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Must Sees This Week: July 16 to 22, 2015

Lots of great art exhibitions open across the country this week. Here are our recommendations. (And remember to visit our Exhibition Finder for worthwhile shows that are already open.)


At Presentation House Gallery on July 16 at 7:30 p.m., collectors Claudia Beck and Andrew Gruft will discuss the works in “Eye to Eye,” which was drawn from their private collection. Curator Justine Gabias brings together artists Vanessa Brown, Steve Hubert, Allison Tweedie and Mark DeLong to recapture the spirit of mini-golf in “The Oasis,” opening July 17 at 7 p.m. at Field Contemporary.


The second instalment of “Charrette Roulette,” a series of exhibitions that take a collaborative, workshop-type approach to the gallery, opens at the Art Gallery of Alberta on July 18. “Charrette Roulette: Language” will be facilitated by Kathy Slade and Keith Higgins of Publication Studio Vancouver.


Murmurings of background actors in theatre and film are taken up in “Rhubarb, rhubarb, peas and carrots,” a group show featuring work by Erin Gee, Marla Hlady, Erika Lincoln, Stephanie Loveless and Ellen Moffat, which opens at the Dunlop Art Gallery July 17 at 7:00 p.m., preceded by an artist talk at 6 p.m. in RPL Film Theatre. Slate Fine Art Gallery opens a summer show, “Summer Rhubarb,” on July 16 at 5 p.m., featuring works by David Thauberger, Heather Benning, Brian Gladwell and more.


Natasha Mazurka cuts patterns into vinyl and embosses drawing, creating delicate, detailed patterns; her show “Possible Forms or Actions” opens at the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba on July 16 at 7:30 p.m. Also at the AGSM that night, Janet Shaw-Russell mounts her investigations into anatomical illustrations in “This Fragile Dwelling Place.”


The city sees a flurry of activity this week (in advance of the August lull). At O’Born Contemporary, collaborators on Vector Artist’s Journal are highlighted in the exhibit “Stories Told,” which opens with a launch of the publication on July 16 at 6 p.m. Technology and light are taken up at Diaz Contemporary in a group show featuring Jen Aitken, Abbas Akhavan, Aude Pariset, Nicolas Sassoon, Rachelle Sawatsky and Mark Soo, opening July 18 at 2 p.m. Hazel Meyer, known for often humorous performances involving sports, begins to work at Scrap Metal Gallery in preparation for a series of performances in August; you can drop by and visit her on Fridays and Saturdays from 12 to 5 p.m. beginning July 17. Exhibitions of paintings and paper collages by André Ethier and Gary Evans open at Paul Petro Contemporary Art on July 17 at 7 p.m. Group shows open at Olga Korper Gallery on July 15 at 6 p.m. and at Katzman Contemporary on July 18 at 2 p.m.


At Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain, Ripley Whiteside’s depictions of animals open in “A Peaceable Kingdom,” alongside Andreas Rutkauskas’s documentation of crude-oil extraction tools in “Oil!” on July 18 at 3 p.m. On July 18 beginning at 3 p.m. Art Mûr opens a group show, “Fresh Paint / New Construction,” with a solo show of Sarah Thibault’s work also opening that afternoon. Tina Carlisi, Janick Burn and Groupe Intervention Vidéo perform at the Darling Foundry beginning at 7 p.m. on July 16.


Truck hosts a closing reception on July 16 at 6 p.m. Sonia Haberstich‘s show “Skin,” which saw the artist install pieces of textiles and paint in the Arts Commons +15 window space. Four recent works by noted abstract painter Harold Klunder are on view at Trépanier Baer Gallery.


Gary Taxali—of the colourful, vintage-inspired illustrations that pull from the vernacular of advertising and cartoons—has his first comprehensive Canadian exhibition at the Idea Exchange, opening jointly with “Show.15,” which brings local, emerging artists together, on July 17 at 7 p.m.


At Gallery 101, Natascha Niederstrass transforms the gallery into a kind of crime scene with “Behind Closed Doors: Body of Evidence,” forcing visitors to puzzle out the missing narrative behind the installation, which opens July 18 at 3 p.m. In “A Dialogue with Taxonomy,” which opens at Studio Sixty Six on July 16, Jordan Clayton focuses on the single-celled organisms (including viruses) that intimately share our lives, often unbeknown to us. Early works by graphic designer Neville Smith open at La Petite Mort Gallery on July 17 at 7 p.m.

Our weekly must-sees, published each Thursday, are chosen from opening and event announcements sent to at least two days prior to publication. For listings of art openings, exhibitions and events, visit

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