Art Gallery of Alberta

AGA’s popular late-night art party Refinery returns! Limited tickets are still available for this must-attend event of the summer!

AGA’s popular late-night art party Refinery returns! Limited tickets are still available for this must-attend event of the summer!

For Immediate Release
May 29, 2012

Edmonton, AB (May 29/12) – Experience your Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) like never before as our popular late-night art party, Refinery, returns on Saturday, June 23, 2012.

Enjoy even more innovative performances, installations and unique art projects with our latest Refinery party, themed around the upcoming exhibition, The Automatiste Revolution: Montreal 1941-1960 and under the creative direction of Edmonton-based artist Tim Rechner.

“This installment of Refinery celebrates energetic abstract art-making and features specially commissioned works ranging from a sculptural installation to dynamic video projections,” says Rechner. “Guests will create their own personal masterpieces and add to collaborative abstract drawings. Through the impressive roster of participating artists, lively music and interactive art projects, I hope to create an electrically charged environment that captures the Automatiste spirit,” he adds.

Refinery gives guests the freedom to explore the latest Gallery exhibitions and indulge in their own creative expression through interactive, hands-on art activities.

Tim Rechner is an Edmonton-based artist who is widely-respected for his abstract paintings, which emphasize an all over compositional flow and are enforced by a skeletal framework of assertive lines. In his practice, he has employed automatic drawing, and has been inspired by artwork produced by young children – as he aspires to create similar fearless, expressive energies.  Throughout the last decade, Rechner has established himself as a leader in the Edmonton arts community.

The Automatiste Refinery

Saturday, June 23, 9 pm
Art Gallery of Alberta
$35/$30 AGA Members
Tickets on sale now!


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As a centre of excellence for the visual arts in Western Canada, the Art Gallery of Alberta offers engaging exhibitions, innovative and original educational programs, thought-provoking lectures, artist talks and Gallery tours, and unique special events.  At the AGA, visitors enjoy original exhibitions of contemporary and historical art from Alberta, Canada and around the world; artworks from every genre; modern to abstract, contemporary to historical. Exhibition themes are incorporated into programs and events to create a uniquely AGA experience.

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 Edmonton Arts Council, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, The Canada Council for the Arts and our Members.