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River Valley Alliance: Winter in the River Valley Photo Contest
The River Valley Alliance (RVA) wants you to help us show the world the beauty and excitement of the North Saskatchewan River valley in winter.

Entries must be winter shots in one or both of two categories: Nature at its Best & Outdoor Activity. Three finalists will be selected in each category, and the public will vote online for the winners.

For Contest details: visit www.rivervalley.ab.ca and help spread the word!

What's happening at Visual Arts Alberta...

Got tax questions? Join us in Calgary with accountant Bonnie Pratt for a Taxation for Artists seminar. Pratt will present information to visual artists designed to increase awareness of themselves as a small business. From developing sound business practices - record keeping, inventory, income, expenses – to understanding their tax responsibilities, this seminar will educate, inform, answer questions and discuss tax-related issues and concerns. This workshop is free so join us from 2-4 pm on Saturday, February 9, 2013 in Annex C of the Alberta College of Art & Design (1407-14 Ave NW in Calgary).

Need an artist statement? Professional artist and educator Sharon Moore-Foster assists in the development and improvement of artist statements, from the general to the specific. Bring work samples, a brief bio or a statement in need of improvement to this hands-on workshop. Support staff will be on hand to help you develop and finesse your statement. Both emerging and professional artists will benefit from this session. Join us at the Strathcona County Art Gallery @501 (501 Festival Avenue in Sherwood Park) on Thursday, February 21 from 7-8:30 pm. This is a free event, but please RSVP to 780.410.8585 by Thurs., Feb. 14.

Missing art in your day? Drop by the Visual Arts Alberta Gallery (10215-112 St. in Edmonton) and have a look at the current exhibitions. Gallery A hosts the textile-based works of Richard Boulet and the mixed media constructions of Sue Seright. In Gallery B, you'll find the work of Laurie MacFayden, assisted by the poems of Amy Willans. Themes of mental wellness and illness are explored in both shows. View the work until March 2, 2013. See gallery hours below.
Save the Date...
CARFAC National is hosting a conference for artists in Vancouver from May 31-June 2, 2013. Mentorship, teaching strategies and other tools for visual artists are the themes for this event. Find more on CARFAC's website, including registration information.

Art around Alberta this week...
In Edmonton:
Val Solash

The Alberta Society of Artists Gallery at the Walterdale presents Impermanence: A Collection of Works by Val Solash which will run in conjunction with the Walterdale's production of Summer and Smoke, February 6 to 16, 2013 at 10322 - 83 Avenue in Edmonton. Artist’s Reception: Tuesday, Feb 5, 7 to 8 pm followed by a presentation of the play. To reserve a ticket email: marj@artists-society.ab.ca. Art show also opened to the public on two Saturdays, Feb 9 and 16, 10 – 3. www.artists-society.ab.ca.

In Calgary:
One Place, Six Perspectives
Various Artists

Calgary photographers Nathalie Babineau-Griffiths, Linda Cunningham, Wanda Martin, Dave King, Ian Proctor, and James Tworow present their visions of Calgary's new West LRT line at Pages Books in the Kensington neighbourhood of Calgary.

Opening reception (with artists present) on Sunday, February 3, from noon to 5 p.m.: show runs through the end of April.

This show is part of Exposure 2013: The Calgary-Banff Photography Festival.
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Visual Arts Alberta Gallery Hours:
Wed-Fri: 10-4 + Sat: 12-4
Closed February 16, 2013

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

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

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Visual Arts Alberta~CARFAC
2012-2013 Board Members:

John R. Maywood, President
Sherri Chaba, Vice President
Glenda Dennis, Treasurer
Paul Freeman, Secretary
Paddy Lamb, CARFAC Representative
Val Smyth, Executive Member at Large
Brenda Kim Christiansen, Director
Joe Clare, Director
Teresa Tam, Director
Grace Prospero, ACACA Representative