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Virtual tour of new SAAG exhibitions happening today

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The Southern Alberta Art Gallery opens three new exhibits this week, with an added twist if patrons  want to err on the side of caution in a post Covid world.Svea Ferguson’s Penumbra is one of  the new exhbits opening at the SAAG today. Photo submitted
“I’m doing a virtual tour on Instagram,” said SAAG public engagement and event co-ordinator Courtney Faulkner, noting she will be touring all three new exhibitions “Figure Like Hearse,” by Anne Low, Sarah Ferguson’s “Penumbra” and Angeline Simon’s “ A Phantom Speaks.”

The tour will be live on Instagram on Dec. 5 from 2-3 p.m. and will be posted on SAAG’s Facebook page as well as on the SAAG website.

“ We usually like to gather in person for the opening, but we aren’t doing that this year,” she continued, noting the SAAG is still open to the public during regular hours.
 Anne Low’s work explores in between states, exploring form, storage and transportation.

“Many of the works will travel packed inside another, where the container for the artworks is also hand-made while carefully considered as an equivalent form, stuffed with hay and handwoven fabric salvage. In this way, there is no separation from the skilled handcrafting by bodies from the structures which carry, support, and unveil an artwork in readiness for its intended public life. The physical structures which connect and protect are conditional and have an equivalent set of conditions in the creation of their form, from design to production, for the supported interior body of work to be able to live and perform,” according to the SAAG website.


Allied Arts Council hosts online screening tonight

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As people are supposed to stay home with Covid cases rising, get your art fix tonight as  the Allied Arts Council is hoisting an  online screening of “ Wreck City,” tonight at 7 p.m. on
Wreck City is  2013  film about an artists collective in the Calgary community of Sunnyside. After learning an entire block including the 809 Gallery was to be torn down, 150 artists decided to decorate the doomed block before the demolition with their art. Wreck City lasted for 10 days.
 It will be followed by a question and answer session period with artist Caitlind r.c and director Ramin Eshraghi-Yazdi.
 It will be followed by another movie about  public, art, impermanence and , progress and gentrification called “Paris Tower.”
“ Usually it would be a public screening, but because of the pandemic, we aren’t able to. so it will be a virtual presentation,” said Allied Arts Council communications director, Kelaine Devine.
This event is co-sponsored by The Gallery at Casa, Allied Arts Council of Lethbridge and AMAAS.
The presentation begins at 7 p.m. at
— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

SAAG psyched for Art Frenzy fundraiser

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SAAG is psyched for ArtFrenzy— the local art museum’s popular annual fund-raising event.

SAAG Executive director Kristy Trinier shows off some of the gift packages available to bid on during Art Frenzy. Photo by Richard Amery
 But, due to Covid 19 The Southern Alberta Art Gallery is thinking out of the box so the  twenty-eighth annual ArtFrenzy will be an online auction of 44 artworks and 16 gift packages.
 While the actual auction is tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 21, there are three one hour long Champagne Previews tonight, Nov. 20.

“It’s our annual signature fundraising event, but because of Covid, our usual live auction party will be a virtual event this year. There are 44 artworks and 16 different experiences to bid on,” said SAAG Executive director Kristy Trinier, noting there has already been a frenzy of  interest in early bidding since bidding opened on Nov. 13. Bidding closes at 9 p.m., Nov. 21.

She noted it was a priority to ensure Art Frenzy is a safe as an event as possible.

“It has been a challenging process. But we’re very thankful for the art community’s support of this non-profit gallery,” she said.

The participating artists, who donated their work to ArtFrenzy including University of Lethbridge professors, students, alumni and community members, many of whom have been part of previous SAAG exhibits.
 They have utilized a variety of different mediums including paint, photography, graphic design, crafts, needlepoint, fabric art, leather work, needlepoint, sculpture and more.  Trinier was excited by the different perspectives all the different artists brought to the table.


Jeff Godin explores foster homes and nature in new biography

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Lethbridge based writer, artist, dancer and musician Jeff Godin hopes people will identify with the story of his life.

Godin recently released the first half of his heartfelt biography “ Bears Falling From Trees with Erections: Diary of an Indigenous Dude:Book 1” through Eaglespeaker Publishing.

 It chronicles his life in Lethbridge’s arts scene from Feb. 26, 2016 to Aug. 7, 2017, while flashing back to his memories of days growing up as an indigenous youth being shuttled between foster homes and group homes in the ’70s and ’80s, while touching on his battles with addiction and abuse, run ins with police and adventures in nature with his friends. It also offers tantalizing hints about his experiences being in the military and other future adventures including performing with Calgary theatre groups like the Green Fools and performing at the Calgary Stampede.

 His adventures in the Lethbridge arts scene are particularly interesting, as while he rarely uses last names for his characters, people familiar with the scene will recognize some of the names.

The first book covers up to his age  18 or 19.
“I wrote my whole story but it was like 800 pages. So the publisher cut it in half. When it sells 150 copies, they’ll release book two,” he said, noting 40 copies have already sold on Amazon.

“I just wrote my story. I forgot some things, but most of the time I got the right stuff in it and touched on the most important things,” he said.
 It is heartfelt and honest, almost too honest in places, and a little rough.
“ It’s not for everyone,”’ Godin said.

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