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Okotoks Art Gallery

Okotoks is a progressive town with a vibrant arts community. The Okotoks Art Gallery (OAG) reflects this wealth of creativity and dynamic energy. Located in the historic 1929 CPR Railway Station, the Gallery includes two gallery spaces for exhibitions , a gift shop featuring local and Canadian artisan wares, and also serves as the Visitor Information Centre for Okotoks.

Founded in 1981, the Okotoks Art Gallery is devoted to the exhibition of art and visual culture. In 2009 the facility was rebranded as the Okotoks Art Gallery and was renovated to meet Class A Gallery requirements and since this time it has been managed by the Town of Okotoks. The Gallery continues to benefit from the valuable support and creative energy of the Okotoks Arts Council.

Serving both the Town of Okotoks and the Foothills region, the Gallery presents an ongoing series of contemporary and historical art exhibitions. The Okotoks Art Gallery also runs programs and events for adults, families and seniors which promote exploration and connection to art in exciting ways.

Our Mandate

The Okotoks Art Gallery engages diverse communities and inspires a greater quality of life through meaningful visual art exhibitions and education programming.

Rentals & Bookings

The Okotoks Art Gallery is an elegant place to host all kinds of special events right in the heart of Okotoks. To inquire about how we can help you organize the best event in history, please contact our Visitor and Membership Services Specialist at the Okotoks Art Gallery.

Rentals at the Art Gallery

Looking for a unique venue for your next function?

Located in the historic 1929 CPR railway station, elegant brick walls and fabulous art provide the perfect backdrop for a sophisticated event. Our venue is perfect for hosting your stylish wedding, a wedding reception or an evening function, including upscale wine and appetizer receptions, chic celebrations or a professional meeting for up to 150 participants.

The Gallery includes two spaces to choose from, and includes a stage, gallery lighting, a/v equipment, sound system, and a kitchen for use by caterers. Invite your guests to join you at the Okotoks Art Gallery and immerse yourselves in contemporary art and unique ambiance. 

Our Art Studio is suitable for hosting a variety of arts and craft workshops, including scrapbooking, silversmithing, painting and clay.

Rates

Gallery or Studio (Upstairs) Rental OptionsRate
Not for Profit$23.86/hour
For Profit/Social $37.87/hour
Attendant Fee*$20.20/hour

 

 

 

 

*Required before or after regular hours of operation; Overtime after 8 hours

*Additional charges at $25.00 per hour apply when additional cleaning is required.​

All cultural/historical and program services are calculated based on the actual cost of offering the program, including: facility use, instructor fees, administrative costs, and any materials required for the course. Budgets are based on cost recovery, with many courses showing a higher rate of return, which is used to offset less subscribed courses. Recovery of direct costs is based on a minimum number of registrants.

Security Deposit, Cancellation Policy and more

Security Deposit

A security deposit of 100% of booking fee may be required to secure venue.

Cancellation Policy

  • All venue rental cancellations will be refunded in full up to and including 14 days prior to the event date. All venue rental cancellations with 13 days or less notice forfeit 100% of Booking Fee.
  • All venue rentals are subject to approval by the Town of Okotoks.
  • All venue rentals are subject to cancellation at any time by the Town of Okotoks. In the rare occasion this should occur, a full refund will be issued to the Renter.

Emergencies

*In the event of an emergency, including but not limited to: power outages, fire, flood, train derailment, where the Town of Okotoks is required to evacuate, all venue rental bookings will be immediately cancelled, no exceptions and the Renter will receive a full refund.

"The Station" History

Learn about the progression of a CP Railway Train Station into a cultural arts centre.

From Train Station to Art Gallery

Prior to the advent of the automobile, and high-quality roads, the railway was a life thread for the community, shipping and receiving supplies and forming a central focus of community life. The first train station was built in Okotoks in 1892. In 1908 it was custom to welcome newlyweds at the train station with the Okotoks Band. 

This wooden station collapsed in a fire in 1928. The fire burned the second floor balcony off the General Store across the street. A new station rose from the ashes in 1929 at a cost of $19, 871, the only brick station on the CPR. Many of the station agents lived on the second floor with their families while the main floor served as the station, telegraph office and mail area. Due to improved highways and the growing popularity of cars, trains lost patronage and Okotoks bid an era good-bye when the last passenger train stopped in Okotoks in 1971.

After closing in 1972, "The Station" was purchased by the Town in 1980, and was re-opened in 1981 as the Cultural and Tourist Information Centre.

The Town of Okotoks purchased the abandoned station from the CPR in 1979 for $1. A committee, known as the Okotoks and District Arts Council, proposed turning the building into a cultural centre. After $224,000 in renovations, The Station Cultural Centre opened in the fall of 1981. The building, owned by the town and initially managed by the Okotoks Arts Council, has hosted an array of art exhibitions, recitals, musical performances, classes, auctions and was home to numerous handicraft and hobby clubs. 

 

And what about the ghost?

Yes, encounters of a female ghost occupying the station have been experienced by more than a few visitors. Although there have been a couple of deaths reported at the station, there are no records that a woman ever died there. However, this just adds to the mystery and history of this beautiful, old facility. 

OAG - Okotoks Art Gallery
Sun - Mon: Closed
Tue - Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Closed Sundays, Mondays and stat holidays.
OAG - Okotoks Art Gallery

Okotoks Art Gallery

Sun - Mon: Closed
Tue - Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Closed Sundays, Mondays and stat holidays.