I don’t know if any of you noticed, but for the past three weeks I’ve been posting from the road driving across this gigantic country of ours (come back Wednesday for a behind the lens look at my project Canada Is Really Big). Boy did I miss a lot. Nuit Blanche looked amazing. As did this year’s Calgary Art Walk. I missed a few plays that I would have loved to see. Missed a few openings I would have loved to have attended. But that’s the great thing about Calgary, for every awesome thing you missed, there’s a bunch more coming up that are equally as sweet. Here’s your Arts Round Up this week Calgary.
OUR HOUSE: Come one, come all to the 23rd Avenue Artwalk and Street Celebration this Saturday. Known as the Artists’ Avenue, 23rd Ave SE in Ramsay is only two blocks long but the 51 houses are homes to artists and craftspeople and they’re throwing a celebration to coincide with the Eastside studio crawl.
Photos by Amy Jo Espetveidt, Quadrophonic Image
Come out for the 23rd Avenue Artwalk
It’s known as the Artists’ Avenue, 23rd Ave SE in Ramsay is only two blocks long but the 51 houses are homes to artists and craftspeople.
On September 22, from 11am to 5pm, the community is opening its doors for the 23rd Avenue Artwalk and Street Celebration where the street will be transformed into an outdoor arts and crafts gallery. The printmakers, knitters, visual artists, bakers, glassblowers, filmmakers, dancers and musicians will host it all along their porches and front lawns. Many are decorated with original pieces of work, including custom painted front doors like the Piscasso-like one by Matthew Page-Hanify. Plus, the area is known for some of the most beautiful gardens in the city. They even got a grant from Calgary 2012 to make this happen but had so much volunteer and community support that they’re going to be awarding it down the line to a project that will benefit the street and the community at large.
The walk will coincide with the Eastside studio crawl and the community hopes to incise participants to travel the extra block further to 23rd Avenue.
It’s Time for the Eastside Studio Crawl
Man. Ramsey is bursting at the seams with creative talent.
This Saturday, September 22, 40 studios are throwing open their doors for you all to go behind the scenes and check out some of Calgary’s best known talents like Jeff DeBoer (Bay 3 1701 11th Street SE) and the Burns Visual Arts Society (828 24th Ave SE).
Everything runs from 11am to 5pm and for more information, and a handy map, check out the Burns Visual Arts’ website here.
Free for Lunch this week?
Don’t forget to head down to Art Central this week for Sand Mandala of Compassion – a week long processes where Tibetan monks will be building an awesome sand sculpture outside of Studio C. It will grow and change depending on the day, so why not visit all week long?
Read all about it in Andrea Grant’s article here.
Singer-Songwriter David Ward to Light Up the Ironwood
If you’re looking for a really good show, I’ve got a recommendation for you.
Vancouver singer-songwriter David Ward returns to Calgary and the Ironwood’s stage a week from today.
He’s set to woo Calgary’s ears Monday, September 24 and he’s excited to be back. He last played Ironwood last May on tour for the release of his album The Arrival – one he considers his best show on that tour. David just returned from a UK tour playing sold out shows and is currently making the trek across Canada with two shows in Banff this weekend.
The Province described him as “Jeff Buckley meets James Brown meets Tom Waits meets Stan Getz meets Marvin Gaye” and you can get a sneak-peak by streaming the three Eps that make up The Arrival here. They are certainly worth a listen. I really enjoyed Lost in Translation found on Part 1 and Feel This Way on Part 2.
Bees Open their Doors to Celebrate Pride
The awesome dudes at the Bee Kingdom are throwing open their studio doors this weekend in support of the LGBTQA Community.
Drop by the studio (427 22nd Ave NW) either Saturday, September 22 or Sunday, September 23 from 12pm to 5pm for live glass blowing demonstrations, a sale and celebrations at their first Pride Open Studio Weekend. All are welcome and everyone will be able to catch a sneak-peak at works being completed for their upcoming art exhibition Super Cute that opens October 12 at the Roberto Ostberg Gallery.
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!