By Allison Musial
CALGARY — As 2015 comes to a close, Calgary is feeling no shortage of arts events. C2, the city hall location of Contemporary Calgary (a collaboration of big hitters in Calgary’s Public Art Sector) has been buzzing since August with a unique artist in residency program, NEXT 2015. Four up-and-coming local artists (including one artist-duo) were selected for this program; the upstairs space of the gallery functions as a studio, and the downstairs an exhibition space. One at a time, an artist has their turn to create site-specific work and add it to the shared exhibition space, creating a collaborative and responsive installation. During the reception on December 10th from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m., we observe the final stage with the media artists Quartet in Transition completing their month-long studio session. The work is added to that of the three existing artists, including Jake Klein-Waller, Dana Buzzee, and Tia Halliday, who were in the space previously. We’re seeing a blend of different mediums in this colourful and dynamic show. The exhibition will be on display until January 17th, 2016.
A multi-venue art festival is running in Calgary from November 30th until December 4th. SPARK celebrates creativity and self-expression. The inclusive festival for emerging and professional artists with disabilities will include exhibitions, workshops, and artist panels. The event is hosted in some of Calgary’s most unique art spaces including Studio C, located in the historic Burns Building on 8 Ave. S.E., and Loft 112, a beatnik joint for writers and artists alike in the blooming East Village located at #112 – 535 8 Ave. S.E., among other locations.
Market Collective is stepping it up this season with three weekend markets in December! Come out from December 4th until 6th, 11th until 13th, and 18th until 20th to the Chinese Cultural Centre where creativity, love, and the aroma of fresh baked goodies roam. This year experience a different kind of holiday shopping, where you are left feeling inspired.
Alberta Printmakers, an artist-run centre of studios and exhibition space, will be hosting NOT SO MINI Print Exchange, Exhibition & Sale this month. Images are laboured through ink-stained equipment straight out of 19th-century industrial England; smells of acid, metal, and solvents linger in the studios, yet the works emerging are crisp, direct, and downright entrancing. The exhibition runs December 5th until the 23rd. The reception and sale is held on December 11th from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. at 4025 – 4 St. S.E.
Art Spot will be continuing an eight-year tradition this December with the opening of their Under $100 Art Show. The alternative gallery space has been operating out of a vintage Beltline bungalow since 2008, but due to growing popularity, the exhibition & sale has been moved to a larger venue at WED STUDIOS, located at Suite 205, 1802 – 1 St. N.W. The show runs December 10th until the 13th with an opening reception December 10 from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. Featuring works by over 60 artists at the opening reception, come early to get the best picks because works will be sold right off the wall!
Calgary artists Daniel J Kirk and Katie Green present Public Decompression: The Peel Project at Lightbox Studio, Arts Commons (located beside Martha Cohen theatre) from December 9th until February 29th. The two were part of The Peel Project, an initiative that sent six Canadian artists on a journey by canoe through the Peel River Watershed (Yukon/Northwest Territories). Now the artists will be actively collaborating in the window studio, unraveling their experiences from the journey. This becomes a rare opportunity for the public to watch the creative process unfold.
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