This afternoon, People’s Portrait Prize came down. Yesterday, I was pleased to be able to immerse myself in all of the different pieces created by so many artists, all on my own. As artistic subject matter goes, I especially enjoy portraiture. Each artist relies on a subject/reference/idea, but puts down very personal marks during the process of painting, sculpting or drawing. It was a fantastic exhibit, so varied and was demonstrative of the vision and effort of many people. Congratulations to all of you!
I enjoyed the wander-about, as well. It was a wonder I could wander out of the stairwells because I became captivated, as I always do, by Katie Green and daniel j. kirk’s Imaginarium, 2017. I hope that they won’t mind that I did my point and shoot with my phone as I walked backwards up the stairs. Amazing and surprisingly restful!
I stepped in and chatted with the gentleman at reception for Alliance Francaise (don’t know how to get that accent under that ‘c’). I was smitten by the remarkable library and the impressive line up of activities that are handy for people who want to access resources or up their game as French-speaking Canadians. A wonderful and welcoming spot!
I was carried away by a variety of venues, all housed in cSPACE with a deliberate and tasteful aesthetic. The Alberta Craft Gallery, as part of the Alberta Craft Council, was a really ‘happening’ place yesterday. I loved the surprising and ephemeral works created by Dena Seiferling and Stefanie Staples. Participating in an exhibit titled PERCH, is it any wonder I love this stuff?
Allison Tunis’s embroideries for Acceptable Bodies are flippin’ amazing! Wowsah!
I guess I stopped wandering and started starting and stopping for the next longest while, completely swept up by the wonderful efforts by so many artists. The portraits were next. I couldn’t possibly grab a photo of all of the portraits that moved me. My readers will get the gist…
I’ve been following a portrait series by Chris Flodberg as he’s been posting bits here and there on social media, so it was really, with fondness, that I had opportunity to enjoy these ‘in the flesh’ so-to-speak. These photos stink…but, I’m hoping you will follow the link that I’ve provided. Chris is represented by the Masters Art Gallery, here in town.
I apologize…I didn’t even take note of the artist…but, had to photograph this one as I engaged it. If you can help me out with the documentation, that would be great.
Nick Rooney…an artist I met during my committed period at Gorilla House and then Rumble House, just always amazes me with his technical considerations, his hands-on approach to materiality and his connection with pigments as a traditional practice.
Dawn Escobar…just a dear and beautiful human being. This is a portrait she did of her mother. I find it interesting that I migrated to this piece, took a photograph of it and this morning, I read the following message on social media.
“You enter with hopes of winning some thing knowing that the chances are small. Congratulations to those who did win 🎉. The second hope is that someone saw your piece and you touched them. 😊. Thank you for having the contest. See you if not soon, next year. 💐💐💐💐💐. P.s. mom enjoyed herself “
Your work touched me, Dawn.
I didn’t leave cSPACE without first stepping into Assemble Work/Shop and spoke with Anne Kirsten. What a very exciting space. I’m going to let me daughters know about this! cSPACE is a bit of a wormhole…a person could disappear and not resurface for a very long time. I just got a taste yesterday, but I’ll be back.
It was time to rush off in time to view Humans as presented by TheatreCalgary. A nice light lunch was served and the Director, Vanessa Porteous, had opportunity to speak to us about her process, the play and future projects.
The day grew legs of its own.