15th An­nual Art Walk colour­ful, in­spir­ing SW Alta.

Prairie Post (West Edition) - - Front Page - BY HEATHER CAMERON

The15th An­nual Art Walk and 9th An­nual Arts Days was Sept. 2230 much to the de­light of those who took it all in Leth­bridge.

“We make sure that we have a cel­e­bra­tion of arts and cul­ture in Leth­bridge and we open our doors and cel­e­brate for the greater com­mu­nity,” said Ke­laine Devine, the Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Man­ager for the Al­lied Arts Coun­cil of Leth­bridge. “A lot of time artists are work­ing in their stu­dios, so they're work­ing on their projects and per­haps not shar­ing with ev­ery­one else what they're up to. Arts Days sort of en­cour­ages them to show off a lit­tle bit.”

Devine says the Al­lied Arts Coun­cil is the main spon­sor of the Arts in Leth­bridge and puts out a call for artists in the spring through both the web­site and news­let­ter.

The cut­off for reg­is­ter­ing to par­tic­i­pate is June 1st be­cause the printed pro­gram needs to be cre­ated. Devine added there is a small hon­o­rar­ium that artists have to pay in or­der to be part of the event and par­tic­i­pants don’t have to be mem­bers of the Al­lied Arts Coun­cil; all cre­ativ­ity is wel­come.

“There's a lit­tle bit of some­thing for every­body; we know Leth­bridge is a re­ally good art city,” Devine said. “There's lots of op­por­tu­ni­ties to get in­volved, to par­tic­i­pate, and to try your hand at be­ing cre­ative. I think it's re­ally fun and one of the great things to do is we try to keep al­most ev­ery­thing free so there's re­ally low bar­ri­ers to in­volve­ment.”

The Word on the Street Book and Mag­a­zine Fair on Sept. 22 was the be­gin­ning of Arts Days. Sev­eral events have hap­pened over the week in­clud­ing the Quilt Dis­play at Leth­bridge City Hall, which ran from from Sept. 24-28.

“City Hall has such a beau­ti­ful atrium with enough space to do a small quilt dis­play,” said Pjam Swen, one of the or­ga­niz­ers of the dis­play. “I think it is al­ways good to have the op­por­tu­nity to share one's love of par­tic­i­pat­ing in a very pop­u­lar art, past time, or hobby and in­spire oth­ers.”

Swen adds that she would like to in­vite ev­ery­one to the Fes­ti­val of Quilts, a much big­ger event that will be held on June 14-15, 2019 at Leth­bridge Col­lege. The fes­ti­val will fea­ture a Mer­chant Mall, an auc­tion, and a raf­fle with two prize quilts shown in Art Walk as the prize. One of the peo­ple who came to view the quilt dis­play was an undis­cov­ered artist from Coal­dale named Carol Roesler ac­tu­ally took a photo of an owl quilt with the in­ten­tion of paint­ing it as a por­trait later on.

“What I do is that I have six girls, all of them about 11 or 12 years old, that I spoil and they come over to my house and we paint,” Roesler said. “We do wa­ter­color, acrylic, we draw and we learn. We learn from each other and we come up with some great ideas; we have a lot of fun.”

Roesler says that the art she looks has to speak to her and that’s how she gets in­spired to recre­ate it through paint­ing.

“It has to talk to you,” Roesler said. “That’s why I chose the owl quilt that I’m look­ing at and want­ing to paint; that’s why I choose a pic­ture. You have to have a pic­ture you en­joy look­ing at.

Roesler says when she paints, she sketches the de­sign in and then does the back­ground with acrylics; she be­lieves in work­ing from the back to the front. Roesler’s be­lief is that one has to see the back of a piece of art and look for­ward.

“I love na­ture, I love chal­leng­ing my­self to things, and I love shar­ing it with other peo­ple,” Roesler said.

An­other ex­cit­ing part of Arts Days was dif­fer­ent gen­res/styles of mu­sic be­ing per­formed all over the city, in­clud­ing mu­sic from other coun­tries.

On Sept. 27, the Leth­bridge Pub­lic Li­brary was the venue for a con­cert called Heal­ing Sounds Series: Mu­sic from Many Lands.

The con­cert was an hour-long series of mu­sic from Bo­hemia, Hun­gary, Poland, Ro­ma­nia, Rus­sia, and Spain that was per­formed by An­drew Gierul­ski on pi­ano, Maria Gep­pert on vi­o­lin, and Mon­ica Baczuk on flute.

“I came up with this be­cause we are now over­whelmed, just sur­rounded by mu­sic wher­ever we go,” Gierul­ski said. “You hear it, but you don’t lis­ten to it. I wanted to put on some­thing where peo­ple could come and lis­ten and not be over­whelmed by mu­sic from loud­speak­ers.”

Gierul­ski, Gep­pert, and Baczuk took turns per­form­ing duets of se­lec­tions by An­ton Dvo­rak, Mod­est Mu­sorgsky, Bela Bar­tok, Michal Kle­o­fas Ogin­ski, Wi­told Lu­toslawski, and Isaac Al­b­eniz.

“We ap­pre­ci­ate those who came and hope you will feel in­spired to in­clude more mu­sic in your life,” Karin Barg, a lo­cal mu­si­cian and com­men­ta­tor for the con­cert said.

The Art Walk was on Septem­ber 28 and nu­mer­ous lo­cal busi­nesses par­tic­i­pated in the event. The day in­cluded sev­eral dis­plays of Indige­nous danc­ing at Galt Gar­dens, buskers per­form­ing at both mu­sic and dance at sev­eral venues all over the city, and many lo­cals made use of the maps pro­vided by the Al­lied Arts Coun­cil and thor­oughly en­joyed the day.

Other events in Arts Days in­clude a Youth Art Ex­hibit at the He­len Schuler Na­ture Cen­tre; movies at the li­braries; open mic nights at var­i­ous venues around the city; New West Theatre’s pro­duc­tion of Mil­lion Dol­lar Quar­tet; a drum­ming work­shop of­fered to youth by the Univer­sity of Leth­bridge’s Con­ser­va­tory of Mu­sic; gallery strolls; bar­be­cues; and op­por­tu­ni­ties to min­gle.

“We, the Al­lied Arts Coun­cil, love Arts Days,” Devine said. “It's our big­gest event of the year and it's kind of I think one of the best ways that we can ad­vo­cate and pro­mote our lo­cal arts com­mu­nity to the wider com­mu­nity.”

Pho­tos by Heather Cameron

Lana Blood dances at Galt Gar­dens for the Art Walk Sept. 28.

Carol Roesler from Coal­dale looks at the quilt Night Owls dur­ing the Fes­ti­val of Quilts at City Hall.

Tris­tan Blood demon­strates s the Prairie Chicken Dance at Galt Gar­dens for the Art Walk. Julie Vanessa Munoz dances in the hall­way at CASA for the Art Walk.

Pho­tos by Heather Cameron

Buskers play and sing mu­sic just out­side of the South­ern Al­berta Art Gallery for the Art Walk.

An­drew Gierul­ski plays Mu­sic from Many Lands on the pi­ano while Mon­ica Baczuk plays the flute.

Amy Dou­glas from Shaugh­nessy looks at a wall hang­ing ti­tled Rid­ing High by Colleen Ward dur­ing the Fes­ti­val of Quilts at City Hall.

Busker Gor­don Lee plays a syn­the­size at the Leth­bridge Tourism Cen­ter for Art Walk.

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