Work of the Week: Wheel Week

Date: Jun 2, 2022

Wheel Week is the first week of June and this year it falls on May 30 to June 5, 2022. It also coincides with Anything But a Car Day (ABCD) on June 1 and The ParticipACTION Community Better Challenge (June 1 - 30, 2022) to encourage the community to get active.

Get active by walking or travelling by bike, scooter, skateboard, rollerblade or wheelchair and discover public art along the way! Share what art catches your eye with us on social media: 

  • Is it a public art sculpture, street art ... art from a gallery or museum or festival ... or poetry at a transit station? 
  • We encourage you to share using the hashtag #TakePartInArt and #MyAlbertaArt

About the artwork:

Kids/Nobleford, Alberta by Wally Houn was acquired by curatorial purchase to the AFA art collection.

Check out 13 artworks by the artist showcasing different parts of Alberta and daily life of Albertans. The various artworks range in date from 1973 to 1976, and can be viewed on the AFA's Virtual Museum (click button below).

About the artist:

Wally Houn is a photographer, writer, and actor who immigrated to Medicine Hat from China when he was ten years old. He first became interested in photography as a junior high school student, and in the late 1970s, when Houn was living and teaching in Hussar, Alberta, he began exploring documentary photography. 

Houn graduated with a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Calgary, and taught English in public schools in Swift Current, SK, and in various communities in Alberta - Nobleford, Edmonton, Hussar, and Strathmore - until retiring from teaching in 1996.

Since then, Houn has worked as an actor, with speaking roles in films and TV, and is a member of the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television, and Radio Artists (ACTRA).

Image description

A black and white photograph shows seven children in front of an old house-like structure with the sign "Village of Nobleford" on top of a giant white door. Two children are on bikes, one child is in a ride on toy car, and one on a tricycle. The other three children are posing while one is carrying a dog.

AFA's virtual museum