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by Anne Severson
Kaleidoscope: Artists Circle Exhibition at the Triangle Gallery features the most recent works by 25 nationally and internationally acclaimed artists associated with the Calgary Contemporary Arts Society.
The Triangles description says: "The exhibition features a wide panorama of artistic trends and stylistic approaches of Calgary art ranging from hyper-realistic by Eve Koch through the post-impressionistic landscapes of Bill Duma, June Montgomery and Harry Kiyooka, symbolism by Bev Tosh and Yoka Hart, surrealistic sculpture by Reinhard Skoracki, abstract art of Richard Halliday, Bruce Head and Thomas Lax to conceptual sculptures and reliefs by Nicholas Roukes, Katie Ohe, Eric Cameron and Charles Boyce." The opening is on February 10 at 7:30 p.m. with the artists in attendance.
Two of Calgarys top alternative galleries, The NEW Gallery and Stride, celebrate the opening receptions of their new exhibitions in the public Plus-15 Window Space at The Arts Centre on Thursday, February 10 at 8 p.m.
In The NEW Gallery window, Karrie Daviss Suspending Liberation will feature paintings of the nude female . Its informed with "poetic, intimate text that invites the viewer to establish a private and compassionate connection with each female subject, presented in a manner that exists universally and proves identifiable with the observer."
In Strides window, Luba Diduch has a three-dimensional reconstruction of the story of Baba Yaga, The Witch, from a childhood tale of a witch who ate small children deep in the dark and fearful forest. Visual clues will be present in the space to help save the viewer from the fear of deep childhood memories of the bad Baba Yaga. Diduch has set up a Web site to add another dimension to the virtual story its worth checking out.
These two window receptions are casual get-togethers to informally chat with the artists and friends, then relax over martinis at the nearby warm and friendly Auburn Saloon. Join the welcoming alternative art scene for stimulating conversation.
The Glenbows art collection can be viewed in their continually successful behind-the-scenes tours in Hidden Treasures on February 12. For more information on tickets and times for this series, call Nancy Cope at 268-4208.
The NEW Gallerys successful Front Space Gallery continues its two-week artistic vignettes with Helen Berscheids Womens Spheres of Influence. This new exhibition will run from February 15 to 26 and includes a variation of wall quilts that depict different places in our lives. Viewers are encouraged to write in the provided journal about their recollections of women who have impacted their well-being.
The boom in interesting figurative work continues at Art is Vitals special frontspace showing of Malinsky Retrospective drawings by well-known ex-Calgarian Charles Malinsky. Both his Carnival of the Night series and his Angel series will be prominently featured.
Richard Ray Whitman, acclaimed First Nations video and photographic artist, will continue his investigations of history, memory and personal identity at Banffs Walter Phillips Gallery. Comanche author and critic Paul Chaat Smith curated the Presence of Our Absence. The Banff Centre of the Arts Aboriginal Arts Program and the gallery present the fourth exhibition in an annual series of collaborations until March 26.
Frederick R. McDonalds Almighty Voice Terrific Tuesday lunchtime Talk is free with admission at the Glenbow on February 15. A well-known and sometimes controversial Calgarian, McDonald will discuss the history of Aboriginal peoples on the Plains in the late 1800s as seen through his art, which includes current work featured in Tom Jacksons contribution to the Face Forward Millennium exhibition.
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