The ACACA Video
A guide through what it means to be a member of the Alberta Community Art Clubs Association. It is a walk through the zone show process, which is a unique experience allowing artists of all talent levels and experience to grow and hone their craft.
The Alberta Wide Show
The journey finds it’s natural conclusion at the Alberta wide show. Submitted art is juried and critiqued before those that are chosen to be awarded at the top level. This is a celebration of a culmination of a year worth of work for art on all levels, from beginners to signature.
The Alberta Wide Show
Promoting Art and Culture Throughout Alberta
Created in 1986, under the direction of Professor Harry Wohlfarth from the Department of Extension University of Alberta, ACACA holds Charitable Status. Financial support for the ACACA and sponsored projects is provided through membership fees, donations and grants from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts through Visual Arts Alberta Association.
Membership is not exclusive. Anyone supporting these goals may join the organization and it is not necessary to belong to a club to join the ACACA. Artists are invited and welcome to be part of this organization. Art Club memberships are essential to be the Hosting Club of the three Zone shows, with workshop grants available. The Board of Directors, Zone Rep. of ACACA and the Hosting Clubs carry the weight of organizing the juried shows each year. Silent Auctions are a nice added touch to the show. These Juried shows are once a year, usually in May or June (one in each of three Zones being Southern, Central and Northern Alberta).
Juried Art –
At each Zone Show, three jurors provided by the ACACA, select artworks for awards and advancement to the Alberta Wide Show which is held in a previously designated location, most often in either Edmonton or Red Deer. In general practice, about one third of the art pieces at zone shows are selected for sending to the Alberta Wide show, at such time, a further jurying takes place. About one half of the paintings and sculptures sent to the Alberta Wide show are chosen for hanging in the Alberta Wide. Scholarships and awards, many named to honor our former members, are picked by the jurors the day before the opening of the Alberta Wide Show.
Awarding Artists –
At the Conclusion of the Alberta Wide Show, the Awards are then handed out to the Award Winning Artists, there is an AGM for all members, and there is a Critique done on all pieces of art that the Artist choses for this exercise, providing encouragement and learning experiences for the artists and public alike. A critique of work is a feature of each ACACA juried art show.
Lasting Traditions –
Each show is a learning experience. Not only because artist-members come to know one another’s’ work but because friendships are built and maintained. To quote Jean Stephenson,
“One of the marvelous things about the group (ACACA.) is meeting people around the province. I’d have quit painting long ago if it wasn’t for the people I’ve met. That’s where my friends are”. Through the juried shows, the ACACA continues a tradition of bringing art to rural areas.
Concluding The Show
And Planning for Next Year
Then, the following year, we do it all again. Each year new memberships are added and most welcomed.
We have a wide range of art styles on display
The ACACA Zone Shows is one of the easiest and best ways to see a wide assortment of art styles, subjects, and mediums on display. You can expect to see a stone carving of a polar-bear sitting next to a collage of mixed media which is hanging next to am abstract water-colour painting; it is truly a sight to behold.
These are just some of the art styles you should expect to see at the shows.
Alberta Wide Show Resources
Want to Get Involved? Here’s Everything You Need to Know
Thinking of Hosting
Who We Are
The Alberta Community Art Clubs Association aims at uniting, serving and networking with artists throughout the province. Our goals are to foster and maintain instruction in art and to develop an interest in the knowledge of art and culture in the communities throughout the province.
ACACA fills a unique niche in promoting the arts in the province of Alberta by sponsoring three juried art shows annually, hosted by art clubs from different communities each year.