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Andrés Porras: Filmmaker, storyteller

Interest in Analogue photography and processes

Andrés Porras is a writer, photographer, filmmaker, and overall storyteller based out of Calgary, Alberta and born in Bucaramanga, Colombia. He’s shot several projects on Super 8 film and has had his work featured in publications such as Analog Cookbook and Seites. His latest motion picture project is a modern retelling of the War of the Worlds, shot on 16mm film. Up next, he’s working on medium format photography as a way to tell stories.

Seeker, Wood Print

ELIZABETH AMEZCUA: Abstract artist

Abstract art is about expression and has become an important part of my life to nourish, heal and connect with my intuition and everything my soul needs to experience, evolve and share with others. 

I am a Contemporary Abstract Painter and paintings are inspirate from the nature around me. Painting is a language that speaks from the most deep part of yourself and is expressed from the pigments flowing and bold-soft strokes. It has given me a magical connection to the world and nature. Many of my abstract pieces are the vision of colors flowing through my mind. 

I was born in Mexico City and live in Calgary. I’m an artist since 2012 and have kept my intuition, creativity, imagination and experimentation as the essence of my job. 

Waterfalls, Mixed Technique

HEBERT POLL GUTIERREZ: Writer, storyteller and playwright

A Cuban artist with more than 15 years of experience who loves to use art as an instrument of social change.

EMÍ LAARÁ: LITTLE STORIES TO DREAM

YULI CARVAJAL PEREIRA: Entrepreneur, artist y adventurous and creative

Yuli Carvajal Pereira was born in Salazar, Colombia in 1992. She is a self-taught artist located in Calgary. She considers herself as a passionate and dedicated woman whose art brings color and relaxation to her life. She likes to challenge herself by testing different mediums, mixing media, realism, and sculpture. Yuli has already been included in several important exhibitions such as Salon del Agua, Arte Magno, Arte Joven, Ciudad de Cucuta, Expo Latino (Calgary), and others. Her work has been exhibited at the Memoria Museum, Colombia. In 2017, she received an award in the Eleventh Salon del Agua, Colombia. Nowadays, she is volunteering as a Secretary of SpanicArts. Yuli currently lives in Calgary and works in engineering but never leaves her creative spirit behind the scenes.

Anthesis, acrylic on canvas

 MIGUELTZINTA SOLIS, Interdisciplinary artist and writer

A person sitting in a chair

Description automatically generated with medium confidence Migueltzinta Solís is a queer mestizXXX interdisciplinary artist and writer working in performance, video, new media, textile and installation. His work considers questions of perversity and territory, unbelonging, (de)colonial imaginaries and Chicanx futurities. He is currently working on a PhD in Cultural, Social and Political Thought at the University of Lethbridge in Treaty 7 territory, where he received his MFA in Art.

Western Crush, cowboy hat found on the roadside run over by a car

LISSETTE FEBRERO Graphic Designer and Illustrator

I am a designer and illustrator from Chile. I use my skills to process emotions and create artwork with a message. I also include lettering within my art since words are the culmination of an emotion or an idea that I want to transmit. I think it is wonderful to create tangible images from words for the viewer to enjoy. The female body has a constant presence, It arose naturally, maybe by my experience of being a woman in this world. That is my main inspiration, and through my illustrations I intend to show strong and empowered women. Art has been a tool that I use to promote positivism and acceptance of our body, mind and soul. I create my characters thinking that they can instill self-love in women.

Take all the time you need to grow, digital illustration

Mini Galleries Scavenger Hunt

Explore the six mini galleries in Rotary Park with a scavenger hunt! Submit your answers by Oct 24th to win one of 5 $20 gift certificates to a business of your choice in Crescent Heights! Details in the scavenger hunt below.

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Art in the Park

Saturday September 11, 11 AM – 5 PM
Rotary Park (617 1st NE)

The community Crescent Heights is thrilled to be hosting over twenty local artists in our first Art in the Park this Saturday, September 11, from 11:00AM – 5:00PM in Rotary Park (617 1st NE).  Drop-in and support new and familiar exhibitors. All are welcome to celebrate the creativity of your fellow neighbours. 

Mini Galleries Grand Opening

Thursday September 16th, 5PM – 7PM

Meet at the Rotary Park Lawn Bowling Clubhouse (705 1 St NE) at 5pm and join us as we tour the galleries. Artists in Attendance.

This summer, six artists from the National accessArts Centre (NaAC) began working on the inaugural exhibition for the Crescent Heights Mini Galleries, demonstrating that beauty can be found in small places. > click to learn more about the artists

What’s a mini gallery? It’s like a Little Library, but “just for looking”. In early September, the small wood and plexiglass mini galleries will be installed on posts in Rotary Park, with a grand opening of the first MiniGalleries exhibit planned for Thursday, September 16th from 5 to 7 p.m. All CHCA residents are invited to learn more about the project and meet the artists. 

NaAC is Canada’s oldest and largest disability arts organization – and in 2020, became the country’s first multidisciplinary disability arts organization. Today, the NaAC supports more than 300 artists living with developmental and/or physical disabilities through on-site studio supports and workshops, and an even broader community of Canadian artists with disabilities through immersive programs delivered online. Crescent Heights Mini Galleries September/October exhibition will feature works by NaAC artists: Avik Bose, Siena Fortini, Leonka Kaluha, Brad McCAull, Sandy Milne and JorDen Tysen.

The mini galleries project was initiated by CHCA volunteer Brenda Erskine and CHCA Community Engagement Director Sandra Neill. The project is fully funded by a grant from Community Foundations of Canada. Staff at The Esker Foundation introduced Sandra and Brenda to contacts at SpanicArts, the Immigrant Council for Arts Innovation and the National access Arts Centre, all of whom jumped at the chance to showcase their artists in Rotary Park’s mini galleries. Crescent Heights artist Doro Buch will be the mini gallery coordinator. Doug Haslam, local resident and owner of Kodama Woodworking is advising on design and construction, while Jeremy Pavka Industries is building the galleries. 

“We’re also looking for artists in Crescent Heights who are interested in exhibiting later this year or in 2022,” says Doro.

For more information contact minigalleries@crescentheightsyyc.ca.

Sold Out Crescent Heights Drive-In Movie Makes A Difference for Afghanistan

On Friday August 20th, the Crescent Heights Community Association (CHCA) hosted our second annual Drive-In Movie Night to a sold-out crowd. This year’s event featured the award-winning documentary film, “The Secret Marathon,” which shared the story of the first women to run a marathon in Afghanistan. The film was produced and co-directed by our very own Crescent Heights resident, Kate McKenzie, who was on hand to introduce the film. Thanks to the incredible support from ATB Financial, Bambu and other sponsors, the Drive-In Movie Night was able to raise $3,500 for the charity Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan (CW4WAfghanistan), who will use the funds to provide humanitarian support to women and girls in Afghanistan. 

“It’s amazing to see local businesses, volunteers and residents all step up to support an important cause at such a critical time,” said Leor Rotchild, event organizer and CHCA board member. He added, “not only did we raise thousands of dollars to help people in Afghanistan but we did it while celebrating arts and culture and strengthening our community.” 

Bambu, a local business on Centre Street, took food and beverage orders by text and delivered authentic Afghan tea, Vietnamese sandwiches, and delicious desserts directly to people’s cars. Charity partner, CW4WAfghanistan hosted a booth, where they served homemade Afghan cake, gave away door prizes and provided information on what is happening on the ground in Afghanistan and how raised funds are being used to make a difference at this difficult time. 

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