Art Wall Exhibits

Alberta Foundation for the Arts
Travelling Exhibition Program

The Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA) has supported a provincial travelling exhibition program since 1981. The mandate of the AFA Travelling Exhibition Program is to provide every Albertan with the opportunity to enjoy visual art exhibitions in their community.

Each year, more than 300,000 Albertans enjoy nearly 100 exhibitions in communities ranging from High Level in the north to Milk River in the south and virtually everywhere in between. The AFA Travelling Exhibition Program also offers educational support material to help educators integrate the visual arts into the school curriculum.

A major part of the program assists in making the AFA's extensive art collection available to Albertans. This growing art collection consists of over 7,000 artworks4 showcasing the creative talents of more than 1,700 artists. As the only provincial art4 collection in Alberta, the AFA collection reflects the development of the vibrant visual arts community in the province and has become an important cultural legacy for all Albertans.

The Rotary Club of Slave Lake Public Library is proud to be a part of the AFA Travelling Exhibition Program, and will continue to showcase Alberta art. Local artists will be showcased as well throughout the year. There's always something new on the walls, so come down and visit the Library any time.

Past Exhibits...

Halie Finney | May 2014
Exhibition Information: 3 art works, 0 text panels, 1 artist
Born and raised in Canyon Creek, Alberta, Halie Finney grew up knowing that art would be a big part of her life. She has recently completed two years studying at MacEwan University and now has a fine art diploma. Halie has worked with a multitude of mediums, both digital and traditional. However, her favourite mediums happen to be ink, pen, and acrylic paint. Many themes and ideas that her work focuses on is identity, especially that of Metis and multicultural people. Some of her biggest motivators to pursue a career in fine arts was her family and Helen Gall, her high school art teacher. This coming September, Halie will obtain her bachelor of fine arts at the Alberta College of Art and Design. In the future, Halie plans to pursue a career as a fine artist and also as an illustrator.

The Grand Tour | September 2014
Exhibition Information: 4 art works, 16 text panels, 2 artists
What are you doing for your holidays? Holidays and travel are now active pursuits for many people but this was not
always the case. Until the late 19th century travel was primarily the preserve of the wealthy. Beginning in the mid 17th century it became fashionable for young aristocrats to visit European centers as the culmination of their classical education. This custom of travelling for the sake of curiosity and learning became known as ‘The Grand Tour’ and was a central feature of aristocratic society. Visual artists were also at the forefront of this desire to explore the world as it was considered essential for artists to travel to Italy and France in order to understand and learn proper painting and sculptural techniques. While on their travels many artists focused their attention on recording the people and places they encountered. Others, however, used foreign locales as a means to explore concerns beyond what was either readily visible or accessible to most travellers. 

Travel has continued to inspire artists and the exhibition The Grand Tour explores this lure of the ‘exotic’ as expressed in the work of four contemporary Albertan artists. Taking the viewer to China, France, India, Italy and North Africa, this exhibition investigates the motivations behind these artistic excursions and examines the ‘worlds’ these images present.

The exhibition The Grand Tour was curated by Shane Golby,
Art Gallery of Alberta, for the Alberta Foundation for the Arts
Travelling Exhibition Program.

Our Wilderness is Wisdom... | November 2014

Exhibition Information: 18 art works, 2 text panels, 3 artists
If you know wilderness in the way that you know love you would be unwell to let it go...This is the story of our past and it will be the story of our be whole, to be complete. Wilderness reminds us what it means to be human, what we are connected to rather than what we are separate from.
Terry Tempest Williams 
Writer, Activist, Environmentalist
When trying to draw a line from artist to artist the subject matter is the relationship they share. The artists in this exhibition tell a story using contrasting mediums to carry a message unique to them. Our ancestors used metaphors in storytelling for everything including lessons to teach children how to hunt, sew and live. The simple life they led was reliant on the land they lived in and respected through prayer to the Great Spirit or Creator. What is unique for us to remember of this existence and ever flowing change of our society is that we need to return to our roots. The artists in the exhibition Our wilderness is wisdom... examine their own lives and their canvases are like the soles of their moccasins: the land underneath them is what they understand. Through their paintings they become many voices telling stories of the past, present and future.
The exhibition Our wilderness is wisdom... features the work of First Nations artists Tanya Harnett, Alex Janvier and Curtis Johnson.
From The Alberta Foundation for the Arts Travelling Exhibition Program

The Burgess Shale Dec 17 - Jan 21
Exhibition Information:  23 Artists | 2 Crates | 2 Didactics | 27 Art works
Select artists from all over western Canada have visually 
recreated prehistoric life forms by incorporating the natural 
sciences in their textile works. An art quilt is a creative visual 
work that is layered and stitched, or that refers to this form 
of layered and stitched structure. Each of the twenty-seven 
art quilts in the exhibition represents a different fossil found 
in the Burgess Shale.
From The Alberta Foundation for the Arts Travelling Exhibition Program

Stargazer Jan 28 - Feb 25
Exhibition Information:  1 Artist | 2 Crates | 11 Drawings on wood | 10 Embroideries on canvas | 2 didactics |   
Kiren Niki Sangra’s latest body of work explores the use 
of graphite on wood with pops of neon color as a way 
to illustration a selection of constellations. Along with 
these are small embroideries used to illustrate certain 
constellations. The collection combines the artists’ interests 
of drawing, color, animals and ornamentation with a love of 
the natural world.
From The Alberta Foundation for the Arts Travelling Exhibition Program

Joanne Cardinal Schubert March 4 - April 8
Exhibition Information:  1 Artist | 2 Crates | 2 Didactics | 28 Artworks |

The work of Joane Cardinal-Schubert eloquently 
yet forcefully expresses her strong sense of justice.
Cardinal-Schubert spent most of her life as an 
artist and activist working to bring justice to those 
marginalized by society. She tirelessly addressed 
issues of racism, poverty, land rights, women’s 
rights and religious persecution and through her 
art, lent her voice to the voiceless. Her work is 
universal in its search for answers to the questions 
that plague humanity; questions about identity, 
belonging and tradition.

From The Alberta Foundation for the Arts Travelling Exhibition Program

Out There April 15 - May 13
Exhibition Information:  14 Artists | 2 Crates | 2 Didactics | 20 Art works | 

Out There is an exhibition of twenty works from the 
Alberta Foundation for the Arts Collection which are 
bound together by the fact that each one contains a 
juxtaposition that makes it peculiar.
The works of fourteen artists are represented in the 
exhibition and each piece is a product of its creator’s 
personal inspirations, beliefs and definitions of aesthetic, 
and the selections are all examples of one of the most 
important art movements of the twentieth century: 
Surrealism. The Miriam-Webster Dictionary defines 
Surrealism as “the principles, ideals or practice of 
producing fantastic or incongruous imagery or effects 
in art, literature, film or theater by means of unnatural 
or irrational juxtapositions and combinations.” Sarane 
Alexandrian, the late pre-eminent art critic and author, 
asserts in his book, Surrealist Art, (London,1970) that 
artists of the genre “set out to liberate the workings of the 
subconscious, disrupting conscious thought processes by 
the use of irrationality and enigma.”
From The Alberta Foundation for the Arts Travelling Exhibition Program


...out to Alberta | May 20 - June 17 2015

Exhibition Information: 17 artists, 18 art works, 1 music CD, 3 text panels
Alberta: what’s in a name? What images does this appellation conjure in the mind? Oil? Cowboys? The Rocky Mountains or wheat fields? How would you describe the province we live in and where do your perceptions have their roots?

The arts have long been instrumental in shaping peoples’ awareness of the world. Whether based in reality or the imagination, creative expressions in literature, the performing arts, music, or the visual arts have conveyed the past, articulated the present, pointed towards the future and informed perceptions of place and human relationships.

The exhibition …out to Alberta considers this influence of the arts as it has been expressed through both the music and the visual arts of Alberta. Featuring a selection of songs produced by some of Alberta’s most notable musical artists and visual art works from the collection of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, this exhibition demonstrates how the lyrics of a song or an image hung on a wall can evoke a memory, express an event, or symbolize a way of life. Together the art works and music lyrics presented examine the shared inspirations of artistic pursuits and demonstrate how these reflections can influence how we view the world around us.

The exhibition ...out to Alberta was curated by Shane Golby,
Art Gallery of Alberta,
for the Alberta Foundation for the Arts
Travelling Exhibition Program.


Urban Animals | June 24 - July 22 2015
Exhibition Information: 1 artist, 18 art works, 2 text panels
Urban development has long been pressing upon the boundaries of natural wildlife. To find a moose in the middle of a city, looking rather confused and lost, is not uncommon these days. One may panic, or ‘shoo’ him away: others may grab their cameras and ‘shoot’ this seemingly ‘momentous’ occasion, but this occasion is not ‘momentous’ and happens, frankly, far too often as our urban population presses upon animals’ natural habitats. If you find yourself screaming ‘There’s a bear in my backyard’...the bear is actually musing ‘there’s a house on my home’!

The 18 paintings in this exhibition showcase six animals indigenous to Alberta shown in three different environments. The first image celebrates the beauty of each wild animal; the second depicts its natural home; and the third is the merging of urban landscapes into their homes.

Jason Carter delightfully explores this constant dialogue of urban versus the natural environment through a vibrant series of paintings encouraging discussions based on sharing and respect.

This exhibition was curated by Jaret Sinclair-Gibson and Bridget Ryan
for the Alberta
Foundation for the Arts Travelling Exhibition Program.

This exhibition was generously funded by Syncrude Canada Ltd.

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