Built in 1929, the town’s former CP Rail train station houses the OAG today. The OAG hosts a series of exhibits throughout the year in its two galleries, bringing work from provincial and national artists to Okotoks, while showcasing work by artists across the Foothills. Exhibits range from paintings and textiles to sculptures. The gallery has a number of impressive exhibits planned for this year.
Jessica Plattner’s If You Wander Enough will be on display from May to June 18. If You Wander Far Enough considers the relationship between human activity and the natural world. Throughout the paintings, abandoned pipelines in various states of decay emerge from vast landscapes, observed by animals and birds from around the world.
These pipes function visually as the most basic formal element of line, whose perspective draws the viewer deep into an illusion of space while simultaneously reinforcing the graphic flatness of the canvas. The work raises questions about how resource extraction and energy consumption affect the landscape and our relationship to it, both now and in the future.
On display until June 18 is Continuous by Monique Martin. Continuous is an exploration of the fragile nature of existence, the interplay between humans and small creatures, and the communication patterns of our world using bees as the subject. The contemporary issue of the loss of bee populations is represented through the artwork, along with the historical links between bees and humans. Martin has created a paper beehive large enough for people to walk through. It features approximately 45,000 hexagons and 4,000 bees.
A piece of prairie history will be celebrated starting in late June. Jason Carter’s Prairie Princes: A Celebration of the Grain Elevator will run from June 25 to Sept. 3. The fall will kick off when OAG proudly presents Edward Burtynsky’s Relationships and Reconfigurations from Sept. 10 to Nov. 12.
Many works of art are also available for sale at the gallery.
The OAG is also the Town’s tourist visitor centre. It’s the ideal source of information on local destinations for travelers. The OAG is located at 53 North Railway Street. Its summer hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday to Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays and holidays. On Thursdays it will be open until 8 p.m. in July and August. For more information visit www.okotoksculture.ca.
Caption: From large exhibits by professional artists to workshops and classes for all ages, the Okotoks Art Gallery at the Station is the home of Okotoks’ vibrant arts scene.