Arts Seen - week of April 11, 2013

If you’re planning to check out the Made in Alberta: Part IV exhibition at the Art Gallery of Calgary (see the story in this issue), don’t miss the Ping Pong Parlor in the Enmax Gallery school, which is a nod to Kristopher Karklin’s digital print “Ping Pong Room.” Better yet, hunt down your lucky paddles and bring them for a special one-night only Ping Pong Tournament at the gallery on Saturday, April 13 at 6 p.m. If you win, you get a prize, and if you don’t, you can console yourself at the cash bar. Reserve your spot by emailing

If you want an even more local perspective on art, you still have a couple weeks to get to the Glenbow Museum for Made in Calgary: The 1960s, which shows what Calgary artists were up to in the decade of peace and love. Also on display is No Roads Here: Corb Lund’s Alberta, the Calgary songwriter’s unique and entertaining look at Alberta’s history (and his family history) through photos and artifacts, combined with music. Both exhibitions, along with Fred Herzog’s Street Photography, run until April 28. On a Sunday visit, the museum was fairly busy, with lots of people (including families) strolling through the galleries.

Too lazy to leave the house? Fine, you can look at art in a book and fight Big Oil at the same time. Canada’s Rainforest at Risk: Art for an Oil-Free Coast features works by 50 British Columbia artists, with a foreword from David Suzuki and an afterword by Wade Davis. The goal of the book, published by the Raincoast Conservation Foundation, is to raise awareness about the beauty and ecological diversity of the area that has been proposed as a route for tankers full of tarsands oil. The artists all travelled to the Great Bear Rainforest in 2012, and the book is the result of their appreciation of the flora and fauna, and their efforts to protect it. If that inspires you to do something, you can start by getting off the couch and heading to the atrium at City Hall, where the paintings and sculptures from the book will be on display for three days starting Monday, April 15. The opening is at 7 p.m. and will be followed by a screening of two short films, Groundswell and Reflections, at the John Dutton Theatre in the downtown library.


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