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Artists Studio Tour canvases Crowsnest Pass

Thursday, 11 May 2017. Posted in Shootin' the Breeze

Artists Studio Tour canvases Crowsnest Pass
Artists Studio Tour canvases Crowsnest Pass

By Erin Fairhurst

Crowsnest Pass Allied Arts Association is pleased to present its second annual self-guided Artists Studio Tour. Taking place this Mother’s Day weekend, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days, the tour is designed to provide an enjoyable and educational experience for all.

Local artist Lynnette Jessop, who is spearheading the project after partaking in a similar event on Vancouver Island a few years ago, says the tour is a unique opportunity to enter the workspaces of a variety of local artists to see the artistic process first-hand.

The entire tour is free and open to everyone. Depending on which studio you visit, you may find refreshments available, a live demo, or even unique and local art for sale. Most importantly, you’ll get the chance to meet and engage with the artists behind the work.

Last year, local artist Nichole Rigby took part in the tour, and she’s participating again this year — but now she’s be celebrating the grand opening of a brand new business, Fallen Mountain Studio.

“I’m really excited for people to come and see my new space in downtown Coleman,” she says, adding that while plans to launch her own business were in the works last year, participating in the first Artists Studio Tour helped her to build her confidence as she started to get her name out there.

“Events like this bring the community some awareness of all the great artists we have in and around our community,” says Nichole, whose studio features handcrafted jewelry and metalwork.

And it’s not just local artists who are on board for the tour, but local businesses too. Many Crowsnest Pass eateries — such as Stone’s Throw Café, Bamboo Bistro and Country Encounters — proudly display the art of local artists on their walls. In honour of the tour, and Mother’s Day, they’ll be hosting artists in their venues and creating special menu items to feed hungry tour participants.

About 20 local and area artists are participating in the Artists Studio Tour, and a myriad of artistic styles and media will be represented. Some stops on the tour may consist of humble home-based studios that visitors might not have access to otherwise, and others are beehives of artistic activity.

Nichole Yanota of the Artist Collective Studio in Coleman says that a handful of artists will be at the Artist Collective throughout the weekend and that the studio is looking forward to the event.

“Last year’s attendance was very good — it made for an exciting weekend,” she says. “The Crowsnest Pass is lucky to have a vibrant, creative community and we’re excited to open our doors for this event.”

So how exactly can one take part in this interactive, engaging and experiential event? Download a map from www.cnpstudiotour.ca or grab a printed copy from the Crowsnest Pass Public Art Gallery, select a studio and go!

Addresses and directions are provided online and in the printed brochure, and vibrant signage will be in place throughout the community to point you in the right direction. You can visit one studio, or all of them. Locations on the tour span from all over Crowsnest Pass to Cowley.

For more information, please contact Lynette at 403-563-8829 or visit www.cnpstudiotour.ca

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