Art Gallery of Alberta

Tickets sell out to your AGA’s Rip-Roarin’ Refinery party!

Media Advisory
May 31, 2013

Tickets sell out to your AGA’s Rip-Roarin’ Refinery party!

EDMONTON, AB (May 31/13) – The Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) is excited to host a sold-out crowd on Saturday, June 1, 9 pm-2 am for The Rip-Roarin’ Refinery late-night art party.

Inspired by the current AGA exhibition The Piano, this late-night art party will swing you back to the 1920s, when experimentation, rebellion and fun-loving flappers ran rampant! The Rip-Roarin’ Refinery is under the creative direction of Edmonton-based signer/songwriter Colleen Brown and blends visual arts and music with thrilling performances by Gilda Brass, Paul Arnusch and DJ Mitchmatic and a multi-dimensional installation by Maegan R. Mehler.

Jazzy hands-on art projects will be offered throughout the night. Guests will be able to make their own instruments, create a collaborative musical piece and have fun in a musical playroom. Plus, in one of the most exciting and unique activities offered at an AGA Refinery party, guests will also be able to nail down the keys of a piano in an activity inspired by George Maciunas’ Piano Piece #13 (for Nam June Paik).

Party-goers will also have access to all six current exhibitions: The Piano, A Story of Canadian Art: As told by the Hart House Art Collection, The Bequest: Ernest E. Poole and the AGA Collection, DAVID JANZEN: Transfer Station, Dutch Landscapes from Rembrandt to Van Gogh and New Acquisitions: The Mitchell Endowment.

The night includes an opportunity to win a spiffy prize package by participating in an Instagram costume contest. To enter, Refinery guests can snap a self photo dressed in their best 1920s garb and tag it with #agacostumecontest and @youraga. For fashion inspiration and contest details visit

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, Carole Itter, Tim Lee, Euan Macdonald, George Maciunas, Gordon Monahan, Katie Paterson, Rober Racine, Michael Snow and Charles Stankievech. The exhibition will be on view until August 18, 2013.

For media information please contact:

Kimberly Van Nieuvenhuyse, Communications Specialist

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