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 Don't miss Birds of a Feather by Pam Weber and Angie Rees | Photo: Courtesy of Framed on Fifth May 1, 2022 - May 31, 2022 May Exhibitions Take in some visual art this month Haider Ali Location Various Venues Price Prices Vary May is jam-packed with visual arts for you to enjoy. Take advantage of the warmer weather to visit new or ongoing exhibitions at your favourite gallery, or to discover somewhere you haven’t been to yet. You’re bound for a treat either way! SHED April 27 – May 14, 2022 The New Gallery (208 Centre St. SE) Free to explore SHED / knowing each other as different and the same is a series of choreographed portraits by Pam Tzeng that examines and explores the experience of navigating existence as a body of culture living in Canada. thenewgallery.org View Loser April 29 – July 2, 2022 The Bows (2001B 10th Ave. SW) Free to explore In View Loser, artists Amanda Boulos and Shannon Garden-Smith focus on built structure, initiating an intersectional conversation between the displacements that surround Palestinian land politics and housing justice. This conversation came together over several years of collaborative practice built on the artists’ shared themes of lack and loss. thebows.org Birds of a Feather May 3 – May 28, 2022 Framed on Fifth (1207 5th Ave. NW) Free to explore The exhibition Birds of a Feather is chock full of whimsy and vibrancy with paintings by Pam Weber and Angie Rees. This imaginative duo creates wonderfully angst-free worlds, playful, colourful, and no, not only birds. framedonfifth.com Authentically Indigenous Craft Market May 5, 2022, 6:00 – 8:00pm Kerby Centre (1133 7th Ave. SW) $5 – $8 Come for a shopping experience like no other! Featuring two days of over 50 different local Indigenous artists and craft makers, you can find handmade goods, crafts, art, beadwork, jewelry, and more at this local, grassroots market. authenticallyindig.com I Am Not Lost May 5, 2022, 6:00 – 8:00pm Residence Inn by Marriott Calgary (610 10th Ave. SW) Free to attend, registration required Tara Vahab’s upcoming event exhibits her most recent artworks, including the sculpture Inside the Heart and the mixed-medium painting series Unknown Places and a talk on art and wellness. eventbrite.ca Mother’s Day Market May 6 & 7, 2022, 10:00am – 8:00pm Southcentre Mall (100 Anderson Rd. SE) Free to explore Visit Southcentre Mall for a special shop local Mother’s Day Market presented in partnership with Collab YYC. Find the perfect local and hand-crafted gift for mom featuring 19 unique local vendors. southcentremall.com Spring Art Show and Sale May 6 & 7, 2022 Uplands Recreation Centre (20 Hawkside Rd. NW) Free to explore Alberta Escape Artists invite you to their Spring Sale and Show to browse and buy art from local artists Janet Armstrong, Martin Cochrane, Linda Fundytus, and many more. All the while, enjoy live music and win fabulous door prizes. facebook.com Spring Market May 7, 2022 Contemporary Calgary (701 11th St. SW) With admission Etsy Calgary has partnered with Contemporary Calgary to bring you the perfect Mother’s Day weekend. Shop a great selection of local handmade and vintage sellers and explore Contemporary Calgary’s exhibits simultaneously. They’ll also have food trucks, workshops, and more! Get your tickets at the door. facebook.com See me. Hear me. Opens May 7, 2022 Sparrow Artspace (36 4th St. NE) Free to attend, registration recommended Sparrow Artspace May residency, See me. Hear me., is a creative collaboration of artists sharing work relating to the theme of empathy. Through the gallery, workshops, and events, local artists and facilitators have the opportunity to show their work while bringing awareness to the healing power of the arts. randwstudios.com Memory Reels May 12 – 14, 2022 Highbanks Society (317 19th St. NW) Free to explore The vintage Viewmaster toy inspires Stacey Walyuchow’s new series of work. This item became the perfect vessel by which Stacey’s subjects were to view their memories — in colourful, still, 3D pictures. eventbrite.ca Market Collective May 13 – 15, 2022 BMO Centre Hall B + C, Stampede Park (20 Roundup Way SE) $6 Visitors to this year’s family-friendly event can anticipate a weekend of live music, interactive workshops, galleries, food and beverage, the MC Skatepark, over 160 local vendors, and so much more. Kids 12 and under are admitted free. marketcollective.ca Artisan & Vintage Market May 14, 2022 Balzac Community Hall (10075 Township Rd. 262, Balzac) Free to explore Just across the highway from the Balzac Costco, you’ll find a pop-up market with 40+ artisans and booths including hand-crafted original goods and awesome finds for your home and garden. tangledtreemarkets.wixsite.com Le Shi Solo Exhibition May 14, 2022 Wallace Galleries (500 5th Ave. SW) Free to explore Take a vacation to Eastern Canada through the depiction of marshes, forests, and wetlands in a new series of acrylic paintings by artist Le Shi inspired by national and provincial parks in Ontario. Travel through seasons and experience symphonies of colour! wallacegalleries.com Spring Pottery Sale May 14, 2022 Wallace Galleries (500 5th Ave. SW) Free to explore Mount Pleasant Potters’ Guild is a group of talented local artists with a passion for mucking about in clay. Delicate, fine, brutal, whimsical, and everything in between describes the range of wares you’ll find at this awesome pottery sale. calgarypottery.com Ongoing Exhibitions Tower Migration Until May 6, 2022 Studio Vazquez-Mackay (100, 441 5th Ave. SW) Free to explore, appointment required This series of artworks originated in Mark Vazquez-Mackay’s interest in the biblical story of the Tower of Babel and parallel cautionary tales, and his curiosity about the motivations behind human migration ultimately led to the focal question: what circumstances are people moving away from? studiovazquez-mackay.com Cradle to Gravy Until May 7, 2022 Norberg Hall (333b 36th Ave. SE) Free to explore Norberg Hall presents Cradle to Gravy, a not-quite retrospective of the not-quite-done-yet beloved senior artist, John Will. The work in this exhibition spans 25+ years and serves as a glimpse into the mind of this Canadian art legend and an excerpt from his expansive career. norberghall.com up front w/ Billy McCarroll Until May 7, 2022 Norberg Hall (333b 36th Ave. SE) Free to explore Norberg Hall is pleased to introduce a new work by senior Lethbridge-based artist Billy McCarroll. Known for his procedural, mixed-media paintings, McCarroll continues to draw upon art historical and texted related references. This new series is an extension of McCarroll’s impressive 50+ year investigation into abstraction. norberghall.com Uninvited Until May 8, 2022 The Edison (150 9th Ave. SW) Free to explore, tickets required The first exhibition in Glenbow’s new satellite location is a landmark exhibition of more than 200 works of art by a generation of extraordinary women painters, photographers, sculptors, architects, and filmmakers from the early 20th century. These pioneers opened new frontiers for women artists in Canada. glenbow.org Easter Group Show Until May 11, 2022 Wallace Galleries (500 5th Ave. SW) Free to explore The arrival of spring means new growth and more time spent outdoors. This group exhibition focuses on everything the beautiful countryside offers including warm weather, flowers, hiking, beaches, and mountain air. wallacegalleries.com Zones / Indicators Until May 13, 2022 Alberta Printmakers Main Gallery (4025 4th St. SE) Free to explore Alberta Printmakers is pleased to present Zones / Indicators, a contemporary printmaking exhibition by Elizabeth Claire Rose. Rose creates work that connects geographically disconnected landscapes focusing on their shared ecologies: how each site is connected through climatic shifts, soil qualities, and habitat range. albertaprintmakers.com Falling with Uncertain Grace Until May 21, 2022 ASA Gallery, Crossroads Art Centre (222, 1235 26th Ave. SE) Free to explore This exhibition by Yvonne DuBourdieu looks at the dichotomy between strength and weakness within ourselves and the unease that manifests when our vulnerabilities are laid bare through heightened uncertainty. albertasocietyofartists.com All is Water Until May 21, 2022 ASA Gallery, Crossroads Art Centre (222, 1235 26th Ave. SE) Free to explore A collaboration between Danny Luong, Hesam Rezaei, and Twinkle Banerjee, this photographic exhibition aims to juxtapose the universality of water against the backdrop of their ethnic backgrounds and identities. albertasocietyofartists.com Check out the photographic exhibition All is Water | Photo: Courtesy of Alberta Society of Artists Our Alberta Wilderness Until May 22, 2022 Art at the Landing (A122, 1600 90th Ave. SW) Free to explore How do we respond in times of uncertainty in a social and political moment where opinions are often divisive? In this exhibition, we see artists follow distinct paths toward subtle forms of resistance while exploring areas of connection that feel in opposition. artatthelanding.weebly.com Rerouting Until May 22, 2022 Contemporary Calgary (701 11th St. SW) With admission Rerouting stems from the Collider: In-Residence Artist Residency, an online program inviting 12 artists from around the world to consider new modes of practice in response to their experiences within a global pandemic. contemporarycalgary.com The Further Apart Things Seem Until May 22, 2022 Contemporary Calgary (701 11th St. SW) With admission How do we respond in times of uncertainty in a social and political moment where opinions are often divisive? In this exhibition, we see artists follow distinct paths toward subtle forms of resistance while exploring areas of connection that feel in opposition. contemporarycalgary.com Money Zoo: Fantastic Beasts in the History of Money Until May 27, 2022 Nickle Galleries, Taylor Family Digital Library, University of Calgary (410 University Ct. NW) Free to explore This exhibition highlights animals depicted on currencies and the historical use of animals as money to raise awareness of our complex bond and dependence on these fantastic creatures and their place in the modern world. nickle.ucalgary.ca 20th Annual Juried Members Exhibition Until June 5, 2022 Leighton Art Centre (282027 144 St. West, Foothills) By donation The Juried Members Exhibition is an annual curated exhibition, with every Leighton Art Centre artist member eligible to submit up to three of their best recent pieces for consideration. With 64 pieces by 38 artists selected from over 300 submissions, this 20th annual celebration of the centre’s member artists is a fresh and exciting visual treat. leightoncentre.org a rolled chord of sunlight unfurled Until June 5, 2022 Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE) Free to Explore The range of the sun’s luminescence is one of the most beautiful things about Mohkínsstsisi. Out of reverence for the sun’s refraction on our plot of rock comes a new body of work by artist Ashley Bedet dedicated to investigating and honouring the different intensities of our sun’s rays. eskerfoundation.com Daylight Cut-Outs Until June 12, 2022 VivianeArt (1018 9th Ave. SE) Free to explore VIVIANEART presents Daylight Cut-Outs, a solo exhibition of large-scale paintings and photo collages by Canadian artist Julie Beugin. Her colourful abstract paintings begin with her camera as she explores the city using her camera, capturing moments of light. These photos inspire Beugin’s collages, which ultimately inspire her paintings. vivianeart.com YYC Bread Stories Until June 26, 2022 Lougheed House (707 13 Ave. SW) $4 – $8.50 YYC Bread Stories shows our city’s connection to bread, historically and today, and contains artifacts of bread making from early Calgary and mementos from Calgary families who have a strong connection to their culture’s bread. lougheedhouse.com otipemisiwak Until June 26, 2022 Fort Calgary (750 9th Ave. SE) With admission Otipemisiwak, which translates from Cree to “people who live by their own rules,” showcases recent works by Daphne Boyer. Her practice combines plant material, high-resolution digital tools, and traditional handwork to create art celebrating her Métis heritage. fortcalgary.com Naked Excess Until June 26, 2022 Esker Foundation (4th Floor, 1011 9th Ave. SE) Free to explore Michelle Bui’s photographic images meet at the intersection between still life and commercial photography. Bui intuitively arranges objects, photographing them against colourful backdrops. eskerfoundation.com Fast Moving Sun Until June 26, 2022 Esker Foundation (4th Floor, 1011 9th Ave. SE) Free to explore Veronika Pausova draws on figurative imagery to tell short stories that mine the territory between animation and stasis. The implied movement of these recurrent motifs serve as a cast of recurrent characters and as a proxy for the viewer to feel the anxious energy. eskerfoundation.com Letters for Occasions Until June 26, 2022 Esker Foundation (4th Floor, 1011 9th Ave. SE) Free to explore Farah Al Qasimi’s exhibition brings together new and recent photographs that consider the story of her family’s migration between the UAE and the US, the global circulation of pop culture, and the reflection of the idiosyncrasies of personal style and aesthetics. eskerfoundation.com The Boxed Stories Gallery Until June 30, 2022 Loft 112 (535 8th Ave. SE) $5 A truly unique experience for artists and viewers alike! Housed within a vintage card catalogue, visitors are encouraged to discover varied artworks as they open each drawer. loft112.org hypertext / chances are bigger in the sun Until July 23, 2022 The Bows (2001B, 10th Ave. SW) Free to explore Lotte Van den Audenaeren makes works that illuminate the material dimensions of time as it takes shape in patches of natural sunlight, transient sounds, swathes of fluorescent fabric, or decaying natural objects. Check out her work on the The Bows Billboard! thebows.org Reflections: 10 Years Capturing Calgary’s Alt Music Scene Until September 11, 2022 Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre (850 4th St. SE) With admission Music photographer Zoltan Varadi was inspired by the nice surprises he discovered as he began cleaning and scanning his old negatives during a year of pandemic lockdowns. studiobell.ca Have a visual arts event that’s not listed? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out this form.