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The other EAC!

Shared by Betty Dean 10045 156 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5P 2P7, Canada The other EAC! Photo

The Edmonton Art Club (EAC) was established in 1921 and is the oldest continuing art organization in Alberta. Imagine the passion of those first 14 members, guiding the club in helping to lay the foundation for the development of visual arts in our province while building a club that remains strong and growing nearly 100 years later.

In 1923, the art section of the local Council of Women approached the Edmonton Art Club with a plan to develop a permanent collection of art for the city. Through their cooperative efforts and the Art Association, the Edmonton Museum of Art (renamed the Edmonton Art Gallery in 1956) was founded. Our contribution was recognized in the development of the Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA). The EAC contributed one of the first paintings to the AGA, a work by Alban Cartmell entitled 'Prairie Trails'. Both the AGA and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts house work by former members in their permanent collections, including work by (to name a few) Dr. Harry E. Bulyea, Robert Campbell, Margaret Chappelle, Alice Daley, Meredith Evans, Len Gibbs, Robert Guest, Robert Wesley Hedley, Percy H. Henson, Murray MacDonald, Vivian Thierfelder and George Weber.

I remember going to EAC shows in malls, and particularly loving the beautiful paintings of flowers. I dreamed of becoming a member, but never thought it would happen. I was accepted in 2010, and have thrived as a painter since then. Through the years, Edmonton Art Club shows have been building blocks for the dreams of countless amateur and beginning painters, supporting the vision of the club to "encourage artistic achievement and an appreciation of the visual arts".

The EAC now includes approximately 50 members, skilled in mixed media application, painting in acrylic, oil and watercolour, drawing/sketching, wood burning, printmaking and sculpture. We meet in the Orange Hub monthly, with critiques being an important part of each meeting. We hire a local professional artist to provide feedback on the work each member presents, and in that way move both our individual work and our knowledge forward.

We are holding our first show Orange Hub show on April 28 and 29. We are open to new members and welcome partnerships with other arts organizations.

More information about our organization and membership can be found at http://www.edmontonartclub.com/.

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York Moments:Carried

Shared by Sydney Lancaster & Marian Switzer 9538 103A Ave., Edmonton, AB T5H 0J3, Canada York Moments:Carried Photo

We had the fantastic opportunity of working with Quarters Arts Society on a community-based art project called York Moments. This was a revisiting and revisioning of our collaborative body of work called YORK, which is a photo-based body of work examining the now-demolished York Hotel (which was right behind Boyle St Plaza). York Moments brought our initial project back into the community, to gather stories about the connections and memories people had with the old hotel. It was part of reclaiming the voices and stories that were erased with the hotel's demolition. One of the works we created with the community was a sculptural installation called "Carried" which hangs from the atrium ceiling at Boyle Street Plaza. This work had its debut at the first Nuit Blanche celebration in Edmonton as an independent project.

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this theatre is appreciated

8712 109 Street Northwest, Edmonton this theatre is appreciated Photo

I love that this theatre supports local, independent, and unusual programming. The curated series of films are wonderful. this place keeps me learning about topics near and far from my home. I wish this place had better attendance, was more broadly publicized as a gem of Edmonton.

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More arts in Mill Woods/southeast Edmonton

Shared by Kristina de Guzman More arts in Mill Woods/southeast Edmonton Photo

In May 2015 & 2016, myself and a handful of artists/organizers who had links to the Mill Woods area put together an artistic showcase called Masala Mix: a Blend of Spices to this mall. We were able to connect with local teachers and showcase work by students from neighbouring schools Edith Rogers and J. Percy Page; showcase diverse artists who live/lived in Mill Woods from a wide range of disciplines, host mini-workshops, and even incorporated a heritage component by inviting Mill Woods Mythologies to share stories. We also invited by agencies that do work in the area (Welcome Centre for Immigrants, EISA) to table and share more info about their organizations. The mall plaza is designed to be a community hub yet remains quite underutilized by artists. There is a thriving community of Indigenous, immigrants and other cultural minorities in the area who may not have the same access to the arts due to most art activities taking place at the centre - it would be great to see local Mill Woods artists build their capacity and share their skills, knowledge, and art within their own local communities.

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Heritage Fest, of course

Shared by Ben J Wari 9330 Groat Rd NW, Edmonton, AB T6G 2A8, Canada Heritage Fest, of course Photo

Heritage Fest, of course. That and finding random street art, seeing impromptu piano on the street sessions, and for the more formal, the big sculpture/mixed media installations at the AGA. Future : more use of public art and open performance spaces.

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The Oldest Continuing Art Organization in Alberta

Shared by Seraya Smit 10045 156 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5P 2P7, Canada
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Established in 1921 with fourteen Charter Members, the EAC is the oldest continuing art organization in Alberta. It has been instrumental in helping to lay the foundation for the development of the visual arts in our province. Their vision was to develop the visual arts in the City of Edmonton in three ways:
1) to encourage a wider appreciation of fine arts in the community;
2) to improve the quality of local art; and
3) to encourage individual artists through constructive criticism and exhibitions"

The relationship between the EAC and the Art Gallery of Alberta is embedded in our history, with the EAC being active partners in the establishment of the Edmonton Museum of Art in 1924, renamed the Edmonton Art Gallery in 1956. The Edmonton Art Club contributed one of the first paintings, a work by Alban Cartmell entitled ‘Prairie Trails’, to the Museum’s permanent collection and continued to support the Museum by donating works of art and by contributing funds and instructors for the Gallery’s art classes.

Permanent holdings of the EAC works of art are housed with the Alberta Foundation for the Arts ("AFA") and the Art Gallery of Alberta ("AGA").

The EAC features eclectic Visual Artist members who are disciplined in mixed media application, painting in acrylic, oil and watercolour, drawing/sketching, ceramic, clay, stone carving, wood carving and wood burning, printmaking and sculpture. Counted among its impressive alumni are, to name a few, Len Gibbs, Thelma Manarey, Meridith Evans, Jerry Heine, Ilda Lubane and Vivian Theirfelder.

The Club has an average of 50 members, each selected through a jury process, and is composed of people from all walks of life, all of whom share an appreciation of the visual arts and encourage artistic achievement.

Cherie Moses

Shared by Monique MacDonald Cherie Moses Photo

My first visit to the art gallery was to see my chosen sister, Cherie Moses' installation there. Since then, I have been hooked!

I would like to see a quarterly exhibit of local amateur artists. This would encourage people to be more creative. Once a year, do a call for local high school students to submit their artwork as well. What a great way to encourage the arts in our city!

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Where Bodies and Ideas Meet

Shared by Sydney Lancaster 10816 95 St, Edmonton, AB T5H 2E3, Canada Where Bodies and Ideas Meet Photo
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Mile Zero Dance has been such a tremendous asset to this city since its inception. It has always been a place of risk-taking, experimentation, and innovation in dance and dance-related arts - but Mile Zero also has (and continues to) provide a place of welcome and community for dancers and non-dancers alike. This organization has shown leadership in community outreach, school programs, kid's programs, health-related movement workshops ... the list goes on. Spazio Performativo has created a home for artists of all disciplines to come together, work together, take chances together - and feel safe doing it. As a visual artist, Mile Zero has offered me the opportunity to take some tentative steps outside my regular practice: my participation in the SubArctic Improv series allowed me not only to create work with and for artists of other disciplines, but also to take some steps toward understanding how performance practice could contribute to my work going forward. The value of spaces such a Mile Zero, that offer places for experimentation cannot be underestimated! Risk-taking makes artists better at what they do, and builds community and new collaborations - and we need more opportunities and venues to do that - and we need to actively support Edmonton institutions like Mile Zero that gift our community with these resources and support.

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Mindfulness

Shared by Tara Clelland 9626 96a St NW, Edmonton, AB T6C 4L8, Canada Mindfulness Photo

The Muttart Conservatory is a magical place to visit. Either in -30 weather or +20. The sensory experience, will take your mind to a magical place. The colours. The smells.

What this places means to me is this, no matter what is going on outside, you can take a break to enjoy natural beauty.

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Found Festival

Shared by Andrew Ritchie Dr. Wilbert Mcintyre Park, 104 Street Northwest, Edmonton, AB Found Festival Photo

This is where Found Festival was born! In 2012 Elena Belyea, Molly Staley, Tori Morrison and Andrew Ritchie founded the Found Festival, a multi-disciplinary found space arts event. In the first year we met at the Gazebo to begin our two day adventure to take in eight one-off performances by emerging artists all over Old Strathcona. It is now 2018 and the festival has grown so much in 7 years! It began with just a few artists thinking "Hey what if we did a festival where we didn't pay for a single venue"

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Edmonton's Home for History

Shared by Jessica Peverett John Walter Museum, Walterdale Hill NW, Edmonton, AB Edmonton's Home for History Photo

One of Edmonton's hidden gems, the John Walter Museum, shares the story of an early settler family in the Edmonton Region. The 1876 house is the oldest residential home still standing in our city! The houses are open for tours, educational programs for school and community groups and a fun place for families to explore. They offer courses to learn about sustainable food, crafting and historic homes.

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Royal Alberta Museum

Shared by K. Hamilton 9810 103a Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 0G2, Canada Royal Alberta Museum Photo

My first introduction to non-domesticated animals was at the Royal Alberta Museum. Through the glass enclosures, I was given a glimpse into life as a mountain goat, a Snowshoe Hare and many other animals. One of my very favourite exhibits to this day was looking at the female coyote with her pups. I would stay and watch them, letting them come alive in my mind, until being dragged away by a parent or teacher. The dioramas inspired in me a sense of adventure and a lasting love of nature and animals. In recent years, I have taken my two children to these exhibits and I loved watching their little faces light up with amazement. We are so fortunate to have cultural institutions like this in Edmonton. I can't wait to begin taking my children to the new Royal Alberta Museum. This is a special city that cares deeply for its arts, culture and heritage, and I am grateful for that.

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