A publication of the Allied Arts Council of Lethbridge (AAC)
S p r i n g / S u m m e r 2 013
advancing the arts in Lethbridge
creat ing ar t s in souther n alber ta
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Publisher Allied Arts Council of Lethbridge 318 . 7 Street South Lethbridge, AB T1J 2G2 T: 403.320.0555 F: 403.320.2450 email@example.com www.artslethbridge.org
Publication date March 2013 Administration
For the last 18 months or so, the community
signiﬁcantly since the Yates Theatre was built
has watched with great interest the emergence
50 years ago, and the availability of additional
Suzanne Lint Executive Director
of an imposing new building on Third Avenue
performing arts space is crucial to the health of
in downtown Lethbridge. The building, ﬁttingly
the arts community. Additionally, Lethbridge
Jana MacKenzie Finance
named Casa (diminutive of Casa “house,” from
has the potential to become a cultural hub in
Latin Casa “hut, cottage, cabin”), is the city’s
Western Canada and sufﬁcient, appropriate
Muffy McKay Projects
newest cultural facility. Casa will provide artists
performing arts space is critical to achieving
working in all disciplines with a home. It will be
Derek Stevenson Communications
a centre for creating arts in Southern Alberta, thus ensuring the continued growth and
As we move forward into the new year, we
Vanessa Eagle Bear Reception
sustainability of Lethbridge’s arts community.
are excited to work with everyone in our arts community to foster new programming and
The need for a new community arts centre was
events, while continuing a forward-looking
recognized in 1975 when the Bowman Arts
vision for the arts in Lethbridge. A shared
Claire Hatton Education & Facility Services
Centre was evaluated by the City of Lethbridge
vision and collaborative effort from the arts
and was identiﬁed as needing upgrading and
community, the University of Lethbridge, the
Darcy Logan Gallery Services
expansion. In 2006 the City of Lethbridge once
Allied Arts Council and the City of Lethbridge
again evaluated its community facilities and the
brought the new community arts centre -Casa
Bowman Arts Centre was once again classiﬁed
to fruition. This same vision and collaboration
as needing improvement. The Southern Alberta
is required to ensure the construction of a new
Board of Directors
Art Gallery and the Yates Memorial Centre
performing arts centre in the City’s emerging
PRESIDENT Gloria Torrance
were also classiﬁed as no longer adequately
cultural corridor. We look forward to celebrating
serving the needs of the community. A year
the grand opening of the Casa with you in May
VICE PRESIDENT Kim Siever
later Lethbridge’s City Council demonstrated
and passionately await a similar celebration in
considerable forethought and vision by
the future for a new performing arts theatre.
SECRETARY Tyler Gschaid
including funding for the expansion of SAAG,
TREASURER Shanna Bailey
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DIRECTORS Ron Brown Sarah Christensen Barb Cunningham Kris Hodgson Tweela Houtekamer Greg Norman Dione Overes Don Reeves Jennifer Schmidt Rempel Elizabeth Songer
the construction of a community arts centre and the development of a functional plan for a new performing arts centre in their 2008-2017 Capital Improvement Plan. The City Councillors will once again begin
discussions on a new capital improvement plan
this spring and it is imperative that the vision of a cultural corridor and new performing arts centre is not lost. Our City has grown
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A Journey for the Arts Ron Brown, Allied Arts Council Board Member, Visual Artist From 1993 to 2002, my wife Cheri and I spent most of our time on the road doing art shows, fairs, poetry gatherings and gallery openings. We spent many hours in the company of other artists; mostly painters, sculptors, poets and musicians. Our discussions were often about Canadians and, in particular, Albertans and their reaction to artists and their work.
Southern Alberta was not considered a hot bed of artists so it was a surprise to me when I joined the AAC and became more involved at the Bowman, that the arts were alive and well in Lethbridge and area. When we visited art shows with the other artists, we concluded that one of the reasons mainstream Southern Albertans did not seem interested in the arts the sparse exposure most of us got in the arts at school and at home. My parents were only one generation from the pioneers who settled our area, and making a living was a priority. We were never poor, but money was scarce. No one thought about the arts as a viable option. Singers, dancers, musicians and writers all had to go somewhere else to make anything of themselves in the arts.
a substantial inventory of work that, for a variety of reasons, will likely remain so for some time. Let’s just refer to it as Van Gogh Syndrome, though few if any will ever gain that artist’s posthumous fame.
It can be said without reservation that most visual artists (at least the ones I know) certainly don’t make art for ﬁnancial gain. Thus, it could be said that the issue of whether a community supports its artists or not is moot. That would be approaching the whole matter from a completely wrong perspective. Let’s, instead, view it from the community point of view. In some ambiguous way there is a symbiotic relationship that exists between visual artists (and probably other 2
The myth surrounding the arts, that you have to be educated to understand it, was perpetuated by some in the arts. The reality is, as Cheri says, “be true to your taste,” allow others the same right and don’t fall for the hype that sometimes surrounds the arts. This adage will hold you in good stead in any gallery, theatre or show. Read whatever, listen to any kind of music, and enjoy or dislike what you see or hear, and you have struck the mother lode of the arts – which is to be able to love it or hate it, honor its validity, and as a result, give the artist the right to express as they see ﬁt. So how does the art community educate the general public? Is it our job to do so? What makes us so smart? If I could offer advice, I would say expand your horizons. When I started on my journey years ago, I had a pretty closed mind. Luckily I was forced to learn simply to survive. My mentor was a very spiritual man and his advice was simple: Just be; give up control; the artist will be able to thrive. I personally take no credit for whatever talent, my part is; do the work, study constantly and strive for better. These lessons were learned in an environment of other artists. All the best art comes from a strong community of artists. One of my favorite artists wrote “we toil in relative obscurity” but all the best art comes from a strong community of artists. The painters like Picasso or Monet all gathered and painted in close proximity. The Group of Seven were individuals with totally different styles, but together in a strong community, their work became brilliant. To me, this is the value of Casa. It is a place where everyone interested can participate. It does not matter if you never want to dance for living or become a renowned sculptor. It can be a place to educate and, in doing so, you become a supporter of the arts. Some nine or ten years ago I was invited to city hall to attend an unveiling ceremony for revitalizing downtown Lethbridge. It was at this meeting that I became excited about the new community arts centre. I felt it was a stepping stone for keeping some of the brilliant talent of our community from moving to other centres. When the AAC became involved with the City of Lethbridge in planning new facilities for the arts, I volunteered for the facilities committee board. We spent many, many hours in meetings and now almost nine years later Casa is a reality. We are excited to have a really nice, new building where people can come and spend time engaged in the arts in its many forms. The City of Lethbridge has displayed their commitment to the community and all those who love the arts. What a great new place. Come and enjoy what Casa has to offer and be very proud that you are a part of something good. AB
From the By Derek Stevenson, AAC Communications Coordinator
I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Patrick Spanos, the Building Project Manager for the City of Lethbridge & Norm Butler, Site Superintendent for Casa. What is it about this particular project that you ﬁnd rewarding? Pat: I started with the project right from the beginning, so I have worked with the user groups developing what kind of building they required; right from the Request For Proposal for the Architect and design team. I worked with the design team through the entire process. Seeing what the building has become is a really rewarding experience. Norm: The overall construction is completely different than anything I have ever done before. I think that is because it is a community building - a ﬂagship for Lethbridge - that you feel a certain responsibility for it that you wouldn’t necessarily feel with a shopping mall or commercial building. What are some challenges that are associated with a building like this? Pat: Each user group has different requirements within the building, so there are various different components throughout the whole building that have been quite a challenge to integrate with one another. Norm: From a construction perspective, this building’s exterior has so many different products, and all of them have to mesh together and do so effectively. You need to watch everything quite carefully to ensure the different materials tie-in together as designed. How have you been successful with this project? Pat: If there is a good relationship with the people you are working with, and you treat people fairly, they will respect you in return. You have to be able to have a lot of give-and-take for the best end product for all. The ﬁnal product will judge if we were a success. Norm: As you go through the timeline you are always dealing with small problems and issues; but on this project we have such a good team. By and large, the sub trades are good, which has made it come together successfully, and that’s a credit to the Lethbridge trades.
Were there any moments you can describe that struck you of the magnitude of this project? Pat: The ﬁrst ﬂoor ceiling is very high, which is the concrete ﬂoor of the second ﬂoor: the forming of it, getting ready to pour it - the whole structure that was built below to hold up the form work and concrete while it was curing and setting was quite a sight. Norm: I think the height of the second ﬂoor slab, although you see it on blueprint, until you actually see it built, you don’t get the real feeling of it. Can you explain some of the economic beneﬁts of this project for this city? Pat: One major economic beneﬁt is the majority of the sub trades were Lethbridge based, with the grant funding coming in to pay for this building from the federal and provincial government. It is good to see it stay in the Lethbridge economy. It certainly makes a signiﬁcant difference to our local economy. That is not even taking into account the architects, mechanical engineers, structural engineers, electrical engineers, and civil engineers who were all involved in making this project happen. I am sure once the building opens there will be businesses thriving in the vicinity on it, as well as people in southern Alberta travelling here to use it. How do you manage the relationships within the construction process? Pat: The ownership of the user groups, the involvement of the Allied Arts Council and the University of Lethbridge Conservatory of Music and all the user groups worked together as such a great team that it made the entire process go very smoothly. Everyone has wanted this building to come together as good as it could and it’s nice to see how much give-and-take there is between people. I have enjoyed a very good relationship with Norm and with Sharon Dawson the Project Manager for the Contractor as well as with Gregg Robbins and Dan Westwood from Ferrari Westwood Babits Architects, everyone has worked together
in a very professional manner to have the best end product possible. Norm: We held bi-weekly meetings with the local design team, Ferrari Westwood Babits. They made themselves very accessible by phone for different changes and issues that came up along the way. Also, our relationship with the Pat, the project manager, has been very fair and accessible, which has made my job so much easier. What does this building mean to you on a personal level? Pat: I think it is a wonderful building because so many different people within the City of Lethbridge and surrounding area can use it. It’s a great building, my children and my grandchildren can use it, and every time I look at it, I know that I was involved in it from the beginning. It is a really neat feeling to know that you were involved in every aspect of this building. Norm: That’s the rewarding part of construction; you get a real sense of satisfaction and accomplishment. I am excited to see it because I think it is of real value to many people in the community. AB
GREEN FACTS This building uses only 30% of the energy of a normal building this size. Approximately 70% of waste materials were recycled and diverted from the landﬁll. Building takes advantage of operable windows that heat and cool the building lowering energy costs. There are CO 2 censors within the building that will sense people in the various spaces and circulate it where required. ARTSBRIDGE
The ‘Progress’ series:
by Aaron Hagan
The idea for the project came soon after hearing of the City’s commitment to the AAC initiative of building a new community arts centre in Lethbridge. I have an interest in construction projects around the city, always keeping an eye on what’s new and evolving, primarily in the downtown core. Once I heard the project was ﬁrmed up and the city would be building what is now an exciting, contemporary Arts facility, I became inspired to do a new painting series. As I would be working at Casa, I felt that much more inclined to paint what would be a homage to the AAC and their commitment to Advancing the Arts in our city. I started taking snapshots in 2010 when the old IGA building was being literally “de-constructed.” One such snapshot would be
the ﬁrst painting in what will be a suite of six 3 x 4 feet canvases as a visual record of this vast construction project. I was also looking at doing a documentary, but as is, many other stakeholders in the project have done just that. The AAC spearheaded a vast collection of photos documenting the construction project from all angles, start to ﬁnish. I also dabble in photography, and that is my starting point. I took many photos and took that source material to my studio in the Historic Old #1 Firehall downtown. However I enjoy the material of paint in my own arts practice, so that is what I pursued; six mid-sized canvases spanning a time period of approximately two years. I look forward to having the work displayed (in full colour) to the public
when Casa opens its doors in May of 2013.
Work begins by tearing down the old I.G.A. building on the site of Casa on 3rd ave. South.
*The post oﬃce Tower can be seen to the south in the background.
“Breaking New Ground”
Beginning stages of construction in 2011. Equipment operators at work.
*View from corner of 3rd ave & 8th st. South.
Construction well underway. Scaﬀolding is a strong
visual element during the erection of foundation walls. *View from corner of 3rd ave. & 8th st. South.
“High Beams” Mid-construction phase. This painting boasts the strong visual
element of the horizontal monumental wooden beams. *View from corner of 3rd ave. & 8th st. South.
“Near completion” Late phase of exterior construction. This painting is from a
photo taken in late 2012. Nearing completion; the building
has taken shape and onlookers can anticipate
Casa in the very immediate future.
*View from corner of 3rd ave. & 8th st. South.
Art in the
A discussion with the Architects: Dan Westwood, Jane Pendergast, Kevin Nyhoff
As we look forward to the grand opening of Casa this May we wanted to sit down and talk with the Architects about their artistic input into the design and process of this facility. By Derek Stevenson, Communications Coordinator AAC
Jane Pendergast Managing Arichtect, FPArchitetural Can you describe your involvement with the architectural process of Casa? With my colleague Tracy Lui, we led the workshops and focus groups with the Lethbridge arts community, as they tried to imagine what a Community Arts Centre would mean to this community. We assembled a few times in City Hall and then later in focus groups at the Bowman Arts Centre to provoke discussion, debate and generally brainstorm the possibilities. We brought examples of other community arts centres from around North America and asked some provocative questions.
Dan Westwood Design Architect, Ferrari Westwood Babits How does working on a creative space like the arts facility affect your architectural process? As architects, we have all been educated in the arts, whether through getting an undergraduate degree in ďŹ ne arts or taking art classes. Our direct experiences as users of this type of facility allowed us not only to respond to the design requirements, it also allowed us to design spaces that we would like to experience as users. Is it a rewarding experience to see a project such as this take shape and form in the community you live in? It is extremely rewarding to be able to contribute to the community you live in by designing buildings in that community. Working on a project such as this one that will have a large impact on our city is very exciting. To imagine how people will use a space, and then to design it in such a way that their experience of the space will be enriched, and then to see it actually happen is magical. It makes the long journey of a project more than worthwhile. I believe that this project will have a huge impact on the participation in the arts here in Lethbridge. This building is designed to facilitate accessibility to the arts. Each one of us will have the opportunity to explore artistic expression more than ever before. 6
What was it about this particular project that made it interesting to you, is there something inspiring about working on a creative space such as this? The wonderful diversity of people so passionate about both their means of expression and their community was inspiring. The variation of ages, backgrounds, skill sets and perspectives made it all the more interesting. Considering that this building is quite unique to other facilities in Canada, how did you develop the space requirements for the particular arts programming and the general functionality of the building? It all came from the Lethbridge arts community and its tireless leaders! We just listened, coached, arranged for tours of other facilities and we talked to a lot of people in the industry across Canada. It was a blast to work on something that promised to be so uniquely of its place. So uniquely Lethbridge. What was your process in assessing the community needs for the building? We had some images and diagrams of other art centres that described both their physical setup and their organizational structure. Only after workshop tables made up of deliberately diverse arts sectors had struggled with brainstorming onto scraps of paper did we talk about the other examples. Because we were from outside the community we were able to ask the obvious questions and playfully challenge people to look at things another way when necessary. We brought our experience with other arts groups and settings to occasionally inform the discussion.
Design Architect, Nyhoff Architecture
What was it about this particular project
What creative liberties went into the design
Was there any particular creative inspiration
that made it interesting to you?
of this particular building?
that went into your work on the Community Arts Centre?
I was very interested in the assembly of
I wanted to show people how unique this
such a unique and diverse facility program.
building was and I did not want it to be
This aerial image of the ﬁelds surrounding
We needed to completely understand the
ordinary or anonymous. It needed to look
Lethbridge was my initial inspiration for
detailed and specialized requirements of
like an arts centre, not an ofﬁce building.
the design of the building. The unique and
each of the arts guilds represented in the
Building upon the inside out design process,
diverse plots of land are woven together
building and design spaces to meet these
I wanted the exterior of the building to
like a quilt. The patterning of the ﬁelds and
needs and function properly for their users.
express what was going on inside.
the craft of quilt making represented the spirit of the building and the community of
I also found it interesting that there was
the arts within.
no “back side” to this building and the design would need to respond to all sides
Many of the arts spaces required very few
of its context. The site’s prominent position
windows, high windows or no windows
How do you make a building such as
downtown adjacent to the SAAG and Galt
at all. So it quickly became clear that I was
this iconic, or symbolic of an entire arts
Gardens offered an exciting opportunity to
working with volumes of space and the
strengthen the emerging cultural precinct,
public spaces in-between. The intentional
highlight the importance of the arts in
push of the interior spaces through the glass
To me, this region is deﬁned by a directness
Lethbridge and invite the public to explore
to the exterior was a strategy to highlight
of form and function and the honesty of
what the facility has to offer.
the variety of spaces within. The application
materials and construction. The high level
of simple and durable materials in various
bridge, west side coal shaft and water
How does working on a creative space
ways to create visual patterns and color shifts
tower structures as well as the traditional
like an arts facility affect your architectural
was intended to acknowledge the pattern
grain elevators are great examples of this
of the ﬁelds and the agrarian character of
characteristic. The design of this building
the region. The application of wood on the
applies this philosophy to the creation of
I needed to design the building from the
exterior of the practice rooms is symbolic of
creative arts spaces. It is not a precious
inside out. It was imperative that we create
the musical instruments played within and
building, rather a framework and backdrop
spaces to serve the needs and functions of
provided a warm counterpoint to the more
for the creation, experience and enjoyment
the arts user ﬁrst. Each space was designed
functional and gallery-like environment of
of the arts and will evolve over time.
to meet these needs, then arranged and
the building. Together, the composition was
located to create ideal adjacencies, with
intended to create a sense of community
This is a very special project and I am proud
a goal of an orderly and efﬁcient building
among the arts under one roof.
to have been involved in its creation. I hope
plan with a way ﬁnding strategy. In this
its impact on the thriving arts culture of
process, the exterior of the building became
Lethbridge will be signiﬁcant and long lived.
a true and direct expression of the function
of the spaces within.
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By Claire Hatton, Facilities Manager
For the last six years I have been the manager of the Bowman and I tend to get a little giddy thinking about the additional space we’re going to have moving into a building more than twice the size of the Bowman. I’m used to shufﬂing and squeezing groups into repurposed spaces that are not always appropriate for them. I’m also used to turning groups away, because the limited available space isn’t available. I guess it’s not just more space that I get excited about, but dedicated space, with all the right equipment, venting, and lighting to go along with it. The new art centre has the ability and capacity to accommodate more art groups and individual artists than ever before. Its focus is to provide space and equipment for numerous artists in all disciplines to pursue their craft. This means you can, as an individual, use one or more of the visual art studios. You or your group may also book space for practice, meetings, workshops and events. So, if you have an interest in art, and need space, I can happily say, ”we have it.” The following outlines some of the spaces available to rent at Casa. “Space is the breathe of art” – Frank Lloyd Wright
Community Room The Community Room is the largest bookable space in Casa with 2760 sq. ft. of useable area. As a multipurpose, black-box styled space it will accommodate large group meetings, recitals, musical and theatrical rehearsals, artisan sales, ﬁlm screenings and special events. The room seats 250 people theatre style and 120 cabaret style. A podium, sound system and digital projector with 20’ screen are available upon request when booking. (Specialized lighting and sound will need to be contracted.)
Meeting Room(s) Each room is conﬁgured to seat up to 16 people, conference style. A retractable common wall can be opened up to accommodate up to 30 people. A whiteboard, smart television, coffee station and computer desk are available in each room. Requests for audio visual equipment can be made when booking the room.
2D Classroom Equipped with easels, drawing tables, and ﬂat surface work tables, this space will accommodate up to 20 students comfortably.
3D Classroom Divided into a clay wheel area and clay hand building/sculpture area, the room will accommodate up to 10 students in each area.
Visual Art Studios Equipped studios are available for artists working in a variety of mediums. Studios can be booked to hold workshops when the equipment required is not available in a classroom. Workshop bookings in studios will be limited to maintain access for individual artists.
Textile Studio Comprised of two work areas, the textile studio has a fully equipped and vented dye room, as well as a dry area with padded work tables.
2D Studio There are two areas in the 2D studio. One is equipped with easels, tables, vertical and ﬂat storage for artists working on paper or canvas. The other area is a fully equipped and vented printmaking area complete with etching equipment, a printing press, plate shearer and drying racks.
3D Studio The 3D studio includes a clay area, woodworking area, and space to work in other sculptural mediums. The clay area is fully equipped for artist to work in both hand building and on the wheel. The woodworking space has equipment and work tables for artists working with materials other than clay.
Plaza The Plaza is an outdoor courtyard on the east end of the building. This space will accommodate large groups, concerts, street dances, outdoor markets and other festival types events.
Balcony The Balcony is an outdoor covered patio with views of Galt Gardens. The space is suitable for outdoor classes such as plein air & yoga, as well as small group receptions. AB Booking Information 9:00am - 5 :00pm Mon-Friday
Equipped with a sprung ﬂoor, mirrors, bars and a sound system, the dance studio will accommodate up to 20 dancers. A change room is adjacent to the dance studio. The community room is available for large groups, or groups not requiring a sprung ﬂoor.
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FOR A NEW HOME
By Lori Harasem, City of Lethbridge Recreation and Culture Development Manager May 2013 Is only a few months away. A date that many have waited years for, May 2013 will mark the opening of Casa. It took decades of work, ideas and planning, and many individuals and groups’ time, passion and involvement to make this Arts Centre a reality.
positive impact on everyone. In 2007 the book, “Studio Thinking: The Real Beneﬁts of Visual Art Education,” published by Hetland and Winner, outlined many of the positive outcomes of having individuals exposed to the arts. Some of these beneﬁts include: the enhancement of thinking and imagination, the ability to use metaphor and the ability to communicate feelings, all of which makes an individual more skilled for many activities in life. Findings have also demonstrated the positive effect the arts have on those who are more at-risk.
In 1975 the City of Lethbridge Major Facilities Plan noted that the Bowman Arts Centre needed upgrades. This was only 12 years after the City of Lethbridge gave the building to the Allied Arts Council to use as a Community Arts Centre.
A partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts and the US Justice Department shows that at-risk youth who participated in arts programs scored better in areas such as completing tasks, working with others, increased self-esteem, and even a better attitude towards school.
Since then, interest in the arts has grown rapidly in Lethbridge. With the growth of the city’s population, the expansion of the University of Lethbridge’s programs in the Fine Arts, and the expansion of galleries such as the SAAG, Lethbridge has drawn many artists and those interested in the arts. This new building will be a home for those who are already experienced and passionate about the arts and for those who are just starting to explore the arts. Imagine a 4 year old, possibly the next Yo-Yo Ma. This child, and many like him or her, will maybe have their very ﬁrst music lesson in this building with one of the very talented music teachers from the Conservatory of Music from the University of Lethbridge. Or imagine the adult on their ﬁrst day of retirement who has always wanted to learn weaving or painting or ﬁgure drawing. This building could be where that man or woman ﬁrst picks up a pencil or paintbrush and learns ways to apply what is in their heads to the canvas in front of them. This new building is exciting for those who already love the arts and will open doors to those who have not experienced the arts in a formal way before. It will be a gathering place, a place to meet new friends and have new experiences together, to learn skills, volunteer, and a place to grow and create memories. Some may wonder how their lives will be impacted by this new facility as maybe they have no interest in taking lessons or attending functions at this new venue. The beneﬁts of the arts in a community are well researched and documented and these beneﬁts have a
The Allied Arts Council offers bursaries for youth who are not able to afford arts classes. They work hard at growing programs for those with a full range of abilities and have been successful. This new building will allow programs such as these to continue and grow. This will beneﬁt our whole community as those who may not have had success or opportunities and may have been a cost to us through other channels, now can experience the opportunities, growth and beneﬁts of participating in something that interests them. This building will allow for a full range of arts experiences. This building will draw more visitors of the arts, more tourists, and more activity, all of which have an economic beneﬁt to the city. The building will serve as a host to events and activities that will draw visitors from distant areas to attend. There will be additional opportunities for hotels, restaurants, and stores in the downtown, and growth in other arts and cultural organizations. “I think people in Lethbridge have become accustomed to hearing about the great things that are happening on the Lethbridge art scene - the SAAG, the U of L art collection, the Conservatory, the music scene, student art, public art and so on,” said Carol Thibert, Community Programs Manager with the City of Lethbridge’s Recreation and Culture Department. “But from what we’ve been hearing from the larger community, I think even the most seasoned art watchers are looking at what we’re doing now with this building with a sense of excitement.” While Lethbridge has been a hub for the arts for quite some time, it will be more noticeable to the larger community when this building opens and as its programs and activities begin. This building means increased gallery space; more facility rental space for meetings and workshops; much needed meeting rooms for arts groups; studios and workshop space for those who specialize in the creation of arts with mediums such as clay, wood, drawing, painting, fabrics, and other materials; music classrooms and practice rooms; and even a dance studio for rehearsal and dance organization use. In a few more months the doors will open to the 4-year-old who may be the next Yo-Yo Ma, or the retired person who ﬁnally has time to pursue the craft that has always intrigued them, or to the person who is already so busy but wants to meet new friends while learning something new that relaxes them, shows them the world in a whole new light, and becomes like a second home to them. May 2013 – I look forward to seeing you there, at the Grand Opening of this new home for the arts in Lethbridge. Watch out as I may just pick up a paintbrush and take my ﬁrst stab at learning how to properly hold one since being in elementary school was so many decades ago! AB ARTSBRIDGE
This building will draw more visitors of the arts, more tourists, and more activity, all of which have an economic benefit to the city.
Public art is a source of civic pride, encourages social exchange and helps create sense of community identity. Mirrored Earth by Jacqueline Metz and Nancy Chew
Growing the Collection Suzanne Lint, Chair, Public Art Project Commission Committee
In 2007, Lethbridge City Council took the bold and visionary step of approving a Public Art Policy and establishing a percent for artwork program. Like their counterparts in many another communities, Council recognized the value of public art. Public art evokes aspects of the social, natural, cultural, physical, political, economic or historical context of the site and community. It enhances the urban fabric by creating beloved landmarks, reďŹ‚ecting local heritage and boosting economic development and tourism. Public art is a source of civic pride, encourages social exchange and helps create sense of community identity. The intent of Lethbridgeâ€™s Public Art Program is that the City actively uses public art to enhance the public realm, promote creativity and elevate the Cityâ€™s status as an important centre of arts and culture.
When Casa, the new community art centre, opens in May the community will be treated to at least three new public art works. The new community art centre is viewed as a priority site for public art installation because it is a major public cultural facility in a prime downtown location. The inclusion of public art was a consideration throughout the design process for the centre. Artists working with the design team were able to collaboratively identify opportunities to incorporate art in the facility. This collaboration, as well as the strong architectural design, provided an opportunity to expand the common understanding of public art. The public art work associated with Casa is not limited to a single sculpture situated on the outdoor plaza. Rather multiple works are anticipated for the centre including integrated functional works. Current projects include an artist designed and fabricated reception desk, an artist designed gate and grill for the outdoor work yard and a major project for the main foyer. ARTSBRIDGE
Public art evokes aspects of the social, natural, cultural, physical, political, economic or historical context of the site and community.
commom-unity by George Heagle
Once the initial project opportunities were identiﬁed by the design team, a selection committee comprised of community, artist and site representatives was formed to manage the artwork selection process. The selection committee deﬁned timelines, artist eligibility and proposal requirements. They were also responsible for reviewing proposals and making the ﬁnal selection of works to be recommended to City Council. Reception Desk Project: Because of the relatively short timeline for the installation of the desk the committee decided to limit the call to western Canadian artists and because of the functional requirements associated with constructing the project an Request for Qualiﬁcations was issued asking artists to submit their qualiﬁcations including examples of previous work. Seven artists submitted their credentials for consideration. These submissions were evaluated and based on their experience and quality of previous work, four artists were shortlisted and invited to develop ﬁnal proposals. The ﬁnal proposals were evaluated for sensitivity to building’s aesthetics, creativity, functionality of the design, maintenance requirements and the artist’s qualiﬁcations. George Heagle, an Edmonton based artist was commissioned to design and fabricate the large reception desk. Heagle completed his formal training in Ontario and then established Cotswold Studio in Edmonton in 1983. He has a strong exhibition record, has received numerous awards and commissions and is represented in numerous public and private collections. Mr. Heagle’s design is based on the Japanese notion of Wabi-Sabi – or something that becomes better or more beautiful with age. His design incorporates a series of wood bricks that transition from highly polished to rough carved and sandblasted surfaces that replicate the process of erosion. The committee appreciated the natural, tactile nature of the materials selected by George Heagle and felt they represented the best ﬁt for the aesthetics of the building. The committee also felt the American white ash and white oak bricks were not only sensitive to the repeating wood block element in the centre’s design but also provided a strong contrast to the glass and polished concrete surfaces in the centre. Foyer Project: The artwork for main foyer in Casa was selected through a multi-stage competition that was open to regional, national and international artists. Artists were invited to envision works that would activate and draw attention to the architectural qualities of the large
foyer space. In the ﬁrst stage artists were asked to provide a general concept, an artist’s CV and examples of previous work. Fifty- six submissions were received from artists from around the globe. Once the submissions were evaluated, four artists were short-listed and invited to develop ﬁnal proposals that included their detailed design, budget and material lists.
The ﬁnal proposals were evaluated for their capacity to enhance foyer space, compatibility with building’s aesthetics, creativity of the work, durability and maintenance requirements, and the quality of work, as demonstrated in past work. Nancy Chew and Jacqueline Metz, a Vancouver based team with extensive experience with public art projects have been commissioned to produce a work for the Casa foyer. Their work Mirrored Earth consists of hundreds of small mirrors arranged in a manner that replicate the coulee landscape. The work also incorporates motion sensors that cause the work to respond to the movements of people in the area.
Mirrored Earth was selected because of the strong impact it will have on people as they enter the space and the constantly changing nature of the work. The Community Art Centre will have many users that visit the facility on a consistent basis. The reﬂective surface of the work, and its capacity to respond to people as they pass by, ensures that the viewer’s experience will change each time they see the work. Gate and Grill Project: A third conﬁrmed project for the centre is underway. Local artists have been invited to submit preliminary sketches that share visually their understanding and impressions of the arts. The selection committee will review the initial submissions and will invite an artist to convert their sketch into a drawing that can be used in the fabrication of a steel gate and steel grill insert, incorporated in the wall that surrounds Casa’s outdoor work space. An announcement regarding the successful artist for the Gate and Grill Project is expected in early March. Given Casa’s role as a centre for the creating works of it is likely that over time these initial three projects will be supplemented by other stimulating works of art. And like the arts centre itself, these works will engage the community and will continue grow Lethbridge’s reputation as a vibrant hub for the arts. AB
By Peggy Mezei, University of Lethbridge Conservatory of Music
Conservatory of Music
The Conservatory of Music can trace it origins back to the beginnings of the University of Lethbridge in 1968. Originally, Conservatory programs were delivered by only a few instructors on the original U of L campus, which was on the Lethbridge College site. With the construction of the new campus on the west side of the river in 1971, the Conservatory relocated to University Hall and then moved to the U of L Centre for the Arts in 1984. We are excited about our next move into the heart of downtown in spring 2013. The U of L Conservatory of Music set about to serve the musical needs of our community and surrounding area, by providing professional and active musicians as instructors to inspire, engage and teach students of all ages. Forty-ďŹ ve years later, this is still what we do. Iâ€™m proud of the commitment of our instructors, some of whom have taught and been involved with the Conservatory for more than 25 years. Several names come quickly to mind -- Dale Ketcheson, Elinor Lawson and Norbert Boehm, just to name a few. Their expertise, hard work and dedication deserve to be acknowledged and celebrated. We have grown continually over the years, to the point where we have outgrown our on-campus facilities. Thanks to the support and foresight of the City of Lethbridge and the University of Lethbridge, we will soon have a new home.
We look forward to working with other community organizations to provide additional arts opportunities for everyone.
The Conservatory, its instructors, and students have an exciting year ahead as we move back across the river into the heart of downtown and take up residence in Casa. What a great new home! It is easy to get to, has lots of parking and provides an opportunity for us to expand programming and enhance our ability to serve Southern Alberta. We look forward to working with other community organizations to provide additional arts opportunities for everyone. With this new home, the prospects of sharing space with other arts organizations opens the door to so many more chances for collaborations among the groups. Working together in the new cultural corridor is sure to further strengthen our already cohesive arts community.
Music matters, regardless of whatever else you do in your life and the value of music education cannot be overestimated.
I would personally like to acknowledge the magniﬁcent leadership we had for the Music in the Making Campaign. Lottie Austin and Professor Emeritus Dr. George Evelyn co-chaired the campaign to outﬁt our new facilities with all of the amenities needed. Thanks to the generosity of many patrons, we can now deliver programs with state-of-the-art equipment, technology and musical instruments. Our current offerings include something for everyone, whether you are just starting to study music or returning. We offer private lessons on almost any instrument and you can start any time. We accept students of all ages, levels and aspirations. Some of our popular group programs include: Kindermusik, which takes your child, aged six months to seven years, on a journey of discovery and exploration; “Strummin n Hummin,” taught by Dale Ketcheson, is for beginner guitar players; String ensembles range from beginner to more advanced, under the direction of Lise Boutin and Mark Rodgers. Conservatory Choirs for participants aged 6 to 14 and up, directed by Kathy Matkin, are open to anyone who loves to sing. Let’s Drum, a global drumming class, instructed by Matt Groenheide is for ages 7 to 15.
The Conservatory also connects with the community at large through its extremely successful free children’s concert series “Feel the Beat.” Since its inception in 2008, almost 15,000 Southern Alberta children have experienced professional music productions that include Peter and the Wolf, Carnival of the Animals, and Beethoven Lives Upstairs. This May, in collaboration with the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra, audiences can enjoy Mozart’s Magniﬁcent Journey. “Feel the Beat,” which is supported by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, enables young students to hear classical music and watch performances by professional musicians. We know not all of our students want to travel down the path to be a professional musician. However, we also know that providing access to music education promotes lifelong learning and instills in everyone a love of music. Music matters, regardless of whatever else you do in your life and the value of music education cannot be overestimated. In closing I must acknowledge the hard work, mutual cooperation, dedication and foresight of many organizations and individuals who have helped make this new facility a reality for the whole community. AB
Working together in the new cultural corridor is sure to further strengthen our already cohesive arts community.
By Leila Armstrong, Casa Education Coordinator
Educational programs at Casa will offer many exciting opportunities for local artists as well as community members interested in classes and workshops for beginners.
S A M P L E R 4 - PAC K S F O R A D U LTS & C H I L D R E N Coming in May and June 2013, the centre will offer one time art class samplers for both adults and children. A Sampler 4-Pack will give individuals the opportunity to try out four different areas of interest from a broad range of disciplines including painting, clay wheel, dance, textile arts, improv theatre, and much more. Adult classes will be offered on afternoons and evenings during the week and children’s classes on Friday afternoons and Saturdays. Look forward to a detailed schedule and prices in the spring!
A RTS PA RT N E R S H I P S Is there a class or workshop you would like to see offered at Casa? Or, are you an arts instructor interested in providing a class or workshop? Arts Partnerships foster creative development by combining community inspired ideas with centre administrative and facility resources. Proposals for classes and workshops are generated and delivered by individual artists or arts organizations from all disciplines, and are available to local as well as visiting artists. The beneﬁts for individual artists and community arts groups are: • Administration and registration services are provided by centre staff. • Class/workshop space is provided by the centre at no cost to the person or arts group proposing the partnership. • Inclusion of the class/workshop in the centre’s program guide, on our web site and digital sign. • Revenue generated by classes and workshops is shared, with 70% going to the individual artist or community arts group proposing the partnership (to cover artists’ fees, travel, per diem and hotel, (if necessary) and 30% going to Casa to cover administrative costs. We are currently accepting proposals to coincide with the opening of Casa. Please contact Leila Armstrong at 403-327-2813 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
A RT I S T R E S I D E N C Y P RO G R A M The Artist Residency Program provides an opportunity for artists from all disciplines to pursue their own work in a supportive, community-based atmosphere. It is open to artists from all backgrounds and at any stage in their development, including recent high school graduates, amateurs, and emerging or established professionals. Casa will provide facilities and opportunities for professional development. Individuals are encouraged to seek funding for travel, lodging, and per diems from granting agency, if necessary. Available facilities (depending on artists’ media/area of interest): • 2D studio, including printmaking facilities; • 3D studio, including woodworking, pottery wheels and kilns; • Fully equipped Textile Studio; • Dance studio; • And multi-purpose rehearsal space. Artists will be responsible for providing their own working materials. Residencies can range from a minimum of 2 weeks to a maximum of 6 weeks. Special consideration will be given to applicants willing/able to: • Provide a public artist’s talk; • Provide a class, workshop, or demonstration of their area of expertise; • Or function as a part-time technician in one of the above mentioned facilities. If you are at the beginning of your career, and have no experience in these areas, we look forward to offering you the opportunity to develop these skills with our guidance and support. 14
Please contact Leila Armstrong at 403-327-2813 or email email@example.com for more information. AB
Art can be multi-faceted, and take many forms. Art can make you smile, and art can amaze you. Art can tickle your funny bone, and art can make you scratch your head. Art can be traditional, and art can be experimental. Art is frequently conservative, and art is often transgressive.
Where can an individual discover such an incredibly diverse range of creative expression? The answer is in our own community, being produced by the legion of artists that call Lethbridge their home. They are working out of downtown studios and from their homes, and creating pieces as different as landscape paintings and experimental videos. Quite often we are unaware of these talented artists creating in our own communities, but the new gallery program at Casa will soon provide a professional forum for these artists to engage with the greater community.
Our Gallery By Darcy Logan, Gallery Curator
make you smile
The mandate for the new gallery program will focus on exhibiting the works of community artists, with a sampling of regional and provincial creators. The schedule of artists for the ﬁrst year and a half of operations has already been set, and it promises to be an exciting sampling of community art. Community art isn’t limited to any particular style, medium or approach, but is instead representative of the work being created by artists in our city. One can expect to see drawing, painting, ﬁne craft, installation, sculpture, photography, new media and video art. Some works will be easy to digest, and some exhibitions will challenge the viewers to reconsider their assumptions about art. As traditional or experimental as the various shows in the new gallery may be, each exhibition will be the creative voice of a disciplined artist who either makes Lethbridge their home, or has a connection with our community. We are excited to be an advocate for artists in Lethbridge. We hope you’ll take the time to visit the new gallery at Casa, and in a moment of quiet contemplation, consider the amazing talent that our city has to offer. AB
Douglas Alfred Senft March 28,1950 - September 11, 2012 by Catherine Lavelle Douglas was born and grew up in Vancouver. One day, shortly before graduation from John Oliver High School, his art instructor Leon Touhy asked him what he was going to do next. Douglas replied that he thought he would study forestry management. Mr. Touhy said something like “Are you crazy? You get yourself down to the Vancouver
Although he described himself as “an old Modernist”, he had an extensive knowledge of and interest in the work of contemporary artists.
School of Art and register there.” It was a decision he never regretted. Douglas loved being at art school and graduated with honours in Sculpture in 1972. Two years later, he installed his ﬁrst public art commission, a large aluminum sculpture near Barcelona. In 1975, his ﬁrst Canadian public commission was installed at the University of Alberta. He continued to do studio and public work in Vancouver until 1979, when he moved to the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island, in what he described as “an act of romantic bravado.” In 1990, he wrote “I moved to the valley quite impulsively in 1979 and in the past, there have been times of indecision and moments of crisis about that choice. However, over the years I’ve lived and worked here, I’ve come to realize how rooted I am spiritually to this environment and how this informs my work. In addition to the increased physical space I have to work with, I have also noticed how much psychic space there is here. Less people, less frenzy.” Living in the Comox Valley allowed Douglas to continue to produce large scale sculptures in his own studio which would have been more difﬁcult in the city. Douglas was very pleased to have installed signal in His work exists in the public art collections in Vancouver,
Lethbridge last June, despite being extremely ill at the
Calgary, Portland and Washington State and the Art Bank of
time. We were very grateful for the volunteer assistance
Canada. He also had a successful business making welded
of friends Illarion Gallant, Derrick Carter and our assistant
steel art furniture and architectural elements which were
Jennifer McEachern. Douglas was passionate about beauty,
sold internationally. He taught Sculpture at North Island
about craft and about a carefully considered response to
College as part of the Fine Arts program. He was an
the context in which his work would be sited.
inspiring, rigorous and supportive instructor. Although he
described himself as “an old Modernist”, he had an extensive
signal embodies these hallmarks of Douglas’ work and
knowledge of and interest in the work of contemporary
he was rightly proud of this challenging and beautiful
Karen Lynn Christie October 19, 1959 - August 3, 2012 By Donna Gallant Karen has been an essential part of the Allied Arts Council’s Special Needs Program for over 15 years. Her services included; one on one assistance with students for Donna Gallant, (one of the AAC’s teachers), the design and assembly of table easels for the center, providing resource materials and equipment for the classes, her countless hours of volunteering and her wonderful smile and sense of humor. She always brightened up the students’ day. Her knowledge of art was essential in her participation in our program. She painted, drew, did printmaking, carpentry, clay, and mixed media and liked to try as many new art methods as possible. Her love for art is very evident but her love for people was even stronger. She was patient and kind to the students and spent many a long hours showing students the right way to do something or tried to explain the why and how of what they were doing. She was a gentle soul with an open mind and a joy to be around. We will truly miss her presence. Karen passed away on August 3 at the age of 52. AB
Her love for art is very evident but her love for people was even stronger.
Call for Nominations
Annual General Meeting Thursday, March 28, 2013 7 pm, Bowman Arts Centre 811 5 Avenue South
LUNCHEON ...for business & the arts
Do you know an individual, organization or business that has made an outstanding contribution to the arts in Lethbridge? The Allied Arts Council is looking for nominations for arts awards to be presented at the 7th Annual Mayor’s Luncheon for Business and the Arts on September 19, 2013.
• Presentation of the annual ﬁnancial statements • Presentation of the annual reports • Appointment of auditors • Election of Directors
Reception to follow
2013 Allied Arts Council Excellence (AACE) Awards: Recognizes members of the community that have made substantial philanthropic contributions that enhance the arts. Categories: • Individual • Service Organization • Business 2013 Joan Waterﬁeld Memorial Award: Recognizes an individual who has made a substantial contribution to our community in the area of the arts: dance, ﬁlm/new media, literary, music, theatre or visual arts.
Please RSVP your attendance to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 19, 2013 Nominations Due: May 31, 2013
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of events calendar of Allied Arts Council Members Potluck March 1, 6pm Bowman Arts Centre
New West Theatre An Almost Perfect Things by Nicole Moeller February 28 – March 9, 8pm March 2 & 9, 1pm & 8pm Sterndale Bennett Theatre
Ammena Dance Company An Explosion of World Dance and Music March 2, 7pm Yates Memorial Centre
Oldman River Potters Guild Karen Dormaar – Glaze Mixing Workshop March 23 Bowman Arts Centre
Bowman Arts Centre Lethbridge Artists Club Culmination & Conclusion January 26 Until April 9
Southern Alberta Art Gallery Ecotopia Group Exhibition February 9 - April 14
Group of Several A Selection of Paintings January 26 Until April 9
Ecotone Group Exhibition February 9 – April 14
Empress Theatre Jayme Stone’s Room of Wonders Tour March 21 & 22, 8pm
University of Lethbridge Art Gallery Projects by Museum Studies Interns March 1 – May 31 Helen Christou Gallery
South Country Fair Association Song writing Competition Event Slice Bar & Grill April 27, 7pm
Annual Curated Student Exhibition March 8 – April 18 Main Gallery
Southern Alberta Art Gallery SAAG Cinema April 16, 7pm
University of Lethbridge Faculty of Fine Arts Mary’s Wedding by Stephen Massicotte February 28-March 2, 8pm David Spinks Theatre
Arts Alive & Well in the Schools April 28, 1-5pm Until June
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang March 6, 6:30pm Lethbridge Public Library Theatre
University of Lethbridge Art Gallery Art and Life in Lethbridge during the 1960s April 12 – May 31 Helen Christou Gallery
Geomatic Attic Hayes Carll March 10, 8pm Alex Cuba March 14, 8pm Harry Manx March 24, 8pm Ron Sexsmith March 30, 8pm Kiwanis Music Festival March 11-23 Various Locations Lethbridge Folk Club Dave Gunning March 2, 8pm Lethbridge International Film Festival March 18 -23, 7pm & March 23, 2pm Lethbridge Public Library Theatre Lethbridge Photo Club Photofusion March 12 & 13 Lethbridge Public Library Theatre Gallery
Music at Noon March 5,12,19,26, 12:15pm University Recital Hall Quasar Saxophone Quartet March 9, 8pm University Recital Hall 7th Annual U of L Film Festival March 22, 8pm Location TBA Estuary by Ron Chambers March 19 – 23, 8pm University Theatre
Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra Chamber Series IV March 1, 8pm Southminster United Church
New Media Student Showcase: Event and Exhibition Design March 29 & April 10 U of L Penny Building
Master Series V March 25, 8pm Southminster United Church
Yates Memorial Centre Plein Art Work Sylvia Klassen, Karina Mak, & Eric Martens Until March 30
Joan Waterﬁled GallerApril april Geomatic Attic Jim Byrnes April 9, 8pm John Wort Hannam April 19, 8pm Lethbridge Folk Club Bow Djangos April 6, 8pm Wolf’s Den
Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Competition Finals April 26, 8pm University of Lethbridge Recital Hall McGill Music and Arts School Spring Concert April 27
Troyanda Ukrainian Dance Club Vesna: A Celebration of Spring April 28
University of Lethbridge Faculty of Fine Arts Global Drums! April 5 & 6, 8pm University Theatre Cosmopolis (New Media Series) April 3, 6:30pm Lethbridge Public Library Theatre Saba Musical Group April 7, 8pm University Recital Hall U of L Wind Orchestra April 8, 8pm Southminster United Church New Media BFA Graduation Exhibition April 12 – 24 U of L Penny Building
U of L Jazz Ensemble April 13, 8pm University Theatre
Northern Lights April 14, 3pm Southminster United Church Electro-Acoustic Ensemble April 20, 8pm Black Box Studio (W420) Vox Musica Semester End Concert April 21, 3pm Venue TBA May
Casa Grand Opening Celebrations May 14 -19 Casa Casa Gallery Transitions and Transformations New Work by Lethbridge Artists May 16 – June 29 Geomatic Attic The Weber Brothers May 6 – 8pm Hatrix Theatre The Foreigner by Larry Shue May 6-8, 8pm Moose Hall Hibikaya Taiko Drummers Hibikaya Matsuri May 11, 7pm La Cité des Prairies Lethbridge Community Band Society World of Fantasy May 4, 7:30pm Community Drive Church Lethbridge Folk Club Sadlier Brown Band May 11, 8pm Wolfs Den Lethbridge Irish Dance Association Concert performance May 26, 4pm Yates Memorial Theatre Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra Chamber Series V May 3, 8pm Southminster United Church Master Series VI With Troyanda Ukrainian Dance May 12 & 13, 8pm University of Lethbridge Theatre
Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden Opening Festivities May 11 & 12, 9-5pm University of Lethbridge Conservatory of Music Feel the Beat – Mozart’s Magniﬁcent Voyage May 15 - 10am, 12pm, 6pm May 16 – 10am, 12pm, 2pm Southminster United Church University of Lethbridge Art Gallery Recent Acquisitions May 2 – June 27 Main Gallery Annual Curated Student Exhibition March 8 – April 18 Main Gallery
june June Lethbridge Centennial Quilters Festival of Quilts June 14 & 15 Lethbridge College Gymnasium Lethbridge Jazz Society Lethbridge Jazz Festival 2013 June 13 – 15 Various Locations Lethbridge Pride Fest June 16 – 22
Playgoers of Lethbridge The Four Poster by Linda Johnson June 5,6,7,8, 8pm Sterndale Bennet Theatre
Southern Alberta Art Gallery House Tours & Tea July 27
Lethbridge Public Library Word on the Street Festival September TBA Main Library
August Southern Alberta Art Gallery Exhibition Opening – Mark Neufeld June 27 Until September Exhibition Opening – Mitch Robertson June 27 Until September
July july Casa Gallery Shanell Papp & Ryan Smithham July 6 until August 31 Lethbridge Shakespeare Performance Society As You Like it by William Shakespeare July 4,5,11,18,19,25,26 – 7pm Galt Garden Pergola Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden Birthday Celebration July 14 South Country Fair Association South Country Fair #27 July 19 – 21, 8pm Fish & Game Park – Fort Macleod
Blackfoot Canadian Cultural Society Blackfoot Arts & Heritage Festival August 20 – 22 Waterton Community Centre Lethbridge Shakespeare Performance Society As You Like it by William Shakespeare August 1,2,8,9 – 7pm Galt Garden Pergola
Southern Alberta Art Gallery Art Auction September 15 – 7pm Screen & Décor September 28 until November Monika Sosnowski September 28 until November *Please note changes to events may occur
Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden Summer Celebration August 10 September
Allied Arts Council Lethbridge Arts Days 2013 September 22-29 Downtown Lethbridge & Casa Casa Gallery Eric Martens/Blake Wilson/Mike Judd/Jim Palmer Jeanne Kollee September 7 - Oct 26
Contact information for each event/organization: Allied Arts Council www.artslethbridge.org
Lethbridge Folk Club www.lfc.ab.ca
Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden www.nikkayuko.com
Ammena Dance www.ammenadance.com
Lethbridge International Film Festival 404.328.2854
Old Man River Potters Guild 403.393.0635
Lethbridge Irish Dance Association www.bhriomhar.com
Playgoers of Lethbridge www.playgoers.ca
Blackfoot Canadian Cultural Society www.blackfoot.ca
Lethbridge Jazz Society www.lethbridgejazz.com
South Country Fair Association www.scfair.ab.ca
Empress Theatre www.empresstheatre.ab.ca
Lethbridge Photo Club www.lethbridgephotoclub.org
Southern Alberta Art Gallery www.saag.ca
The Geomatic Attic www.geomaticattic.ca
Lethbridge Public Library www.lethlib.ca
Troyanda Ukrainian Dance Club www.troyanda.ca
Hatrix Theatre 403.327.2957
Lethbridge Shakespeare Performance Society www.lethbridgeshakespeare.com
U of L Art Gallery www.ulag.ca
Kiwanis Club of Lethbridge www.kiwanislethbridge.org Lethbridge Community Taiko Association 403.381.4720 Lethbridge Centennial Quilters Guild www.lethbridgequilters.ca Lethbridge Community Band Society www.lcbs.ca
Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra www.lethbridgesymphony.org McGill Music and Arts School www.mcgillmusicandarts.com New West Theatre www.newwesttheatre.com
U of L Conservatory of Music www.uleth.ca/music-conservatory U of L Faculty of Fine Arts www.uleth.ca/finearts/events Vox Musica www.sites.google.com/voxmusicalethbridge
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