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Check out a month of discussions, workshops, and visual art as part of Matias Martinez & Josee Placio's project Como se Dice | Photo: courtesy of Sparrow Artspace

November Exhibitions

Say yes to art this No-vember

Haider Ali

  • Location Various Venues 
  • Price Prices Vary

There’s a stacked lineup of exhibitions and holiday sales to check out this November. Take a look at this month’s roundup and navigate your way to all sorts of visual art treasures!

The Cycles of Birth, Life & Death

November 1 – 26, 2023
cSPACE Marda Loop (1721 29th Ave. SW)
Free to explore

The cycles of birth, life and death are a commonality shared across time, cultures, races and religions. Given this significance, Ritual Arts invites artists to explore the stories, memories, ceremonies and deeper meanings of these cycles within their own personal and cultural contexts.

Como se Dice

November 1 – 30, 2023
Sparrow Artspace (36 4th St. NE)
Prices vary

This project by Matias Martinez & Josee Placio is focused on Latin identity and its intricacies between diasporic vs homeland artists, machismoism, and Indigenous resurgence. It’s from the perspective of two children of immigrants and how they reconcile the diasporic experience through discussions, workshops and visual arts.

Way Station

November 3 – 30, 2023
EMMEDIA (2005B 10th Ave. SW)
Free to explore

EMMEDIA presents Way Station, a multimedia installation by Sandra Vida which comes to grips with the oppression, violence and conquest that characterize most ancestral pathways. In response, she affirms hope for change, and performs rituals of healing, transformation, and regeneration.

I Wonder

November 8, 2023, 12 – 2pm
Nvrlnd. Arts Foundation (1048 21st Ave. SE)
Free to explore

I Wonder is a free emerging artist pop-up gallery event showcasing the work of 13 new artists. The gallery space opens at noon and the reception takes place from 5– 8pm. Join them for good art, good food and good vibes!

Sirocco Art Gala

November 17, 2023, 5 – 10pm
Sirocco Golf Club 210178 (64th St. W, Foothills)

Sirocco Golf Club has teamed up with local artist Wendy Palmer in creating the first Sirocco Art Gala, an evening to give local artists a space to display their art work as well as to raise funds for Kids Cancer Care.

Diane McGeachy: In Good Company

November 17 – January 17, 2023
Congress Coffee (Suite #1A, 215 36th Ave. NE)
Free to explore 

Diane McGeachy’s new show In Good Company is an exhibition of everyday use, somewhat ‘amphora’ inspired, hand built ceramic forms alongside 10 paintings on paper that serve to reveal the character and presence of these vessels.

Laycock & Marchessault & Newkirk

November 18 – December 6, 2023
Wallace Galleries (500 5th Ave. SW)
Free to explore

Wallace Galleries presents a diverse and eclectic selection of works by three prestigious and talented artists coming together to bridge the gap between abstraction and landscape. All three artist have a lyrical painting style.

Winter Juried Exhibition & Sale

November 27 – December 2, 2023, 11am – 4pm
Online & In-Person at cSPACE Marda Loop (1721 29th Ave. SW)
Free to explore

The Federation of Canadian Artists Calgary Chapter invites the public to a new small works show. You will find exceptional small artworks created by talented artists and juried by a panel of external jurors. Browse and buy both in-person and online!

Resistance & Respiration

November 30, 2023 – April 14, 2024
Contemporary Calgary (701 11th St. SW)
With admission

How is breathing an athletic act, a dyad of push-pull, a feat of endurance, a political horizon? This exhibition aims to imagine breathing, and breathlessness, as a productive cause for giddiness, a sensation for whirling, and a tendency for staggering.

Arts Sales & Holiday Markets

Millarville Christmas Market

November 2 – 12, 2023
Millarville Racetrack (306097 192nd St. W, Millarville)

The Millarville Christmas Market is a premier craft and artisan show in Alberta! You’ll enjoy eight fabulous days of music, food trucks, reindeer viewing, photos with Santa and many favourite and new seasonal vendors!

Festive Foothills Art Sale

November 10 – December 21, 2023
Leighton Art Centre (282027 144th St. W, Millarville)
By donation

Enjoy some holiday cheer in Alberta’s beautiful Foothills region! Fine craft and artworks by local artists will be featured in the galleries of the historic Leighton home and online, in perfect time for getting a head start on purchasing seasonal gifts.

Art Show and Sale

November 11, 2023, 10am – 4pm
Triwood Community Hall (2244 Chicoutimi Dr. NW)
Free to explore

Please join local artists from the Southern Alberta Art Alliance for their second annual show and sale of 2023. This is a great opportunity to view and purchase original works of art.

Contextural Fibre Arts Sale

November 17 & 18, 2023
Alexandra Dance Hall (922 9th Ave. SE)
Free to explore

Contextural is a group of like-minded artists who come together support their individual fibre practices. Check out their annual Contextural Fibre Arts Sale to celebrate all things fibre art and learn about the processes involved.

Show + Sale Winter Market

November 17 & 18, 2023
Alberta University of the Arts (1407 14th Ave. NW)
Free to explore

Get ready for the holidays with the AUArts Students Association’s Show + Sale Winter Market and snag the finest wares from Alberta’s emerging artists.  Join them at AUArts for a market filled with great art, fun demos and community spirit.

Handmade Here Holiday Show and Sale

November 18 & 19, 2023, 10am – 5pm
Triwood Community Hall (2244 Chicoutimi Dr. NW)
Free to explore

Handmade Here Artist Collective presents a carefully curated selection of local artists bringing you a weekend of wonderful work to explore and purchase. Plus, free entrance, parking, coffee and cookies.

Fairview Studio’s Famous Fall Pottery Sale

November 19, 2023, 10am – 4pm
Acadia Recreation Complex (240 90th Ave. SE)
Free to explore

One of Calgary’s most loved pottery studio’s annual fall sale! With more than 50 potters showcasing their designs and creations, there is something for everyone, every taste, every need, every occasion and every gift.

Christmas Market and Artisan Fair

November 25, 2023, 10:30am – 5pm
Shepard Community Hall (10800 84th St. SE)
Free to explore

This Christmas Market and Artisan Fair is sure to have something for everyone with up to 40 various vendors, concession and cafe seating and Santa paying a visit for a couple of hours.

Annual Fall Show & Sale

November 25, 2023, 10am – 4pm
Calgary Grace Lutheran Church (3610 Sarcee Rd. SW)
Free to explore

The Calgary Creative Arts Guild is hosting its annual fall show and sale featuring original works from over 30 local artists. Admission and parking is free! Cash donations to the Veteran’s Food bank gratefully accepted.

The Holiday Market

November 26, 2023, 11am – 4pm
Deerfoot Inn & Casino (Suite #1000, 11500 35 St. SE)
Free to explore

The Holiday Market at the Deerfoot Inn & Casino is Back for its third year! You will find up to 60 vendors in the Hallway & the Sundance Ballroom offering everything you may need for hosting, planning or gifting!

Last Chance + Ongoing Exhibitions

Sara Lydia Tuell: Waveforms

Until November 10, 2023
Contemporary Calgary (701 11th St. SW)
With admission

In this exhibition of print and installation work, Sara Tuell explores abstract concepts in quantum physics through perceptual experience through an interactive installation using polarized film and large-scale print work

“The Northern Minister Devoured and Other Works”

Until November 11, 2023
Herringer Kiss Gallery (Suite #101, 1615 10th Ave. SW)
Free to explore

This exhibition by Canadian Artist, Aron Hill is an expression of where he currently is in this space and time. Aron Hill considers his personal story in relation to settler colonialism, domestic labor and care, and artistic lineages of formalism and minimalism.

Light and Shadows

Until November 15, 2023
Wallace Galleries (500 5th Ave. SW)
Free to explore

Kenneth Lochhead’s landscape works elicit a boldness with their simplicity, and a tranquility with his luscious sense of colour and movement. The show will whisk you away to a far-off land, a vacation from now to another world that Lochhead has created.

Jennifer Hornyak: Merging

Until November 15, 2023
Wallace Galleries (500 5th Ave. SW)
Free to explore

Merging highlights how Jennifer Hornyak’s work has transitioned over the last few years, from more defined image to abstract. Oil paintings on canvas or board are intermixed with works on paper to emphasize the transitional nature of the two styles.


Until November 15, 2023
Stride Gallery & The Bows (1006 Macleod Tr. SE) & (2001b 10 Ave SW)
Free to explore

The Bows and Stride Gallery are excited to announce a collaborative exhibition, Black-Space-Time, curated by Nura Ali. The exhibition is a culmination of research undertaken over two years by Ali as a research fellow.

A promo image for Black-Space-Time

Don’t miss Black-Space-Time, curated by Nura Ali | Photo: courtesy of the The Bows & Stride Gallery

how to feel the weight of the moment

Until November 18, 2023
Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Alberta University of the Arts (1407 14th Ave. NW)
Free to explore

Centring issues related to mapping, imaging systems and ecological crisis, this exhibition brings together a selection of recent works. A number of participatory projects will run parallel to the gallery exhibition.

Centenary / Mehdi Darvishi

Until December 1, 2023
Alberta Printmakers (4025 4th St. SE)
Free to explore

In Iranian artist Mehdi Darvishi’s Centenary, the main theme is “life and its undeniable result: death.” This reductive process is a good reflection of the way that he consider the most inevitable happening in the human being’s life.

The Art of Faye HeavyShield

Until December 9, 2023
Nickle Galleries, University of Calgary (435 Campus Lane NW)
Free to explore

This exhibition presents work that spans 40 years of Faye HeavyShield’s practice. A major contributor to contemporary Indigenous art, her work is rooted in the deep art history of the Canadian prairies and in personal/communal experience.

Like everything alive that we try to hold forever

Until December 17, 2023
Esker Foundation (4th floor, 1011 9th Ave SE)
Free to explore

Like everything alive that we try to hold forever brings together seven artists whose works reflect ways human bodies exist in relation to non-human objects and the complex ways that these objects impact our understanding of self and others.

Care and Wear: Bodies Crafted for Harm and Healing

Until December 17, 2023
Esker Foundation (4th floor, 1011 9th Ave SE)
Free to explore

Curated by Brendan and Jude Griebel from the collection of the Museum of Fear and Wonder, this exhibition brings together a collection of crafted surrogates for the human body, designed to model or mimic aspects of human experience.

Angeline Simon: take more

Until February 4, 2024
Esker Foundation (4th floor, 1011 9th Ave SE)
Free to explore

The ceramic sculptures in take more offer glimmers of insight into artist Angeline Simon’s childhood, the specificity of her familial traditions, and, more broadly, the significance of food and shared meals within Chinese-Malaysian culture.

Canadian Music Hall of Fame: Nickelback

Until February, 2024
Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre (850 4th St. SE)
With admission

This exhibition features numerous instruments, personal items, concert footage and behind-the-scenes photos. The gallery includes a large video wall outfitted with a full stage display with many of Nickelback’s outfits and customized instruments.

Human Sprawl

Until March 31, 2024
Leighton Art Centre (282027 144th St. W, Millarville)
By donation

Michelle Atkinson explores humanity’s tendency to live in excess, with personal consumption impacting biodiversity. Born from industrial waste, animal sculptures were created using thick slabs of once broken office window glass destined for the landfill.

11,104 Days: From Artists to Zenith

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.

Music & Wellness

Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre (850 4th St. SE)
With admission

National Music Centre’s permanent Music & Wellness exhibition 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.

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