Gemstone Gallery Opening November 29th, 2023

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A Slap in the Face, 2014, Rosemarie Juksokoski

Strathcona County is excited to announce the opening of the Gemstone Gallery, a new art space dedicated to exhibiting artwork by local youth.  

The gallery will feature a selection of youth artists in an annual exhibition as well as a series of permanently displayed youth artworks from the Annual Art Acquisition program.  

Located on the recently renovated second floor of the Emerald Hills Leisure Centre, the Gemstone Gallery is situated in a tranquil seating space with floor-to-ceiling windows offering natural light. The area is also wheelchair accessible.   

The yearly exhibition represents the award-winning artists from the Art Society of Strathcona County’s annual Student Art Competition Show and Sale which features students from Grades 10, 11 and 12 who are registered in an accredited school program within the County. 

Creating welcoming places and spaces to address inclusivity is a priority identified in the County’s Recreation and Culture Strategy.  

Community members are invited to celebrate the launch of the Gemstone Gallery (2nd floor, Emerald Hills Leisure Centre) on Wednesday, November 29 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Refreshments will be provided as guests admire the talent and creativity of our youth. 


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Sadie by Craig LeBlanc, 2014

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Call for Artists and Curators for Peer Assessment Committee

We are seeking regional (Strathcona County and Greater Edmonton area) professional Artists and Curators to act on multiple Peer Assessment Review Committees over the next year.

Participants are remunerated for their time spent evaluating submissions according to CARFAC Fee Schedule.   

Please email if you wish to participate on a Peer Assessment Review Committee for current or future projects.  

Note: if you submit a proposal for a project, you would not sit on the Peer Assessment Committee for that particular project but would be considered for future juries.   

Call for new members for the Art Collection Advisory Committee 

Join the committee that works directly with the County's public art collection! Some tasks include assisting with the administration of the Strathcona County Annual Art Acquisition Program, including advising on policies and guidelines related to the selection process, juries, placement, maintenance, conservation, de-accession of art works in Strathcona County’s Art Collection, and presenting purchase and loan recommendations to Strathcona County Council on behalf of RPC.

The Committee meets 7 times a year, the fourth Tuesday of the month, 7-9pm (unless a special meeting or time is required by members). 

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Last updated: Tuesday, November 21, 2023
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