AGSA exhibit a fitting tribute to late artist Wagensveld

St. Albert

Pat Wagensveld may be gone, but a new exhibit of her work at the Art Gallery of St. Albert proves she is not forgotten. Abstraction into the Significant Line, a collection of the late St. Albert painter’s abstract landscape paintings, opened on Thursday, Sept. 4, at the Perron Street gallery, with more than 300 people coming out for the opening reception. Pat’s husband Harry said it … [Read more...]

Virginia to Vegas set to headline Amplify festival

St. Albert

A Canadian singer-songwriter’s journey to stardom will bring him to St. Albert next month. The organizers of the Amplify Youth Festival announced last week that Derik Baker, who goes by the stage name Virginia to Vegas (VIIV), will close out the festival — which runs Oct. 17 and 18 at the Enjoy Centre — as its headlining musical act. Kathleen Bell, youth festival associate with the … [Read more...]

Fringe Festival breaks ticket sales record

St. Albert

Fringed and Confused has beaten last year’s ticket sales, breaking another record. This year, 118,280 tickets were sold for the 210 shows and more than 1,600 indoor performances at the 33rd annual Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival. Of those, there were 335 sold-out performances. In 2013, the festival sold more than 117,000 over the 11 day festival. Executive director … [Read more...]

Festival wants to give artists a kick-StArt

For five years, local artists have been contributing to StArts Fest. Now, the festival wants to give something back. The organizing committee for StArts Fest — which started in 2009 and runs each year during Alberta Culture Days in late September — announced over the weekend a new microgrant program, which will supply St. Albert artists with anywhere between $50 and $1,000 to help them … [Read more...]

Local filmmakers debut new web series

St. Albert

A local film company is hoping to make people both laugh and think with their new web series. On Monday afternoon, the team at Guerrilla Motion Pictures released the first instalment of their new series, People Watchers, which follows two private detectives as they stake out different cases and analyze the societal flaws they encounter along the way. Creators and Guerrilla founders … [Read more...]

STARFest unveils stellar ’14 lineup

St. Albert

Stars of the literary world will be shining bright once again in St. Albert this fall. The St. Albert Public Library recently unveiled the lineup for its fourth annual St. Albert Readers’ Festival, or STARFest, which is highlighted by an appearance by Yann Martel, the bestselling Canadian author of Life of Pi, which was turned into a movie directed by Ang Lee in 2012. “(Martel) is … [Read more...]

Forensics get fuzzy for author

Paul Kane grad Lindsey Carmichael returns to St. Albert Saturday for a book signing at the local Chapters store. (Photo supplied)

A children’s author who originally hails from St. Albert is putting a furry twist on real crime cases. Lindsey Carmichael — who now lives in Lewis Lake, N.S. — is heading back west this month to promote her latest children’s science book, Fuzzy Forensics: DNA Fingerprinting Gets Wild, with a string of signings and workshops across Alberta. One of those will bring her back to her old … [Read more...]

Towing the line at AGSA

St. Albert

Some simple lines are making a big impact this month at the Art Gallery of St. Albert. The AGSA’s newest exhibition, Delineate, opens tonight (Thursday) in conjunction with the August ArtWalk, featuring works from three artists: Tanya Klimp, Pierre Bataillard and Florence Debeugny. Jenny Willson-McGrath, exhibition curator at the AGSA, said that, in the case of the works in this show, … [Read more...]

VASA gets messy

St. Albert

Artists with the Visual Arts Studio Association (VASA) in St. Albert are making a mess in the best way possible. Inspired by the Group of Seven, several VASA artists have come together this month to put on an exhibition entitled Goop of Seven, which features works where paint has been dripped, splashed, smeared, poured — anything but brushed, really — onto the canvas. Samantha … [Read more...]

AHF looks to recapture grain elevator history with food trucks

St. Albert

Decades ago, farmers brought their grain to the elevators in St. Albert. Now, the Arts and Heritage Foundation is hoping to recapture a bit of that history. The AHF is getting ready to host a new event on Friday, Aug. 29, with food trucks from all over the Capital Region descending on the St. Albert Grain Elevator Park to dish out their wares in a family-friendly setting. “The grain … [Read more...]