Vote for me as the VISTEK Emerging Photographer!

Copyright Alexis Marie Chute

Copyright Alexis Marie Chute

I’ve done my part, now I need your help!

I am a top 10 finalist in the 2013 VISTEK Emerging Photographer Showcase! This is such a great honor and I am thrilled to be selected amongst 9 other great photographers across Alberta.

The top 10 have been posted online and now, for the next month, voting will take place to choose The People’s Choice Award.

This is where you come in! Please vote and help me win!

Copyright Alexis Marie Chute

Copyright Alexis Marie Chute

This competition takes place as a part of Exposure Photography Festival in Calgary. Exposure will award a major prize to the best emerging Alberta-based photographer at the Closing Party on Feb. 28, 2013 held at Calgary’s Endeavor Art Gallery from 7 – 10 p.m. A runner up will also be determined by online voting and a People’s Choice winner will be selected from ballots filled out at the Closing Party on Feb. 28.

Copyright Alexis Marie Chute

Copyright Alexis Marie Chute


You can cast your vote at the bottom of the Exposure Photography Festival VISTEK Emerging Photographer Showcase (scroll to the bottom).

Thanks in advance! I truly appreciate your support!

Copyright Alexis Marie Chute

Copyright Alexis Marie Chute


The Artist Lens Exhibition

The Alberta Society of Artists is mounting their first photographic exhibition and I am proud to be a part of it! I will be showing three fine art photographs at the show in Calgary, Alberta.

Here are the details:

The Artist Lens

February 1 – March 2, 2013

Artpoint Galleries and Studios

1139-11 Street SE, Calgary

Opening Reception: February 8, 2013 at 5-9pm

Artists in the show include: Barbara Amos, Carole Bondaroff, Ross Bradley, Alexis Marie Chute, Linda Craddock, Sean Esopenko, David Harrison, Royce Howland, Carol Huggler, Marianne Hunt, Kevin Jordan, Michele King, Malissa Lea, Dawn LeBlanc, Deborah Lougheed Sinclair, Roberta Murray, E. Boyd Nave, Karin Richter, and Aynsley Stelfox.

I hope to see you at the opening!

Fashion for Freedom: Call to Designers & Artists

Dress by Alexis Marie Chute, Hair & Make-Up by Erin Clemmer, Copyright Brittany Paige Photography

I am going to be designing wearable art for Fashion for Freedom, an event put on by Poiema Productions to raise funds and awareness for The A21 Campaign.

Poiema is looking for designers and artists to create wearable clothing out of unconventional materials to walk the runway at Fashion for Freedom.


Fashion for Freedom is a fundraising event put on by Poiema Productions and promises to be a night of highly creative fashion. It will be an opportunity for you to bring your most artistic, avant-garde, found object collections to the stage for an important cause.

The A21 Campaign stands for abolishing injustice in the 21st century. They help rescue and provide the victims of human trafficking with a safe and comforting environment, access to medical and psychological care, vocational training, secondary education assistance, counseling and access to legal assistance.

This is an effort Poiema Productions are passionately supporting as it is an issue that impacts not only our global neighborhood, but our own province and city.


Dress by Alexis Marie Chute, Hair & Make-Up by Erin Clemmer, Copyright Brittany Paige Photography




Each designer will need to create one piece in each of the two categories. All pieces must be completely created from found objects, no fabrics will be allowed;

Example materials: newspaper, garbage bags, fishnet, etc.


We are looking for an open, limitless style. The models will be wearing black garments to accompany the piece on the runway.


This will be a complete head to toe gown or suit.


Dress by Alexis Marie Chute, Hair & Make-Up by Erin Clemmer, Copyright Brittany Paige Photography


There will only be 20 designers selected for this event so please apply by the end of January, 2013!

Find the online application info here.




PRISM Non-Fiction Update

Unfortunately I was not chosen as a winner or runner up for the PRISM International Non-Fiction contest. I was feeling down when I received the news and medicated my state with brownies, fresh gooey brownies – which did help.

I shared this news with my friends on Facebook and was met with many congratulations for even making the short-list. One of my writing pals, Patty Ntihemuka, commented, “These could also be celebratory brownies.”

That’s right, Patty. We all need to celebrate how far we come, because often it is quite some distance. It is too easy to focus on how shy we are of the prize, whatever it may be.

I am thankful I entered, thankful for the opportunity and thankful for where I will go from here.


My creative non-fiction piece has been short-listed for PRISM international 2013 Non-Fiction Contest!

This is such a super honor! When I posted yesterday about the schedule of when the winners would be announced, I was actually off by a day.

Today is the day!

At some point today I will get an email with either ‘Congratulations’ or otherwise – but no matter what, I am thankful and elated to have gotten this far.

My piece of writing is about my experience of attending my son Zachary’s memorial service.

I will post again later on the final verdict. Until then, I’ll be holding my breath…

Photoshop Workshop at Harcourt House

Want to crack open the creative possibilities of Photoshop? Have you ever wondered how Photoshop can make your photographs and artwork even better but don’t know where to begin?

Look no further! I will be teaching a Beginners Photoshop Workshop at Harcourt House!


Saturday, February 16 & Sunday, February 17, 2013   

10am – 3pm (Bring your own lunch and snacks)

Cost: $110 ($80 Harcourt House members – if you are not a member, please consider joining!)

Individual students must bring their own laptop with the newest version of Photoshop installed. Please also have at least 5 images of people and 5 non-people images to edit.

Learn how to make your good photos great through many awesome Photoshop techniques. Want to remove a zit? Brighten a dark photo? Make your image look vintage? We will be covering spot removal, how to adjust exposure, create interesting black & white images, and how to harness the power of Photoshop filters.

Saturday: Editing images of people

Sunday: Editing images without people

There is limited space in the class so register early by calling (780) 426-4180! It is going to be a great weekend of creative play and guided experimentation with results you will be excited about.

The class will be taking place in the Annex, the one story metal building beside the Harcourt House gallery.

Register today!

Photograph copyright Alexis Marie Chute

Photograph copyright Alexis Marie Chute

Harcourt House

10215 112 Street Northwest

Edmonton, AB T5K 1M7

Find a map here.

‎(780) 426-4180


PRISM international’s 2013 Non-Fiction Contest long-list


When I write, I create, edit, submit and forget. It’s a process that works since I am a super busy artist/photographer/writer/mom/wife/renaissance woman extraordinaire. The forgetting part is handy since I don’t waste time biting my nails wondering if I have a rejection letter city hopping its way to my mailbox.

PRISM International Magazine

So you can imagine I was wonderfully surprised to discover that my creative non-fiction piece, “Goodbye and Goodbyes” made it onto the long list of the PRISM international 2013 Non-Fiction Contest long-list. Wawsa! This news made me smile!

The long-list of 15 pieces of writing has been officially announced today. The short-list will be announced tomorrow, Tuesday January 15 and the grand prize winners and runners up the following day, Wednesday, January 16. It will be a whirlwind three days and I have already begun my nail biting now that the race is on. I may have no nails left by Wednesday but I can’t wait!


A little bit about PRISM International:

PRISM international is a quarterly magazine out of Vancouver, British Columbia, whose mandate is to publish the best in contemporary writing and translation from Canada and around the world.


The submissions for this competition go through two rounds of blind judging before the final verdict is decided by the final judge, Andreas Schroeder.

Here is the long-list finalists! Congratulations to all writers! What a feat! It is truly an accomplishment to get this far and I am thrilled to be listed amongst these fellow creatives.

– ‘Sans Everything’ by Cullene Bryant

– ‘An Excerpt from Horse Camp’ by Jonarno Lawson

– ‘Queasy’ by Madeline Sonik

– ‘Salt Spring Sprouts n Seeds’ by Stephanie McKechnie

– ‘When you finally know me’ by Trisha Cull

– ‘Nine Bouquets from Nine Sailors’ by Eve Joseph

– ‘People and Cow of Good Fortune’ by Leonard Neufeldt

– ‘I Thought I Knew You Emily’ by Madeline Nattrass

– ‘Click: Immortality’ by David Alexander

– ‘The Skeleton Coast’ by Zara Callmann

– ‘The Breaking Wave’ by Laura Trethewey

– ‘Habibi’ by Maisie Jacobson

– ‘Goodbye and Goodbyes’ by Alexis Marie Chute

– ‘Narrative Supplement’ by Carolyn White

– ‘Vanishing Point’ by Heather Tucker


I will put out another Writing Update on Tuesday and Wednesday to announce how the competition plays out!