Art in the Garden features locally-crafted works

Local appreciators of art will want drop by the Art in the Garden Show Summer Show & Sale that’s coming up this weekend. The event runs July 27 at #58 College Park Dr. (located in east Red Deer off 30 Ave. in the treed area by the new subdivision Timberlands.)

Spearheaded by The Spirit of Art Group, there will be much to enjoy as the show features work by 15 local artists. It’s being organized by local artists Suzanne Le Beau, Marlene Kallstrom-Barritt, Shirley Toner and Gordon Hiebert. Le Beau, who created the group and the event, said visitors can explore everything from paintings, ceramics and jewelry to photography.

There will also be wine and appetizers, plus refreshments and coffee.

The show and sale runs from 2 to 7 p.m.

“We’re very excited about our show and sale,” said Le Beau, adding there will be several new artists featured this time around including a metal sculptor, henna tattoos, a body/face painter along with an array of fine arts and fine crafts.

There will also be some live music to enhance to picturesque setting further, including local musician/songwriter Elvin Berthiaume.

Le Beau, who creates a range of ceramic art, wants to emphasize that the event is not happening at Red Deer College, as some have mistakenly thought in the past. College Park is located, as previously mentioned, off of 30th Ave. in a heavily treed area by Timberlands on the City’s east side.

Meanwhile, she is pleased to see local artists expressing interest in The Spirit of Art Group and the opportunities it can provide. That’s one of the key mandates of the organization, she said.

It’s also wonderful and rewarding to see more and more artists seeking out The Spirit of Art Group with interest in getting involved, she said.

The organizers are indeed passionate about the creative process and also about helping other artists to have their work showcased. Part of the mandate of The Spirit of Art Group is, of course, to simply bring artists together for support, encouragement and inspiration.

“I think I’m moving more and more towards encouraging other artists,” she explains, adding that it’s very important to her to see artists who haven’t before really showcased their work to be given that opportunity.

She said that some may be reluctant to have their work shown at first, but after even one show & sale event they’re typically very excited about it and have a greater sense of confidence to continue to share their artistic gifts.

“It’s a real transformation,” she said. “And it’s very inspiring. I’m following something that’s bigger than me.”

For more information about the show and sale or The Spirit of Art Group, call Suzanne Le Beau at 403-307-2120 or email spiritofclay@hotmail.com.

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