ENLIGHTENING INFORMATION

FUNDRAISING DINNER & AUCTION for Afghanistan

January 25th 2002, 7:00 p.m. @ Maharaja Banquet Hall, 9257 – 34A Ave.
Tix: $40 (partial tax receipt to be issued)

Funds raised will be used to alleviate suffering of all people in Afghanistan regardless of race, religion, gender or age. Hear from Dave Rutherford and Dr. Noor Jaffer who have seen first hand the devastating conditions in Afghanistan…

Tickets available at:
Bollywood Fashions 19, 9261 34 Ave
Greenwoods’ Bookshoppe Ltd. 10355 Whyte Ave.

or for more info & tickets please call:
Shashi Kalia (780) 988 9676
Rev. Bruce Miller (780) 482 1587
Indira Puri (780) 438 1966
Munir Virani (780) 953 4926

Sponsored by:
Burma Watch, Edmonton Interfaith Centre, Mahatma Gandhi Foundation For World Peace, SAHAARA Asian Humanitarian Aid and Resettlement.

Courtesy of:
The Community Networks Group (c) 6819 – 119 Avenue, Edmonton (Canada) T5B 4L9
Tel/Fax: (780) 474-6058 / Pager: (780) 419-7654

University of Alberta’s
INTERNATIONAL WEEK January 28 – February 1, 2002

INFO: http://www.international.ualberta.ca / Phone: (780) 492-2692

“Living as if the Planet Matters”

The 17th annual International Week includes over 50 events examining the many facets of social and ecological sustainability and sustainable development in both local and international contexts. The Week features keynote speakers each evening and wraps up with a lively drumming concert, “Rhythms of the Planet.”

A one day forum on Monday, January 28, “Global Water Crises: We Are All Downstream,” will explore the dimensions of the water crises we are facing. Experts and activists from Canada and abroad will focus on issues of health, water quality, water rights and conflict over water.

Monday evening’s keynote speakers will discuss “Living as if Water Matters.” Featured are Dr. David Schindler, Killam Memorial Professor of Ecology at the University of Alberta, limnologist and recent winner of the prestigious $1 million Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering; and Maude Barlow, Volunteer Chairperson of the Council of Canadians. Tuesday, Allan Wolf Leg will highlight the
Siksika, or Blackfoot, worldview on the state of being, the relationship of space and history, and the interrelationship of all elements.

Wednesday evening’s program, “Living as if Forests Matter,” brings us some of the world’s leading forestry activists: Randy Hayes, the Founder and Director of the Rainforest Action Network based in San Francisco, and Colleen McCrory, Executive Director of the Valhalla Wilderness Society and winner of the Goldman Environmental Prize (the environmental equivalent of the Nobel Peace Prize).

“Protecting the Planet: Options for Action” on Thursday evening features Isabel Altamirano, discussing options utilized by Indigenous peoples in Mexico, Dr. Virginia Cawagas, reflecting on People Power Philippine style, and Andrew Nikiforuk, author of “Saboteurs: Wiebo Ludwig’s War Against Big Oil.” And not to be missed — music and poetry from the Radical Cheerleaders and the Raging Grannies.

The Week spotlights a range of musicians from opening events in HUB Mall on January 25 to the wrap up concert. Performers include the University of Alberta’s West African Music Ensemble and Asani, an Aboriginal women’s vocal ensemble.

Friday evening’s percussion concert, “Rhythms of the Planet,” features the Okoto Dancers (African), Capoeira (Brazilian), Viajante Drumming Ensemble (Latin-American), Buffalo Tail Productions (Aboriginal) and the Drumcan Man who recently set a new speed world drumming record. Tickets for the concert are $8 for students and $10 for others available mid-January.

And there is so much more — a found objects fashion show on January 23, a film from the Global Visions Festival, a story told by Gandalf the Wizard, the International Week Quiz, trash crafting and straw bale construction! Check it out by picking up a program guide at Gateway distribution points, Students’ Union info booths and public libraries, on-line at http://www.international.ualberta.ca or by phoning (780) 492-2692.

NOTE: All but two events are free of charge. Everyone is welcome. International Week 2002 is co-ordinated by the International Centre, University of Alberta and sponsored by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the Environmental Research and Studies Centre, the Students’ Union, the Graduate Students’
Association (GSA), World University Service of Canada (WUSC), HUB Mall, and VUE Weekly.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
Nancy Hannemann, Global Education Program Coordinator
International Centre – University of Alberta Campus, 172 HUB International
E-mail: Nancy.Hannemann@ualberta.ca
Phone: (780) 492-5962 / Fax: (780) 492-1134
WEB SITE: http://www.international.ualberta.ca

The Lunch Hour Talk @ Expressionz Cafe

9142 St. & 118 Avenue
January 24th, 2002 / Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Women & Islam: in their own words with Howaida Hassan and Karen Hamdon Join us for a lunch hour conversation on Women & Islam. Two distinguished Edmontonians and women of the faith share their understanding of the principal tenets of Islam and their respective cultural experiences within the faith.

About our guests: Howaida Hassan is originally from Toronto. Her parents immigrated to Canada from Egypt in 1970. She’s a Civil Engineer and currently works for the City of Edmonton in the area of Transportation. She’s an active member of the International Society for Peace and Human Rights, Canadians for Equality & Peace for Palestinians, and the Canadian Society for Peace in Chechnya. Mrs. Hassan also sits on the Executive
of the Islamic Family and Social Services Association of Edmonton.

Karen Hamdon was born in Edmonton and graduated from U. of A. Her grandparents emigrated from Lebanon to Canada at the turn of the last century and settled in Fort Chipywan. Her grand mother was a founding member of the first mosque in Canada here in Edmonton. Mrs. Hamdon has been active in the Muslim community, mostly on women’s and social issues for over 25 years. She’s the past president of the Canadian
Council of Muslim Women and committed to Inter-faith activities locally and internationally. This past November she attended an Interfaith Conference on Peace and Reconciliation in Hyderabad, India.

January 24th, 2002 / Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Expressionz CafÃ?©, 9142 – 118 Avenue
Infoline: 474-6058 / Admission is free

A presentation of: The Community Networks Group © 6819 – 119 Avenue, Edmonton (Canada) T5B 4L9
Tel/Fax: (780) 474-6058 / Pager: (780) 419-7654

+15 Window in the Performing Arts Centre
Part & Parcel
Paul Robert
December 1, 2001 to January 31, 2002
Opening Reception: Thursday, December 13, 2001

Paul Robert is a conceptual-based artist whose works often have a performative or participatory element. For his proposed work, Robert is constructing an object that uses the mechanics of Western perspective that plays on a Kesslerian model of the universe: that the universe is made up of many individual parts that are all interconnected to create a whole depending on the perspective of the viewer.

Paul Robert is presently completing his BFA in Sculpture at the Alberta College of Art & Design in 2001. Paul is an active member of the Calgary art community, who recently worked as project assistance for Vera Gartley and who also presently sits on the board of directors for The New Galelry.

The artist was in attendance at the opening reception.

Main Space at Stride Gallery L’Hôtel SofiCalle
Vera Greenwood
January 18 – February 16, 2002
Opening Reception: Friday January 18 @ 8PM
Artist Meet and Greet: Saturday, January 19, 2002

In her installation entitled L’Hôtel SofiCalle (2001), Vera Greenwood documents her somewhat failed attempts at surveillance of the French artist Sophie Calle. Through the ‘evidence’ collected during a three-month residency at the Canada Council Paris Studios, she produces an autobiographical account of her own behaviours, social transgressions, and psychological experiences that surround her ‘investigations’ of Calle. The exhibition itself follows the principles of an ethnographic display-cases holding objects, photographs and text that are identified and interpreted-yet it carries with it the feeling of the backstage of a theatrical performance. The traces of her activity, such as passport, plane tickets, rubber gloves, disguises, maps and spy camera are all displayed behind glass cabinets alongside excerpts from her detailed written diary. Like all good mysteries, her diary is replete with plot twisters and comedic moments while her exhibition is filled with a trail of descriptive props and various pieces of evidence.

Born in Calgary in 1954, Ottawa-based artist Vera Greenwood lives and works in Hull, Quebec. A graduate of the Alberta College of Art and Concordia University, Greenwood’s training in printmaking has expanded to included mixed media installations. Her work has been widely exhibited across Canada and in England, which include The Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa, On, The Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge, AB.; and The Beg Peg Gallery, Birmington, UK.

The artist will be in attendance at the opening reception. A brochure will accompany the exhibition.

Main Space at Stride Gallery Reginald Baxter
King Charles Cavalier Spaniel
February 22 – March 23, 2002
Opening Reception: Friday, February 22 @ 8PM
Artist Meet and Greet: Saturday, February 23, 2002

Since 1990 Reginald Baxter has been painting copies of a King Charles Cavalier Spaniel that at a rate of about 4 to 8 each year. The source for this image itself is a bit of a mystery as it was extracted from an “original art” catalogue where the artists’ names appeared to have been fabricated. Upon the first examination the 30 or so dog paintings appear to be replicas of one another, but on closer inspection it is quite easy to spot subtle differences that render each work as a unique original. The paintings are a crude counterpart to current technologies (like photography or videography) where there is no such thing as an original, but only mechanically made duplicates. These collection of paintings that begun as a mechanically reproduced image of a forgery painting have ironically ended up as original pieces revealing the non-mechanical nature of the human touch and our ways of seeing.

Reginald Baxter graduated from the Ontario College of Art with Honours in Fine Art in 1989. His work has been widely exhibited in Canada and abroad in various galleries including Kenderline Art Gallery, Saskatoon, SK; Mercer Union, Toronto, ON; and 494 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; and the Venice Biennial, Canadian Pavillion (collaborative bookwork with Tom Dean), Venice, Italy.

The artist will be in attendance at the opening reception. A brochure will accompany the exhibition.

Stride Gallery 1004 MacLeod Trail S.E., Calgary, AB CANADA T2G 2M7
Hours of operation: Tuesdays – Saturdays 11 – 5 p.m.
Storefront. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.
URL: http://www.stride.ab.ca
E-mail: stride2@telusplanet.net
PHONE: 403.262.8507
FAX: 403.269.5220

For further information about Stride Gallery’s upcoming program, please contact Lissa Robinson, Director at 403.262.8507. The Stride Gallery is an artist-run gallery that is funded in part by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Calgary Region Arts Foundation, the Canada Council and the generous support of the Calgary community.

Big Alberta Sky – Pictures of Home

This exhibition of photography curated by Calgary artist Wendi Jenkins, presents the work of 3 locally based photographers representing a wide spectrum of photographic practice. Bradford Uphill, who holds a BFA from the Alberta College of Art and Design, approaches the medium from a largely conceptual standpoint. Todd Korol has worked in advertising for a diverse clientele, with his work appearing in many national and international publications from Time and MacLean’s to National Geographic and Saturday Night Magazine. Mike Drew’s career has roots in journalism – he is currently a columnist and photographer with the Calgary Sun.

In this show, these artists explore notions of home as located in the landscape and country life of this province. Drew and Korol present iconic and distorted views of the hero of the modern west – the cowboy, while Uphill extends and fragments the rural landscape. These diverse “pictures of home” encourage the viewer to consider the photographer as the true lens of the camera.

On view at

The Untitled Arts Society Gallery
At 319 – 10th Avenue SW – 4th Floor
January 6th to January 26th, 2002
Gallery hours:
Friday and Saturday, Noon to 5pm
Otherwise, Viewing by Appointment

For More Information or Viewing by appointment, Contact the curator at 714-7186
or Untitled Art Society at 262-7911 (please leave a message).

UNTITLED ART SOCIETY ANNOUNCEMENT

Up coming shows in the Main Gallery

“Pieces of a Picture”
By Ryan Hamilton and Tanya Mastrobuono

Untitled Arts Society +15 Window
225 – 8th Ave. SE (West end of Performing Arts Centre corridors, 2nd Floor)
On view from December 1st, 2001 to January 31st, 2002

This collaborative show presents a whimsical series of collages by Ryan Hamilton and Tanya Mastrobuono, the former a University of Calgary Fine Arts graduate, and the latter, soon to be.

Random, discarded, leftover puzzle pieces are the key constituents of these light-hearted mixed media works. From this starting point these artists looked for surprising and unexpected ways to take the familiar and remake it as something new. Imaginary landscapes and flights of fancy result, as these recombinant puzzles show traces of their process of exploration, and the marks of the artists’ hands.

The artists will be in attendance at the opening reception. All are welcome. For more information please contact the artists @ 340-3970 (Tanya) or 289-6743 (Ryan) or Untitled @ 262-7911 (leave a message).
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Untitled Art Society +15 Window Space in the Performing Arts Centre
PIECES OF A PICTURE: Ryan Hamilton and Tanya Mastrobuono
December 1 to January 26. Opening December 13.

PLEASE NOTE: Untitled Art Society’s Gallery will be open on Fridays from 1pm to
4pm and on Saturdays from 12 noon to 5pm. 4th floor (Box 16), 319 10 Avenue S.W.
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Are you an Artist? AUSU supports the arts!

AUSU is interested in purchasing original works of art from students for use in promotional purposes. These promotions may include: gifts from AUSU to graduates at convocation, tokens of appreciation for volunteers, special presentations, etc.

The works of art must:
-be created by an AU Student
-be within a value range $0-$500.
-be accessible or easily transportable to Alberta

If you are an artist of any kind who creates a product you feel we would be able to use for such a purpose, please contact djabbour@ausu.org. Supply a brief description of the art object, a picture if you have it, and its market value.

WRITE FOR THE VOICE!

Contact Tammy Moore at tmoore@ausu.org.

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