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Thoughts for the week ahead...
Now that the option to watch professionals entertain us by beating each other up with big sticks in larger stadiums is on hiatus for at least two weeks, Albertans have been focusing on the visual arts. Not always in a good way, but the dialogue surrounding "what is art" and "what is acceptable" is refreshing. People ARE looking. There are still a few weeks left to see Spyder Yardley-Jones' work at the Gallery @ 501 in Sherwood Park and we can see some of Miranda's Capricious! show in online photos (view the Edmonton Journal article here)...Art is not for the timid. Art should make us think...

Opening Soon!

In Calgary: Second Skin
Andrea Williamson
The Haight Gallery welcomes Andrea Williamson's exhibition, "Second Skin", from October 5-27th, 2012. Join Andrea and staff for the opening reception on Friday, October 5th from 7-11 pm. The gallery is located at 2018-24th Ave NW in Calgary.

In Calgary: Low Brow Art Show
Various Artists

‘Lowbrow art', which is also sometimes referred to as ‘Pop Surrealism’, is so called as a satirical criticism of what the mainstream art culture call ‘Highbrow’. What highbrow lacks is work inspired by illustration, comic books, animation, tattooing, street art and graffiti.’ Within one year, LowBrow has become recognized as a major art form in the City of Calgary. This year the LowBrow Art Show 2012 group exhibition includes 25 fantastic artists! The show will run from October 14th-November 4th @ Resolution Art Gallery (Kensington, Calgary). The Opening Reception will be held on October 19th starting at 6pm. For more information, view the event on Facebook here.

In Edmonton: Diagrams for the Promised End
Sean Caufield

The Scott Gallery hosts the work of printmaker Sean Caufield. Coming off of group and collaborative exhibitions throughout North America from Washington to New York, this solo show will feature work that continues Caulfield’s explorations of the apparent dichotomy between biology and technology. His collaborative artists’ book The Waiting Room will also be displayed at this exhibit. The show runs from October 13-30, 2012 with an artist's reception on Saturday, October 13 from 2-4 pm. More information is available on the gallery's website.

In Edmonton: Nature Expressions
Nancy Corrigan
Edmonton artist and educator Nancy Corrigan exhibits new work at the Muttart Conservatory from October 12-November 23, 2012. She will be in attendance on Saturday, October 13. For more information, visit the Muttart online here.

Upcoming Events not to miss!
  • October 13 & 14 in St. Albert: St. Albert metal, paint and clay artist Sharon Moore Foster leads the adventure into sculpting the human figure with "Sculpt the Figure" running Saturday and Sunday from 10-4 pm each day. Experience working with clay or sculpture not essential. Working from male/female models, small, gestural studies to begin, leading to finished works approx. size 8" x 15". Come with your tool kit or use what’s on hand. Clay and firing included. Unfortunately, additional studio time is not available. Skill level: beginner to intermediate. Fee for the workshop is $190. To register please phone City of St. Albert Community Services at 780.459.1585.
  • October 27 in Edmonton: Fun! Fun! Fun! Drop by the Visual Arts Alberta Gallery on Saturday, October 27 between 12:30 and 3:00 pm to make a pin-back button. We bought a machine and we're prepared to use it! Bring any lightweight material or feel free to plunder our stock to create your own unique button! Six Cent Press in Vancouver sent us the goods and here's what WE did with them...

Visual Arts Alberta News this week...
  • Well, our AGM in Calgary last weekend went very smoothly. A summary can be viewed on our website, but the most significant motion passed. The Alberta - CARFAC representative, Margaret Witschl, moved that Visual Arts Alberta become the official provincial affiliate for CARFAC. The motion passed and now we are busy changing signage and stationery among other things. You can have your own momento of this great merger with one of our new buttons (see the link above). Drop by the gallery and pick yours up soon! Another upside to becoming the offical affiliate, is the blending of VAA and CARFAC membership dues. Individual blended memberships now cost $55 annually as compared to the $75 previously! You can find our new membership form here and if you're unsure of the status of your membership, please contact us by phone or email.
  • The winners of Open Photo/Open Digital 2012 were announced at the opening reception in Calgary last Saturday night. Congratulations to all the entrants and winning submissions! The top prize (Best Overall in Show) went to Zbigniew Gortel for his work, "Tuscan Panorama". You can view all the accepted submissions at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium in Calgary until October 13, 2012. The show then moves to Edmonton and will be available to view at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium from October 26 to November 18, 2012. Join us for an opening reception in Edmonton on Friday, October 26 from 6-8 pm.

Zbigniew Gortel with his winning image: "Tuscan Panorama"

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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 Association:
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, IT Support
2012-2013 Visual Arts Alberta Board Members:
John R. Maywood
Val Smyth
Glenda Dennis
Sherri Chaba
Joe Clare
Brenda Kim Christiansen
Paul Freeman
Teresa Tam

Paddy Lamb
Grace Prospero, ACACA Representative
Phil Switzer, APA Representative
Catherine Ross, HWSDA Representative