Art Gallery of Alberta

Bring on the noise at the Rip-Roarin’ Refinery June 1 at your AGA!

For Immediate Release
May 7, 2013

Bring on the noise at The Rip-Roarin’ Refinery June 1 at your AGA!

Edmonton, AB (May 7/13) – The Art Gallery of Alberta’s (AGA) popular late-night art party returns with The Rip-Roarin’ Refinery on Saturday, June 1, 9 pm-2 am. Tickets go on sale to AGA Members on May 7; remaining tickets, if available, will be on sale to the public on May 22. Tickets and AGA Memberships are available in-person at AGA Member and Guest Services or by phone at 780.392.2470. Tickets are not available for purchase online.

The Rip-Roarin’ Refinery will swing you back to the 1920s, when experimentation, rebellion and fun-loving flappers ran rampant! Drawing inspiration from the AGA’s upcoming contemporary art exhibition The Piano, this Refinery party will break down your musical expectations with dazzling performances by Gilda Brass, Paul Arnusch and DJ Mitchmatic and a grand installation by Maegan R. Mehler. Featuring Edmonton-based signer/songwriter Colleen Brown as Creative Director, The Rip-Roarin’ Refinery “pays homage to an era of piano bars, torch ballads and rebellion”.

The night will also include jazzy hands-on activities where guests can make their own instruments, create a collaborative experimental musical piece and get creative in a musical playroom; plus, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take part in a performance of George Maciunas’ Piano Piece #13 (for Nam June Paik), in which the keys of a piano are nailed down one-by-one! Guests can also view current AGA exhibitions featuring contemporary and historical works by Canadian and international artists.

Refinery guests are encouraged to come wearing their most dapper threads. Think The Great Gatsby, speakeasies and the Charleston! Look your best and flaunt refined suits, shimmering metallics and accessories galore. For style inspiration visit Plus, take part in our Instagram costume contest where the gentleman or dame with the spiffiest 1920s-inspired ensemable will win a nifty Refinery prize package!

The Piano features works by 13 artists who have taken the piano, both in its real and representational forms, in new and unconventional directions. From sculptural objects to video installations, these artists present the piano as an object of entertainment, endurance, reverie and salvation. Artists included in the exhibition are: Dean Baldwin, Patrick Bernatchez, Stan Douglas, Rodney Graham, Carol Itter, Tim Lee, Euan Macdonald, George Maciunas, Gordon Monahan, Katie Patterson, Rober Racine, Michael Snow and Charles Stankievech. The exhibition will be on view from May 25-August 18, 2013.

The Rip-Roarin’ Refinery
Late-Night Art Party
Saturday, June 1, 9 pm-2 am
$45/$39 +GST AGA Members | AGA Ultra Members 2 for 1 Tickets

Tickets on sale to AGA Members May 7; public tickets on sale May 22.
Tickets available for purchase in-person at AGA Member & Guest Services or by phone at 780.392.2470.
Refinery is an 18+ event. Guests will be asked for ID at the door.
NEW: Only official tickets printed by the AGA will be accepted at the event. Guests will receive their official Refinery tickets in the mail.

For media information or to coordinate interviews please contact:

Kimberly Van Nieuvenhuyse, Communications Specialist

T: 780.392.2468 E:

Refinery is one of Alberta’s must-attend events, hosting a sold-out crowd of 800+ people at each party. Thousands of guests have taken part in this series. Parties are often themed around current AGA exhibitions and feature projects by artists, designers and performers from the local arts community. Refinery aims to provide audiences with access to art in its many diverse forms, media and manifestations. Refinery is not an AGA fundraising event but one of the unique ways the Art Gallery of Alberta connects people, art and ideas.

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. It is the only museum in the province solely dedicated to the exhibition and preservation of art and visual culture.

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.