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Amy Loewan: At a time when we’re experiencing a years-long uptick of tremendous challenge and uncertainty, Loewan’s show House Illuminates is intended as a beacon of hope. The house made of shuen (rice) paper, canvas, silk and Canadian maple, the quintessential structure is encased by woven paper strips and cut paper. Messages, symbols and drawn elements of ink, charcoal and acrylic adorn it. Loewan wanted a simple house, “like the house a child would draw,” and the effect is powerful. Lit from within by Edison incandescent lights the house is an invitation to peace and harmony. It offers protection and a room for reflection. The official artist talk and reception comes in two parts, registration at eventbrite.ca required.
Details: 2 – 3 p.m. and 3 – 4 p.m. at Art Gallery of St. Albert (19 Perron St.), no charge
SIT STILL TAKE NOTICE: Speaking (very quietly) about art, aAron Munson’s final two days of his month-long mediation project wrap up Saturday and Sunday, which is also when you’ll see his largest pile of 3D-printed Buddha heads. “I have no idea where my head is going to go,” Munson told me at the beginning, “or who I’ll be at the other end of it.” Well, here’s your chance to have a look for yourself. No artist talk, per se, of course — but you’ll certainly be able to share in his utterly calm vibe.
Details: 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at dc3 Art Projects (10567 111 St.), no charge
Denzel and Life’s a Bitch: Edmonton International Film Festival is Oscar-qualifying, meaning they can select and up-vote films playing at their fest for consideration to make the Oscar nominees lists. The two they’ve picked this year are short films, Russia director Varya Yakolava’s animated Life’s a Bitch and UK director Michael Gamarano Singleton’s Denzel. In person, the Russian film plays 1:30 p.m. Monday in the Short Stop: Docs 1.0 program; Singleton’s, meanwhile, is in Lunchbox Shorts at 12:10 p.m. Tuesday. They’ll also be online from Oct. 4 – 3.