N@N – Katie Ohe and Alice Lam – Building a Sculpture Park: The Three R’s

Thursday, March 30 - 12:00 PM

Join us for this important noon-time talk to learn about the Kiyooka Ohe Arts Centre with its founder, sculptor Katie Ohe, and board member Alice Lam. Learn about the Three R’s that underpin the philosophy of the sculpture park and its desire to become the largest outdoor sculpture park in Western Canada.

Attendees will learn about the significant contemporary art centre that the late Harry Kiyooka founded with his partner Katie Ohe. As Katie likes to put it, the focus of the Centre will be on “the three R’s” – Retreat, Research and Residence.

To fulfill this goal the KOAC comprises an art gallery surrounded by a public botanic sculpture park in a rehabilitated wetlands and a wooded sanctuary, a research library and vast collection of art amassed over more than six decades, and studio spaces for emerging artists.

Join us to learn more and leave inspired by the incredible impact of two Calgary-based and internationally renowned artists, and how they have created this gift to our country and the arts sector.

 

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

Katie Ohe is a renowned Canadian sculptor and one of the first artists to make abstract sculpture in Alberta. Born in 1937 in Peers, Alberta, she attended the Alberta College of Art (ACAD), the Montreal School of Art and Design, the Sculpture Centre in New York and Fonderia Fabris in Verona, Italy.  Today she is one of the most idiosyncratic metal sculptors of Canada and remains a pivotal and inspirational figure to generations of artists in Calgary.

Alice Lam is an avid volunteer in Calgary and the creator of the Calgary Community Fridge, Good Neighbour Market, and responsible for revitalizing Tigerstedt Block. She sits on several non-profit boards and is interested in helping non-profit organizations become sustainable for the future. She is a strong supporter of the arts and has been on the Board of KOAC since 2020.

Katie Ohe, Doodle, 2022, Photos courtesy of KOAC

James Ziegler, Shimmering Willow, 2020, Photos courtesy of KOAC

Roy Leadbeater, Steel Wave, 1978. Photos courtesy of KOAC .

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