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Artists take over High River for Alberta Culture Days

Myriam Vazquez iwith the Boys and Girls Club performs a Mexican dance at the Museum of the Highwood during Alberta Culture Days celebration on Sept. 27.

Myriam Vazquez iwith the Boys and Girls Club performs a Mexican dance at the Museum of the Highwood during Alberta Culture Days celebration on Sept. 27.

STORY BY PAUL KRAJEWSKI

For three days every summer the town of High River is taken over by artists of all disciplines and skill levels for the annual Alberta Culture Days.

Joyce Brown, High River Library program co-ordinator, said businesses, organizations and private homes open their doors to provide artists and groups with space to display their work.

Alberta Culture Days, held this year from Sept. 30 to October 2, coincides with the Canada-wide Culture Days and is a chance to celebrate artists of many genres and cultures of all types, she added.

Brown said this includes everything from painting and sculpting to writing, poetry and her favourite, fiber art. “Anything that you could consider an art is celebrated,” she added.

Brown said the weekend is also a chance to celebrate cultures. In past years, she said the town has hosted Mexican dancers and First Nations performers.

“It is a huge celebration throughout the town,” Brown said.

Recently, she said residents have started providing exhibition space in their homes as well.

“We have had up to 25 different venues that have opened their doors to artists and we encourage every business, whether they are an arts business or not, to invite an artist to come and show that weekend,”
she said.

“We are always looking for places for the artists to show.”

Local and surrounding area artists of all skill levels are encouraged to showcase their work and share their knowledge with the community,
she added.

Brown said the library, culture centre, rec centre, and several homeowners and businesses have already provided space.

She noted people can also take part in Art Walks, which are guided tours throughout the downtown stopping at exhibition spaces to meet the artists behind the works.

Brown encourages anyone interested in either hosting an exhibit or displaying their artwork or culture to contact the library at program@highriverlibrary.ca.

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