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If you did not yet know registration is open for this year’s Canada Day Parade! If you would like to register this year you have until June 23 to register your float. Please visit for registration information and also for the full schedule of festivities you can enjoy this year as part of our Canada Day celebration.

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Art Themed Urban Market – Vendor Information Workshop – June 10, 2015




The MacDonald Island Community Art Gallery presented by Kirschner Family Corporation will be hosting a group exhibition entitled Movement, July 28th through to August 20st, as part of 2015 Western Canada Summer Games. This group exhibition will feature two dimensional artworks by local artists that explore the theme of movement in any style from traditional representation to abstraction.

MacDonald Island Park is acting as a host venue for some of the events at the 2015 Western Canada Summer Games, which promotes collaboration between local organizations, athletes, business and industry this August. Artists are invited to submit their favorite movement-themed pieces as part of this exciting exhibition and celebration. Images can include but are not limited to: Figurative, Non-Figurative or Abstract. Creative interpretation of this movement theme is encouraged!  Maximum 2 entries per person.

There is no exhibition fee for the Movement exhibition. All two dimensional mediums, sizes and styles are welcome.

Applications must be received electronically by June 25th, 2015 by 4:00PM MST. Please include all the information below in one email and send to

1.  Applicants must be over 16 years old and send a short bio (max 100 words)
2.  All pieces must be original, no copies or prints please
3.  All artwork must be dry and ready to hang (wire setting 1/3 from the top of the artwork)
4.  All pieces must be framed and signed (stretched canvas is acceptable if it has finished edges)
5.  High Resolution digital photo of your submission (JPG)
6.  Label Information: Your name as you would like it to appear, the title of your work, the medium (oil, watercolor, collage, acrylic, mixed media, printmaking, digital media, photography, etc.) and the dimensions (in inches)

Art will be selected by an art committee. There is no guarantee that all art submitted will be chosen. Artists will be notified by e-mail of selection of artworks for exhibition by July 4th, 2014.
1.  It is the artists’ choice to list a piece of artwork for sale.  The price and all arrangements for the sale must be managed by the artist.
2.  Artists are responsible for making arrangements to drop-off and pick-up their artwork at the designated times and place.  Because the gallery has no storage space, artwork cannot be stored.
3.  Any artwork not claimed by the artist by the designated time, or alternate time arranged in advance with the MacDonald Island Community Art Gallery, will be deemed donated to our annual charity sale – with all proceeds going to a designated charity or non-profit organization.


Applications must be received electronically by June 25th, 2015 by 4:00PM MST. Selected exhibition artwork must be dropped off on July 23rd at preselected times, by artist unless arrangements are made in advance.

Opening reception July 29th, 2015 from 7PM to 9PM. All guests are welcome. Exhibition will be open for viewing July 28th through to August 20th, 2015.

Selected exhibition artwork must be picked up August 21st at preselected times by artist unless arrangements are made in advance.

Basic security measures are in place (periodic patrols by guards, security cameras, safety hooks), but exhibits will NOT be supervised at all times.  The gallery is located in a public facility and is a designated fire escape route.  The gallery is equipped with sprinklers.  All possible care will be taken to keep artwork in the same condition as it was when delivered to the gallery, but neither MacDonald Island Park nor MacDonald Island Community Art Gallery can guarantee this and cannot accept liability for lo ss or damage to artwork.  Each artist will be required to sign a waiver in order to exhibit their work in the gallery. Each artist is responsible for securing INSURANCE for their artwork

Call for Artists: Sustainival



Sustainival, the world’s first green carnival, was founded to create a platform to engage tens of thousands of people in a positive, optimistic conversation about sustainability. Having operated since 2012, Sustainival has quickly established itself as a key community event and one of the largest festivals of the entire year in Fort McMurray with over 20,000 attendees.

For 2015, Sustainival will operate over the September long weekend, September 4-7th. The festival is open from 11 am to 11 pm on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and from 11 am to 6 pm on Monday.

As a new feature for 2015, we are looking for local artists to create new means of engaging our audience with recycling on-site. With sustainability being at the core of our event, we want to increase the importance and prestige of responsibly handling all recycling materials on-site.

The core concept is for Sustainival to engage local artists with a vision for how we can make recycling bins stand out as stunning visual art pieces on-site. Rather than treat recycling bins as unsightly and tucked in the corner, we want them to be striking representations of what sustainability means and to have them placed in priority areas on-site to generate excitement and exposure.

We are looking for grandiose pieces that truly draw attention to what is traditionally one of the most forgetful aspects of an event.

Some of our goals for this project are:

    • An increased percentage of recyclable beverage containers being placed in the proper bins on site
    • Increased discussion and dialogue from festival goers about the recycling bins on-site
    • Seeing the bins included in pictures shared by festival goers on social media site


Work Media

All pieces must overlay onto traditional recycling containers, be that through paint, affixing materials to the containers or creating a custom wrap that can be placed over. The container must remain functional and weather-proof, but otherwise artists are encouraged to think “outside the box”. Pieces can include video, sound, painting, sculpture, etc.


Entry Requirements

Please submit the following items by email to Michelle Thorne at Please include the fee for the artwork within the body of the email, including how many recycling bins you plan to augment through this commission. Note that the physical bins will be provided by Sustainival and should not be factored into your artist fee.

  • Curriculum Vitae, Bio, Artist Statement (please submit as Word document)
  • A description of the piece(s) you would create for Sustainival including sketches and dimensions.


Submission Deadline

Submissions must be received by Monday June 1st, 2015. Only successful candidates will be notified.


Selection Process

Pieces will be selected the Sustainival organizing committee in collaboration with local stakeholders.


Accepted Artwork

The accepted artwork will become property of Sustainival, with potential to be used at future events. The completed bins will be displayed throughout the entirety of Sustainival 2015 on-site at MacDonald Island from September 4th-7th, 2015.


Contact Information

For any questions about this commission, please contact Sean Collins, Sustainival’s Director of Partnerships at 780.232.0339 or via or ACWB Program Manager Michelle Thorne via

Calling All Street Performers: Sustainival 2015


Event Information

Sustainival, the world’s first green carnival, was founded to create a platform to engage tens of thousands of people in a positive, optimistic conversation about sustainability. Having operated since 2012, Sustainival has quickly established itself as a key community event and one of the largest festivals of the entire year in Fort McMurray with over 20,000 attendees.

In order to activate Sustainival 2015, we are calling out for street performers and buskers to truly electrify our fair ground. We are looking for a group of talented, creative artists who can create engaging activations, showcase their amazing talents or build off of the educational infrastructure already in place and come up with new ways to engage our attendees.

For 2015, Sustainival will operate over the September long weekend, September 4-7th. The festival is open from 11 am to 11 pm on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and from 11 am to 6 pm on Monday. The “core” times of maximum attendance are:

  • Friday from 10am – 3pm for our Schools Day
  • Saturday from Noon – 8pm
  • Sunday from Noon – 8pm
  • Monday from Noon – 4pm

Depending on your specific performance or activation, we would look to hire performers for a total of 6-8 hours, split across the four days of Sustainival. Once a final group of performers has been selected, we will contact all successful applicants to understand your availability for the weekend and construct a formal schedule from there. If you can only make 1-2 days of the event, please still apply as we will accommodate schedules to make this work.

Keep in mind that we are looking for ideas as big and ambitious as our giant 2-acre fair ground!


We are looking for both traditional street performances that will add atmosphere and excitement to the event, as well as custom activations that tie into the educational themes of the event. We are open to reviewing any idea, but keep in mind that activations that tie in with our existing educational activities will be prioritized.

We are looking for a mixture of activations with some being short, 1-2 minute engagements that roam around the midway and some longer 5-7 minute activations that gather and engage a large crowd. You will be expected to roam the midway to engage with all attendees, unless your concept requires a dedicated space in which case one will be provided for you.

Should you wish to theme your concept around Sustainival’s educational themes, a brief list of concepts that will be explored at this year’s event are as follows:

  • Energy & Energy Literacy (eg. What is a megawatt?; What is a watt-hour?; How much energy do we use?)
  • Renewable Electrical Power (eg. Wind, solar, hydro, etc.; Where does our power come from and what do we use it for?)
  • Energy Storage (eg. How batteries work; How hydro storage works)
  • Photosynthesis & Biodiesel (eg. How sunlight can be converted to energy through plants; How plants and biofuels fit into the carbon cycle.)
  • Water & Water Management (eg. Where water comes from; How it’s treated; How it’s used; Water security issues; etc.)
  • Recycling & Waste (eg. How much waste do we produce?; Where does it go? How can we reduce, reuse, recycle?)
  • Carnival Ride Physics (eg. Gravity, centrifugal force, kinetic & potential energy, etc.)
  • Any other fun and/or spectacular clean-tech and sustainability-oriented themes.


Please submit a description of the type of street performance you would like to offer at Sustainival including: the number of people involved, the amount of space you would required (roving or stationary), and any other requirements.

Also include your contact information and links to websites, social media, etc. that might highlight your work.

Please submit your concept in a short bullet point email to by Monday June 1, 2015. Only successful candidates will be notified.


Sustainival will compensate all buskers and street performers with a $25/hour honorarium. Depending on the activation idea, we may also compensate for expenses incurred as part of your activation. All expenses must be discussed and pre-approved by Sustainival ahead of time.

Contact Information

For more information, contact Antoine Palmer via with any questions

Calling Artists & Art Vendors: Art-Themed Urban Market


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Event Information

The Fort McMurray Urban Market started in 2013 as a pilot market. It quickly became a highlight of the summer season for the community and evolved into a full season of nine markets in 2014. Building upon this success, 2015 will also see two Saturday markets appear in Fort McMurray. This year the Urban Market will be centered in Jubilee Plaza, utilizing this recently developed community space.

Arts Council Wood Buffalo (ACWB) is proud to partner with the Fort McMurray Urban Market to present an art-themed market on Saturday July 11, 2015 from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. This Urban Market will emphasize the variety of art and artists within our community. Artists of all disciplines are invited to host or co-host a Vendor Tent showcasing their art through displays, demonstrations, and of course sales of their work.

In order to make the market accessible to a variety of artists, Arts Council Wood Buffalo will be covering the required tent rental fees for all participating ACWB Members (a savings of more than $50). ACWB will also be providing a pre-market workshop with tips on the best strategies for selling art in a market setting.

Space is limited: Please respond as soon as possible to guarantee your spot!


Who is eligible?

ACWB is looking for artists of all disciplines; Visual, Literary, Music, Dance, Theatre, Photography, First Nations, Métis, fine craft, or any other form which showcases the eclectic and diverse artistry within our community.

The Fort McMurray Urban Market is an Approved Alberta Farmers’ Market and, as such, all artists must create their work within the province of Alberta.

To be eligible to have your tent fee waived, you must be a current member with Arts Council Wood Buffalo.

What products/vendor are not eligible?

  • Used or flea market product
  • Chain establishments
  • Networking marketing companies/catalogue sales

Artist Investment

  1. Each tent comes with one 6 foot folding table (Any additional tables required must be provided by the individual Artists)
  2. Chair(s)
  3. Signage with business name
  4. $35.00 + GST Stall Fee
  5. Commercial General Liability Insurance (ACWB will be assist its members obtain insurance)


To be eligible for the benefits of partnership with ACWB, please provide a description of your proposed activities for the art-themed Urban Market including: the type of art you will be showcasing at your booth, the number of people involved, whether you will be displaying, selling, or demonstrating your art form.

Please email all this information to Michelle Thorne, Program Manager at by Friday May 29th, 2015.

Further Information

For more information on participating in the ACWB sponsored tents please contact Michelle Thorne at or 587-674-1625 x100.

For more information on The Urban Market please contact The Urban Market Team at with any questions.

The Next Level: How to Approach Galleries and Develop a Professional Portfolio – November 25, 2014

The Next Level: How to Approach Galleries and Develop a Professional Portfolio

Tuesday November 25, 2014

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Bob Lamb Building

Instructors: Erin Schwab and Jessica Weber

Participants will be guided through the process of creating a professional portfolio including: the best way to present your work; what should be included in an artist statement; and, how to modify your portfolio to fit professional calls, grant applications, and submissions to commercial and non-commercial galleries. Instructors will also provide their insights on how to approach private galleries to display and sell you work and what to look for in standard contracts between an artist and a gallery.

Professional Portfolio

Putting Your Best Work Forward: How to Build A Portfolio for Art School – November 20, 2014

Do you love to make art? Are you trying to figure out how to put together a portfolio? Trying to decide which piece should go first or last? What exactly is a portfolio in the first place? Can you take pictures for your portfolio on a cellphone?

All of these are great questions that will be answered in a hands-on workshop lead by one of the Alberta College of Art + Design’s Admissions Officers, Katie Potapoff. Katie will guide you through what different portfolios can look like and the general purpose of a portfolio. If you are thinking about applying to an art school, she will answer the question; what are the most important things that an admissions office looks for in a portfolio?

A stumbling block for many people who are interested in applying to an art and design school is the inclusion of observational drawings in their portfolio. It may be a practice they are not confident in or something they have never tried, Katie will lead you through some easy, hands-on (so prepared to get a little messy), observational drawing exercises that you can take home and practice.

Presentation is a major part of the portfolio and how people will evaluate your artwork. What is the best way to photograph artwork? What kind of lighting and editing should you use in your photographs? Katie will explain the best ways of capturing your artwork. Many art and design school are using the online portal Slideroom for portfolio submissions, you will learn the ins and outs of this portal so that submitting portfolios is a breeze and she will even take you for a behind scenes look at what the portfolio reviewer sees when looking at your work.

A portfolio is also more than images; your words are an important part of the equation. How do you write an artist statement that doesn’t sound like everybody else? Katie will help you tap into who you are as an artist and create a statement that will express your artistic ideas and inspirations.

The skills and techniques that you will gain through this workshop will help you throughout your career. Every time you create a portfolio, whether it is for application to an art school or submitting a proposal to have an exhibition it is important to put your best work forward.

Presenter: Katie Potapoff

Katie Potapoff has a BFA in Visual Arts from the University of British Columbia Okanagan. Since graduating in 2008, Katie has worked within the sphere of arts education; whether its been educating the general public about contemporary art through leading gallery tours or writing Visitor Guides for public art exhibitions to collaborating on multimedia works that deal with youth issues, Katie is always passionate about connecting the viewer with the artists’ ideas and messages.

In addition, her three years of experience working with prospective students at the Alberta College of Art + Design, in her role as Admissions Officer, gives her plenty of knowledge from which to help young artists put their best foot forward in the form of their portfolios. Katie chooses to work in a collaborative manor with young emerging artists on how to best present themselves so that they can begin their artistic journey with confidence.

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