13 Visual Art Events and Exhibitions To Know About This March

See glassblowing demonstrations in an artist studio, visit a gift shop in an art gallery where conversations about culture and identity are encouraged and admire a huge crystalline sculpture about the creative process.


Gibson Fine Art

Samantha Williams-Chapelsky

Until March 11

102, 628 11 Ave. S.W., 403-244-2000, gibsonfineart.ca

Samantha Williams-chapelsky, glow, acrylic on board, 8x10 in.

Alberta artist Samantha Williams-Chapelsky exhibits her paintings at the Gibson Fine Art gallery until mid-March. Her paintings focus on landscapes and use bright colours to accentuate specific elements. She studied painting and art history at the University of Alberta, and spent a term studying in Italy. The opening reception for Williams-Chapelsky’s exhibition is on Saturday, March 4. 

Alberta Printmakers Gallery

Dwelling in It, Dwelling on It (Temporary Living Spaces) | Kellen Spencer

Until March 23

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

For most, the idea of “home” is something that stays the same. For Kellen Spencer, an artist who moved around frequently, home is anything but stagnant. Rather, the notion of "home" is something that changes all the time. In this exhibition, Spencer examines the changeability of home by looking at home buying and where we choose to live. This exhibition encourages attendees to think about what is really attainable and what is actually attained when it comes to “home.” 


The Dormant Consciousness/Sleeping Awareness of a Human Within Urban Space | Marek Pospiech

Until April 1

This exhibition showcases a series of large-scale, lino prints by the Polish artist Marek Pospiech. Look closely and you’ll notice that the prints tell everyday stories, which you probably don’t stop to think about or notice. That is, Pospiech’s prints are inspired by what’s underneath our feet every single day. By looking at his work, viewers are finally looking closely at the stories they don’t usually stop to consider. 

Truck Contemporary Art

A Few Similar Things

Until March 31

Plus-15 Window inside Arts Commons, 403-261-7702, truck.ca

Sometimes artwork is similar to other pieces of artwork. That's what this exhibition is all about. A Few Similar Things has four pairings of artwork in the Arts Commons Plus-15. Each pairing of artwork is similar in some way, but is made by two different artists and completely without collaboration. Some pieces are similar aesthetically, while others are similar in terms of the concept or the form. One of the goals of this exhibition is for viewers to question sameness. 

Jarvis Hall Gallery

Diviners | Corri-Lynn Tetz

March 3 to April 13

333B 36 Ave. S.E., 403-206-9942, jarvishallgallery.com

Corri-Lynn Tetz, Cave, 2016, Oil on Canvas, 30"

Corri-Lynn Tetz uses painting to try and make sense of various experiences. Her work also showcases the correlation between memory, experience and other social phenomena. The exhibition’s opening is reception is on Friday, March 3 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.


Bee Kingdom Glass Blowing Demonstrations and Sale

March 4 and 5

427 22 Ave. N.W., beekingdomglass.com 

photograph by julya hajnoczky

Bee Kingdom Glass’ next glassblowing demonstration and sale takes place the first weekend in March. Calgarians are invited to stop by the studio to see how glassblowing works and to purchase some of their favourite glass pieces made by the artists. Pieces like Scotch glasses, drinking tumblers, sculptures and vessels can be purchased at the event. Admission to the event is free. 

The New Gallery

Perfect Memory: Authentic Gift Shop | Teresa Tam and Michelangela Samiadji

March 4 to April 1

208 Centre St. S., 403-233-2399, thenewgallery.org

photograph by su ying strang

Perfect Memory: Authentic Gift Shop by SAD LTD (Teresa Tam & Michelangela Samiadji).

Teresa Tam and Michelangela Samiadji, the artists behind Scripted Asian Dreams Limited, spent a lot of time thinking about their Asian-Canadian identities. They’ve collected those thoughts and presented them in an art exhibition that explores the various stereotypes, stigmas and values many Asian-Canadians face living in a global society. The artists will transform the main space of Chinatown’s The New Gallery into a gift shop that encourages conversation about culture and conflicting ideas. Attendees can even “buy” Scripted Asian Dreams Limited products — you’ll understand what this means when you visit the exhibition.


The Vessel | David Altmejd

March 4 to May 22

130 9 Ave. S.E., 403-268-4100, glenbow.org 

Three new exhibitions open at the Glenbow this month — and there's a spring season launch party to celebrate everything new on Friday, March 3. (You can make your own lantern slide in the Discovery Room as you sip on a signature cocktail.) In The Vessel, David Altmejd’s huge crystalline sculpture is on display. This piece by the internationally recognized artist aims to visualize the creative process. 


Canadian Stories: The View From Here

March 4 to May 22

This new exhibition is a celebration of Canada 150. Canadian themes are explored, specifically from a western point of view, using pieces from the Glenbow’s collection. 


Recent Acquisitions

March 4 to May 22

A variety of pieces were added to the Glenbow’s collection last year. In this exhibition, you can learn about the stories behind the new objects and pieces of art that are newest to the museum. 

Framed on Fifth

Rock, Liquid and Love | David Newton

March 7 to April 1

1207 5 Ave. N.W., 403-244-3688, framedonfifth.com

photograph courtesy of framed on fifth

David Newton is an accomplished painter and sculptor, and both his paintings and sculptures are shown in this exhibition. See Newton’s jewel toned paintings in acrylic and alcohol, as well as his new stone carvings. The opening reception for this exhibition is on Friday, March 10 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. If you're really interested in the stone sculptures, stop by Framed on Fifth on March 25 for a stone carving demonstration by the artist himself. Anyone can visit the gallery to see Newton sculpt a stone bear from start to finish in this free event. 

Herringer Kiss Gallery

Modus Operandi | Group Show

March 9 to April 1

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

Every artist’s process is different. And, how ideas are fostered is different for each creative person. In this group exhibition, the creative processes of Nate McLeod, Tia Halliday and Fiona Ackerman are captured and showcased. For all three of these artists, the process is just as important as the end result, but is rarely shown. This is a chance to get a kind of behind-the-scenes look at how the three work. The exhibition’s opening reception is on Thursday, March 9 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

Contemporary Calgary

Utopia Factory

March 16 to July 30

117 8 Ave. S.W., 403-770-1350, contemporarycalgary.com 

Interior view of Memorial Hall, Confederation Centre of the Arts, Charlottetown, 1964, photograph by Arthur James, published Canadian Architect vol. 9, no. 11, p. 55. courtesy of contemporary calgary.

This isn’t just an art exhibition. It’s also a research project that looks into how communities are conceptualized from a contemporary and historic viewpoint. The exhibition has three parts: When Form Becomes Attitude curated by Noa Bronstein, Research Station curated by Lisa Baldissera and Nate McLeod and Architecture and National Identity: The Centennial Projects 50 Years On, curated by Marco Polo & Colin Ripley.      


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