|Just when hibernation calls, several notable exhibitions and events illuminate the bleakest months of the year. Watch this space for monthly reports on visual arts in the city and beyond.
Calgarys three artist-run centres host public receptions on Friday, January 9. Follow the well-worn route beginning at The New Gallery for Stand Ins, curated by Shawna Dempsey (516D Ninth Ave. S.W.), heading on to TRUCK (815 First St. S.W.) and concluding at Stride Gallery with Fun Island by Rébecca Bourgault (1004 Macleod Trail S.E.). TRUCK opens with The Galactic Carousel by photographer Dianne Bos. Boss pinhole photography uses pared-down science to capture her vision of time and light in one single photographic image.
Triangle Gallery (#104, 800 Macleod Trail S.E.) presents miniARTure: 10 x 10 x 10 x 10. Featuring miniature sculptures by local luminaries Jeff de Boer, Kim Bruce, Dallas Diamond, Honsun Chu, Ron Kostyniuk, Walter May and others, it opens on Thursday, January 15.
Newzones (730 - 11th Ave. S.W.) launches into the New Year with its annual Landscape X9, featuring landscapes by artists Jeroen Witvliet, Greg Edmonson, John Folsom, Peter Hoffer, Lynn Malin, Don Pollack, Kevin Sonmor and Barrie Weiss.
While on the commercial gallery stroll, be sure to take in Constructing Painting by New York-based abstract painter René Pierre Allain, at Paul Kuhn Gallery (724 - 11th Ave. S.W.). And there is still time to see conceptual artist Micah Lexier's exhibition at Trepanier Baer (#105, 999 Eighth St. S.W.) running until January 15. The exhibition includes Lexier's meticulously deconstructed number works and a contribution to the gallerys series of artist multiples.
The Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers (Building J2, 2711 Battleford Ave. S.W.) is a cozy destination for Sofa Cinema Film Nights, starting Friday, January 23. Santo vs. the Vampire Women is a Mexican horror/fantasy film starring Santo a professional wrestler and crime-fighting superhero. Film buffs will appreciate the pristine 16 mm format, while Santos antics will delight everyone else.
On the increasingly vibrant First Street S.W., just steps from the Sugar Estate, a prominent facade proclaiming "architecture" signals the new studio of former Prix de Rome winner Marc Boutin. Peek through the window at intriguing project models, and be sure to watch this space for exciting developments.