Mountain Art Exhibitions

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Morraine Lake Sunset

Morraine Lake Sunset © Sherwin Calaluan

Don't miss the 2016 mountain art and photography exhibitions across Banff Centre campus and with participating galleries in downtown Banff. 

All Festival exhibitions are FREE.
2016 details below: some exhibitions will remain on Banff Centre Campus until summer/fall 2017.
For reference only: 
Mountain Art and Craft Sale 2016 Information and Exhibitors
Mountain Marketplace 2016 Information and Exhibitors

At Banff Centre

Colleen Campbell: Tricksters and Teachers

Mangi (Bear Spirit)

© Colleen Campbell

Professional Development Centre Lobby, Banff Centre
August 19, 2016 – January 31, 2017

Mountain Artwalk: Saturday, October 29, 4 p.m.

This work is all about our relationships with some of the "Others". Until relatively recently in human history we were amongst, not separate from, other species, several of which were credited with important roles in how life seems to roll along. Working as a wildlife field researcher in the Central Rockies enabled Colleen to learn about "others" in this place, species with major roles in many ancient stories that guide human culture.

Coyote, Raven, and Bear are worthy creatures, each having a unique spiritual identity. Their stories have been told for thousands of years. Raven and Bear have sacred identities that are circumpolar, whereas Coyote is specific to North America. Each of these animals is also due respect for its important and complex ecological relevance.

Karen McDiarmid: The Grammar of Emptiness

Goat Enclosure, Chengdu Zoo, China

Goat Enclosure, Chengdu Zoo, China © Karen McDiarmid

Max Bell Lobby, Banff Centre
September 13, 2016 – January 31, 2017
Mountain Artwalk: Saturday, October 29, 4 p.m.

Everything disappears. Life is illusory and impermanent, and according to Buddhist beliefs, our lives' activities are merely "housekeeping in a dream". All things are empty of existence in themselves, and rather, interdependent, and interconnected with everything else. In Karen's photographs, she seeks to capture a fleeting moment that is different from the moment before and the moment that follows – the clasped hands of an old man in China, a prayer scarf floating on a river in Banff, a father and son resting together in Tibet. Ironically and playfully, photography can write the language of emptiness even as it grasps and makes "permanent" a moment in time. The images were shot in Canada, Bhutan, Tibet, and China, between 2012 and 2016.

Dan Austin: You Can Go Anywhere

88bikes

Kinnear Centre, 3rd Floor, Banff Centre
October 29 – November 7
Mountain Artwalk: Saturday, October 29, 4 p.m.

Puja is a trafficking survivor living in Kolkata, India.  In 2014 she received a bike from 88bikes.  It was a transformation moment for Puja; she told us that now she can pursue her dream to be a Boxer.  More than 5000 women and girls in 17 countries have received a bike from the 88bikes Foundation over the last ten years.  Each has a dream: Teacher, Artist, Boxer, Break Dancer, Poet, Doctor, President, Volcano Engineer.  A bicycle journey nearly twenty years ago showed Dan Austin the firsthand power of a bike-bound odyssey.  Whether across the country or across town, when you hop on a bike the past is behind you and the future rolls out before you.  Anything is possible.

This installation is in two parts: The Forest of Dreams is a collection of 5000 images of heroic women and girls posing with a picture of their donor and their new bike.  The images will be suspended from light strands in a small forest near the Kinnear Centre.  Guests can relax in hammocks, listen to voices of the recipients, and gaze at the thousands of faces - from Mozambique to Cambodia to Peru.

You Can Go Anywhere is a collection of 8 of their favorite images, blown up and presented beautifully on the 3rd floor of the Kinnear Centre.

88bikes operates on a one-to-one donation model, where every bike is donated by an individual.  A donation of $88 allows 88bikes to purchase a bicycle common to the region and from a local vendor.  The bicycle is endowed in the field with the collaboration of a locally-based NGO.  A picture is taken of the recipient posing with their donor's photo and her new bicycle.  She speaks of the great dream she has for her life. and the image is sent to the donor.

After strolling through the Forest of Dreams you will agree that with a bike, and a dream, You Can Go Anywhere.

40 Years of Walter Phillips Gallery: No Visible Horizon

Walter Phillips Gallery, Main Space, Banff Centre
Mountain Artwalk Reception: Saturday, October 29, 5 – 6 p.m.
October 6, 2016 – January 22, 2017

No Visible Horizon dissolves perspective, embraces groundlessness, and imagines possible futures through a series of new and existing contemporary artworks and an anthology of commissioned texts.

To celebrate its 40th anniversary, Walter Phillips Gallery examined its history and dedicated its fortieth exhibition to a series of new and existing works by a group of contemporary artists. As a starting point, each artist was invited to create a new work that takes Walter J. Phillips' unusual Flying Island (1922) print as an open-ended starting point. The floating untethered landmass he depicted hovers above a body of water with no visible horizon. Conjuring divergent connotations; artists were invited to respond directly or as a thematic starting point.

Artists: Maggie Groat and Jimmy Limit, Julia Crabtree and Will Evans, Liz Magor, Lisa Myers, Amy Malbeuf.

The Crown Traverse

Crown Traverse

Crown Traverse © Steven Gnam

The North Face athletes Mike Wolfe and Mike Foote, along with photographer Steven Gnam, set out from their homes in Missoula, Montana, and ran 960 kilometres along the spine of the Rockies to Banff, Alberta in the autumn of 2015.  They wanted to explore their greater backyard, traveling light and fast - inspired by the animals that make their home here in the Crown of the Continent.

Yellowstone National Park, USA

The North Face & National Geographic Outdoor exhibits
Throughout Banff Centre Campus
Ongoing

In downtown Banff

Sherwin Calaluan: The Moment of Golden Hour in the Canadian Rockies

Morraine Lake Sunset

Morraine Lake Sunset © Sherwin Calaluan

Banff Public Library, 101 Bear Street
Mountain Gallery Hop: Saturday, November 5, 3 – 6 p.m.

Sheila Kernan: Out & About

Out & About

Out & About © Sheila Kernan

Canada House Gallery, 201 Bear Street
November 2 – November 14, 2016
Mountain Gallery Hop: Saturday, November 5, 3 – 6 p.m.

It's Time to Stop and remember. Absorbing the ambiance of simple beautiful moments, Out and About embraces the many unexpected adventures life brings. Revisiting, reinterpreting, and breathing new life into vivid memories, past experiences, and present mindfulness, this show draws upon and creates many special narratives. Focusing on both natural and urban environments. Stories spill over onto the canvas. The surfaces are filled with thick impasto marks, bold bright colours, and a multitude of patterns. Each canvas is unique and seeks an abundance of conversations.

Artist in attendance.

Niccela Churchill and Joan Gregory: The Spirit of Travel – Travel Journals

Gingko & Ink Exhibit

Gingko & Ink Atelier, 111 Banff Avenue, Harmony Lane
Mountain Gallery Hop: Saturday, November 5, 3 – 6 p.m.

A selection of one-of-a-kind journals for journaling while travelling – or journals to use inspired by past travels with ephemera collected on your trips. Journals will be made using handmade papers from Gingko and Ink Atelier in Banff.

Journals by Niccela Churchill and Joan Gregory. Artists will be in attendance.

Barbara Milne: What Endures

What Endures

What Endures © Barbara Milne

The Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, 111 Bear Street
October 21, 2016 – January 29, 2017
Mountain Gallery Hop: Saturday, November 5, 3 – 5 p.m.

This exhibition is the result of time spent viewing and mining the collection of the Whyte Museum, particularly the objects in The Whyte Family Cabin. Barbara Milne has made collages, drawings, and paintings in which she has pondered ideas around stewardship and asked the question of What Endures? What holds value, and why.

Glen Boles: Climber, Photographer & Artist

A Spire in the Opal Range

© Glen Boles

The Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, 111 Bear Street
October 21 – November 20, 2016
Mountain Gallery Hop: Saturday, November 5, 3 – 5 p.m.

Since moving to Alberta sixty years ago, Glen Boles completed 37 first ascents and 588 climbs. During this time, he also managed to amass a collection of over 40,000 negatives and photographs. His love of climbing and photography, combined with the drawing skills he gained as a draftsman, has led him to create exquisite pen and ink drawings.

Allan Harding MacKay: Finding the Alpine

Finding the Alpine

Finding the Alpine © Allan Harding MacKay RCA

Willock & Sax Gallery, 210 Bear Street
October 26 – November 23, 2016
Mountain Gallery Hop: Saturday, November 5, 3 – 6 p.m.

Mixed media paintings by Allan Harding MacKay. Contemporary and historic paintings that explore transitions, the dramatic moments, and the clash of weather systems; all predicated on the idea of alpine defined by the Swiss Alps and the Canadian Rockies.

Artist in attendance.

2016 Photo Essay Competition Winner & National Geographic Young Explorers

Sky Islands © Prasenjeet Yadav

Banff Canmore Community Foundation, 214 Banff Avenue
September 13 – December 15, 2016
Mountain Gallery Hop: Saturday, November 5, 3 – 5 p.m.

Prasenjeet Yadav and his essay "Sky Islands" is the winner of the 2016 Banff Mountain Photo Essay Competition.  

Prasenjeet Yadav is also a National Geographic Young Explorer and his work, along with fellow Young Explorers Eva Rendle and Kyle Hemes, will be displayed at the Banff Canmore Community Foundation.

As a global nonprofit organization, the National Geographic Society is committed to exploring and protecting the planet.  Since 1888, National Geographic has given more than 12,000 grants to explorers, scientists, and storytellers who have a vision for improving our world. Today, a new generation of National Geographic Explorers is integral to carrying on the tradition, blazing new trails in thought and action. The Young Explorers featured in this exhibit have all received grants from the National Geographic Society to support their field projects.

Mountain Exhibition: The Crown Traverse

Crown Traverse © Steven Gnam

Crown Traverse © Steven Gnam

The Crown Traverse: 600 miles from Missoula to Banff
Photography by Steven Gnam
Citizenship Pavillion, 4th floor of the new Banff
Gondola summit
October 29 – ongoing

The North Face athletes Mike Wolfe and Mike Foote, along with photographer Steven Gnam, set out from their homes in Missoula, Montana and ran 600 miles along the spine of the Rockies to Ban™ff, Alberta in the autumn of 2015. They wanted to explore their greater backyard, traveling light and fast–inspired by the animals that make their home here in the Crown of the Continent.

Mountain Art Exhibitions Sponsored by

Banff Gondola