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#GivingTuesdayCA ❤️ A Growing Legacy

Images (clockwise): Past Linda Stanier Award Recipients: Anna Rasmussen, Christian Barr, John Chalke, Sam Uhlick, Dawn Detarando and JoAnna LangeLinda Stanier Award & Endowment – a Growing Legacy

Linda Stanier was an artist, a potter of exceptional talent. She was prominent in Alberta's active ceramics scene as a maker, technician, teacher, juror, curator, and enthusiastic 20-year member of the Alberta Craft Council, volunteering and serving on the ACC Board of Directors from 1990-94. 

Linda touched the lives of everyone she met with her joyful giving spirit and her wonderful sense of humour. It was in honoring Linda’s generosity and devotion to her ceramics community that inspired her family to set up an endowment and award when she passed away in 2004 after her journey with cancer.

November 27, 2018, is GivingTuesday. What is GivingTueday, you ask? After BlackFriday and CyberMonday comes a global movement for giving and volunteering. Across Canada and around the world, GivingTuesday unites communities by sharing our capacity to care for and empower one another. Today we celebrate and honour the giving spirit of Linda Stanier.

Linda's family worked with the Alberta Craft Council and the Edmonton Community Foundation to establish a permanent endowed award; the Linda Stanier and Family Memorial Award for excellence in ceramic arts.

The endowment for this award was set up with an initial investment from family and friends of $23,743.35 in 2004. The Edmonton Community Foundation manages this endowment, placing it in a range of investments, which averages about 8% in earnings annually. The award money comes from the interest accrued; the amount normally disbursed is 4% of the fund value at the end of the prior year. Approximately 1% of the interest earned goes to fund the operating of the endowment and the Edmonton Community Foundation, and the remaining 3% (on average) stays in the fund as a buffer against inflation or bad investment years.

l to r: Sam Uhlick, Dawn Candy

In the 14 years since the endowment was set up its value has grown to the value of $50,700, with interest accrued, and additional contributions including money raised from the sale of Linda’s ornaments at the ACC.  This growing endowment is now able to support an additional disbursement and the ACC is working with Linda’s family and the Edmonton Community Foundation to explore options of how to expand on the good work of this growing legacy.

To date, $14,000 have been awarded to deserving ceramic artists across our province in Linda’s honour.

2005 – Diane Sullivan, Calgary, $1000

2006 - John Chalke, Calgary, $1000

2007 – Katrina Chaytor Calgary, $1000

2008 – Judith Green, Pincher Creek, $1000

2009 – Christian Barr, Wildwood, $1000

2010 – Sam Uhlick, Edmonton, $1000

2011 – Dawn Detarando & Brian McArthur, Red Deer,  $1000

2012 - Jim Etzkorn, Medicine Hat, $1000

In 2012, ACC awards went to every other year, doubling the amount awarded

2014 - Anna Rasmussen, Dickson, $2000

2016 - JoAnna Lange, Edmonton, $2000

2018 - Dawn Candy, Red Deer, $2000

(Original article featured in Alberta Craft Magazine, Fall 2018)


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#GivingTuesdayCA ❤️ Time

Photo by Ryan HK

November 27, 2018, is GivingTuesday. What is GivingTueday, you ask? After BlackFriday and CyberMonday comes a global movement for giving and volunteering. Across Canada and around the world, GivingTuesday unites communities by sharing our capacity to care for and empower one another.

Today we feature the gift of TIME
and ACC volunteer Jeff Yee. If you've seen any photos of the Alberta Craft Gallery events, chances are Jeff was behind the camera.
Time is an amazingly valuable contribution to most, if not all, non-profit organizations and Jeff is very well aware of it. Granting your time to contribute to success stories, to share your skills, and connect with your community is a great gift.

Jeff has been a volunteer at the Alberta Craft Gallery in Calgary since day one (about a year and a half ago) and is pretty much a staple at every event now! Jeff is a professional photographer who never shies away from sharing his talent with the arts and culture sector in Calgary. We asked Jeff Yee a few questions about what volunteering means for him.
  • ACC: How did you first become involved with the Alberta Craft Council in Calgary? (I know you are friends with Jill but you could have said 'no' 😊)
    J: My introduction to the Alberta Craft Council in Calgary was through Jill Nuckles, who I’ve been friends with through my wife Joanie for many years. Jill and Joanie were at ACAD at the same time. I have been photographing different events for Jill over the years, so when she asked if I could volunteer my time with the Alberta Craft Council here in Calgary, I couldn’t say no! As my wife is a fibre artist and many of our friends are artists. I want to help promote and support the arts and crafts community in any way I can.
    ACC: thanks Jill!


photo by Jeff Yee

  • ACC: What do you think makes Alberta fine craft special?
    J: What makes Alberta fine craft special, is the growth of the artists and how they support each other, by sharing their skills and knowledge with each other and the next generation. I also believe the uniqueness of the fine crafts that are created in Alberta reflects the diversity of the environment we live in and surrounds us.
  • ACC: Which event has been your favourite to shoot at the Alberta Craft Gallery?
    J: I would have to say that my favourite event that I’ve photographed was the ‘Light the Gallery’ event. This was the beginnings of the Calgary gallery, and brought so many of the artists together, along with the support of the community. It just had a fun-loving atmosphere about it, and everyone was having such a great time! There were just so many great moments to capture.

photo by Jeff Yee

  • ACC: Do you volunteer as a photographer for any other not-for-profit organizations?
    J: I [also] photograph events regularly for Theatre Calgary and Alberta Theatre Projects. I have a love for arts and crafts, but also for the performing arts, as I find live theatre to be very culturally enriching.
  • ACC: A secret of the trade…What’s your go-to icebreaker when photographing people?
    J: Well, that’s a hard question to answer. This is a skill that I’ve developed over the years as a people photographer and my interactions with 1000’s of people over those years. But if I had to offer up one thing in photographing people; that would have to be how you treat the people you’re capturing, just be yourself and treat them as you would treat your friends or neighbours. They have to feel comfortable with you and see you as a friend just taking a photo.

There's no question; an image is worth a thousand words. Thanks, Jeff, for helping us tell our story!

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Meet the nominees: Tom McFall Honour Award 2018

Tom McFall-Honour Award is given to a volunteer, supporter, teacher, or craftsperson, making a significant contribution to Alberta’s Craft culture. 

◾️Irene Naested. Nominated for her commitment to teaching and education. Naested is a creator of arts programs, books and resource publisher, and develops opportunities for artists to exhibit their work. She received the Canadian Art Educator of the Year Award in 2014.

◾️Natali Rodrigues. Nominated for her commitment to her art, the education of others, and a leader of Craft. She is currently the president of the international Glass Art Society and the president of the Alberta College of Art and Design Faculty Association.

◾️Jennifer Salahub. Nominated for studying, researching, and telling the stories of Craft in Alberta. With a Ph.D from the Royal College of Art in London, Salahub expertise lies in contextualizing and critiquing form and materials across craft spectrums and was instrumental in the creation of MFA in Craft Media at ACAD

◾️Vikki Wiercinski. Nominated for her advocacy for home-grown artists. As the primary organizer of the Royal Bison Art & Craft Fair in Edmonton for the past eight years, her investment of time and energy continues to support craft artists, makers, and designers.

◾️Kari Woo. Nominated for her service to the promotion, education and advancement of the Fine Craft community. Kari Woo is a practicing artist and was the co-founder of the Shiny Fuzzy Muddy Collective in Vancouver, and the New Craft Coalition and INFLUX gallery in Calgary.


Meet the nominees: Alberta Craft Excellence Award 2018

This award celebrates an established craftsperson who excels in their area of craft.

clockwise: Ana Buzzalino, Linda Chow, Linda McBain Cuyler◾️Ana Buzzalino grew up in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where sewing was part of her life at an early age. In early 1983, Ana moved to Calgary where she has been a teacher on a variety of quilting techniques for the past 30+ years. A frequent contributor to Quilting Arts Magazine and Quilting Arts TV, Ana has won several awards at local, national and international shows, including Quilter of Distinction at Heritage Park for 2019.

◾️Born and educated in Hong Kong, Linda Chow came to Canada to attend the Alberta College of Art where she studied with eminent jewellery artist Harold O’Connor. Establishing her goldsmithing business after graduation, she has won numerous awards in her 30-year career. Her work has exhibited in galleries across Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom as well as in various private collections.

◾️Linda McBain Cuyler creates rich, textural fibre art focusing mainly on landscapes and garden-scapes, referencing the interaction between people and nature. A full-time artist for over 20 years, she is an active member of the art and textile art community. Highlights of her career include being selected for the 2009 Craft Biennale in Cheongju, South Korea and the Cultural Olympiad during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.


Meet the nominees: Linda Stanier & Family Memorial Award 2018

This endowed award celebrates the life of Linda Stanier and honours excellence in studio ceramics.

◾️Tanya Doody is a ceramicist with an evolving practice that likes to engage ceramics in new and unexpected ways. Working in ceramics for over twenty years, she designs and makes functional ceramics for daily use in under Tanya Doody Ceramics, while making poetic use of ceramic materials in her live performance art.


 ◾️Dawn Candy is a visual artist living and working in Red Deer, Alberta. Little Sister Pottery is her collection of functional ceramics inspired by pattern, rythm, and landscape, both wild and cultivated.

This endowed award celebrates the life of Linda Stanier, honouring excellence in ceramics. The nominees should work and reside in Alberta and be primarily a studio-based, full-time professional ceramic artist. 


Meet the nominees: Alberta Craft Early Achievement Award 2018

The Alberta Craft Early Achievement Award celebrates an emerging craftsperson or student, in recognition of their achievement to date and their potential.

◾️Carissa Baktay is an emerging glass artist from Calgary and a recent graduate of the Master of Glass Art and Science from VICARTE in Lisbon, Portugal.

Since her introduction to glass in 2008, she has been constantly, and greedily, trying to accumulate new experiences that renew her complex relationship with the material. An instinctual maker, her contemplative process-based work is an attempt to understand and to make physical her memories and dreamscapes. 
Combining laser cutting, wool spinning and glass making techniques, her work is a journey towards emotional honesty through the process of making as a means of discovery. Using alternative technologies and mediums combined with time honoured glass making methods, her experimental glass work breaks the mold of traditional glass techniques.

She has most recently been working as an assistant and Artist in Residence at glass shops in Iceland, Norway and Canada while focusing on her experimental studio practice.


◾️Caroline Forde is a textile and surface pattern designer with an affinity for sustainability and small- scale production.

After graduating from Sheridan College (2015) she traveled west to Calgary to complete her BFA in Fiber at the Alberta College of Art and Design (2017).

Juggling a studio practice of instructing, designing and printing, Caroline maintains her position in the industry as an emerging designer and dyer throughout the fine craft and film industry.

In her work she purposefully references Canadian climate, topography, local flora, fauna and the idea of the mystic north. As a conscious designer she is invested in creating sustainable and ethically produced textiles. Her goal is to dye and print textiles in a way that uses less water, is non-toxic and bioedegradable and create colour pallets from humble plants and natural resources. Through her work, Caroline exhibits an ambition to increase sustainable literacy and practices in the fashion and textile industry.

When she isn’t creating custom costumes for film you can find her the Slate Studio building working away on her new line of hand printed textiles.

◾️Pamma FitzGerald’s first fine arts degree from the Alberta College of Art and Design was in Drawing (2009), but her second was in Ceramics (ACAD, 2017). She has merged her drawing skills into mixed media, and specifically ceramics. In her words “I aim to continue merging collage and clay, words and images, and exploring creative collaborations.” She is fascinated by the combination of weight, shape and capacity that ceramics have to carry imagery, and recognizes enormous potential for re-thinking ceramics artistic expression. 

She has been recognized with the ACAD Board of Governor’s Graduating Student Award for Artistic Achievement in Ceramics (2017); an Alberta Foundation for the Arts Cultural Relations Project Grant; and the Illingworth Kerr Travel Study Scholarship, among others. Her works have been displayed at the Alberta Craft Council Gallery; the Art Vault, Calgary; at 2017 Dish, an International Juried Exhibit at Medalta Pottery, Medicine Hat. She has had pieces purchased for numerous collections, including the Alberta Foundation for the Arts; Encana collection; the Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC; and private collections in England, Canada, France and the United States.


◾️The late Ginette Lund was born in Gerardville, Quebec in 1949. When she was just 6 months old, her family (and 6 siblings) migrated to Marie-Reine, AB where they spent their childhood into early adulthood. Ginette used to sing on the radio frequently in Peace River, AB, was a GoGo Dancer, and was known as the troublemaker. Ginette enjoyed crocheting and knitting for her family, painting and crafting. Ginette had three grown children, four grandchildren and had been living in Grande Prairie AB for the past 20 years. Lund spent the past year launching her art career. Lund and her daughter, Kasie Campbell, received a grant from the Edmonton Arts Council to create a series of collaborative works through traditionally feminine craft. Their work Matrilineal Threads, was exhibited in the Works Art and Design Festival this summer. In 2019-2021, a portion of their work will travel through the TREX programs with the Art Gallery of Alberta and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts in a travelling Exhibition titled Real Women.

◾️Mynthia McDaniel is a Ceramic artist based in Calgary. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in both printmaking and ceramics and has exhibited locally and internationally. Her main passion after pottery is travel, and whenever possible she will find a way to combine the two. She has completed artist residencies in Shigaraki (Japan), Dubi (Czech Republic), and most recently at Medalta in Medicine Hat.

◾️Allison Tunis has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Alberta, and a graduate diploma in Art Therapy from the Vancouver Art Therapy Institute. She works mainly in cross-stitch embroidery, but also explores mixed media involving acrylic painting and photo transfers. She has also self-published a body positive colouring book entitled Body Love: A Fat Activism Colouring Book.

Tunis’ works aim to develop a discourse around cultural conditioning and societal implications of restrictive standards of beauty, as well as the discrimination and violence experienced by people living in marginalized bodies, with a particular focus on the experience of fat people.

Allison is currently working on a large commission series for an upcoming women’s hub in Calgary, along with a number of other projects that have yet to be announced. As well, Tunis runs the Queer Youth Art Club, funded by a Community Arts Grant from the Edmonton Arts Council, out of the Alberta Sex Positive Education & Community Centre, where she facilitates twice-monthly workshops for LGBTQIA2S+ youth and allies to create art in a safe and inclusive space and connect with their peers.

This year's Alberta Craft Awards Ceremony will take place on October 20, 2018 in Calgary, Alberta. Event details


2018 Robert Jekyll Award Recipients - Congratulations to Tom McFall! 

The Canadian Crafts Federation / Fédération canadienne des métiers d’art is pleased to announce two recipients for this year’s Robert Jekyll Award for Leadership in Craft.  The 2018 award recipients have each spent long careers supporting craft and its makers across the country. Both also played integral roles in forming and developing the CCF into the influential and vibrant organisation that it has become.

Tom McFall and Anne Manuel have both recently retired from long years of service as Executive Directors of provincial craft organisations.  The CCF is delighted to take the opportunity this year to acknowledge and celebrate their stellar contributions to the national craft community.

Tom McFall spent 19 years as the executive director and curator of the Alberta Craft Council, now recognized nationally for having an extensive exhibition program, running innovative marketing projects, initiating and leading national events, and enjoying a high level of member satisfaction.

“Tom was always at the forefront of fine craft on the provincial, national and international stages” says Tara Owen, Chair of the Board, Alberta Craft Council  “The more that I came to know Tom, the more I valued the insight and leadership that he provided to everyone within the craft sector…The craft sector of Canada has benefitted immensely from Tom’s work.”

Tom has already been recognized with many awards, including an Alberta Centennial Medal, the prestigious Rozsa Award for Excellence in Arts Management, a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, and the Syncrude Mayor’s Award for Excellence in Arts Management.  The CCF is pleased to add the Robert Jekyll Award for Leadership in Craft to Tom’s extensive list of accolades.

Anne Manuel has been the backbone of the craft community in Newfoundland and Labrador for many decades.  She held the helm of the Craft Council of Newfoundland & Labrador for 33 years of its 47-year history, building and developing a sector in the province while leading the Council through many challenges and changes.

“Anne’s contribution over the years has been vast, varied and instrumental in creating one of the strongest craft communities and industries in Canada.” says Rowena House, Executive Director, Craft Council of Newfoundland & Labrador “The range of her involvement spanned from writing a simple letter to a rural craftsperson with some information relevant to their work, to taking an active role with the Canadian Craft Federation.”

Anne has been instrumental in organising international events including a very successful international Fibre Conference in Newfoundland in 2015, which brought 150 participants from around the world to Gros Morne National Park.

The Robert Jekyll Award for Leadership in Craft celebrates distinguished contributors to the craft sector, and is one of the highest markers of exceptional commitment to the development of the craft community in Canada. Tom McFall and Anne Manuel certainly fit the bill.  

The 2018 awards will be presented on October 12th, 2018 in Halifax, NS, during the Canadian Crafts Federation’s annual conference “Placemaking.”  Join us for the conference, and to celebrate the excellent work of these key figures in Canadian craft.

Original article by the Canadian Crafts Federation / Fédération canadienne des métiers d’art. Link here.