Artists-about-town lead way to Artwalk

All kinds of creative artistry will be demonstrated around the city leading up to the Artwalk Festival.

All kinds of creative artistry will be demonstrated around the city leading up to the Artwalk Festival.

Drop into the Red Deer Public Library Saturday and you will see stained glass artist Lissa Braseth in the main foyer from 1 to 4 p.m.

On Sunday, ceramic artist Rick Lardner will be revving up his pottery wheel from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Kerry Wood Nature Centre.

Artsparks painter Wilson Harrowby will be among several artists doing demonstrations next week at the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery (MAG) in the Parkland Mall. Harrowby will be working on Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons, said Janet Cole, an Artwalk vice-chair.

All these Artists-About-Town events will lead to the Artwalk Amble Gallery Tour, Thursday, June 18.

This evening bus tour is the only event with an admission charge. The $20 tour will stop at five galleries, including bilton contemporary art, Harris-Warke, Gallery IS and Alberta Art and Drafting. The tour starts and ends at the city Culture Services Department’s Viewpoint Gallery at 3829 39th St. There will be a private reception and $200 door prize, which can be spent at any of the participating galleries. Tickets are available from MAG in the Parkland Mall, or Sunworks on Ross Street.

On Friday, June 19, Red Deer College Motion Picture Arts students will host free Friday Night Films, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in a tent in the Rotary/Heritage Village park, south of the Recreation Centre outdoor pool. The popcorn’s free, but bring your lawn chair and leave youngsters at home, as some of the films might not be family friendly.

The week culminates in the grand, family-oriented event — the free Artwalk Festival Day on Saturday, June 20, in the same Rotary/Heritage Village park.

Forty area artists will be selling their wares ­— from ceramics to paintings, to glass work and sculpture — from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at booths throughout the park. Children can learn how to carve faces out of bark in a workshop led by Linda Schantz, or take a painting lesson from Cindy Barratt.

For more information, see www.reddeerartwalk.ca

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