Events
Arts Days 2020


ARTS DAYS 2020
September 24 – 27, 2020
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.

This year events and activities are being programmed in regards to COVID-19. Many events will be on-line or can be accessed virtually. In-person events will be outside or have physical distancing requirements.  We will be following the guidelines of Alberta Health Services throughout the celebration.

AAC Artist Cabaret
Performances from Emerging Artists in Lethbridge

Performances on Facebook: September 24 – 27

Sandra Lamouche and Kyrese Mountain Horse – A hoop dance by Sandra in honor of missing and murdered Indigenous women. Kyreese Mountain Horse composed her song for all missing/murdered aboriginal woman and their families her song is being used in California and New Mexico by various artists Kyreese is a voice for many young ladies and is on the walk to help prevent MMIW (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3VxCXfT3SY). Sandra is a hoop dancer and advocate for MMIW since 2005, her grandmother is an unsolved murder and her sister was a missing, thankfully the family was able to find her.
fawns – A five person band formed in 2016 fronted by Merecdes Fawns. The band specializes in songwriting in an alt rock style. Mercedes Fawns (vocals/guitar), Richard Charlton (guitar), Clifford Wescott (keys/guitar), Chris Morden (drums), Paul Holden (bass)
Jacey – A talented guitarist and vocalist
Theatre Outre/ImpromtuOu – A fun skit highlighting the challenges faced by people during Covid. Live improvised skits and music. Erica Barr, Kathy Zaborsky, Rylan Kunkel on Music and David Gabert

AAC popUP Gallery: Unexpected Intersections
Lethbridge artists take over an empty storefront 705 2 Ave S.
September 26 – October 4

Chelsea Ascah-Wiigs • Ivan Bering • Alexis Bialobzyski • Ron Brown • Jess Colley • Marcella Cooper • G Wayne Dwornik • Courtney Faulkner • Kylie Fineday • Donna Gallant • Rick Gillis • Aingeal O’mahony Guyn • Aaron Hagan • Elaine Henderson • Danin Lawrence • Francisco Luna • April Matisz • Karla Mather-Cocks • Mary-Anne McTrowe • Jordan Mudrack • Emmalyn Naude • Thorsten Nesch • Kyra Peake • Tabitha Powell • Eileen Schuler • Sheila Shaw • Rob Shimbashi • Kasia Sosnowski • Angela Talbot • Craig Talbot • Megan Vardy • Adam Whitford • Grace Wirzba

The AAC popUP Gallery is sponsored by Val Matteotti Ranches Ltd.

Downtown Lens: Window Painting Gallery
Artists paint temporary murals in window fronts in the downtown core
September 25 – 27

April Matisz – AAC Works 318 7 Street S
Amy Dodic – Big John’s Book 320 7 Street S
Michelle Cote – Classique Dancewear 322 7 Street S
Alex Korthius – Casa 230 8 St S
Marshal Garlock – Draffin’s Pharmasave 601 6 Ave S

On the Street: Performers in the Downtown
September 25 – 26

Bryan Bradfield – 519 Gallery (Street Legal Records 519-4th Avenue S) Noon to 1pm
Southern Alberta Trombone Collective – Rotary Square at Casa (230-8th St. S. East side of building) 11am to Noon
HIBIKIYA –  Rotary Square at Casa (230-8th St. S. East side of building) Noon to 1:30
Lethbridge Community Taiko Drummers – Rotary Square at Casa (230-8th St. S. East side of building) 2pm to 3pm
Karen Romanchuk – Mortar and Brick Gallery (316-7th St. S.) 5pm to 6pm
Mary-Anne McTrowe – Mortar and Brick Gallery (316-7th St. S.) 6pm to 7pm
Josh Nicol – SAAG (601-3rd Avenue S.) Noon to 1pm
On the Street is sponsored by Deltec.

Artists at Work: Kiosk Visual Arts Project
Two installation projects in the Artist Kiosks on Rotary Square
September 24 – 27

Arianna Richardson and Claire Reid will be creating installations in the Artist Kiosks on Rotary Square at Casa. Watch them create their installations on the square. See the finished spaces during the Gallery Stroll and Family Affair on the Square.
Arianna Richardson is the Casa Artist in Residence in September and will be hosting a workshop and an artist talk.

Gallery Stroll
A leisurely stroll through downtown galleries
September 26, 5:00pm – 9:00pm

Wear comfortable walking shoes and wear your fancy mask. Don’t forget to space yourself out as visit locations through the downtown.
The annual Gallery Stroll in downtown Lethbridge. Rotary Square acts as a safe outdoor hub for your Gallery Stroll explorations with live music, a cash bar and lots of physical distance. Large outdoor screen with projections from AAC Cabaret, LSIDA Pause.Art.Play. and live music from  Lethbridge-based, singer-songwriter Bailey Kate seamlessly binding home-grown familiarity with delicate sonic complexity. Her introspective songwriting evokes feelings of comfort in a world of light and dark.
Venues:
  • AAC popUP Gallery 705 2nd Ave S (behind Casa)
    Over 40 artists with individual pieces and installations. Volunteers will be assisting with physical distancing.
  • Artists at Work: AAC Artist Kiosks, 230 8 St S, Rotary Square, Casa
    Arianna Richardson & Claire Reid
    Outside on the Square
  • The Gallery at Casa, 230 8 St S
    Main Gallery: Shanell Papp & Danin Lawrence
    Project Space: Felicity Hart
    Passage Gallery: Len Komanac
    Concourse Gallery: Guerrilla Art Collective
    Focus Gallery: Lars Nodge
    Staff will be assisting with physical distancing and directing traffic through the building.
  • Mortar & Brick (5pm – 8pm)
    20 – 316 7 St S
    Unmasked – What Now?
    Over 50 regional artists
  • 519 Gallery – Street Legal Records (11am – 5pm), 519 4 Ave S
  • Joan Waterfield Gallery at The Yates (6pm – 8pm), 1002 4 Ave S – upstairs
    Pieces from the Buchannan Bequest
  • Southern Alberta Art Gallery (SOLD OUT), 601 3 Ave S
    Into the Streets Public Art Series: Granny Dora | Lauren Crazybull (east window)
  • Trianon Gallery (1pm – 5pm), 104 5 St S

Family Affair on the Square
September 27 – Rotary Square, Casa, Noon – 3:00pm

Be physically distant outside in Rotary Square and have a creatively, good time! Arts Days ends with this annual family focused event. See Lethbridge’s own Karen, Lewis and not Pam perform your childhood favourites, draw with chalk on the square with Eric Dyck and spin along to the dances of LA Viragos.

This event is sponsored by Peak Physiotherapy and Stantec.

For more information, please contact Tara Gillanders at 403.320.0555 or email projects@artslethbridge.org. For press and media inquiries, please contact Kelaine Devine at 403.320.0555 or email communications@artslethbridge.org