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Visit us at the Street Performers Festival

Visit the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie during Grande Prairie’s 2009 Street Performers Festival. Gallery staff and volunteers will be downtown this weekend with sidewalk chalk drawing and art exhibitions. Visit the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie in our new location in the Montrose Cultural Centre, just two blocks away at 9839 – 103 Avenue.

Friday, July 17                    4:30 – 9:30 pm

Saturday, July 18               12:00 – 9:00 pm

Sunday, July 19                  12:00 – 5:00 pm


featured artist

sarah alford

The Art Gallery of Grande Prairie has invited artist Sarah Alford to join us during the Street Performers Festival to create an art installation in downtown Grande Prairie.

Sarah Alford graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Art History, and Bachelor of Fine Arts in Jewellery and Metalsmithing from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University in 2004. She is the recipient of an RCA travel scholarship, and an Horizon Award from the Museum of Arts and Design in New York. Sarah is a Fulbright student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago concurrently earning an MA in Visual and Critical Studies and an MFA in Fiber and Material Studies. Sarah has exhibited in Halifax, Montréal, Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary, Grande Prairie, Chicago, Fairfax and New York.

Sarah Alford, "Claritas". Halifax 2002, gold foil on sidewalk.

Sarah Alford, "Claritas". Halifax 2002, gold foil on sidewalk.

“Faults”
I first began using reflection and light to draw attention to details in the landscape through an understanding of how jewellers are taught to consider the body. This became an investigation of adornment in its power as an act or performance, rather than in its capacity as an object.

This installation for the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie during the Street Performer’s Festival is about the road in two senses. In the first it‘s about the lines we draw on the road and the lines the road draws on itself –cracks. I’ve always loved how a crack in the landscape is called a ‘fault,’ because, as I see it, flaws or faults, are signs of life: The ground is still breathing under the road, and the cracks are proof.

Secondly, gold leafing the road chimes with the saying ‘the road is paved with gold.’ This is apt for Grande Prairie and Alberta as our global dependence on gas and oil has made this area boom, yet has not created enough wealth to keep the potholes repaired nor, for example, the health care system from taking a projected billion dollars in budget cuts.


 

featured artist

devon sandboe

Artist Devon Sandboe will be joining the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie at the Street Performers Festival to create sidewalk chalk drawings.

Devon Sandboe began his art education in the GPRC’s Visual Arts program, from where he transferred to the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary. He recently completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting, graduating with distinction, and continues to operate as a painter and freelance illustrator out of Calgary. His studio practice bridges a diversity of disciplines, bringing together classical painting, mechanical movement, sculptural installation, and surrealist science fantasy.


 

art exhibition on main street ( it’s in a truck! )

The Art Gallery of Grande Prairie is pleased to present the exhibition, “Collective Soul: PNCR 2007.” The exhibition will be displayed in a shipping truck on 100th Avenue during the Street Performers Festival.

“Collective Soul: PNCR 2007” is an exhibition circulated by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts Travelling Exhibition Program (TREX), which the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie is the representative for Northwest Alberta (Region 1.)

Prairie North Creative Residency (PNCR) is held once every two years in Grande Prairie, Alberta, and attracts artists nationally as well as internationally. The exhibition “Collective Soul” will provide a sampling of the works the participants were inspired to create during, and as a result of, the 2007 residency.