Things to do: August art exhibition showcases Calgary artists keeping Western art and culture alive
August 18, 2020 — Balzac, AB — When the Calgary Stampede was cancelled, western artist Paul Van Ginkel, knew something had to be done to keep western arts and culture alive, so he organized the “Back in the Saddle” art exhibition at New Horizon Mall.
The show runs four days from August 28th – 31st and is a vibrant gallery experience showcasing the work of ten Stampede artists — including Van Ginkel himself. Taking place at New Horizon Mall, the event also features live music on Saturday and Sunday, complimentary beverages and sponsored wine. The exhibition will follow all relevant COVID-19 protocols, including mask wearing
The impact on the Calgary art community due to the cancellation of the Stampede was significant and the lasting effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have posed unique challenges to artists, including Van Ginkel, who has been pressing onwards in his work despite the strain. “Naturally I didn’t stop painting. In fact, I have been working harder than usual and creating my best work to date.” says Van Ginkel. “Artists never stop working, just like we never retire.”
This work ethic is what led to the creation of the Back in the Saddle arts exhibition. Van Ginkel selected New Horizon Mall as the location for the exhibition due to the artistry and design of the facility itself. “Being a creative person, I was impressed with the building, the design of it” says Van Ginkel.
Dates and Hours of the “Back in the Saddle” art exhibition at New Horizon Mall
August 28 & 29: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm,
August 30: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm,
August 31: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
First Ever Virtual LEGO® Convention at NHM
LEGO® professionals, creators and enthusiasts alike will be gathering this summer for Canada’s first ever virtual LEGO® convention, BUILDCON, hosted by Kris Manabo & Colin Ross from Creator Industries Inc. BUILDCON will be live streamed on the Twitch streaming platform from August 28th to 30th at the New Horizon Mall center court stage.
The live streaming format of the event will not only ensure safe COVID-19 regulations and the opportunity for viewing from home, but also allow viewers to engage directly with LEGO® professionals and ask questions that will be answered live on air.
Alongside the virtual event, New Horizon Mall is exhibiting LEGO® creations for Calgarians to view in 12 store locations throughout the marketplace. The LEGO® gallery will be up and running for the entirety of BUILDCON, as well as the following month, with the incorporation of a Mini-Figure Scavenger Hunt.
Dates and Hours of BUILDCON and LEGO® exhibition at New Horizon Mall
August 28th: 12:00pm – 6:00pm
August 29th: 12:00pm – 6:00pm
August 30th: 1:00pm – 5:00pm
August 28th to September 31 (Mall Hours).
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For more information on New Horizon Mall visit www.newhorizonmall.com/
Scott Henderson, dHz Media
About New Horizon Mall
New Horizon Mall is your marketplace. Located just outside Calgary city limits in Balzac, off the QEII Highway, the mall is close to Century Downs Casino and Racetrack, and the Amazon Southern Alberta Distribution Centre. New Horizon Mall is a grass roots, collective of entrepreneurs, artisans and fresh market vendors. It includes unique stores owned and operated by Alberta small businesses and family enterprises. The mall features North Calgary’s only year round fresh market, Prairie Horizon Fresh Market, the Best Shop, a 15,000-plus square foot department store featuring unique products and value prices and Sky Castle, a 34,000 square foot family entertainment centre opening in fall of 2020. It’s high tech main stage with big screen live video feed is Greater Calgary’s newest venue for a diverse array of entertainment and events throughout the year.