Event Directory Search for upcoming events Picks and Previews Plan ahead to check out these not-to-be-missed events All Contest Dance Visual Art Theatre Film & Media Literary Festival Music Free Visual Art Joi T. Arcand's Wayfinding: ᐁᑳᐏᔭ ᓀᐯᐏᓯ | Image: Courtesy of TRUCK Contemporary Art Nov. 1, 2019 - Nov. 30, 2019 November Exhibitions There are lots of opportunities to shop, explore, and celebrate this month Amy Jo Espetveidt Location Various Venues Price Prices Vary Can you believe it’s already November? A new month always means a fresh batch of visual arts programming and this is going to be a busy one! Not only are seasonal show and sales in full swing, but there are pop-up events, fundraisers, talks, tours, and receptions to check out. Bring the Baby Art Tour & Tummy Time November 1, 2019, 12:00 – 1:00pm Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE) Free admission, registration recommended Start with a casual half-hour tour of the current exhibitions, then enjoy a half-hour of tummy time social fun for the little ones with artist Yvonne Mullock’s extraordinary interactive sensory blanket. This is the perfect art and tot combination! eventbrite.ca Like the winter snow kills the grass, the summer sun revives it November 1 – December 14, 2019 TRUCK Contemporary Art (2009 10th Ave. SW) Free admission Curated by Missy LeBlanc, this exhibition centres and celebrates Indigenous ways of knowing and language revitalization. Featuring works by Joi T. Arcand, Richelle Bear Hat, Susan Blight, Tsēmā Igharas, Michelle Sylliboy, and Alberta Rose W, we’re looking forward to checking it out. An opening reception takes place on November 1 from 7:00 to 11:00pm. truck.ca S.C.R.E.A.M. November 2, 2019, 8:00 – 11:30pm The New Gallery (208 Centre St. SE) $2 The New Gallery presents its annual fundraiser, S.C.R.E.A.M. (spooky cash rules everything around me). Dress up, show up, and dance the night away to jams courtesy of DJ Anput! Refreshments are available and there is an amazing door prize and a costume contest to check out. facebook.com The Characters: Act I November 2 – December 14, 2019 EMMEDIA Gallery & Production Society (2005 10th Ave. SW) Free admission Presented by Untitled Art Society, Erdem Taşdelen’s audio installation follows the self-indulgent, occasionally frenetic, and always mordantly humorous narratives of 10 stock characters. An opening reception takes place November 1 at 7:00pm. uascalgary.org Mother Tongues Gathering & Exhibition Tour November 3, 2019, 12:00 – 4:30pm Central Library (800 3rd St. SE) Free admission This exhibit brings together emerging artists from four Indigenous language groups of the Treaty 7 region, who incorporate Nakoda, Nēhiyawēwin, Nitsiipowahsiin, and Tsuut’ina into their artistic practices. Explore this stunning show at this gathering and exhibition tour. truck.ca Cycling with Animals November 3, 2019, 1:00 – 3:00pm Contemporary Calgary (701 11th St. SW) Free admission Cycling With Animals brings together elements of game play, intervention, and poetics to interrogate municipal bylaws that govern public spaces. Check out this open studio with Action Hero and Mia & Eric, part of Contemporary Calgary’s Collider residency and Springboard Performance’s Fluid Fest. springboardperformance.com Bow Valley Calligraphy Guild November 3 – 23, 2019 Fish Creek Library (11161 Bonaventure Dr. SE) Free admission An exhibition of calligraphic art created by members of the Bow Valley Calligraphy Guild is on display at the Fish Creek Library this November! It’s your chance to view traditional and contemporary hand-lettering styles. There are even demonstrations to check out from 1:00 to 3:00pm on November 16. bvcg.ca Riverview Artists November 4 – 8, 2019, 9:00am – 4:00pm +15 Level, Jamieson Place (308 4th Ave. SW) Free admission Original artwork by 12 local artists is featured in this upcoming show and sale in downtown Calgary. Paintings are varied in style and technique, reflecting the inspiration of each artist. Swing by to explore and meet the creators. riverview-artists.com Unravelling Identities November 5, 2019 – January 6, 2020 HUB @ 302 (302, 1235 26th Ave. SE) Free admission Diana Ohiozebau is a visual artist and currently in the MA program in history of art, design and visual culture at the University of Alberta. Explore her solo show at a reception and artist talk from 1:00 to 3:00pm on November 9. albertasocietyofartists.com Diana Ohiozebau’s Unravelling Identities | Photo: Courtesy of the Alberta Society of Artists Free First Thursday Nights November 7, 2019, 5:00 – 9:00pm Glenbow (130 9th Ave. SE) Free admission Since its launch in 2016, Free First Thursday Nights has provided access to over 56,000 visitors. November is your first chance to see the amazing new shows on display including the dynamic linocuts of Sybil Andrews, the textural delights of Gerald Ferguson, the multi-artist exhibition ExtraOrdinary Objects, and new work by Nicole Kelly Westman. facebook.com Winter Is Coming November 7 – 30, 2019 Knox Contemporary Gallery of Art (200 Barclay Parade SW) Free admission A contemporary art exhibition depicting all things related to winter, see work from participating artists including Chlan Grant, Jane Lochrie, Mao (Kun) Chen, J. Broz, Lara Erdman, Nuit, Janie Lockwood, and many more. Be sure to check it out. knoxgalleryofart.com Marjie Crop Eared Wolf November 8, 2019, 6:30 – 7:30pm Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE) Free admission, registration recommended Using thousands of Blackfoot words transcribed from the Blackfoot Dictionary as well as an audio tape made by Marjie Crop Eared Wolf’s mother, Iitsi’poyi addresses cultural legacy and resilience by actively engaging in language preservation. Don’t miss this artist talk. eventbrite.ca Art Auction Fundraiser November 9, 2019, 8:00pm Stride Gallery (1006 Macleod Tr. SE) Free admission An exciting evening of bidding and merrymaking with people from diverse communities across the city, join Stride for its annual art auction fundraiser. It’s sure to be a fun evening of good music, good food, good art, and good friends. stride.ab.ca Celebrations November 9, 2019, 11:00am – 4:00pm Mona Lisa Art Salon (1518 7th St. SW) Free admission Local artists present fine art in a variety of mediums and themes, the festivities include live music, as well as Mehndi artist Shaleen Harjij with her beautiful henna designs. You can also check out a new gallery space, Mona Lisa Art Salon! facebook.com The Butter Dish November 9 – December 14, 2019 Alberta Craft Gallery – Calgary, cSPACE King Edward (1721 29th Ave. SW) Free admission Dawn Deterando uses her ceramics expertise to curate a diverse selection of over 20 butter dishes. This exhibition demonstrates the variety of processes and techniques that artists ‘churn’ out from their studios. Check out the reception on November 14 from 5:00 to 8:00pm. albertacraft.ab.ca Matrilineal Threads November 9 – December 21, 2019 The New Gallery (208 Centre St. SE) Free admission Consisting of large yarn sculptures and a crocheted bodysuit, the work explores Kasie Campbell’s relationship with her late mother, Ginette Lund, and the ways in which women can relate to themselves respective of their mothers. An opening reception takes place on November 8. thenewgallery.org Five Hole November 9 – December 21, 2019 Herringer Kiss Gallery (101, 1615 10th Ave. SW) Free admission Curtis Cutshaw’s latest exhibit, Five Hole, features new paintings inspired by Canada’s favourite sport, hockey. Be sure to swing by the opening reception on November 9 from 2:00 to 5:00pm with the artist in attendance. Artist remarks take place at 3:00pm so don’t miss it. herringerkissgallery.com Spectral November 9 – December 21, 2019 Herringer Kiss Gallery (101, 1615 10th Ave. SW) Free admission Materially lustrous, Sara Robichaud’s new series of paintings combine processes and ideas that embody the physicality of formalist painting, and invite imaginative, playful interpretation. An opening reception takes place on November 9 from 2:00 to 5:00pm with the artist in attendance. herringerkissgallery.com My Garden’s Funeral November 10, 2019, 3:30 – 5:00pm Contemporary Calgary (701 11th St. SW) $12 From the artist who recently displayed The Comet Garden at Contemporary Calgary, Collider resident Rocio Graham presents a performance that mourns the loss of her 2019 garden followed by a festive celebration with Mexican foods. eventbrite.ca War in Pieces November 11, 2019, 12:00 – 5:00pm Memorial Park Library (1221 2nd St. SW) Free admission Full of short, first-person stories, this pop-up gallery reveals the challenges and rewards of military life, the trauma of combat, the depth of the bonds among soldiers, and how the experience of war forever changes human perspective. facebook.com Art Baby Tours November 13, 2019, 10:00am Glenbow (130 9th Ave. SE) Free – $5 Designed to allow parents and caregivers of children aged two and under an opportunity to engage with Glenbow’s content in a baby friendly environment, these guided tours go through one of the feature exhibitions in a relaxed, social atmosphere. This month’s tour explores ExtraOrdinary Objects. facebook.com Lifelong Learners November 13, 2019, 2:30 – 3:15pm Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE) Free admission, registration recommended Seniors are invited to join in for a tour and discussion of the Esker’s current exhibitions in a relaxed, social environment. Explore new ideas and engage creatively with arts and culture. facebook.com Sikh Spirit Through Time November 14, 2019, 6:00 – 7:00pm Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE) Free admission, registration recommended Join Asian studies scholar Sukhdeep Sembi and dive into texts of the 18th century, drawing out key underlying themes that manifested in politics and arts as Sikhs began to form kingdoms in South Asia. eventrbrite.ca Inspiration Intuition November 14 – 24, 2019 cSPACE King Edward (1721 29th Ave. SW) Free admission Sharyn Roit Miller presents her latest exhibition featuring 50 new works of art of mixed mediums. The artist hopes to engage guests to interact and relate with the pieces in a meaningful way. An artist reception takes place from 5:00 to 8:00pm on November 14 during cSPACE King Edward’s With Bells On showcase. cspacekingedward.com Home Grown November 14 – December 4, 2019 Wallace Galleries (500 5th Ave. SW) Free admission This exhibition illustrates the diversity and talent in our province with works by William Duma, Robin Smith-Peck, Jim Stokes, Robert Lemay, Diana Zasadny, and more. An opening reception takes place on November 16, 2:00 to 5:00pm. wallacegalleries.com A painting by Laurie Steen | Image: Courtesy of Wallace Galleries A Portrait Show November 15 – December 21, 2019 VIVIANEART (1114 11th St. SW) Free admission Today’s portrait artists have an opportunity to impact current considerations of identity. The five artists included in this group exhibition, Alex Bierk, Erik Olson, Kris Knight, Tyler Bright Hilton, and Winnie Truong, are all impactful Canadian art influencers in their own right. vivianeart.gallery The Nature of Light November 15 – December 21, 2019 Ruberto Ostberg Gallery (2108 18th St. NW) Free admission Anna Ostberg is acutely aware of the sun from dawn to dusk and has an emotional response to it. In The Nature of Light she attempts to capture the luminosity of the sun as it dances in and out of the trees, peaks over the horizon, and alters its surroundings. Explore the show at one of its opening receptions—5:00 to 9:00pm on November 15 and 2:00 to 5:00pm on November 16—for an inside look. facebook.com Blown Glass Sale November 16 & 17, 2019, 12:00 – 4:00pm Bee Kingdom Glass (427 22nd Ave. NW) Free admission Join Bee Kingdom for a live glassblowing show and sale! A one stop shop for high quality, handmade gifts and for your own home decor, check out new studio creations and demonstrations all weekend long. facebook.com A Closer Look Tour: Nicole Kelly Westman November 20, 2019, 1:00pm Glenbow (130 9th Ave. SE) With admission Join exhibition artist Nicole Kelly Westman for a tour of the latest installment in the One New Work series. Pastoral | Calamity features moving-image works, for every sunset we haven’t seen and for nights bathed in sodium vapour. facebook.com Calgary Chinatown Artist Residency Reception November 20, 2019, 5:00 – 7:00pm Orrin & Clara Christie Might Hall, Chinese Cultural Centre (197 1st St. SW) Free admission The New Gallery, in partnership with The City of Calgary’s Public Art Program, officially welcomes selected artists Teresa Tam, Annie Wong, and Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong for this one-of-a-kind residency. Community members are invited to come out and meet the artists and learn more about this project at a welcoming reception. facebook.com Thing to Wear November 20 – December 24, 2019 Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Alberta University of the Arts (1407 14th Ave. NW) Free admission Thing to Wear is a collection of kimono-inspired garments created by students, staff, faculty, and alumni from the Alberta University of the Arts under the guidance of Associate Professor Bill Morton. Be sure to check out special programming including a gallery tour, technical demonstrations by AUArts fibre majors, and a talk on historical context and panel garments from Japan. ikg.acad.ca Salon Series: Yvonne Mullock November 21, 2019, 7:00 – 9:30pm Glenbow (130 9th Ave. SE) $31.50 – $35 Join Glenbow for an evening of intimate and insightful discussion with visual artist Yvonne Mullock, whose work is featured in the exhibition ExtraOrdinary Objects. Join in as she leads a tour and fosters an in-depth conversation. facebook.com Protest Signs, Pins & Tees November 22, 2019, 4:00 – 6:00pm Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE) Free admission Join artists Jane Trash and Sondra Meszaros in a workshop inspired by their community-based creative resistance project. Participants are encouraged to engage with their personal expression represented through the production of signs, t-shirts, and pins as protest objects. Youth between the ages of 13 and 17 are free to drop in and participate. eskerfoundation.com AUArts SA Fall Show + Sale November 22 – 24, 2019 Alberta University of the Arts (1407 14th Ave. NW) Prices vary This semi-annual public art market showcases student work from the university’s departments including painting, drawing, glass, jewellery and metals, fibre, printmaking, sculpture, media arts, photography, ceramics, and design. You can even grab tickets to the First Night Fundraiser for an exclusive shopping experience. auarts.ca Soft Bodied Oddities November 22, 2019 – January 18, 2020 Jarvis Hall Gallery (333B 36th Ave. SE) Free admission Featuring powerful new work by Laura Findlay and Corri-Lynn Tetz, each begin their process for the painted image from a different point of departure. The exhibition explores the theme of empowerment and you can explore it at the opening reception, 6:00 to 8:00pm on November 22. jarvishallgallery.com Family Museum Adventure November 23, 2019 Glenbow (130 9th Ave. SE) With admission, registration required Explore the exhibition Sybil Andrews: Art & Life on a museum adventure filled with gallery tours, behind-the-scenes discovery, and a linocut relief printmaking activity. Expect an afternoon of fun for the whole family. facebook.com Let It Snow November 23, 2019, 7:00 – 11:00pm Alberta Craft Gallery – Calgary, cSPACE King Edward (1721 29th Ave. SW) $20 – $40 A seasonal fundraising party featuring a festive evening of music, fabulous cocktails, delicious appetizers, and a curated raffle and door prize, it’s your chance to see the best of Alberta fine craft and cross everyone off your holiday gift list! albertacraft.ab.ca Encaustic Two-Day Workshop November 23 & 24, 2019, 10:00am – 4:30pm Leighton Art Centre (282027 144th St. West, Millarville) $260 This introductory course with Sharon Lynn Williams is ideal for anyone new to the exciting and dynamic medium of encaustic (aka beeswax) painting or for those needing a refresher. facebook.com Print Making Christmas Cards November 24, 2019, 10:00am – 4:00pm Leighton Art Centre (282027 144th St. West, Millarville) $65 Join Arlene Westen and learn to carve relief prints from a variety of materials to create multiple cards or small works of repeat imagery suitable for framing. Multi-colour reduction printmaking will also be demonstrated at this workshop. facebook.com Community Medicine November 24, 2019, 1:00 – 2:00pm Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE) Free admission, registration recommended Join Esker curator Shauna Thompson on this tour through Jeffrey Gibson and Nep Sidhu’s exhibitions. Hear Thompson discuss the potential of art and performance to strengthen and uplift community healing and resilience. facebook.com A Closer Look Tour: ExtraOrdinary Objects November 28, 2019, 1:00pm Glenbow (130 9th Ave. SE) With admission Take a guided tour of ExtraOrdinary Objects which includes work by eight Canadian artists, both emerging and established, who have all breathed new life and complex meaning into seemingly ordinary things. facebook.com Cocktails & Culture November 28, 2019, 7:00 – 9:30pm Glenbow (130 9th Ave. SE) $65 Enjoy an intimate evening at Glenbow with the work of Sybil Andrews and artisan cocktails inspired by her art and life. Join Sugar Water Bar for a unique cocktail experience inspired by Glenbow’s exhibition Sybil Andrews: Art & Life. Each ticket includes two cocktails and a tour. facebook.com Art Calgary November 28 – December 1, 2019 Mona Lisa Art Salon (1510 7th St. SW) Free admission See 16 local artists at this curated, gallery style event where visitors can view the artwork and to speak with the artists who create it. All work is for sale and admission is free so don’t miss Calgary’s first professional art fair. artcalgary.ca A Natural Progression November 28, 2019 – January 11, 2020 Newzones Gallery (730 11th Ave. SW) Free admission Considering the layering of surfaces and repeated applications of varnish as a way of exaggerating the qualities of the passing of time, be sure to check out this solo exhibition by Peter Hoffer. An opening reception takes place from 5:30 to 7:30pm on November 28—don’t miss it! newzones.com Deck the Walls November 28, 2019 – January 11, 2020 Newzones Gallery of Contemporary Art (730 11th Ave. SW) Free admission Ever evolving, Deck the Walls is always a seasonal highlight and features an entire wall of small-to-medium sized artworks, perfect for gift-giving this holiday season. A salon-inspired exhibition to entice viewers to give the spectacular gift of art for the holidays, there is always something for everyone. newzones.com Ongoing Exhibitions Benjamin Oswald Until November 2, 2019 Alberta Craft Gallery – Calgary, cSPACE King Edward (1721 29th Ave. SW) Free admission Benjamin Oswald’s ceramic sculptural work occurs within the blurred lines of art, design, and contemporary craft. Check out the show while you still can. albertacraft.ab.ca Xposed – Humans vs Planet Earth Until November 3, 2019 Knox Contemporary Gallery of Art (200 Barclay Parade SW) Free admission A juried exhibition depicting how humans have impacted our planet, check out this showcase from both local and international visual artists at Knox Contemporary Gallery of Art. knoxgalleryofart.com CAAF Connection 2019 Until November 9, 2019 cSPACE King Edward (1721 29th Ave. SW) Free admission The Calgary Allied Arts Foundation features residents from the past year exhibiting their work. Join in for the exhibition reception on November 7 from 6:30 to 9:00pm. Artists will be in attendance and refreshments served. There’s even an open studio and artist talks. facebook.com William Duma Until November 13, 2019 Wallace Galleries (500 5th Ave. SW) Free admission William Duma’s Twilight & Nocturnes and Rivers & Streams reflect his interest in the beauty and challenge in painting the night-scene and the challenge of the abstract quality of water. wallacegalleries.com The Other Side of Colour Until November 16, 2019 Newzones Gallery (730 11th Ave. SW) Free admission This solo exhibition by Jonathan Forrest is the result of a six-month studio search. Seeking to develop ideas conceived in 2018, this new series displays heightened colour, created by thin layers of dragged and pulled translucent paint. newzones.com Oceanic Legends Until November 16, 2019 Newzones Gallery (730 11th Ave. SW) Free admission Another solo exhibition at Nezones, Yechel Gagnon explores the pinnacle point of the technique she started to develop more than 20 years ago using a simple sheet of plywood. newzones.com Aftermath Until November 16, 2019 Jarvis Hall Gallery (333B 36th Ave. SE) Free admission A solo exhibition featuring the latest work by senior Canadian artist Billy McCarroll, Aftermath refers to the influence of the 1913 Armory Exhibition in New York of modern art from Europe. jarvishallgallery.com Billy McCarroll’s Russian Kollusion II | Image: Courtesy of Jarvis Hall Gallery Hidden Within Until November 23, 2019 Edge Gallery (1416 9th Ave. SE) Free admission David More’s vibrant, gestural, and generous use of paint lend themselves to his exploration of the layers that make up landscape. Don’t miss your chance to explore this solo show. edgegallery.ca Borough Burrow Until November 29, 2019 Alberta Printmakers Gallery and Studio (4025 4th St. SE) Free admission Christeen Francis is a printmaker, musician, and activist based in Montreal. She is committed to print that engages with local communities and the public at large. Explore her work at this intriguing contemporary printmaking exhibition. albertaprintmakers.com 50 Until December 7, 2019 Christine Klassen Gallery (200, 321 50th Ave. SE) Free admission Chris Kuzmanovich is a Calgary-based creative whose work in design naturally led to his pursuit of art when he began painting as a self-reflexive practice over 10 years ago. christineklassengallery.com Duality Until December 7, 2019 Christine Klassen Gallery (200, 321 50th Ave. SE) Free admission Lisa Matthias believes that all living things are part of a larger assemblage, emphasized by the recognition of patterns and relatedness across species and scales of life. christineklassengallery.com I’ll climb in your eyes Until December 14, 2019 Nickle Galleries, University of Calgary (410 University Ct. NW) Free admission With the work of Mark Mullin, there is always more than meets the eye. Organized by Nickle Galleries and curated by Christine Sowiak with support from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, don’t miss this show! nickle.ucalgary.ca Turning the Lens: Indigenous Archive Project Until December 14, 2019 Nickle Galleries, University of Calgary (410 University Ct. NW) Free admission Turning the Lens: Indigenous Archive Project is a photography/history exhibition, a naming project, a social media campaign, and an opportunity contemplate the role of galleries, museums, and archives across Canada. The exhibition is the result of a long-standing social media and research project undertaken by Paul Seesequasis, a Plains Cree writer, journalist, and cultural activist based in Saskatoon. nickle.ucalgary.ca Nicole Kelly Westman: Pastoral | Calamity Until January 5, 2020 Glenbow (130 9th Ave. SE) With admission The 10th installment in curator Nancy Tousley’s ongoing series One New Work features two short works by Alberta multi-media artist and poet, Nicole Kelly Westman. The exhibition features moving-image works, for every sunset we haven’t seen and for nights bathed in sodium vapour. glenbow.org Nicole Kelly Westman’s Pastoral | Calamity | Image: Courtesy of Glenbow ExtraOrdinary Objects Until January 12, 2020 Glenbow (130 9th Ave. SE) With admission From linoleum to drywall, dead flowers to toilet paper, ordinary, disposal, and perishable objects serve as the point of departure for the array of contemporary artworks found in ExtraOrdinary Objects. glenbow.org Gerald Ferguson Until January 12, 2020 Glenbow (130 9th Ave. SE) With admission Pioneering Canadian artist Gerald Ferguson used quotidian materials to create striking, large-scale paintings that speak to the poetics of everyday life. The titles of his artworks literally describe what the artist used to make them—just wait until you see the monumental multi-panel painting 1,000,000 Grapes. glenbow.org Sybil Andrews: Art and Life Until January 12, 2020 Glenbow (130 9th Ave. SE) With admission This major retrospective celebrates the fascinating life and remarkable career of artist Sybil Andrews. Glenbow is the major study centre for the life and work of this beloved English-Canadian printmaker. glenbow.org Iitsi’poyi Until January 26, 2020 Project Space, Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE) Free admission Marjie Crop Eared Wolf continues her ongoing project to learn Blackfoot in the drawing, sound, and video installation, Iitsi’poyi. Using thousands of Blackfoot words transcribed from the Blackfoot Dictionary as well as an audio tape made by her mother, this work addresses cultural legacy and resilience by actively engaging in language preservation. eskerfoundation.com Body Worlds: Animal Inside Out Until March 1, 2020 TELUS Spark (220 St. Georges Dr. NE) With admission See the world’s most spectacular animals like never before! This rarely seen perspective guides visitors through skeletons, muscles, organs, and circulatory systems of a variety of animals. sparkscience.ca Have a visual arts event that’s not listed above? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out this form.