Discover Bleeding Heart Art Space on Alberta Avenue and you’ll find a small, welcoming art gallery. But it’s more than that. It’s also an invitation to explore the many ways that art and faith come together to manifest beauty and inspire possibilities for consolation, hope, love, and new ways of seeing the world.
Founded in 2011 and operating in partnership with St. Faith’s Anglican Church, this contemporary art space has a storied past. It’s drawn diverse artists and visitors to the gallery for curated exhibits, including painting, sculpture, and installation art. It’s also been home to poetry readings, concerts, artist workshops, and an annual faith and art retreat.
Through exhibits and gatherings at the Art Space, the sacred and the spiritual are embraced in creativity, performance, conversation, and celebration.
On Oct. 17 from 7 to 9 pm, everyone is invited to drop in to the Art Space for a season preview showcasing the line-up of artists, exhibits, and workshops for 2018-2019. This will be a great opportunity to meet the lead creative team, learn more about the vision and ideas that inspire the gallery, sign up as a volunteer for the coming year, and donate to support gallery operations.
The gallery features a new exhibit each month, starting in October with Young Expressions: The Freewall, a diverse collection of painting, drawing, craft, and music by artists 13-24 years old. The exhibit offers a window into the world of youth and an opportunity to hear their voices.
November’s exhibit, Prunus Virginiana, will be an eclectic and reflective solo show of paintings and figurative sculpture by Alberta artist Alyson Davies.
In December, the Art Space will reach out to the community with Open Walls. This popular event is a call-out to artists of all ages to bring a painting, photo, sculpture, or other creative work for display, and is a testament to the dazzling creative talents in Edmonton.
Check out the Bleeding Heart Art Space website for more information on juried exhibits throughout the year. Selection of artists and their work is guided by the founding vision for the Art Space, including community-building, social justice, and support for emerging artists from diverse backgrounds.
The Bleeding Heart Art Space will also host a number of workshops and community events this year. Artists interested in hosting a workshop in 2019 are welcome to contact the gallery to learn more. Plans are also underway for the annual faith and art retreat in the spring.
Many volunteer opportunities are available at the Art Space and those interested in volunteering are welcome to connect with the team at the preview or through the website.
Donations to support the not-for-profit Art Space are always welcome, and can be made at the gallery or online.
The gallery is open every Saturday (except the first Saturday of each month) from 11 am to 3 pm.
To get to the Bleeding Heart Art Space at 91 Street and 118 Avenue, go through the front door, up the stairs and turn right. You’ll find a warm welcome and a beautiful space.
Admission is free. Donations are appreciated.
BLEEDING HEART ART SPACE
9140 118 Ave
bleedingheartart.space/contact or [email protected]
Open Saturdays (except the first Saturday of the month), 11 am-3 pm
Season preview: Oct. 17, 7-9 pm
Young Expressions: The Freewall on Oct. 13, 20, 27: 11 am-3 pm
Featured Image: Joline Arcand’s work will be some of the art featured in October’s exhibit. | Joline Arcand