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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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Calgary Craft Weekend

Calgary has a great craft community and this is further demonstrated through the support of attendees to the various craft shows popping up this festive season. The Alberta Craft Council (ACC) staff regularly travel to create the window displays for Art Market but this year it was our goal to take in some more craft sales. Arriving in Calgary last Sunday we were treated to a warm winter’s day and loads of craft eye candy. We were lucky to visit Handmade Here craft sale, the Bee Kingdom studio sale, and Art Market.

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Congratulations! Tom McFall receives the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal

Premier Alison Redford and Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Donald S. Ethell, presented Tom McFall with the Medal at the Diamond Jubilee Medal Presentation ceremony at the Shaw Theatre (NAIT) on November 14, 2012.  The Diamond Jubilee Medal is specially designed and minted to mark the occasion of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to Throne as Queen of Canada and honour the Queen’s decades of service.  The award itself is a symbol of service, excellence and community involvement.  The presentation of the medals is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of community members and outstanding Albertans and Canadians who have demonstrated remarkable commitment and dedication towards numerous efforts.


Public Art 101 - Professional Development Series

Public Art 101 - Professional Development Series: Perspectives on Site and Context

Join us for a dynamic conversation with sculptor Gord Ferguson and painter Chris Cran to discuss the concepts of site and context in public art. These two artists have recently collaborated to create a public sculpture in the new Atlantic Arts Block in Inglewood.
When: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Where: Art Gallery of Calgary, 117 8th Avenue S.W.


Chris Cran graduated in 1979 from the Alberta College of Art and Design. His work is found in many public, corporate and private collections, both nationally and internationally. Chris is represented by Trépanier Baer Gallery in Calgary and Clint Roenisch Gallery in Toronto. In addition to his professional activities as a painter and teacher (ACAD), Chris has been actively involved with Calgary’s internationally recognized One Yellow Rabbit Performance Theatre.

Gord Ferguson is currently on faculty in the Sculpture Department at the Alberta College of Art & Design (ACAD) here in Calgary. Gord graduated from the University of Montana, Missoula with a Master of Fine Arts, Sculpture, in 1981. He has a lengthy list of exhibitions across Canada, has completed a number of public artworks (including Strung II on the overpass at Crowchild Tr. and Sarcee Tr.) and was the recipient of two Canada Council Grants to support his studio research. Gord’s work is also represented in many museum and private collections across Canada.

Refreshments will be provided. Space is limited to 150 people so please RSVP.

Be sure to also visit the Thinking Big exhibition on the top floor of the gallery either before or after the talk to learn more about public art projects across Alberta.

For more information, and to register, please contact: Evan Woolley Program Coordinator, Public Art T 403-476-4329 | F 403-476.4301


8th Annual Alberta Craft Awards Presented

The 2012 Alberta Craft Awards were presented 2012 Alberta Craft Awardsat a party on November 3 at DaDe Art & Design Lab in Calgary. Thanks to Greg and Darcy for being such gracious hosts. DaDe Art & Design Lab was once again a fantastic locale for the awards celebration.  Check out They are located at 1327 – 9 Avenue SE, Calgary.

Designed to honour individuals and groups who make significant contributions to Alberta’s fine craft culture, the Alberta Craft Awards not only stimulate awareness and instill distinction for fine craft in Kai Georg Scholefield (representing Bee Kingdom), Jim Etzkorn, Sarabeth CarnatAlberta they also invigorate and give prominence to deserving artists and their work.  Thanks go out to all the nominees, nominators and supporters who joined us for the celebration and the nominees who provided their work for the ACC Awards Exhibition.

The Alberta Craft Council would also like to thank the following volunteers; Mindy Andrews, Suzette Knudsen and Susan Thorpe; staff and board members who helped make the evening such a special event.

The recipients are:

John BlairFor a volunteer/supporter/teacher/craftsperson who has made a significant contribution to Alberta's fine craft culture.
Sarabeth Carnat, Calgary

For an established craftsperson who excels in his/her area craft.

John Blair, Calgary

For an emerging craftsperson/student, in recognition of his/her achievement to date or potential.

Bee Kingdom, Calgary

Annual endowed award celebrating the life of Linda
Stanier honouring an Alberta professional craftsperson working in clay.
Jim Etzkorn, Medicine Hat

More images for the evening can be viewed on the Alberta Craft Council's Facebook Fanpage.


Old friendship inspires playful collection

Affection, Mindy Andrews & Lisa McGrath"Two figures stand side-by-side, but they are two parts that form a whole. One white, one brown: seamlessly blending in together. The brown rabbit is almost caressing the white ceramic drum... It may be a single piece of art but it was born from the hands and friendship of two women: Lisa McGrath, the rabbit sculptor, and Mindy Andrews, the ceramic drum creator.
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Written by Victoria Pizarro for The Calgary Journal