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ARTember festival offers something for everyone

By: Stacie Snow

  |  Posted: Wednesday, Sep 05, 2012 07:23 pm

A group of belly dancers entertain attendees at Nose Creek Park during last year's ARTember festival.
A group of belly dancers entertain attendees at Nose Creek Park during last year's ARTember festival.
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This year’s ARTember event will provide Airdrie residents with a city-wide celebration of the arts and culture in the city.

From Sept. 14 to 30, residents can enjoy an array of arts and culture related events at numerous locations around Airdrie.

“I want everyone to mark their calendars because there is something to feed the soul of everyone in Airdrie,” said Linda Bruce, chair of Creative Airdrie, the group that is organizing the event.

“It is going to be fabulous. We want to celebrate all aspects of the arts and culture of Airdrie. People are going to be flabbergasted.”

This year’s opening weekend will include an art tour featuring artists’ work at a number of locations around the city, an arts round-up and show and sale at Cam Clark Ford, a twilight carnival in Cooper’s Crossing and much more.

Airdrie artist Char Vanderhorst will be showcasing her work at the art walk and show and sale.

“It is a great opportunity to get a nice piece of art for a reasonable price, she said, adding she took part in last year’s event as well.

“I love art, it is my passion, and this is a great way to share what I do.”

ARTember will also include Taste of Airdrie, during which residents could win a $100 gift certificate for their favourite Airdrie restaurant if they dine out between Sept. 14 and 30.

The 17-day event will include a number of workshops, fall fairs, a farmers market, wine and cheese events, an art exchange and a mini film festival.

The original SLAM on air songwriting/performing finale performance will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. on Sept. 22 at Bert Church LIVE Theatre. A judging panel of three music industry professionals will choose their top five songs and the AIR 106.1 FM fan favourite will win.

The AIRdrondack Art Project Gala and Auction will take place at McArthur Fine Furniture on Sept. 22 at 6:30 p.m.

Alberta Culture Days in Nose Creek Park will take place from Sept. 28-30. It will include a youth performing arts showcase on Sept. 28. The Airdrie Rodeo Dinner and Dance will get residents moving on Sept 28 at 5 p.m.

Sept. 29 will include the Culture in the Creek event, with food, music, youth turning the old skate park into a giant canvas with aerosol cans, and an outdoor pavilion set up by the Airdrie and District Agricultural Society with games, crafts and displays. The day will cap off with a barbecue and live entertainment.

Joy Stoudt of Supporting Local Area Musicians (SLAM) coordinated the entertainment for Culture in the Creek and he said there will be something for everyone.

“There will be country, folk, rock and pop bands,” he said.

Sept. 30 will kick off with a Cowboy Church Service and free pancake breakfast, sponsored by the Airdrie Butcher Shoppe, for the first 500 people. If that doesn’t fill you up, The Great Cupcake Eating Challenge will take place at 2 p.m.

Sherry Shaw-Froggatt, vice chair of Creative Airdrie, said she is thrilled with all of the new activities and old favourites at the second annual event.

“We are very pleased that the City of Airdrie saw the value last year and see the future with the arts,” she said. “We are very grateful to the Province of Alberta for their $5,000 grant for the Alberta Arts Days and Genesis stepped up as our major title sponsor this year. It means so much to get this support from the community.

For more information on ARTember events, visit www.artember.ca


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