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Check out these arts-related events and posts to get you thinking about the upcoming provincial election.

  • Monday, April 16: Wrecking Ball Alberta: Join Edmonton’s arts & culture community for a one-night cabaret where arts and politics collide! Wrecking Ball Alberta is an opportunity for you to witness first class Albertan performance, and join patrons, artists and politicians in a lively discussion about our shared vision for Alberta. Where: The ARTery (9535 Jasper Avenue in Edmonton) at 7:30 pm. Visit the Facebook page for more information.
  • In preparation for the 2012 Alberta General Election – taking place on April 23 - ArtsVote Calgary sent survey questions to the provincial parties, all of the candidates for Calgary ridings, and all of the senate candidates. Visit their site to view responses and to see the other great work ArtsVote Calgary is doing to promote consideration of the arts in this election!
  • Read and share the article: "Creativitiy is a Renewable Resource", by Sam Jenkins, Chair of the Edmonton International Fringe Festival, posted online at Alberta Votes Matter. Lots of other great, thought-provoking material on this site, too.

Opening Soon!

In Edmonton: "There is no remedy against the truth of language" and "Human Voices"
William G. Prettie and Gerry Yaum
Visual Arts Alberta is proud to host an exhibition of works by artist William G. Prettie (Gallery A) and photographer Gerry Yaum (Gallery B). Prettie's works investigates text as image and image as metaphor, to refashion the way one looks at the familiar. Yaum's photographs personalize his subjects: nameless sex workers, humanizes statistics and gives voice to the need for change. Join us for the opening reception April 19 from 7:00 -9:30 pm.

In Calgary: FIRE
Brenda Draney and Jewel Shaw

In FIRE, Brenda Draney and Jewel Shaw contemplate the devastating effects of fire. Fire as disaster, erasure, and gesture. Fire as transformation, cleansing, and rebirth. Whether the disaster is personal or public, their visual works delicately weave fact and fiction, presence and absence, storytelling and silence. FIRE runs at the Stride Gallery in Calgary from April 13 - May 25 with an opening reception Saturday, April 14 at 1:00 pm.

In Lethbridge: Paint Chips
Donna Bilyk

Join artist Donna Bilyk for an exhibition of her recent work at the Bowman Arts Centre (811 - 5 Avenue South) in Lethbridge from April 21 - May 21, 2012. An opening reception is planned for Saturday, April 21 from 7pm - 9pm. Everyone is welcome!

Events and Opportunities not to miss!
  • April 21 in Edmonton: Another great offering from Visual Arts Alberta! Professional artist Lyndal Osborne will share her vast knowledge and impart tips on the creative process in production of new work, artist statements, gallery proposals, residencies and grants. This workshop is crucial  for emerging artists and a helpful refresher for mid-career artists. The workshop is free to members of Visual Arts Alberta, Harcourt House, CARFAC and $10 for non-members. Join us in the Harcourt House Annex (10211-112 St.) from 1:00-3:00pm on April 21, 2012. Contact us by email or phone (780.421.1731) to reserve your seat. Check out the Edmonton Journal article on this renowned Alberta artist!
  • CARFAC National is looking for new board members, to be elected or appointed at our AGM in June. CARFAC Members are asked to put forward names of individuals who would make good board members, to be added to the database that will be used by the Nominating Committee. The deadline to make submissions to the nominations committee is May 1st, 2012. For additional information on CARFAC National and the role of Directors, please visit their website.
  • Visual Arts Alberta and the Alberta Society of Artists are pleased to be offering fourteen scholarships for Alberta high school art students, aged 15-17, to attend the SummerScapes program at Red Deer College this summer from August 5-11! Submissions are due May 2, 2012. The application form and requirements are available on the Visual Arts Alberta website. For additional information, please email artscholarships@hotmail.com.
  • Sunday, May 13 in Sherwood Park: Mothers’ Day Tea & Art Sale from 12 to 4 pm at the A. J. Ottewell Arts Centre, 590 Broadmoor Blvd. on Heritage Mile.The Art Society of Strathcona County artists will be serving refreshments & cake during the Art Sale. Bring Mom & Grandma for our annual Tea & Art afternoon. More here.

Because You Just Never Know Where Art Will Be Found...
Check out the CBC news coverage on the discovery of a Tom Thomson painting found at a garage sale...

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Chris W. Carson, Executive Director
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Wenda Salomons, Assistant to the Director 

2011-2012 Visual Arts Alberta Board Members:
John R. Maywood, President
Val Smyth, Vice President
Glenda Dennis, Treasurer
Sherri Chaba,  Secretary
Joe Clare, Director
Barbara Carson, Director
Brenda Kim Christiansen, Director
Grace Prospero, Director and ACACA Representative
Phil Switzer, Director and APA Representative
Sandy Powers, Director and HWSDA Representative