April 2013 at the Central Library
Studio C is an award-winning Community Art Centre in downtown Calgary—a studio and gallery open to the public. The Centre opened in 2005 and continues to innovate through art, connecting diverse communities. Studio C engages the public in dialogue around diversity and inclusion through art classes, collaborative projects, team building workshops and public exhibitions.
Studio C is a project of Prospect—a non-profit organization that breaks barriers and employs change to build a productive Alberta workforce, one that is accessible, diverse and inclusive.
Calgary Community Painters Society
March 2013 at the Central Library
This year the Calgary Community Painters Society is celebrating 40 years of art and a history of bringing Calgary artists together to provide education, exchange of ideas, opportunities to showcase our art, volunteer opportunities, and fellowship. With 75 active members, the Society hosts an annual art show at the Triwood Community Centre in April.
Alberta and Arizona: People and Places
Feburary 2013 at the Central Library
In the summer of 2012, four photographers used their cameras to explore the similarities and differenced between Arizona and Alberta. Arizonans Colleen Miniuk-Sperry and Ken Ross, along with Albertans Peter Carroll and Royce Howland, captured personal views of these two iconic Western regions. Come experience the photographs and stories of the people and places they encountered.
A Cowboy Needs a Good Horse by Royce Howland
Dancer by Ken Ross
Prairie Power by Collen Miniuk-Sperry
Time Stand Still by Peter Carroll
Paintings by Karen Biko
January 2013 at the Central Library
In January, 2013, we were pleased to feature the art of Karen Biko at the Central Library. Karen Biko started her life in Winnipeg and had the great fortune of living across the street from well known artist Bruce Head, who has become a tremendous influence on her work. Karen’s family and circle of friends were always involved with many creative endeavors which helped to expose her to a diverse range of styles and experiences. From spending summers with Barbara Leighton at the Leighton Centre where her mother worked, to maintaining friendships with art teachers from her high school years; art was always around her.
With educational training as an Interior Designer, Karen has been creating art pieces ranging from sketches to drawings to paintings for many years. Her pieces can be found in Canada, the U.S.A. and Mexico as well. Early in 2009 Karen was juried into the Riverview Artists Group. and recently Karen exhibited with other artists under her own group Artistic Entities.
Calgary Public Library Photography Club Member's Exhibition
December 2012 at the Central Library
In December we were pleased to feature photographs from the Calgary Public Library Photography Club. This club meets the third Saturday of every month at the Central Library to share a love of photography and meet new people while learning new techniques and tricks. Guest speakers Robert C. Berdan, Christian Grandjean, and George Webber have shared their wisdom and the Club has more speakers planned for the New Year.
Kootenay Bay Beach Stones by Brad Russell
Cat by Wanda Martin
Crescent Heights Panorama by Roger Schrimshaw
First Snow by Christian Grandjean
"Community Art Wall"
Submissions by Calgarians!
November 2012 at the Central Library
For the month of November 2012, Calgarians participated in creating a living Art Wall at the Central Library by contributing awesome pictures, paintings, photos and more, in honour of One Book, One Calgary. This was an opportunity for all Calgarians – old and young alike – to share their creativity and awesome art with other Calgarians!
These are just a few of our submissions we received. Thanks to everyone who participated!
Each pouch contains a card with a different message on it. All awesome.
The bubble reads: Felt it was awesome when my children and I moved into our home on our own. We created a life... together.
Here's to an awesome 2012-13 hockey season! (Hopefully...!)
Paper collages by Susan Kristoferson
October 2012 at the Central Library
Susan Kristoferson is a Calgary artist, teacher and author who has been studying and working with paste papers since 1990 and with shibori (Japanese tie dye) since 1977. As an artist she is intrigued by the patterns found in nature such as flowers, stone walls, animal skins, insects, shells, waves and newly fallen leaves. Her flower collages have several sources of inspiration. An avid perennial flower gardener, Susan especially likes looking at old "herbal" books with prints or paintings of plants.
In the 1600s Dutch artists created super-realistic paintings of flowers in vases. These were called "Impossible Bouquets" because each vase contained flowers from various seasons. The collages found in Susan's show at Central are also related to the "cut paper" folk art traditions of Mexico, China, Japan, Poland and Germany. Susan likes to create with paper because of its physical characteristics: it can be stiff, yet pliable, delicate and strong. She is educated in the fibre arts, surface design and hand papermaking.
Hope in Adversity
"Petals, Birds and Branches"
Paintings by Deborah Robinson
September 2012 at the Central Library
Deboroah Robinson is a creative spirit with many outlets of expression including music, art, writing, and photography. A self-directed artist, her formal training was in music.
She is especially fascinated by colour and how it relates to sound and form. Her mission is to uncover beauty and to touch people somehow, through her art, and she finds inspiration in the simplest things: a raindrop on a window, a certain glow of light, reflections and shadows. The macro floral pieces are symbolic of her deep exploration into the essence of creation.
Her artwork can be found in Canada, USA, England, Europe, and the Caribbean and online at www.blumoonart.com and Flickr.
Sensual, Acrylic Painting on Canvas, 24 x 24
River Landscape, Acrylic on Canvas, 20 x 24
Silk, Acrylic Painting on Canvas 24 X 24