Opening at Visual Arts Alberta Gallery: Jean-Rene Leblanc & Patricia Coulter

LeBlanc evite draftCoulter evite draftThe Visual Arts Alberta Gallery is pleased to host the photographic work of Jean-Rene Leblanc in Gallery A and Patricia Coulter’s mixed media work in Gallery B. 

As part of her exhibition, Bits and Pieces, Coulter is inviting the public to consider the personal or societal impact of breast cancer by bringing in a piece of paper with an inspirational quotation, a favourite saying or motto, words of wisdom, or any writing contextualizing experience with this disease. From these contributions, Coulter will create a work of art of which 50% of the sale price will benefit breast cancer research. Please drop off your contributions during regular gallery hours.

Both exhibitions open on Thursday, October 30th and run until Saturday, December 6th, 2014. The Gallery is open from Wed-Fri, 10-4 pm and Sat, 12-4 pm, with closures on holidays and holiday weekends.


Statistical Insights On The Arts Series

Hill Strategies In case you missed it last week, Hill Strategies is re-distributing their report that highlights key facts about artists and cultural workers in each province and territory of Canada. 
Artists and cultural workers in Canada’s provinces and territories
New report finds that B.C. has the most artists as a percentage of the labour force

Vol. 12 No. 3 October 22, 2014
Report funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council

A previous report in the Statistical Insights on the Arts series (A Statistical Profile of Artists and Cultural Workers in Canada) showed that there are 136,600 artists in Canada who spent more time at their art than at any other occupation in May of 2011 (which is when the National Household Survey data were collected). The number of artists represents 0.78% of the overall Canadian labour force. The number of artists is slightly larger than the labour force in automotive manufacturing (133,000).

There are 671,100 people in cultural occupations, comprising 3.82% of the overall labour force. The number of cultural workers (671,100) is over two-and-a-half times larger than the labour force in real estate (254,200), about double the labour force on farms (339,400), and slightly lower than the labour force in the wholesale trade industry (733,500).

Full report also available…… on the websites of Hill Strategies Research, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Ontario Arts Council.

Call For Emerging Artists: Calgary AB

Stride GalleryCall for Emerging Artists, Stride Gallery – Calgary, AB

Submission Deadline: November 15, 2014

This special call is directed to emerging artists (artists who have completed post-secondary education within the last 5-years). Proposals received by midnight (MST) on Sunday, November 15 will be considered for a February/March 2015 group exhibition at Stride Gallery. To read more about Stride Gallery, browse the online exhibition archive and to view the gallery’s floor plans and complete submission requirements, please continue to review the submissions page.

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Upcoming Classes: St Albert, AB

Art Gallery of St AlbertUpcoming Classes at the Art Gallery of St Albert!
Please note that the exhibition Guilded: Let Nature Stun You inspires many of our November programs. This exciting exhibition will be full of beautiful work created by the five St. Albert Guilds. This exhibition opens Thursday, November 6 and there will be an opening reception from 7 – 9 pm that evening!

Medieval Diary: Saturday, November 8, 1:00 – 3:00 pm Create a Medieval Diary using handmade paper for the cover, Japanese chiyogami for the inside cover sheets and bond paper for the interior pages.  Registration required.

Preschool Picasso: Saturday, November 8, 10:30 – 11:30 am Floral Art Fun– For children ages 3 – 5. The group exhibition, Guilded: “Let Nature Stun You” will be sure to excite and inspire!

Artventures: Saturday, November 15, 1 – 4 pm: drop-in Foil Art– For children ages 6-12. Get inspired by the group exhibition, Guilded: “Let Nature Stun You”,

Ageless Art: Thursday, November 20, 1 – 3 pm Handcrafted Books– AGSA invites adults to find inspiration from the wide range of unique artwork featured in the group exhibition, Guilded: “Let Nature Stun You”.

Snowflake Festival: Friday, November 21, 6:30 – 9 pm: drop-in Happy Holidays Art Workshop- Children of all ages are welcome to drop in to the free Happy Holidays Art Workshop in the AGSA studio! Create a snow angel out of fabulous and fun materials or design your own unique and individual snowflake!

Many of these classes and workshops require registration: call the Gallery at 780-460-4310 to guarantee your spot and pay for your program!
Check our website for more information:

Call for Proposals/Appel de propositions: Ottawa, Ontario

Participatory Public Art Exhibition Ready, Set… inspired by Canadian Sports/Exposition d’art public participatif Faut que ça bouge! inspirée des sports canadiens
Location: Canada’s Capital Region
Deadline: November 3, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. EST

Open to Canadian artists or design professionals (Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada) Canadian Heritage invites Canadian artists with innovative ideas to create participatory installations inspired by Canadian sports under the theme Ready, Set…. The concepts must include elements that the public can interact with and that will make them move. The exhibition will be presented from January 30 to February 16, 2015.
The Call for Proposals documents are available only on, please click on the following link for the documents: / Les documents de l’Appel de propositions sont disponibles uniquement dans le site Cliquez sur le lien suivant pour obtenir les documents :

Call For Submissions: Santa Fe, Mexico

Current 2015 artists, performers & developers are now invited to submit their work
CURRENTS 2015 – Santa Fe’s International New Media Festival
Deadline: December 1, 2014

This year’s categories include:
New Media Installations, Outdoor Architectural Mapping and !
Outdoor New Media Installations, Single Channel Video and
Animation, Multimedia Performance, Fulldome Projection,
Experimental or Interactive Documentary, Web-Art/Art-Gaming/
Mobile Device Art-Apps, Oculus! Rift, Robotics and 3D Printing!
technology and the !arts in collaboration

Submission Guidelines:
Video documentation of CURRENTS 2014:

Public Seminar Talking With Strangers: Calgary, AB

Talking with StrangersTalking with Strangers:
Community, Collaboration & Compromise for Visual Artists

Thursday, November 6th
7PM – 9:30PM
@ Knox United Church
506 4 St SW, Calgary, AB
Following up on the success of the Umbrella Visual Arts Conference this spring, Elephant Artist Relief Society (EAR) and Untitled Art Society (UAS) are carrying on the momentum with a series of public seminars on topics of interest to visual artists.

The first in the series, Talking with Strangers: Community, Collaboration and Compromise for Visual Artists, will include a panel discussion addressing the topics of public presentation and working with arts institutions, and will hopefully work to demystify some of the individuals that work within these organizations.

Moderated by Justin Waddell and Ginger Carlson, the panel will feature local arts administrators, curators, and facilitators, including Wayne Baerwaldt, director and curator of the Illingworth Kerr Gallery at ACAD; Jarvis Hall, owner of contemporary commercial gallery Jarvis Hall Fine Art; Shelley Ouellet, artist and initiator of Carpet ‘n’ Toast gallery and other public events; and Su Ying Strang, administrative director of The New Gallery, Calgary’s oldest artist-run centre. Audience engagement will be facilitated by the moderators.

The panel discussion will be followed by a Speed Dating for Artists program led by Calgary-based artist Steven Cottingham.

For more information or to register please email:

Call For Artists: St Albert, AB

AGSA_final-main-logo_colour_CMYKART GALLERY OF ST ALBERT
The Art Gallery of St. Albert is located in the historic Banque d’Hochelaga building in downtown St. Albert. With the gallery residing in a converted bank building, it benefits from many unique and interesting architectural features, including a decommissioned 100 square foot ‘Vault’ space on the main level. Re-purposed over the years from bank vault to store room and currently to gallery space, this sound-proofed intimate space provides the ideal setting for small group film viewing as well as single site-specific installation works.

The Gallery seeks proposals from artists interested in utilizing this space for short term exhibitions of single artworks created or tailored for this space. Further details on the specifications of the space as well as images of this space can be found on our website.

Selected artists receive CARFAC fees (further clarification and details available upon request).

Please follow the specific Vault Exhibition submission process available on our website

For more information please contact Jenny Willson-McGrath, Exhibition Curator/ Interim Director 780.651.5741

Call For Artist: Blairmore, AB

Gushul Blairmore AB

NEW International Call for Artists: Gushul Artist Residency – Blairmore, AB

Applications Accepted on an Ongoing Basis
Duration: 1 to 4 months
Fees: Artist Studio $750/month

The Gushul Studio and Cottage, situated in the town of Blairmore, Alberta, Canada, opened in 1988 as a site for creative residencies for professional artists and writers. Owned by the University of Lethbridge and managed through the Gushul Studio Residency Program Committee, Faculty of Fine Arts, this facility has hosted over 200 artists, scholars and other professionals, and has offered inspiration and sanctuary for the production of their work.

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Christmas Marketplace: Strathcona County, AB

Presented by the artists of the Art Society of Strathcona County

Saturday, November 15 10 to 4 pm
Sunday, November 16, 12 to 4 pm.
At the
A. J. Ottewell Community Centre (Red Barn)
590 Broadmoor Blvd, Sherwood Park

Artists presenting their “crafty” personality, with a variety of items: knitting, sewing, handmade crafts & gift-ware, baked goods, and small artwork, cards, prints, and much more!!
Free admission. Donations to the Christmas Bureau are welcomed!