The Okotoks Art Gallery at the Station is the heart of the town’s vibrant arts community.
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. Amanda McCavour’s Daydream will be on display from April 8 to June 3. Through an exploration of line and its 2-D and 3-D implications, stitch is used in McCavour’s work to explore various concepts such as connections to home, the fibres of the body, and more formal considerations of thread’s accumulative presence.
Also on display until June 3 is Earth, Wind & Sky by Janifer Calvez. Earth, Wind, & Sky began as time spent contemplating the huge expanse of open sky during artist Janifer Calvez’s long drives around southern Alberta. Calvez started to explore the wind in her paintings, hoping to capture the movement and feel from a warm breeze to a hurricane gust.From June 10 to September 2, Brandy Saturley’s Canadianisms: A Half Decade inspired by Canada will be on display. Canadianisms brings the two worlds of Canadian popular culture and Canadian iconography together.
Also showing from June 10 to September 2 is an exhibit created by the artist members of the OAG in celebration of Canada’s sesquicentennial. The pieces in From Cow-Catcher to Caboose were all developed with a central theme in mind: the railway.Colin Smith’s Reflections of Canada opens on September 9. Consisting of large-scale Camera Obscura photographs, Reflections of Canada tells the story of our interaction with the Canadian landscape as part of Canada’s sesquicentennial celebrations. Ann Haessel’s Threads that Bind also opens on September 9. Threads that Bind blurs the boundaries between traditional fabric art, painting, and mixed media. Many works of art are available for sale at the gallery.
The gallery also boasts an active studio upstairs, which is used for classes and workshops lead by professional artists for adults and youths. The OAG is also the Town’s tourist visitor centre. It’s the ideal source of information on local destinations for travelers, with a huge selection of tourist related information and brochures.
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. For more information and a full schedule of events, visit www.okotoksculture.ca.