Art Gallery of Alberta

Local dancers and DJs extract inspiration from OIL for upcoming AGA Refinery party

Local dancers and DJs extract inspiration from OIL for upcoming AGA Refinery party

Online photo contest, new theme and line-up for late night art party announced

November 1, 2010

EDMONTON, AB – The Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) invites the public to burn the midnight oil with Refinery, a late night art party inspired by the current exhibition EDWARD BURTYNSKY: OIL on Saturday, November 20 from 9 pm-2 am.

This immersive party will fill three levels of the AGA and include access to exhibitions, such as EDWARD BURTYNSKY: OIL, HENRI MATISSE: A Celebration of Light and Line, and Laura St. Pierre: Urban Vernacular. The night will feature a mix of local talent with oil-inspired performances by Edmonton’s MILE ZERO Dance and slick tunes by local artist, musician, and writer DJ Fish Griwkowsky and DJ trio Sideponytail (Karen Campos/DJ Campos, Sarah Patterson/DJ smallcaps and Alanna Chelmick/DJ Doubletights). Interactive art projects will give party goers the chance to make their own artwork by building ‘manufactured landscapes’ and adding to an ongoing installation piece using their ‘carbon footprint.’ Drinks and snacks by ZINCatering will round out the night.

Tickets for the party are now available at online at Advance tickets are $20 for the general public and $18 for AGA Members (50% off for AGA Ultra Members). Tickets will be available at the door for $25.

In conjunction with Refinery, the AGA is launching an online Oil Photo Contest today, November 1, 2010. Submitted photos will be projected on the AGA’s big screen during the party. A grand prize winner, determined through voting on Facebook, will receive a signed copy of the EDWARD BURTYNSKY: OIL catalogue, along with two tickets to the party. Full contest details are available at

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 third installment of the popular series and the final one of 2010.

Refinery Late Night Art Party
Saturday, November 20, 9 pm-2 am
Art Gallery of Alberta
$20 advance / $25 door
AGA Members 10% off / AGA Ultra Members 50% off
Must be 18+ to attend


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Alison Bulloch, Media Relations and Communications Coordinator
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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 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.

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.