|What Makes You Smile - ARTISTS AT WORK
Artists at Work is a special feature at the Arts Festival. Eleven local artists will be set up at the Provincial Historic Resource, the Didsbury Train Station, right in the heart of downtown Didsbury. Each of them will present some sort of interactivity, something that encourages creativity and appreciation for diverse art forms and cultures.
LOOK WHO'S COMING!
|Bill Anthony is a nationally recognized stained glass artist with more than 25 years experience. His creativity is an inspiration to many. Unique Stained Glass Works has become a fixture in the town of Didsbury. Along with custom and commissioned work, Bill works with the Didsbury High School's art program students annually. The results of the students' work can be viewed in the foyer of the school. Bill also teaches classes to the general public. Supplies for the hobbyist are also available in the Studio.
|Doreen (Dumont) Bergum is a Métis elder from Olds, and a descendant of the Dumont and Vaness Metis families. Doreen spends many hours each week on the road, bringing prayers on behalf of the Métis Nation of Alberta Region 3 to gatherings big and small. Through her beading and jigging, she fosters pride in the Métis culture, and that's what she is doing for you this Arts Festival.
|Delree Dumont is a proud member of Onion Lake Cree Nation and after 32 years in the oil and gas industry, she picked up her brushes and started painting again. She owns Delree's Native Art Gallery, showcasing authentic indigenous arts and crafts. Her style is called pointillism and she enjoys painting indigenous pow wow dancers, flowers, wildlife and horses.
|Helen Hafke operates BBH Knits and she is excited to be at this year's Arts Festival, offering a chance to experience the ancient art/crafts of Knitting, Crocheting, Spinning, and Weaving. She wants you to know that none of these have to be an expensive startup. Come and try the Drop Spindle for spinning your own yarn, weave a set of coasters or tea towels. Classes will be run at the Didsbury Museum starting in October.
|Michelle Houston runs The Wild'N Wooly from her home in Lousana, Alberta. She is an animator, drawing instructor, and needle felter. After seeing some needle felted animals on the internet, she became interested in the art form and quickly became a fan. She's now been felting for years and is looking forward to sharing her needle felting with you. Michelle placed 2nd at last year's Calgary Stampede.
|Emily Jefferies of Jutland Studio is excited to be able to share with you one-of-a-kind creations lovingly handmade by me in my home. Recently, she has been teaching machine sewing classes to all ages of students in both Didsbury and Carstairs. Emily loves to see how colours work (or don't work) together. Her handbags are all made of either upcycled fabric from suits and skirts, or from handwoven Harris Tweed fabric. Her necktie necklaces allow me to work with so many colours and textures. Join Emily and make your own hand sewn felt bookmarks. You can choose from a variety of bookmark blanks, different buttons or felt shapes to sew onto your own bookmark.
|Pamela Montgomery is relatively new to Mountain View County. She lives in Carstairs and is on the executive of the Carstairs Artists Guild. A lifelong oil painter, Pamela has studied with some of Alberta's most accomplished artists. With an education major and an art minor from the University of Calgary, she has enjoyed many years of teaching art at Rundle College in Calgary. She is inspired by the prairies and never runs out of beautiful things to paint.
|Melany Sealy is a local artist who has successfully been a part of many local exhibits. She focuses on nature and wildlife, aiming to depict the true beauty through a combination of colours, details and symbolism. She shares valuable fine art tips through lessons held at her local art gallery and gift store outside Sundre. She has been in the process of an application for Alberta Culture and Tourism as Artist in Residence and will exhibit in Canmore. She loves seeing how her paintings can create joy in others.
|Patricia Weatherby has been Hand Making Seasonal Silk Floral Home Decor for over 23 years. Her creations include Wreaths, Metal Wall Hangings, Floral Arrangements and Centrepieces. She also offers Custom Orders on any of her Hand Made Products.
|Yvonne Werkmann says she wants to start a joy revolution. Her academic training as a Sociologist and Philosopher, and running her Yoga School, all bring a scientific foundation to growth and joy and fun. She hopes her work inspires you to inspire others who will inspire others. Yvonne will be looking for your help as you create a Community Wishing Tree, or some variation, where people can add their thoughts, blessings, and wishes over the course of the Festival, and perhaps even as an ongoing project.
|Shirin Yamolky started out sketching cartoons, and as she got older, she gradually started using acrylic, watercolours, and oil paints. Oil paint is her favourite medium and that is what she mostly works with. Shirin loves painting the Canadian landscapes, wildlife and portraits. She was the Solo exhibit at the 2017 Carstairs Heritage Centre, attended the Spruce Meadows Masters World Event Art Show and Sale, and the 2019 A Brush with Art Show and Sale at the Didsbury Art, Travel and Trade Expo
LOTS OF ART AT THE FESTIVAL!
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
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
At the Elks Hall Art Gallery
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 Didsbury Library to encourage new artists to let loose and try something crazy. Sometimes art can be a little messy!
Remember, you can also do some
Yarn Painting at the Museum!
Sure to bring a smile to your face!
At the Elks Hall, you will find a fabulous market full of 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 such as Quilts, Jewellery, Beads and Glass, and Cloth Painting. You'll be able to connect one-on-one with the makers behind the products. Shop Local. Feel Good.
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 and the Opening Minds Through Art exhibit.
MAKE A BARN QUILT!
Visit the Museum and take a stroll down Memory Lane in the old Schoolroom, and share your family's Quilt stories. Then, relax by colouring in your own Barn Quilt!