With Stampede now behind us, Calgary is gearing up for some busy times on the art scene and this week is no exception. Art shows and performances are popping up everywhere. Fundraisers are on the go. And tonnes of groups are looking for artists including East Village, Papergirl and the City of Calgary. Here’s your Arts Round Up for this week…
SINGING WIRES: Local artist Joan Shearer painted these three TELUS-owned utility boxes on the corner of 46th Street and Bowness Road over the past few weeks. “Singing Wires” was commissioned by the Montgomery BRZ thanks to a donation from TELUS. A similar program run by the City of Calgary’s Public Art Program is looking for artists to make utility boxes prettier and combat graffiti. Get your submission in!
Photos by Amy Jo Espetveidt, Quadrophonic Image
Sprucing up the Plain
Art is surprising. Art is fun. Art is everywhere.
Art in public spaces has gotten a lot of buzz recently and the City’s Public Art Program is always looking for new artists to fancy up those plain grey utility boxes. Thanks to a recent social media blitz, more and more are getting an artist’s touch. I don’t know about you but I’ve seen a couple different boxes getting spruced up the past few weeks.
“The goal of this project is to provide opportunities for artists to create works of art that contribute to the vitality and attractiveness of the streetscape,” reads the program submission guidelines. “This project is designed to enhance the streetscape by adding works of art to surfaces that are often targeted by vandalism. Artwork on utility boxes functions as a form of communication to a moving audience with the goal of creating a vibrant, inclusive and interesting urban environment. Successful proposals will foster community pride, discourage graffiti (by activating all of the surface area) and contribute to a sense of identity for citizens.”
Proposal submissions are accepted on an on-going basis and for more information check out their website and follow them on Twitter.
Papergirl is coming
It’s described as the art of giving art and Papergirl Calgary 2012 is looking for your submissions.
We’re 14 days away from the deadline (July 31) so if you’re looking to submit, get working.
“If your art has a long way to travel before it arrives at its final Epcor Centre Destination make sure to send it right away,” reads Papergirl Calgary’s latest Tumbler post. “For all those lucky loos who live in Calgary, you have another two weeks to complete your art and drop it off at the Epcor Centre downtown.”
We’re awfully excited about Papergirl here at CIA – our own Film Editor Sarah Pynoo was putting the finishing touches to her submission this week and we’re planning a group outing to the exhibition opening August 9 at 6pm at the Epcor Centre’s Arts Learning Centre (205 8th Ave SE).
“It involves a call for submissions, an exhibition, and a massive ‘giftervention’ were all the works that have been submitted and exhibited are delivered/gifted away at random by Papergirls (and boys!) on bikes,” said Sunshine Frère (the mind behind Calgary’s go at the concept). “Papergirl Calgary’s call for submissions ends on the 31st of July, its exhibition runs from the 7th to 17th of August, and the massive giftervention throughout the streets of Calgary on August 18.”
And be sure to check back here on Wednesday for the full scoop on Papergirl and the rest of our interview with Sunshine.
Opera on the Walk
First there was pop up patios. Then pop up art shows. Now there’s pop up opera.
Calgary Opera’s first pop up opera will be happening this Sunday (July 22) on the River Walk. Emerging artists from the company will be performing a three part series over the summer as a free public concert. Other dates are August 12 and August 19 and each performance will run 4pm to 5pm directly north of the Simmons building in East Village (618 Confluence Way SE).
For more information head over to their Facebook page.
Calling all Fools
Do you have what it takes to be Fringe Fest’s King of Fools?
The good folks at the Calgary Fringe Festival are looking for “dynamic, fun loving, engaging, outgoing, goofy and sunny” people to vie for the crown. The King will be selected from finalists at the Inglewood Sunfest on Saturday, August 4 at 12pm and will be “escorted and squired” throughout the day to different activities and will get an All-Access Pass and Fringe Button – good for any of the 2012 indoor theatre performances for the run of the festival (a $200+ value).
If you think you can goof with the best of them, enter before July 25 at 5pm and all the details can be found here. Calgary Fringe Festival runs August 3 to 11 in the Inglewood area. For Festival details visit their page and read our preview.
LimeLighter goes Prismatic
Calgary Arts group LimeLighter is gearing up for they August show and although details are still hush hush, Calgary is Awesome spoke to Tammy Winterfield, LimeLighter co-creator, about what’s coming down the pipeline.
“Prismatic Play art show can be described as colourful, playful, vibrant, fun, and summery. There are four artists in the spotlight – Vanessa Kary, Matthew Hiebert, Adrea Wirl, and Sherry L. Cousins. All artists will be present at the show,” said she said.
LimeLighter’s goal is to create and promote events that “spotlight” artists and those who support the arts in Calgary. June’s show Maple… Canadian Flavoured Art Show brought together paintings, photography and concrete art with live music and Canadiana.
Prismatic Play will feature music by Natural Ensemble and take place at Village Brewery (5000 12 A St. SE) on Friday, August 3 starting at 7pm. More information to come, but check out their website for details.
EV Temp Art Call for Submissions
Do you have an idea for some BIG public art work?
Art in the Public Realm is looking for the next artist to do a 24-month stint along the River Walk in the East Village decorating their maintenance shed, two public washrooms and three concrete abutments. Submission deadline is July 27 and proposals must utilize a minimum of two of the sites. Individuals and collectives are welcome to apply.
Currently the site is showcasing ‘I am the River’ by Derek Besant – photos of people floating – that was installed in 2010.
For more information check out East Village’s website.
Contemporary Dance Fundraiser and Open House
Ever wonder what contemporary dance is? Well here’s your chance to find out.
This Friday (July 20) the 49th Parallel Dance Company is inviting everyone to come down to the historic John Snow House (915 18 Ave SW) to witness their choreography in an unconventional space. It’s an opportunity to learn more about the craft and will feature dance, live music, art, silent auction, food and drinks. The open house runs from 4pm to 9 pm and if you’re interested in attending, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by July 19.
Do you have something cool and great coming up and want to be part of the Calgary Arts Round Up? Drop me a line at email@example.com!