The Uncommon Woman Gala'ry - The Uncommon Woman

The Uncommon Woman Black and White Gala’ry

In Support of
Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 🕒 9am-6pm

McHugh House and Community Arts Hub
Corner of Centre St and 17th Ave SW
Calgary AB

The evening will include:

  • An exclusive viewing of The Uncommon Woman Gallery of Black and White images
  • Light snacks and beverages
  • “These are OUR Women” an address by Marlo Ellis, Founder of The Uncommon Woman
  • Opening and closing remarks by Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter representatives
  • Presentation of cheque
  • The Uncommon Woman Black and White Gallery Photobooth

Donations for Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter will be accepted throughout the evening

Book your viewing – $10



In 2018 Founder and Visionary of The Uncommon Woman, Marlo Ellis, felt that to ignite more interaction and conversation amongst the women in The Uncommon Woman Ministry she would need to provide an alternate opportunity to share. She was looking for a way to start conversations that were important and difficult, but that didn’t necessarily require words. Many of the women in The Uncommon Woman Ministry have painful and often traumatic stories, and either haven’t found the words for their stories just yet or haven’t been given a safe place to share, in the past, so they are reluctant. So, she imagined a Gallery of black and white images that would give the women freedom to express in a unique way that didn’t require words but allowed them the freedom to express.

The Uncommon Woman Gallery is an ever-growing gallery of over 100 moving and evocative black and white images that the women in The Uncommon Woman Ministry have taken and submitted for Gallery use. The Uncommon Woman Gallery has given women in the Community the opportunity to share their stories through artistic expression, and connect with the other men and women in their healing journey. The Gallery has evoked powerful conversation, Sisterhood, and healing interaction in the Community and within the online and offline community. These conversations have proven to be so healing that we are now opening it up to the public in cities across Canada and will be continuing to grow the Gallery as the movement expands it’s reach across the globe.


The women who would like to participate in The Uncommon Woman Gallery are asked to write on their body (with an eyeliner or lipstick) a word or phrase that represents how they felt, feel, or want to feel. They then take a picture with their cell phone or a camera, edit the image to black and white and submit it into The Uncommon Woman Gallery. They can choose to add a paragraph or an explanation or they can just post the picture as it is and allow the audience to create their own connection to it.
*All images in The Uncommon Woman Gallery have been signed off by the woman in the image, and are the intellectual property of The Uncommon Woman.


The Uncommon Woman is on a mission to give more women safe spaces to share their stories of strength from struggle so they can help and heal others as they continue to walk their own path into healing.

It is important to The Uncommon Woman movement to make aligned and powerful connections in communities across Canada. There are presently over 10,000 women in The Uncommon Woman community, many whom have experienced abuse first-hand or have supported someone who has experienced it. Organizations such as Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter directly support women who find solace in the Sisterhood of The Uncommon Woman Ministry, and so we would like to give back in whatever way we can to ensure there are more resources for women who want and need a safe place for themselves and their children. It is the right of all people to have healthy and fulfilling lives, and for this to happen The Uncommon Woman is committed to working with initiatives that are actively breaking the cycles of abuse.


The Uncommon Woman Gala’ry is a fundraiser hosted by the Marlo Ellis and members of The Uncommon Woman Ministry in support of Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter. The goal is to raise funds as we raise awareness of the realities of pain, trauma, and tragedy; bring communities together to have powerful and difficult dialogues about important issues; and to show women (and men) that they are not alone. During The Uncommon Woman Gala’ry guests will have the opportunity to circulate and talk to each other as well as many of the women in the images who will be present at the event. Marlo’s gift for creating safe spaces to share and create strong connections through healing allows people the opportunity to linger and make powerful connections to the images an their own lives.

  • Beverages and light snacks will be available all day
  • All guests must book a time slot to view the gallery as capacity is limited
  • You can come and go at any time within that slot
  • Dress in black and white to show support for the women in the gallery
  • There will be a short presentation within the first 30 minutes of each time slot by someone in The Uncommon Woman
  • There is plenty of parking in the area

Guests will be given the opportunity to submit their own photo while viewing the gallery for a small donation of $20

  • A professional photographer will be on site to take the picture in a private studio space
  • A digital copy will be sent to the guest, and the image will be added to both the travelling and online Galleries


  • 9:00am – 10:30am
  • 10:30am – 12:00pm
  • 12:00pm – 1:30pm
  • 1:30pm – 3:00pm
  • 3:00pm – 4:30pm
  • 4:30pm – 6:00pm (FINALE and CELEBRATION)

Note:Each slot has a limit of 50 guests


Join us at the event and support
(suggested donation a minimum of $30)
We will accept cash, debit or credit on site

Be part of The Uncommon Woman Gallery and have your own black and white picture taken at the event by our on-site professional photographer. You will receive a digital copy of the image and will become part of The Uncommon Woman Gallery! $20 Donation at the event.

Book your viewing – $10