Mortar and Brick offers a new spaces for southern Alberta artists to display their work.
They had a special pre-opening at their location (at 20, 316 7 St. S.), last week just in time for Arts Days with live music and a new exhibit “On Solid Ground.”
“It’s not specifically for Blackfoot artists but for all contemporary artists in the area,” said co-owner Cheryl Baxter.
“Though we have an exhibit coming up with a local curator of Blackfoot artists,” she addeid, noting she has a lot of experience running an art gallery.
“I’ve been involved with galleries for 30 years,” she said.
“I ran a gallery in Canmore and Banff then my husband got a wonderful job halfway across the world. When I moved here I wanted to find an art community,” she said, noting she joined up with partners Tim and Andrea Sandul, who have owned the Port Coworking space for the past two years, to incorporate a public workspace into Mortar and Brick.
“So we’ll also be holding events, weddings and corporate events here,” said Andrea Sandul.
“We have a large room here for meetings. We can supply a printer and coffee for them,” Sandul said, adding they have been working on getting the space together since May.
“We still have a few things to touch up,” she said.
They aren’t planning on organizing any events themselves, but will rent out the space to other individuals and groups.
“We have a storytelling night booked in October,” she said.
Another October event takes place Oct. 17 — an evening with Renae Peterson, who founded Beauty from the Inside Out, a program to help young women boost their self-esteem through modelling, makeup and dress.
They are planning an official grand opening later in the year.
More information and their schedule is at https://www.mortarandbrickyql.com/.