Weekend Gallery Tours
Saturdays and Sundays | 2 PM 

Join Courtney Faulkner, Public Engagement & Event Coordinator (Adult Programs), for guided tours of our current exhibitions on Saturday and Sunday at 2 pm. Art is understood differently in conversation, so tours are a great way to explore the gallery with friends, family, and community members. Together we can share our perspectives and pose questions. How does the artwork engage your senses? How does it make you feel? What does it remind you of? Remember, there is no “right” way to understand art. Artworks are open to interpretation, changing each time we view them, and evolving the longer we sit with them. Sharing our ideas with others is how the exhibitions come to life. Feel free to come by the gallery anytime, Courtney is here on weekends and is happy to talk with you. 

Tea Circle
Sundays | 3 PM

After our Gallery Tours, please join us for open conversation about the exhibitions in the Art Book Library. Tea and cookies will be provided, as Courtney Faulkner identifies key themes and shares some of the books recommended by our exhibiting artists and curators, on view in the Library. She will select a book of the week to share during this open conversation setting.

Faye HeavyShield: Conversations in Blackfoot 
Stay Tuned for Upcoming Dates
ART Book Library | Free

Join us in the Art Book Library for tea and craft as we speak and listen to the Blackfoot language together with lead artist Faye HeavyShield.

For this special edition of Conversations in Blackfoot, artist Faye HeavyShield will guide participants through the making of their own traditional shawls. Participants will be invited to design their shawl in a way that speaks to their life experiences, while learning its significance within Blackfoot culture. The shawl holds within it important stories and meanings for the wearer. 

Materials will be provided, and admission to this event is free. Please contact Courtney Faulkner, Public Engagement & Event Coordinator, to register for this workshop in advance (email [email protected] or call 403-327-8770), as we have a limit of 15 participants for this session.

Faye HeavyShield is a member of the Blackfoot Confederacy from the Kainaiwa (Blood) Nation in the foothills of Southern Alberta. She is a fluent speaker of the Blackfoot language and studied at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary, Alberta. The language of HeavyShield’s home community near Stand Off, Alberta is evident in her continuous use of natural materials and imagery found in her minimalist works. HeavyShield has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions across Canada, including Nations in Urban Landscapes at the Contemporary Art Gallery in Vancouver, BC, rock paper river at Gallery Connexion, Fredericton, NB, Into the Garden of Angels at The Power Plant in Toronto, ON and blood at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery. Her work is found in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, the McMichael Museum, Alberta Foundation of Art and the Glenbow Museum in Calgary, Heard Museum in Phoenix, AZ, MacKenzie Art Gallery in Regina, SK and the Kelowna Art Gallery, BC.

Craft Beer Festival
Presented by Andrew Hilton Wine & Spirits
6 to 10 PM
October 17, 2020
$30 | $25 with SAAG Pass
*includes 7 sample tickets & a slice of pizza

Bond over brews at this year''s annual Craft Beer Festival. Vendors from across the province will bring you their finest hops, ryes, barleys, wheats, gluten-free, fruity and sour beers. Pair your cup with delicious pizza from Two Guys & A Pizza Place. Get your tickets early – this event is always a sell-out!

Craft Beer Friday
Presented by Andrew Hilton Wine & Spirits
6 to 9 PM
$10 | $5 with SAAG Pass
*includes one beverage or sample flight

2020 Dates
February 14 | Blind Date Beers
March 13 | Seeds & Starters Swap
April 17 | 100 Mile Beers
June 19 | Pride Bingo!

Craft Beer Fridays at the SAAG are a delicious way to unwind from a busy week!

Choose your favourite from a selection of new and exciting brews curated by both SAAG staff and experts at Andrew Hilton, topped off with delicious pizza by the slice from Two Guys & A Pizza Place. While you’re in, explore our newest exhibitions and mingle with friends for snacks and board games, with music from CKXU.

*Must be of legal drinking age and provide a valid ID.


The Southern Alberta Art Gallery is proud to be a partner of the University of Lethbridge’s Art NOW lecture series. Encompassing presentations by artists, curators, critics, art historians, filmmakers, and gallerists, Art NOW is one of the largest and longest running programs in the country, having hosted more than 700 presenters over more than three decades.

Supported by the Canada Council, the course offers presentations by artists, art historians, curators, theorists and critics. Up to three different speakers per week, representing a wide range of contemporary practices, discuss their art, ideas, working methods, and issues in the visual arts. With about 30 speakers per semester, Art NOW is an amazing resource for anyone interested in contemporary art. Best of all, the lectures are open to the public - everyone is welcome!

The SAAG contributes to the diverse spectrum of presenters by recommending our roster of contemporary practicing artists as guests. Our fall lineup of exhibitions showcases the following lecturers:

January 15 | Kristy Trinier
February 10 | Pieter Verbeke
February 28 | Faye HeavyShield
March 2 | Jesse Birch
April 3 | Lucy Skaer