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Visual Arts Alberta – CARFAC is open this Saturday February 14th, VALENTINES DAY, from noon – 4 pm.

Come by and take in new exhibitions by Deborah Catton and Father Douglas, osf along with exhibitions at Harcourt House across the hall and their special Saturday event DaDa (art, play and have drinks) between 1pm and 5pm. DaDa is by donation! Come by and have some fun!

Image info: "The Divine Image" by Father Douglas, oil on lexan.
Meet, Greet, Eat & Speak!
Speak about art.
Eat cookies.
Greet and meet other artists alongside your knowledgable hosts: Visual Arts Alberta - CARFAC board member Ruby Mah and Executive Director Chris W. Carson. Join them on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at the Visual Arts Alberta Gallery/Office (3rd floor, 10215-112 St. in Edmonton) from 2-4 pm. 
Only a Few Spots Left!
If you're interested in these FREE professional development opportunities, sign up ASAP to info@visualartsalberta.com.

In Sherwood Park: Artist 2.0: Web and Social Media Basics for Visual Artists:  The goal of this workshop is to provide you with some basic information about how to make the web work for you. Sydney Lancaster will outline the benefits and pitfalls of various social media platforms - including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Wordpress! Join us on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 from 7-8:30 pm at the Strathcona County Art Gallery @ 501 (501 Festival Avenue in Sherwood Park). 

In Calgary: How to Connect with a Commercial Gallery - A Personal Approach: Anna Ostberg has a wealth of experience to share and will help you navigate through the dos and don’ts of approaching a commercial gallery. Plan on attending this workshop at Ruberto Ostberg Gallery ( 2108-18 St. NW in Calgary) on Friday, February 20, 2015, from 7-8:30 pm
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.
  • Member Paul Boultbee is exhibiting Filtered at Edmonton Public Library's Gallery at Milner (7 Sir Winston Churchill Square) from March 1 to March 31. "Each of these mixed media pieces started with the application of a used coffee filter. Each piece in Filtered allows the viewer to reflect on the process of art-making as much as it asks the viewer to consider his/her own early morning rituals. Can used coffee filters, scraps of obituaries, torn pyjamas, and masking tape constitute art? If yes, what does that tell us about art? If no, what does that tell us about this particular artist?"
Membership Fees Update
Visual Arts Alberta – CARFAC Membership fees were revised at our full Board meeting this past week. Most categories went up by $5.00 while student membership dropped by $5.00. We are doing this to offset any service charges that we will be paying once we set up our website to accept membership dues on-line, in March 2015. So while it isn’t much, all our members and new members can renew or join at our office, by telephone, or by mail with a cheque before March 31st at the old prices (naturally if you are a student, we encourage to take advantage of our new $40.00 rate). And remember, you can join for 2 or even 5 years at the old rate and avoid having to renew each year!
Contact us at info@visualartsalberta.com for more information, phone us or drop by our office/gallery.
Notices and Events
  • In Alberta: Participate in Herstory Project: Do you have a story to tell about an important woman in your life? Calgary artist Kim Bruce is collecting short (50 to 100 words) statements for the Herstory project. *Herstory* pays homage to those that came before us. All those women (and even some men), mothers, grandmothers, great grandmothers, aunts, great aunts and on down our lineage line. Herstory proposes to bring these personal stories out into the public domain.  More info and to submit, visit http://kimbruce.ca/herstory.
ART around Alberta...
In Medicine Hat:
Laara Cassells
In after, Laara Cassells melds historical and contemporary portraiture to create a series of dramatic and compelling double portraits based on paintings from the last 600 years by a range of artists from Rogier van der Weyden (1460, the Netherlands) to Jean-Louis Voille (1792, France), de Goya (1803, Spain) to Alexander Osmerkin (1921, Russia/Soviet Union). Working with downloaded images of the historical portraits from the Internet, Cassells re-stages and laboriously paints each in the manner of the original source, inserting into the picture a contemporary young person uncannily resembling and interacting with the historical subject.

after is up at the Esplanade Art Gallery (401 1st Street SE in Medicine Hat) from Feb 21 to Apr 11, 2015. Join the artist for a public reception and book launch on Friday, February 27 at 7pm.

In Banff:
Everything Sings: Images from Here and There
Karen McDiarmid

Everything Sings is a photographic exhibition from Karen McDiarmid's 2014 travels in Northern India and near her home in Banff. Using a variety of photographic techniques, McDiarmid collages photographic imagery into fanciful stories that balance between the familiar and strange, the corporeal and ethereal.

View Everything Sings in the Rummel Room of the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies (111 Bear St. in Banff) until March 29, 2015.
Final Thoughts..
Our Advocacy Director, Sara McKarney, suggests the following article for the week. She says, "The problems of art school and the absorbent amount of student debit that comes with it has been a topic that I have been constantly hearing about. Andrew Berardini writes a quick article about this desire to shift away from the MFA model and give a look at some of the other models that are popping up in the US." Find the article here: http://momus.ca/how-to-start-an-art-school/
Chris W. Carson, our Executive Director, comments on the recent Alberta budget survey and makes some recommendations...
I took the survey  http://www.alberta.ca/Budget.cfm this week (actually I did it three times from different computers). The Alberta Government wants to know how they should solve the “Alberta Budget” so they developed a skewed survey to get the results that they want.

My mission is to encourage you to take the survey and participate in this conversation before the end of February and use the “blanks” that they provide to write in answers that might help bolster Arts & Culture.

On a number of the questions you have no real options that can work, so you have to swallow twice and pick the “best answer” from rather horrible options. For instance on question #5b, you must choose Not at all acceptable, Not very acceptable, Somewhat acceptable or Very acceptable to the question “Raise taxes and user fees to reduce reliance on oil revenue in order to balance the budget.” This question would allow the government to raise taxes or institute user fees (some people may believe in one and not the other, some people want an increase in the flat rate tax system, others want progressive taxation, some people may not feel that it is actually necessary to balance a budget every year). This is a rather tricky question, but the survey makes you answer it if you are to continue answering more questions.

In question #11, you must choose at least one way the government might save money by reducing services. Here we get to pick from hospitals, education, universities (all the usual suspects). But this question does have a blank space where you can write in answers like “CUT THE NUMBER OF MLA’S DOWN TO 9 TO SAVE MONEY” or “DO NOT ALLOW GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES TO TRAVEL OUTSIDE ALBERTA.”

In question #12, it is important to write in and check that you do not want the government to make cuts to Arts & Culture.

And you have an opportunity at the end of the survey to even suggest that the government increase their spending on Arts & Culture.

Take the survey; it is clear that our government needs our help.
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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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