230 8th Street, South
Lethbridge, AB
T1J 5H2, Canada
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Monday 9:00 am 10:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am 10:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am 10:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am 10:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am 10:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am 10:00 pm
Sunday 10:00 am 6:00 pm

Casa is closed Christmas Day, New Years Day and Good Friday.

All other holidays: 10:00am - 5:00pm.

Current Exhibitions

Shows run: January 13 - February 17, 2018

Reception: Saturday, January 13, 7:00pm
Cash bar and refreshments


In the Main Gallery:
work by Adrian Cooke

Artist Statement:
My work has always been directly influenced by the impact of human activity on the landscape and by how man-made forms, patterns and textures, indigenous and unique to the prairie region, transform our relationship with our surroundings and inform our sense of place. I continue in this vein through the exploration of one of the most iconographic elements of the prairies: barbed wire, the Devil’s Rope. The sculptures and watercolours are inspired by the twisted, coiled wire and sharp barbed knots that make this material so prevalent and practical as a form of control here in our landscape and on the world stage.

Barbed wire in contemporary society has meanings and symbolism with both historical and political connotations. Controversial since its inception in the mid-nineteenth century, it was first used as a means of dividing property and controlling and isolating people and animals. Further, it was used as a tool of repression and manipulation in times human conflict. A man-made creation, barbed wire encroaches and divides, transforming our interaction with the landscape.

The sculptures are carved from laminated sheets of wood which are glued, cut, shaped, burned  and sanded, then hand-rubbed with multiple layers of enamel stain giving some a textured faux-bronze appearance, reflecting the nature of barbed-wire which is often rusted and worn from the elements. My interpretation of 'The Devil’s Rope' expresses how I see human interaction continually reshaping and redefining our relationship with the land.

Adrian Cooke is an artist/sculptor with a record of both solo and group exhibitions across Canada. After graduating with honours from the Alberta College of Art in Calgary, Alberta, he pursued post-diploma studies at the New York Studio School in New York City and earned his BFA from the Alberta College of Art and Design. He has also participated in summer sessions at the Banff Centre, Alberta and Emma Lake, Saskatchewan.

Cooke has been a juror and member of various arts organizations and has performed preparatory and technical duties in art galleries and art departments. His artistic practice and technical skills have led to opportunities that include team-teaching in sculpture and museum studies.

Canada Council Grants provided him with the opportunity to study abroad where he worked in the historical atmosphere of England and Italy, furthering his interest in architecture and design as it relates to his home and sense of place in Canada.

The Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Osler, Hoskin and Harcourt, Toronto, Concordia University, Montreal, the University of Lethbridge, Alberta, the Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and the Canada Council Art Bank are among the institutions that include his work in their collections.

Cooke continues to live and work in Lethbridge, Alberta, pursuing opportunities related to his artistic pursuits.


In the Main Gallery:

work by Ryan Smitham and Yasunari Izaki

Artist Statements:
Daily memories accumulate like fallen leaves.
They are gradually, silently incorporated into life as leaves revert to soil.
My intent is to discover a piece of memory and carefully preserve a memento.
- Yasunari Izaki 

Materials contain memory.  Objects tell stories.  A living tree may reveal time through its annual ring growth, a dead tree through the discoloration and decay of its trunk and limbs.  A discarded steel object evokes the birth of elements and formation of planets in a cosmic time scale, the extraction of resources and human industry in the recent past, and disuse and deterioration in the present.  I am drawn to the inherent history in materials, and to the meaning conveyed when materials are formed into art objects.
- Ryan Smitham

Yasunari Izaki was born and raised in Nagasaki, Japan. He currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. He received his BFA in sculpture and painting from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2012 and his MFA in sculpture from Pratt Institute in 2014. He currently works and teaches at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York.

Yasunari works in a variety of mediums including sculpture, painting, drawing, video and installation. Suggestion and simplicity play fundamental roles in his art. Much of his current work involves modifying common objects in order to use them symbolically or metaphorically. He creates images conveying daily life or a state of mind based on personal life experiences. He is particularly interested in portraying the passage of time relating to life.

Ryan Smitham was raised in the forested foothills of the Rocky Mountains near the hamlet of Bragg Creek, Alberta.  He explores concepts such as violent conflict and environmental degradation however his most pervasive theme is the wisdom and beauty of nature, which is demonstrated through the use of organic pattern/materials and through references to gravity, chaos and the effects of time.  Ryan's studio practice involves the exploration of a wide range of techniques, media and subject matter with an emphasis in sculpture. 

Smitham received an MFA from the Pratt Institute (Brooklyn, New York) in 2013 and a BFA and BEd from the University of Lethbridge (Lethbridge, Alberta) in 2003 and 2005 respectively.  His work has been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Canada and the United States.  Ryan currently teaches Sculpture at the Alberta College of Art and Design and Visual Art at Foundations for the Future Charter Academy in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.


Throughout Casa: 

Throughout Casa, we are presenting four new exhibitions in our auxiliary exhibition spaces.

In the Concourse Showcases, PAINTING AND CALLIGRAPHY of Dr. Junichi Saga, a Japanese countryside physician, calligrapher and writer. 

In the Passage Gallery, DISCOVERY OF HOUSE by Craig Talbot displays colourful and expressive paintings inspired by the genre of House music.  

In the Concourse Gallery, MY GIFT COMING BACK FROM THE EDGE with John Chief Calf & Valerie Furgason, self-taught, first time exhibitors explore themes of spirituality, nature and family loss.

On the Digital Gallery screens, WESTERN HORSES by Mary Durant displays a suite of photographs documenting Western and bucking horses.


Gallery Hours:

M-F: 9-9
Saturday: 9-5
Sunday: 10-5

The programming at The Gallery at Casa is made possible with the generous support of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.

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