As July turns into August, a lot of Calgary’s art happenings are moving outside. This past week there’s been car shows and festivals, next week has bike-in animation, a Hot Date for writers in Kensington and an art walk on Stephen Ave to help break the cycle of poverty. Even the TELUS Spark is looking for artists to create a massive piece of public art in a nearby parkland area. Here’s your Arts Round Up for this week.
THE ART OF CAR CULTURE: The beauty of automotive art was on show this past weekend at the 11th Annual Chestermere Lake Show N’ Shine. Despite a quick and furious thunderstorm, the day was filled with stunning cars (over 400) that traveled from all over Alberta. With all the pin striping, details and quirks, they really are pieces of art on wheels.
Photos by Amy Jo Espetveidt, Quadrophonic Image
Remember To Head To The Cultural District on First Thursday
August’s First Thursday culture crawl takes over downtown this Thursday, August 2. All events are held within a 3-block walk of the Calgary Tower and some start bright and early in the morning.
One of the most interesting and socially motivated events of the day is found along Stephen Avenue. From 10am to 5pm, Canadian Artists for the Poor will be hosting an art walk with a show, sale and demos. Swing by between 1st St SE and Centre St to check it out.
And Heather Kai Smith (who we chatted with at the beginning of her project) will be hosting her artist reception, Prints & Multiples, where her final works will be distributed to the attendees. Head over to the Epcor Centre’s Ledge Gallery (205-8 Ave SE) between 5pm and 8pm to see her final pieces.
A full schedule of events and more information can be found here.
Calling All Writers For Hot Dates
Sitting in a quiet surrounding, just a desk and an idea, is how most writers work.
But Hot Dates with Blank Pages is looking to change that. This Saturday, August 4, the goal is to get writers out from isolation and into the public to work.
“There’s a lot of terrific reading series going on in Calgary right now, like filling Station’s Flywheel Reading Series for instance, so I wanted to create an event that was a bit different,” explained Emily Ursuliak, the mind behind Hot Dates. “I’d been getting a lot of inspiration at the time from writing in different places around Calgary, and I thought it’d be great to get people out writing in some of these places too.
The event is hosted by filling Station Magazine and joining up with them is simple – go to the Sunnyside C-Train station at 2pm, look for the girl in the purple fedora (this is Emily) and introduce yourself. Then, everyone will take off into the Kensington area, stopping in cafes and other places along the way, drinking coffee and writing.
“I hope people will join us whether they consider themselves serious writers, or just happen to have a pen and paper on hand and would be willing to give it a try,” said Emily. “Hot Dates is about drawing on areas in Calgary for creative inspiration and of course about continuing to strengthen what is already a very warm, welcoming literary community.”
For more information, head to the event’s Facebook page and get ready to write.
Crafty Awards Call for Nominations
Do you know an Alberta crafter who’s work and dedication demands to be recognized?
The Alberta Craft Council is looking for nominations for the Alberta Craft Awards and the Linda Stanier & Family Memorial Award. The deadline is fast approaching (August 1) but there’s still time to get it in.
The Awards take place in Calgary every October and nominees are featured in the fall edition of the Alberta Craft Magazine and a Discovery Gallery exhibition.
Nominations may be made by individuals, groups or by the Alberta Craft Council and for more information check out their website.
Bike-in for Animated Summer Lovin’?
It’s a bike-in animation festival and you’re all invited.
Animated Summer Lovin’ brings together TRUCK Gallery’s CAMPER (Contemporary Art Mobile Public Exhibition Rig), cycling and Quickdraw Animation Society for an evening of animation and film on Thursday August 2. A cycle group will be meeting at Tomkins Park (17 Ave and 8 St SW) at 9pm and they’ll head towards Stanley Park for the screening. Don’t worry if you aren’t a cyclist, you can head down to Stanley Park anyway you can and look for the modified 1975 Dodge Empress motorhome that’s become a portable public exhibition and project space. The screening will start at 10pm.
There’s a bunch of animations on the bill including Cycletrope by Tim Wheatly, Cycle of Love by Catherine Marshall and Bike Race by Tom Schroeder.
For more information about CAMPER head to TRUCK’s website.
The Link Between Public Art and Water
Are you a passionate artist who wants to explore the link between public art and water?
If so, TELUS Spark wants to hear from you.
The new Science Centre is looking for an artist or artist team to create a site-specific work in a designated parkland area and they’ve allocated $100,000 to do so. The call for submissions ends August 24 and will awarded November 2.
For more information and to download the call for submission document visit their website here.
A Sneak-Peak At George Webber’s New Book
One of Canada’s most celebrated photojournalists, Calgary’s own George Webber, has leaked couple shots from his upcoming book Prairie Gothic into the inter webs.
His beautiful, black and white images show off the communities of the Canadian prairies and embrace the face of the ever-changing Canadian West. They’re dark and bruiting, dramatic and stunning, full of heart and pain.
If you’re curious to see what this gorgeous book will look like, head over to RMB | Rocky Mountain Books’ Pinrtest page and have a peak.
BIG AND SMALL: Canada’s Really Big: Tiny Snapshots of a Huge Land is looking for your help. Quadrophonic Image is setting out this summer on a cross Canada project documenting the little things that make Canada so beautiful and we’ve set up an Indiegogo campaign to make it happen. It’s Canada 1:1.
Photos by Amy Jo Espetveidt, Quadrophonic Image
Shameless Self Promotion: Help Support Canada’s Really Big
Quadrophonic Image’s first publicly available photo book is looking for public support to make the printing, processing and creating happen.
So here’s the scoop – Canada’s Really Big: Tiny Snapshots of a Huge Land is my summer project. Many people know as me as the Arts Editor here at Calgary is Awesome and I’m an artist too. A photojournalist by trade, but I shoot anything and everything and one of my passions is macro photography.
Canada’s Really Big shows the difference between the stunning vistas that make Canada so great (mountains, lakes, oceans, cliffs) and the little itty bitty things that make up that beauty (wildflowers, fossils, rocks, bugs). The project sets out to show that not everything beautiful has to be big and a lot of the most stunning sights in this country are the ones missed. It’s Canada up-close and personal, 1:1.
To make this book, we’re hitting the road, traveling from Calgary to the northern tip of Newfoundland and back again. We’ve started an Indiegogo campaign and have a couple weeks to go to raise $3000. We’ve already invested over that to make the trip happen, but need a bit more to make the book a reality. Come on by, check out the samples, pitch in if you can, preorder a book, canvas, magnet or everything and help spread the word.
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!