Current Exhibits at The Works

Diana Ohiozebau

October 19 - December 10, 2019

The Works Gallery in McCauley, 10635 95 St NW, Edmonton, Alberta


Resilience explores identity, femininity, vulnerability, and material culture, especially as they relate to the effects of climate change on the cultural practices of some rural communities in Nigeria, where women often depend on crafts production, including cotton textiles, to make ends meet in a male-dominated society.

Diana Ohiozebau was born in Leeds, England and raised in Nigeria. She is a visual artist currently pursuing the MA program in History of Art, Design and Visual Culture at the University of Alberta. She received her MFA degree from the University of Calgary (2018) and a BFA in painting from Ambrose Ali University, Nigeria (2012). Her art practice is focused on the identity, beauty and richness of her culture. Pulling from her cultural heritage, Ohiozebau works with a combination of traditional handwoven Nigerian fabrics, dyes and acrylic to create large works in multiple scales.

Opening Reception and Artist Talk: Saturday, October 19, 1 - 3 PM

Gallery hours: Monday - Friday, 12 - 5 PM

Yong Fei Guan

October 28 - November 9, 2019

Edmonton City Hall, 1 Sir Winston Churchill Square

Year of the Pig.jpg

The symbol of the “pig” holds multiple cultural meanings. According to Chinese horoscope theory, the pig is the twelfth animal of the Chinese Zodiac. Based on the Chinese Lunar Calendar, the Year of the Earth Pig began on February 5, 2019, in which the Pig is a positive symbol for a year of good fortune and luck. On the contrary, the Western idea of “pig” is often embedded with negative attributes like greed, gluttony, and uncleanliness.

Yong Fei Guan is a Chinese-Canadian artist with a degree in fine arts from Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Guan explores multicultural identity, politics and their relationship to environmental issues in her work. She has been involved in public art and community art projects, which include YEGmidautumn2017, YEGCANVAS 2015, and an ongoing picture book, C is for Compost.

金猪 Golden Pig was first exhibited at The Works Art & Design Festival, June 20 - July 2, 2019.

Pedro Rodriguez de los santos

Rigoletto’s Cafe, 10305 100 Ave NW, Edmonton


Untitled by Pedro Rodriguez de Los Santos, 2019

Untitled by Pedro Rodriguez de Los Santos, 2019

YMCA Community Canvas Works Initiative

The YMCA Community Canvas Works Initiative is a partnership between Don Wheaton Family YMCA and The Works International Visual Arts Society. Launched in the fall of 2007, this program sees an Edmonton artist exhibit in Don Wheaton Family YMCA curated by a youth curator and installed in a six month rotation. At The Works, we believe that placing art in public places allows for people of all ages and backgrounds to experience, learn about, and appreciate visual art.

For more information about the artist or sales contact the curatorial team at The Works:
Phone: 780-426-2122  ext 228                

Neuromantic: Revisted

Adam Slusar

Red Wine, 2015

Red Wine, 2015

Adam Slusar’s colorful MFA works explore ideas of memory, nostalgia and escapism through the lens of popular culture and the medium of acrylic paint.

Location: The YMCA Community Canvas WORKS initiative is located at Don Wheaton YMCA 10211 102 Avenue - Main floor

Previous Exhibits: 

Borys Tarasenko (2019), Agata Garbowska (2017-2019), Alexandra Gusse (2017), Lindsay Kirker (2016-2017), Megan Warkentin (2015-2016), Lucille Frost (2014), Scott Cumberland (2014), Jenny Keith (2013), Glenn Guillet (2011), Justin Shaw (2010), Josée Aubin Ouellette (2009), Michal Wawrykowicz (2008), Tim Rechner (2007), Nicole Galellis (2006).

Archive & Previous presenting partnerships


The exhibit and website explore Edmonton's history in the context of Queen Elizabeth II’s three visits to Edmonton since her Coronation in 1953. The exhibit features images, collectables, and memories of the 1959, 1978, and 2005 royal visits from public archives and contributions by Edmontonians.

The reception launched a website with commentary by Edmonton’s Historian Laureate, Shirley Lowe, and offers visitors the opportunity to contribute to the community archive around these visits, and these times in Edmonton’s development.

Sixty Years is the final component of an ongoing project to work with Edmontonians to activate community memory around the growth of Edmonton and to engage youth in Edmonton’s history during Elizabeth II’s reign as queen. Other aspects of the project have included collection events and an in-school art program.

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