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Art in the Open features painters and potters

St. Albert Painters Guild and St. Albert Potters Guild join for outdoor show and sale on June 8

Rainy days are a blessing. It’s a great opportunity to make a cup of tea, sit on the couch, listen to the gentle patter of rain and gaze at your favourite piece of art. A simple canvas can become a dreamy escape, and It’s these moments of serenity that provide balance in an every-changing stress-filled world. 

St. Albert is filled with a treasure trove of artists eager to share their vision. Luckily, the 4th annual Art in the Open, a self-guided outdoor tour and sale, showcases 24 artists from St. Albert Painters Guild with special guests from the St. Albert Potters Guild. 

“This is the first year we invited the potters’ guild. When planning this event, we weren’t sure we’d have enough painters and someone suggested inviting all the artists from SAPVAC. We tried this as an experiment to see what happens,” said Memory Roth, a member of St. Albert Painters Guild. 

For this sale, artists are showcasing their art in outdoor spaces on Saturday, June 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will proceed whether it’s sunny or rainy. To shield the art from unexpected weather conditions, all the paintings and pottery will be protected under tents or showcased in private garages. 

Painters and potters offer a wide variety of styles, sizes, products and price points ranging from $5 for a greeting card to $500 or more for an originally crafted painting. In addition to decorative and functional pottery, shoppers can expect to see prints and other art projects. 

Fifteen locations have been set up throughout the following St. Albert communities: Grain Elevators, Lacombe Park, Oakmont, Kingswood, Akinsdale, Sturgeon, Forest Lawn, Heritage Lakes and Grandin. A city map on the St. Albert Painters Guild website at [email protected] pinpoints each community and where every artist is located. 

Once on the website, scan the QR code for the Google map indicating all locations. A map is pinned with numbers of every location. A sidebar also indicates where each artist is pinned. 

In closing Roth said, “This is a nice opportunity to get into your vehicle, see neighbourhoods and take in art. If it’s sunny, we can enjoy the beautiful weather together. If it’s rainy day, we’ll be well covered. It’s also the first day of the Farmers’ Market and it gives us a nice opportunity to get out and build community.” 

Twenty-four Painters 

Nicholas Oulette, Luise Mendler-Johnson, Alexsandra Mitchell, Claudette Pelletier-Hannah, Tracy Lyn Propp, Jody Mathon, Liz Meetsma, Frances Pelletier, Francoise Noel, Bernie Buyse, Lorraine Berube, Aurelia Saunders, Lydia Hodgson, Rebecca Coffin, Kate Hersberger, Suzan Berwald, Memory Roth, Bonita Gillespie, Marg Oevering, Laurena Beirness, Suans Casault, Clarence Kingsley-Pillai, Elaine Mulder, Tom Steele 

Eight Potters 

Ruth McConnell, Shirley Randall, Whitney Ireland, Denise Garand, Amaris Gamache, Guylaine Lefebvre-Maunder, Katherine Van Hoof, Teri Tralnberg 

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