Spring is finally here and with it comes the province-wide presentation of Arts and Culture Week, April 10 – 16. This celebration, sponsored by the Assembly of BC Arts Councils, continues to promote arts and cultural activities throughout the province.
The Hope & District Arts Council has organized a week filled with a variety of arts related events focussing on displays and workshops.
Drop into the Backroom at the Hope Arts Gallery where Hope resident George Sauvé is displaying his stone carvings and Raku sculptures along with a variety of art work by Jenny Wolpert. The Backroom show runs from April 1 – 28 .
The gallery will be featuring ‘Altered Art Works’, a collection of altered books and chairs by local artists. These imaginative works are created from recycled and found items and range from being functional to totally whimsical. Also showing is a display of original native clothing designed by First Nations artist Linda Kay Peters.
On Sunday, April 10 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., children are invited to attend ‘Energy Angels’ and a second ‘surprise’ puppet show presented by ‘Positively Puppets’ at The Art Machine. Following this, children will participate in an art workshop.
First Nations artist Carl Stromquist will be joining The Art Machine on Wednesday, April 13 to give us a demonstration of his carving and artwork. Carl will demonstrate his techniques for adults from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. and then for children from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
The local Artists at Work group is holding an acrylic painting workshop with instructor Rick McDiarmid on Friday, April 15 starting at noon at the Grace Baptist Church.
To finish the week off, The Art Machine will be holding an open house and an Art Trading Card workshop for children and adults on Saturday, April 16 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Art Trading Cards are small gems that are made using a variety of methods with materials both new and recycled.
The annual “Dine & Depart” with Celebrity Art fundraiser will be held on Saturday, May 7 at the Hope Golf and Country Club. Tickets are being sold at the council office, the Art Machine, and the Hope Arts Gallery. All proceeds go towards Hope & District Arts Council community programming.
For more information about Arts and Culture Week activities and the Hope Arts Council call 604-869-3400.