CALGARY, Sept. 8, 2011 /CNW/ - Calgary's art scene will undergo a bold
transformation when the Esker Foundation opens its gallery doors in
Conceived as a cultural platform for innovative and exceptional
contemporary art exhibitions, the gallery's mission is to "bring a
visual arts dialogue for the public within an accessible, integral and
"We invite visitors - regardless of age, knowledge, or background - to
share a greater understanding of art and its relevance to everyday
life," says Alex Keim, Gallery Director for the Esker Foundation. "We
provide a place where people may discover and rediscover something
about the world in unusual and enduring ways. This is an exciting new
environment to experience art as individuals and as a community."
The Esker Foundation is the initiative of local philanthropists and art
patrons Jim and Susan Hill. As the cornerstone of a new retail galleria
in historic Inglewood, the Atlantic Art Block, the gallery features
15,000 square feet of environmentally controlled purpose built
exhibition space designed by Kasian Architects and Interior Designers
and operates within a LEED SILVER (Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design) master plan created by Abukov Kaspar Architects.
The gallery has developed a dynamic line up of art exhibitions that are
free of charge to visitors, and will offer a regular and ongoing
program of educational and ancillary events such as lectures and artist
presentations to accompany the exhibitions. The gallery also promotes
collaborations and exchanges with other Foundations and works with a
national and international community of institutions concerned with the
advancement and understanding of contemporary art.
"Our focus is on becoming a vital part of Calgary's cultural fabric by
bringing something to the community that's never been done before in
this city," says Keim. "We're part of a shifting paradigm that's based
on a growing creative dialogue - one that fosters understanding and
that reaches out to welcome everyone within a thoughtfully designed,
unique and innovative gallery model."
SOURCE Esker Foundation
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