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Up next in the Visual Arts Alberta Gallery in Edmonton are the paintings of Father Douglas and Deborah Catton. Douglas' work is a response to the Songs of Innocence and Experience by William Blake, while Catton takes her inspiration from encounters in Iceland. Both shows open on Thursday, February 5 from 7:00-9:30 pm. and run until March 28, 2015.

This is your last chance to view Violet Owen: Modern Woman at the Visual Arts Alberta Gallery. If you haven't taken time to see this show, make sure you do so before January 31. Owen's exploration of the female nude, over a 60 year period, is both wondrous and astounding.

If daytimes don't work for you this month, take advantage of our evening hours on Thursday, January 29, when the gallery will be open from 7:00-9:30 pm. View Owen's show as well as new work in the Harcourt House gallery across the hall: "Navigating Boundaries" from Kelsey Stephenson and Jes McCoy as well as Rhea Lonsdale's "Media Aggregate". Visual Arts Alberta gallery information can be found at the bottom of this email.
More Videos!
Let us know what you think about our latest venture into informational videos. This week we have one from our board president, Sydney Lancaster, on the topic of "Visual Arts Alberta - CARFAC and YOU!"
Professional Development in 2015!
Sydney Lancaster will be conducting a Web/Social Media Workshop in Sherwood Park at Strathcona County Art Gallery @ 501 in mid February. Date and time to be confirmed. While there you can still catch Sydney Lancaster’s excellent exhibition “Elsewhere” on until February 22nd.
And in Calgary Anna Ostberg will be leading an interactive Professional Development event on how to approach a commercial gallery on February 20th at 7pm at the Ruberto Ostberg gallery in Calgary. Watch this newsletter and our website www.visualartsalberta.com for RSVP details and more…
Member News - This section offers news about our members. We would love to publish any news you would like to share regarding your art career. Please send us your information 3 weeks in advance. News may be edited due to space restrictions.
  • Strathcona Limited Editions have released "Searching skies, seeing through trees", a book of charcoals by member Gerald St. Maur. For more information see www.inklingpress.ca. Visual Arts Alberta Gallery in Edmonton will exhibit St. Maur's work in April 2015. Watch for details.
Notices and Events
  • In Sherwood Park: The Loft Art Gallery and Gift Shop opens January 31 with new artwork by the artists of the Art Society of Strathcona County. Find the Loft at Ottewell Centre, 590 Broadmoor Blvd. in Sherwood Park. Open Saturdays and Sundays 12 to 4 pm for your viewing and purchasing pleasure. Local artwork for your home, business or gift giving.
  • In Calgary: Open House & Workshop: Saturday, Feb.7, 1 - 4 p.m. at Georgina Thomson Building (772 Northmount Dr. N.W. in Calgary). Share your memories & meet the artist! Formerly a library, the Georgina Thomson building now houses offices for The City of Calgary’s Community & Neighbourhood Services. A public art installation has been commissioned to honour the legacy of the former library, and the woman it was named after.

    Whether you knew Georgina Thomson, or spent time at the Georgina Thomson Library, we want you to share your stories, memories, letters, photographs, or anything else that will tell the story of Thomson and the building. These details will assist the artist as she prepares to create a special art piece for the building. If you are interested in experiencing how such things — stories, photographs, and more — can be included in an art project, you are invited to join artist Kari Woo at the Georgina Thomson Building Open House on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015 from 1 – 4 p.m. for a hands-on workshop. Bring your own photos, artefacts and stories to include in your very own artwork, or just show up and we'll take care of the rest!

ART around Alberta...
In Calgary, Banff, Canmore and Edmonton:
Exposure Photography Festival
Various Artists

Each February, Exposure provides a festival focus to exhibit a diversity of photographic imagery by involving as many entities within the community as possible.

Exposure’s activity infuses vitality to the Alberta winter cultural scene, nurtures a sense of collectorship, and invites an expanding audience to experience the positive aesthetic and intellectual ways that serious photography can shape their lives.

Visit Exposure online to discover what's happening near you next month!

In Red Deer:
Dear Little Friends
E.M. Alysse Bowd

Red Deer Arts Council and Red Deer Public Library are pleased to present Dear Little Friends: Ceramics by E.M. Alysse Bowd. Bowd is currently in Nova Scotia, attending the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, to obtain her Master’s of Fine Art.  She was awarded the first Emerging Artist Award from the Red Deer Arts Council in 2014. 

Dear Little Friends refers to twenty letter carrying machines designed for the safe delivery of the most tender notes, thoughts and warmth. They are machines equipped for all forms of travel. By creating these unique porcelain machines, Bowd, a Red Deer artist, brings the fantastical, the extravagant and the make-believe into daily routine. 

Drop by the Kiwanis Gallery (in the Red Deer Public Library, 4818 – 49 Street in Red Deer) until February 22 to view Dear Little Friends.

Final Thoughts..
Sara McKarney, our Advocacy Director, recommends these articles this week:

"Here is an article by Leah Sandals from Canadian Art on Eye Level Gallery's shift into being a spaceless gallery. The artist run collective Trap\door has been taking this approach in Lethbridge as well.  This is something we might be seeing a lot more of in the financial climate the arts is finding itself in."

How “Doing What You Love” Can Be A Realistic Career Option by Jenna Martin on PetaPixel:"...a nice contrast to the all too common nay-sayers who think art can never transcend past being a hobby and into a profession."
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Visual Arts Alberta Gallery Hours
Wed-Fri: 10-4 + Sat: 12-4
Closed all statutory holidays and holiday weekends. 

Visual Arts Alberta ~ CARFAC:
3rd Fl., 10215-112 St.

Chris W. Carson
Executive Director
Sharon Moore-Foster
Program & Development Coordinator
Wenda Salomons/Leona Olausen
Assistant to the Director
Graeme Dearden
Communication Assistant
Kim Bruce

Visual Arts Alberta~CARFAC
2014-2015 Board Members:
Sydney Lancaster, President
John R. Maywood, Vice President
Jean Lindsay, Treasurer
Carli Castle, Secretary
Paddy Lamb, CARFAC Representative
Gisa Mayer, Professional Development Director
Joe Clare, Director
Heather Huston, Director
Ruby Mah, Director
Sara McKarney, Advocacy Director
Jeff Rodier, Director
Bruce Watson, Director

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