Annual Artwalk Festival starts June 9

A week-long celebration of the visual arts picks up steam from June 9 to 16 during the 24th annual Red Deer Artwalk Festival. Local artists will begin by demonstrating their skills on Saturday, June 9, at the Red Deer Public Market.

A week-long celebration of the visual arts picks up steam from June 9 to 16 during the 24th annual Red Deer Artwalk Festival.

Local artists will begin by demonstrating their skills on Saturday, June 9, at the Red Deer Public Market.

More Artist-About-Town demos will happen throughout the week at the Kerry Wood Nature Centre, City Hall Park, Veterans Park, and the Red Deer Recreation Centre. (Check out reddeerartwalk.ca or its Facebook page for schedule postings as they become available).

The Artwalk Amble Gallery Tour will be held on Thursday evening, June 14.

The guided tour to city galleries starts and ends with a reception at the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery.

The bus tour will also stop at the Harris-Warke Gallery, Kiwanis Gallery and Shirley Rimer’s ceramics studio. Tickets are $20 ($15 for those under age 13) from the museum or Sunworks on Ross Street.

The grand event is Artwalk Festival day on Saturday, June 16, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the park behind the Red Deer Recreation Centre.

Art demonstration, interactive activities and live music performances will take place in the beautiful outdoor setting at the free, all-ages community event.

The main attraction will be the extensive art market, where visitors can purchase original art from local and regional artists.

Feature artists are Mary Vanson demonstrating rosmalling, Wendy Meeres doing mixed-media demos, Mai Maclean face painting, while Patti Morris shows fibre art to participants.

The outdoor stage will feature performances by Cassandra Little Spoon McNaughton, JR3 (the Josh Rickard Trio), Charlie Jacobson Duo, Michelle Joly with Kayla and Melody, Rebecca Raabis, Union Soundtrack, and Chad Gillies.

Everyone is invited to “put yourself in the picture” by perusing art booths, listening to live music and checking out the food kiosks at the Artwalk Festival.

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