On the second Friday of the month, at cSpace, 1721 – 29 Ave SW, Room 310, 1:00 – 3:00 pm.

Guest speakers will enlighten, inspire and entertain us on selected topics in the arts and humanities.  There will always be time for questions and discussion after the presentation.

Free for members, $5 charge at door for non-members. Guests are welcome. No registration required. Free parking available on the north side of the building and plenty of on-street parking.

Suggestions for speakers are welcome.  Please contact: Carol Gerein (; Pat Hogan ( or Marje Wing (

Coming Presentations 

Social Justice and Artists: The Side Door of Perception

with Barbara Amos

Photo Courtesy of Barbara Amos(Photo Courtesy of Barbara Amos)

Artists are creative problem solvers. Many artists use their creativity to make the world a better place. Their work is amusing, beautiful and eloquent.  Some artists engage large communities while others create solitary endeavors in surprising locations.This talk with images will introduce a few of these artists whose work is gaining recognition.

Barbara Amos is an artist whose work has addressed multicultural issues and environmental concerns. She created an anonymous work that went viral, and has had her work covered in many publications including the Wildlands Advocate and AlbertaViews.

In 2014 she was honoured with an Arts Advocacy Award from CARFAC Alberta.  She has advocated for professional development for the visual artists, has volunteered on many boards for non-profits and since 2013 has been on the Board of Directors for the Leighton Art Centre.    She has been on the selection juries for public art in Calgary and served as a juror for many other arts organizations.  She has completed 5 public art commissions. The most recent project on Migration, was completed in June 2017.

She is a graduate of the University of Waterloo and has been awarded scholarships and international residencies.  Her paintings are in many collections and she is represented by galleries in Toronto and Calgary.  She has always viewed her painting studio as a place of balance, meditation and sanctuary. 

When: Friday, December 8
Time: 1:00 - 3:00 PM
Where: Room 310, cSpace, 1721 - 29 Ave. SW

Art Jewellery: The Art and The Practice

with Sarabeth Carnat

CDP-20171118Sarabeth02.jpg(Photos Courtesy of Sarabeth Carnat)

Jewellery artist Sarabeth Carnat will talk about her work which addresses the elements of beauty, color, comfort, ritual, and relationships.  She will talk about her growth and development as an artist and about her role as an educator during her thirty year career at the Alberta College of Art and Design.  

Sarabeth will share images of her work which will provide insight into her one-of-a-kind jewellery pieces, metal painting, Judaica, and anodized aluminum objects.  She will discuss the vitality of the program at ACAD, relate her current focus: the “Ranch Project” at the Calgary Stampede and share information about the Alberta Craft Council.

After the talk, Sarabeth will tour interested participants around the Alberta Craft Council gallery located on the main floor of cSpace.

CDP-20171118Sarabeth01.jpgSarabeth was born in Calgary and her family has a long history of community activity and participation in this city.  Sarabeth studied in Canada, Israel & the U.S.  Her forty-nine year span in the field of Jewellery and Metals includes thirty plus years of teaching and committed contribution to the Alberta College of Art and Design.

She has a private practice in one of a kind, production and conceptual jewellery, metal painting, Judaica, and anodized aluminum objects. Sarabeth’s work addresses beauty, color, comfort, ritual, and relationships.

She has received both national and international recognition for her work.

Her work is in numerous private and public collections including the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. 

When:Friday, January 12, 2018
Time:1:00 - 3:00 PM
Where:Room 310, cSpace, 1721 - 29 Ave. SW



Doug Coats

7th Ave and 1st Street SW - Remaining Buildings of the early 1900's - Photo Henri Walhout

In 1901 Calgary was the biggest city between Winnipeg and Vancouver, despite a population of only 4000.  Ten years later the population had increased more than tenfold.  The city took on a whole new look as the new construction materials of steel and reinforced concrete made skyscrapers possible.  The sleepy intersection of 7th Avenue and 1st Street West became Calgary’s first “big city” intersection with the simultaneous construction of the Southam (later Greyhound) Building, Southam Chambers (later the Herald Building), and the Hudson’s Bay Company department store –  not to mention the Lougheed Building only a few steps away.  From the town’s earliest days, some of Calgary’s leading movers and shakers were involved in the intersection’s development.  This presentation tells the story of the events and personalities that have shaped this corner, from bald prairie to its latest addition – Brookfield Place, currently Calgary’s tallest building.


Doug Coats is a native Calgarian and University of Calgary graduate who was first captivated by Calgary history when one of his teachers mentioned that you could see the date “1888” in the sandstone of the old Alberta Hotel building.  A trip downtown showed that this was indeed the case.  An almost-80-year-old artifact was pretty impressive to a kid in Grade 7!  Today both Doug and the hotel are a lot older, but still standing.  For over thirty years Doug taught junior high Social Studies, and was privileged to receive the Alberta Excellence in Teaching award.  Then he “retired” to become a Senior Interpreter at Heritage Park Historical Village.  He will soon be retiring again, to indulge his hobbies of reading, model railroading, and of course Calgary history.

When:Friday, February 9, 2018
Time:1:00 - 3:00 PM
Where:Room 310, cSpace, 1721 - 29 Ave. SW

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Social Justice and Artists: The Side Door of Perception

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Art Jewellery: The Art and the Practice

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