3x8x10 Contemporary Art Raffle happening this Friday at the SAAG

I came across this ditty today:

Please join us for our annual fundraiser this November 30, 2012. Tickets are $35, or 3 for $90.
Every ticket is a winner!

The way it works…

Purchase a ticket through one of our board members via email to [email protected]
Every ticket will guarantee you a single work. Each ticket is numbered.
During the raffle, numbers will be drawn at random.
When your number is picked you will select a work of art to take home.
The works available have been selected from local, national, and international.
Multiple tickets can be purchased.
Make sure to come early and scope out the works that catch your eye!

The works will be ready for your viewing pleasure at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery from November 26-30.

Check out the website and/or Facebook event for details.

Giant Incandescent Resonating Animation Festival

My best friend Martin Warszawski has a piece in Calgary’s only animation festival, “Animated City!”

GIRAF Animation Festival is pleased to announce a brand new project literally animating the streets of Calgary! Animated City is a two part initiative: a series of large-scale projections on the sides of buildings in downtown Calgary, and a collection of rear projections in the windows of cool community businesses along 17th avenue and in Kensington. Hitting the streets in early November, Animated City promises a series of psychedelic, experimental and mind-blowing animations, with many made by local animators.

He’s an incredible artist, talented as he is tall, and his animation will be projected at the Jubilee Auditorium, North Wall, November 5th from 7PM to midnight.


Good Medicine

My friend Stuart Mueller wrote in to give a heads up about the latest gallery opening being held at Mueller Art Photography:

The public is invited to attend the opening and sale of recent paintings by George Kush.

George Kush paints deeply researched views of this areas’ not too distant past. Historically accurate and skillfully painted, this is beautiful and important work. The opening is this Saturday 7-10 pm. As always – live music, refreshments and the artist in attendance. Better yet, every painting the exhibition is for sale.

Please call Stuart at the gallery for further information. 403.328.8170

Alberta ArtsDays is this weekend

Ashley sez:

Lethbridge has been designated as a “flagship city”‘ by the provincial government for Alberta ArtsDays 2010. Only 5 cities get this every year. So we are expanding our annual ArtWalk into a whole weekend’s worth of events, including the SAAG grand opening, Artwalk, AB(original) Fest and ArtsFest. Overall there’s over 200 different artists and organizations participating and all the events are free.

For full details, check out the Allied Arts Council news release or visit the ArtsDays website.

Art is the proper task of life

So, I have ridiculously talented and good-looking friends who are art geeks. Julia M. is one of those, and she’s got some of her work up in the University of Lethbridge’s art gallery as part of a student exhibition.

The Annual Curated Student Exhibition provides a showcase of excellent work by Art Studio majors in that year and gives the students a valuable achievement to list on their résumés.

Her work, “Shapes,” for the exhibition “The Object of My Affection Attention” runs until April 9 in the uleth art gallery. You can also see more of Julia’s work on her blog.

The Object of My Attention: Annual Curated Student Exhibiton

Featured Artist: Martin Warszawski

I’ve recently been asked, “What aspect of Lethbridge stands out for you the most?” And, besides the stupid ridiculous amount of trucks that plague this city, I would have to say it’s the amount of talented people I have met along the way (Lethbridge is also full of them).

In particular, I am proud to feature an amazing artist, and one of my best friends, Martin Warszawski. Since back in the day, he and I were creative influences upon one another, drawing comics, recording puppet shows and a Shakespeare video assignment featuring a dead gopher (we found it like that).

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Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School coming to Lethbridge

When I am not drawing pictures of the girl I am staking my sweetheart, I’m usually not drawing pictures altogether, and probably playing World of Warcraft. But I just came across something that seems very cool – and a Lethbridge first.

I was unaware of the Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School until I saw this random tweet by Kelaine Divine, followed by a visit to her blog. Held in over 80 cities, Dr. Sketchy is what happens when cabaret meets art school; a burlesque show and life drawing event.

How is Dr. Sketchy’s different from a normal life drawing class?
In normal life classes, silent students sit in a silent room and draw a bored, oft-uninteresting model. In Dr. Sketchy’s we’ve got scandalous performers as models.

At Dr. Sketchy’s, we don’t care if you picked up a pad yesterday or 50 years ago. Come to drink or to draw. We’re happy to have you.

Kelaine Divine and Loralee Edwards will be putting on the event January 29th @ 7PM in the GCBC Lounge at Henotic. Bring a pad and some pencils – I know I will!

Dr. Sketchy: Lethbridge (Facebook group here)

Check out my guest strip for Team Jetpack 104!

Zac Erickson, who’s from Raymond (I’ll forgive him), is the creator of a web comic called Team Jetpack 104. Now I’ve never met him in real life, but follow him on Twitter alongside a few other Lethbridge peeps.

He’s been striving to improve his art skills and it inspired me to make a strip for him. He hasn’t taken me up on that offer yet, but did gleefully accept the guest comic I drew! Here it is:

Jonathan Ruzek guest comic strip for Team Jetpack 104

Also, watch for an upcoming interview with Zac!

Team Jetpack 104