Arts Days 2015

The 2015 Lethbridge Arts Days will take place September 20-27!  Join us for this week-long celebration of the arts in Lethbridge.

Events include the Annual ArtWalk, with over 40 venues to explore featuring original and local artwork.  Enjoy street performers and buskers, the artisan market, family activities, film screenings, readings, lectures, workshops and more!

Programs are now available online, at the AAC office or at Casa.  Also, be sure to join the Arts Days facebook page!

Schedule of Events:

Sunday, September 20

Word on the Street Festival – Lethbridge Public Library
Presented by the Lethbridge Public Library - 11:00 am - 5:00 pm, Lethbridge Public Library- Main Branch - 810 5 Ave S. FREE
An outdoor festival featuring authors, a marketplace, family activities, music, food and more!  Featuring authors Kelley Armstrong, Maureen Jennings, Sharon Johnston, Mary-Ann Kirkby, Aaron Paquette, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee and Kim Thuy.  More information

Monday, September 21

Photo Document Your Artwork Workshop
7:00 pm, Presented by Visual Arts Alberta/CARFAC - ATB Financial Community Room, Casa - 230 8 St S. FREE
Join artist Jeff Rodier for this professional development workshop on photographing and documenting your work.  Although this is a free event, please RSVP to:
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Wednesday, September 23

Coffee’s on at the Gallery - University of Lethbridge Art Gallery

9:00 – 10:30 am, University of Lethbridge Art Gallery - W600, Centre for the Arts - 4401 University Dr.  FREE
The University of Lethbridge Art Gallery invites the public to visit the Main Gallery to enjoy coffee and conversation while taking in the latest exhibition, A Necessary Fiction – The Portrait, curated by Josephine Mills featuring work by Jeff Thomas.  More information

Prairie Tales 17 Film Screening

7:00 pm, ATB Financial Community Room - Casa - 230 8 St S. FREE
For 17 years Prairie tales have offered a selection of some of the year’s best short films and videos made by Alberta media artists in a feature length compilation. Join us for a free screening of this anthology showcasing work from the shining lights of the Alberta media arts!  More information

The Valley Below Film Screening

7:00 pm, Lethbridge Public Library Theatre - 810 5 Ave S. FREE
Host: Deric Olsen (New Media)
Four intertwining stories of life in Alberta’s badlands focusing on a pregnant teenager, a hard-drinking musician, a reclusive taxidermist, and an ambitious RCMP officer. Nominated for two 2014 Canadian Screen Awards.  More information

Thursday, September 24

The Drawing Bar - University of Lethbridge Art Gallery

7:00 - 9:00 pm, University of Lethbridge Art Gallery - W600, Centre for the Arts - 4401 University Dr. FREE

The U of L Art Gallery’s “Drawing Bar” is public programming for “grown-ups”. As the title suggests, one Thursday night per month, there is a cash bar to go along with drawing activities. The gallery will provide basic materials for newcomers, or those who are less picky, and staff and volunteers will be on hand if assistance is wanted. Artists and the more choosy drawing fans can also bring their own clean drawing materials – the event is in the gallery during exhibitions so pastels, charcoal, or other dust generating media are not compatible with the exhibited art. Knitters are also welcome if they prefer an evening event (and the closer parking that is available at night). Materials are provided or bring your own. All experience levels welcome. More information

Live in Lethbridge Community Cabaret Night - Hosted by Drama Nutz

8:00 pm, ATB Financial Community Room - Casa - 230 8 St S. Tickets: $5 at the door.
Talented local performers take the stage at Casa. An evening of improv, skits, comedy, dance, musical theatre and much more! Not your everyday variety show, but a showcase of some of the best live performers in Lethbridge. Hosted by local improv troupe Drama Nutz.

Friday, September 25

12th Annual ArtWalk

10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Downtown Lethbridge.  FREE
A self-guided tour of arts throughout downtown Lethbridge.  Featuring over 40 locations with the work of Lethbridge & area artists. ArtWalk map & legend

On the Streets - Buskers and Street Performers

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Downtown Lethbridge.  FREE
Local musicians, dancers and performers will delight crowds throughout the day in Downtown Lethbridge during ArtWalk.
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University of Lethbridge Faculty Artists and Friends Concert

7:30 pm, University of Lethbridge Recital Hall - W570, Centre for the Arts - 4401 University Dr. Tickets: available starting September 1 online at www.ulethbridge.ca/tickets, in person after September 14 at the U of L Box Office or by phone at 403-329-2616.  Featuring Margaret Mezei, clarinet; Thomas Staples, horn; Glen Montgomery, piano; and Musaeus, string quartet perform Carl Reinecke's Trio for Clarinet, Horn and Piano and Mozart's Clarinet Quintet.

Public Art Talk & Reception - Gord Ferguson “Strung” (Currently displayed at Casa)

7:00 pm, ATB Financial Community Room - Casa - 230 8 St S.  FREE
Join Artist Gord Ferguson for a talk and reception to recognize the installation of the public art piece Strung, installed in the Casa atrium.

Saturday, September 26

12th Annual ArtWalk

10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Downtown Lethbridge.  FREE
A self-guided tour of arts throughout downtown Lethbridge.  Featuring over 40 locations with the work of Lethbridge & area artists.
ArtWalk map & legend

On the Streets - Buskers and Street Performers

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Downtown Lethbridge.  FREE
Local musicians, dancers and performers will delight crowds throughout the day in Downtown Lethbridge during ArtWalk.
More information

Arts Days Artisan Market

10:00 am – 5:00 pm, ATB Financial Community Room - Casa - 230 8 St S. FREE
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Arts Days at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery

601 3 Ave S, FREE
9:00 - 11:00 am: Start your ArtWalk off right with a complimentary pancake breakfast at SAAG presented by North & Company. Enjoy flapjacks and coffee - Bring the whole family downtown for a delicious breakfast to get your day started!
9:00 - 5:00 pm: Visit SAAG’s TD Creativity Centre for family friendly fun with a sneak peek at the new exhibitions and a hands-on art activity with the Family Art Challenge.
11:00 am - 3:00 pm: SAAG is delighted to present the fourth annual Writer’s Workshop.  Spend the day discussing the techniques and nature of art review writing.  This workshop is intended for anyone interested in contemporary art that wishes to improve or develop critical writing skills.
8:00 - 10:00 pm: As part of the Arts Days Gallery Stroll, join SAAG in celebrating the opening of Chris Cran’s Inherent Virtue and Petra Malá Miller’s Portraits in Light.  The latest feature artist in The Shop at SAAG – Mitz Takahashi will also be launched.
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Culture Vulture Saturday - University of Lethbridge Art Gallery

10:00 am – 5:00 pm, University of Lethbridge Art Gallery - U of L Centre for the Arts Main Atrium - 4401 University Dr.  FREE activity on a drop-in basis!
Come and discover the captivating art of Moku Hanga – a traditional Japanese style relief printmaking technique. More information

Crafting Worlds Workshop with Annie Martin - Casa

Part 1: Saturday, September 26 - 1:00 - 4:00 pm, Part 2: Saturday, October 3 - 1:00 - 4:00 pm, Casa - 230 8 St S.  FREE
Crafting Worlds is a workshop being hosted in conjunction with the exhibition “Flotilla” at Casa Gallery.  Participants will explore found materials and informal architecture in this two-part workshop for participants of all ages and levels of art experience. Craft a suspended “world space” from a range of materials, discuss the process of collecting and making, and ideas of home and community, and participate in an exhibition of the resulting objects at Casa. Materials provided. (Participants may bring some of their own materials as well).  The resulting work will be displayed at Casa until November 13.
*Please note: there are 2 parts to the workshop; the second will take place the following Saturday, October 3 from 1:00 - 4:00pm.  Please register by contacting Casa Gallery Services Manager at 403-327-2272.
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Arts Days Gallery Stroll

A whirlwind tour of three of Lethbridge’s galleries to enjoy opening receptions and exhibitions.  Artists in attendance. Parking available at Casa.  FREE
7:00 pm:     Casa Gallery - 230 8 St S    Barb Goodman - The Disassembled and Catalogued Identity   Annie Martin - flotilla
8:00 pm:    SAAG - 601 3 Ave S   Chris Cran - Inherent Virtue     Petra Malá Miller - Portraits in Light
9:00 pm:   Trianon - 104 5 St S   Donna Bilyk - Time Place People
Le Petit Trianon - Riisa Gundeson - (un)Desirables
10:00 pm:  Wrap up the evening back at Casa for a viewing of David Hoffos’ work The People in the Window in the Casa Window Gallery (Outside, East side of building)


Sunday, September 27

Family Affair on the Square

12:00 - 4:00 pm - Casa Rotary Square - 230 8 St S.  FREE
Gather at the Casa Rotary Square to wrap up Arts Days with live music, performance and art activities for families!
Activities include:
Chalk Painting on the square
Live music
Community Painting
Troyanda Ukrainian Dance open workshop/rehearsal
Lethbridge Artists Club family art activities
Join Red Engine Coffee and Sparkie’s Food Truck for lunch!

Arts Days Artisan Market – ATB Financial Community Room, Casa

12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, ATB Financial Community Room - Casa - 230 8 St S. FREE
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