New com­mu­nity hub for art mavens

Gallery’s shop fo­cuses on rare niche pub­li­ca­tions

Metro Canada (Edmonton) - - Edmonton - kash­mala Fida

Af­ter nearly a decade, Ed­mon­ton will once again have a book­store ded­i­cated ex­clu­sively to rare books and mag­a­zines on art.

dc3 Art Projects, a gallery in down­town Ed­mon­ton, is bring­ing na­tional and in­ter­na­tional art pub­li­ca­tions to Ed­mon­ton at its new book­store, open­ing on Fri­day.

“There is nowhere in Ed­mon­ton right now to get most of these books,” said Michelle Schultz, gallery di­rec­tor. “So the point of this is to bring in these pub­li­ca­tions and give peo­ple points of ac­cess to the larger con­tem­po­rary world.”

Gallery founder David Can­dler said the book­shop will of­fer a niche prod­uct that many peo­ple who have come to the gallery have ex­pressed an in- ter­est in.

“Those of us that are art junkies would like to buy five or six mag­a­zines from around the world but that hasn’t been pos­si­ble for years now,” he said. “There is a gap in the mar­ket.”

He said he hopes to fill the gap for these small print, hardto-find pe­ri­od­i­cals (in­clud­ing mag­a­zines, zines and small print artist books) and books.

He said Ed­mon­ton used to have niche mag­a­zine shops like Hub Cigar on Whyte Av­enue and Front Page News on Jasper Av­enue but they closed down.

Al­though those stores closed be­cause it be­came harder to com­pete with ev­ery­thing be­ing avail­able on­line on web­sites like Ama­zon, Schultz said she does not be­lieve print is dead.

“I would ar­gue strongly against that as I’m still an avid reader and col­lec­tor of books,” she said. “A lot of the books and the mag­a­zines we are bring­ing in are not ac­ces­si­ble via Ama­zon.”

There’s also some­thing spe­cial about be­ing able to phys­i­cally browse through a book be­fore pur­chas­ing it, she says.

“With Ama­zon you get a sense of a pre­view but un­less you get a sense of phys­i­cally hold­ing a book in your hands and you’re able to flip through and fig­ure if this is some­thing that is of in­ter­est to you, it’s very dif­fi­cult to do that on­line.”

She also said the book­shop did not set out to be a com­mer­cial ven­ture, in­stead it’s in­tended to pro­vide a re­source for peo­ple.

“Be­ing able to bring in au­thors who can do read­ings of their books, who can do launches of their books, and bring­ing in that com­mu­nity around it, that’s re­ally what the pur­pose of the book­shop is,” Schultz said.

The book­shop will open along with the launch and book sign­ing of Queer Threads, a look at in­ter­sec­tional fi­bre arts and crafts through 30 in­ter­na­tional artists.

“I think a lot of book­shops closed be­cause they were re­ly­ing on mak­ing a profit, and cer­tainly that’s not an easy thing to do in books but that’s not our in­ten­tion, our in­ten­tion is to cre­ate re­source and com­mu­nity,” she said.

“there is a gap in the mar­ket.” David Can­dler

Kevin Tuong/For MeTro

Michelle shultz, gallery di­rec­tor at dc3 Art Projects, which is open­ing the first vis­ual-art-only book­store in ed­mon­ton in a decade.

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