The basement at the LESS17 used to be just a storage space for The Source. However, it has now become an unorthodox art gallery. There are plenty of high-profile artists on display here and it's certainly worth a visit.
LESS17 is a trendy spot owned by The Source Skateboards and Snowboards. They were part of the team putting together the art gallery in the basement. The store opened last summer and since, they have curated six exhibits in the art gallery.
How'd it all Happen?
Austin Taylor, the manager of LESS17 and the curator of the art gallery was the one that originally thought the basement space could be more than just a storage area. When he came up with the idea, he thought a more unique space would be even better. The space was gutted and a window was added, along with a full transformation.
Now the space changes every two months and features many contemporary works from Calgary, Saskatchewan, BC and even international artists.
The Gallery Goal
The goal of the gallery is to keep the space completely non-commercial and as a place for artists to just create amazing art. It's supposed to be an experimental space with absolutely on commercial agenda.
The gallery has received international attention form England, Germany and Italy, already. It has become something many are interested in because it's not a typical art gallery.
This specific gallery is called Secret Eight and has plans to continue allowing artists to create interesting works void of the commercial agenda. They will celebrate their one-year anniversary at the end of August with a huge exhibit.