Three nights of artists
Upcoming art weekend features dozens of artists and performers from across the province
Wednesday, Feb 26, 2014 06:00 am
It will be a virtual cavalcade of stars as Night of Artists prepares to unveil its newest weekend event.
Artists of Alberta takes place in St. Albert next weekend. Organizer Phil Alain expects attendance to reach in the thousands over the course of the three-day affair. It’s going to be an outstanding three days of art and music, with lots to please the masses, he explained.
“There’s over 500 paintings and sculptures,” he began, “Pretty much every type of artform you can imagine. It’s pretty much got it all.”
This is the 18th annual event from the local cultural celebrant who also happens to be one of the three key players in Mural Mosaic, the company that works to create large works of art out of many smaller ones from artists around the world.
Artists of Alberta, as its name would suggest, focuses on our home province. Of course, many of the more than 40 contributors come from the St. Albert area. Watch for names like Carol Johnson, Oksana Zhelisko, Rick Rogers, Miles Constable, Marilynn Jeffery, Al Anderson, Madeleine Arnett, Memory Roth and Alain himself.
“It’s all to highlight the local arts scene. Artists are always looking for venues to show their work but there’s not a lot of events that just showcase visual art. You could spend the whole day at the event just going through all of the different artists’ work.”
In addition to all of the visual art on display (and for sale), there will be musical performances aplenty to keep the audiences’ senses heightened. He added that there should be more opportunities for younger performers to entertain and interact with the public.
“It’s really promoting the local younger talent too. Pretty much all of our musicians are 20 years old or younger.”
The Command Sisters – entertainers for the Friday evening segment of the weekend event – are a “YouTube phenom” according to Alain with one video obtaining more than 500,000 hits.
“That’s really amazing for a local musical group! It’s quite amazing.”
Saturday night is all about haute couture clothing with fashion shows from St. Albert retailers and Laura Dreger Fashions. Dreger, he added, was just interning for a fashion house in New York.
People can stop by during the afternoons of either Saturday or Sunday to walk through the extensive art exhibit. There will be music to keep spirits light for that as well.
He suggested the public should buy tickets in advance as sales for the special events are brisk.