ROUTE 22 Interchange

Tuesday July 14 is a special day at the Route 22 Artist Collective Gallery! It is the Route 22 Interchange – the day that an exciting new exhibition of the creative works of twenty artists opens with stained glass, bronze sculpture, oil paintings, wood turning, photography, and acrylic, oil and watercolour paintings.

The "Interchange" in action!

As always, all the art displayed will have passed the Artist Collective jury process. The juried art mandate has produced a remarkable sense of “Wow!” when people come through the door. The presentation really exceeds their expectations.

Route 22 Artist Collective Gallery has been open just one month. The Cochrane public are just starting to know about this praiseworthy showcase and Gift Shop. The Route 22 Interchange will happen every month to present a new display of various genres of art. Local artists are eagerly joining the collective and are preparing their works for submission. Volunteering in the gallery has brought the artists together in a special project of respect for each other’s creative talent and benefit to the Cochrane community.

Cochrane is truly enriched by the consistent offering of exciting local art for display and sale at the Route 22 Gallery.

Come and see!

For further inquiries, please connect with the Gallery Director, Lara Kruger at [email protected]


Introducing ROUTE 22 Artist Collective Gallery

ROUTE 22 Gallery is an elevated, multi-discipline visual arts gallery operated by the dedicated volunteers of the CIAS Artist Collective. Behind the gallery display space we are also establishing an Arts Makerspace to provide arts programming for all ages.  The new ROUTE 22 Artist Collective Gallery is located at Unit 18, 312 5th Ave (Grand Central Town Square Mall) in Cochrane.

We know that the arts play a huge role in building healthy communities and maintaining mental wellness. The COVID-19 crisis has illuminated the importance of the arts in our lives, as they have helped us all enormously to cope and deal with the difficult times we are living through. The arts connect, nourish and sustain us on a fundamental human level.

Now more than ever, it is important to support the growth and health of our local arts scene.  We could not be more proud of our grassroots Artist Collective Gallery project - the ROUTE 22 Gallery, and we sincerely hope you will join our journey.

As we work toward our gallery opening, we are seeking supporters of all kinds to join in making this collective venture a successful and sustainable reality for Cochrane.


  • Artists- We would LOVE to reach our target of 80 local ROUTE 22 artist members. If you are a local artist or know one, please spread the word and visit to learn more about membership. We have a wide definition of “local”, so artists from surrounding areas in general are welcome. Your support and participation are crucial! Year-round opportunities to present your art for jury, display and sell your work, and develop creative collaborations in an awesome artistic community are just a few of the perks.


  • Sponsors and Patrons of the Arts - We know you care about the arts in our community. If you can support our project financially, you will be recognized in our media & sincerely appreciated. You can take pride in knowing that you are helping to build the Arts Culture in our town for the benefit of everyone. Visit our website to learn more about sponsorship and patron opportunities.

For further inquiries, please connect with the Gallery Director, Lara Kruger at [email protected]


CIAS opening vibrant new multi-discipline art gallery

Article shared from Cochrane Now as reported by Noel Edey Wednesday, Mar 11, 12:00 PM


A ground-breaking Artists Collective Gallery will be opening its doors in about two months.

Last week, arrangements were completed for the gallery of the Cochrane Integrated Arts Society (CIAS) to be located in the previous home of Winters PhotoGraphic, 312-5th Ave.

Dusty Lott, CIAS public relations officer, also a talented metal sculptor, says there are several components to the gallery that will make it attractive to both patrons and artists.

For one, the multi-discipline gallery will be open year-round.

"We're not just going to have paint, we're not just going to have sculpture, we're not just going to have glass, we're going to have fibre arts and everything else."

"There are lots of different possibilities. That's exciting because we believe having all of the disciplines in one space is more intriguing to the patrons."

Secondly, the art displayed will be juried.

"That says to the artist, I'm raising the bar on my art, I have to bring my best work to submit to the gallery," explains Lott.

"It also tells the patrons that they're going to get something special when they come here, that there will be a qualitative aspect of the art that is displayed here. That's a really important part, both for our patrons and our artists."

Lara Kruger is the gallery director and is working hard with a committee to bring the gallery onstream.

"We're lucky and happy to have her here in town. She's local, she's always has been. She's putting out a lot of effort to make this project work, and CIAS is grateful to have her helping us out with this."

At its recent annual general, CIAS unveiled the project to the local artistic community. The response was enthusiastic, and 17 people stepped forward to be part of the collective.

CIAS is now reaching out to the Cochrane Art Club, Foothills Art Club, and other artists to join.

The door has been left open to consider establishing programming in the future, for everyone from children, beginners, and experienced artists.

Lott says they have been receiving tremendous support to make the gallery a reality, including that of Grand Central Properties.

"We're a nonprofit organization, so we're looking to the community to see if there are people who are interested in the arts, and supporting the arts culture here in town. We're getting a lot of really great support, but that doesn't mean we'll turn away anyone else who wants to help."

CIAS continues to grow, and this gallery will give people a clearer understanding of its aims, he says.

"With this brick and mortar scenario, we have people on the ground, we have art being displayed and that is going to catalyze a sense of the reality of what CIAS is trying to do."

The CIAS website is currently being updated but should be operational soon.

In the meantime, if you want more information, you can contact Lott at [email protected] or by phone at 403 813-6630.

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