ATB combines art with finance in new Stephen Ave branch
Branch in historic Hudson’s Block features art gallery curated by ACAD.
The first exhibit, showing through September, is Shift. It features artists Carli Castle (BFA Glass ‘13), Kaleb Romano (BFA Ceramics ‘16), Amanda Bongiovanni-Duclos (BFA Jewellery + Metals ‘16) and Sinead Ludwig-Burgess (BFA Sculpture ‘16).
Carli Castle is a glass artist with a practice that reflects her history in Alberta. She uses glass as her canvas through kiln forming, glass blowing, and engraving. “My inspiration comes from my connection with the natural world and the landscape of my surroundings. I find interest in how certain configurations hold visual weight—that even without symmetry, something can feel balanced,” she says.
Kaleb Romano studied abroad in Jingdezhen, China and at the Australian National University. His work “explores the tension between sensual, voluminous organic forms and highly functional pieces.”
Sinéad Ludwig-Burgess creates figurative and organic sculptures, which are meant to be a reflection of human experiences that manipulate and mold our physical and mental states.
Finally, Amanda Bongiovanni-Duclos, jewelry designer, says she’s deeply sensitive to the world around her, which creates a constant sense of wonder in her.
“The work I create studies how energy passes from the creator, through the piece and into the wearer. Not one piece is perfect, and it would never try to be, but like each person, it is unique and just right for someone,” she says.
While you’re checking out the art, have a look at the branch itself. It was designed to be a transformational space that includes open meeting spaces and a warm décor meant to invite Calgarians to hang around and work, chat, or just relax.
For visitors who just want to pop by, the branch also includes more conversational areas, where visitors can just relax and chat or catch up on some work.
“The new Stephen Avenue Centre is an experience like no other—a space inspired by collaboration and innovation, transforming space as we transform banking,” says branch manager Lauren Slen. “The new location is basically a historic building with a modern twist. It’s meant to create conversations and invite Calgarians, customers, friends and art enthusiasts inside to hang out.”
On top of that, the ATB team at Stephen Avenue Centre is branded as “we come to you.” That means that an ATB team member will visit you wherever you are in downtown Calgary to help you get your banking done.
So, next time you’re looking for something to do, why not check out the Hudson’s Block. It may be one of Calgary’s oldest and most historic buildings, but we promise you ATB delivers an experience that is completely brand new.