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Diana Un-Jin Cho, Mini Chogak 22 Where: Alberta Craft Council, 10186 106th St. When: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., closed Sunday and Canada Day What: These cotton, silk, thread and wool needlework craft pieces needn’t be anything more than perfectly striking. Inspired by Korean goodfortune jogakbo used for wrapping gifts, Cho’s works complement the entire Craft Council gallery, which is worth exploring down to every corner. Sky Hoffos, Into the Forest, Into My Soul Where: Churchill Square When: 11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. What: Not until you crawl into the back of Sky Hoffos’ inversed forest-inside-tent do you really feel his intentions. Recent studies have explored why cats often hide in plain sight inside boxes, and like our feline friends, you feel safe inside the angular construction of leaves and tree boughs. No building campfires, OK? Paul Freeman, It’s Only Natural Where: Shaw Conference Centre, pedway level When: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. What: Freeman’s accolades for this piece include the Foote Prize for Visual Arts in Edmonton, and it’s appropriate that the piece, featuring two elk, is so often on the move. Argue that our official municipal animal should be the mosquito or the magpie all you like — these antler-infected mutants know they’ve won. Robert Harpin, The Judges and Glances Where: Churchill Square When: 11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. What: Taking fake to the next level, Harpin’s video parody of reality TV judges has three local actors running through affected personalities and emotions as seen on such fine programming as American Idol, America’s Top Model and Project Runway. The scary part, how this posturing has infected the real world, comes through here. Francoise Thibault, Bridging the Gap Where: The Works Gateway North, Churchill Square When: Ongoing What: On the other side of Churchill from Justin Shaw’s collage-as-gate, Thibault expanded on her work where facing people drew each other on glass. A visual trick where she’s painted the scenery behind each gate on it, it’s a cloaking device commenting on the invisibility of art and how we give and take from our surroundings.