Edward Degas once said, “Art is not what you see but what you make others see.” If you’re looking for something fresh and unique to do with your date this weekend why not throw some art into the mix? Calgary has an extensive art scene with a variety of different galleries and studios right here in the city. You don’t need to know the definition of abstract expressionism or the names of all historically famous artists to be allowed in a gallery. Just show up with an open mind! Feeling inspired to create your own art? We’ve got ideas for the perfect date involving all things artsy fartsy. So grab your beret and french baguette, or channel your inner Van Gogh…. But don’t worry these date ideas let you keep both your ears!

Canvas Coffee and Wine Bar

Conveniently located on 11th avenue, Canvas is the perfect place to take your date after perusing the galleries. With an extensive brunch, lunch, and dinner menu it’s a great option at any hour of the day. Share one of their daily flatbread creations, and relax with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine.

Colour Me Mine

All this art talk got your inspired to create your own masterpieces? If you’re still a little nervous about starting from scratch, colour me mine is the perfect risk-free solution. This place isn’t just for kids… Grab a piece of pottery and get busy! Paint something for yourself or exchange with each other. Besides, it takes a few days before you can pick up your work… the perfect excuse to see each other again.

Gibson Fine Art

Specializing in fine art from local Albertan and Canadian artists, Gibson Fine Art believes “originality is everything.” With a variety of exhibitions changing each and every month, there’s always beautiful art to see!

New Zones

For over 20 years Newzones has been the home of modern contemporary art. This gallery focuses on process oriented work, with nontraditional uses of materials and aesthetics. They house not only local Canadian art but also internationally recognized pieces as well. Their unique art is the perfect conversation starter for you and your date!

Paul Kuhn Gallery

This gallery is a 7,000 square foot converted concrete warehouse that specializes in unique contemporary art. The gallery features all Canadian artists, both emerging and established in the art world. Don’t try to understand contemporary art… just appreciate it for what it is!

Webster Galleries

One of the oldest and well-known galleries in Calgary, Webster Galleries specializes in Inuit art, stone and ceramic sculptures, water colour, and oils.