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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

October notes

Don't forget our special "collaborative" meeting on the 17th! 

 Artist Spotlight:

Pat Strakowski

                    "Women" from group show "Hanging by a Thread" at Alberta Craft Council Gallery Edmonton, artist: Pat Strakowski

"I have been creating paper mache sculptures since the 1980’s. About 7 years ago I became interested in books as ready made sculptural objects that I would alter. My love of embellishing my artworks give each book its unique persona as I develop its pages and cover. I am never in a rush to finish the book I am working on. For inspiration I look for the unusual ." 

Pat also has a book, available here, about her work.


Again, we are reminding members to please send information, photos and news to keep everyone apprised of what is happening. It's in your best interests to publicize yourselves!!!! Don't hide your lights under a bushel basket: share or i'm going to start emailing you one by one and cajoling and flattering you with questions!

  P.S.  A "label" widget has been added to the side bar, so you can more easily find specific topics.


Kensington Art Supplies is moving to a new location in January:

And so is STASH.

 There's a new art venue in the SE: 

Grand Opening: Art Box on 17E - Calgary, AB

Date: Thursday, October 3, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Location: 1807 42 Street Southeast, Calgary, AB

Join us for our dinner themed party even Peter Sellers would be proud of....
Plus a special announcement of funding opportunities by CADA for artists....Don't miss it!

It's the Grand Opening of Art Box on 17E - check out the transformation and the possibilities. What was an empty building and former paint store to a thunderbolt of exploding ideas and dynamic art, music & shows. 
Art Box on 17E is a project of International Avenue BRZ and Calgary Arts Development Authority.

Well, we missed the opening, but do check it out on a "normal" day :)



Epcor Centre    Rosemary Brown: Plastic Fantastic  

Calls For Entry:

Some of these have been highlighted in previous posts, but are reminders to you.

EPCOR CENTRE Ledge Gallery Artist Residency 2014
Deadline: 4:00 PM on Monday, November 4, 2013
Late or incomplete submissions will not be considered.

EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts is announcing a call for submissions of visual art open to all professional Calgary artists (please note that students are not eligible). EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts will select one local visual artist to create new work in the Ledge Gallery throughout the months of June and July, 2014. The artwork will then be exhibited for the month of August, 2014. An artist CARFAC exhibition fee as well as a total of $2000.00 in financial support to assist with material costs and subsistence will be provided. Email Tammy McGrath

PLEASE NOTE: THE BELOW IS AN EXPRESSION OF INTEREST ONLY. THE OFFICIAL CALL WILL BE IN JANUARY OF 2014 ******Expression of Interest for Surface Design Association exhibition Edge of the Forest: Exploring Perimeters

Boundaries, borders and edges... To what extent is a country defined by its the choices and placement of edges? Whether political, historical, psychological and/or geographical, our comprehension and expression of these points of delineation represent integral parts of who we are, both as individuals and collectively. Be it selvedge to selvedge, raw edge or treated, our textiles have unavoidable beginnings and endings. How these are handled can be as varied as the makers themselves. The SDA welcomes your rich interpretation of this concept in presenting a diverse Canadian perspective on our boundaries.

Opportunities are being explored to mount this exhibition in a number of venues - at the SDA Conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma, June 2015, at the Newfoundland & Labrador Fibre Arts Conference in Gros Morne National Park, October 2015, and elsewhere. A Call for Entry will be sent out by email in 2014 when a venue has been confirmed.

    All Canadian members of the Surface Design Association are invited to participate. Artists must be current members of the Surface Design Association as of January 2015, and resident in Canada.
    All work is to be created within the boundaries of a two-dimensional 16x28 inch rectangle format, to be hung vertically. Specific hanging guidelines are available.
    The work should best represent your current practice, be it experimental or signature style, and speak to the theme expressed above.

Please email your expressions of interest with your name, address, phone number and email address to Melanie Siegel


 American Tapestry Alliance (ATA) UNTITLED/UNJURIED exhibition
Deadline for Submissions: January 31, 2014

This call is open to all artists working with hand woven tapestry. ATA invites entries not only from artists who work within more traditional definitions of tapestry, but also those artists who work expands upon the core principles of the medium as it explores new techniques and processes.  Multi-media work is welcome as long as the primary technique is tapestry.  The size of the tapestry may not exceed 10" by 10" by 1" deep.  Artists may submit only one piece.  Group challenges and mentoring pairs are encouraged.  Work must be original, executed by the entrant, of recent completion and not shown in a prior ATA show.  UNTITLED will hang at URI Feinstein Providence Campus Gallery, July 1 - August 23, 2014.

For more information and entry forms see here. Questions?  Contact Janet Austin
   or at 401.885.5595. 

Call for Instructors for Fibre Arts Conference 2015 - Newfoundland and Labrador

Deadline for Proposals: January 31, 2014

Celebrating Craft in Newfoundland and Labrador and Craft Year 2015, Fibre Arts Newfoundland and Labrador will take place from October 15 - 18, 2015 in beautiful Gros Morne National Park.

The Instructor Committee is now calling for proposals from interested designers, makers, and teachers.  We invite you to be creative, and develop sessions that will inspire our Conference participants to reach beyond the boundaries of their current studio practices, and think in new ways, explore new ideas and develop new products.  The Committee welcomes innovation in techniques and materials.

Please follow this link for more information or contact for answers.

 Studio Space: UAS announces 5 NEW Studios! - Calgary, AB Application Deadline: October 20, 2013

UAS is excited to announce the creation of 5 new studios in the upper-level of Satellite Gallery! Studio will be roughly 200 square feet, and priced at roughly $260.00 - depending on size and actual square footage. These studios will be available starting November 1st. To book a viewing, please email Learn more about these spaces.

Harcourt House has a large variety of classes for the young and the young at heart. Take a look at their website for more information on classes, or if you have any specific questions please contact Education Programming: Brittney Roy @ 7804264180 |

FEATURED CLASS Marketing Strategies: For Artists
Instructor: Alexis Marie Chute
Date: Saturday, 10:00am - 3:00pm October 19, 2013
Cost: $30 ($20 members)
Maximum: 20 participants. Please RSVP at

We create art in a time of digital literacy. In this course you will learn how to use online tools to market your work and yourself. The goal is to engage your target market, interest the media and establish yourself as a professional in your field. You will learn how to use Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and a blog to make important connections and attract interest to your work. To top it all off, you will leave the course with a plan to automate these networks so you still have time to make your art! Learn more about this class and others  here.

Most of us have struggled with writing artist statements, bios and CV's. What information is  important? What's the difference between a statement and a bio? Why do i need a CV? From a Vancouver blog focusing on art and art business, lots of information.  Click on the appropriate tag for a wealth of tips and practical advice. 
And from a different site, why do you need an art statement at all? 

Need to stock up on stash?
Craft Sale: Sheep Creek Weavers Fibre Arts Guild - Calgary, ABDate: 10am - 4pm Saturday October 19, 2013
Location: Millarville Racetrack located 20 minutes SW of Calgary, near the intersection of Highways 22 and 549E.

One of a kind finds from local artists! Sheep Creek Weavers, a local fibre arts guild is hosting their ever-popular annual show and sale, Sat. Oct 19 at the Millarville Racetrack, 10 am - 4 pm, with free admission and Tea room.

This is a wonderful opportunity to purchase unique handmade art pieces directly from the artists. Enjoy the country drive and down-home hospitality (just in time to beat the holiday shopping). You'll find a range of beautiful woven, felted, quilted and knitted items and garments, handspun yarns, wall hangings, see a fashion show and gallery of selected pieces from our guild's celebrated artists.

For more information about the sale or the guild, go to:


Perhaps a bit of a drive, but if you are in Vancouver during that time frame:

Just Ten Days Away!
10000 Hours: Craft Invested
The CCF/FCMA and the Craft Council of British Columbia (CCBC) invite you to Vancouver for the 10,000 Hours: Craft Invested Conference. From October 17th to the 20th, 2013, the CCBC will present a wide variety of lectures, panel discussions, workshops, exhibitions and a gala fundraiser supporting the work of the CCBC during their 40th Anniversary year.

Conference discussions will be lively, touching on topics such as 'Craft - Origin, Place and Influence', 'Craft and Cultural Migration', 'The Function of Function', 'Craft: A Scary Word', and, closing out the conference, the CCF/FCMA's own National Symposium titled 'Connection & Collection', featuring Dr, Sandra Alfoldy (NSCAD University), Victoria Henry (Canada Art Bank), Jonathon Bancroft-Snell (Jonathon Bancroft-Snell Gallery) and Denis Longchamps (Craft Journal and the Burlington Arts Center). 

With over fifty speakers in total, it will be a whirlwind of debate!
Each panel is $20 per person, or a two day pass can be purchased for $130 (for CCBC Members) or $145 (for non-members). The CCF/FCMA National Symposium is not included in the two day pass, but is a separate $20 ticket for the event, which runs 6-9pm on Saturday, October 19th.

Check out the full schedule of events and register online today!


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