July 2013

Main Gallery, Red Gallery and Hallways of Artpoint Gallery

Brand Artpoint Annual Art Event Calgary Poster


BRAND is a mark originally made with a hot iron stamp to identify your cattle.

BRAND if the identity… of a specific product, service or business.

BRAND is art that really makes a mark.


Artpoint Gallery & Studios Society presents BRAND, an art show that runs simultaneous to the Stampede and is meant as a cultural alternative.  It consists of artwork from the Artpoint membership, which will represent many disciplines, styles and mediums.  The artwork presented at the show is sometimes westerned tinged but more so represents the brand of the talent working at Artpoint. BRAND runs from July 5th to the 20th with an opening on the 4th.


The BRAND opening is from 5pm to 9pm, Thursday, July 4th. There will be live entertainment provided by Ginger Fire. https://www.facebook.com/TheGingerFire

Food will be provided by attending food trucks.

Please RSVP at our Facebook event page:



December at Artpoint

Opening in the Main Gallery:

Michael Abel

Opening Reception December 14, 2012 5pm-9pm


Art and architecture to shock and awe

Michael Abel, winner of My First Professional Exhibition, will showcase his work at ArtPoint Gallery in December.
Michael Abel, winner of My First Professional Exhibition, will showcase his work at ArtPoint Gallery in December.

By Caitlyn Spencer

 Michael Abel, the winner of the first My First Professional Exhibition competition, didn’t come to the University of Calgary with a fat portfolio.

“My background in art was pretty minimal,” he says. “I took one art class before university. I made a portfolio because I wanted to go into architecture, and it seemed like a good place to start.”

Abel’s progress is clear from his win of the competition. My First Professional Exhibition sees students in the art department’s Studio Concentration compete to receive reimbursement for some of their course work and materials, and secures a solo exhibition at a gallery in Calgary. Abel’s show, Monumental Contradiction, will open in December at ArtPoint Gallery.

“It was a really strong pool of applicants, all outstanding students,” says Linda Carreiro, associate professor in art and the organizer of the jury. “But Michael was the unanimous choice by the jurors. His work is powerful and intelligent. His minor in architecture contributed to the solidity of his concepts.”

For Abel, pairing of art and architecture is a natural choice. “I look at architecture as an art form itself,” he says. “You take an idea and turn it into a machine someone utilizes.” This fall, he will begin his Masters of Architecture at the University of Toronto.

The paintings in Monumental Contradiction reflect this focus. Abel is producing large-scale paintings of iconic architecture in eight North American cities, painted in the theme of each city’s National Basketball Association team.

“The paintings are intended to be so graphic and filled with relatable forms that the viewers will be distracted from the underlying meanings,” Abel says. “It’s the same as when someone goes and looks at a piece of really iconic architecture. There’s shock and awe, but in reality a lot of these pieces have hidden meanings and historical meaning that most people don’t catch.”

Previously, Abel was surprised when viewers failed to catch the hidden symbolism in his paintings, but this time, he’s embracing it. “I want to fill the viewers with the same kind of shock and awe they’d feel seeing these monuments,” he says. “I want to distract them from the academic, conceptual dialogue with colour, paint viscosity, hard lines, and relatable subjects. I no longer expect or even want the viewer to ‘understand’ the work of art.”

To read Article in FFWD magazine on Michael Abel’s show at Artpoint click HERE

Opening in the Red Gallery:

In Honour of Dorothy McFarlane

 Opening in the Stairway Gallery at Artpoint:

“Lit” by Nicole Lalande

Nicole Lalande will be in attendance at Artpoint December 22, 2012 and December 29. 2012.