visual art, craft & photography
5 AUGUST - 18 SEPTEMBER
Home is memory, connection and belonging. Drawn Home explores the diverse and meaningful connections that artists make with the places and communities that they call home.
This sprawling group exhibition features artists from the Big Lake Artists’ Studios, the St. Albert Photography Club and the Visual Arts Studio Association.
Fostering a sense of place, these artists will welcome all who visit – Home.
Image credit: Catherine McMillan, The Places I Carry Within, acrylic and oil on cradle wood panel, 16×16”, 2019.
3 - 4 pm, in-person
The Art Gallery of St. Albert is pleased to present a celebration of African art and culture. Join exhibiting artist Diana Ohiozebau and the Africans and Descendants Friendship Club of St. Albert for this workshop highlighting art, culture and fashion. Works will be inspired by Diana Ohiozebau’s exhibition Through the Tide. During the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to learn more about African fashions and fabrics from Vera Idugboe, a fashion designer who makes made-to-fit traditional and contemporary clothes and also see how a traditional ‘Gele’ is tied. All supplies will be provided. This program is for ages 15+.
7 - 8 pm
Join Samantha Williams-Chapelsky using acrylic paint to learn how to create a quick acrylic landscape referencing a photograph. This course will teach colour mixing and matching, landscape simplification and composition techniques. Some experience with acrylic paint necessary. Students will be provided with a reference image and supplies list to create their own acrylic landscape painting.
12 -1 pm
Outside & in-person
Join St. Albert artist Samantha Williams-Chapelsky for a 1-hour demonstration on painting outdoors -“en plein air”. This demo will include a listing of supplies typically used by Samantha Williams-Chapelsky and a demonstration on simplifying an outdoor composition into a small-scale painting. Look for Samantha in the grassy area along the Sturgeon River behind St. Albert Place. Participants are asked to bring a note pad and pen as well as a chair to sit on, if desired.
24 SEPTEMBER 6:30 - 9PM
25 SEPTEMBER 9:30AM - 12PM
This program has been cancelled due to COVID restrictions
Carol Donald at Wow Factor Mosaics (part of Big Lake Artists' Studios) will host two 2.5 hour workshops where participants will make a mosaic tile trivet or hot plate. All materials are supplied. The project will be grouted by Carol and you will be notified when it's ready for pick-up! This is a beginner project, no previous experience is necessary. Whether the class proceeds in-person (distanced) is contingent upon COVID restrictions in place in September.
Sept 24 - Register through Eventbrite!
1 - 2 pm
Would you like to get creative and gain some card making ideas at Culture Days this September? Marysia Migorska is super excited to teach you some tricks and ways to combine various medium to create an original yet personal card. In this workshop she will explore the theme of the Autumn Season with step-by-step painting of Sunflowers.
FULL MONTH OF SEPTEMBER
Join Doris Charest to create a colourful mixed media landscape. In a step-by-step, easy and fun process, she will provide you with guidelines which you can follow or change as you like. Give yourself a couple of evenings to complete the class as some elements need to dry. Along the way, Doris will give you tips and tricks that will make your creative experience easier.
FULL MONTH OF SEPTEMBER
This video demonstration is about a remarkable species of butterfly which has adapted to its environment through a very specific strategy of survival, mimicry. Bruce Thompson has chosen as an example the swallow-tail butterfly that lives in Africa and is often seen in low flight or strung out around muddy pools. The different ‘morphs’ of the species are portrayed in a series of watercolour paintings which he does on-screen, while explaining the ecological purpose.
FULL MONTH OF SEPTEMBER
Wayne Gorman is a resident artist at the Visual Arts Studio Association of St. Albert (VASA). Check out VASA's Spotlight Video of Wayne as well as a slide show of Wayne's work.
FULL MONTH OF SEPTEMBER
Celebrate Visual Arts in Alberta and St. Albert! Paint along with Laura Watmough of Hidden Talent Art School as she shares easy watercolor techniques to capture the amazing beauty of flowers and leaves. Discover the artist in you! As an extra bonus, join Laura's Facebook group 'EASY Watercolor Magic for Beginners' where you can ask questions and share and post your paintings in progress with other students.
23 SEPTEMBER 7 - 8pm online
25 SEPTEMBER 2 - 4pm in-person
Dawn Kawahara will be hosting a two-part program including an online seminar and an in-person photo walk to teach participants how to see the small details in nature and to find the beauty in photographing those details!
VCPA: Preschool Sing-a-Long Dance-a-Long
4 -5 pm
For ages 2 – 6 with parents. Families with young children will sing and dance, exploring different instruments and performing new and familiar songs!
VCPA: Private Lessons
7 & 8 SEPTEMBER
Visionary Centre for the Performing Arts will provide free, half hour, private music lessons! Contact VCPA to register for your free lesson. (780-460-4430)
Musical Theatre Workshop for Adults
8 - 9:30 pm
Students will learn a musical theatre piece and be directed using acting through song technique! This is an adult workshop.
VCPA: Sing! Sing! Sing!
5 - 6pm
Join us for an introduction into singing technique that will help improve your voice. Led by a professional vocal instructor at Visionary Centre for the Performing Arts, you will discover some tips and tricks to help you discover your true voice! Singing is fun, great for the soul and even has health benefits. For ages 7 - 12.
VCPA: Lights, Camera, Action!
7, 8, 9 SEPTEMBER
6:15 - 7:45pm
A series of 3 classes for 7 to 12 year olds. Scripting, acting, editing.
Kindermusik with Miss Taya
10 - 10:45 AM
Kindermusik with Miss Taya offers music and movement classes for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers.
Classes nurture the whole development of the child - musical skills, as well as literacy, social, cognitive, and physical development, in a fun, energetic, and imaginative class. Class will include singing, dancing, creative use of household materials as instruments, and lots of fun!
This online class during St.Albert Culture Days is intended for toddlers 18mos-3yrs, however, all siblings are welcome to join in the fun!
10am - 11am
New to the ukulele? The ukulele has become a very popular instrument--it's easy to learn, portable, relatively inexpensive, and an enjoyable way to spend time singing and strumming by yourself or with friends. Learn how in this online workshop with Gary Glewinski and Kyle Swenson for ages 8+ (including adults)!
11:15am - 12:15pm
With a variety of musical genres, there comes a variety of strumming patterns on the ukulele. Join Gary and Kyle for an informative and entertaining session which explores progressive strumming patterns. We will explore rock, shuffle, flamenco, Caribbean, pop rhythms and more. Please have a good understanding of chords prior to the session. Make sure to bring your ukulele! We will tune to standard C tuning, G-C-E-A.
Muséee Heritage Museum: Our Songs, Our Roots - Music in St. Albert
14 September to 16 January
Music is perhaps the deepest form of human communication, affecting us spiritually, culturally and socially. In Our Songs, Our Roots - Music in St. Albert, we look back at the role of music in the St. Albert region and explore the many ways it has influenced and enhanced life in the community. Through photos, instruments and recordings, this exhibition delves into the differences, and connections in our musical past and highights the role of song in our lives. Visit the museum to view the exhibit!
Light Music for Heavy Horns
One of St. Albert’s newest musical groups, Tubas of Saint Albert brings a fresh approach to familiar music ranging from Rondos to Ragtime and from Barbershop to Bebop. Covering a considerable variety of styles, the group presents music that is consistently tuneful, upbeat and fun! Tubas of Saint Albert is a consort of higher and lower members of the tuba family, including two tenor tubas, one bass tuba, and one contrabass tuba. Catch this performance in the back plaza of St. Albert Place (by the statues) or, in the event of inclement weather, inside in the foyer.
LITERARY & FILM
Outside & in-person
Amplify is taking over Lion's Park for a Covid-safe movie night in the park. Bring a blanket to sit on and bundle up as we enjoy School of Rock on a crisp fall evening!
Outside & in-person
Have you ever seen St. Albert through a poet's eyes? Do you want to learn how to do so yourself? During this hour-long in-person poetry walking tour given by Ari Zak, she will highlight how place connects to writing by reading poems and discussing them. The tour will be a walk around town to encourage you to maintain your COVID walking habits and and to inspire a poetic connection to the walking paths of the city.
Métis Table Talk
2 - 3pm
Ever think about what it means to be an ally in 2021? Take some time to come and virtually sit at Sharon Morin's kitchen table to have a conversation about Métis culture, allyship and how can we learn more, make a difference and be part of the conversation.
7 - 8:30pm
Do you want to connect with other local writers? Join our Writer in Residence Nisha Patel, and a featured local guest author each month, for an open mic and literary chat. Sign up for a five-minute open mic slot to read your own work in any genre or format, or join us with your thoughts and ideas on the writing process, local books, and general conversation about your writing and your literary interests. Register here.
THEATRE & DANCE
7 - 8pm
An exclusive, never-before-seen interview with V.I. Lenin (1870 – 1924) Bolshevik Revolutionary Leader. Did you know that Lenin’s parents were wealthy (bourgeoisie) educators? He rejected all religion shortly after his brother’s execution. Find out how he reacted when the interviewer accuses him of slaughtering more people than the regime he replaced! Audiences will be captivated by this powerful interview with the frightening Bolshevik dictator. Written, directed, and performed by Paul Punyi and Maureen Rooney. Q&A will follow performance. For ages 18+.
11 September 2021
9 - 9:30am, ages 4-8
Fun and active! Everybody gets involved! Get ready for a half hour of fun acting where you get to play all the parts. We will be reading a storybook and bringing it to life using a bath towel to help take us on a fun journey of the imagination. Live-streamed right into your home! This style of theatre was created by the award winning duo Rooney and Punyi who have been bringing theatre to children all across the country for over 35 years. Each child will need a bath towel and their imagination.
11 September 2021
10 - 10:45am
For those that love theatre and those who just want to give it a try without feeling any pressure to perform, these fun theatre games that work so well virtually will be played with other kids your age from all over! Take turns creating silly characters, see how they interact and have a blast doing theatre.
19 September 2021
African & Caribbean dance class taught by Masani of the Africans & African Descendants Friendship Club of St. Albert! Afro-Caribbean movement classes with a focus on traditional rhythms from Guinea.
25 September 2021
11am - 12pm
Learn the Ekombi dance taught by Praise Ekeng of the Africans & African Descendants Friendship Club of St. Albert! Ekombi dance is a traditional dance of the Efik/Ibibio Tribes of the Southern region of Nigeria.
12 - 1pm
Learn to make Jamaican Patties, a baked snack food, with Marilyn McGreer in this workshop offered by Africans & African Descendants Friendship Club of St. Albert!
4 - 5PM
Chin Chin is a fried snack food from West Africa. Learn to make it in this workshop offered by Africans & African Descendants Friendship Club of St. Albert!
Learn to make Ghana Kelewele (Kay-Lay-Way-Lay) with Akua Kitchen. It's a snack made from ripe plantains! Learn to make it in this workshop offered by Africans & African Descendants Friendship Club of St. Albert!
Learn to make Koki Beans with Lentils with Rosyta. It's a delicacy from Cameroon in West Africa! Learn to make it in this workshop offered by Africans & African Descendants Friendship Club of St. Albert!