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
Once the Alberta Wide show comes to a conclusion, all pieces of art that have won in their categories at the Zone Show level, and the Juried winners at the Alberta Wide, advance for a final showing of “the best of the best” at the Alberta Spirit Show. All remaining pieces of art are then taken home with the Artist.
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.
Acrylic paint is a quick-drying, water-soluble kind of paint that artists often use instead of oil paint or watercolors.
Digital Art is an artistic work or practice that uses digital technology as an essential part of the creative or presentation process.
painting in oil colours, a medium consisting of pigments suspended in drying oils. The outstanding facility with which fusion of tones or colour is achieved makes it unique among fluid painting mediums.
Watercolors are usually translucent, and appear luminous because the pigments are laid down in a pure form with few fillers obscuring the pigment colors.
The branch of the visual arts that operates in three dimensions. It is one of the plastic arts. Durable sculptural processes originally used carving (the removal of material) and modelling (the addition of material, as clay).
Alberta Wide Show Categories
Artists Will Be Juried Based On These Categories of Art
Artists between 15 and 18 years old.
Age 19+. No formal art training at a college or university and has painted in any medium up to 4 years. OR Juror’s recommendation to move to the next Category. **
May have up to one year of formal art training at a college or university OR has worked for two years or more in any medium, or has won a Beginners Award at the Alberta Wide Show.
Has been enrolled for more than one year in an art program at a college or University OR has won an Award in the IntermediateCategory at the Alberta Wide Show OR has worked independently for 4 years in any medium and is ready to meet the requirements of entering the Advanced Category OR **
Graduate of an Art program from a College or University, or has received a BFA or MFA OR instructs formal classes in Art OR has won an Award in the Advanced Category at the Alberta Wide Show OR voted on by the Board of Directors ** to move to the Signature member level. (No automatic move to the Signature Member Level).
For qualified Members from the Master category voted on by the Board of Directors **
For members of all levels. The artwork is solely composed and created on a computer using only software tools or a scanned image which is manipulated to significantly change the original. (scanned original must be available to jury if requested.) The print must be unique and not an edition.
Sculpture will be additive or subtractive, and be made from stone, wood, bronze, jade, clay, bone, antlers, precious metals, fabric, paper and metal.
**(by Jurors opinion that artist is ready to move to the next level.)
A MEMBER WHO HAS WON AN AWARD IN ANY CATEGORY AT THE ALBERTA WIDE SHOW IS REQUIRED TO MOVE UP TO THE NEXT CATEGORY. AWARD WINNERS MAY NOT MOVE BACK TO A FORMER CATEGORY.
Alberta Wide Show Resources
Want to Get Involved? Here’s Everything You Need to Know
Note: Memberships must be paid prior to February 28th to be eligible to enter in that years Zone Show.
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.