ARTS DAYS 2021
September 23 – 26, 2021
Connect to Artists! Connect to Community!
Celebrate the Arts in Lethbridge
Lethbridge Arts Days is an annual celebration of the arts in Lethbridge held in conjunction with provincial and national Culture Days. The Allied Arts Council works with AAC members and member organizations to support and celebrate a variety of events throughout the City of Lethbridge.
Please note that all Alberta Health Services restrictions will be applied throughout the celebration, including masking and two metre physical distancing. Groups traveling between venues should travel in household groups or with two close contacts if they live alone. The restrictions exemption program will apply for all indoor activities and proof of vaccination will be required prior to entry.
The thematic lens for Arts Days 2021 is RE:IMAGINE. This theme signals a positive turning point that acknowledges a desire to forge new ideas and to break new ground. This may take shape by developing innovative partnerships, or fusing seemingly opposite disciplines to create fresh and perhaps unconventional performances.
Allied Arts Council led activities:
AAC Cabaret – September 24, 7:00pm at Casa.
Performances by Lethbridge’s own post-punk band, Body Lens, followed by the doom-folk band Makiisma. The evening will be hosted by writer and actor, Michael Bartz and throughout the performances live-drawing will be projected onto the exterior of Casa, featuring local artist Eric Dyck.
Downtown Lens – Window Mural Gallery – September 23, 24, & 25 throughout the downtown.
Artist will paint temporary artworks in downtown business windows creating a mural gallery. Take a stroll downtown and watch artists create live. The window murals will remain up throughout Arts Days.
April Matisz – SIll and Soil, 315 6 Street South
Sheila Shaw – AAC Works, 318 7 Street South
Cass Williamson – Classique Dancewear, 322 7 Street South
Alicia Smyth – Casa, 230 8 Street South
On the Streets – Downtown Buskers – September 24 & 25 Local performing artists including musicians, dancers, and spoken word artists will be performing throughout the downtown core. Visit artsdayslethbridge.ca for a list of locations and performance schedule to be posted soon.
Friday, September 24
AAC Works, 318 7 Street South
11:00am to Noon – Bryan Bradfield
Noon to 1:00pm – Meghan Rennie
2:00pm to 3:00pm – Windy City Low Brass
3:00 pm to 4:00pm – Henk van Ginneken
Saturday, Sept 25
Southern Alberta Art Gallery, 601 3 Avenue South
11:00am to Noon – Jacy Kennelly
AAC popUP Gallery, #2 313 3 Avenue South
7:00pm to 8:00pm – Tony Zazula
Mortar and Brick PopUP Gallery, Atkinson Realty 907 3 Avenue South
7:00pm to 8:00pm – Karen Romanchuk
8:00pm to 9:00pm – Henk van Ginneken
Sunday, Sept 26
Family Affair on the Square, Rotary Square at Casa, 230 8 Street South
11:00am to Noon – HIBIKIYA
Noon to 1:00pm – Mary Ann McTrowe
1:00pm to 2:00pm – Jacy Kennelly
2:00pm to 3:00pm – Karen Romanchuk
AAC popUP Gallery – September 24 & 25 in the 3rd Avenue Development Office, #2 313 3 Avenue S
The AAC has transformed this storefront into a gallery space for the duration of Arts Days. Over 30 artists will be selected to have their works shown in this curated exhibit. Opening night, during the Gallery Stroll, will include live music and artists in attendance.
Artists: Aingeal O’Mahony-Guyn, April Matisz, Arianna Richardson, Beverly Waters, Chelsea Ascah-Wiigs, Christian Gomes, Craig Talbot, Danin Lawrence, Donna Gallant, Eileen Schuler, Elaine Henderson, Emmalyn Naude, G. Wayne Dwornik, Jacquie Beattie, Jane O’Connor, Jordan Mudrack, Karla Mather-Cocks, Kyley Henderson, Kyra Peake, Linda Sprinkle, Marcella Cooper, Mary-Anne McTrowe, Melvyn Herrick, Natassya Shanmugaraja, Richard O’Gorman, Rick Gillis, Rosemary Allan, Steven Keith, Steven Yang, Susan Ober, Thorsten Nesch, Troy Vincent
Gallery Stroll – September 25, 7:00pm to 9:00pm.
Explore the downtown cultural scene with local galleries and new exhibitions including; AAC popUP Gallery, The Gallery at Casa, Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Mortar and Brick Pop Up at Atkinson Realty and Trianon Gallery. Showing 100’s of local artists in a variety of disciplines. As well, experience a unique performance event in Rotary Square by Cindy Baker with The Three Graces. Casa is the hub of the Gallery Stroll making it an excellent place to plan your adventure.
AAC Visual Arts Projects – September 23 to 26, Rotary Square at Casa
Connect with artists, Grace Wirzba and Xi Jin, and witness their process as they transform the interiors of two sea cans during Arts Days. The Artist Kiosks will be open during the Gallery Stroll and Family Affair on the Square.
Family Affair on the Square – September 26. Noon to 3:00pm, Rotary Square at Casa
Family-friendly event with arts and crafts for kids, including the 1lb clay challenge and balloon sculptures. There will be performances by local buskers, artist displays and artist demonstrations, as well, local artist Eric Dyck will be creating chalk drawings throughout the day. All activities are outdoors on the square.
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