Great line-up of artists in residence
© Lawrence Powell
ARTsPLACE in Annapolis Royal offers great line-up of events this week.
ARTsPLACE, home of the Annapolis Region Community Arts Council, has been a beehive of activity this week with new exhibits opening in the galleries and the “ARTs a la cARTe,” artist in residence program in full swing.
Visitors continue to be wowed by the talent of the artists who are providing the free demonstrations and drop-in workshops. These artists have been setting up displays of their work and also have work for sale. Some folks have stayed for an hour while others have settled in for the day.
On ARCAC’s website at http://arcac.ca, you can check out the entire schedule of workshops offered by the 37 artists involved in the program. Then all you have to do is select a few workshops from the diverse menu and head to ARTsPLACE.
After all, where else can you receive free coaching by professionals in areas such as pottery, painting, basket making, jewellery, song writing, drawing, woodcarving, spinning, acting or printmaking?
If you are just reading this when the Spectator hits the stands on July 16th, you’ll still have time to catch “the double bill” playing at ARTsPLACE on that day. Well known artist Wayne Boucher will work one on one with visitors during his painting workshop and master potter Julia Redgrave will be on site to teach visitors a variety of methods for hand building with clay. Now that’s a star studded cast!
On July 22nd, from 11 to 5 pm, pastels specialist Sharon Cave of Tantallon will be on site to help you experience the world of “pastels.” She will demonstrate the uses of different kinds of pastels using various papers and then will help you try the techniques. And if you have the time to stay for a while, Sharon will show you the magic of working on under painting & blending layers of color.
July 23rd is a special day for musicians as recording artist Caleb Miles of Bridgetown will guide you through stages of the song writing process. Caleb will also critique any material you bring in and offer ideas on how to start a song, how to recognize and avoid common pitfalls, and what makes a “good” or “effective” song. Plan to drop in to see Caleb from 12 -4:30 pm and 6:30 – 8:00. Bring your guitar if you like.
Finally, please mark August 16 and 17th on your calendar as a time when you’ll be in Annapolis Royal attending ARCAC’s 19th annual “Paint the Town.” This event is the major fundraiser for ARCAC and features a cast of thousands, with activities for all ages. Paint the Town also generates revenue for the participating artists with last year’s artists receiving over $18,000 from the sale of their work produced during the weekend.
Paint the Town began in Annapolis Royal in 1996 and started with just 25 artists. This year, 85 artists will paint or carve or shape iron at various sites around the town. The public is invited to watch the artists at work throughout the day and then place bids to buy their artwork as soon as it reaches the Paint the Town Gallery,located at the Legion on Victoria Street; between 10am and 6pm. Plan to attend or call ARCAC at 532-7069 if you’d like to volunteer at the event.