistic mediums, children aged eight to 13 worked with artist Katie Green to explore what it meant to embody the mask and character they were creating in art camp. Check out the artistic results these children achieved through mindfulness and creative practice!
eskerfoundation.com

Summer Group Show

Until August 28, 2021
Herringer Kiss Gallery (101, 1615 10th Ave. SW)
Free to explore

Herringer Kiss Gallery presents an in-person rotating exhibition of diverse works by gallery artists, including Howard Lonn, Katie Ohe, Shelley Adler, Harry Kiyooka, Renee Duval,Genevieve Dionne, David Burdeny, Fiona Ackerman, Sara Robichaud, and more. You can also view it online.
herringerkissgallery.com

Highlights From the Art Collection

Until August 29, 2021
Glenbow (130 9th Ave. SE)
With admission

Spend some time with a selection of beautiful, surprising, and feel-good artworks from Glenbow’s diverse art collection. Whether you’re seeking a window into another world or a calm moment of contemplation, each of these artworks will reward your attention.
glenbow.org

Maud Lewis

Until August 29, 2021
Glenbow (130 9th Ave. SE)
With admission

Glenbow presents the work of one of Canada’s most beloved folk artists, Maud Lewis, who was famous in her lifetime for her brightly coloured and endearing paintings of rural Nova Scotia, producing hundreds of small works that captured aspects of country life that were rapidly changing.
glenbow.org

Shuvinai Ashoona

Until August 29, 2021
Glenbow (130 9th Ave. SE)
With admission

Take in Mapping Worlds courtesy of Glenbow. Shuvinai Ashoona’s drawings imagine the past and present fused into a prophetic future, populated by human-animal hybrid creatures, women birthing worlds, and mystical or other-worldly landscapes clearly inspired by the terrain of her northern home.
glenbow.org

A History For Today

Until September 6, 2021
Gasoline Alley, Heritage Park (1900 Heritage Dr. SW)
With admission

This engaging and inspirational exhibit shares the story of Anne Frank and her family, their life in hiding, WWII, and the atrocities of the Holocaust. The stories unfold through the words of young Anne and her family, with excerpts taken from her diary.
heritagepark.ca

Eat & Seek

Until September 30, 2021
Southcentre Mall (100 Anderson Rd. SE)
Free to explore

Eat & Seek is an inventive, interactive outdoor dining space featuring artwork from local Alberta artists. Explore vibrant interactive designs and wordplay that will inspire you to hunt for hidden messages in a larger-than-life word search, attempt an unconventional hopscotch, and more!
southcentremall.com

Threads of Living Memory

Until October 3, 2021
Glenbow (130 9th Ave. SE)
With admission

Drawing on Glenbow’s Inuit textiles collection and loans from across Canada, these objects and artworks are manifestations of the dynamic connections between the makers, the viewers, the land, the spirit world, and future generations of memory makers. Be sure to book your visit and check it out.
glenbow.org

With One Hand Tied Behind My Back

Until October 10, 2021
Project Space, Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free to explore

A 30-foot tapestry, cherry red and bubble-gum pink, Molly JF Caldwell’s site-specific installation is a love letter to Penelope from Homer’s Odyssey who repeatedly wove, unraveled, and rewove a tapestry to avoid suitors while awaiting her husband’s return.
eskerfoundation.com

Everywhere We Are

Until October 10, 2021
Contemporary Calgary (701 11th St. SW)
With admission

An ambitious exhibition and public program series addressing challenges, merits, impacts, and advantages associated with art collecting, it is intended to express that boundaries are often mutable, flexible and even artificial, and that art is owned by the person who sees it.
contemporarycalgary.com

Notes for Tomorrow

Until October 10, 2021
Contemporary Calgary (701 11th St. SW)
With admission

This exhibition features artworks selected by curators from around the world to reflect on a new global reality ushered in by the COVID-19 pandemic, with artworks addressing spirituality as a grounding mechanism, sharing ways to make sense of the world when so much is in doubt.
contemporarycalgary.com

The Boxed Stories Gallery

Until December 1, 2021
Loft 112 (112, 535 8th Ave. SE)
$5

Housed within a vintage card catalogue, the library’s one time answer to organizing a collection of books for readers to locate on a shelf, visitors are encouraged to discover varied artworks as they open each drawer. This gallery is curated by 32 Calgary artists and writers.
loft112.org

Have a visual arts event that’s not listed? Email us at events@calgaryartsdevelopment.com or fill out this form.

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