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Casa opens a cornucopia of new exhibits this weekend

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Casa is plotting a murder (of crows)  this weekend.

Darcy Logan looks at “Plotting Murder,” one of eight new exhibits opening at Casa, Jan. 28. Photo by Richard Amery

 Lethbridge artist David Dunlop’s “Plotting Murder” features a cornucopia of crows in a third of the main gallery.

 It is one of eight new exhibits opening Saturday, Jan. 28 with an opening reception from 7-9 p.m.


“These exhibits feature a variety of different artists from veteran artists to emerging artists,” summarized Casa curator Darcy Logan.

The main gallery  also features  Adrian Cook’s  “Wood Works” and Julie Duschenes’ “Pack Ice.” 


 Myken McDowell’s “Space Talk” is in  the project space. Jordan Mudrack’s  WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) is in the Passage Gallery. Jessica Colley’s “the weight’ is in the Platform Gallery.


Upstairs  focuses on Blackfoot artists. John Calf Chief’s  “Past Present and Friendship” is in the concourse gallery. 

And Hali Heavy Shield’s  “Postcards from the Rez” is in the Saokitapi Gallery.


“ David Dunlop has curated a murder of crows in the gallery no matter what perspective you’re looking at , ”Logan said “ he’s explored the folklore and  and symbolism of crows through paintings, drawings and  sculpture,” he continued.


Julie Duschenes was inspired by the river bottom for her exhibit “ Black Ice.”


“She has text, drawings and paintings inspired by  exploring the  river bottom during spring break up,” Logan said.

 Veteran artist  Adrian Cook’ “Wood Works”  is also in the main gallery.


Local abstract artists complement each other in new Trianon exhibit Colour & Connections

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Local abstract artists are making a “connection” though colour and complementary styles at the Trianon Gallery for one of two new exhibitions opening this weekend. It is running concurrently with  Kristin Krein and Courtney Faulkner’s “Capriquarius.”

Aaron Hagan examines a few of the works in Color & Connections at the Trianon. Photo by Richard Amery

 Aaron Hagan, Michelle Coté, Sheila Shaw and Chelsea Wilson are collaborating  on their exhibition “Colour & Connection” which runs Jan. 28 to March 11.

 John Saville at the Trianon was happy to host the exhibit.


 Of all the sales, 25 per cent will be donated to the Lethbridge Soup Kitchen.


“All of these artists’s styles  complement each other, so I decided to organize a show,” said Aaron Hagan, who always wanted to put on a show with  Sheila Shaw in particular, noting his and Shaw’s art share a similar mark making technique, or how the artists applies the paint to their works.


SAAG takes a unusual peek at portraiture in new exhibits

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Three new exhibits at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery (SAAG) take a different peek at portraiture.


 In the upstairs gallery, Lethbridge based artist Dagmar Dahle’s “Tangle” features mixed media gouache paintings.

Raneece Buddan’s exhibit  “Desiderium” is in the SAAG library until Feb. 4. photo by RichardAmery


“She was in a residency in Paris and started doodling as a way to ease mental burnout,” observed Jeremy Franchuk, Southern Alberta Art Gallery communications co-ordinator.

“ “Tangle’ combines 14 years of work,” he said.


She  is also creating a large scale work on one wall from Jan. 7 to Feb. 4 so you will have the opportunity to talk with her about her work,” Franchuk continued.


The group exhibition ‘ The Faceless Familiar,” featuring the works of Barry Doupé , Nick Sikkuark, U of L educated artist  Kasia Sosnowski, Alison Yip and Capilano based artist Elizabeth Zvonar, turns the idea of portraiture on it’s head.


“ They all reflect  portraits and body parts,” Franchuk said, there are surreal paintings,  sculpture, ceramics and multi-media works in the exhibit.

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“ Kasia  Sosnowski works in ceramics. They reflect the fragility of the human body through the fragility of ceramics,” Franchuk said.


Shop local with Christmas at Casa today

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November is too early to think about Christmas shopping. But  if you want to get it over with then why not shop local and support  your neighbourhood artisans and businesses rather than some faceless corporation selling you rubbish from overseas.

 The tenth annual Christmas at Casa continues today, Saturday, Nov. 19 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on both floors of Casa.

Carson Froelich  performing at Christmas at Casa, Nov. 18. Photo by Richard Amery

“ it’s unreal  that this is our tenth year,” noted  the allied Arts Council Communications manager Kelaine Devine.


“ It’s been steady, said  Devine, watching the last flood of early  Christmas  shoppers close off  the first night on Friday.

“ It feels like a family. You see a group of people here you only see once a year, and after  it’s show and tell  because everyone is so excited to show you what they bought,” she enthused, adding they are at full capacity again.


 pre-Covid  Christmas at Casa attracted over 4,000 people  coming though the doors of the two day event.


“ We have 100 artists this year,” she continued, noting  there is beadwork, leatherwork, pottery, painters and woodturners. Local guilds including the Textiles Surface Guild, the Lethbridge  Handicraft Guild of Weavers, the Lethbridge Society of Glass Artisans and Lethbridge Artists club are also participating.

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