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Allied Arts prepares to host Art On Main

The Allied Arts Council will put the arts on display Saturday, June 25 on Fort Macleod’s historic Main Street.
Allied Arts will stage its fourth Art On Main event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. between Second and Third avenues.
“We want to expose these artists to the public,” Allied Arts executive director Carmen Drapeau said. “Because we don’t have a gallery, we’re creating the street into a gallery or sort of a studio.”
Close to 30 artists have signed up to display their work and provide live demonstrations on Main Street, which will be closed to vehicle traffic.
Drapeau said Art On Main is gaining a strong reputation with artists from Fort Macleod and district.
“I think it’s gaining popularity,” Drapeau said.
In addition to showcasing artists, Allied Arts will also give people a chance to create their own works.
“We’re going to have some areas where people can try painting themselves,” Drapeau said.
There will also be an area where children can make their own creations using chalk.
“We’re basically promoting the arts,” Drapeau said.
The hope is that Art On Main will foster a growing interest in, and support for, the arts in Fort Macleod.
“We would like to inspire people,” Drapeau said.
Allied Arts offers a variety of courses throughout the year in which people can pursue an interest in the arts.
Art On Main could provide the inspiration.
“If anything it will make people think, ‘Maybe I can do that’,” Drapeau said. “When you do art . . . it’s a process where a person discovers themselves. You discover a lot about yourself when you do art”
Artists who have indicated they will participate in Art On Main include:

  • Dianna Steer of Didsbury, a Bob Ross oil painting instructor.
  • Lorraine Waddell, a stained glass artist from the Claresholm Art Club.
  • Kerry Hart, a jewellery designer from the Claresholm Art Club.
  • Gordon Perret, a Fort Macleod painter and sculptor.
  • Holly Perret, a Fort Macleod painter.
  • Leigh Falkowsky, an artist who specializes in leatherwork beading and metal-smithing.
  • Stained glass artist Sharon Gearing.
  • Jan Walker, who will display her willow furniture and parquetry and marquetry art.
  • Margaret Gosling, who will give a spinning wheel demonstration.
  • Trish Hoskin, who will display her drawing, painting and mixed media work.
  • Painter Maria Rishea.
  • Photographer Don Rishea.
  • Stained glass artist Gerry Eversole.
  • Potters Renilda Kemp, Diane Litle, Albertine Hoffart and Denise Getz.
  • Janet Tilbe, who will display and demonstrate Ukrainian Easter egg decorative arts.
  • Photographer Richard Whitford of Elkford.
  • Walshe Crossroads Campus students Tori Pilling, Wes Morrissette and Jasmine Walburger with a display of student art.

The Chief Crowfoot mural painted by Walshe Crossroads Campus students will be on display at the Reach building.
Peter Maas will also have a display of the work of five First Nations artists at the Reach building.
The performing arts will be part of Art On Main as well.
Donna Byram and Kelly from Lethbridge will perform on piano and drums.
Actors from the Empress Theatre summer collective will perform on Main Street.
Empress Theatre executive director Brent Hutchinson will play the saxophone.
Shauna Fournier and her student dancers will bellydance and Gypsy dance.
Joan Kronlund and her students will perform on keyboards.
The Allied Arts Council will accept registration for summer classes.

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