METRO GALLERY: Apposite Frames

The featured exhibit runs March 1 – 31, 2024 in Metro Gallery in the Garneau Theatre lobby.⁠


Artist Reception: Music Set by SinData – March 23 at 2:30 pm.


Artist: Will N-R


Artist Statement:
Will Northlich-Redmond’s aesthetic stems from an intensive focus on synaesthetic interdisciplinarity: creative works involving the confluence of visuality and sound. As a composer-performer and multi-instrumentalist primarily, Will’s musical endeavors portray significant elements of impactful visual expression – e.g. graphic scoring, mixed media performances, choreographed movement, videography, and interpretive conducting. Will’s visual artistic practice, currently within a digital medium, draws upon improvisation, escapism, immersion, and sonic freneticism to produce organized chaos; images of distorted reality, fantasy, and chromatic spontaneity, qualities which are ubiquitous in Will’s music. Each unique painting is printed as a series of five images.


Will Northlich-Redmond (aka Will N-R aka BlipVert) is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, and visual artist. His musical work has been featured all over the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia. Work has been supported by the National Gugak Center (Seoul, South Korea), the NYU Vilar Global Fellows, Amsterdam’s STEIM Center, the Wesleyan University Laptop Ensemble and Balinese Gamelan Ensemble, the Portland Flute Society, the Ojai Art Center, the NYU New Music Ensemble, and New Music Edmonton. Will performs electronic music under the pseudonym BlipVert, which features some of his most personal and extreme compositions.



The featured exhibit runs February 1 – 29, 2024 in Metro Gallery in the Garneau Theatre lobby.⁠


Artist Reception: February 3 at 2PM.⁠


Artist: Lindsey Campbell


Lindsey Campbell (she/her) is an Edmonton-based cinephile, artist, and author. She is a professional film watcher, a regular contributor on CJSR’s Moving Radio, and a member of Metro’s programming committee. Over the years, Lindsey has worked for the Telluride Film Festival, MountainFilm, Calgary Underground Film Festival (CUFF and CUFF Docs), and NorthwestFest. Her long-term ‘photo of the day’ project is now in its 14th year. She is proud to present The Booth, a series of photographs taken from her time in various projection booths and movie theatres over the years.

METRO GALLERY: Benevolent Allowing

The featured exhibit runs January 1 – 31, 2024 in Metro Gallery in the Garneau Theatre lobby.⁠


Artist Reception: January 4 at 5:30PM.⁠


Artist: Shelley Paley


Artist Statement:

Definition Benevolent: Kindness and open-heartedness curiosity in Allowing: opportunity to wholistic embody self-acceptance and self-awareness in each of one’s experiences This art exhibit depicts one human’s personal creative development of benevolent allowing of self to reframe and heal family of origin relationships. The artist is using the spiritual medicine of nature in our urban river valley for grounding and self-regulation and as a safe therapeutic space for temporary eco-art installations. Using art in therapy as a vehicle to explore things relational dynamics that are alive in the present moment through spontaneous artmaking and specifically offered art therapy experientials to explore one’s subconscious knowing that surfaces within the relationship with a professional art therapist. These art images are visual processes exploring the use of temporary eco-art installations in our Edmonton River valley for redevelopment of embodied self-compassion and self-appreciation.


Shelley Paley (she/they) is an Edmontonian who has worked as a teacher and art specialist with K-12 children for the past fifteen years. She is passionate about the varied ways we as humans use art to make and reform meaning throughout our lives. Shelley is drawn to creative collaboration with others including in the classroom, and in group art therapy invitations. She is responsive to each of her art therapy client’s current needs. Shelley has personally leaned into art processes, and she has experienced healing through art therapy. Within her worldview of everything is sacred or nothing is sacred, Shelley continues to develop her professional art therapy practice as a second-year art therapy student at Kutenai Art Therapy Institute.

METRO GALLERY: Excavation/Flammable, We are All!

The featured exhibit runs December 1 – 31, 2023 in Metro Gallery in the Garneau Theatre lobby.⁠


Artist Reception: December 9 at 2PM.⁠


Artist: D.N.E.


Artist Statement:


I find visualizing the space a show is going to inhabit before commencing its physical manifestation really heightens my clarity and intuition regarding it. In the case of the Metro Gallery, there are two walls parallel from one another. This has directly inspired ‘Excavation/Flammable, We are All!’. Side Flammable is a wall covered in a dozens of fires ranging in size from 3”x 5” to 40” x 60”. Side Excavation ranges from 6” x 9” to 20” x 72” and also contains new works from my ongoing ‘Intent is Power’ series. Both walls are unified by two things: sigils and a poem written specifically for this purpose- unification. Sigils alone are something that could warrant much elaboration (see website)- they are vitalizing to my process. All I will say on that front is that a sigil is a consciously created symbol that works subconsciously and that it was an eureka moment for me to realize the power added to my art when I moved them from years of notebook after notebook into a visual ritual practice; something in which I cannot unsee.


Excavation works are the onset of another ongoing series. In these the sigils are far less pronounced, instead building up to create a layered, textured background to the intuitive shapes presented. Each form is an aspect of self. I had a vision for an album cover for the 4 way split my main band plus one of my solo projects are collaborating on and it is this piece – Four Allied Forms – that realized this stream of more subtly shared sigil work. Drawing comparison to a series of mine from 2012 called ‘Portrait of a Shadow’ galvanized a more introspective meaning to this current work. For the most part the forms are stripped down to a near silhouette existence. They are but shadows on the wall, yet they bring awareness to the essence all the same, if not more powerfully from a subconscious standpoint. I find these works to be more personal.


The title ‘Flammable, We are All!’ was taken from a book of poetry I wrote in 2017. More recently this title was reused for a noise/drums album of another of my solo projects and I’d painted a fire for the cover. This was Flammable, We are All! I’. The next 16 (II – XVII) were graphite & pastel works for the artist editions and everything in this show is everything since. The spiritual and alchemical nature of fire is something that has long inspired me.




Flammable, We are All!


Flammable, We are All!
The torch is in your heart,
Gateway to intuition,
True seat of consciousness.


Thought laden analytical mind-
Turns to ash when centred
When connected to wisdom innate.
Excavated not created
It was already there
Resonances of emboldened insight-
A mirror.


Staring at yourself through every perception
Not every chord truck that of recognition
Yet it is you all the same.
The deepest recesses of the mind
presenting shadows in broad daylight
Gifting opportune lessons
if humble enough to take them
paired with an awareness for change
For the unfurling of what is already known
but long forgotten
Shed at birth to toil for
Past illusion and sleep.


Transformative assignment
One in which the objective was misplaced,
carried away by the river of Lethe
and found in the pool of memory.


Flammable, We are All!
Flames quenched in Mnemosyne
The deeper the excavation goes
The more unadulterated the fire.



D.N.E. is a multi-instrumental musician, artist, poet and writer whose work throughout all modes of expression encircles vivifying consciousness and the eternal transfiguration with intent to stimulate deeper awareness and strength as a path of self realization. Though having lived abroad for several years as a fresh adult, she was born, raised and long time resides in Edmonton.


METRO GALLERY: Affinity For Fiction

The featured exhibit runs November 1 – 30, 2023 in Metro Gallery in the Garneau Theatre lobby.⁠


Artist Reception: November 8  at 5:30PM.⁠


Artist: Sarah C Louise


Artist Statement:

Characters are the greatest teachers. Through their mistakes and perspectives we are able to journey through unlived experiences. This show, Affinity for Fiction, is a tribute to characters instrumental in the experience of the artist. The show highlights some especially iconic characters, some of which Sarah fell in love with in this very theatre!


Sarah C Louise is an Edmonton-born creative. An English Teacher by profession, Sarah has an enduring fondness for characters. She began painting because her grandparents were gifted oil painters. Any sort of creation by Sarah is, in some way, centered around story, whether it is a script for a Fringe show, musical compositions, or a series of portraits. Her eminent muses are her beautiful creatures: Wicket, Hubble (stunning kitties, both), and her puppy Poe.


METRO GALLERY: Beyond The Horizon

The featured exhibit runs October 1 – 31, 2023 in Metro Gallery in the Garneau Theatre lobby.⁠


Artist Reception: October 5  at 5:30PM.⁠


Artist: Nicole Galellis


Artist Statement:


These recent paintings were created over the summer during a period of wildfires that have touched lives locally and globally. Using fire and smoke as symbols, my goal was to explore themes of crisis and transformation. I incorporated other imagery from nature, offering hope for renewal and resilience. I aim for this art to remind myself and others that renewal can come from disruption and change. Thank you to the Metro Cinema for hosting this exhibit and for creating inclusive programming where diverse perspectives and educational experiences can be shared.



Nicole Galellis is an artist and educator living in Edmonton. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and has participated in artist residencies in Banff, Grand Prairie and Taipei, Taiwan. Nicole’s paintings are featured in private and public collections including the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Lois Hole Hospital and Borden Park Pavilion, Edmonton. Nicole divides her time between her studio and teaching practices, and has taught in a variety of settings: the Art Gallery of Alberta, Harcourt House Artist Run Centre, the U of A’s Faculty of Extension, the Nina Haggerty Centre for the Art. Since completing a degree in Secondary Education, Nicole has taught high school with Edmonton Public Schools.


METRO GALLERY: decade in decay

The featured exhibit runs September 1 – 30, 2023 in Metro Gallery in the Garneau Theatre lobby.⁠


Artist Reception: September 7 at 5:30PM.⁠


Artist: Brandi Strauss


Artist Statement:


For the past decade I’ve been composing collages by hand, without digital manipulation. My body of work began as a paper medium zine experimenting with Xerox duplication and colour composition. Lately, I have been interested in creating my own images for my work. Capturing images on film allows me to explore new depths, a new world created from the lens of a camera. Collaging allows me to manipulate images the way our mind manipulates our ideas of perception. The subjects presented are both familiar and ominous. The two mediums explore the paradox between the mundane and complex nature of the subconscious imagination. The images chosen are combined impressions of conflicting senses of disconnection. Our memory is manipulated and sometimes constructed by our imagination. Photography allows me to appreciate the stillness of the images I am using in my work. Meanwhile collaging allows me to deconstruct and reconstruct images the way I view the world. When either tearing up images from magazines and books or capturing them thru a lens, I am examining the emotion they place, and the memories they refine.


Brandi Strauss is a multidisciplinary self taught artist and musician exploring various forms of artistic expression. Over the past decade Brandi has performed and released work under the moniker Static Control. Exploring multiple mediums of art, naturally drawn and captivated by the power of imagery. The art of photography and the carefully crafted art of collage are a meditative process; appreciating beauty, and reflecting on fleeting moments that we create. Examining the ominous elements of humanity, and how we maintain to co-exist with the natural world – despite its chaos.

Metro Cinema Poster Sale

Our poster sale is back and sooner than expected! We’re clearing out our overstock of theatrical movie posters, new and old. Join us during our season launch weekend for a one-day-only sale in the lobby of the Garneau on Sunday, September 10th, from 3PM to 5PM.


See what hidden gems you might discover with hundreds of posters up for sale, a mix of recent releases and older favourites all selling for $10 a piece.



Admission is free, however, it might be worth noting that those who attend our Kino Confidential: Secret Screening at 1PM will get early access to the sale.


The featured exhibit runs August 1 – 31, 2023 in Metro Gallery in the Garneau Theatre lobby.⁠


Artist Reception: August 10 at 5:30PM.⁠


Artist: Jeff Collins



Artist Statement:


Art that is meaningful for me, always perfectly reflects the person who made it. I can see their personality in every brushstroke, compositional decision, and every other aspect of the work. I think that those truly wonderful works of art, that affect the majority of us, are expressions of something from deep within the maker’s soul and most of the time they were probably not even aware of what was happening until they were finished. Perhaps then that is why when I make art that comes from that place deep inside of me I gain a little better understanding of who I am and how I fit into this world.


For many years I painted landscapes of places I’ve been to, and I’ve chosen my subject matter from the experiences I’ve had while in nature. When I first head off on a hike or other experience with nature, my senses are often over stimulated with all that is going on. The lights and shadows, colours, sounds, smells, everything I experience is hitting me all at once, but then suddenly it happens. I walk over a hill or around a corner or something, and all of a sudden the scene in front of me gives me awe and causes me to pause to take it all in. All of my senses seem to stimulate the same reaction in me all at once. Those are the scenes I choose to paint. The paintings that result from that experience are highly representational of the landscape in front of me but of course, with my own interpretation. Over the past couple of years I began exploring and experimenting new ways to communicate my experiences of the natural world.


I created stencils of plants and animals and other things, even a canoe to use as symbols. The grizzly bear is an animal that has come to me in my dreams ever since I was a small child. For me it symbolizes strength and power along with a little bit of the unknown or unpredictable. I chose the turtle to symbolize friendship and childlike curiosity (one of my first pets I had when I was a child was a turtle). The crow symbolizes a connection to the supernatural (divine) realm where I see the crow as a communicator from the divine to us and us to the divine. The canoe symbolizes my journey, both physically and spiritually, the textured background symbolizes the natural and organic physical realm, and the geometric shapes symbolizes a spiritual realm that is organized and has a planned design.


The works in this exhibition are a type of watershed moment for me when it comes to my career as an artist. I was very fortunate to receive an exploration grant from the Edmonton Art Council to assist me with developing this body of work and I anticipate that many of these paintings are at the beginning of a visual journey to express my experience of this natural realm. I look forward to what I will discover on this journey.



 Jeff Collins is a visual artist with nearly 30 years of studio practice living and working in Edmonton. His formal studies were at Red Deer College (now known as Red Deer Polytechnic) and the University of Alberta. Collins has received many awards and recognition for his artwork, notably the Telus Courage to Innovate in the Arts and in 2013/14 he served as the City of Edmonton’s inaugural Artist in Residence. His paintings have sold nationally and internationally. In 2019 he opened Collins Studio Gallery in Alberta Avenue District (Edmonton, AB) where he presents exhibitions from emerging and established artists, hosts experimental music gigs from some of Edmonton’s most avant-guard musicians, and teaches art lessons. As an art educator and facilitator, he strives to connect people to art and creativity, encouraging skill-building, laughter, and personal growth.


The featured exhibit runs July 1 – 31, 2023 in Metro Gallery in the Garneau Theatre lobby.⁠


Artist Reception: July 13 at 5:30PM.⁠


Artist: Laura La France


Artist Statement:


I started taking photos with 35mm disposable cameras in 2016—in part to prove to myself that I was an artist, and in part to seek a sense of identity as a settler on the Canadian prairies. I feel as temporary and fragile on this land as the abandoned homesteads and chewed up fields, and as fast-paced and thoughtless as the cities. I love this land and I love capturing it on film. My work with photography was largely replaced by Super 8 film in 2019. The same pursuit, the same drive, but with a different medium. Now, I look at my work and I can see who I was and who I am now; how differently I feel about myself and about my home, but that sense of fragility has never gone away.


Laura La France is a self-made director, editor and cinematographer based in Amiskwaciwâskahikan / Edmonton, Alberta. Laura works in a variety of styles and formats, with a specialty in Super 8 film production and editing. With her own documentary projects in the works, Laura shoots film for musicians, poets, weddings, breweries, tattoo parlours, film societies, and other artists’ movie projects.