Dance | Film & Video | Author Talks | Music & Song | Handicrafts | Visual Art | Performance Art | Pottery | Landscape Art | Carving | Photography | Digital Art | Scarecrows on Parade | Stained Glass | Pastels | Chalk Art | Model Railroad
SEPTEMBER 7 & 8, 2019 IN DOWNTOWN DIDSBURY ALBERTA!
Come to Didsbury Alberta for Mountain View County's largest festival of its kind. The Mountain View Arts Festival has always been a great family fun event to share a memory, share a story, or share a laugh. In 2019, we recognize the vital issue of mental health from a variety of different artsy angles - art exhibits, live music, historical stories and yes, even happy mistakes!></td>
<td><img src= If you come with a frown, don't worry, we'll send you home with the best souvenir possible - a great, big smile! If we catch you dancing while waiting in line or shopping in a store, humming a tune while walking downtown Didsbury, or playing drums on the table in a coffee shop, we know we've done our job! Our desire is to showcase that Didsbury, Olds, Carstairs, Sundre, Cremona - all the communities in and around Mountain View County - have an incredible wealth of artistic talent. Buskers add delight, interest and energy to our Arts Festival, especially for those out for an afternoon stroll.
Come to Didsbury Alberta for the Mountain View Arts Festival each September!
Hands-On Fun
PUPPET THEATRE | YARN PAINTING
MAKE A ROPE | PLAY BOARD GAMES
PICNIC WITH A SCARECROW
Our artists will present some sort of interactivity, something that encourages creativity and appreciation for diverse art forms and cultures. You'll have a great time!
ARTISTS AT WORK | MAKE A WISHING TREE
CHALK IT UP | BAD ART STUDIO | FACEPAINTING
HANDMADE MARKET | OPENING MINDS THRU ART
Great toe-tapping music is the heart of any festival.
COFFEE HOUSE | INSTRUMENT PLAY DAY
BUSKERS | UNPLUGGED AT THE SALOON
DANCE LIKE NO ONE'S WATCHING
Our First Nations and Inuit exhibit shows life as a nurse in the Yukon, trapping and hunting tools, and a fabulous exhibit from Richard Mousseau, an Obijway and recent mayor of Didsbury.
MODEL RAILROAD | BARN QUILTS | SCARECROWS
THERAPY HORSE | INUIT & FIRST NATIONS
OLD-TYME COUNTRY STORE
What Makes You Smile - ART & ARTISTS

Come in and try your hand at some of the art processes our Artists at Work are using.What's an arts festival without artists? We aim to interest and educate the public about art and our "Artists at Work" is one of the most special of special features at the Mountain View Arts Festival!

Artists are set up at the Provincial Historic Resource, the Didsbury Train Station, right in the heart of downtown Didsbury. Each participant will present some sort of interactivity, something that encourages creativity and appreciation for diverse art forms and cultures. It's more than just showing people how it's done. It's offering you an interactive feature so that everyone can learn, first-hand, the value - and fun - in creating!

LOOK WHO'S COMING!

If you have any questions, e-mail Merrilee, our Artists at Work Coordinator, or call 403-512-9888.
Artists at Work 2019 Terms & Conditions

Make It! Take It! - Artists at Work
Visit with our artists and learn how to do stained glass, help create a Community Wishing Tree, or learn how to manipulate silk flowers.Artists at Work will be bursting at the seams with the Train Station full of fabulous Alberta artists and artisans.

Artists will be on hand ready to answer your questions, explaining how they use their tools and materials. They'll even give you a chance to participate in a collective piece of art, handle raw materials and tools, or do a "Make It - Take It" project!

You could learn how to do stained glass, help create a Community Wishing Tree, or learn how to manipulate silk flowers into the perfect arrangement for your outdoor garden or inside the home.

So much talent right here in Mountain View County. And we've got it all, just waiting for you!Handmade Artisan Market at the Elks Hall!
After a brief hiatus, we are excited to bring back a Handmade Artisan Market for your shopping pleasure! The Mountain View Arts Society proudly supports makers and small artisan businesses with this special market.

Here you will find handmade items that showcase the amazing hand-crafted products our local artisans create. Shop handmade with 100s of one-of-a-kind Alberta-made artisan products.

You'll be able to connect one-on-one with the makers behind the products. Shop Local. Feel Good.

If you have any questions, e-mail Tara, our Market Coordinator, or call her at 403-559-7280.

2019 Terms & Conditions

NEW! Art Gallery at the Elks Hall
Pictured, Pencil Sketch by Grade 10 DHS student, Leah ManangkilThe Didsbury High School has an incredible cultural community, with world-class Symphonic Winds and Jazz Music, Drama classes, and Art programs. Under the leadership of artist/teacher, Cali Beazley, the Art Program grows every year. We are very proud to showcase art from both the Didsbury High School and students from the Koinonia School in our Art Gallery. The Art Gallery is in the Elks Hall, along with our Handmade Artisan Market.

In addition, Didsbury's Opening Minds Through Art program will be a feature exhibit in our Art Gallery. People living with dementia hold enormous creative potential! Members of the Didsbury High School Leadership Team, who first receive OMA training and dementia care strategies, work with their partner from Bethany Didsbury to gently guide and encourage their creativity to surface. The process is broken down so that the person with dementia is given the opportunity to make manageable decisions at each stage; this alone can be an empowering and refreshing change from daily life.

And for great burgers and hotdogs, enjoy the concession hosted by the Didsbury Elks Lodge. Mmmm good!

Chalk-a-Holics Unite!
Katie chalks up a storm during the 2018 Arts Festival.Didsbury has become known for its unique Chalk Art during the Festival. Held in a paved lot right beside the Train Station, we invite everyone to "Chalk It Up!"!

Come join the unique community we like to call "Chalk-a-Holics"! Just pop over to the Train Station from 11 am - 5 pm on Saturday or Sunday.

We want everyone to give it a whirl so there will also be vertical chalk art space for those of you who prefer not to get down on your knees!

This is a great chance for artists who are used to other mediums to give this a try - tattoo artists, painters, cartoonists, you name it!

See pictures from past festivals on our Facebook page.

HELP BUILD DIDSBURY'S ALLEY ART MURALS!
We're turning our back alleys into "art alleys"! Beginning with this year's Arts Festival, the vision is for community collaborative art pieces to be added every year. Come to the parking lot at the Train Station, find your piece of wood, and paint the leaves any way you want! They will be added to the roots, trunk, and branches being painted on the first alley wall at the Didsbury Elks Hall.

Watch for the Pixie Dust Parties Tent
Facepainting, Balloon Art
At Saturday's Pancake Breakfast, Elks
And Saturday from 11 am - 3 pm
at the Train Station Parking Lot

Facepainting and Balloon Art at the Train Station Saturday

What is a Visual Artist?
Those who paint, carve, sculpt, take photos,
craftsmen who work with pottery, stained glass,
wood, jewellery, or metal, clothing designers, photojournalists, those who design clothes,
create digital images, sketch caricatures
& illustrations, design floral arrangements.

And We Have All of Them!

OPENING MINDS THROUGH ART
OMA artists in Didsbury.
An empowering and refreshing
change from daily life!

BAD ART STUDIO
The goal of a Bad Art studio is to create a pressure free space for participants to let go and create! There will be a pile of basic to ridiculous materials to make into Bad Art of all shapes and sizes. Art pieces will be on display in the library throughout the Arts Festival to encourage new artists to let loose and try something crazy. Sometimes life and art can be a little messy!

Make a Mess. Make a Masterpiece.

Remember, you can also do some
Yarn Painting at the Museum!
Sure to bring a smile to your face!

Venues sponsored by the Town of Didsbury. Stay overnight at the Rosebud Valley Campground at the east entrance to Didsbury. The Didsbury Museum has artifacts from the homestead days, clothing, household items, farming equipment, a school room, medical room, general store, military roll of honour, and a 1907 Cast Iron Safe. Visit our museum today! In Partnership with the Didsbury Municipal Library The Mountain View Arts Society is proud to be a Partner with Alberta's Promise.
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