Detail of Chris Kuzmanovich’s painting, Trading Stories for Truth
Chris Kuzmanovich’s Trading Stories for Truth | Image: Courtesy of Christine Klassen Gallery

October Exhibitions

Warm up and embrace the fall as a new month of visual arts debuts

Amy Jo Espetveidt

Cooler days and longer nights can only mean one thing—it’s the perfect time to get out and enjoy Calgary’s visual arts community. With a bunch of stellar exhibitions, this month is full of great pop-ups, receptions, workshops, talks, and so much more.

Here’s what is on our radar for October:

Riverview Artists October Show & Sale

October 1 – 5, 2018, 9:00am – 4:00pm
Gulf Canada Square (401 9th Ave. SW)
Free

With original artwork by 12 local artists, explore paintings reflecting the unique creativity and inspiration of each artist. An artist is in attendance each day, so be sure to swing by.
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Artist Talk with Life of a Craphead

October 2, 2018, 7:00 – 8:30pm
TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary (2009 10th Ave. SW)
Free

Join TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary, in partnership with M:ST Performative Art Festival, for an artist talk with Life of a Craphead that expands on the ideas and stories present in their exhibition, Entertaining Every Second.
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Our Skies

October 2 – 27, 2018
Framed on Fifth (1207 5th Ave. NW)
Free

A beautiful collaboration between a painter and photographer, explore work from night sky photographer Harlan Thomas and painter Caran Magaw. Swing by the opening reception from 6:00 to 9:00pm on October 12 to hear musical entertainment by flamenco guitarist, Stephen Strain, and mark your calendars to check out a painting demonstration from 12:00 to 3:00pm on October 20.
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A painting by Caran Magaw

See work from Caran Magaw at the upcoming Our Skies exhibition | Image: Courtesy of Framed on Fifth

Mini Masters

October 4, 2018, 11:00 – 11:45am
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free, registration essential

Calling Calgary’s newest contemporaries! Join the Esker Foundation on the first Thursday of every month for a hands-on art class. Parents and guardians are invited to bring their little ones, ages two to five, to explore art making in this fun and social program. All are welcome to participate, just dress for mess.
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Free First Thursday Night

October 4, 2018, 5:00 – 9:00pm
Glenbow (130 9th Ave. SE)
Free

With a fresh batch of exhibitions to check out, October is a great time to head to Glenbow. Open late with free admission, swing by on the first Thursday of each month!
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Microbial Aura

October 4, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Loft 112 (112, 535 8th Ave. SE)
Free

A series of prints exploring the human micro-biome, explore the world of microbiology through the artistic renderings of Nicole Edmond within the Loft 112 space.
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Sampler 2018

October 4 – November 10, 2018
Herringer Kiss Gallery (101, 1615 10th Avenue SW)
Free

After 16 years in business and 10 years in its current location, the Herringer Kiss Gallery has outgrown its premises and is moving to a new space in Sunalta. Sampler 2018 pays homage to its first ever exhibition in 2002 and features new works by gallery artists selected specially to show off the new space. And don’t miss the inaugural opening reception from 5:00 to 8:00pm on October 4. Artists attending include Blake Senini, Curtis Cutshaw, Michael Davidson, Marjan Eggermont, Laurel Johannesson, Harry Kiyooka, Katie Ohe, Rhys Douglas Farrell, and Jason Frizzell.
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Unpacking: The Series

October 4 – November 15, 2018
Alberta College of Art + Design (1407 14th Ave. NW)
Free

Join the Illingworth Kerr Gallery for free public programs taking place Thursdays at 1:00pm this season. Each week a visiting speaker discusses a different topic relating to the current exhibition including tours, talks, and more.
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Bring the Baby Art Tour

October 5, 2018, 12:00pm
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free, registration recommended

A relaxed, social tour, bring your baby to the Esker Foundation and have tot-friendly fun while discussing the exhibitions.
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Chrysalis Art Show & Sale

October 5, 2018, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Bridgeland Riverside Community Association (917 Centre Ave. NE)
Free, registration required

This year, Chrysalis celebrates its 50th anniversary of serving Albertans with disabilities, 30 years of service in Calgary, and its 8th annual art show and sale. Drop by to experience the visual creations by artists in the Lynn Groves Hautmann Centre for the Arts.
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Salon Series: Cosmos with Erik Olson

October 10, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Glenbow (130 9th Ave. SE)
$30 – $35

Glenbow’s Salon Series returns and this week you can have an intimate and insightful conversation with Cosmos artist Erik Olson. The evening includes a discussion on his diverse painting practice.
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Evidence of Paint

October 10 – December 5, 2018
Jubilee Gallery, Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium (1415 14th Ave. NW)
Free

Partnership between Visual Arts Alberta – CARFAC and the Friends of the Alberta Jubilee Auditoria Society, this Alberta-wide juried exhibition of artwork features a fresh perspective on art, celebrating diverse points of view, styles, and techniques. Check out the show at its Calgary stop with an opening reception from 7:00 to 9:00pm on October 19.
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Photo of David Grudniski’s painting Hours

David Grudniski’s Hours | Image: Courtesy of Visual Arts Alberta – CARFAC

Lori Lukasewich & Chris Kuzmanovich

October 11 – November 24, 2018
Christine Klassen Gallery (200, 321 50th Ave. SE)
Free

With two new shows at the Christine Klassen Gallery, it’s the perfect time to swing by and explore Lori Lukasewich’s Fantasia and Chris Kuzmanovich’s Eleven. The opening reception takes place from 5:00 to 8:00pm on October 11 with artist talks at 2:00pm on October 13.
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50 Shades of Paint

October 12, 2018, 7:30 – 9:30pm
Motion Gallery (2001 10th Ave. SW)
$75 per couple

Spend a romantic evening painting a canvas together and enjoy an intimate setting surrounded by beautiful works of art. Presented by Viviana Pacheco Fine Art in conjunction with Motion Gallery, create your very own masterpiece painting on canvas in a professional art gallery setting taught by professional resident artists. Space is limited.
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Foothills Art Club Annual Fall Show

October 13, 2018, 10:00am – 4:00pm
St. Andrews United Church (128 1st St. E, Cochrane)
Free

Featuring over 150 original paintings on display and for sale, get to know the Foothills Art Club at its annual fall show and sale. The day includes live music and refreshments as well as a free draw for an original framed painting by a Foothills Art Club artist whose painting was voted the best by club members.
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It’s Alive! Urban Botanical Watercolour Workshop with Jennifer Wanner

October 13, 2018, 10:00 – 5:00pm
Esker Foundation (1001 9th Ave. SE)
Free, registration required

Inspired by the fall Project Space exhibition, Jennifer Wanner shares the intersections of art and science, as well as watercolour, collage, and drawing techniques in this hands-on workshop. All materials will be provided.
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Beacon Original Art Annual Fall Art Exhibition & Sale

October 13 & 14, 2018, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Bridgeland-Riverside Community Association (917 Centre Ave. NE)
Free

A two-day event with different artists in attendance each day, this is your chance to meet the 50 creators showing painting, jewelry, glass, photography, ceramics, sculpture, and textiles.
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Art from the Unknown Calgary

October 13 & 14, 2018, 11:00am – 5:00pm
McDougall Centre (455 6th St. SW)
Free

Hosted by Premier Rachel Notley, this event was created to celebrate and showcase the growing diversity of art in our city. Full of work from new and aspiring visual artists, each piece is for sale.
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Gwaii Haanas: Islands & Sacred Sites

October 13 – 31, 2018
Wallace Galleries (500 5th Ave. SW)
Free

The stunning works in this exhibition are a result of Joice M. Hall’s 2016 artist in residency in Gwaii Haanas. Explore her attempt to captivate and recreate the drama and beauty of Haida Gwaii and Gwaii Hannas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve and Haida Heritage Site. Join Hall for an artist talk at the opening reception from 2:00 to 5:00pm on October 13.
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The Chronic Art Show Reception & Art Sale

October 17, 2018, 5:00 – 8:00pm
Motion Gallery (2001 10th Ave. SW)
Free, registration required

Celebrate legalization with an exhibition of local canibis-themed artwork from talented Calgary artists. Participating artists include Janice Mather, Stephen Dolha, Viviana Pacheco, Angela Lee, Kim-Diane Berthelet, Parvin Ansari, Natalia Smith, Tayyaba Walayat, Mylene Lefebvre, Miguel Barros, Marissa Grondin, Kimberly Fergusson, and Alan Easton.
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Visual Art, Colonial Legacies, & Contemporary Forms of Surveillant Policing

October 17, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Taylor Family Digital Library, University of Calgary (2500 University Dr. NW)
Free, registration required

Join the Calgary Institute for the Humanities for its third annual McCready Lecture. Independent filmmaker, curator, and Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Calgary, Dr. Susan Cahill explores the racial and colonial inequalities of visibility within surveillance structures that seek to monitor and regulate bodies.
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Crash Course: Discussions in Contemporary Art with Caitlind r.c. Brown

October 18, 2018, 7:00 – 8:30pm
Esker Foundation (1001 9th Ave. SE)
Free, registration required

Tickling the Underbelly is a conversation with Caitlind r.c. Brown that draws on her experiences as a public artist, collaborator, and DIY-curator. Audience members are invited to “choose their own adventure,” picking from a range of possible subjects, objects, and projects, for the presentation.
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Jude Griebel: Illuminated Collapse

October 18 – December 15, 2018
Nickle Galleries, University of Calgary (410 University Ct. NW)
Free

Offering a series of dioramas that explore metaphorical end-of-time narratives, these richly detailed works represent anatomies and landscapes engaged in dramatic acts of self-consumption and destruction. Swing by an artist talk from 12:00 to 1:00pm on October 18 followed by an opening reception from 5:00 to 8:00pm. An illustrated catalogue with a critical essay by Tammer El-Sheikh accompanies the exhibition.
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A photo of a piece featuring hands reaching out of dirt holding a black ark

Detail of Jude Griebel’s Black Ark | Image: Courtesy the artist

Shona Rae: Re-Imagined Narratives

October 18 – December 15, 2018
Nickle Galleries, University of Calgary (410 University Ct. NW)
Free

An exhibition of 22 narrative sculptural rings made using goldsmith techniques, each is an imaginative representation of a fairy tale combined with one of the Higher Arcana from the Tarot. Explore the show at its opening reception from 5:00 to 8:00pm on October 18 and save the date for an artist talk at noon on November 15. An illustrated catalogue with a critical essay by Jennifer Salahub accompanies the exhibition.
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The Silver Cord: Exhibition Tour with Naomi Potter

October 19, 2018, 7:00 – 8:00pm
Esker Foundation (1001 9th Ave. SE)
Free, registration recommended

Drawn, etched, painted, and suspended, the line forms the central core from which all three artists in the Esker Foundation’s fall exhibitions are connected. This tour draws together the practices of Campbell, Martin, and Stevenson, with a look at how line inscribes the movement of the body through the hand.
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Peter Moller Drawings & Paintings

October 19 – 20 & 25 – 27, 2018, 12:00 – 6:00pm
Hotbox Studio YYC (5 3628 15A St. SE)
Free

Representing some dear friends, don’t miss this exhibition of drawings and paintings by Peter Moller and explore portraits of Michael Green, Richard McDowell, Doug Curtis, Anna Krysiak, and others. Swing by the opening reception from 7:00 to 9:00pm on October 18.
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Progressions

October 19 – November 10, 2018
Ruberto Ostberg Gallery (2018 18th St. NW)
Free

Featuring the work of Joanne MacDonald and Thai Le Ngo, don’t miss this joint exhibit showcasing their most recent works. Swing by one of two opening receptions—from 5:00 to 9:00pm on October 19 or 2:00 to 5:00pm on October 20—to see how the two ebb and flow.
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Fiercely Open

October 19 – November 30, 2018
Main Space Gallery, Alberta Printmakers (4025 4th St. SE)
Free

John Graham’s prints explore metaphorical openness and synthesize my long-standing artistic interests in combining mythological representations, surreal aesthetics, transformational psychology, and visual poetics. Explore the show at its opening reception from 7:00 to 9:00pm on October 27.
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Riverview Artists Fall Show & Sale

October 20, 2018, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Edgemont Community Association (33 Edgevalley Circle NW)
Free

The Riverview Artists Group’s largest show of the year, explore over 240 pieces of original art work plus creations in glass, wood, pottery, and more. Finding inspiration in a wide range of subjects, group members express their ideas in a variety of styles and techniques.
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The Fibre Shindig

October 20, 2018, 10:00am – 5:00pm
Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association (1320 5th Ave. NW)
$5

Returning this fall, enjoy a day of fibre-related shenanigans featuring artists and vendors from Calgary and beyond. It’s a great way to get a jump start on your seasonal shopping!
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The Growth of Weeds with Alana Bartol & Mia Rushton + Eric Moschopedis

October 20, 2018, 4:00 – 5:00pm
Esker Foundation (1001 9th Ave. SE)
Free, registration required

What is a weed? Why are they unwanted? What can we learn from them? Artists Alana Bartol, Eric Moschopedis, and Mia Ruston invite you to participate in a conversation about the plants we call weeds.
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Family Slumber Party

October 20 & 21, 2018
Glenbow (130 9th Ave. SE)
$85 – $95

With fun hands-on activities, a movie in the Glenbow theatre, a catered dinner, late night snack, and breakfast the next morning, don’t miss Glenbow’s next slumber party. This time around the theme centers around space, so come prepared for a fantastic nighttime voyage through the entire museum.
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New Work by Anda Kubis

October 20 – November 17, 2018
Newzones Gallery of Contemporary Art (730 11th Ave. SW)
Free

Part of the new abstraction movement in Canada, Anda Kubis continues to play with colour, space, and illusion. Due to the prominence of colour in her work, her research often looks at how a conscious engagement with aesthetics and creativity can positively impact quality of life.
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Detail of Anda Kubis’ painting, Between 2

Anda Kubis’ Between 2 | Image: Courtesy of Newzones Gallery of Contemporary Art

Swimmers

October 20 – November 17, 2018
Newzones Gallery of Contemporary Art (730 11th Ave. SW)
Free

Don Maynard’s new series Swimmers is created from stills of a video he made in 2017 at the local pool in Kingston, Ontario. The video references the 2017 crisis of refugees escaping Syria, and dangerously making their way across the Mediterranean to Italy or Greece.
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Master Class for Families

October 21, 2018, 1:00 – 2:30pm
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free, registration required

Join the Esker Foundation for an afternoon of family fun at the gallery and delve into new mediums with art projects that relate to the current exhibitions. Don’t miss this educational, energetic, hands-on program for kids ages five to 10 (an adult is required to stay for the duration of the workshop).
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Lyndal Osborne: Exhibition Tour

October 25, 2018, 1:00 – 2:00pm
Nickle Galleries, University of Calgary (410 University Ct. NW)
Free

Join artist Lyndal Osborne for a tour of her exhibition, Mutation of the Commons—a survey of Osborne’s sculptural work that speaks to transformation within nature and issues relating to the environment.
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Salon Series: The Arctic with Travis Lutley

October 25, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Glenbow (130 9th Ave. SE)
$30 – $35

Glenbow’s Salon Series returns and you can join curator Travis Lutley for this tour and discussion informed by the vast amount of research that went into the epic exhibition The Arctic: Real and Imagined Views from the Nineteenth Century.
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Tour of the Alberta Printmakers’ Gallery and Studio

October 26, 2018, 7:00 & 8:30pm
Alberta Printmakers (4025 4th St. SE)
Free, registration required

Join the Esker Foundation and go on a private tour of Alberta Printmakers’ gallery and studio including its current exhibition, Fiercely Open by John Graham.
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Palette Fine Art Show & Sale

October 27, 2018, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Triwood Community Hall (2244 Chicoutimi Dr. NW)
Free

An excellent place to buy your first piece of original art, add to your collection, or browse for your own pleasure, this show features paintings by independent artists in a variety of mediums. Hosted by the Calgary Community Painters Society, all artists showing are in attendance and there are live art demonstrations throughout the day.
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Canzine Calgary

October 27, 2018, 12:00 – 6:00pm
Memorial Park Library (2nd Floor, 1221 2nd St. SW)
By donation

A festival of zine culture and independent artists, swing by Memorial Park Library to indulge in the first stop of Canada’s biggest zine festival.
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Ongoing Exhibitions

Frequencies

Until October 6, 2018
Christine Klassen Gallery (200, 321 50th Ave. SE)
Free

Ulrich Panzer’s circular paintings reflect over 20 years of research and experimentation into colour theory and synesthesia—a neurological condition where the stimulation of one sense causes an involuntary reaction of another.
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M:ST 9 Performance Art Biennial

Until October 7, 2018
Multiple venues
Free

The M:ST 9 Biennial brings Canadian and international performance artists to Calgary for a month-long festival. It celebrates experimental and risk-taking artworks that disrupt conventions and connects theatres, galleries, and public spaces all over the downtown core. Explore opportunities to entangle with media in new and surprising ways through exhibitions, interactive installations, performances, and interventions, all events are free and all are welcome.
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The Alchemical Art Extravaganza

Until October 7, 2018
Motion Gallery (2001a 10th Ave. SW)
Free

Featuring eclectic artwork in different styles and statements, this month’s group of artists have experimented with new ideas. Pieces are for sale and run from $250 to $1,000.
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Wasteland/Wanderland

Until October 12, 2018
Main Space Gallery, Alberta Printmakers (4025 4th St. SE)
Free

Laura Peturson’s Wasteland/Wanderland is an immersive print-based installation that depicts children as the explorers of a beautiful, yet dystopian setting. A floor to ceiling mural encompasses three walls, and is formed from woodcut, linocut, and papercut prints that are layered over silhouetted imagery painted directly onto the walls.
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A detailed image of Laura’s Peturson Hogweed Forest

Laura’s Peturson Hogweed Forest | Image: Courtesy of Alberta Printmakers

MUMSHO

Until October 13, 2018
Ruberto Ostberg Gallery (2108 18th St. NW)
Free

Featuring pop woodcuts of photobooth self-portraits, Lisa Brawn’s work is always colourful and mesmerizing so don’t miss this new show at the Ruberto Ostberg Gallery.
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Peripatetic Allegories

Until October 13, 2018
Jarvis Hall Gallery (333B 36th Ave. SE)
Free

Launching its fall season with a solo exhibition by Jeff Nachtigall, the show features a broad variety of his studio practice, giving a greater understanding of his travels across Canada and the United States—a pragmatic journey that blurs the lines that distinguish myth and legend from a life lived and experienced.
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New Work by Samantha Walrod

Until October 13, 2018
Newzones Gallery of Contemporary Art (730 11th Ave. SW)
Free

Drawing from her experiences throughout urban and rural Alberta, Samantha Walrod creates collages that are imagined or reconstructed figures. In this show of new work, documented imagery from walks along Alberta’s Edmonton River Valley are collaged with floral patterns found on Worcester china, or animals and flowers from various sources are layered together to recreate travels through the Rocky Mountains.
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New Work by Bradley Harms

Until October 13, 2018
Newzones Gallery of Contemporary Art (730 11th Ave. SW)
Free

Bradley Harms has been on the frontlines of the new wave of Canadian abstraction for several years and is known for exploring painting as a tool to address contemporary experience. Explore his new work at this exhibition.
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Sealing the Homunculus

Until October 19, 2018
ATB Stephen Avenue (102 8th Ave. SW)
Free

In response to the ubiquitous indoor gardens and transitory lobby spaces often found in Calgary’s office towers, artists Brett Bonk, May G N, and Sean Taal created an ironic oasis in a waiting room in downtown Calgary. Presented by the Alberta College of Art + Design, ATB, and Sled Island, swing by and explore a space that is inundated with a series of challenges in navigation.
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Entertaining Every Second

Until October 20, 2018
TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary (2009 10th Ave. SW)
Free

TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary and M:ST Performative Art Festival have teamed up to present this exhibition by Life of a Craphead that’s accompanied by a month-long residency and a series of free public programs.
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Minmei Madelynne Pryor on the Trail of a Liar

Until  October 20, 2018
VIVIANEART (1114 11th St. SW)
Free

This solo exhibition from Tyler Bright Hilton is a full second series of prints. Exhibiting a mastery of drawing and intaglio printmaking techniques, Hilton uses these traditional processes to create surreal fictional images presented episodically in a form most like a contemporary graphic novel.
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feedback loop of commensurability

Until October 27, 2018
The New Gallery (208 Centre St. SE)
Free

A floor-based interactive installation, feedback loop of commensurability consists of several speaker units positioned in a grid, communicating with a computer situated on the side. It collects information from the viewers/users at regular intervals, translates this information into a coordinate, and plots it on the grid in the form of a notification tone emitted via one of the speaker units.
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a hint of perennial magic lingers in its fingertips

Until October 28, 2018
Project Space, Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free

a hint of perennial magic lingers in its fingertips is a site-specific project that examines native and non-native weed species in relation to urban development in the community of Inglewood. Created by Alana Bartol, Mia Rushton, and Eric Moschopedis, the piece hopes to create a conversation about land use, notions of progress, and the de/naturalization process of invasive species.
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Ripple Effect

Until October 28, 2018
Leighton Art Centre (282027 144th St. West, Millarville)
Pay-What-You-Can

Featuring paintings, sculpture, and photography by three local artists—Hermann Brandt, Debra Garside, and Donna Wilson—Ripple Effect honours endangered, threatened, and at-risk species from across North America and Africa.
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What if we were alive

Until November 3, 2018
Untitled Art Society (343 11th Ave. SW)
Free

Co-presented with M:ST Performative Art Festival, this group show exploring the What If features the work of Bridget Moser, oualie frost, Allison Hrabluik, and Salote Tawale.
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Set the Table

Until November 3, 2018
Alberta Craft Gallery – Calgary, cSPACE King Edward (1721 29th Ave. SW)
Free

Featuring tableware by Kalika Bowlby and table linens by Natalie Gerber, this show celebrates the act of setting the table and enjoying a meal. And make sure you swing by for a number of special events for Alberta Culture Days including an artist talk and exhibition reception on September 29.
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wnoondwaamin | we hear them

Until November 9, 2018
Stride Gallery (1006 Macleod Tr. SE)
Free

Presented in partnership with Contemporary Calgary and Stride Gallery, wnoondwaamin | we hear them features work from Autumn Chacon, Jeneen Frei Njootli, Melissa General, and Suzanne Morrissette. Curated by Lisa Myers, it looks at sound as a material and physical form. Don’t miss a performance by Jeneen Frei Njootli at 7:00pm on October 4.
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Unpacking IKG: 60 Years a Gallery

Until December 8, 2018
Alberta College of Art + Design (1407 14th Ave. NW)
Free

Curated by Ashley Slemming as part of the IKG’s Curatorial Internship with the support of Dr. Jennifer Salahub, don’t miss the first attempt to document the history of exhibiting art, craft, and design at the Alberta College of Art + Design (ACAD). With the aid of the archival holdings of SAIT, Glenbow, the University of Calgary, and ACAD’s Luke Lindoe Library, the exhibition illustrates not only the past 60 years but also the four decades leading up to having a designated gallery space.
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Recent Acquisitions 2017

Until December 9, 2018
Glenbow (130 9th Ave. SE)
With admission

An opportunity to show how Glenbow’s collection is growing and evolving, each of these objects or artworks holds a story. Stop by the museum to explore pieces that include Kananginak Pootoogook’s Young Arctic Owl, Dorothy Henzell Willis’ Joseph Plaskett in Paris, and many more.
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Lyndal Osborne: Mutation in the Commons

Until December 15, 2018
Nickle Galleries, University of Calgary (410 University Ct. NW)
Free

Curated by Michele Hardy and organized by Nickle Galleries, Lyndal Osborne: Mutation in the Commons offers a survey of Osborne’s sculptural work and speaks to transformation within nature and issues relating to the environment. Mark your calendars for an artist talk at 12:00pm on October 4. An illustrated catalogue with a critical essay by Natalie Loveless accompanies the exhibition.
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Dear Agnes

Until December 21, 2018
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free

Starting in 2010, Tammi Campbell would start each day in her Saskatoon studio by drawing a different variation of a grid in graphite on Japanese rag paper. Campbell would then write the salutation “Dear Agnes” in the top left corner, fold the drawing twice like a letter, and then store it in sequence. Campbell completed her last letter to modernist artist Agnes Martin on December 31, 2017. See the final three months in this intriguing show.
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The mind knows what the eye has not seen

Until December 21, 2018
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free

An unprecedented focus on Agnes Martin’s print works, this exhibition includes selected paintings that exist in dialogue with the prints. The exhibition is curated by Bruce Hugh Russell and Naomi Potter, with Elizabeth Diggon, and co-produced by Esker Foundation and Regina’s MacKenzie Art Gallery.
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Nothing Hidden

Until December 21, 2018
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free

For the past 30 years, Sarah Stevenson has been making sculptural work that considers and defines space in the most simple and elegant of ways. Like drawings in air, wire and string are arranged and are suspended from the ceiling like a weightless bloom of jellyfish.
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Tamara Lee-Anne Cardinal: Feet on the Ground

Until January 6, 2019
Glenbow (130 9th Ave. SE)
With admission

Part of Glenbow’s One New Work series, check out new work by Tamara Lee-Anne Cardinal, a Calgary-based emerging multi-media and performance artist and community activist. Cardinal, whose ancestral roots are Cree and German, uses the women’s Pow Wow Jingle Dress Dance and its regalia as key elements of her art practice to seek a deeper understanding of herself and her Indigenous culture.
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A detailed photo of Tamara Lee Anne Cardinal’s Jingle Dress Regalia and Sketch Book

Detail of Tamara Lee Anne Cardinal’s Jingle Dress Regalia and Sketch Book | Photo: Courtesy of the artist

Cosmos: Gathie Falk, Margaret Nazon and Erik Olson

Until January 6, 2019
Glenbow (130 9th Ave. SE)
With admission

Curated by Mary-Beth Laviolette, the mysteries of the universe come to life in celestial studies by three fascinating contemporary artists. Featuring Calgary-born Erik Olson’s sumptuous planetary paintings, Canadian artist Gathie Falk’s expressionist depictions of the sun, moon, and stars, and Margaret Nazon’s interpretation of images from the Hubble space telescope using traditional beadwork techniques, this show is out of this world.
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The Arctic: Real and Imagined Views from the Nineteenth Century

Until January 6, 2019
Glenbow (130 9th Ave. SE)
With admission

With artworks depicting 16 separate Arctic expeditions between 1818 and 1876, this exhibition examines the enduring colonial iconography of Canada’s North as a by-product of the age of British Arctic expansion. Curated by Travis Lutley, Inuit cultural consultants, Sophia Lebessis and James Kuptana, provide a perspective on the exhibition’s content and themes including both Indigenous and European artifacts.
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The Artist’s Mirror: Self Portraits

Until January 16, 2019
Glenbow (130 9th Ave. SE)
With admission

The first in series of exhibitions developed in collaboration with Library and Archives Canada, head to Glenbow to see self-portraits from the two institutions’ impressive collections. Curated by Sarah Todd, see pieces that allow their creators a chance to look deeply at themselves.
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