Virtual Water Gallery

Welcome to the Virtual Water Gallery!

Because sharing water perspectives is a key component of “Valuing Shared Waters”, the Virtual Water Gallery (VWG) has partnered with CWRA to offer an array of art-science events and activities at the CWRA 2022 National Conference.e

Water is life and water-related challenges affect everyone. The VWG is a project funded by the Global Water Futures program. It is centred around the belief that sharing water perspectives across communities (artists, scientists, Indigenous peoples, and many others) can help find creative and holistic solutions to the water challenges we all face. Launched in Summer 2020, the VWG is a science and art pilot project that brings together artists, water experts, knowledge keepers, and the public, to collectively reflect on these challenges. The VWG is going live with its first in-person exhibition from May 21 to June 17, 2022, at artsPlace in Canmore, Alberta.

A variety of art-science events will take place before and during the exhibition, including exclusive events for CWRA participants. This includes the following:
Exclusive Exhibition Viewing – June 5th, 6.30-8 pm
Join Virtual Water Gallery artists and water experts for an intimate evening of art-science conversations at artsPlace. Learn, listen and view a collection of over 40 art pieces grounded in scientific questions and expressed in colour, canvas and sculpture. Find out more about what it takes to build a network of art-science collaborations. Space is limited and the event will be a first come first serve amongst conference attendees, register now:
Plein Air Event – June 8th, 5-7 pm
Take home a piece of the Rockies! Join expert Plein-Air artists and water experts for an evening of paint and stunning landscapes. Artists will take you through the process of Plein-Air painting (the act of leaving the confines of the studio and painting outdoors), and the wonders of immersing yourself in the natural world. Whether you’re a part-time doodler or a full-time artist, all skills level are welcome! In a park within walking distance from downtown Canmore. Materials provided. Space is limited, register now:
artsPlace exhibition & workshops
Coming to Canmore early? Be sure to check out the Virtual Water Gallery exhibition opening at artsPlace on May 21st for a sneak peek of the art.
Looking for something to do with the family? Check out the Family Sunday Draw Me A River activities hosted at artsPlace, led by Virtual Water Gallery Artists Louise Arnal and Megan Leung on May 29th.  Activities for all ages.
The Virtual Water Gallery: An Exhibition by Global Water Futures
May 21 – June 17, 2022
Reception: May 25, 2022
5:30 – 7:30pm
Registration required:
During the pandemic, artists connected with teams of Global Water Futures scientists to explore water-related challenges in Canada. These collaborations led to the co-creation of the art pieces in this exhibition. The Virtual Water Gallery is a science and art pilot project that aims to provide a safe, inclusive and collaborative space for discussions about past, present and future water-related challenges between scientists, artists, knowledge-keepers and the general public.
Family Sunday Special Theme: Draw Me A River!
Sunday, May 29
Session 1: 10:00 – 10:45 am
Session 2: 11:15 am – 12 pm
Link to register (Free): 
Create a picture of a beautiful Bow Valley river! Meet Louise who is both a scientist and an artist. She will guide you as you express your love for our Bow Valley home through art.
Instructor: Louise Arnal
Teen Art Workshop: Pour Me A River!
Sunday, May 29
1:30 – 3:00pm
Ages 13 – 18
Link to register (Free): 
Learn the abstract technique of acrylic paint pouring to create a beautiful painting of a Bow Valley River! Consider the amazing power of water as it shapes landscapes, societies and ecosystems. Get to know Megan, who is both a water scientist and an artist.
Instructor: Megan Leung