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Arts & Museums
Located on the University of Calgary campus, the Nickle Galleries is one of the forerunners to modern art. It is known for conducting provocative exhibitions as well as enlightening programs, run and taught by University students. The museum opened in 1979 through the benevolence of Mr. Samuel C. Nickle, whose vision was to supply provocative contemporary art for public viewing that was accessible to everyone. The museum has been relocated to the Taylor Family Digital Library since 2011 and has been renamed Nickle Galleries. Since September 1996, The Nickle Arts Museum has also been the aiming at providing university students with education in the 'Cultural and Heritage sector'. The Nickle Arts Museum works with other departments at the University to promote learning, research and discovery.
This dynamic art gallery emphasizes art by women artists. The focus of the gallery is to exhibit works by Western Canadian artists in various stages of their careers. Centre Gallery seeks art that reflects the country's cultural diversity and "explores the human journey". In addition to the visual arts exhibitions, the gallery has a multi-disciplinary program, which offers literary readings, music, dance, and performance art. There are also guest curators, educational workshops and artist lectures.
Danziger Designer Glass Studios offers beautiful upscale glass ensembles for the home, office or cottage. Each item is unique and hand-designed and range from the very simple to the extremely complex. Danziger can design an entire building made of glass, or just the facade. They make furniture, cupboards and even wall cabinets made out of every type of glass imaginable, using a number of mixed media and colors. A visit to this elegant store will make you think twice the next time you're thinking of choosing plain old wood.
Promoting local artists and, especially, Western Canadian art, the Virginia Christopher Fine Art Gallery provides a platform for a beautiful exchange of artistic energies. A former student of Fine Arts, Virginia Christopher, the owner and the brains behind the gallery, has a passion for showcasing paintings that have a strong native feel and which range in theme, from abstraction to landscape. The art displayed here represents the artistic heritage of Alberta, and strives to present this and share this with the rest of the world. The gallery also hold regular exhibitions of paintings by famous as well as up-and-coming artists. Please see the website for further information.
Webster Galleries contain many spectacular examples of Western Canadian art. From water colors and oil paintings of the Prairies and Eastern Rocky Mountains, to rare Inuit soapstone carvings of high Arctic polar bears and seals; the art at this gallery displays the landscape and people of Canada. The show floor contains hundreds of works, making it difficult to leave for fear of missing something further on of more interest. The Websters who own and manage the gallery are always present to assist you with your queries.
Gainsborough Galleries stocks a lot of artwork that is symbolic of Alberta and the Prairies. The works offered here are of high caliber, making them likely to become treasured heirlooms. They carry beautiful bronze sculptures of buffaloes and cowboys as well as a number of wooden sculptures of cattle and horses. There is also an array of Alberta prints depicting local and regional mountain themes and scenes, as well as a number of interesting landscape paintings. Check website for further details on upcoming exhibits.
The Bearclaw Gallery is located along 17th Avenue Southwest, just west of Mount Royal Village. It specializes in First Nations and Inuit Art, and has periodic artist receptions celebrating Canadian talent. Most of the art comes from Western Canada and is representative of native culture. There is a large assortment of soapstone sculptures as well as carvings and prints of native rituals throughout history. There is also a selection of beautiful Navajo turquoise and silver jewelry that is hand-made and reasonably priced.
This well-known art gallery is in the heart of downtown Calgary and housed in a prestigious building that caters to upscale purveyors of modern art. You will find works here by celebrated Canadian artists. Visitors can take delight in beautiful landscape photography of Craig Richards and Nathan Birch, who have splendidly caught the essence of nature on paper, or abstract works of John Eisler, David Bolduc and Philippe Raphanel. There is also a large section devoted to works by Alberta artists including paintings, sculptures and modern works of art.
Image 54 Gallery is a cool little art gallery tucked along 11th Avenue just out of the downtown core. Along with beautiful prints made by local artists, it also does a booming framing business. The staff is amiable and knowledgeable and welcomes inquiries from the novice to the professional art collector. You will find everything here from snapshots to hand painted prints depicting local architecture. They also offer some abstract works by international artists that are hand-made and signed by the artist.
Chinese Artifacts Museum is located within the Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre, an entity aimed at celebrating and promoting Chinese culture in Calgary. The museum houses recreations of the various kinds of antiques. Visitors can marvel at the various life size exhibits like a majestic chariot connected to horses along with soldiers made of terra-cota. Immerse yourself in the handicraft items on display like the beautiful wooden objects, the porcelain and ceramic items and the texture and design of the elegant royal robes. This museum will leave you awestruck with the rich history that the Chinese locals in Calgary have on offer.
The Grain Academy Museum has been educating visitors about Canada's grains since 1981. This museum give its visitors an in-depth knowledge into the production, transportation and trade of grains. The exhibits replicate the whole interesting process, right from harvesting of grains to the delivery of grains at various stores. Visitors can try their hands at various interactive models, and browse through the rare artifacts, photos and videos that celebrate the farmer's pride. Check website for further details on tours and other educational programs conducted at the museum.
Built in 1891 for Senator Lougheed and family, this beautiful sandstone mansion was once a political hub. Today, the house and its surrounding gardens have been restored and preserved to the original grandeur by the Lougheed House Conservation Society. Visitors can enjoy a tour of the house and gardens then grab a bite to eat at the on-site restaurant. The gift shop offers unique items that help support the historic home and make for great souvenirs.