November 2013 e-newsletter
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Ahhhh November. What a fantastic month. Harcourt House staff have made several positive changes in the last month and are continuing to find new solutions for old methods. There IS a method to our madness! Currently in our galleries we have Alexis Marie Chute (Past AIR) and Yael Brotman showing their work until November 29th so be sure to pop in and visit us to check them out. On our Education side of things our Drop-In's are in full swing. Check our website for upcoming art classes and workshops for 2014 or stop in to find out more! 

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SARA FRENCH is our next Artist in Residence for 2013/14. November 1st is her first day in the studio. Once she gets settled she would love to have visitors. French is a performance artist that works in a wide variety of media. Read more about Sara French on our website:  


December 5 – January 17, 2014

Opening Reception Thursday, December 5 from 8 – 10pm  Artist Talk: HO-YOU 7:30pm  


A retrospective exhibition of the work of George Botchett
In July of 2013 Harcourt House Artist Run Centre lost a long-time friend and supporter.  Following a distinguished career as an educator, inspiring young theatre artists, George Botchett followed his second passion and was an active member of the visual arts community in Edmonton. Exhibiting regularly with his colleagues at Harcourt House and as an honorary member of the Alberta Society of Artists his work explored a wide range of subjects and media.  
Friends and family have generously loaned works from their collections to augment the collection of works from his studio.  It is mere glimpse of his career in the visual arts and is a celebration of his many contribution to our lives.

MAIN GALLERY  |  JILL HO-YOU  |  Below the Mantle 

In what ways are personal memory, emotion and cognition expressed through the physicality of the body? Genetics has shown that certain childhood experiences leave permanent marks upon the victims’ genome by altering gene expression. Physical anthropology has long demonstrated that organs, teeth and bones record events such as disease and trauma. Therefore the physical body retains traces of memory at the tissue, cell and molecular levels. Ho-You’s work draws insights from these visceral observations and attempts to express how our identities are linked to the often mysterious complexity of our bodies.

Visit Jill’s website for more on her local practice:


Image Credits 
Left: George Botchett, untitled, date unknown.

Right: Ho-You, Natural History I, etching, spit bite, digital and chine collé, 9” x 12”, 2013.


Portrait Drawing, Face-to-Face
Instructor: Patrick Higgins
6 Thursdays, February 6 - March 13, 2014
$150, $120 (members)

Figure Drawing, The Draped Model
Instructor: Ross Bradley
6 Tuesdays, February 18 - March 25, 2014

NEW! Open Workshops
Instructor: Megan Stein
March 20th: A collage class/ Mixed Media (Gel transfers)
March 27th: Zines - Using collage, drawing exercises and exquisite corpse
April 3rd: Instructed figure drawing class (with model)
April 10th: Acrylic I (Mixing, glazing and washes)
April 17th: Acrylic II (Develop a painting from a still life or from a photo)
April 24th: Inks and Watercolour (calligraphy using the two pencil method/ writing out a quote or phrase of interest, transition to designing a page with calligraphy/graphics using inks)

Sign up for one - six workshops! These are open for you to squeeze in some art making around your busy schedules.
Each Workshop: $20, $15 (members)

If you sign up for all six you get $10 off!:
$110, $90 (members)
Registration is recommended but feel free to drop in and pay! Cash only please.

Bookbinding and Collaging Workshop
Sara French, 12th Artist in Residence
Saturday & Sunday
March 22 & 23, 2014
11am - 4pm

Pinhole Photography, Indoor & Out
Wenda Salomons
Saturday & Sunday
May 24 & 25
10am - 3pm

Hi! My name is Connor - I am the new Gallery Services Coordinator at Harcourt.  I joined the team at the beginning of October, only a short while ago and yet I feel like I’ve been a part of this team forever. The small group welcomed me in, showed me the ropes and then left me to it.

I read a great article recently in Galleries West Mag. about the difficulties faced by Artists Run Centres in Canada. It made me realize how happy I am be a part of that small group of determined and innovative organizations, who are doing everything they can to remain relevant and engaged in these difficult times. I can hardly wait to see what the future holds for us at Harcourt and for the community in general as Edmonton feels like it is teetering on the precipice of great cultural growth!

My vocational background is in both gallery management and community development. My educational background is a mix of studio arts and cultural studies. Last year I had the fantastic opportunity to live in the Netherlands while completing my master’s degree with a specialization in Curatorship. Prior to that unparalleled experience I had been happily located in Fort McMurray working for the Municipal Government and running a small public art gallery. One constant between all my educational and working experiences is the importance of collaboration and creative dialogue.

So, please do stop by and introduce yourself J I am looking forward to being more integrated into Edmonton’s arts community. 


Connor Buchanan


Gallery Attendant:
Mondays, Noon - 4pm 
Tuesdays, Noon - 4pm

We are also looking for a student that is currently enrolled in a program that includes:
Collections, Records Management and/or Archiving.

We are looking into updating our exhibit archives so if you have some knowledge in these areas give us a call! We may just have some experience for you.

Please contact Brittney if interested. 

Volunteer with us

Upcoming Yoga Classes:

Yin Yoga:

November 5th, 12th, 19th & 25th.
5:30pm - 6:30pm
Call for submissions
Deadline: Friday, December 13, 2013

See the link for details: SUBMISSIONS
2015/2016 Submission Deadline November 30th, 2013

Ever wondered what Harcourt House was looking for in a submission package? This free workshop will go over the components of our submissions, and give participants a chance to ask our Programming Manager, Brittney Roy, about the requirements of successful applications.

E-mail inquiries AND to RSVP contact Brittney at: or call 780.426.4180

**Due to a high volume of successful applicants we will no longer have the June 30th deadline open for submissions. 
Thank you.

Drop in drawing is uninstructed with live models.
Payment can be made upon arrival to a drop-in session.

Fee: $10 per session
$70 for block of eight ($63 members)
No Class on holidays

Last Drop in for 2013: Fri. December 13
First Drop in for 2014: TBA in December

Life Drawing: 
Mon 1 - 4pm, Wed and Fri 7 - 10pm 
Sculpture Drop-in:
Mon 7 - 10pm

Long Pose:
Sun Jan 12, Feb 2, March 2, April 6, 2014
Check the website for updates!
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