Art

Esker Foundation presents their spring/summer exhibition season – featuring Indigenous artists and filmmakers from the circumpolar world

Story by Jenessa Blanchet. On making your way through the exhibitions, Among All These Tundras and CHANNEL 51: IGLOOLIK, viewers are immediately immersed in a juxtaposition of historical tradition and contemporary artistic forms. This carefully orchestrated, elegiacally curated experience not only brings our awareness to the social, environmental, political and cultural challenges facing the peoples of the circumpolar world, but also appears to test our notions of tradition itself. 

Canadian sculptor Blake Ward: Relevant Space

Story and photos by Jenessa Blanchet. Acclaimed Canadian sculptor Blake Ward has brought to Calgary a collection of figurative monuments to the innate and raw beauty of humanity in all of its flawed perfection and unseen being.  His solo exhibition, Relevant Space, currently showing at The Collectors’ Gallery of Art, is an experience to be thoughtfully and voraciously consumed.

OffBeat Figure Drawing: “FIRE FLY”

Story by Jenessa Blanchet. “You Belong.” This is the simple mantra echoed in every communication, post or media release about OffBeat Figure Drawing events and this could not be a more apt statement. On Friday, April 5, I attended my first ever OffBeat Figure Drawing session, “FIRE FLY,” at the #mailotcastle, a stoic 1970s home, sponsored as a one year art residency project in Mount Royal. 

The Female Lens

Story by Adriana Cueva Art and beauty are often said to be a matter of perspective, a chance to view particular scenes or objects through the eyes of the artist. Galleries such as the Christine Klassen Gallery allow audiences to explore unique pieces in a comfortable and approachable way.