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Participating artists: Nicole Baxter, Linda Chow, Robin Dupont, Milt Fischbein, Matt Gould, Terry Hildebrand, Brad Keys, Eveline Kolijn, Diane Krys, Darren Petersen, Jean-Claude and Talar Prefontaine, Shona Rae and Simon Wroot.

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Wednesday
Feb082017

Progress at Alberta Craft Gallery - Calgary 

Custom display furniture and interior construction begins this month for the Alberta Craft Gallery - Calgary @ cSpace King Edward. The Gallery is expected to open mid-2017. The centre glass doors will open to feature a blend of retail and exhibition space.

With only a few months to go before the new Alberta Craft Gallery opens, now time to make a donation.

Wednesday
Feb082017

Medalta Exhibition Home Reviewed by Galleries West


Galleries West reviewed the current Medalta exhibition Home in the January 13, 2017 article Fired Up About Home. The exhibition is on until March 18. Participating artists include Elizabeth Burritt, Jenn Demke Lange, Adam Lefebvre, Les Manning, Noriko Masuda, Susan McKinnon, Aaron Nelson, Jenna Stanton and more. Curated by Jenna Stanton.  

There are exhibition plans for Home at the Alberta Craft Gallery - in Edmonton & Calgary. Work from the show will travel this year to the Toronto Design Offsite Festival and NYCxDESIGN.

Read the article here.

Wednesday
Feb082017

Capital Boulevard Legacy Public Art Project – Canada 150

The Art & Design in Public Places Program (The Places) is pleased to announce the commission of five new original landmark sculptures for the Capital Boulevard Legacy Public Art Project – Canada 150. The sculptures will bring meaning to Capital Boulevard and contribute to the Boulevard being the most important street in the Province of Alberta. Capital Boulevard encompasses five blocks of 108th Street between 99th Avenue and 104th Avenue, Edmonton. The five finalists, selected from an invitational call extended to 48 Alberta artists, includes Firebrand Glass (Julia Reimer and Tyler Rock) and Voyager Art & Tile (Dawn Detarando and Brian McArthur).

Read more about the Project here.

Monday
Feb062017

Job Opportunity: Alberta Craft Council Executive Director

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, ALBERTA CRAFT COUNCIL

  • Based in Edmonton Alberta, with some time spent in Calgary, and smaller centres
  • Competition deadline: March 15, 2017
  • Start date: May 1, 2017

Send applications to:
ED Search, Alberta Craft Council, 10186 106 Street, Edmonton, Alberta Canada, T5J 1H4 or
submissions@albertacraft.ab.ca


The Alberta Craft Council (ACC) is a Provincial Arts Service Organization and the largest Provincial Craft Council in western Canada. ACC operates Edmonton’s second largest public gallery, and Alberta’s only public galleries (and touring exhibitions) dedicated to fine craft. ACC is about to open a Calgary gallery location.

Read the full job posting.

Tuesday
Dec202016

Rhagurajpur International Artist in Residence Program


Written by Shirley Rimer, a Canadian artist from Red Deer, Alberta, who participated in the Raghurajpur International Art and Culture Exchange in 2016.


Shirely Rimer at Cow Dung Toy WorkshopI recently had the opportunity to travel to Rhagurajpur, in Odisha, India, to participate in a five week artist in residence program.  Although I am primarily a ceramist, I was excited to experience some historical forms of art expression that are unique to this village.

 

Rhagurajpur is a village off the beaten track in the rural heartland of Nuapatna Silk VillageOdisha.  Upon entering the village one can feel a history of tradition, both religious and cultural.  What is most striking is the beauty of a community totally involved in art and craft; a village of artisans.  Raghurajpur has 123 homes, holding close to 400 artists.  It is believed the Chitrakaras or Pata Chitra painters settled in the village during the 12th Century A.D.  Along with the pata chitra paintings, the traditions of colorful Cow Dung Toys and Masks, the Palm Leaf Engravings, and other forms of painting and crafts are an integral part of village life.

 

Rhagurajpur EntranceRaghurajpur is the only village in India where every home is engaged in some form of art making.  Strolling the streets of this village, one can see a variety of these arts and crafts displayed on verandas and through the doorways of the homes.  Within the village, running through the centre of the main street, there are temples around which the social life of the villagers revolves.  Many religious celebrations take place in these temples throughout the year.  These fairs and festivals are an integral part of the life of the village and the artisans of the village play a key role in preparing the ritual sculptures and wall paintings in these celebrations.  Orissa is the holy land of the Hindus and the paintings of the Chitrakara, Tassar (silk Shirely Rimer at Seminar in Bubhaneswarpainters), and the Palm Leaf Carvers, represents a tradition of religious iconography.


As a Canadian artist visiting Rhagurajpur for the first time, I was awestruck by the beauty of these works of art.  Having had the opportunity to work with some of the Masters of the various arts and crafts of the region, I was humbled by the craftsmanship, talent and precision of these artists.  It was truly a challenge and a great learning experience.


The other element of these works that struck me profoundly was the use of inherent and readily available materials to create these objects.  The materials and colors are locally sourced and are today the same as those used for centuries.  The labor involved in the preparation of these works is immense.  For example, the canvases used for the Pata Chitra paintings are made from old saris.  They are stretched, coated in tamarind paste and ground chalk and layered until they form a thick canvas, which is then cut and used as the backdrop for these intricate paintings.  The palm leaves are cut into strips, dried and sewn together before being carved with a sharp iron stylus.  The intricacies of the drawings and the precision needed to carve the palm leaves takes years of practice.  The final impression seems perfect, without flaws and full of tales of the Gods and Goddesses and historical writings of the region.  The Cow Dung Toys are another unique example of the use of readily available materials.


The stories told on these surfaces are the stories of the people who create them.  These villagers have spent their lives retelling these stories in their works of art.  They celebrate their history, both in the way they live and the work they do.  By visiting this village and working with these Masters, I felt myself crossing the bridge into the history of this work.  I believe this wonderful experience will find itself intrinsic in my future work.

- by Shirley Rimer

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