Grand Opening Opening | Group Exhibition


You are invited to attend…
“Grand Opening Opening”
Thursday July 7, 1983 – 8:00 p.m.

After months of planning and renovating, The Second Story Gallery and Artist’s Studios is opening its doors to the public.

Tucked away on the second level of the Ross Kerr Block (just north of the Louise Crossing) at 1106A Memorial Drive N.W. Calgary, The Second Story takes over the old vacant residential suites of that historical building (built 1912). 2600 sq. feet of optimum space has been redesigned into 10 private and semi-private studios, a lounge, and an office in addition to the gallery itself.

The Second Story Gallery is unique in Calgary in that it is committed to aiding unknown emerging artists in gaining experience, confidence, and exposure for their work. By making contemporary art visible and affordable in the gallery, the gallery intends to become a “testing ground” for the artists and an educational process in art appreciation for the general public. While artwork will be for sale, emphasis will be on exposure for the artist and a great deal of attention will be given to their development and promotion. Exhibiting artists will also participate in many aspects of organizing and hanging their shows as well as on location promotion of their work. Seminars and workshops in the many aspects of an artist’s career are planned for the future as well as informal socials to give artists who are strangers to each other the opportunity to get together to discuss their work and exchange ideas and information.

The four proprietors (two of whom include a graduate and current student of the Alberta College of Art) hope to integrate the gallery into the community by encouraging a “come in and visit” atmosphere. They want to create a situation where people will feel comfortable coming in, having a refreshment, talking to the artists, and learning about the art.

The Second Story Gallery line up of exhibitions will be of contemporary works including performance, video, installations, and other multi-media art. Exhibitions will be of a three-week duration with an opening event on the first Thursday of each show.

Hanna Ruminski, Richard White, Johnathan Gray, Donna Gordon, Wolf Kolb, Peter Ackerman, Susanne Agopsowicz, Rick Silas, Jill Paauw, Pat Given, Carol Coté, Phil Christenson, Reid Shire, Kim Dickenson, Heather Dickenson, Brian Guderyan