Sarah Fuller, "Aldcroft Residence," 40 x 50 inch Digital Inkjet Print from "The Forest of No Return" series.
Christine Klassen Gallery is announcing the opening party and exhibit launch of 5 Cameras & Decade, February 6, 2014 from 7-10 p.m. at the gallery’s new location, 321 50 Ave S.E.
After six years in its original space on 11th avenue in Calgary, CKG has moved and is opening the doors to a new location with the launch of 5 Cameras, a group exhibit including new images from Ben Cope and Colin Smith, works by Gary Campbell and Michael Levin, and the debut of Sarah Fuller’s “The Forest of No Return” series.
The new space is ready just in time for the 2014 Exposure Photography Festival, where CKG will host Decade ard Burtynsky, Fred Herzog, Diana Thorneycroft, Lynn Cohen, Larry Towell, and curated by Vincent Varga.
CKG’s new space, suitably dubbed “the shop” due to its 4600 square feet and industrial surroundings, is a mid-century modern warehouse with natural light and is a site for growth and possibilities.
“Gone are the days of shuffling paintings around in storage like an art version of Tetris,” says Christine Klassen, gallery director and dynamic member of Calgary’s arts community. With more space the gallery can show and store more art, grow its repertoire of artists, including the addition of fine craft, host larger functions, and expand to include in-house framing.
A part of the Manchester Industrial Area, located just blocks from Macleod Trail S.E. and less than 10 minutes from the gallery’s previous location, the space is part of an initiative to outfit Calgary with a new pocket of creative spaces. The property owner worked closely with the gallery’s creative director, interior designer James McIntyre, of McIntyre Bills, to give the new gallery the right esthetic.
“I look forward to sharing these changes and the new gallery with clientele and the city’s wider arts community,” Klassen says. Klassen has a solid reputation for innovation and style. Her vision for CKG is to embrace a vibrant and approachable space, which endeavors to break the traditional commercial gallery mold. Klassen looks forward to continuing relationships with existing gallery visitors and bringing a re-energized gallery space to those who are just discovering Calgary’s gallery scene.
While the space will be ready to welcome the public on opening day, the finishing touches will coincide with the gallery’s official grand re-opening scheduled for late March.