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Feature Gallery
The ACC operates the only public gallery in the province dedicated to exhibiting craft arts and is Edmonton’s second largest public gallery. The Feature Gallery hosts
4+ exhibitions per year.

Discovery Gallery
The Discovery Gallery is dedicated to showing new work by established and emerging fine craft artists as well as small group exhibitions.  The Discovery Gallery is located on the main level of the ACC and features 7+ exhibitions per year.

 

Current Exhibitions

Echoes

May 7 - June 11, 2016
Artist Reception: Saturday, May 14 from 2-4 pm

Mia Riley’s (Edmonton) autobiographical ceramic pieces are embedded with the geology and history of her life in Western Canada.

Elements such as strength and vulnerability are constantly present in our experience within nature, providing us with the complex harmony that mentally, spiritually and physically draws us to continue exploring. Using this philosophy in my work, I seek to convey this harmony to the viewer through contrast in the clay, glazes and firing techniques.

The body of work exhibited in
Echoes investigates the chronology of various environments that I explore while making reference to concepts of time, place and memory. To me the vessel is a symbol for the landscape, it is a container for self-discovery and personal projections. It evokes thoughts on carrying, containment and survival. I am interested in how these pieces can at once express the seasons, the geography and memories of the many places I have visited throughout the completion of the work.- Mia Rilay

 

The Inhabited Landscape

May 7 - June 11, 2016
Artist Reception: Saturday, May 14 from 2-4 pm

Bettina Matzkuhn (Vancouver) explores personal and social narratives about history, geography and the natural world with fibre collages using embroidery.

Narrative themes are often bound into my work. Textile and thread provide a rich vocabulary with which to tell a story. I choose fabrics for how they evoke landscape elements and paint or sew over them with contrasting threads. Hand embroidery is invested in the details where I want to draw attention -the minute plants, people and significant edges.

The Inhabited Landscape gently elbows the great tradition of landscape painting in Canada which often implies that there is no one present. Yet there is. My characters are contemporaries -not super athletes or heroic mountaineers but assorted ages, shapes and abilities. Perhaps they go hiking for the views, exercise, an interest in natural history, and the companionship. Who are they -locals or from away? What are they looking or pointing at? Are they lost, miserable? What will they do next? What might they be thinking, worrying about, forgetting? What do these places mean to them? - Bettina Matzkuhn

 

Upcoming Exhibitions

Carrying On

June 18 - July 23, 2016
Artist Reception: Saturday, June 25 from 2-4 pm

An exhibition of bags, pouches and other cultural containers by Alberta aboriginal artists.

 

 

 

Small Works: Paper Meets Cloth

July 30 - September 3, 2016
Artist Reception: Saturday, August 6 from 2-4 pm

Margie Davidson (Edmonton) experiments with combining sun printed Hanji paper and stitched fabrics.

 

 

 

Get Lost

July 30 - September 3, 2016
Artist Reception: Saturday, August 6 from 2-4 pm

An exploration of architectural forms as vessels by Edmonton ceramic artist Ruth-Anne French.

 

 

 

Hooked Sculptures

September 10 – October 15, 2016
Reception: Saturday, September 17 from 2-4 pm

Rachelle LeBlanc’s (St Albert) latest rug hooking series breaks beyond the preconceptions of the medium with 3D sculptures and the use of mixed materials.



 

Distil

October 22 - November 26, 2016
Reception: Saturday, October 22 from 2-4 pm

Contemporary ceramic designs by Jenna Stanton (Medicine Hat) shown along side vintage objects that inspire her designs.

 

 

 

Material Witness: Tracking The Process in the Making

October 22 - November 26, 2016
Reception: Saturday, October 22 from 2-4 pm

Paper artist Dirk Van Wyk (Calgary) explores what he considers to be the four essential elements of craft: material, manipulation, purpose and character.

 

 

 

Previous Exhibitions

2016 Discovery Gallery Exhibitions

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A Place For Everything; What Grows in the Ditch; MIX; Get a Handle on It; Inventing Narratives

 

 

 

2015 Discovery Gallery Exhibitions

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The Recipients; The Anatomy Of My Heart; Earth Rhythms; Landed; Thinking In Threes; Small Joys; Coming Up Next; A Second Look; Less Is More

 

 

2014 Discovery Gallery Exhibitions

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Hanji; Trophies for the Ranchland; What does your fish tank look like?; Coalescence; Coming Up Next; Waiting for the Man; Fleeting Whispers; Totems of the Masculine; Frontiers; Bubble Invasion; Caffeine; 21-Konstruktions

 

2013 Discovery Gallery Exhibitions

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Earthly Elements; The Recipients; Urban Wild; Neighbourhood Icons; Making Notes; Coming Up Next; Tails from a Rejuvenated Forest; Static Bloom; The Others; FROM:Correspondence TO: TXT, Fairy-tales, Folktales and Mythcommunications...Part II; Illusions, Revelations, Transformations

2012 Discovery Gallery Exhibitions

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The Recipients; What’s a Girl to Do; Women; Obsession; Confluence; Coming Up Next; Pure Form; Figments & Fragments; Thank you! Come Again; Delineate

 

 

2011 Discovery Gallery Exhibitions

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The Recipients; Culinary Collection; Flourish; Strength & Stillness; Coming Up Next; Off the Floor; Specimen; Making a Spectacle of Myself; Victorian Inclinations; Saltalk

 

 

2010 Discovery Gallery Exhibitions

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The Recipients; An Affair to Remember; The Geese Came Back; Proximity & Touch; Coming Up Next; Aerial Landscapes; Intangible Cultural Assets: Reflections of Korea; Words, Wit, Wisdom and Wool

 

2009 Discovery Gallery Exhibitions

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The Recipients Exhibition; Drawing from Nature; Coming Up Next; Gone Green; Immense Mode; Wallpaper; Saving Paradise

 

 

2008 Discovery Gallery Exhibitions

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The Recipients Exhibition; The Future is Later; Nimama; Alberta is My Home; Coming Up Next; Remnants of Community; Isabelle's Sheepdog; Florescence; Vetro Grande IV: Paddle My Bottom



 

2007 Discovery Gallery Exhibitions

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The Recipients; Snow Series; Neo-Ovo: New Egg Design; Naked Truth; Coming Up Next; To China With Love; Ten Ita (Heavenly Plank); I³ - Influences, Inspirations, and Innovations

 

 

2006 Discovery Gallery Exhibitions

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Timeless Communicator; Sparks; Going Green; Just for Fun; Cover Ups & Further Revelations; Fairytales, Folklore & Mythcommunications... Part 1; Alberta Close Up & Personal; Two of a Kind; Once Upon a Time

 

2005 Discovery Gallery Exhibitions

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Body Ornament West; Reflections; Musings on My First Nine Lives; Artstravigant Faces; Waistcoats/Wastecoats; My House Is Your House; Fine Legs, Chest & Hot Seats; Retrospective; Links; Sojourn of Fire; Studio Ceramics in Canada; Fibre Optics; Drawn to the Flame

 

2004 Discovery Gallery Exhibitions

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Diversion; Rags to Rugs; Image Serves Technique; A Woman’s Place; Handwork Series: to the bone, in the blood, from the heart; Fine Legs, Great Chests & Hot Seats; Healing with Fibre; Stretching It; First Fireaf