Exhibitions

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Feature Gallery - Edmonton
Discovery Gallery - Edmonton
Calgary Gallery - Calgary
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Feature Gallery
The Alberta Craft Council operates the only public galleries in the province dedicated to exhibiting Craft and is Edmonton’s second largest public gallery. The Feature Gallery hosts 3+ exhibitions per year.
10186 - 106 Street
Free Parking & Admission

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 features 7+ exhibitions per year.
10186 - 106 Street
Free Parking & Admission

Calgary Gallery
The Alberta Craft Gallery - Calgary is located in cSPACE King Edward.  The gallery showcases both Feature and Discovery Gallery exhibitions and is on an 8-week rotation. 
1721 - 29 Avenue SW
Street Parking & Free Admission

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 Edmonton - Alberta Craft Discovery Gallery

 

Current Exhibition

CHARLES LEWTON-BRAIN

August 10 - September 21, 2019
Artist talk & Reception: August 10, 2-4pm
Holding Rocks (Cage Series) speaks to human attempts to control and possess nature. Master goldsmith Charles Lewton-Brain elevates and magnifies the simple river pebble; beginning by encasing the rock with structures of welded steel, much like a line drawing, and finishes it by adding electroformed copper and 24K gold. Not wearable, instead they are objects meant to be held and contemplated.

Charles Lewton-Brain (Calgary, AB) has lectured and taught in England, Australia, and across North America. A tireless innovator, Charles created his own publishing company, Brain Press and co-founded Ganoksin.com, the world’s largest free online resource for jewellers today. Charles was awarded the prestigious Saidye Bronfman Governor General’s Award in 2012, and the Alberta Craft Award of Honour in 2005.

Upcoming Exhibitions


CURATORS IN CONTEMPORARY CRAFT

September 28 - November 9
This is a new program to allow members to develop their curatorial skills as part of our ongoing efforts to create professional development opportunities for Craft artists and engaging exhibitions for our audiences. Expand your career in a supportive environment with access to mentorship from professional curators and organizers in the Fine Craft field.  

BUTTER DISH SHOW

November 16 - December 14
Artist Talk & Reception: Nov 16, 2-4pm
Dawn Deterando (Red Deer) uses her ceramics expertise to curate a diverse selection of 30+ butter dishes from all around Alberta. This exhibition will demonstrate the variety of processes and techniques that contemporary ceramics artists ‘churn’ out from their studios.



Previous Exhibitions

 

COMING UP NEXT

June 15 - August 3, 2019
Reception: June 15, 2-4pm
The revival of Coming Up Next is an exciting one for the Alberta Craft Council.  The exhibition provides a vital link for emerging artists during this pivotal phase of their career by connecting them to the greater craft community of peers, mentors, and audiences who appreciate the skills, quality, and originality of the handmade. 

 

Participating Artists: Lael Chmelyk, Naomi Desrochers-Caron, Dayna Ellen, Tanya Everard, Jessie Fraser, Alexandra Glenn-Collins, Grace Han, Leah Kudel, Sara Nishi, Jennifer Pankratz, Carlos Rojas, Adele Schatschneider, Yuan Yin & Matthew O’Reilly.

 

ART IN UBIQUITY
Edmonton Weavers' Guild

April 27 - June 8, 2019

 

It’s a tea towel, it has a function. We see and use it every day.
And yet for 65 years Edmonton weavers, women (mostly), have decidedly chosen to put time and effort into designing and mastering handmade goods that most would consider ubiquitous.

As is stated in her book, “In Good Hands: The Women of the Canadian Handicrafts Guild”, Ellen Mary Easton McLeod states, “Craft was relegated to decorative and was denigrated to the unnecessary and frivolous by the beginning of the 1900’s”. Further to this, she goes on to say, “Women made crafts in the home for the family to use. Intended for a useful purpose, their origins were domestic and female. The conditions of their manufacture determined where they fit in the hierarchy of arts. Both women and crafts became invisible”.

Initially weaving “useful goods” may have been for economic, cultural, or artistic reasons. However, even with the onset of fast fashion this unheralded craft remains as resilient as ever. By playing with the idea of the utilitarian nature of 65 years of handwoven articles, the installation is “spun” into a tongue in cheek response to its elitist sister, “art”. The goal is to change the viewer’s perception of handmade textiles’ ubiquitous practicality to masterful fine design.

Edmonton Weavers’ Guild was founded in 1953 to encourage local weavers and spinners to meet, exchange ideas and learn. Today the EWG has evolved into a community of like-minded textile artists and fibre lovers. The 100+ members benefits through friendship, study groups, equipment rentals, studio space, a resource library, and a member’s annual show and sale. They also offer classes and workshops that are developed for the novice to advanced makers.

2018 Discovery Gallery Exhibitions

Chronicles of a Contemporary Dirtbag; Acceptable Bodies; Spirals; Revival; The Art of Hide Tanning: Tradition Inspiring the Present and Future; The Surface of Things: Chasing Light; On the Family Farm; Ticket to Ride

 

2017 Discovery Gallery Exhibitions

The Recipients; Stories Brought to Life; Simpler Slower Silver; Ceremony, Threads that Bind, Relocations, Painted With Fire; Perch; Ordinary; We Meet Here: view online

 

2016 Discovery Gallery Exhibitions

A Place For Everything; What Grows in the Ditch; MIX; Get a Handle on It; Inventing Narratives; Exhoes; The Inhabited Landscape; Carrying On; Small Works: Paper & Cloth; Get Lost; Transformation – Hooked Sculptures; Distil; Material Witness: view online

 

2015 Discovery Gallery Exhibitions

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

 

2014 Discovery Gallery Exhibitions

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: view online

 

2013 Discovery Gallery Exhibitions

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: view online

 

2012 Discovery Gallery Exhibitions

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

 

2011 Discovery Gallery Exhibitions

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

 

2010 Discovery Gallery Exhibitions

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: view online

 

2009 Discovery Gallery Exhibitions

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

 

2008 Discovery Gallery Exhibitions

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: view online

 

2007 Discovery Gallery Exhibitions

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: view online

 

2006 Discovery Gallery Exhibitions

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: view online

 

2005 Discovery Gallery Exhibitions

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: view online

 

2004 Discovery Gallery Exhibitions

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: view online