Join us for the July edition of our Community Tour Series which invites a new speaker each month to lead a tour of a current exhibition, giving our audience a unique perspective on the artwork on display. This month we are thrilled to welcome Edmonton Journal writer David Staples to lead a tour of the exhibition Sidney Kelsie: Right in Your Own Backyard which celebrate one of Edmonton’s best known folk artists. David Staples has collected and has written several articles about Kelsie during his lifetime and will give the audience an added insight to Kelsie’s life and practice. This tour is happening during our monthly FREE night at the AGA, which happens the last Thursday of the month from 4-7pm.
You can participate in this free hour-long program both in-person and online through our Zoom livestream. Registration is required for guests attending in person; due to the space limitations, registration is limited. The livestream of the artist talk is free and will require advance registration as well.
About the Artist
When Sidney Kelsie (1928—2000) retired from working as a house painter in 1979, this Edmontonian became an artist. He began to cut out decorative shapes in plywood, paint them with house paint and place them on his house, fence and in his yard. Soon Kelsie’s decorated home near Commonwealth Stadium became a local landmark that attracted many with its dizzying display of visual delight. Kelsie’s subject matter ranged from vibrantly coloured figures and common animals you would see in and around Edmonton, to aliens and mythical creatures, to completely abstract patterns in pastel colours. Drawn largely from local collections, this exhibition celebrates the joyful and wondrous work of a local folk art icon.
Sidney Kelsie is organized by the Art Gallery of Alberta, and curated by Lindsey Sharman and Danielle Siemens.
Thank you to the Canada Council for the Arts for supporting the digital aspect of this program.