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Local fibre art on display and for sale at the Fairview Fine Arts Centre – Fort McMurray Today

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The Fairview Fine Arts Centre is currently displaying an exhibit of multiple forms of fibre art, many of which are for sale.

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Administrator and office manager Diana Strid has stated that viewings are available to everyone and that the gallery changes every first week of the month. The centre is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There is no charge to see the gallery.

As stated by Strid, the fibre art on display includes pieces both for sale and part of a permanent collection. Pieces for sale include quilted blankets, knitted blankets, needle felting, placemats, wraps and shawls, handbags, purses, and wallets.

The permanent collection includes a large, red and white quilted blanket which was completed for the 50th anniversary of Canada. Some of the images on the quilt include the parliament gate, 1000 islands, and flying geese.

The fibre art show is put on annually every February. The gallery changes every month. Previous works are taken down during the last week of the month for the next show to be ready on the first Saturday of the next month, said Strid. Most of the art on display was created by members.

Strid sets up classes and “help[s] coordinate events” while others are also available to teach art classes. The Fairview Fine Arts Centre also generates help from volunteers.

The Fairview Fine Arts Centre has “a really excellent pottery studio, we have an amazing weaving studio,” Strid said.

They recently offered a fused glass class and also offer multiple courses such as pottery, jewellery making, and acrylic and watercolour painting. When they can, art groups such as Sit and Stitch, Quilt Guild, and painting meet once a week.

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Strid said that “The arts can be kind of intimidating for people and it brings it back down to Earth.” Members feel close to the centre as Strid states that many have “been here since they were kids.”

“Art is for everyone we believe and we’ve tried really hard to make that happen,” said Strid. Gallery viewings are available to everyone, but there is also a membership available allowing for the usage of art studios. Members pay a 20% commission to sell in the studio. Non-members pay a 30% commission.

A program at the centre called Generation XYZ is for families and mixed age groups, 8 and over. These art classes are both easy enough for children to take part in and for everyone to enjoy, said Strid. These groups have taken part in painting, cupcake decorating, felting, and pottery.

The Fairview Fine Arts Centre can be reached at 780-835-2697. More information can be found at https://www.fairviewfinearts.ca.

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Portfolio: weekly art listings – St. Albert TODAY

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VASA

May’s exhibit is Transdimensionality: What Moves You? — a collaborative exhibit between members of the public and members of the Sculptors’ Association of Alberta. People contributed photographs the sculptors then interpreted into their own three-dimensional works. Participating sculptors include Carroll Charest, Yiyi Datar, Tania Garner-Tomas, Jennifer Lang, Beverly Oliwa, Wanda Resek, Susanne Scheers, Ellie Shuster, Keith Turnbull, Lisa Wilkinson, and Robert Woodbury. Until May 28.

25 Sir Winston Churchill Ave. 780-460-5990 and vasa-art.com

Art Gallery of St. Albert

High Energy 27 makes its triumphant in-person return after a two-year hiatus. The annual high school art student show features more than 100 works by students from Bellerose Composite High School, École Alexandre-Taché, École Secondaire Paul Kane High School, St. Albert Catholic High School, and Outreach High School. In-person tour with curator Emily Baker is at noon on May 24. A virtual tour with curator Emily Baker will take place at noon on May 26. Until June 4.

Kanawêyimêw (She Takes Care of Them) is the incoming exhibit by Cree and Métis artist Michelle Sound. Her work is based on her family history from the Wapsewsipi/Swan River First Nation on Canada’s west coast, the unceded and ancestral home territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tseil-Waututh peoples. She has two bodies of work to show. Chapan Snares Rabbits (consisting of 14 rabbit fur drums) will be on display on the stairs, while the photographic series called nimama hates fish by worked in the cannery will be on display in the vault. Virtual tour with curator Emily Baker will take place at noon on June 21. Until Aug. 6.

19 Perron St., 780-460-4310; artgalleryofstalbert.ca

St. Albert Public Library

The regular Art in the Library monthly art display of works by members of the St. Albert Painters Guild is on hiatus for the ArtWalk season. Members of the St. Albert Photography Club will have works on display for May instead. Until Tuesday, May 31.

5 St. Anne St. (in St. Albert Place). 780-459-1530; sapl.ca

St. Albert Seniors Association

The St. Albert Photography Club has a rotating selection of artistic photographs on display in the foyer area of Red Willow Place.

7 Taché St. stalbertphotoclub.com 

National Image Salon

St. Albert professional photographer Jason Marino has four of his images on exhibit in a national online salon that celebrates the best of Canadian professional photography. He is also one of the finalists in the Photographic Artist of the Year category. The competition features entries from across Canada in 22 different classes, including commercial, portrait, fine art, and wedding. Marino’s image, called Unwavering Eye, has also been selected for inclusion in the prestigious Professional Photographers of Canada’s 2022 Loan Collection, a national exhibition celebrating the best of Canadian professional photography. The salon was revealed on April 23 online and live on the Professional Photographers of Canada Facebook page at facebook.com/PPOCNational. More of the artist’s works can be found on his website at jasonmarinophotography.com.

Events

Colour Scheme is a rotating monthly online art gallery featuring selected works by students of Bellerose, Paul Kane, and St. Albert Catholic high schools. Each month of the school year, several pieces from each school will be highlighted on The Gazette’s website at www.stalberttoday.ca on the last Saturday of the month. The most recent exhibit focusing on heliotrope was posted on April 30.

ArtWalk is returning for another summer of the city’s newest and best visual art, with different artists each month. The event takes place inside and outside on the first Thursdays of each month. The next events are: June 2, July 7, Aug. 4, and Sept. 1. Locations include the St. Albert Public Library; WARES in St. Albert Place; the Musée Héritage Museum; Art Gallery of St. Albert; VASA (Visual Arts Studio Association); the Bookstore on Perron; La Crema Caffe; and the Big Lake Artists Studio. Supporting venues include Confections Cake Co; Divine & Free Wellness and Medical Spa; Inspired Home Interiors; Turkish Coffee House; and XO & Mane Boutique. artwalkstalbert.com

Art in the Open takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 11. Members of the St. Albert Painters Guild will have their artworks on display in more than two-dozen front yards for this self-guided art tour with shows and sales across the city, rain or shine. Visit paintersguild.wildapricot.org for more information.

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Art for spring and beyond – Winnipeg Free Press

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After a long winter, having a bit of colour can be encouraging, especially when it comes in the form of art. The Spring into Summer Art Show & Sale, held from April 29 to May 1st at Elmwood/EK Active Living building, was an ideal opportunity for people to brighten up their homes while supporting local artists.

Every year, the Local Colours art group holds an exhibit and sale to showcase the work of local artists. As the organization’s Facebook page notes, the “Local Colour Art Group is an organization of artists dedicated to the creation of art, and its promotion in the community.” One of the difficulties for artists is finding an audience for their art beyond family and friends. The annual show and sale is one opportunity to attract the wider community.

Many people draw or paint as children, but it can be difficult to continue much beyond that without support from other artists. The Local Colours group “strives to provide a forum for members in which to gather to paint and to share their interests, skills and experiences,” as the group’s website states. Workshops, virtual paint and chat sessions, and the annual show and sale are among the ways that the artists in the group help support each other.

The annual show and sale is a good opportunity community, as well. For many people, art can seem distant and formal, something confined to artists whose works are displayed in galleries or shown only among the wealthy.

The Local Colours Annual Show & Sale sends the message that art can be for everyone. With the event taking place at a community centre rather than more formal setting, it was something that everyone could enjoy.

This year’s event coincided with the early days of warmer weather in Winnipeg’s extremely long winter. Although the show and sale is over for the year, it is also a beginning both for the artists who exhibited their work and for the community.

Creating art can be a long process, involving years of training and experience, but it can also involve quick flashes of inspiration as artists see or hear something that stirs the imagination. Many people will look forward to seeing what this year’s creativity brings.

Susan Huebert

Susan Huebert
Elmwood community correspondent

Susan Huebert is a community correspondent for Elmwood

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ARTS AROUND: Last chance to view children’s exhibit at Rollin Art Centre – Alberni Valley News

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MELISSA MARTIN

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This week is your last chance to view an art exhibit featuring local Port Alberni children.

“Moments in Time” is the current art exhibit at the Rollin Art Centre. It is a collaboration of children’s art organized by the Early Childhood Educators of B.C. Port Alberni branch, which looks at the world through children’s eyes.

The exhibit runs until May 20. The Rollin Art Centre is open Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and is located at the corner of Eighth Avenue and Argyle Street.

NEXT EXHIBIT

“SPRING – Seasonal Imagery” is the title of the next art exhibit at the Rollin Art Centre. This exhibit will reflect the gentle changes of the season and create a unique mood and feeling associated with this season based on your interpersonal reflection.

Join us in the gallery on Saturday, May 28 for refreshments and an opportunity to meet with some of the featured artists: Janice Sheehan, Mae LaBlanc, Joan Akerman, Jayant Chaudhary, Cathy Stewart, Cynthia Bonesky, Mary Ann McGrath, Cheryl Frehlich, Dodie Manifold, Patrick Larose and Karen Poirier. The exhibit open May 25.

PAINTING WORKSHOPS

Two-Day Watercolour Workshop at Rollin Art Centre — June 1 and 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Ionne McCauley is an accomplished artist, quilter, and author, currently living in Qualicum Beach, who has taught colour workshops for more than 25 years. Next month, she will teach the basics of colour theory and pigments during a watercolour workshop in Port Alberni. In this workshop, you will learn about value, hue, tone, shade and saturation. Explore the learnable magic of watercolour paints, how to achieve glowing colours and how to choose (and use) pigments for exciting colour combinations.

Workshop Fee is $150 and supply fee (paid to the instructor) is $20. Register at the Rollin Art Centre: 250-724-3412. Numbers are limited.

One-Day Acrylic Workshop at Rollin Art Centre — Saturday July 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. — When you think of landscapes, you might think “Oh that’s too complicated.” Not so! If you break it down into simple shapes, it becomes easy and fun. In this workshop, Susan Schaefer will guide you through landscapes, discussing what makes a good composition while simplifying your landscape. Schaefer has been a professional artist for the past 20 years and has taken workshops from some of Canada’s finest artists. She has a fun and relaxed way of teaching, working with students at their individual level and ensuring a good learning experience for all.

Workshop Fee is $115 +GST and a supply list is available. Register at the Rollin Art Centre: 250-724-3412. Numbers are limited.

LOOKING FOR ARTISTS

The annual Solstice Arts Festival is back after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19. Join us Saturday, June 18 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Rollin Art Centre.

Spaces are available for artists and artisans on our terrace or in our two gardens. There is lots of room to spread out and it is a picture-perfect spot to set up an easel or demos of the artwork you create.

If you are interested in displaying at this year’s free family event, call the Rollin Art Centre at 250-724-3412 for more info. Spaces are $25 for the day.

SUMMER TEAS

Teas on the Terrace events are back at the Rollin Art Centre. Tickets are now on sale at a cost of $20 for our strawberry teas and $25 for a “High Tea.”

Join us on the terrace under the canopy of the trees, sipping tea, listening to local musicians and sampling a selection of scrumptious snacks or decadent strawberry shortcake.

The first tea will take place July 7, with musical guest to be announced.

WHAT’S HAPPENING

June 1 and 2 – Workshop – “Watercolour – The Basics of Colour Theory and Pigments”

June 18 – Solstice Arts Festival – Spaces available for artisans

June 22 – July 22 – “Women’s Work” – group exhibit – Sue Thomas, Jillian Mayne, Colleen Clancy, and Ann McIvor

July and August – Teas on the Terrace – Tickets available now

Melissa Martin is the Arts Administrator for the Community Arts Council, at the Rollin Art Centre and writes for the Alberni Valley News. Call 250-724-3412. Email: communityarts@shawcable.com.

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