Join the celebration of arts and culture!
Creative Airdrie Society (CAS), together with various community partners, is excited to present ARTember 2017, a 23-day city-wide celebration of arts and culture. Join in the fun and enjoy a variety of events taking place throughout September and October (in conjunction with Alberta Culture Days Sept. 29 to Oct. 1). More information can be found at creativeairdrie.ca.
AIRDRIE & DISTRICT AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY:
ART OF THE HARVEST
Airdrie Ag Park
The Airdrie and District Agricultural Society (ADAS) is proud to host this annual harvest event. Horse teams and vintage equipment will be used to harvest the grain planted in spring. This informational demo and event offers something for the very small to the very tall, from the city dweller to those with rural roots. Located 3 kilometres west of Airdrie on Big Hill Springs Road. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Weather dependent – check website before event.
AIRDRIE FILM SOCIETY:
1st ANNUAL AIRDRIE FILM FESTIVAL
Town and Country Centre
The newly formed Airdrie Film Society is excited to present their Canadian-themed Airdrie Film Festival, which features family friendly fares in the afternoon and an Airdrie Film Festival After Dark, which will include a cash bar and snacks for patrons.
AIRDRIE FOOD BANK:
11th Annual Empty Bowls Arts Festival
Fun for the whole family! Enjoy a free soup lunch, music, pottery demos, kid’s activities, silent auction and more. Pottery bowls available for a suggested $20 donation. All proceeds support Airdrie Food Bank. 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
AIRDRIE PUBLIC LIBRARY:
ART IN THE LIBRARY
Sept. 5-Oct. 31
In the Mainspace: Colour Radiance, Bev Kelly
In this vivid collection, Airdrie-based artist Kelly presents whimsical women, birds and wildlife of Alberta. By blending natural forms with illustrative and abstracted design, Kelly captures her personal memories of travel, adventure, people and places. Her consistent use of vibrant colour and texture are inspired by the beauty of the natural world around her.
In The Den: Starting Points – Photography by W.H. Croxford High School Students
Students represent Airdrie youth by sharing their unique perspectives through photography.
In the McCall Room: Voice & Vision 2017: A Collaborative Project – Inspirations
In May 2017, 14 visual artists were randomly paired up with 14 writers, each submitting a piece of work to inspire the other. Over the summer, participants created a piece in response to the artwork or writing they were given, all to be unveiled and read at the final event on Oct. 1. This exhibit displays the initial inspirations.
HAND-BUILDING WITH CLAY: PRESS-MOLD TURTLES WITH KELLY PROULX
ACAD graduate and local artist and educator Kelly Proulx teaches students how to hand-build with clay. Students will build and glaze their own turtle sculpture, and pick up fired masterpieces at a later date. Two classes; one for juniors, one for adults.
Junior Artists (1-2:30 p.m.)
Ages 8-12; $4 materials fee; APL membership required, register in advance at the library. Limited to 15 participants.
Adult Artists (3-4:30 p.m.)
Teens also welcome! $4 materials fee; APL membership required; register in advance at the library. Limited to 15 participants.
WRITER’S WORKSHOP: HOW TO FIND YOUR AUTHOR VOICE WITH AUTHOR NANCY MARIE BELL
Join local established author Nancy Marie Bell for a free workshop on how to find your own unique writing voice. For beginner and established writers alike! 7-8 p.m. RSVP online at airdriepubliclibrary.ca
THUNDERING NATIONS PERFORMANCES
APL presents authentic First Nations dancers for three upbeat, interactive performances. 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m. Free.
TWEEN ZONE: HOW TO MAKE ZINES FOR TWEENS
Learn how to make your own zines! Create an original tiny magazine and photocopy it to share and distribute. Be a part of the zine world of artists, writers and activists and share your unique voice! Ages 8-12. 3-4 p.m. Free.
TEEN ARTISTS: BE A PART OF PUBLIC ART WITH LIA GOLEMBA
Join APL in a public art project! Learn about creating public art installations and paint your own work of art to be included in an outdoor group public art project. Ages 13-18. Register in advance at the library. Limited to 15 participants. $4 materials fee; APL membership required (free for teens). 6-8 p.m.
APL AUTHOR SERIES: FEATURING GARRY RYAN AND TANNER JAMES
An evening of celebrating the arts! Featuring an author reading and intimate discussion with Calgary-based mystery novelist Garry Ryan, a live performance by travelling Alberta musician and Canadian storyteller Tanner James, refreshments, and a prize draw. 7-9 p.m. Free. RSVP online at airdriepubliclibrary.ca
VOICE & VISION 2017: AN EVENT CELEBRATING INSPIRATION AND COLLABORATION
An annual collaborative project in which local visual artists and writers exchange work in the name of inspiration. Join APL in celebrating and sharing the conclusion of this project through readings of the written work, unveiling of the visual artwork, intimate discussions with the project creatives, and interactive activities designed to inspire your own voice and vision. Featuring live music by blues-rock artist Mitch Belot, refreshments and a prize draw. 6:30-9 p.m. Free. The Response artwork and written work will be on display until Oct. 31.
AIRDRIE REGIONAL ARTS SOCIETY:
ATB Parking Lot
404 Main Street, south, next to City of Airdrie. Artists showcase their works for the community. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free.
HOW TO BECOME MORE PROFESSIONAL IN YOUR ART PRACTICE
Bert Church Live Theatre
Chris Carson, with Visual Arts Alberta, will host a talk that addresses pricing artwork, where to show and exhibit, where to look for opportunities, when artists should get paid, what to expect from an art career, and more. Visit carfac.ca for more information. Open to all. 7 p.m. Free.
Sept. 30-Oct. 1
“OPEN AIR GALLERY” EVENT
Nose Creek Park
Airdrie Regional Arts Society will be hosting a number of artists, under their ARTS canopies at the park. Hanging artworks will include oil, water colours, acrylics, photography and much more. Held in conjunction with Creative Airdrie’s Mosaic 150 launch party on Oct. 1. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free.
BERT CHURCH THEATRE:
GENERATION HOPE: AN EVENING WITH JIMMY BELABRE FROM HAITI
The award-winning documentary, Generation Hope, features stories of children who grew up in extreme poverty but were able to better their lives by staying in school, thanks to help from Mary’s Meals, a global charity that provides a daily meal in a place of education to more than 1.2 million children. Meet Jimmy Belabre, one child who received Mary’s Meals growing up in Cité Soleil, a place the UN once declared as “the most dangerous place on Earth.” All ticket proceeds to support Mary’s Meals. 7:30 p.m. $10.
THE SPARK: A HERO TAKES CHARGE
Accidental Humour CO.
It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s … full-blown super heroics on an epic scale. Mild-mannered Maddy Martin is a brilliant electrical engineer desperate to prove herself when a freak accident gives her the incredible power of static electricity. Follow Maddy on her adventure in this hilarious, action-packed thrill ride through a world of superheroes, villains and ridiculous characters. 7:30 p.m. $20.
Sept. 29-Oct. 1
STORY BOOK THEATRE PRESENTS PINKALICIOUS THE MUSICAL
Based on the popular book Pinkalicious, written by Victoria and Elizabeth Kann, this story follows Pinkalicious, a young girl who can’t stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor’s office with “Pinkititis,” a dream come true for this pink-loving enthusiast. But when things go too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this pink predicament. Sept. 29 – 6:30 p.m.; Sept. 30 – 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.; Oct. 1 – 12 p.m. $15.11
VISUAL ARTS CLASSES
Sept. 16: Yoga and Painting Workshop
With Theresa Cochran (yoga) and Veronica Funk (artist). A combination yoga-and-painting class. Not a technical painting lesson, but rather a chance to harness the artistic and spiritual energy that comes from practicing yoga. No prior experience necessary. Snacks and art supplies included. Please bring a yoga matt. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $55
Sept. 18-Oct. 30: Visual Arts Combo (6 weeks – no class Oct. 9)
With artist Veronica Funk. Learn various art techniques that will help you wind down at the end of your day and stretch your creativity with painting, drawing, mixed media, bookbinding or sculpture. All supplies and tools are included to make amazing, one-of-a-kind, exciting art. This class is suitable for all levels. 7-9 p.m. $125
FASHION AND COSTUME DESIGN CLASSES
Sept. 20-Oct. 11: Halloween Howl Costume Design Class (4 classes)
Ages 8 -12
Learn how to design your own Halloween creature from scratch and showcase it at the Musical Masquerade Halloween Howl. You will learn how to develop your own Halloween creature, the process of creating a backstory, and determine where your creature is from. 6-7 p.m. $45 (includes one ticket to the Musical Masquerade Halloween Howl at BCT Oct. 17).
Sept. 20-Oct. 18: Creature Design Class (5 classes)
Learn how to design your very own creature, from development, to the process of creating a backstory, critically thinking about where your monster is from and how they would’ve grown up in this environment. In addition, determine how to execute this character for both theatre and film and the different needs of both platforms. Supplies included. 7:15-9:15 p.m. $95.
CANADA 150 MOSAIC PROJECT:
Sept. 26-27: Tile Painting
Oct. 1: Launch Party at Nose Creek Park
Communities across Canada are coming together to create a mural that will connect Canada through art. Airdrie will create a section of the mural made up of 400 individual 4×4-inch tiles. Using brushes and paint, 330 local participants will be leaving their mark. Every painting will be a story and will become a piece of a much bigger story. The resulting legacy artwork will become a standalone mural showcased in Nose Creek Park; part of a visual time capsule for this national unified project of more than 80,000 tiles. The deadline for submissions is Sept. 15. Participation is free thanks to the generosity of Creative Airdrie and the Alberta government. More information at creativeairdrie.ca.
SLAM (Supporting Local Area Musicians):
SLAM ON AIR FINALE CONCERT
Bert Church Theatre
Don’t miss the live concert that wraps up this great original songwriting/performing competition. Prior to the concert, contest entries are reviewed by a judging panel of music industry professionals. The judges then select their top picks to perform live on stage and compete to win a prize package. 7 p.m.
SH-EH-KSPEARE: A CANADIAN FOLLY
Nose Creek Park (amphitheatre)
An eager director looking to hoser up the bard in honour of Canada’s 150 birthday. An original short comedy by Kim Cheel Creations. 1-3 p.m. on the hour. Free.
TWO-WHEEL TASTE TOUR 2.0:
Back by popular demand! airdrielife and Bike Airdrie want you to get your bicycle and take a tasting tour of some of Airdrie’s best restaurants. 2-5 p.m. Only 20 tickets available online at airdrielife.com.