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What's happening at Visual Arts Alberta Gallery...

In Edmonton: Drop by and view The Travellers: Facing North, work by a group of well-known Canadian artists including: Noni Boyle, Rae Braden, Brenda Kim Christiansen, Glenn Clark, Jim Davies, Kathy Fisher, Elaine Funnell, Les Graff, Brenda Malkinson, Judy Martin, John Maywood and Ted Shehinski. Facing North is up until April 13. Please note the gallery will be closed March 29 & 30.
John Maywood, "Winter Light", acrylic on canvas, 2010
Opportunities and Events...
If you exhibited work in an Edmonton-area gallery during 2012, you may be eligible for the Eldon & Anne Foote Edmonton Visual Arts Prize. $10,000 will be awarded to an artist or an artist group in June 2013. Information on eligibility plus application forms are available on our website here. The application deadline is 4:00 pm Thursday, March 28, 2013.
In the summer of 2011, Alberta artist Erin Pankratz-Smith won the commission for a 436 square foot mosaic mural to be located in the Edmonton International Airport US departures area’s District Arts Corridor. She had just three and a half months to create and install it. Come and listen to Erin describe her experiences with this project and in her life as a mosaic artist.

The Women's Art Museum Society presents Erin at 1:30pm on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at the Edmonton Public Library Theatre 141 Whitemud Crossing Shopping Centre 4211 – 106 Street in Edmonton. This event is free! More information is available on the Facebook event page here.
River Ridge Seniors Community in St. Albert, is launching an innovative and exciting art studio. They are looking for a professional artist to help facilitate the creative experience for the residents and staff. This art studio focuses on the creative process and promotes self discovery through self expression, as opposed to the more traditional approach of art therapy. Artists interested in a community based practice are encouraged to apply. More information is available online here.
Art around Alberta...
In Medicine Hat:
The Faculty Show
Various Artists


From February 23, 2013 - April 13, 2013

Featuring: Laara Cassells / Craig Cote / Deborah Forbes / Mato Higashitani / Rory Mahony / Michael McClary / Poul
Nielsen/ Yulin Wang / Giles Woodward / Nelson Yuen

Every two years the Esplanade Art Gallery invites the art and design instructors of Medicine Hat College’s Visual Communications Program to show Medicine Hat their newest paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, sculpture, graphic design and video works. The exhibition gives a taste of their current creative explorations and the issues underlying their work, and showcases their impressive range of artistic techniques.

The Esplanade Art Gallery is located at 401 First St SE, Medicine Hat. You can find out more about this exhibition and other activities online here.
In Edmonton:
Urban Wild
Various Artists


Nine members of the Calgary Clay Arts Association investigate the idea of 'wild' within the urban environment. As the great naturalist John Muir stated, "When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world." Urban Wild challenges viewers to think about this intersection and their place within.

Participating artists include Mindy Andrews, Connie Cooper, Louise Cormier,Krista Gowland, Connie Pike, Kathy Ransom, Monika Smith, Darlene Swan, and Susan Thorpe.

Urban Wild runs at
The Alberta Craft Council Discovery Gallery (10186 - 106 Street in Edmonton) from March 30 - May 4, 2013 with an opening reception on Saturday, March 30 from 2 - 4 pm.
In Calgary:
Made in Alberta, Part IV
Various Artists


In celebration of Calgary 2012, as Canada’s Cultural Capital, The Art Gallery of Calgary presents part IV of a series of related exhibitions as a centenary snapshot of 2012. The project Made in Alberta gathers together over 60 of the most prominent visual artists at work in Alberta. The Art Gallery of Calgary caps off this mini-series with the talents of 11 significant emerging and senior artists. 

Made in Alberta: Part IV focuses on artists who push boundaries in both their formal practice and media. Featuring emerging talent and established artists, M.I.A.: Part IV showcases a dynamic line-up of artists from across Alberta: Ashleigh Bartlett, Blair Brennan, Mark Dicey, Dan Hudson, Mona Kamal, Kristopher Karklin, Kris Lindskoog, Walter May, Brendan McGillicuddy, Robyn Moody and Wil Murray.

Made in Alberta: Part IV is up from March 22, 2013 – May 4, 2013 at the Art Gallery of Calgary (117 - 8 Avenue S.W. in Calgary). An Exhibition Opening is planned for Friday March 22, 2013 6:00pm - 10:00pm
. Find more information at the AGC's website here.
Final Thoughts...
The Canadian Arts Coalition (CAC) – a united national movement of artists, cultural workers, business leaders and volunteers – is hoping that no news is good news for arts and culture in Budget 2013. Check out their insightful comments on the impact of the budget on the arts sector in Canada online here.
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Visual Arts Alberta Gallery Hours:
Wed-Fri: 10-4 + Sat: 12-4
Closed March 29 & 30, 2013

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Chris W. Carson,
Executive Director
Sharon Moore-Foster,
Program & Development Coordinator
Wenda Salomons,
Assistant to the Director
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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