Some painted and glazed pieces by Little Sister Pottery of Red Deer.

Seven Central Alberta artists display their works in Calgary

Alberta Craft Council opens new Cow-town gallery

Red Deer-area artists will be well represented when the Alberta Crafts Council opens a new provincial gallery in Calgary.

The works of Alberta’s best artisans will be showcased in the new space at cSpace King Edward, 1721-29th Ave. SW, Suite 280 — including pieces by seven Red Deer-area artists.

Dawn Candy of Little Sister Pottery, Darren Petersen of Sparrow Glassworks, Darcy Gusse Edinga of Silk Concepts, Anna Rasmussen of Gammel House Pottery, Andrew Glazebrook or Fine Wood Turning, and Brian McArthur and Dawn Detarando of Voyager Art and Tile will be among the featured artists.

The Calgary gallery in the repurposed former King Edward School officially opens on Saturday, and is an extension of the Alberta Crafts Council, which runs two galleries in Edmonton.

The ACC is described as a supportive organization that helps craft groups and artists with mentoring and professional career advancement opportunities. “As an organization, we have been working for many years on the prospect of having another gallery in Alberta, and specifically Calgary,” said the group’s vice-chair Detarando.

She called the new space an “arts incubator” that will serve as a hub for established arts organizations, and also become a place that inspires the Alberta arts community, and visitors to the province.

The gallery will operate with rotating two-month exhibitions, retailing the works of 50-plus professional Alberta artists and artisans who are members of the ACC.

The summer hours are noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday. On opening night Saturday, June 17, it will be open from 5-9 p.m.

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