12 Visual Art Exhibitions to See This January

A psychedelic installation in a busy +15, paintings made out of oil paint and bitumen and portraits of individuals from rural towns in Western Canada are all on display this month.


Christine Klassen Gallery

Introducing: Zane Wilcox

Until January 30

200, 321 50 Ave. S.E., 403-262-1880, christineklassengallery.com 

"Compressor 1," reduction-fired stoneware 9 IN x 12 IN x 9 in

Zane Wilcox is a minimalist artist who creates clay sculptures that are inspired by buildings, machines, ancient structures and the prairie landscape. The vessels in this exhibition reveal how empty space is never just nothingness. It can be activated in interesting ways. The Regina-based artist has exhibited his work across North America and Australia. 


Jean-Francois Gromaire: Earth Series

Until January 30

"Earth 41," oil on canvas 51 IN x 32 in

Jean-Francois Gromaire’s abstract paintings are inspired by the natural earth. The paintings are playful but also dark and unexpected — Gromaire incorporates surprising materials like bitumen in his work. 

The Ledge Gallery

Far Out | Sasha Foster

Until February 29

+15 level of Centre Court, Arts Commons, artscommons.ca

At the beginning of the month, artist Sasha Foster will still be in the creating stage of putting together a psychedelic fantasy installation. Once it's constructed, Foster will combine audio, visual and tactile encounters to create a kaleidoscopic scene that will stimulate every sense. 

Herringer Kiss Gallery

“Miss.Nomer” | Lauren Walker

January 7 to 30

709 11 Ave. S.W., 403-228-4889, herringerkissgallery.com

"Omar, Loud and Clear," Mixed Media on Wood, 36 IN x 36 IN

Walker’s paintings focus on identity and attempt to make this intangible concept into something a little more solid and clear. Using layers, pattern and shapes, the pieces express character and reflect relationships between two people. 


Veins | Rita McKeough

January 8 to March 5

2009 10 Ave. S.W., 403-261-7702, truck.ca

Rita McKeough is a Calgary-based audio, media installation and performance artist. Veins is a new interactive installation that was inspired by the artist’s sense of unease about the building of oil and gas pipelines across sensitive land. The installation looks at the complications and risks of building these pipelines, as well as the vulnerability of the natural landscape. 


Sacred Circle | Niki Boghossian

January 8 to April 2

The Toronto-based artist Niki Baghosshian explores the individual's connection to spirituality. In Sacred Circle, the gallery is transformed into a working ritual space. Small ceramic pieces that Baghossian made while in residence at the Banff Centre are in display, and echo the landscape. The goal is that these pieces bring the energy of the natural environment into the gallery space. 

Alberta Printmakers Gallery

Spread | Marilee Salvator

January 8 to February 20 

4025 4 St. S.E., 403-287-1056, albertaprintmakers.com

In this exhibition, Marilee Salvator draws inspiration from an exhibition called Garden and Cosmos: The Royal Paintings of Jodhpur as well as biological forms and plant life. Spread is an examination of shape and pattern. The shapes Salvator creates look much like cells — to the untrained eye, they're just pretty shapes but they also highlight how cells reproduce and mutate. 

Esker Foundation

Jack Bush in Studio

January 23 to May 8

444, 1011 9 Ave. S.E., 403-930-2490, eskerfoundation.com  

Jack Bush was a Toronto-based painter who saw huge success in the late 1960s. He sold work in Canada and overseas, but always worked on his large paintings in his Toronto home. That is, until 1968 when he secured a large studio and was able to work full-time on his painting for the first time ever. This exhibition highlights Bush’s artistic story as well as the role of the studio. 


Colleen Heslin: Needles and Pins

January 23 to May 8

Heslin’s paintings are made out of hand-dyed and ink-stained fabric that is stitched together and stretched over frames. Her work aims to make meaning out of shape and colour. 

Whyte Museum

Points of View: Photographs Inspired by the Canadian Rockies

January 30 to March 27

111 Bear St., Banff, 403-762-2291, whyte.org

Tourists have travelled to the Rockies for years and have taken photos of its beauty since photography was invented. This photography exhibition shows how popular it has always been as a destination. Expect to see everything from traditional landscape photographs to social documentary pieces. Work by around 20 photographs are shown. Photographs are from the early 1900s to the present. 


Back to the Land: Photographs by Jeremy Fokkens

January 30 to March 27

In the summer of 2014, Calgary-based photographer Jeremy Fokkens began travelling to small towns and remote parts of Western Canada to take pictures of the people who live there. The photographs show the people who make Canada what it is — the farmers, the fishermen, the beekeepers and the local store owners. Each portrait by Fokkens is accompanied by a short back-story.  

Nickle Galleries

Laura Vickerson The Between

January 29 to April 9

2500 University Dr. N.W., 403-220-7234, nickel.ucalgary.ca

This year, the Nickle Galleries bring back Series. It’s a group of exhibitions that started in 1999 but then closed in 2010. The intention, as before, is to provide emerging artists with more exhibition opportunities. The first artist whose work is showcased is Laura Vickerson. She’s a multi-media installation artist who currently teaches at the Alberta College of Art + Design.  

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