At Your Service: Gallery event turns on all the lights


Wynn Against Hunger happens next week


The Wynn Against Hunger food drive will run from Mon., Feb. 12 to Sat., Feb. 17. People can bring in donations of non-perishable food items to any of the following drop-off locations:
• St. Albert Place
• St. Albert Centre
• Any St. Albert Public School or Greater St. Albert Catholic School in the city
• Servus Place
• Either office of MP Michael Cooper or MLA Marie Renaud
• Love Pizza
• Any regular drop-off bin at grocery stores including Save On Foods, Superstore, Safeway or Sobey’s

Visit for more details, including how to volunteer for the effort. People can also make direct donations to the St. Albert Food Bank through the following link:

We’re still in the middle of the dark time of the year so it’s a relief that the Art Gallery of St. Albert is trying to lighten things up with its 28th annual fundraiser.

Light Up the Night will offer its guests the chance to get creative.

“It’s in a similar format to prior years. We’re just trying to engage people with not just looking at and appreciating art but creating their own artworks,” said the gallery’s director and curator Jenny Willson-McGrath.

Studio spaces will be open with different art activities so that people can see the other side of the gallery’s business. “We’re not just about exhibitions. We do these fantastic art-making programs in the studios.”

You can get your hands dirty with clay, stain your fingertips with printmaking, and be careful not to get paint on your evening’s finest when you participate in a large collaborative glow-in-the-dark painting.

“Everything this year is inspired by light … whether it’s glowing in the dark or something you can use to contain light. The printmaking takes a play on grey-scale tonal imagery.”

A VIP Clay Experience allows people to get an exclusive class with personalized instruction of an extended version of the clay project.

There will also be live music and a silent auction featuring works donated by “loads of fantastic artists.”

The event runs on Sat., Feb. 24 starting at 6:30 p.m. at St. Albert Place. Regular tickets are $50 while the charge for the VIP Clay Experience is another $50. Proceeds go to help keep the gallery free and to help support its exhibits, educational programming and upcoming projects.

From 2014 to 2016, general attendance at the gallery increased by more than 3,000 people and attendance for its community programs went up by more than 4,000 people. Enrolment for its educational programs stays steady at more than 15,000 students.

The gallery is currently temporarily located at #100, 6D Perron St. while the gallery building is being renovated to make it more accessible. Its current exhibition is Retinal Circus featuring works by artists from The Nina Haggerty Centre Collective. For more information, please visit

New food drive starts on Monday

The Wynn Against Hunger campaign happens next week with organizers from United in Light St. Albert working to honour the memory of Cst. David Wynn while working to make life better for hundreds of struggling families in the city.

People are asked to make donations of non-perishable food items to the St. Albert Food Bank. A series of special drop-off locations have signed up to be collection points (see sidebar) between Mon., Feb. 12 and Sat., Feb. 17.


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Scott Hayes

Scott Hayes joined the St. Albert Gazette in 2008. Scott writes about the arts, entertainment, movies, culture, community groups, and charities. He also writes general news, features, columns and profiles on people.