Fall speed ahead at our beloved Glen­bow

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Fall 2018 prom­ises to be out of this world at Glen­bow. The ex­hi­bi­tion lineup in­cludes: Cos­mos: Gathie Falk, Mar­garet Na­zon and Erik Ol­son; The Arc­tic: Real and Imag­ined Views from the Nine­teenth Cen­tury; and One New Work Tamara Lee-Anne Car­di­nal: Feet on the Ground.

Cos­mos, cu­rated by Mary-Beth Lavi­o­lette, fea­tures works of art that ex­plore the mys­ter­ies of the uni­verse. The ce­les­tial stud­ies are the work of three con­tem­po­rary artists: Erik Ol­son’s plan­e­tary por­traits; Gathie Falk’s ex­pres­sion­ist starscapes; and Mar­garet Na­zon’s Hub­ble Tele­scope-in­spired tra­di­tional bead­work.

Arc­tic, cu­rated by Travis Lut­ley, fea­tures art from Arc­tic ex­pe­di­tions be­tween 1818—1876, in­clud­ing the search for Franklin and his crew and the fi­nal Bri­tish at­tempt to nav­i­gate the North­west Pas­sage, jux­ta­posed with In­dige­nous and Euro­pean ar­ti­facts and con­tem­po­rary com­men­tary by Inuit cul­tural con­sul­tants James Kup­tana and Sophia Lebessis.

One New Work, cu­rated by Nancy Tous­ley, fea­tures Cal­gar­y­based Tamara Lee-Anne Car­di­nal, an emerg­ing multimedia and per­for­mance artist and com­mu­nity ac­tivist who uses the women’s Pow Wow Jin­gle Dress Dance and its re­galia as key el­e­ments of her art prac­tice, in which she seeks a deeper un­der­stand­ing of her­self and her In­dige­nous cul­ture.

A se­lect group of guests gath­ered at Glen­bow Sept. 28 to be the first to ex­pe­ri­ence the new fall ex­hi­bi­tions at an ex­clu­sive VIP open­ing re­cep­tion. Af­ter the for­mal re­cep­tion, scores of Glen­bow sup­port­ers at­tended the pub­lic Launch Party, the big­gest and best art party in town.

Spot­ted at the VIP re­cep­tion were: Glen­bow pres­i­dent and CEO Donna Liv­ing­stone; board chair Irfhan Rawji and his wife, Chris­tine Arm­strong; Al­berta Min­is­ter of In­fras­truc­ture San­dra Jansen; Im­pe­rial Oil pres­i­dent and CEO and new Glen­bow board mem­ber Rich Kruger and his wife, Jen­nifer; new board mem­ber and Bos­ton Con­sult­ing Group part­ner and man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Ross Mid­dle­ton; Vi­viane Art’s Vi­viane Mehr, Jenna Klein Waller and El­iz­a­beth Mid­dle­ton; BMO Nes­bitt Burns’ Scott McCreath; avid Glen­bow sup­port­ers Cliff and Les­lie Fry­ers; Fel­low of Glen­bow and con­trib­u­tor to the Arc­tic ex­hi­bi­tion Rod Green; past Glen­bow board chair Jim McLeod; leg­endary artist Chris Cran; in­de­pen­dent cu­ra­tor Diana Sher­lock; Al­berta Lib­eral Party Leader David Khan; Har­ris Kir­shen­baum; and Ethel Gibbs, proud grand­mother of artist Erik Ol­son.

The ex­hi­bi­tions run through Jan 6, 2019.

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At­tend­ing Glen­bow’s ex­clu­sive VIP re­cep­tion were, from left, Im­pe­rial Oil pres­i­dent and CEO and new Glen­bow board mem­ber Rich Kruger with his wife, Jen­nifer, Glen­bow pres­i­dent and CEO Donna Liv­ing­stone and Ross Mid­dle­ton — new Glen­bow board mem­ber and Bos­ton Con­sult­ing Group part­ner and man­ag­ing di­rec­tor.

Al­berta Lib­eral Party Leader David Khan, left, with avid Glen­bow sup­porter Har­ris Kir­shen­baum.

Artist Erik Ol­son and his proud grand­mother Ethel Gibbs at­tended Glen­bow’s VIP open­ing re­cep­tion to­gether. Ol­son’s por­traits of plan­ets are part of the ex­hibit Cos­mos, which runs at the mu­seum through Jan 6. They posed in front of one of his plan­e­tary pieces.

Renowned artist Chris Cran, left, is joined by Glen­bow Fel­low and cu­ra­tor Nancy Tous­ley and Diana Sher­lock.

Get­ting a sneak pre­view of this fall’s ex­hibits were, from left, BMO Nes­bitt Burns’ Scott McCreath, Cliff Fry­ers, past Glen­bow board chair Jim McLeod and Rod Green, Fel­low of Glen­bow and con­trib­u­tor to Glen­bow’s ex­hi­bi­tion The Arc­tic.

Vi­viane Art’s Jenna Klein Waller, left, with Vi­viane Mehr and El­iz­a­beth Mid­dle­ton.

Glen­bow’s ex­clu­sive VIP open­ing re­cep­tion af­forded guests the op­por­tu­nity to view Glen­bow’s new fall ex­hi­bi­tions at their leisure. Among the dis­tin­guished at­ten­dees were Chris­tine Arm­strong, left, and her hus­band, Glen­bow board chair Irfhan Rawji, and Al­berta Min­is­ter of In­fras­truc­ture San­dra Jansen.

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