Call for Artisans!
The Carrot is looking for Artisans to sell their goods at our annual Christmas Arts Bazaar (November 17 & 18).
Application Deadline: Please apply by: November 5 (midnight)
Need more information? Please email email@example.com for more information on how to apply.
October Gallery: Champions of the Ave
Wednesday, October 4th | 7 - 9 pm | The Carrot Community Arts Coffeehouse
As one of the oldest neigbourhoods in Edmonton, Alberta Ave has a long history in our great city. Arts on the Ave pays tribute to this history through their project "Champions of the Ave". During the month of October, The Carrot Community Arts Coffeehouse presents a special gallery through photos and stories honouring the multicultural businesses and diverse gastronomy of the Alberta Ave.
Join Us for our: Gallery Opening Reception
September Gallery: A Return to Innocence
Wednesday, September 6th | 7:00 - 9:00PM
In honour of the 12th year of the Kaleido Family Arts Festival, The Carrot presents a special exhibition of Giselle Denis’ work. Her beautiful landscapes are refreshing in their playful use of bright colour, bold textures, child-like perspective and idiosyncratic scale.
Join us for our: GALLERY OPENING RECEPTION
July Gallery: Retrospective
Wednesday, July 5th | 7:00 - 9:00PM
In July, The Carrot presents a special birthday edition of their monthly gallery. Four individual artists have been invited to show pieces in honour of a decade on Alberta Ave: Glen Ronald (The Studio), Kris Friesen, Maria Pace Wynters, and Lorna Kemp.
Join us for our: Gallery Opening Reception
Edmonton Heroes: Christy Morin Has Been Building Up 118 Avenue For 22 Years
Before there was Make Something Edmonton, there was ‘maker’ Christy Morin.
The Alberta Avenue resident calls herself ‘just a mom’, but she has helped more than just her kids grow up, she has helped a community mature.
Founder and executive director of the grassroots Arts on the Ave, Morin and company welcomed 60,000 visitors to Kaleido Family Arts Fest and 32,000 to last year’s Deep Freeze Byzantine Winter Festival, among a host of other events that have helped to make the community a place to go.
“This all evolved organically. We were attracted to the affordable, historic homes of the area, and we planned to buy, flip it and move. That was 22 years ago,” said Morin. “Back then there was drugs, crime and three girls on every corner of Alberta Avenue I remember saying to my husband Darcy that the area just needed more artists, a pottery wheel, a women’s clothing boutique—places that stayed open past six.”
Finding other like-minded artists buying homes around hers, the University of Alberta drama and French grad was soon hosting coffee dates and brainstorming ways to improve the area through arts.
The transformation of Alberta Avenue started in earnest after that — akin to a barn-raising — Morin said, when an empty old building on the avenue became available.
After hours of door knocking, begging and borrowing for materials and expertise to build a theatre space, countertops followed from locals who were eager to help.
Morin tapped the city’s avenue Initiative for Neighbourhood Revitalization and scored new street lighting, wider sidewalks and more community policing.
The Carrot Community Arts Coffee House was the missing piece of the puzzle, Morin figures, “but we got a $3,800 City grant for an espresso machine, vacuum cleaner and first month’s rent. People thought we were crazy, but we had it up and running in six weeks.”
Today, that ‘third space’—one beyond home or office, serves as the heart of the community, hosting singer/songwriter nights and open jams--a showcase for local musicians and visual artists and the go-to spot for a good cup of coffee or business meeting.
“I think Christy is a champion of the avenue,” said artist Wesley Andreas, who moved to Alberta Avenue from Calgary after hearing about the community and arts scene. “Christy has an endless passion for making things better, not just for the arts, but for the community in general.”
“I’m proud that my kids and their friends are invested in this neighbourhood too,” Morin said. “We’d like to see Alberta Avenue be an incubator space for the next generation.”
Full Article Available at: Edmonton Metro News
June Gallery: The Pear Process
Wednesday, June 14th | 7:00PM-9:00PM
The Carrot Community Arts Coffee House invites you to join our June Gallery Opening. Through the motif of the pear, Marilyn Nilsson Grabinsky uses nontraditional watercolour methods to explore themes of sensuality, health, and longevity. Her artistic technique allows water, paint, and paper to spill, pool, and blend to the point where the textures and colours themselves to become the subject of her work.
Join Us for our Gallery Opening Reception
Flo and the House of the Rising Sun
$5 | Cover at the door
Reggae singer Flo throws his love of reggae and roots into various projects on the North American scene. All the way from Montreal, Flo and the House of the Rising Sun treats The Carrot to a night of acoustic reggae beats.
Join us tonight for the show at 7:00pm
May Gallery: Urban Renewal
The Carrot Community Arts Coffeehouse invites the community to share coffee and conversation with artist Randy Daummann, whose work is featured alongside Nicole Pakan in the May Gallery Installation. These two artists capture moments and concepts of natural and urban spaces through a full spectrum of mediums- from Pakan’s encaustic art with roots in 6th century to Daumman’s 19th century lino-cut print making.
Join Us for our Gallery Opening Reception
The Carrot Community Arts Coffeehouse is happy to announce its annual fundraiser:
The Ultimate Garage Sale
Donate: When cleaning out your closets this spring, set aside your items and drop them off between May 9 to May 12 at the Carrot Community Arts Coffeehouse (9351 – 118 Ave). Items must be in working/good used condition.
The Sale: On Saturday, May 13 (from 8am - 4pm) come bargain hunt through treasures, wheel & deal, and make us an offer! Everything must go!
All proceeds from sales support Arts on the Ave. (Arts on the Ave is a registered Canadian Charity).
If you have questions about items to donate or about the sale, please call us at (780) 471-1580.
Join Arts on the Ave for a community celebration as we take over side streets and back alleys with chalk images and word art.
July 22, 2017
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
We need chalk artists! This event is for both emerging and professional chalk artists. The deadline to apply is Friday, June 16th at Midnight. Apply online below:
April Gallery: Spring Forward
In the month of April, The Carrot Gallery hosts the combined works of Gary Phil and Julie Drew. While these two artists work independently, both of their works are inspired by nature: flowers, mountains, and landscapes.
Gary R Pihl was born in New Westminster BC in 1948. At an early age his family relocated to Vancouver Island where at 13 he became the youngest member of the Crofton Art Group, a group that has become one of the oldest established art groups in Vancouver. In 1965, at only 17, Pihl moved to Edmonton to attend the Shepy School of Art. After his graduation in 1971 he continued his practice and distribute his work across Canada, from BC to Nova Scotia. His pieces can now be found across Canada, the US, and in the homes of Edmonton art collectors.
Julie Drew has always been attracted to the beauty of nature—mountains, oceans, animals, and flowers. Inspired by the world around her, she explores the depths and nuances of color, light, shadow and shape through watercolour on her own handmade paper. Her passion for art led to a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA, USA in 1987. After completing her degree, she continued her work in America until 1997 when she and her family relocated to Edmonton. In addition to her own practice, Julie teaches papermaking, watercolour and other art mediums.
Join us for our Opening Gallery Reception
What a fabulous time at Deep Freeze this year!
If you missed Deep Freeze this January, have no fear, you can check out what it is all about and make sure to mark it in your calendar for 2018!
March Gallery: Spring Flowers
Allison Argy-Burgess' inspiration comes from her travels abroad and the local places she loves. Using sketches, photographs and memories as resources she creates botanic and landscape works. As a studio painter, Argy-Burgess searches for a quality of mystery and the ‘not quite real’ rather than photographic reality in her watercolours. Instead of a faithful rendering, her strong forms and rich colours illicit feelings of nostalgia and atmosphere to achieve an emotional response.
Join us March 8 for the Gallery Opening. 7-9pm.
Come to the opening night of the March gallery for a first peak at fantastic watercolours and a meet and greet with this month's artists, Allison Argy-Burgess. While her work can usually be found at her gallery at Harcourt House Society, this month it will brighten the walls of the The Carrot Community Arts Coffee House.
Carrot by Moonlight 2017 was a huge success!
Every seat was filled in the Carrot Community Arts Coffeehouse on this special Valentine's Day event.
It was made possible with the help of our Wine Educator Samantha Wall from NAIT, and our sponsors: Northlands, Sherbrooke Liquor, and Blindman Breweries.
A big thank you to all who participated.
Generations of Afro-Latino Art: A Basquiat Tribute
February’s gallery features one-of-a-kind works inspired by the groundbreaking NYC artist Jean Michele Basquia, curated by Edmonton artist Pedro Rodrigeuz De los Santos.
The gallery features:
Artwork by Elsa Robinson, Dora Restrepo, and Pedro Rodriguez De los Santos
Performances by: Allan Suarez, Sebastian Suarez
Spoken Word & Poetry by: Shima Robinson
and The Last Flower Project Animation Collective (Aloide Larochelle, Pedro Rodribuez De los Santos)
Generations of Afro-Latino Art: A Basquiat Tribute
February's gallery features one-of-a-kind works inspired by the groundbreaking NYC artist Jean Michele Basquia, curated by Edmonton artist Pedro Rodrigeuz featuring his works alongside Elsa Robinson and Dora Restrepo. In addition to visual art, this opening will also feature live poetry readings by Shima Robinson, performances by Allan Suarez and Sebastian Suarez and live projections.
Pedro Rodriguez De Los Santos
Pedro is from Montevideo, Uruguay and has been living in Edmonton, Alberta for 12 years. Since this time Pedro has established himself as a successful visual and public artist in Alberta. He has completed multiple exhibits, coordinated public art and education workshops and completed several murals included two with youth.
Dora originally hails from Columbia but now calls Edmonton, Alberta home. Still a newcomer to painting, her inspired works show the depth of her artistry. Painting on canvas with acrylic, her use of colour and perspective speaks of her time growing up in South America.
Elsa Robinson was born and raised on the Caribbean island of Jamaica. After taking a few art classes in high school and post secondary, she moved to Edmonton in 1984, the same year she welcomed her daughter Shima into the world. Robinson went on to earn her Bachelor of Education Degree at the University of Alberta in 1990. After nearly a decade of teaching, Robinson’s artistic curiosity caught up to her when she completed her first painting in 1999. Since then she has gone on to win awards and earn her Bachelors Degree in Art and Design.
Amiskwaciwâskahikan aka Edmonton (Treaty 6)-born poet and spoken word artist Shima Robinson embodies, with every poem, the ancient meaning of her chosen pen name. Dwennimmen is the name of an ancient African Adinkra symbol, which means strength, humility, learning and wisdom. It is no surprise, then, that this veteran of the Alberta poetry community uses a searing intellect and dynamic precision-of-language to create poetry which ushers her readers and listeners toward greater understanding and poignant reflection. For Dwennimmen, poetry has long been a compass, a salve, an anchor and guiding light. She uses the potential and force of poetry to uncover the full range of her cerebral, linguistic and spiritual fortitude. This is why her every poem and performance testifies to an emerging power and wisdom, an authentic, deeply human potency which she hopes to pass on to listeners and poetry-lovers around the world.
This month The Carrot Gallery will feature the L’hiver | Pipon | (zyma) Visual Arts Gallery
Visit this special January exhibition featuring artwork by several local Francophone, Indigenous, and Ukrainian artists.
Oksana Zhelisko Classically trained in Eastern Europe, Oksana began her career as an artist in L'viv, Ukraine. Oksana entered the Ivan Trush College of Decorative Arts in 1996. There, she studied all aspects of art and decided to make painting, especially of murals, her major. In 2001, she held her first solo exhibition at the L'viv University of Ivan Franko. It was in preparing her works for this show that she realized she had a love for the medium of oil. She finds that the truest hues are to be found in this medium due to its prolonged drying time and its ease in mixing. She finds it best to begin her work, not on a crisp, blank canvas, but on one that has been coloured, and or stained to allow her chosen medium to release its inner beauty and charm. Although aptly able to capture any image with an artist's eyes, Oksana's work as of late has revolved around the theme of woman in various stages, poses, and emotions. She equates her disdain of starting on a blank canvas to that of simply painting woman as an exercise in figure. In her view, woman is neither crisp nor blank, but coloured and tinged; each being an image or an iconoclast that is warm, or perhaps cold, but always strong, alluring, full of mystique, and of course, true inner beauty. Her most recent works are displayed in Webster Gallery, Calgary. She currently resides in Edmonton.
Candace Makowichuk professional visual artist, arts educator and arts administrator, specializes in alternative photographic processes and techniques for her artwork. She works with a variety of photographic materials and printing proceses including: gum bichromate, cyanotype, tin type, gel and other transfer processes, multiple image printing, handpainting, and mixed media. Candace has extensive experience in educating the public on the importance and impact the visual arts have on our community and lives. Through workshops and residencies on historical photographic processes she has instilled a renewed interest in non-digital and historical photography.
Her education includes Art & Design from the University of Alberta, Photographic Technology from NAIT, Arts & Cultural Management from Grant MacEwan and various workshops. Her work is represented in public collections within Alberta, private collections within Canada and exhibitions throughout the province.
Theodora Harasymiw is Visual Artist and Art Educator working in Edmonton, Canada. In addition to working in her studio she has been working as an Artist in Residence since 1997. Working with schools I develop art programs which culminate in a permanent installation...
MJ Belcourt Moses Melissa-Jo Belcourt Moses comes from a rich Métis ancestry and possesses a wealth of cultural skills acquired from Métis and Aboriginal elders throughout northern and central Alberta. As a certified instructor, she has taught decorative arts and creative skills within the Native Cultural art programs on Native reserves and Métis settlements. A deep connection to her roots is the inspiration for much of her artwork and ongoing research in developing in others an appreciation for the Métis contribution to our country’s homeland. In 2006 Belcourt Moses was invited to represent Alberta cultural heritage in Washington DC for the 49th annual Folk Life Festival. Belcourt Moses was also given the Aboriginal Role Model of Alberta Art Award in 2009 for her work as an Artisan and as a recognized cultural art instructor.
Curtis Johnson My name is Curtis Johnson and as you might have guessed I'm an artist who loves hockey. From realism to abstract, I try to explore the many facets of our national obsession. I also create paintings that have nothing to do with Hockey – these abstracts represent my experience growing up on the Canadian prairie.
Jaye Benoit invokes artistic expression as a gateway to self-understanding, and ultimately seeks societal evolution. Her work is a searching for the place where the tangible and intangible meet, to express a value that has been lost in our time.
Jaye holds a bachelor of fine arts degree from the university of alberta, with a focus on painting and drawing. Her studio practice includes painting, mixed-media works, and installations, which are exhibited throughout canada, and are in private collections in canada, the usa, and the united kingdom. Jaye provides instruction and mentorship for artists of all ages and abilities, and has been involved in the development of many community events and artistic initiatives.
A born artist and yogi, jaye practices and instructs sattva yoga as a foundation to her life’s work. She resides in Airdrie, Alberta with her husband and two feline friends.
Closure: Holiday Hours
Please note: The Carrot will be closed from December 24 @ 1:00 pm until January 2, 2017.
Regular business will resume @ 9:00 am on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to All!
See you next year!