Art Gallery of Alberta

Advance tickets now on sale for AGA’s popular Refinery party

Advance tickets now on sale for AGA’s popular Refinery party

November 19 event goes UP NORTH to present Explorers of the North and the Monsters Who Killed Them

For Immediate Release
October 17, 2011

EDMONTON, AB – The Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) is excited to present Refinery: Explorers of the North and the Monsters Who Killed Them on Saturday, November 19 from 9 pm-2 am.  Tickets for this popular late night event go on sale today for AGA Members and will be available to the general public on October 31, 2011.

This upcoming party in the Refinery series is inspired by the current AGA exhibition UP NORTH and features local photographer, cinematographer and columnist Fish Griwkowsky in a new Creative Director role. Griwkowsky will take party goers through a mythical world of forests, northern lights and armies of monsters in a host of interactive projects and performances by local artists. Featured artists include Mark Feddes, Fish Griwkowsky, Josh Holinaty, Smokey Johnson and Tim Rechner with special performances by Capital City Burlesque. Music will be provided by Edmonton DJs Amy van Keeken, Curtis Ross and Sarah Patterson.

Guests are encouraged to attend dressed in their favourite Lumberjack Formal attire for a chance to win prizes that night. Inspiration for Lumberjack Formal dress can be found on the AGA’s website.

The night will also include a screening of the top ten entries of the Turn it Up North contest in the Gallery’s Ledcor Theatre. This contest calls for submissions of one minute videos of performances (singing, playing music, dancing, acting, telling jokes, etc.) taking place in the wild. The submission with the most public votes by November 14, 2011 will receive two tickets to the AGA’s Refinery late night art party and a $600 prize package courtesy of Camper’s Village. Full details and contest rules can be found at Participants must be 18 years or older to enter.

Tickets are $20 for AGA Members; $10 for AGA Ultra Members and $25 for the general public, and can be purchased online at or in person at the AGA. Must be 18 years of age or older to attend.

The AGA is seeking artificial Christmas tree donations (green without decorations) to use as décor for Refinery in exchange for one free admission to the Gallery. The trees will not be returned but will be donated to a children’s play for their upcoming Christmas production. To donate, please contact Elisa Zenari via email to arrange the tree drop off. Trees will be accepted until November 14. Notes: free admission is to the Gallery only, not for Refinery.

Each party in the AGA’s Refinery series is themed around a different AGA exhibition and includes a new mix of Alberta-based talent. This is the final installment of the popular series of 2011. Past Refinery parties have sold out weeks in advance with an average of 800 attendees at each event.

Refinery: Explorers of the North and the Monsters Who Killed Them

Saturday, November 19, 9 pm-2 am
Art Gallery of Alberta

$20 Members / $10 Ultra Members / $25 Non-Members
Must be 18+ to attend

The Art Gallery of Alberta is a centre of excellence for the visual arts in Western Canada, connecting people, art and ideas. The AGA is focused on the development and presentation of original exhibitions of contemporary and historical art from Alberta, Canada and around the world. The AGA also offers a full-range of art education and public programs. Founded in 1924, the Art Gallery of Alberta maintains a collection of more than 6,000 objects and is the oldest cultural institution in Alberta and the only museum in the province solely dedicated to the exhibition and preservation of art and visual culture. The AGA recently underwent a major re-building project. Designed by Los Angeles architect Randall Stout, the 85,000 sq foot (7,900 sq metres) new AGA opened to the public on January 31, 2010. The new Gallery features three floors of premiere exhibition space; the City of Edmonton Terrace; the Singhmar Centre for Art Education; Zinc Restaurant; Shop AGA; Ledcor Theatre and an Art Rental and Sales Gallery.


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The Art Gallery of Alberta is a not-for-profit organization that relies on the support of its Members, donors, sponsors and government. The AGA is grateful for the generous support of the many public and private donors and sponsors who have made the AGA’s New Vision possible, as well as the ongoing support of the City of Edmonton, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, The Canada Council for the Arts and our Members.