Holiday Shopping Party at your AGA
Skip the mall-madness and spend an evening at Shop AGA!
With works from local artisans, handmade jewelry and inspired pieces from around the world, you’re sure to find something for everyone on your list.
December 18 | 5-9 pm
Enjoy 20% off and free gift-wrapping on purchases of $50 or more, and when you spend $100 or more, you can enter to win a massive gift basket (valued at $500!) Plus, shop our pop-up sale on the 2nd floor!
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 11 am–5 pm
Wednesday: 11 am–9 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 11 am–5 pm
Shop AGA is your destination for that hard-to-find gift. Handmade glassworks and jewelry, Canadian art books, creative kid’s stuff and quirky, eclectic must-haves are just a few of the items you’ll find at Shop AGA.
No need to pay admission for a visit to Shop AGA, just come right in to find the best kept secret in the downtown core.
Did You Know?
Shop AGA carries works from 45 Canadian artisans including 21 based in Alberta. If you are interested in submitting any of your pieces to Shop AGA, please click here for more information >
For ordering inquiries, contact Shop AGA at 780.392.2499.
Each month, staff from all areas of the AGA will share their “must haves” from Shop AGA with you.
Cookie and the Dude Bobby Pins
“These cute-as-all-get-out hairpins put the fun in functional! A little bit of sassy, a whole lot of hair-gripping adventure! I have several sets and I’ve never had a hairpin hold my hair better. All sorts of cute designs too!”
- Pauline, Administration
1000 Piece Puzzles
“D: Happy Birthday sis.
C: Thanks! Oooo, a puzzle!
D: Yeah, I know you’ve been looking for a really hard puzzle and this is supposedly THE HARDEST PUZZLE EVER!
C: It’s only 1000 pieces so it can’t be that hard…
D: Oh, I see you have the border done, that was fast.
A Week Later
D: Hey, have you been working on that puzzle I got you?
C: Yes. I’m kind of stuck so I’m just sorting the pieces by colour.
D: Oh, do you need help?
A Few Days Later
C: So, I had this dream about the puzzle last night. I can’t find the piece that goes in this one spot and in the dream I found the right piece.
D: Maybe you should take a break from the puzzle.
C: Okay so all we have left is all of these white pieces.
D: They all look exactly the same. This is impossible! How are we ever going to figure this out?
C: Process of elimination.
D: Uggghhh! I’ve looked at these pieces for so long it’s starting to burn my brain.
C: This really is the hardest puzzle ever.
A Few Days Later
D: I can’t believe we actually finished it.
C: Neither can I. It looks beautiful though.”
- Devon, Interpretive Staff
“In the early ‘80s a lot of my customers traded their entire record collections for compact discs; now they’ve gone back and traded their CDs for records…
- Fred Cohen, Owner of Jazz Record Centre Store in NYC
This two volume book is a sumptuously packaged collection of jazz record covers spanning the mid 20th Century. It will not fail to impress, maybe even seduce. Shake up a martini, spin some vintage vinyl and open the cover… the birth of cool has begun.
- Nicole, Shop AGA
Pink Boingy Erasers
“As your beauty bends, my eye is drawn
To pinky hues that from you do alight.
Captured by your power, I do long
To make marks vanish with your softened might.
Across a grey and hardened sea I gaze
At candy coloured strings that cannot feed
Aught but my eye, although my stomach sways.
In hands alone are boingy spirits freed.
Choicest of choices, it is you I pick
To stand apart from all else in the shop.
You alone with energy do flick,
And you alone with attitude can flop.
O! To hold that smoothed pink eraser
Is a moment that all shoppers savour. “
- Kara, Guest Services
19th Century Fashion in Detail
“Corsets and crinolines, waistcoats and ascots, these stunning photographs of authentic 19th Century fashion from the Victoria and Albert Museum collection is a sheer delight. For the fashionista, vintage aficionado,19th Century Enthusiast and historian alike, this book is a treasure trove of beautiful images. It’s a trip to the V&A in a book…. ”
- Nicole, Shop AGA
Top 10 Ideas for Secret Santa/ Stocking Stuffers
The Prismatoy is an interactive kinetic sculpture based on the form of a geometric solid called the Parallelepiped. (Yep… it’s kind of a mouthful!) Consisting of 72 individual jointed parts, the Prismatoy is fun to explore and hard to put down. What shapes will you find?
Softcover Art Books $11.99
Great for those new to the art world or those who might appreciate a refresher course, we have lots of titles on various movements, artists and mediums. These little books have gorgeous reproduction quality and history on some of your favorites such as Matisse, Van Gogh and Rembrandt.
642 Things to Draw/Write $19.95
We call them classics for a reason! Our delightful ‘started sketchbooks’ are back and accept your challenge of being a fabulous gift for any age and pretty much any personality. (Hey, some people are really hard to shop for.)
Mugs! Glorious Mugs! $14-20
Stuck for a gift for your work office exchange?
We offer you the perfect ubiquitous office item: the coffee/tea mug! We have mugs from fine art to funny and appropriate for men, women and pets of all ages.
Modern technology cannot compete with the bliss brought about by the simple act of flipping from the January to February page on your calendar every year. Lovely, glossy, traditional calendars abound at Shop AGA, with famous folks like Mark Rothko, Georgia O’Keeffe, Roy Lichtenstein and Hiroshige’s works of art. We sold out before Christmas last year, so be sure to come in before they disappear!
A diary, a desk buddy, a grocery list…notebooks are our multitasking friends. We have so many designs and so many sizes, we can’t fit them all in. From feminine and floral to cool and cartoony, we’ve got a great selection for you to choose from.
Secret Lives of Great Artists/Authors $18.95
Still here, still hilarious. Our favorite books detailing industry secrets are ready to bring gossipy delight to someone you know this year. Find out what Frida Kahlo got up to when Diego Rivera wasn’t around! Explore the many eccentricities of Franz Kafka…and many more sensational scoops on your favorite writers and artists.
Art Cube Puzzles $15
The beauty of block puzzles is that you get 6 in 1! We have 8 assorted themes including Toulouse-Lautrec, the Italian Renaissance and Monet Water Scenes. Open the box, flip the pieces and viola! A magnificent work of art for your desk. Tired of looking at ‘The Birth of Venus’? Flip again to reveal the statue of ‘David.’
AGA Posters $8-15
What do Franklin Carmichael, Alex Janvier and J.M.W. Turner have in common? Other than being immensely talented artists, their pieces have been featured in exhibitions at the AGA. We have poster prints in varying sizes of some of these works available to take home for the holidays.
Playing Cards $15-20
Bicycle isn’t the only brand in town. Frank Lloyd Wright, M.C. Escher and Gustav Klimt’s designs weigh in as fabulous playing card sets. Two decks per set for the bridge-loving, poker-playing, solitaire seeking card shark on your list.
Party Treat Bags at Shop AGA
Planning a birthday party at the Art Gallery of Alberta? Treat your aspiring artists with goodie bags from Shop AGA! Choose from our ‘Best Bets” or arrange to fill your own. There are lots of choices and no restrictions on creativity. Don’t forget AGA Members save 10% on all their purchases!
Boy Bags ($10 and up)
Includes a Finger Tattoo set, a bendy pencil and a bendy eraser.
Girly Gifts ($10 and up)
Includes a sketchbook, a 3 coloured pencil and a peanut eraser.
- Shop AGA will provide the tissue paper and bags and assembly for you
- Treat bags will need to be picked up at the Shop prior to the event
- All treat bags are a final sale and cannot be returned after the party
- Treat bags must be purchased before the party
Shop AGA wants to make your birthday party the best one yet! We can work with different themes, color palettes, price points and age groups. Please contact us at 780.392.2499 for any questions or details.