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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
Sep192012

2013 Glass Art Assoc of Canada Conference, Calgary

Mark your Calendars! Glass Art Assoc of Canada Conference, Calgary
May 23-26, 2013

Beyond Boundaries: 30 Smashing Years! Celebrate 30 years of the Glass Art Association of Canada next year in Calgary at the Alberta College of Art + Design where we are pleased to host the most exciting conference in GAAC history. The theme this year... Innovation! We can’t wait to share this experience with you. Stay tuned for registration information and event details.

The Glass Art Association of Canada is pleased to present a glass fashion show in Calgary, Alberta, to wrap up the conference themed Beyond Boundaries: 30 Smashing Years.

The glass fashion show is the focal point of the closing night and is set to attract over 300 guests within art communities throughout Canada, the United States and international destinations. Renowned glass artist, Laura Donefer, was the host of the first glass fashion show in 1989. This event is built on the foundation and inspirations of her couture events that are featured within the Glass Art Society and the Glass Art Association of Canada conferences. In previous years, the glass fashion shows have been held in the Corning Museum of Glass (2009), Montreal Science Centre (2010), and the upcoming Toledo Museum of Art (2012) to name just a few.

Tuesday
Sep182012

Thank you Casino Volunteers!

The Alberta Craft Council held their biennial casino at the Baccarat Casino in downtown Edmonton on September 13 & 14, 2012.

Thank you to the following volunteers:
Cheryl Moody, Barb Pankratz, JoAnna Lange, Marilyn Glenn, Bob MacDonald, Rita McGie, Margaret Smith, Linda Willard, E. Ross Bradley, Bertha Pisarchuk, Annette Aslund, Laura O’Connor, Linda Frena, Matt Gould, Nancy St. Hilaire, Joanne Hamel, Meghan Wagg, Todd Sarnoski, Keith Walker, Ben Walker, David Cuyler, Linda McBain Cuyler, Tom McFall, Marcia Fossey, Amy Skrocki, Tanner Wilson, George Heagle, Will Truchon, Vince Gaspari, Derek Brooks, Wendy McPeak, Elaine Emerson and Amber Rooke.

The Alberta Craft Council would not exist without the tireless efforts of our volunteers. The Board and staff of the Alberta Craft Council sincerely thank them for giving their time to this fundraising event.

Tuesday
Sep182012

Members kudo: Tyler Rock & Julia Reimer

Tyler Rock and Julia Reimer (Black Diamond) are both finalists for the Ranamok Glass Prize.  The winners of this international art prize are awarded $15,000 and will have their work featured in a traveling exhibition. The Ranamok prize is considered the premier exhibition and prize for collectors internationally, highlighting work that displays creativity, skill and innovation in contemporary glass. The work presented for consideration is expected to be a major effort in the artist's personal body of work. The 2012 Recipient will join previous winners in the Ranamok Winner’s Collection. The Ranamok exhibition will open at the on August 15th at the Canberra Glassworks where the winner will be announced and travel throughout Australia to Brisbane and Sydney.

Tyler Rock and Julia Reimer have had long careers marked by successes both at home and internationally.  Their work can be found in numerous public, corporate and private collections, including the Premier of Alberta, the offices of the Prime Minister in Ottawa, the Department of Foreign Affairs, and the collection of Emperor and Empress of Japan. Their work can be found in galleries throughout Canada and will also be on display in Alberta at their annual Christmas Open House at their Firebrand Glass Studio in Black Diamond on December 1st from 11-5pm where there will be demonstrations of glassblowing for the public.

Tuesday
Sep182012

Member Kudo: George Heagle

George Heagle (Edmonton) has been awarded a major commission to build a sculptural desk for the City of Lethbridge’s new Community Arts Centre. There was a call for submissions over three provinces. The desk is to be installed this fall. George writes about his winning proposal:
 
“To be successful, the reception desk of any public building must satisfy a wide range of complex and sometimes contradictory criteria. It must integrate with the rest of the foyer, but must also stand out. Even though it acts as a barrier between the public and more private areas of the building, people must be drawn to it....To integrate the desk with the foyer I have reflected the rectilinear form and concrete block structure of the building in the overall shape of the desk and by the use of wooden 'bricks' in the design. But to help it stand out, the desk contrasts with the rest of the foyer in some important ways. Rather than the hard, reflective surfaces of glass and polished concrete that comprise the interior space, the desk is constructed of wood. Natural and tactile. This material will absorb the wonderful light flooding the interior and emit back a warm glow, drawing visitors toward the desk. In contrast to the more generic surfaces of the interior, I employ the front of the desk as a 'canvas' upon which to paint a picture of the Lethbridge area: the co-joining of prairie and foothills, the big sky and warm light, the erosion of the coulees, the tall grasses blowing in the ever present wind.
 
Taken together, the warmth and texture of the woods will offer a pleasant contrast to the hard, polished surfaces of the building's interior. And the abundant natural light will play across the three dimensional, textured surface of the desk front. These small, shifting shadows will change its appearance throughout the day, bringing subtle drama to the space. By its nature, the symbolic imagery of the desk front speaks to the energy of the people who live in the area and to the many activities which will take place in this new community arts centre.”

Thursday
Sep132012

Artists announced for Opera Art Project

The exclusive launch of the Opera Art Project will happen later this month, as the Edmonton Opera and the Alberta Craft Council come together for a new arts venture.

Local artists have created opera‐themed fine craft, offering opera patrons a chance to take home memories of the 2012/13 mainstage season performances. The works will be on display and available for purchase for the first time on Sept. 28, prior to the opening of Aida. Artists involved in the project come mainly from the Edmonton area and offer a wide variety of fine craft.

  • Dana Roman (Calgary): musically themed hand‐painted and dyed silk scarves
  • Margie Davidson (Edmonton): scarves with block print of opera text or music
  • Valerie Baber (St. Albert): knitted and crochet scarves and neck pieces influenced by each opera
  • Simon Wroot (Calgary): pins and small layered metal pictures inspired by opera scenes and characters
  • Meghan Wagg (Edmonton): necklaces, earrings and cufflinks based on the voice box
  • Chris Kubash (Edmonton): pyramidal boxes for collectors of programs and opera souvenirs
  • JoAnna Lange (Edmonton): brightly covered pottery (plates, bowls, small platters) and opera action figures based on opera characters
  • James Lavoie (Edmonton): fused glass plates, coasters and cocktail plates for collectors

Scarf, Valerie BaberAfter the launch, the craft pieces will be on display and for sale during Aida — Oct. 19, 21, 23 and 25 — at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, and then continue to be available at the opera box office at Tix on the Square.