Action-packed arts and culture week

Several events are taking place in Hope April 21-27

Sara Lesztak

Contributor

An upcoming week-long celebration showcases the contribution arts and culture make in learning and in life.

From a book launch to special workshops, several events are planned in Hope April 21-27.

• Two special exhibits will run at the Hope Arts Gallery during this  week. 1) Art Challenge – Along the Fraser River: Animal, Vegetable, or Mineral?” Local artists have been given one of the above three choices and asked to create art pieces in various mediums with no limit to their imagination. The subject must be found along or near the Fraser River. 2) Tile Work – Re-purposed items and furniture have been embellished with handmade tiles created by novice tile artists.

• Recycled Words will be showing at Hope Library April 21-27. Poetry embellished art work was created with material from donated books to The Art Machine. The books were used as a canvas.

• The Art Machine open house will feature fun and creativity for all ages. Children can make musical maracas, anyone interested in throwing clay on a potter’s wheel can give it a try and participants can use new and recycled paper to create art trading cards and other paper projects. Members of the Clayworks for Seniors program will supervise the potter’s wheels. The open house is on April 21 at The Art Machine, from 1-4 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

• The Hope Arts Gallery open house on April 21, from 1-4 p.m., will feature three new exhibits and old favourites. Refreshments will be served.

• Clayworks for Seniors will be a free wheel-throwing class at the Art Machine on April 24, from 9:30-11:30 a.m.

• A book launch and signing by author Gerd Asche takes place on April 25 at Hope Pharmasave, from 1-3 p.m. Plagues and Placebos is the first of two novels he has been working on about growing up in mid- 20th century Germany. The second book will be launched in July.

• Origami (Japanese paper folding) is part of the program, Traditional Art: The Story Behind the Surface. A workshop will be held April 27 at The Art Machine. Simple and very complex plants and animals can emerge from a simple square of paper. Children can attend 10:30 a.m.-noon and adults from 1-4 p.m. The program is sponsored by Embrace BC.

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