The mandate of the Multicultural Heritage Centre Public Art Gallery is to present in-person and virtual exhibitions of work by local artists, as well as stimulate creativity by showcasing art never seen before in the province. We promote, connect, and support artists, art-lovers, and the community through a variety of programming. Our efforts contribute to the dialogue of contemporary art and stimulate engagement with the art, along with cultivate creative community.
We are grateful for the support of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.
MAY 13 – JULY 26, 2021
“Body Beautiful” Virtual Exhibit
“Body Beautiful” is a self-love exhibition that celebrates curves, hair, our inner and outer workings, movement, wrinkles, scars, and folds. The artwork invites us to experience traditional and contemporary ideas of portraiture, nudes, and beyond. Viewers will gain new appreciation of the human body and witness the artists’ unique ability to capture the subtleties that make us human.
“Body Beautiful” features artwork by Marnie Blair, Benjamin Riley, Andra Ragusila, Ellie Shuster, Claudette MacLean, Savana Page, Maia Gray, Maren Kathleen Elliott, Susan Casault, Ania Telfer, and Debbie Laninga.
See the artwork in “Body Beautiful” as if visiting the gallery in-person.
Hear from the “Body Beautiful” artists about their work in the show.
Head to the Multicultural Heritage Centre YouTube channel a few minutes before the premiere. You will see a live countdown when we get two minutes prior to 7:00pm MT. Be the first to see the exhibit live with others across Alberta and around the world.
During the premiere, join in the discussion via YouTube’s live chat window. Interact with the art gallery curator and exhibit artists in-real-time. Say hi & introduce yourself. Join in the conversation.
SEPTEMBER 16 – DECEMBER 14, 2020
“Word-and-Image: Creative Crossovers” In-Person & Virtual Exhibit
Featuring: Jenny Brown | Kristi Tencarre Herd | Cheyenne Kean-Lemery | Rick Rogers | Suzan Berwald Mychele Joyes | Claudette MacLean | Father Douglas | Deb Laninga | Gerry Dotto
Exhibit Description: Books are not only for words and canvases not only for paint. Experience how words and visual art collide to create innovative creative crossovers that touch us on multiple levels. Relationships between words, art, and meaning are explored.
Visit “Word-and-Image” in the Gallery: September 16 – December 14, 2020
Multicultural Heritage Centre, 5411 – 51 Street Stony Plain, AB
Virtual Exhibit Premiere:
Thursday, October 8, 7pm MT, Multicultural Heritage Centre YouTube Channel
Artist Feature Video Premiere:
Thursday, October 22, 7pm MT, Multicultural Heritage Centre YouTube Channel
AUGUST 29, 2020
“Video Art: Modern Artmaking in Moving Images” Socially Distanced Film Screening
Film Screening Date: Saturday, August 29, 2020
Physically Distanced Seating Begins: 8:30pm
Screening Time: 9:00pm
Location: Outdoor amphitheatre at the Multicultural Heritage Centre between the red brick schoolhouse and the Oppertshauser House (5411-mi51st Street, Stony Plain).
Local Artists: “Bionomics” and “Wing Annimation” by Lisa Matthias, and “We” by Becky Thera
National Film Board: “Souvenir” a series of short films by Indigenous artists courtesy of the National Film Board of Canada.
Screening Description: Video art is a dynamic and interesting artform. It combines visual artistic thinking, such as composition and artistic intent, with the moving video image, sound, lighting, direction, movement, and action. It delves into neighboring creative and professional fields, such as documentary filmmaking and photography, historical research and recording, and new technological advancements and innovation. Video art became an artform in the 1960s with the advent of the consumer camera. In “Video Art: Modern Artmaking in Moving Images,” we see the work of two local video artists, plus enjoy a presentation from the National Film Board of Canada.
JULY 22 – AUGUST 26, 2020
“Real Women” In-Person & Virtual Exhibit
Watch the virtual exhibition created by curator Alexis Marie Chute on the Multicultural Heritage Centre YouTube Channel.
Exhibit Description: Visual art is about telling stories. While all artists tell stories, however, it is the art establishment which largely determines which stories are shared with the wider world. These stories shape viewers’ perceptions of the world and the actual knowledge that is possessed and passed on to future generations.
According to western mythology, the first drawing ever made was by a young woman in ancient Greece. While women have been involved in the arts throughout history, however, their stories have largely been absent from the art historical records of western Europe and North America. Changing economic, political and social structures throughout the late 19th and the early 20th centuries, however, contributed to changing the status of women in western societies and these transformations are being reflected in the art world.
Acknowledging this progression, the exhibition Real Women creates space for women’s experiences and stories to be told and recognizes the contributions women make to our communities. Inspired by cultural shifts such as international Women’s Marches and the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, the art works in this exhibition question societal perceptions of women, art making itself, and express how the featured artists define what it means to be a woman and how they personally wish to be seen.
The exhibition Real Women was curated by Shane Golby and organized by the Art Gallery of Alberta. This exhibition features works by Lisa Brawn, Kasie Campbell, Allison Tunis and Marlena Wyman.
JUNE 25 – AUGUST 20, 2020
“Powerful Profiles: Black Women Painters” Virtual Exhibit
“Powerful Profiles” Virtual Exhibit features the artwork of Serena Saunders, Kiarra Elliott, and Mariana Sguilla. The exhibit is curated by Alexis Marie Chute, with co-curator Serena Saunders, for the Multicultural Heritage Centre. “Powerful Profiles” presents portrait paintings and drawings all depicting black individuals, painted by black women.
Exhibit Description: “Why is it important to promote and exhibit Black Woman Artists” was the original question presented to me. The answer my gut replied with, that sat with me for some time was – “Duh”. That answer is still relevant. However, being a Black Woman Artist, who was once, an aspiring young black girl artist, I can remember looking for myself in museum rooms and on gallery walls only to come up empty handed. That emptiness created a dwelling place where I would plant seeds that would produce the fruit to contribute to changing that narrative.
Black women artists have had the courage to create in an arena not structured for their success and where they have thus been underrepresented. Their powerful and necessary stories must be told. To promote a deserving talent because the work produced through their dedication to the craft is profound and the results are purposeful and profitable. I could continue to list the statistical, systematic and racial disparities as to why such a time as now, is just as good of a time as ever to promote the work of Black – Woman – Artists.
Instead, let us talk about the need society has to have this artwork be a part of the thread of community.
The artwork being created is healing. It is nurturing and flourishing at the same time. The work is coming from mother’s and wives and activists and educators and community leaders and creators birthing visions and sculptures molding futures and writers without selective history recording filters – but true storytellers, and painters brushing away pain, “and” – I kept saying “and” because they are not some of these, but all of these things – the sum of these things, and still muster the courage and time to push out artwork, that warrants being promoted, collected and celebrated.
All of that and the millions of more personal, spiritual and cultural reasons are great answers to the question as well – but why should they lead the conversation? If the artists have clearly created work that should put them in the room, the collection, the history of Fine Art, outside of and inside of their color and sex – exhibit it, promote it, collect it – because it was earned.
—Serena Saunders, Artist, “Powerful-Profiles” Co-Curator
JUNE 17 – JULY 15, 2020
“Nitssaakita’paispinnaan: We Are Still In Control“
Virtual exhibit created by the Multicultural Heritage Centre art curator Alexis Marie Chute, narrated by artist Kristy North Peigan. Click here to watch the virtual exhibit video.
Exhibit Description: The exhibition Nitssaakita’paispinnaan: We Are Still In Control features works by Kristy North Peigan, Lori Scalplock and Smith Wright. This exhibition was curated by Troy Patenaude and Kent Ayoungman and organized by the Art Gallery of Alberta (TREX Region 2). This exhibition was generously funded by Syncrude Canada Ltd.
Our mainstream society in Canada is nested within a larger and deeper well of life than people may know. This well of life is comprised of myriad Indigenous cultures and lands, which together have animated and underwritten everything we now have to be thankful for as Canadians. This exhibition honours the well of life in the place these artists and curators live: Siksikaissksahkoyi (Blackfoot land/territory).
Nitssaakita’paispinnaan: We Are Still In Control features work by three contemporary Blackfoot artists, all working in different styles. We all gathered in a series of visits with Blackfoot ceremonial knowledge keeper Kayihtsipimiohkitopi (Kent Ayoungman), who shared about Blackfoot ways of life, places, and knowledge. Those visits helped us learn more about ourselves, the places we live, and the responsibility we have here to each other and our future generations. They also inspired these artworks, for the Blackfoot people, culture, and ceremonies are still very much here, still shaping our society to this day.
MAY 14 – JUNE 15, 2020
“Joy + Passion 2.0” Exhibit
Multicultural Heritage Centre Art Curator Alexis Marie Chute shares her colourful artwork to inspire viewers online and in-person during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Video & Exhibit Description: Go behind-the-scenes with Multicultural Heritage Centre Art Curator Alexis Marie Chute as she returns to the gallery for the first time after the COVID-19 lockdown. Experience what it’s like for Alexis as she takes her first few steps into the gallery. Also in this video, Alexis takes down the “In-Between: Explorations in Mental Health” exhibit and installs a new exhibition, which happens to be a show of her “Joy + Passion 2.0” abstract paintings, exhibited in between other scheduled shows in the gallery. Alexis hopes the bright colours and playful compositions will help inspire viewers as the social distancing and isolation continue.
“Outside-The-Frame” Virtual Exhibit
“Outside-the-Frame” is the first virtual exhibition at the Multicultural Heritage Centre in Stony Plain, Alberta, Canada. While COVID-19 has the world in lock down, the arts continue to thrive and play an essential role in communities. The Multicultural Heritage Centre is proud to support artists and art during this important time.
Exhibit Description: “Outside-the-Frame” is an exhibition that scoffs at right angles. It includes artwork by Michelle Erickson and Elyce Abrams, showing circular, triangular, and other uniquely shaped art. The artists in this exhibit literally think outside the box to create work that titillates our imaginations with their unconventionally created and presented work.
FEBRUARY 26 – MAY 10, 2020
“In-Between: Explorations in Mental Health Through Art” Exhibit
Art by Callan Field, Cheyenne Kean-Lemery, Meghan MacMillan, Suzan Berwald, Yvonne DuBourdieu, and Darren Snopek
Exhibit Description: The artists in this exhibition interact with art in regard to their mental health in two distinct ways. First, there are those that use their art to help them cope through mental illness, expressing themselves. Their work aids them, though is not about their struggle. Secondly, there are artists that engage with mental health directly in their artwork as a subject. This exhibition, “In-Between: Explorations of Mental Health Through Art,” presents artists of both approaches. They use their art to cope and to comment on their own wellbeing and the wellbeing of society.
JANUARY 28 – FEBRUARY 17, 2020
In partnership with TREX, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and the Art Gallery of Alberta
Exhibit Description: Chance is an enigmatic aspect of human experience. It determines whom we meet and what we encounter. Chance can be fortuitous, or it can be a stroke of bad luck. Its impact can meaningfully alter our life’s course or become a bump on the road that we scarcely remember. For street photographers, chance is monumental. It is something they seek, anticipate and, in a split second, capture. Armed with a camera and few preconceptions, street photographers enter public spaces as “bystanders” to the scenes that unfold before them. They raise their cameras and hold a mirror to everyday life, hoping to capture a candidness that cannot escape the physiognomy and accuracy of the medium. They bide for a moment when the elements of a compelling image come together with clarity – a moment that leading twentieth-century photographer Henri Cartier- Bresson famously described as “the decisive moment.”
Multicultural Heritage Centre Permanent Collection Exhibit
Artwork from the Multicultural Heritage Centre permanent collection. Theme: Winter Days in Alberta.
Featuring artists: Don Sharpe | Viola Martin | Doris Surbeck | Mareike Clark | Lino Tonin | Adeline Rockett | Helen Weeks | Isabel Levesque | Greg Johnson | Helen McCuc
Exhibit Description: The artwork in this exhibit from the permanent collection of the Multicultural Heritage Centre focuses on winter scenes in Alberta. Some of these paintings are snowy landscapes, others show the life of Albertans as they live and work in the province.
CONTACT THE ART GALLERY CURATOR:
Alexis Marie Chute
Multicultural Heritage Centre
Art Gallery Curator