You are here: Home Art Beat
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size

L.A. Beat

Art Beat

Arts Days celebrates eclectic Lethbridge arts scene

E-mail Print

If you like the arts , then the next couple of weeks are for you to celebrate all kinds of arts  during the last part of September— the Month of the Artist.


 Arts Days 2023 opens with the AAC Arts Days Cabaret at casa, Friday, Sept. 22 from 7-9 p.m. with local musicians the Decadent Phase and Peace For Bombs.


Kelaine Devine, Eric Dyck and  Luka de Haan with be  creating art inspired by the performances.

The Decadent Phase play the AAC Arts Days Cabaret, Sept. 23. Photo by Richard Amery


It is also the  launch of Trap/Door Artist Run Collective’s new exhibit  “Carrying Baggage”  featuring works by Seema Karchoo, Heather Kehoe, Harley Morman, Kalina Nedelcheva, Arianna Richardson, Noble Seggie.


 And artists  Solange Roy and Kylie FineDay will be answering questions about their art in the casa square kiosks.


“Art is not a passive thing, we are all part of  the art scene. Arts Days is about engaging in the ares in a new way,” said Kelaine Devine, Allied Arts council communications coordinator.


One of the cornerstone events of ArtsDays is Word on the Street which happens on Saturday , Sept. 23 outside the Lethbridge Public Library featuring food trucks, workshops and live music and plenty of authirs and playwrights  exploring fiction, non fiction,  teen and youth literature and much more. 


 There is no art walk again this year, instead 19 artists will begin creating  murals on the windows of downtown businesses beginning today ( Sept. 21) as part of the Downtown Lens: Window Mural Gallery running Sept. 21-24.


“ That will allow you to ask the artists questions about their work and watch them  creating,” Devine said.


Word on the Street to be an exciting blend of books, music and much more

E-mail Print

Get the Word at the Lethbridge Public Library as the thirteenth annual Word On The Street returns to the Lethbridge Public Library, Saturday Sept. 23 from 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.

 There will be live music, workshops  face painting, family fun and lots of authors on seven different stages including an Indigenous stage inside the library.


Elisabeth Hegerat examines a Word on the Street volunteer T-Shirt. Photo by Richard Amery

 Word on the Street is the keystone event for  Arts Days, so with that in mind,  The Allied Arts Council will be collaborating with Word on the Street for a variety of activities this year.


“We‘re excited to  have Word on the Street as a live event. It’s going to be a wonderful experience,” said Elisabeth Hegarat Word on the Street organizer and Lethbridge Public Library manager of Community Advancement.

“We  were online in 2020 and 2021 and were live last year. And we‘ve got another milestone coming up,” Hegarat continued.


 She said there is a usual mix of non fiction, fiction, First Nations , local authors and  children and teen authors scheduled to speak and read from their works.


Some of Hegerat’s festival’s highlights include prairie poet Syd Marty, who has a new book about the Oldman River, Ann Marie MacDonald, who has a new historical fiction book about  a family  living on the border of England and Scotland in the nineteenth century called ‘Fayne: A Novel.”


“ I can’t wait to read that,’ Hegerat said, adding she is also excited to see artist and author Hali Heavy Shield’s new picture book and John  Vaillant’s new book  on the Fort McMurray wildfires “ Making of the Beast.”


Hegerat is excited about a new collaboration with the Allied Arts Council who will be  adding demonstrations of a variety of artistic endeavours including woodturning and  a one pound clay challenge which means the Allied Arts Council will be bringing the clay turning wheel d from casa  and the first 200 people will get to make something and have it fired in casa‘s kiln.


Waking Death explores different perspectives of death and grieving in new casa exhibits

E-mail Print

Discussing death  doesn't have to be a scary or depressing experience. But get ready for Halloween anyway with a cornucopia of spooky activities beginning with Waking Death, a new group exhibit running at casa from Sept. 9-Oct. 28. The eight artists explore the concept of death and mourning in their works, which encompass First Nations and western perspectives on death and grief.


The Waking Death artists, David Garneau, Faye Heavyshield, Don Gill, Mary Kavanagh, Annie Martin, Bryce Singer, Kasia Sosnowski, and Adrian Stimson, utilized a variety of mediums for their contributions to the exhibit including acrylic paint, photography, sculpture and textile art which are in the main gallery.

Annie Martin, Mia Van Leeuwen, Shanell Papp  and Darcy Logan welcome people to new  exhibits at casa, Sept. 9. Photo By Richard Amery

Waking Dead member Don Gill has a wall dedicated to his photographs of actual death masks created from prisoners in Australia. Bryce Singer created a vividly coloured painting inspired by a dream he had about talking to a relative who passed on.


Local artist Shanell Papp is excited to see her 40-foot gigantic crocheted skeleton, which was on display in the casa in October 2020 come to life in a parade featuring University  of Lethbridge actors and alumni during the happening at casa  at 8 p.m. in the middle of the exhibit’s opening reception, Saturday, Sept. 9. The opening reception runs from 7-9 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 9.


“It’s going to be great,” said artist and co-curator Shanell Papp, who contributed a crocheted skull ossuary plus some other death themed pieces to the Passage gallery.


“I’m thankful casa keeps letting me exhibit. I’m hoping  other groups will be able to offer me a room some day,” she said, adding crocheting skulls and bones inspires different , more playful dialogue about death than other mediums.


“ There’s a different dialogue about death then if they were in a different medium like ceramics,” she said.

Her exhibit “Resting Place” is in the Passage Gallery.


Get to know Van Gogh through Immersive Van Gogh Experience at Enmax Centre

E-mail Print

Get immersed in  the life of post-Impressionist Dutch master Vincent Van Gogh with Beyond Van Gogh : The  Immersive Experience which runs  at the Enmax Centre July 14- Aug. 6.


Beyond Van Gogh: the Immersive Experience Curator Fanny Curtat Photo by Timothy Norris Paquin Entertainment Group

 When most people think of Dutch born , French artist Vincent Van Gogh, they think of “ the ear cutting incident” and a few key paintings  “ Starry Night,” Sunflowers” and “ Iris,” but curator Fanny Curtat wanted to explore the man’s mindset, so she worked with Paquin Entertainment Group and a team of animators and digital arts professionals to condense letters to his brother Theo and  some 300 paintings and 850 sketches and designs into 300 pieces to tell Van Gogh’s story.


“ We worked own this exhibit from our homes during the pandemic,”  Curtat said, adding since Spring 2021, it has toured to over 60 cities before coming to  Lethbridge.


“It’s a really unique way of experiencing  Vincent’s life. It’s like walking into the middle  of a painting,” summarized  curator Fanny Curtat from Montreal.


“If you have an art history background, it’s great. But you don’t need one. Even if you don’t know anything abut Vincent, it is an immersive experience,” she continued, adding people have a lot of different reactions to the exhibit, which is a blend of history and technology.


“We’ve had kids and adults twirling in the middle of it. We’ve had people who are mesmerized, people who  share it and discuss it with other people,” she said.

Von Gogh had a troubled life battling depression, poverty, mental illness and insecurity and eventually committing suicide at age 39.


“Vincent was a very polarizing character. But he’s very relatable. When you consider most of his work was done in the last 10 years of his life,” she said.

“When you walk into the  first room, we have letters to his brother Theo that you can read. Then in the next room, it’s 30,000 square foot and  all four sides including the floor are covered with images. You get a really clear sense of his evolution,” she described.


“It would be cruel not to include his works ‘Starry, Starry Night’  ‘ Sunflower’ and ‘Iris,’ so they’re there,” she continued, adding they chronicle his life growing up in the Netherlands, then his moves to Paris and then the South of France.

“This exhibit is an opportunity to experience Vincent in a different way than just a historical context.  But also  his relevance today,” she said.


“His art is all about the joy of appreciating nature and experiencing nature.”

  • «
  •  Start 
  •  Prev 
  •  1 
  •  2 
  •  3 
  •  4 
  •  5 
  •  6 
  •  7 
  •  8 
  •  9 
  •  10 
  •  Next 
  •  End 
  • »
Page 1 of 102
The ONLY Gig Guide that matters


Music Beat

Lights. Camera. Action.
Inside L.A. Inside

CD Reviews


Music Beat News

Art Beat News

Drama Beat News

Museum Beat News