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Sarah Swan wins silver in short feature writing at the Alberta Magazine Awards. Read more

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Thirty art critics offer wit and wisdom interspersed with beautiful blooms of language in this super-dense compendium. Read more

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Margaret Nazon’s beadwork, on view in Yellowknife, pulls heaven and earth together. Read more

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Suzie Smith’s art makes me feel awash in paradox. According to my husband, when I look at her work I get a strange, loopy grin. Read more

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The Winnipeg Art Gallery shows work by eight indigenous artists who use boards -- whether to skate, ski or surf -- in two new exhibitions that run until April 23. Read more

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After the establishment of Nunavut in 1999, ownership of art from eastern regions of the Arctic was transferred to the new territory. But Nunavut didn’t have a facility to store or display the work, so much of the collection languished in storage. Read more

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Neil Farber’s new works are a writer’s dream. They brim with detail, making it easy to get carried away with description. Read more

STORIES

If anyone doubts that galleries are innervated and alive spaces, the recent 20th anniversary show at Urban Shaman should provide more than enough proof. Read more

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Karel Funk, "Untitled #54," 2012

©Karel Funk, Courtesy 303 Gallery, New York and Galerie Division, Montreal

There are moments when literature and art elucidate one another, sharing the same circle of light. I was given a moment like this recently, when thinking about the paintings of Karel Funk. Read more

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It seems odd that a renowned glass artist would find inspiration in a dollar store. Glass is elegant, beautiful, fragile. Dollar stores, on the other hand, are filled with plastic. Read more

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What I wasn’t expecting was a pitch-perfect masterfully calibrated piece of storytelling that put my cynicism to shame. Read more

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Several of the paintings contain body parts. "Model Model" is a delicate rendering of a torso turned clothes hanger, while the arms in "Feely Touchy" convey a beguiling mix of humour and anger. Read more

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In this digital age, photography can seem so casual. But Karen Asher is well aware of the power she invokes. Her recent photographs mine the depths of body language and explore gestures that are unguarded, elemental and way beyond contrivance. Read more

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Elvira Finnigan pours salt on ice boats last year for Salt Trade at the RAW:almond pop-up restaurant on the Red River.

Photo William Eakin

Sunlight is indiscriminate. It will fall on anything. There was a sense though, on an afternoon last November in Elvira Finnigan’s Winnipeg studio, that the light was happy to be there. Read more

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It’s strange to see Craig Love’s paintings in a gallery. To my mind, they belong in his studio in Winnipeg’s Exchange District. They live there. His space is like a hovel. Hundreds of in-progress paintings line every surface. Read more

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Eyres’ drawings frequently employ pathos, hinting at terrible neuroses. But it’s in her performative videos that she is most explorative. Read more

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"Melting Snowman Canisters"

Photo: Krista Gowenlock.

When Martinez was an undergraduate at the Alberta College of Art and Design, a sculpture teacher warned that she would get bored with clay. Read more

NEWS

The conceptual artist’s objective, Sol LeWitt wrote in 1967, is to make work that’s “mentally interesting” and “emotionally dry.” Read more

STORIES

"16-4"

Photo: Steven Leyden Cochrane

The ancient Greek mathematicians Ptolemy and Euclid believed that light was a sensitive substance that shoots from the eyes, reaching into space to illuminate objects. For Aston Coles, that idea is a beautiful one. Read more

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From earliest times, horses have been mythologized as possessing exceptional, magical properties. They are seen as noble and intelligent, elegant and muscular. Read more

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"Dive"

Photo: Larry Glawson.

When viewing the early prints of Sheila Butler, it’s easy to see her love for a swimmer’s choreography. "Dive", for example, describes the fluid motion of figures moving through water. Read more

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