The Inclusionist Manifesto
Jessica Szabo and Rich Theroux
The text on this piece was written by Rich Theroux of Rumble House Art Gallery and Studio as a means of staying true to the gallery's core beliefs and values. Rich and his partner Jessica Szabo are co-founders of Rumble House. Together they are the inclusionists and their manifesto, words they live by, are embroidered on this piece. The symbols were added as a border later to represent the community that inspired the manifesto itself. It was written in the spring of 2014 and embroidered by Jessica that summer while Rich, Jess and Oliver (Rich’s son) were living and working in Venice Beach, California. The symbols will be an ongoing evolution and will be added to as needed.
When one visits the Rumble House Art Gallery one feels welcomed, included, special and heard as Rumble House is a supportive community rejoicing creativity.
This art piece usually hangs in the studio space at the gallery and was graciously lent to us to begin our year here at Willow Park School to celebrate our diversity, inclusivity and our vibrant and creative way of seeing the world.
During our first week back at Willow Park the staff and students used the Inclusionist Manifesto as a means to define the word inclusion. The conversations sparked art work that beautifully spoke to the thoughts and ideas of students and how they see inclusion as integral part of our identity and of who we are as a school community. Below are some of the pieces that various classes created.
Billie Rae Busby is a contemporary emerging visual artist who creates abstract landscape paintings of the Canadian prairies. She uses a precise hard-edge technique to reinvent her surroundings through mood, light and movement.
Raised and educated in Saskatchewan (University of Saskatchewan B.A. Studio Art ’98) and living in Calgary, Alberta, she is inspired by both the complexity of urban architecture and the vast rural landscape.
She snaps photos while traveling through the Canadian prairies as her source to create paintngs of inventive yet familiar settings. The lines replicate the movement of a vehicle through the sprawl to expose an assortment of effects, time, seasons and common weather conditions. She strives to interpret ordinary places in a fresh, new context.
Her abstract works have been exhibited in various galleries and exhibitions in Western Canada including The New Gallery, Art Gallery of Calgary, Leighton Art Centre, City of Calgary Public Art Open Spaces, 2012 Calgary Biennial of Contemporary Art, Calgary Stampede and Okotoks Art Gallery.
In 2014, she was awarded a prestigious commission with Foreign Affairs Canada for the Cana- da House Collection in London, England, in which her abstract designs were created into two hand-tufted custom carpets. Also in 2014, she received the Painters’ Key Emerging Artist Award by the Federation of Canadian Artists.
Her contemporary artworks have been acquired by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and she has been commissioned to create large scale public art banners at SAIT Polytechnic in Calgary. In 2016, she was named one of 20 Compelling Calgarians by the Calgary Herald newspaper.
Billie's most recent exhibit will take place June 30- October 1
I AM WESTERN
Fourteen contemporary artists present a post-modern interpretation of the western art genre; deconstructing, reframing, and modernizing the image of who we are now.
CSPACE KING EDWARD
1721 29 AVENUE SW
Here is a link to Bille Rae Busby's website.
Aaron Sidorenko is currently organizing the People's Portrait Prize exhibit and competition at cSpace King Edward. The exhibit runs March 19 to March 25, 9am - 5pm. The closing reception and award distribution is on March 25, 7pm. The People’s Choice Award voting takes place March 25 between Noon and 5 pm. You can view the art pieces at
cSPACE Projects King Edward 1721 29 Avenue SW Calgary.
Aaron Sidorenko is a Calgary based artist who has a special interest in portraits. He was educated at Alberta College of Art and Design and has exhibited works across Canada. His paintings are part of collections like the Calgary Golf and Country Club, the Canadian Pacific Railway , the City of Calgary Municipal Collection, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and the Alberta College of Art and Design.
Click here to visit Aaron Sidorenko's website.
Click here to visit cSpace King Edward's website.
Sarah Fuller was born in Winnipeg and works and lives in Banff, Alberta. She earned a BFA from the Emily Carr University in Vancouver in 2003. Her approach to photography is primarily project based, with an emphasis on personal experience, community collaboration and an examination of the medium itself. This has been explored through projects that deal with relationship to place, memory and personal narrative. Fuller believes that the romanticism of places and things that have been photographed is related to an attempt to find the exceptional in everyday life. In a world that strives for perfection and seamlessness, there is certain comfort in the oddities and rough character of the real world.
Tim Huesken studied drawing and sculpture at the Alberta College of Art and Design (ACAD) where he completed his BFA in 1997. After graduation he taught Extended Studies drawing classes at ACAD as well as full time drawing classes at North Mount Pleasant Arts Centre. While some projects have occupied more of his time than others, he has been teaching workshops and short programs consistently for the last 18 years. Tim's interest in games and animation and has been the foundation to why he began drawing in the first place: Monsters and Robots!
Through gig posters, digital media, video and board games, imaginative creatures and strange worlds are a common theme within his work. Tim moved from Calgary to Victoria BC in 2007 where he currently works for a video game company as a character designer and animator.
Rich Theroux is a Calgary artist who is always striving to make meaningful connections with the world around him. The two gentlemen in this painting live on the same street as Rich's Art Gallery and Studio Rumble House. Sometimes rowdy and even intimidating, it took Rich and his compassion to see past their rough exteriors and into the heart of what it is to be human.
Rich started GORILLA House and RUMBLE HOUSE, both places where everyone is welcome.
"This is the power of art. Be curious and open to the world around you. Use your actions to draw people closer together."
Danielle Bartlette uses paint and mixed media to examine the complex relationships between place and memory. As she explores the cities she has travelled or lived—here Paris, Versailles, Bordeaux and other French locales—Bartlette plots her memories of a particular place, separating and recombining them into new formations. The materials she uses are chosen based on her sensory experiences with her environment, and the personal geographies that result explicate the selective role of the sensory environment in forming personal memory and subjective experience.
Blossoming Almond Tree, inspired by Van Gogh’s painting of the same name, is based on the artist’s recollections of an art show, Vincent Van Gogh: My Dream Exhibition, at Amsterdam’s Beurs van Berlage. Here, a background of black paint and gold leaf creates a nocturnal, almost stormy effect. In the foreground are white, cartoon-like tree branches, with white and coloured floral blooms, a peaceable counterpoint to the raucous play of the under-painting. At top we read “Gnoissienne 4,” the title of a work by nineteenth century composer Erik Satie, which Bartlette encountered in an interpretive video at the exhibition. The word “art” is rendered twice, in capitals and lower case, which suggests a dichotomy, perhaps between “high” and “low” art (Bartlette’s works usually invoke both lineages with equal force), or perhaps between art and the way art is presented and contextualized in galleries.
Here is a link to Danielle's website.
Fill the Well
Willow Park is committed to to giving our students and educators opportunities to experience encounters with art. Fill the Well provides a space to show artwork from working artists in the Calgary community.