Sunday, October 6, 2019

Backyard Wilderness at the Helen Schuler Nature Centre

Backyard Wilderness, the city-wide art project, kicked off with the exhibition at the Helen Schuler Community Art Gallery (Monday, August 26 - Saturday, September 28, 2019).

100 Clay Skunks

Urban animal location map.

"Buck," linocut by Leila Armstrong, 2019.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Backyard Wilderness

Artist's Statement: There is a disconnect between people’s everyday lived experience and their conception of nature as something external and removed. This leads to a concern that we will have no inclination for protecting the biodiversity with which we engage every day. Given that 81% of Canadians reside it urban centres (Statistics Canada, 2011), it is important to understand how city dwellers define and interact with urban wildlife and wilderness.Through an investigation into the urban ecology of Lethbridge, my aim is to challenge people to rethink their conceptions of nature as detached from our daily lives. One of the intended outcomes of my research is to increase awareness of, and the need for, engagement with urban ecologies as spaces in which humans and other species must live and thrive together.

Backyard Wilderness, a public billboard art project by Leila Armstrong. 

Backyard Wilderness will appear on 6 billboards throughout Lethbridge from September 9 – October 6, 2019.

South Lethbridge:
4 Avenue South and 4 Street South
13 Street South and 2 Avenue South 
Mayor Magrath Drive South and 5 Avenue South 

North Lethbridge:
Stafford Drive North and 5 Avenue North
13 Street North and 7 Avenue North 
Mayor Magrath Drive North and 2 Avenue North 

Backyard Wilderness, an exhibition by Leila Armstrong.

Backyard Wilderness will appear at the Helen Schuler Nature Centre Community Art Gallery from Tuesday, August 26 – Saturday, September 28, 2019.

Nature Centre's Location:
300 Indian Battle Road South
Lethbridge, Alberta

Backyard Wilderness, an exhibition of digital photography by Leila Armstrong.

Backyard Wilderness will appear on the indoor digital screen located in the lobby at Casa from September 7 - October 19, 2019.

Casa's Location:
230 8th Street, South
Lethbridge, Alberta

These projects are made possible through support from the City of Lethbridge Public Art Small Projects Program, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Casa Artist Residency Program, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Discovery Grants Program, the Canada Research Chairs Program, and PATTISON Outdoor Advertising. 

Leila Armstrong is a member of the Barrett-Henzi Lab at the University of Lethbridge.


Thursday, January 19, 2017

Call for Submissions for Cabinet of Queeriosities IV!

Call for Submissions for Cabinet of Queeriosities IV

The Gallery at Casa is hosting Cabinet of Queeriosities IV. This is the 4th in a series of exhibitions celebrating LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, queer) history, identity, culture, and pride through a diverse range of subject matters and approaches. In the past, works shown as part of Cabinet of Queeriosities have included video, photography, mixed media, painting, drawing, ceramics, found objects, altered objects, assemblages and people’s collections of LGBTQ themed items (such a beefcake playing cards and beaver ornaments). The Gallery at Casa is a multi-use facility, and submissions should consider diverse audiences and ages.

This call is open to all artists. You need not identify as LGBTQ but submissions should in some way address LGBTQ history, identity, culture and/or pride.
Each artist, or group of collaborators, may submit up to 3 works.
This exhibition is curated and artists chosen will be paid an honorarium for participating ($25 - $150, depending on the number of artists included).
Artists must cover cost of shipping, if applicable.
Please include name, medium, year, and insurance value when dropping off work to Casa. You may also include a cv and brief statement, not exceeding 250 words.

Drop off your work in person between June 10 and 13, 2017. If you are submitting from out of town, ensure your shipped work arrives at Casa before June 13, 2017. The exhibition opens June 24 and runs until August 25, 2017. There will be an opening reception on June 24, 2017.

For more information, please contact guest curators and coordinator
Leila Armstrong at
Megan Morman
or Casa Curator Darcy Logan at

Friday, March 25, 2016


Badger Boy, 1 & 2, collages, 12"x16" each, 2015.

Self Portrait, silkscreen, 12"x16", 2015.

Badger, linocut, 12"x16", 2015.

Stella, linocut, 12"x16", 2016.

Moose, linocut, 12"x16", 2016.

Ghost Salmon, linocut, 12"x16", 2016.

Magpie, linocut, 12"x16", 2016.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Cabinet of Queeriosities 3 (2015)

The third Cabinet of Queeriosities that I've facilitated.

Arhea Robinson
Barely There, or Piles, 2015
thread on canvas

Heather MacDonald-Sorochan
Two-Spirited, 2015

Lisa Lunn
For MJ, Bowie, my Barbies and my Ponies, but especially 4U, Prince, 2015
assemblage of found and altered objects

Trudi Sissons
Duplicity, 2015
mixed media collage

Trudi Sissons
EX-HIBIT, 2015
digital image

Klaus Pinter
Untitled, 2015
digital prints

Kasia Sosnowski
Close/Closed, 2014
plaster, condoms

Darcy Forrest
St. Christopher, 2015
oil paint, photographs, gold leaf, and kunzite on wood panel

Kiley Granberg
Bird of a Feather – Sheller’s Jay, 2015
gouache, gold leaf, collage, frame

Cindy Baker
Poop Sprinkles, 2015
glass, ceramic jar, gelatin capsules, glitter

Jennifer Davis
Fruitcake, 2015
fruitcake, glitter, and cake board

Rick Gillis
Lesbane, 2015

Amanda Bigford
Hanky Panky, 2015
digital image 

G. Wayne Dwornik
Project: SOS, 2015

digital image

Len Komanac
Secret Hearts, 2015
acrylic on board

Giselle Peters
Flora, 2015
ceramic and fabric

Giselle Peters
Vase Form, 2015
ceramic and fabric

Giselle Peters
Skirted Vessel, 2015
ceramic and fabric

Frater Tham
“When We Care What Others Think We Lose Sight of Wonder,
When We Care What Others Do, We Miss the Mysterious,”
whispered the fairies. 2015
faux vintage photograph

Frater Tham
“When We Play We Grow Wiser, When We Judge We Grow Older,”
whispered the fairies. 2015
faux vintage photograph 

Frater Tham
“When You Support Others You Nurture Creation,
When You Disparage Others You Murder Worlds,”
whispered the fairies. 2015
faux vintage photograph

Frater Tham
“When We’re Self-Assured We Are Magical,
When We Are Self-Righteous We Are Miserable,"
whispered the fairies. 2015
faux vintage photograph

Megan Morman
Hankies, 2014
fused plastic beads

Rick Gillis
Marlene, 2015
assemblage, poetry, digital design

JB Groves,
Emergence, 2015
mixed media mono-prints on hardwood panels