Calgary winter, 2017-style

The holiday season is here

This is the winter scene that greeted Trail on his morning walk in Riley Park. (Not that there is much winter this December, 2017, as seen in the green background of the +15C record warm temperature.)

Trail’s BFF Jake and he appreciate the holiday greeting from Anonymous Santa

To whoever took the time to make beautiful Riley Park
more festive with big bows this winter, thank you.

 

Season’s greetings and thank you from Water for Riley

Year’s end is a nostalgic time, and Water for Riley isn’t immune from the sentiment. 2017 marked some successes, some set-backs and lots of steps forward we’re proud to share. This year-end is a chance for huge thanks to all who made the drinking fountain in Riley Park manageable and close to reality.

Public art became a contentious issue in Calgary, with pushback from taxpayers and residents about the quality of art installations in public spaces. Water for Riley followed the debate with interest since the drinking fountain will be public art as well as a functional fountain. Water for Riley adhered to a different process than the Public Art Program. All 21 drinking fountain designs were displayed throughout the community in many venues, comments collected, and a professional jury of local residents specifically chosen for their expert credentials and their expertise in the neighbourhood. The transparent process resulted in a design that most residents accept.

Throughout the year’s many meetings, displays, marathon document writing sessions, and fundraising efforts, the organizing committee received and greatly appreciates the excellent guidance and advice from: IBI Group, Ron Buchan and Michelle Reid of City of Calgary Parks Department, The Calgary Foundation, The Parks Foundation of Calgary, Gena Rotstein of Place2Give Foundation, Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association, Framed on Fifth, Sunnyside Natural Market, Nulli Identity Management, and Heavy Industries, Sally Truss, Michelle Vincent, Kerry Harmer, ACAD’s Marion Garden, among others. They worked hard to ensure the volunteers managing this grassroots project stayed on track.

To all donors, supporters, partners and friends, very warm greetings for a happy, healthy and prosperous 2018, from the volunteers of Water for Riley. See you in person, this summer, at the opening celebration of the drinking fountain in Riley Park.

If you donate to Water for Riley, you will receive a tax receipt from The Parks Foundation Calgary.

 

Water for Riley thanks partners and donors

At this almost half way point, Water for Riley thanks those who have made it possible for the project to get this far. Donors include The Calgary Foundation, Sunnyside Natural Market, Framed on Fifth, and Alberta Culture and Tourism.

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For your donations, thank you. Water for Riley values all its community relationships, which are as important as drinking water in the park on a hot day.

All donations of $10.00 and greater get tax receipts from the Parks Foundation.donate button

Click here to donate and specify your donation is in support of the Water for Riley project.

Call 403 862 1923 or email with questions and to volunteer.

From 21 submissions, here’s the final three designs

The jury has spoken. Today, the final three were unveiled and what a party it was. Framed on Fifth had the best Neighbour Day party in Calgary, and Water for Riley was a featured presentation.

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Patricia and Hannah, small business owners, talented artists, and exemplary community members and hosts.

Jury chair, Sally Truss, announced the short list of designs and thanked our many donors and partners. donors & partners

All three finalists are students from Alberta College of Art and Design. ACAD’s videographer, Sean, recorded the event.

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Sean, ACAD videographer, and Gena, CEO of Place2Give Foundation, at the announcement.

One student finalist was able to clear her schedule to attend.

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Water for Riley committee members, Natalie and Deborah, ACAD student designer Kaylie, and Gena

And now, here they are: our final three…. Congratulations Kale, Francesca, and Michelle. Big congratulations also to Prof. Kerry Harmer, who coached and instructed the ACAD student designers.

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Swirly Slurper
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Riley Arch
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Reflecting Blooms

Congratulations to our three finalists. The jury will soon meet to select one of these designs to be built and installed in Riley Park. Stay tuned for announcement of the selected final design.

Help build the public drinking fountain in Riley Parkdonate button. Click to donate through the Parks Foundation and specify your support is for the Water for Riley project.

Call 403 862 1923 or email to volunteer or for more information.

Short list to be announced at Neighbour Day party

You are invited to the unveiling of the three finalists in the ACAD and SAIT student challenge to design an artistic public drinking fountain for historic Riley Park.

At 2 PM, at our partner’s Framed on Fifth on June 18, 2016.

Come, enjoy the festival of arts and artists.

See the final three student designs before
the jury makes its final selection.

press release for Neighbours Day

Help build the public drinking fountain in Riley Parkdonate button. Click to donate through the Parks Foundation and specify your support is for Water for Riley.

Call 403 862 1923 or email to volunteer or for more information.

Short listed designs unveiled June 18 @ 2 PM

You are invited to the announcement of the three finalists

At 2 PM, at our partner’s Framed on Fifth

The jury has spoken

Come, enjoy the festival of arts and artists

Be among the first to view the final three.

What happens next?

The short list of three is now in the hands of our experts, the international consulting firm IBI Group, for technical review.

Once we have the engineering report,
the jury will make its final selection.

Stay tuned for the date of announcing the finalistArt for the Artist in You

Help build the public drinking fountain in Riley Parkdonate button. Click to donate through the Parks Foundation, and specify you support the Water for Riley project.

Call 403 862 1923 or email for more information.

The jury selected a short list

On May 11, 2016, a jury of five experts in the fields of arts, engineering and public spaces, deliberated together under the excellent guidance of Sally Truss, as Chair, and Michelle, the representative of the City of Calgary Parks Dept.

Nulli Identity Solution Architects provided the boardroom meeting space, Sunnyside Natural Market and Sidewalk Citizen Bakery lunch for the hard working jurors (who worked through lunchtime). Water for Riley is so grateful for all the contributions of time, space, goods, and services.

Sally Truss, Chair, facilitated jury deliberations through the day.
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Sally with the comments on each design.

The result is that three student designs are short listed. The jury’s decision for the short list was based on criteria such as accessibility of design and overall esthetics. Because the designers were students, the experienced jury members made excellent comments on each of the short listed designs.

Those three designs will go for technical review. The professionals at IBI Group will report on how feasible, durable, functional, affordable, and conforming to best industry standards the designs are. That report will be available sometime this summer, depending on the complexity of the review.

The short list will be announced at a special free festival on 18 June, at 10:30 AM. Join us and 20 local artists on Neighbour Day at our sponsor Framed on Fifth. 1207 5th Ave NW, between 10 AM and 5 PM.Art for the Artist in You

 

 

After we have the IBI Group report to guide the jury in its final deliberation and decision, the jury will select the one design to be constructed. We won’t have a date for the final jury meeting until we receive the IBI Group report.

If you want to contribute to Water for Riley through the Parks Foundationdonate buttonplease click the button and specify you are donating to Water for Riley.

To volunteer, email or call 403 862 1923 for details.

ACAD students’ drinking fountain designs on display

ACAD students’ designs will soon be available for view
partner ACAD logoExciting news to start the New Year. Alberta College of Art + Design students in the Object Design course rose to the challenge and submitted fabulous drinking fountain designs. We expect two further designs from Southern Alberta Institute of Technology‘s Capstone Project course.

photo credit: Hannah
photo credit: Hannah White

Between February 8th and 19th, the 19 designs we’ve received so far will be publicly exhibited ahead of the jury’s review. You can see those designs at the Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association building; 1320 5 Ave. N.W. Drop in to view the submitted designs. Maybe even meet a student designer at the exhibit.

Once we have all 21 designs, the five-member jury will create a short list of designs for our experts at IBI Group to inspect. From the short list, the jury will select one design as Riley Park’s drinking fountain.

Framed on Fifth sponsors the display
Framed on Fifth is to thank for a significant boost in fundraising. Hannah White and Patricia Gustafson, the wonderful owners of Framed on Fifth, are the latest generous sponsors of Water for Riley. Framed on Fifth donated the materials and labour to beautifully frame the student designs for the exhibit.

Hannah with the student designs to frame
Hannah with the student designs to frame

Whether original art or a sentimental card, Hannah and Patricia make beautiful anything that can be placed in a picture frame. They also curate a unique, intimate gallery that features emerging artists in a friendly venue in the historic building (1911) across from the Hillhurst/Sunnyside Community Centre.

Please join Hannah and Patricia at their incredible shows. Let them know how much we appreciate their generous support of Water for Riley.

How to participate in the Water for Riley Project
Please drop in to the HSCA building starting Feb 8 to view the exhibit, leave comments, visit the website, and make a donation. Fundraising will bring the drinking fountain to life. We’ve gotten this far on no budget and self-support for a few small expenses. However, to build the selected drinking fountain design will take money.

Be part of it. Click on the button to donate through the Parks Foundation to make a donate buttonwonderful, artistic drinking fountain become reality. Specify your donation is in support of Water for Riley. Tax receipts will be issued from The Parks Foundation Calgary.

We invite everyone to participate as a volunteer organizer, fundraiser, donor, sponsor, or any other role. Call 403 862 1923 or email Water for Riley with your contact information.

 

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gallery/frame shop is open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Tuesday to Friday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Saturday. Phone – (403) 244-3688; e-mail info@framedonfifth.com; website – www.framedonfifth.com. Please drop by to check out monthly exhibits or to enjoy a great cup of coffee – sometimes (weather permitting) in the delightful little back garden.