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On the second Friday of the month, at cSpace, 1721 – 29 Ave SW, Room 310, 1:00 – 3:00 pm.

Guest speakers will enlighten, inspire and entertain us on selected topics in the arts and humanities.  There will always be time for questions and discussion after the presentation.

Free for members, $5 charge at door for non-members. Guests are welcome. No registration required. Free parking available on the north side of the building and plenty of on-street parking.

Suggestions for speakers are welcome.  Please contact: Carol Gerein; Pat Hogan or Marje Wing 

Coming Presentations 

Friday, September 13

Vanitas and the Consciousness of Mortality in Western Art and Art History

Vanitas is an art historical theme broadly understood as a symbolic reminder of mortality – the limits and transience of life. It is an idea which has unified Western culture throughout the ages and played a major role in the development of European art. Join us for a discussion of its origins and how its representation has evolved over time from ancient Rome to modern day.


Presenter: Ryan Green, President of Masters Gallery

Ryan Green is the owner and president of Masters Gallery Ltd. He is a dealer of Canadian historical, post war and contemporary art. He received his MA in Art History from the University of London, England and a BA in Art History from the University of Calgary. He has taught European and Canadian art history for the University of Calgary’s Fine Arts and continuing education departments. He is currently a board member of the Glenbow Museum and a distinguished patron of the National Gallery of Canada.

CALL members who attended either of Ryan Green’s last two presentations for CALL will know that Ryan is a most engaging and knowledgeable speaker and presenter. The presentation will take place in the beautiful Masters Gallery.

We encourage you to arrive early for this popular event in order to secure a seat.

 When: Friday
 Date: September 13
 Time: 1:00 - 3:00 PM
 Where: Masters Gallery
  2115 4 St. SW

Refreshments generously provided by Masters Gallery.

Friday, October 11

Being Bertha - How a Wayward Woman Became a Local Legend

Fran Genereux will talk about her book Being Bertha - How a Wayward Woman Became a Local Legend. This is the life story of Bertha Ekelund (Marshall), Fran’s great aunt, collected from letters, photos, family stories and historical records. Bertha lived her life on her own terms making decisions both good and bad, often with unexpected consequences. Fran will describe Bertha’s journey which included a childhood of tragedy and poverty in southern Alberta, a job in Portland Oregon during the roaring 20’s and the great depression, a career as a nurse at Los Gatos, California, as well as a year at the Fort Saskatchewan penitentiary. Anyone familiar with the popular Bertha Lake hiking trail in Waterton Lakes National Park has already been introduced to Bertha.

Fran was born in Alberta and raised on a cattle ranch in the south west corner of the province. Graduating from the University of Alberta, she spent most of her career in Calgary as a teacher and counsellor. Now retired, she is pursuing new interests such as travel and writing.

 When: Friday
 Date: October 11
 Time: 1:00 - 3:00 PM
 Where: cSpace

Past Presentations 

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