By Hayden McBennett, November 29 2016 —
With the holiday season fast approaching, the Newzones Gallery of Contemporary Art is bringing back the beloved Calgary tradition of Deck the Walls, a culmination of art that will cover the walls.
This season’s installment will include returning favourites and exciting fresh faces in a gathering of styles presented on a single wall.
Deck the Walls aims to showcase a variety of contrasting art styles and mediums in an idiosyncratic yet harmonic way. The salon-style exhibition of art will be a treat for those looking to find the perfect gift for an art-lover this holiday. Newzones will fill the wall from top to bottom with as much art as they can fit.
“It’s two-fold. It’s a way to look at smaller works, people usually expect to see bigger pieces at our gallery and it’s also a nice way to show people how to do a gallery type installation that’s a bunch of different things,” Newzones director Tamar Zenith says. “Usually people think ‘this has to work with this or that has to match that,’ but it shows that if you’re buying pieces you love, it all works together.”
Newzones expects to see approximately 200 guests on opening night, Thursday Dec. 1. With a rotating roster of pieces, the exhibit remains fluid.
“We install the first way and then usually there are different pieces by the same artist so we can replace other works, but with artwork you want to get your favourite piece,” Zenith says. “It’s how the piece speaks to you and how you identify it towards others.”
Works range in price from $275 to $20,000 to fit every holiday shopping budget.
New artists such as Emily Filler, Kristopher Dean and Mark Birksted will bring fresh offerings of study sketches, abstract and pottery, respectively. Colleen Philippy and Bradly Harms return as Newzones heavyweights, having presented pieces in Deck the Walls since close to it’s conception in 2010. Cathy Daly, a fan favourite and Canadian staple, will return with her delicate approach to the female form using a black and white styling.
Deck the Walls’ opening reception will be held on Thursday Dec. 1 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at Newzones. The exhibition will run until Jan. 14 and is all ages.
For more information, visit newzones.com