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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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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.

More arts in Mill Woods/southeast Edmonton Photo

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.

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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Relaxing at Improv

Shared by Seth Van Camp 9828 101A Avenue Northwest, Edmonton, AB T5J 3C6, Canada Relaxing at Improv Photo

I still remember how accommodating and kind the staff and performers were at Rapid Fire Theatre when I first began to attend their shows back in 2012. It was one of the few places I could go as a youth and be treated like and adult. The caliber of talent that would continuously show up every week kept me coming back and eventually led me to take a stronger interest in Edmonton theatre productions. A strong arts community forces individuals to take a look through someone else' perspective, which has become all the more important given the political climate over the last couple of years. It's important that we yearn to understand each other, or at least attempt to hear the full story of someone who opposes your opinion. I feel as though the many satires, comedies, and improv sessions I've seen have done just that, but in a playful way. I'm thankful for that. I envision the growth of Edmonton's arts community taking hold across the city and providing opportunity to a larger variety of Edmontonians, so we can basque in the glow of homegrown talent together.

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GWG, A&N, and Red Strap Market

Shared by Sydney Lancaster 10305 97 Street Northwest, Edmonton, AB T5J 0M1 GWG, A&N, and Red Strap Market Photo

This building has had several lives! It is a very important site in the history of women's work and labour in this City, as it once housed the Great West Garment factory, and produced jeans until the early 1980's. Eventually, it became home to the biggest Army & Navy in Edmonton, and was a go-to source for houswares for Edmontonians of all walks of life. This space's last iteration was a the Red Strap Market - a venue for art and craft vendors, host of live music, poetry readings, and dance events, home to artists' studios. A place ahead of it's the by about 10 years. This is a building that needs to be USED and loved, and embraced by the City! Image credit: K O Dance Project, "YOU/happening": A KO Dance Project
Dancer: Abby Espejo, photo Tracy Kolenchuk

GWG, A&N, and Red Strap Market Photo

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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